A Ponca City, Oklahoma man was arrested by Arkansas City Police in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Oklahoma. 32 year old Shawn Mantz is now charged wtih aggravated robbery and is being held in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.
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An Ark City man was arrested by Arkansas City Police in connection with a home burglary that was reported last Wednesday. 21 year old Darrell Edward Michael Melvin is charged with suspicion of felony burglary and two counts of misdemeanor theft. He was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bond, after an 18-year- old Arkansas City man reported that he had been the victim of burglary and theft. The man says he came home and discovered items had been stolen from his house. Police learned the next day, that the stolen items had been pawned at Double Eagle Firearms & Pawn on South Summit St. Melvin was identifed as the person who pawned the items. All but one stolen item was recovered and returned to the owner.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been awarded $283,597.28 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a program which serves to enhance opportunities for specialty crops. According to the USDA, specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.” Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey said the funds have been granted to help improve the education, innovation and availability of these agribusinesses in Kansas which will encourage economic growth of the agriculture industry.
Although it remains on life support, South Central Kansas Medical Center is… according to the latest reports… slowly inching its way out of the mountain of debt it has been mired in. According to Holly Harper, the CFO of the hospital, it still is running a loss, but the overall financial picture is improving… a little. Revenue this year is up, and bad debt along with operating expenses are down. Not by much though… to date, the hospital is just $13,000 ahead of the same time last year… pretty much a drop in the bucket, but nevertheless, it is an improvement. Now, the hospital’s goal is to at the very least… break even by the end of 2017. Hospital officials admit that’s a difficult goal, and it’s not going to be easy. Meanwhile, SCKMC is continuing to look for any opportunities to cut costs. At the same time, they say they are stepping up efforts to recruit new doctors.
How much it will cost to replace the stone arch Fox Bridge over Grouse Creek? The bridge collapsed recently, and now efforts to replace it are rapidly taking shape. Money, as always, is a factor. Cowley County administrator Jeremy Willmoth says the county will submit estimates to the state for possible disaster relief funding. For the time being, those living in that area are forced to drive about 17 miles out of their way just to get across the creek. School busses, mail carriers, and township road maintenance workers… along with residents…. are all affected. Any new bridge may actually have to be build at another spot because of issues with the angle of the road, if it is built with federal or state assistance.
Cowley County Emergency Management wants your eyes… and you ears, and your help! The county is offering a CERT training program for new volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Community Emergency Response Team member, you need to sign up, attend the 24-hour training session, which is usually broken up into eight three-hour classes over a period of one month, and then participate in the final exercise. Complete the application on the county website and plan to attend several meetings if you are interested. For questions, contact a member of the CCEM team via email (email@example.com) or by calling (620) 221-0470 or (620) 441-4569.
The Winfield First Presbyterian Church is hosting a World Series of Hog Dogs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the church, which is located at 1101 Millington, to benefit the Winfield Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity and the Cowley County Humane Society. Three styles of all-beef, ballpark hot dogs will be served, along with nachos, Cracker Jacks, peanuts and root beer floats, all while watching the live broadcast of that day’s World Series game. All proceeds from free-will donations go to charities. The event is sponsored by Presbyterians at Play and the Stewardship Team.
A sophomore psychology student at Southwestern College, was killed in a two-car crash in Reno County Friday night. 19 year old Kara McLain was driving north on Sego Road in Reno County when she collided with an eastbound semi at the intersection with U.S. Highway 50. It happened Friday night at about 9:30. McLain was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the rig… Samuel Hershberger… was not injured. Support and counseling services are available for students, faculty, and staff. Additional grief counselors from Four County Mental Health will also be on campus all this week. Campus memorial services are being planned, details will be made available on www.gosc.com as they are finalized. The funeral service for McLain will be held in Ransom, Kan., on Friday at 1 p.m.
The South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center, according to printed reports today, will need around $3 million to financially break even for the year. According to a hired consultant though, cutting expenses is not the sole solution. The consulting firm says a multifaceted approach must be taken if the hospital is to survive. That announcement comes following a three-month assessment of the hospital. Wichita-based Quorum Health Resources reported that the hospital has several things going in its favor to dig itself out of its financial problems, but it still faces many serious problems that have to be addressed. They said saving the hospital will be difficult… but achievable. One thing it has going for it is strong positive community support. But the net losses during the past five years and projected losses for 2016 are serious. Quorum’s report shows that the hospital has been operating by depleting investments, deferring accounts-payable, and borrowing money from the city. The report said that cutting it’s way to prosperity is not the answer. Increasing market share is the only long-term solution. And that, because of poor patient reviews… and the close proximity of William Newton Hospital in Winfield… could make it very difficult. The report also said that the climate of the health care industry has changed, meaning it may no longer be possible for SCKMC to remain independent. It was suggested that officials reach out to the Winfield hospital to combine with them if they want to see SCKMC survive.
A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy was booked into jail Wednesday afternoon on one count of battery-domestic violence. The arrest is the result of a disturbance at the deputy’s home earlier in the day. Kansas Law restricts the release of information that may identify the victim of domestic violence, neither the name of the victim nor the deputy was released. A criminal investigation is underway and the results of the investigation will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office for charges. The Salina Post reports, in addition to the criminal case, an investigation is also being conducted by the Professional Standards Unit of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.