The results are in, and they in many aspects, mirror what actually happened nationally in the recent election. Arkansas City students elected Republican Donald Trump to the presidency in mock voting on Election Day, correctly predicting across all grade levels what some analysts have called the biggest upset in presidential election history. The voting was part of the sixth mock general election sponsored by the Optimists of Arkansas City and USD 470, dating back to 1996. The students have correctly predicted the next president each time. Trump and running mate Mike Pence received 1,173 votes, or 46.8 percent of the total student vote, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine received 762 votes, of 30.4 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 326 votes, or 13 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein had 202, or 8.1 percent. A total of 2,544 students voted in this mock election, out of an expected 2,894. The program exposes students to the voting experience and its importance at all levels of government, with the objective to get kids involved and understanding government early on in life.
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The Arkansas City board of education met this week, and voted unanimously to pursue legal action over the deterioration of the field turf. According to district leaders, they are not alone… a lot of school districts in Kansas and across the nation for that matter, are experiencing the same problems with fields installed by FieldTurf. Here’s the background… Duraspline artificial grass field was installed at ACHS back in 2010 at a cost of $380,000. It began to show early and abnormal signs of failure… after just three years of use. That failure was above and beyond what the company says could have been caused by incidental UV rays or typical wear and tear… or from temperature extremes. The school district has been in contact with FieldTurf to try to reach a resolution. The turf carries a 10-year warranty, yet the company asked the district to wait, saying they would inspect the field again in six months to a year and then determine what action if any, needed to be taken. After no further response from Fieldturf, the school board decided to engage legal services. A further examination of the field now shows that its condition presents safety issues. Now, the school board’s attorney says it’s time to pursue legal action.
That’s a lot of socks! As of last count, the Socks For Troops program launched byShoe Sensation, has collected 3,996 pairs of socks and 585 shoelaces for local veterans and active-duty military overseas. Socks for Troops is a program designed to collect and donate both military-approved socks for active-duty personnel stationed overseas as well as casual socks for off-duty use and local veterans in need. The program will continue in all 150 Shoe Sensation locations through Christmas Eve. You can help too… Shoe Sensation is offering a 20 percent discount on socks purchased for donation to the Socks for Troops program. New, unworn socks purchased elsewhere may also be donated, but Shoe Sensation has secured a special selection of military-approved socks that meet the requirements for active duty that can be purchased in their stores, to donate to active-duty troops overseas. Extra socks are one of the top requests of U.S. personnel overseas. You can help by pitching in. Just visit the Arkansas City Shoe Sensation to donate.
The recipient of the Yard of the Season Award for this week is a home at 709 W. Chestnut Avenue… owned by Robert and Sheila Switzer. The weekly award is given by the Arkansas City Beautification and Tree Advisory Board to a yard that, through a combination of landscaping and flowers, presents a pleasant appearance that enhances the home itself. It also is a way to recognize homeowners who ‘go all out’ to decorate for holidays. The Beautification Advisory Board will meet at noon Thursday at Steamy Joe to determine the Nelson Sensation Award and Yard of the Season winners for December. You can nominate a yard for the board’s consideration for either award by emailing the address — and a photo if you wish — of the yard to Andrew Lawson at email@example.com.
Outgoing city manager Warren Porter retired after 20 years as Winfield city manager to become director of finance for the City of Edmond, Okla. His last day as city manager was Saturday. Although many projects undertaken during Porter’s tenure will be memorable, he will most remember how the entire St. John’s College complex was repurposed to become “one of the centerpieces of the community.” Buildings that were part of the former college are now a public library, recreation center, community center and apartments, among other uses.
Cowley County Commissioners decided to stick with their current meeting schedule – twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays – after being offered an option of two additional meetings during their meeting last week. The Courier Traveler reports County administrator Jeremy Willmoth suggested commissioners might want to add in the two additional Tuesdays on the 2017 calendar, but they declined. Additional meetings will be scheduled in May, June and July when department heads will be making their budget presentations.The meetings, held in the courthouse assembly room, will be held at the same times, 9 a.m. for the first Tuesday meeting and 6 p.m. for the third Tuesday meeting.
The Arkansas City Building Trades Advisory Board has voted to suspend a contractor’s license for 30 days following a series of complaints. The suspension applies to new permits only, and Faithful Plumbers will be allowed to continue current work. The board members made the decision after several findings of code violations, negligence and poor workmanship. Faithful Plumbers owner Faybien Rosales previously faced a citizen complaint back in February, which the board dismissed. But members said, in suspending the license now, that it was due to a pattern that’s becoming habitual. In one case, another plumber testified that he found a major natural gas leak in a woman’s crawlspace that could have been present for up to a year. He said the woman must have been doing a lot of praying, because for some reason, her house didn’t just blow up. He said while the materials used by Faithful Plumbers was good quality, the workmanship was not, and the materials had been installed improperly.
The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to be on the lookout for asphalt paving scammers who may be passing through the county. The CCSO was contacted early Tuesday morning by a resident in the southern portion of the county regarding subjects who had approached them about paving the reporting party’s driveway. The same subject also contacted another resident in that area. According to Sheriff Don Read, some things to look for when dealing with potential asphalt paving scammers include no business card or proof of bonding and door-to-door salespeople who tell you they have leftover asphalt from another job. Reed says always ask for local references and write down tag numbers, business logos and vehicle descriptions.
An Arkansas City man who survived a fatal accident Sunday night remains in critical condition Tuesday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. 29 year old Salvador Venegas was flown from the crash scene to the Wichita hospital after the car he was driving struck a vehicle driven by Garrett L. Misora, of Winfield, around 10:20 p.m. on U.S. Highway 77 near Strother Field. Misora died at the scene. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that Venegas was driving southbound in the northbound lanes without operating headlights. The report stated Misora was wearing a seat belt and Venegas was not. The KHP is investigating the accident.
Police today continue to investigate a Sunday crash that took the life of a Winfield man. It happened around10:20 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 77 near Strother Field, where the Kansas Highway Patrol says 20-year-old Garrett Misora’s car was struck head on by another car, driven by 29 year old Salvador Venegas of Ark City, who was driving southbound in the northbound lanes without his headlights on. Police say it appears that was after a previous collision, but they are still looking into it. Venegas was flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with what were termed critical injuries. Misora was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Police say he was wearing a seat belt and Venegas was not.