Billed as “The last crossing of the 14th Street bridge” an event in Winfield recently, brought former Winfield folks back home, some from as far away as Idaho and Connecticut. On Monday, January 22nd, the West 14th Avenue bridge over the Walnut River was officially closed, so the process of demolition of that bridge could get underway, and construction of a new one could be started. The old bridge was built way back in 1928. The new bridge is expected to be completed and open by this coming September. The old bridge had outlived its usefullness, and it was declared unsafe, and not worth the effort or money to repair it. Organizers of the “Last Crossing” got the approval from the state to open the old bridge one more time for a few hours this past Saturday, to allow some folks to cross it one last time…. some with antique autos. The contractor building the new bridge, halted operations for the day so they wouldn’t interfere with that passage. Some 42 vehicles, about half of them antiques, lined up for the last ride. Many who turned out said it was a very sentimental moment.
Archives for January 2018
The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. CRT televisions and monitors will be accepted for a $5 fee; all other electronics will be accepted free of charge. Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. The recycler guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. They will accept the following electronic items: computers, laptops, servers, network equipment, LCD monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, POS scanners and equipment, stereo equipment, small household appliances such as toasters, irons, and coffee pots, telephones, telecommunications equipment, phone systems, security equipment, industrial equipment, UPS systems, cell phones, VCRs, radios, keyboards and computer mice, lead acid batteries, re-chargeable batteries, industrial control panels, ink and toner. Medical equipment that has been inspected and decontaminated of blood-borne pathogens, fluids, solvents, pressure gases or radioactive sources is also accepted. Proof of decontamination is required.
The Optimists of Arkansas City have issued a call for entries in the 2018 Optimist International Essay Contest. A local winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The Optimist International Essay Contest gives young people the opportunity to express their views on a central topic, develop writing skills and compete for multiple college scholarships. The essay contest is open to any Arkansas City student who is younger than 18 as of Oct. 1, 2017. The deadline for students to submit essays to the Optimists of Arkansas City will be noon Feb. 27. The 2017-18 topic is “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Each student must write an original 700- to 800-word analytical essay on the topic, with only limited guidance from other people. No poetry or works of fiction will be accepted. All established contest guidelines must be followed. Each student must complete an application form, which can be downloaded at www.optimist.org, and submit proof of age by furnishing a copy of his or her birth certificate or passport. For more information, contact Optimist Secretary Andrew Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (620) 441-4415.
In Arkansas City, another City Commission study session is scheduled for Friday, and there will be a special Historic Preservation Board meeting next Monday. Also, Thursday’s Beautification and Tree Advisory Board meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m., not 4 p.m. as previously announced. On Friday, the City Commission of Arkansas City study session will begin at noon at the city manager’s office in City Hall. Then on Monday, the special Historic Preservation Board meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the commission room at City Hall.
A judge is expected to rule soon on whether certain evidence, including past criminal records, can be included in the murder trial of Zachary Gardner, who pleaded not guilty back in July, to second degree murder in connection with the death about a year ago, of his wife, Melissa Gardner in Winfield. Cowley County Attorney Larry Schwartz, during a pre-trial conference last week, introduced motions to let certain evidence be admitted. At the same time, attorneys for the defense introduced motions to prevent certain evidence from being admitted. Gardner’s trial is scheduled to begin on February 5th in Cowley County District Court. Judge Nick St. Peter said he would take the information under advisement and deliver his decision at 9 a.m. on January
The Cowley College Recreation building will soon be named the Linda Adams Hargrove Athletic Center. Linda Hargrove is a pioneer in women’s sports at Cowley College. The legendary basketball and volleyball coach left her mark on the college and will be honored for her accomplishments, when the Cowley College Recreational Building at 617 West Washington Avenue, will be named the Linda Adams Hargrove Athletic Center. Hargrove is the second all-time winningest coach in the history of the Cowley College women’s basketball and volleyball programs. She won 316 games as head coach of the Lady Tiger basketball team from 1972-1989 and accumulated 292 wins during 10 seasons in charge of the volleyball team (1976-1985). She was inducted into the inaugural class of the Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. Following her coaching career at Cowley, she went on to serve as the head women’s basketball coach at Wichita State University from 1989-1998 and was later the general manager and head coach of the Portland Fire of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and general manager of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
It may have been a medical incident that caused a one-vehicle accident near Strother Field on Monday afternoon… that according to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office. One man was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon around 4, when the truck he was driving left the road in the 7000 block of 5th Street, and then slammed into two parked cars and a utility pole before it finally came to rest in a drainage canal. According to family members of the driver, whose name has not been released, this was the second time something like this has happened to this same driver. There has been no word of the severity of the driver’s injuries, and no word of any other injuries. We also have no information concerning any potential charges.
A fire at a shop and aircraft hangar Saturday near Udall caused about $40,000 in damages, but fortunately nobody was hurt. The first call came in just before 10AM for the blaze burning at 6499 100th Road. When firefighters arrived, they found the 20-by-40 structure fully involved, with flames coming through the roof. The fire did considerable damage to the building. Investigators now say it appears to have started around a wood burning stove that was in an enclosed workshop inside the building. The fire was mostly contained to the south end of the building, which sustained damage from radiant heat, fire and smoke. Firefighters had it under control in about a half hour, and they were able to keep it from spreading to other areas of the shop. A tractor, a boat and an airplane, were saved.
Cowley County hospitals are now warning visitors about the spread of flu. At South Central Kansas Medical Center in Ark City, visitors under the age of 12 are not allowed, and the facility is asking those who enter to wear a mask if they have not had a flu shot. Hospital staff also requests that patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms wear a mask. At William Newton Hospital in Winfield, visitors are limited to two at a time per patient. The hospital also recommends keeping children at home when possible, covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and using the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of that tissue after use. Both hospitals and doctors all recommend frequent and complete hand washing. Kansas and Oklahoma are two of 26 states reporting high levels of Influenza-like illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as healthcare providers across the nation are bracing for what they say could be one of the hardest-hitting flu seasons in recent years. The good news is the season appears to already be peaking, according to the CDC…
Beware though, it’s not over yet…
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Thursday, nominated Sarah E. Fertig to serve as inspector general for the Kansas Medicaid program. The attorney general’s office conducted a national search for the position, and Fertig was the candidate recommended by a review committee that considered applications. By law, Fertig may not begin serving as Medicaid inspector general unless and until confirmed by the Kansas Senate. Schmidt has now formally transmitted Fertig’s nomination to the Senate for consideration. Schmidt said he has confidence Fertig will lead the Office of Inspector General professionally and independently. For the past six years, Fertig has served as an assistant attorney general in the Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division at Schmidt’s office. Her previous professional experience includes serving as inspector general for the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority. Fertig earned both her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Inspector General, which is one of the statutory requirements for the inspector general. If confirmed by the Senate, Fertig will begin the task of rebuilding the Office of Inspector General, which currently has no employees and no office.