David O’Hara, associate professor of philosophy and classics at Augustana University, will deliver the Beck Lecture at Southwestern College on Tuesday, April 3, at 4 p.m. in Wroten Hall. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. O’Hara teaches a variety of courses, including ancient philosophy, American philosophy, environmental ethics, Asian philosophy, and philosophy of religion. O’Hara has earned degrees from Middlebury College, and St John’s College, and was awarded master’s and doctoral degrees by Pennsylvania State University. For more information about the Beck Lecture, call (620) 229-6059.
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A preliminary hearing for an Arkansas City High School teacher who has been accused of unlawful sexual relations with a student, has been continued to May 17th. The case surrounds Ethan Huff, a local social studies teacher, who was arrested last October on suspicion of having unlawful sexual relations with a 17-year old female student. Huff has been free since his arrest, on a $10,000 bond. A hearing was held earlier this month, on March 15th, but it was continued to allow both sides additional time to review information that was made available by Arkansas City Police. In the meantime, Huff remains suspended with pay from his job with the local school.
The state of Kansas wants the United States Supreme Court to review a decision preventing it from terminating its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood. In a petition filed on Thursday, it argues that a federal appeals court was wrong when it decided that Medicaid patients have a right to challenge a state’s termination of their Medicaid provider. The petition filed Thursday was brought by Jeff Anderson, the acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and asks the court to reach the conclusion of the one dissenting circuit.
The Southwestern College theatre department will present “Guys and Dolls” on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Leading characters will be played by Jack Warring, Kaela Massey, Tanner Schartz, and Scarlet Greene. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 for students. For more information or tickets, call (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or email email@example.com.
A recent study by the US Fish and Wildlife Service shows that only 5 percent of Americans 16 or older now hunt. That’s half of what it was 50 years ago. Here in Kansas, state officials say while we have seen some decline in the number of hunting and fishing licenses that are sold annually, the decline has not been nearly as dramatic as it is in much of the rest of the country. Urbanization, time constraints, and access to hunting land, are all cited as contributing factors to the decline. Most of the budget for the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism comes from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, so a drop in license sales could mean a drop in their conservation efforts. Studies show if kids haven’t been exposed to hunting by 18 or 20 years of age, there’s a chance they’ll never get into it. The state has been trying to fight that trend, by offering half-price fishing permits for children until they hit 16 years of age.
Two people from Texas have been arrested by Arkansas City Police in connection with a vehicle burglary that led to the discovery of narcotics. According to a release from Ark City Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson, 35 year old John Lamb and 38 year old Tonya Swonger, both of Wills Point, Texas, are now charged with one felony count each of burglary of a motor vehicle, forgery, possession of methamphetamine and possession of opiates or narcotics. Swonger also faces two total counts of forgery. The two were also charged with one count each of endangering a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft of property valued at less than $1,000. Their arrests came after police answered a call about a vehicle burglary in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, where a 66-year- old Arkansas City woman told them that her purse had been stolen from her parked car. While officers were investigating, she received a call from a local bank informing her that someone was attempting to pass one of her personal checks.
Police followed up and found a vehicle with a Connecticut license plate, which they stopped, and found Lamb and Swonger in it. Officers learned that Swonger had allegedly attempted to pass the stolen check. Items found in the vehicle matched those reported stolen from the victim. The pair was taken into custody. A 5-month- old infant was in the back seat of the car. The baby was taken to Cowley County Juvenile Intake. Police then learned that the Arkansas City woman’s credit card had been used at a local convenience store. A search of the store’s dumpster found more evidence linked to the pair. Both Lamb and Swonger were locked up in the Cowley County Jail.
Governor Jeff Colyer on Monday, issued a proclamation declaring the month of April as “Safe Digging Month” in Kansas. The proclamation, in concurrence with National Safe Digging Month, reminds Kansans to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging projects. The Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas One-Call, the Kansas Pipeline Association, the Common Ground Alliance, and Governor Colyer are encouraging excavators and homeowners to call 811 before they begin digging projects to prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient outages. A utility line is damaged by digging once every six minutes nationwide, and one-third of those incidents are caused by failure of the professional excavator or homeowner to call 811 before digging. When dialing 811, callers are connected to Kansas One-Call, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Calls are taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Requests can also be entered at www.kansasonecall.com. Excavators and homeowners are required to make a request at least two working days in advance of beginning a digging project. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires a call to 811. There is no charge to have utility lines marked.
The Ark City Chamber WILL NOT be holding a CHAMBER COFFEE this week. But according to Ark City Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson, you are invited to join the chamber and other officials next wee… on Thursday, March 29th at 10AM, at Presbyterian Manor on Fourth Street in Ark City, for the next event… the 5th Thursday Art & Music Crawl. All the details are available at arkcitychamber.org/
Four Southwestern College seniors have been chosen to present their psychology research projects at the 30th annual Association for Psychological Science Convention May 24-27 in San Francisco.
The students… Anna Mankoski, Winfield; Ashley Smith, Garden City; Troy Fort, Stillwater, Okla.; and Jerlecia Thompson, Waco, Texas… have been mentored by Carrie Lane, associate professor of psychology, and Jacob Negley, assistant professor of psychology. Lane points out that each of the four is in an activity at Southwestern but they are equally or more passionate about academic and future career goals, which sets them apart. Lane adds that the students begin putting their projects together in the spring of their junior year and acquire the necessary data in the fall of their senior year. More than 4,000 scientists from disciplines spanning the full spectrum of psychological science will attend the convention.
Cowley College sophomore Mary Anderson was recently named the school’s March Student of the Month. Anderson graduated from High School in 2016, after being involved in basketball, volleyball, track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and Future Farmers of America while in high school. She came to Cowley on a track scholarship and ran track as a freshman. Anderson currently serves as a student ambassador, Student Senate vice president, volunteers with America Reads, and is a resident assistant at The Lodge Dormitory. Anderson has a grade point average of 3.63. She has been named to the President and Dean’s Honor Rolls at Cowley. The business administration major… in her spare time… also tutors at Francis Willard Elementary in Arkansas City, while also working at Dillons and the Tiger Deli. She says after Cowley, she plans to attend Emporia State University and hopes to one day be the CEO of a major corporation.