Archives for July 2019

SCHOOL DRILLS TO START SOON, BUT LESS OF THEM THIS YEAR

Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 128 into law back in April, changing the number of safety drills schools in Kansas must perform each year from 16 to nine. Schools must conduct at least two tornado drills… one in September and one in March… three crisis drills, and four fire drills per school year. Crisis drills should reflect events that have a potential to occur in your school and can include, but are not limited to, things such as a water main break, earthquake, missing student, hazardous spills, intruders, active shooters or medical emergencies. The new law went into effect July 1st, and will be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year. Updated information and the new drills and the changes in the drill requirements, are posted online at firemarshal.ks.gov

PANCAKE BREAKFAST PLANNED IN ARK CITY

The Cowley College volleyball team is holding an all you can eat pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday, August 10 at Central Christian Church in Arkansas City. The event will run from 7-11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be served. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children age 5-11, and children four and under eat free. Central Christian Church is located at 206 W. Central Avenue in Arkansas City. For more information call 620-441-5324.

HOSPITAL FINANCES SAID TO BE IMPROVING

In the past, it has been touch and go as far as the financial condition of the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center. Now though, according to a published report by the local newspaper, the hosptial is on much more solid footing financially so far this year. The paper reports that despite a bad month in May, the first five months of 2019 show the medical center ended up with an overall profit of $1.125 million. That’s a pretty big turn around from last year, when SCKMC showed a loss of $250,000 during that same time period. This all comes with a footnote though… In May of this year, the medical center reduced its gross revenue by $2.9 million, which created a negative operating profit of $425,000. Gross revenue is what is charged, but not what is collected. The difference between what is billed and what is received is a contractual write-off. Therefore, going forward, the write off will be between $100,000 to $125,000 each month… a figure that is up to three times higher than what had been taking place.

WALMART THIEVES NABBED

Three people were arrested Thursday after Cowley County deputies say they ripped off an Arkansas City store. It happened at Walmart after the three apparently took off without paying and left in a vehicle that was then pulled over on U.S. 77 Highway a couple of miles south of Winfield. 33 year old Thomas Weiner was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. 40 year old Brandy Frerking and 32 year old Christopher Dotterer were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. All three are from Wichita. They were all locked up in the Cowley County Jail, and then later released on bond.

WINFIELD DRUG ARRESTS

On Wednesday, Winfield Police say they, along with officers from the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, the Cowley County Drug task Force, and with the assistance of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of Millington St. in Winfield. As a result of that search warrant and investigation, Gregory Windham of Winfield was arrested on 2 existing warrants. He was also charged with Possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

GET READY FOR SOME NUNSENSE

The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present the musical comedy “Nunsense” on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College. The original Off-Broadway production opened Dec. 12, 1985, running for 3,672 performances and becoming the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history. It’s a show that they say will appeal to everyone. Several of the actors are interns for the Southwestern College Theatre Festival, including Jenni Warren and Emma Bate. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $6 youth or students. Order tickets by calling (620) 221-7720, (620) 229-6272, or by emailing boxoffice@sckans.edu.

AREA BRIDGE TO GET SPECIAL DESIGNATION

A ceremony dedicating the Sgt. Kevin A. Gilbertson Memorial Bridge will be held on Aug. 3 at Arkansas City, to honor the U.S. Army soldier who died in the Iraq War. The ceremony, open to the public, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3 on 61st Lane… at the southeast corner of the South Summit river bridge, on U.S. 77 at Arkansas City. The Kansas Department of Transportation will be placing northbound and southbound signs with Sgt. Gilbertson’s name near the bridge. Sgt. Gilbertson died in 2007 from wounds sustained during combat in Iraq. He was was 24 at the time. His survivors included a wife, infant son and step-son. Although Sgt. Gilbertson’s hometown was Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his mother and step-father live in Kansas and travel near the bridge being named after him. Gilbertson joined the Army right out of high school and enlisted for another six years of service before he was fatally wounded during his second tour in Iraq.

MORE FLUSHING PLANNED IN ARK CITY

The City of Arkansas City is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program, with work proceeding all across northwest Arkansas City starting this week. The Environmental Services Department has begun flushing Section 7, which contains a total of 51 fire hydrants in a rectangular area bounded by North First Street to the east, West Radio Lane to the north, West Kansas Avenue to the south and North 15th Street to the west. Flushing will continue in Section 5 through at least this Friday. All flushing will be conducted between 8AM and 3PM. Water customers in this area might experience temporary discoloration or low water pressure during this fire hydrant flushing program. Most discoloration can be corrected by flushing a faucet for a few minutes, but if flushing does not correct the problem or if you continue to notice a pressure loss, call (620) 441-4480 or (620) 441-4492. The Environmental Services Department advises that you do not wash laundry if your water is discolored because that can stain the items. If laundry does become stained, please leave the items wet, call one of the numbers above and a
detergent designed to remove the stains will be delivered to your address.

MORE MEDICAID FRAUD LEADS TO ANOTHER ARREST

A Kansas woman has been ordered to repay more than $3,800 for Medicaid fraud. 22 year old Elizabeth Joyce of Junction City pled guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Joyce pleaded guilt to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program and one felony count of theft back in May. On Friday, a judge ordered Joyce to repay $3,870.31 to the Kansas Medicaid Program and sentenced her to 12 months of probation with an underlying sentence of six months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. She also is prohibited from being paid wages through a government health care program. Investigators say Joyce claimed she was providing personal care attendant home based services to her mother, when in fact she was clocked in and working for other employers at the same time. The pay for the personal care services was placed into a joint checking account accessible to both Joyce and her mother, Terry Sherrick. An analysis of the Medicaid payment data showed 370 hours of overlapping time billed by Sherrick on behalf of Joyce, while Joyce was working for other employers between October 2015 and July 2016.

TIGER BOOSTER BLITZ SET FOR AUGUST 7TH

Cowley College coaches, booster club members and staff members will take to the streets for the school’s annual Tiger Booster Club Blitz Drive on Wednesday, August 7th. The Blitz Drive is conducted to raise money for Tiger Booster Club scholarships. The Tiger Booster Club has six levels of membership that range from $100 to $2,500. TBC members are admitted free to all Tiger sporting events. The event will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. inside the Hall of Fame Room located inside W.S. Scott Auditorium prior to the teams heading out at 8:30 a.m. At the conclusion of the event, teams will again meet at 6 p.m. for food and refreshments inside the Earle N. Wright Community Room. All Booster Club members are invited to attend as fall sports previews will be presented by the coaches. Anyone interested in volunteering to be part of a team or becoming a Tiger Booster Club member should contact the Cowley Athletic Department at 620-441-5268.