It now appears that there could soon be a new Arkansas City Manager to replace Nick Hernandez. Ark City Commissioners report that they have interviewed the four candidates recommended by a consulting firm that was hired to solicit, screen and recommend candidates, and those interviews went well. After meeting to discuss it in executive session, city leaders say they now have settled on one of those candidates, and they have talked in more detail with that person, and are now awaiting his reply. No additional details are yet being released, because the potential new city manager has not yet accepted the position… which officially has been offered. The city is currently working on the contract. They did say however, that the final choice has many qualities that stand out. He is from is one of the fastest growing cities in Kansas. Current City Manager Nick Hernandez will be leaving on June 1st. He has accepted a new position as city manager in Dodge City. Interestingly… Hernandez came back from a cruise on spring break and then quarantined for 14 days. His quarantine ended Monday and he is fine.
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Monday was the first day back to school in Winfield and Arkansas City. Because all the schools buildings in the state are closed over concerns about the coronavirus, students will be forced to learn from home from now until the end of the school year in mid-May. Most parents so far, say they believe USD 470 has done an excellent job with the distance learning set up and so far, they say the schools have communicated the process very well. On Monday, Winfield families had their online lessons and/or paper packets so the kids could start working on lessons again. Families with access to computers can have their kids work online, but kids without such access can do the lessons on paper. The students will have to send in pictures of the activities to their teachers so the teachers can see that the child understands the work. All students are expected to participate, whether it’s online or on paper.
As of Monday, there were a total of 368 cases of coronavirus in Kansas, including eight deaths… that’s the latest word according to the state health department. So far, there have been no positive cases in Cowley County. The total of 368 statewide cases includes an additional 49 cases that were reported yesterday… a little more than 15% increase over Sunday’s numbers. Sedgwick County now has 49 cases. Kay County, Oklahoma continued to report 20 cases… a number that has not changed since Sunday, yet Kay County, with a population of about 44,000, has one of the highest infection rates of any county reporting in Oklahoma. The statewide total positive cases in Oklahoma now stands at 481 and there have been 17 deaths from COVID-19 in all of Oklahoma. A total of 8 have died from the virus in Kansas.
Statewide, 4,922 people have been tested. 4,511 of those tests have come back negative for COVID-19. Meanwhile, health experts say Cowley County has tested more per capita than many other counties in Kansas. While there is no definite cure or vaccine yet, a number of drugs…. particularly drugs that have been successfully used to treat malaria… are showing some astonishing results and have been cleared no by the federal government to be used to treat COVID-19.
This one slipped through the cracks, but in an effort to talk about something other than Coronavirus, we thought you might find it interesting. Back on March 12th… just a couple short weeks ago… the Cowley County Livestock Association held its annual meeting at the Tisdale Methodist Church gym. Nearly 100 farmers, ranchers, friends and neighbors attended. It was catered by Grouse Valley Grill of Dexter. Everyone who was there enjoyed smoked brisket from Creekstone Farms, baked beans, a potato casserole, hot rolls and cookies. The new board members were elected unanimously. They are: Amanda Pilkington, of Winfield; David Parsons, of Winfield; Kevin McFarland, of Ark City; and Curtis Burdette and Don Land, both of Cedar Vale. They will be the board representative to the Kansas Livestock Association.
Oklahoma has joined the list of states where abortions will be prohibited under a ban on elective surgeries during the coronavirus outbreak. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Friday, amended his executive order to specifically prohibit abortions unless necessary to prevent health risks to the mother. The ban as of now, is effective through April 7th, although it could be extended. Last Tuesday, Stitt issued an executive order suspending all elective surgeries and minor medical procedures for 14 days to preserve dwindling supplies of protective equipment such as gloves, masks and face shields. Abortion rights groups immediately denounced Stitt’s proposal. Governors in Texas and Ohio have imposed similar abortion bans. Among all the hype, remember this… for most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults and people with other health problems. Governor Stitt also announced on Friday that the state had received enough supplies from the federal government to conduct 10,000 tests and that those would be performed at the state health lab and Oklahoma’s two research universities.
As of Sunday morning, Cowley County was reportedly still free of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Neighboring counties however, were not so lucky. As of Sunday, six people reportedly have died from the virus in Kansas. As of Sunday, the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment showed Kansas had recorded 319 cases, a 22 percent increase from Saturday, but it was a lower percent increase from the previous day of 29 percent. The Cowley County Health Department reported 45 tests had been performed with 42 negative results and three pending as of yesterday morning. State Health officials report that test results so far in Kansas, show about 94% of those tested have turned up negative for COVID-19. Sedgwick County on Sunday reported 44 positive results. Kay County, Oklahoma reported 20. Oklahoma’s overall number on Sunday, stood at 429. The entire state of Kansas is now under a stay-at-home order, after Governor Laura Kelly made that move on Saturday to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature agreed Sunday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide stay-at-home order is necessary to help check the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing it to take effect Monday as planned. Exceptions to that order for “essential” outside-the-home activities include religious worship and buying, selling and manufacturing guns and ammunition.
ARound noon on Wednesday, the Cowley County Sheriff’s Deputies amwered a call aobut a residential burglary. They got there and learned taht three suspects ran from the scene after the homeowner came home and witnessed the burglary in progress. The homeowner blocked their vehicle in with his own and the suspects got out and ran. Arrested were 26 year old Jack Nelso of Augusta, Ks who today remains at the Cowley County Jail; 30 year old Tyler Jarci of Augusta, Ks who is also in the Cowley County Jail; and 27 year old Kelsey LaForge of El Dorado (El Duh RAY dough), KS who is now in the Cowley County Jail too.
While Kansas saw another jump in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Cowley County remained free of any verified cases. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment the total number of cases in Kansas is now 126. inOklahoma, verified virus cases in Kay County remained at 5 Wednesday. overall numbers in Oklahoma reached 164and five deaths have been reported.In Kansas, three deaths have been reported.
Hallie McCaslin of Winfield and Kristina Maupin of Oxford were involved in a non-injury motor vehicle
accident in the intersection of 12th Avenue and Alexander Street. Hallie McCaslin was cited for violation
of driver’s license restrictions.
Fredrick Jackson of Arkansas City was arrested for domestic battery in the 1100 block of Menor Street.
Michelle Morris of Arkansas City was arrested for domestic battery, interference with law enforcement
officer, and a warrant in the 1100 block of Menor Street.
Jeffery Bowker of Winfield was the victim of burglary in the 1300 block of Pearl Street.
Simano Lingkol of Winfield was arrested for domestic battery in the 400 block of Andrews Street.
Kansas’s Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) are encouraging Kansans feeling the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic to connect with their local mental health center via telephone or online. CMHCs are dedicated to ensuring Kansans continue to have access to behavioral health services. CMHCS provide behavioral health services in all 105 counties, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. In order to keep clients, their families, and CMHC staff safe; to comply with guidance provided by local, state, and federal public health officials; and to help contain the spread of COVID-19, CMHCs are adopting innovative service delivery measures, including the use of technology, such as telephone and televideo appointments, to meet the needs of their clients. Even though services may look different, they will continue.