The South Kansas Symphony (SKS) at Southwestern College is planning to be back for the 2021-2022 season. Additional instrumentalists are invited to join. The orchestra typically is a combination of collegiate players, community members, and high school students. Many musicians come from the Winfield and Arkansas City area, but others also come from as far as Wichita. Season tickets will be on sale this fall for patrons who wish to purchase tickets at a discount and have reserved seating for most symphony and pre-college string ensemble concerts ($35/adults and $15/children (5-18). Most South Kansas Symphony concerts are $10 for adults and $5 for children, with the exception of free concerts and the Chamber Gala fundraising event ($40 per person). The two main pre-college string ensemble concerts are $5 for adults and $2 for children (5-18).
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Athletes entering fifth through eighth grade are invited to attend the Tiger/Bulldog Youth Basketball Camp August 9-11 in Arkansas City, KS. The camp will run daily from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Arkansas City High School. Donnie Jackson, a former Cowley College assistant and new head coach of the Tigers, will be joined at the camp by Tiger assistant Roybell Baez and Arkansas City High School boys’ basketball head coach CJ Jennings. Tiger basketball players Cevin Clark and Raishaun Brown will also assist with the camp which will help participants improve their basketball skills. The cost to attend the camp is $75.
Winfield Police Department says they’ve received official word from American Red Cross Kansas that the winner of last week’s Battle of the Badges blood drive is … WINFIELD! The Winfield community donated 83 units of blood, compared to Arkansas City’s 69 units. Thank you to all who showed up and rolled up a sleeve to help us achieve victory!
The Cowley County Crimestoppers, in coordination with area law enforcement agencies, have purchased and made available to the public a catalytic converter marking kit. Catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise in Cowley County in the last year due to the soaring price of precious metals contained in the parts. One significant set back in tracking catalytic converters once they have been removed from a vehicle is matching them to a particular victim. The CATETCH catalytic converter identification kit allows vehicle owners to apply an identifiable number to the converter which is registered on-line. The CATETCH kits are currently available free of charge at the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, Winfield Police Department, Arkansas City Police Department, Udall Police Department and Burden Police Department.
With the start of the fall athletic season just around the corner, Cowley College recently conducted a volleyball camp for high school age participants. The high school volleyball camp was led by Cowley head volleyball coach Steven Gream and assistant coach Lan DaSilva. Current as well as former Lady Tiger volleyball players also assisted with the camp. The high school camp was designed for 9th-12th graders and covered all aspects of the game. The two-day camp covered the understanding of rotations, general volleyball rules, passing, setting, serving, and hitting mechanics. A setter/hitter clinic will also be held at Cowley College on Friday, July 30.
From USD 470: We have partnered with Greenbush, an education service center, to offer the Greenbush Virtual Academy-Ark City. This is an option for students who may need/want to learn from home this year. If you choose to apply to the virtual academy and are accepted, you will remain part of the Ark City Bulldog family. Your student will also have the opportunity to participate in athletics and activities as long as all stipulations are met. Find more information, the new virtual student activity eligibility policy, and the application at www.usd470.com/virtual. The application deadline is August 4.
The Cowley College Golden Tigers is an educational program offered to community members who are at least 50 years of age and/or retired. Through classes, day trips, and workshops, it seeks to provide opportunities that promote the social, intellectual, mental, spiritual, and physical health of its members. Enrollment for classes in Arkansas City will take place Tuesday, August 24 from 1-3 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. Enrollment for classes in Wellington will be held Thursday, August 26 from 1-3 p.m. in the Short Center Community Room. Individuals unable to attend either enrollment may enroll by phone or email beginning Friday, August 27, by contacting Micah Fry at 620-441-5225 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees for classes, trips, and workshops are paid at the time of enrollment. There is a one-time $5 semester registration fee, and each class is $5. Some classes have additional costs or supplies needed. Please refer to the class schedule for details.
– The American Red Cross Kansas and Oklahoma Region reminds our communities that the highest temperatures we’ve seen this summer could be on the horizon. A little preparation can go a long way in helping to keep you, your family and your fur babies safe during intense heat. Young children, older adults, individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, individuals taking prescription medicines, outside workers, and those who live alone are more susceptible to the heat and are at greater risk of experiencing a heat-related illness.
Stay Aware – watch weather warnings and adhere to the safety precautions. NEVER leave children or pets in your vehicle.
Keep Cool – if you do not have a working air conditioner, seek relief during the hottest part of the day in places such as libraries, theaters or malls.
Stay Hydrated – drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
Limit Outdoor Activity – avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day and wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Stay Connected – check on friends, family and elderly neighbors who may not have air conditioning or live alone.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued an Emergency Order of Suspension to Fairytale Friends Daycare, 401 W 14th Ave in Winfield. State law allows the Secretary of KDHE to issue such an order when, in the opinion of the Secretary, the order is necessary to protect children in the home from any potential threat to health or safety. The order is subject to appeal.
The CDC is now recommending that all people, even those who are vaccinated, return to wearing masks indoors, in parts of the country where coronavirus cases are jumping. In resposne to that guidance, the governor made a statement. She said “While we are still reviewing the new guidance and what it means for Kansas, this administration has consistently followed the recommendations from the experts at the CDC – and we don’t intend to stop. Right now Kansas is at a crossroads. The new Delta variant has caused COVID-19 to surge in our communities and some of our hospitals are moving towards capacity. The bad news is that parts of our state fall into the “hot spot” category for new cases, the good news is we have a vaccine to protect us from the virus that is safe, effective against severe illness, hospitalization and death, and free. I strongly urge every Kansan who isn’t vaccinated to get one right away.”