The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood this September to help tackle the needs of patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. As fall approaches, more donations are needed now to address the ongoing critical need for blood – especially as concern rises over a surge in COVID-19 cases that may further challenge the ability to collect enough blood for patients.
Archives for August 2021
With help from the Lion’s Club, members of Cowley College’s Academic Civic Engagement through Service (ACES) program recently painted at Lions Park in Arkansas City. According to James Fry, coordinator of the ACES program, this project was the first of the semester for the ACES organization.
At a special meeting Monday, the USD 470 Board of Education voted to make masks mandatory for all students and staff members, regardless of vaccination status, starting on Wednesday, September 1 and lasting through Monday, September 13. In the meantime, district administration and nurses will work on a modified plan to be reviewed and acted upon at the September 13 Board meeting. This decision was made in an effort to keep as many students learning in person as possible. CDC guidelines currently allow close contacts to stay in school if the positive individual is masked AND the close contact is masked.
Several hundred members of the Kansas agriculture community gathered online on Thursday, August 26, for the sixth annual Kansas Governor’s Summit on Agricultural Growth hosted by Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam and Deputy Secretary Kelsey Olson. Governor Laura Kelly greeted Summit participants and thanked the Kansas agriculture community for all they do for Kansas. She went on to express her commitment to the issues that have an impact on the ag industry.
Just a friendly reminder, ACPD is participating in a campaign aimed at reducing drunk drivers until September 6. Nationally, during the 2019 Labor Day holiday period, 38% of fatalities in traffic crashes involved a drunk driver.
An update from USD 465: They are making progress at Country View elementary! Solar panels are being installed on the roof of the barn as part of the Max Sunshine Project.
The Cowley College student pantry will open for the year on Tuesday, August 31. The pantry is located in the Nelson Student Center on the Arkansas City campus and provides free food, toiletries, and cleaning products to students in need. It is run by the Phi Theta Kappa honors society through student volunteers and has grown substantially since first instituted in the spring of 2019. Last year, Cowley College students used the pantry approximately 250 times, significantly more than any previous year.
An update from the City-Cowley County Health Department on COVID 19. Beginning next week, the Health Department will begin offering rapid antigen testing in our daily drive-up lane. The antigen test detects proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 which are present in the respiratory system. Test results are generally available within 15 minutes following sample processing. As of Wednesday, this week seventy-eight (78) cases had been identified. To date we have recorded three hundred-ninety-three (393) new cases in August. There are currently more than one hundred (100)) active cases in the county. We have recorded five hundred-seventy-six (576) new cases of COVID-19 since July 1, 2021. The overall rate of infection in the non-vaccinated population is significantly higher than the vaccinated population as expected.
Thousands of vehicles will be traveling the Kansas roadways during the Labor Day weekend. Many families will head out on one last camping trip or getaway as the school year begins. Safe Kids Kansas, (sponsored in part by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment), State Farm and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) want to encourage families to buckle up and drive safely to protect their most valuable asset, their families. This year, August 28 through September 12, a safety belt awareness campaign called “Bucks for Buckles” is being held in 46 cities across Kansas. Dollar bills are being distributed by local volunteers to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle. Those riding unrestrained will receive educational materials about the effectiveness of seat belts and child safety seats in saving lives and reducing injuries.
Following the purchase of a market heifer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction held at the Winfield Fair Grounds on Aug. 2, Cowley College donated a total of 500 pounds of meat to Manna Ministries in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry on Wednesday. The College began purchasing cattle from local 4-H members and donating the beef to local food pantries in 2010. The Winfield Community Food Pantry is housed in the Grace United Methodist Church apartments just north of the main building of the church. The pantry is dedicated to assisting the people in northern Cowley County who are in need of quality service, useable food items, and a nurturing and caring atmosphere. Families coming to the Food Pantry must complete a referral form, have a picture ID, as well as have proof of a Winfield area address and meet the income guidelines.