From the City of Winfield, KS: Help us “Fill the Bucket” this Friday, October 8th. We will be at the Winfield, Walmart, parking lot from 8 AM to 2 PM. All donations will go to the Winfield Food Pantry.
Archives for October 2021
Southwestern College President Brad Andrews has announced that he will leave the college in January to assume the presidency of Brevard College in North Carolina. Andrews will see the college through a successful fall semester and start of the spring before moving with his family to North Carolina. Andrews was selected as the 19th president of Southwestern, a 136-year-old institution, in 2015. A national search will be done for the next president.
Cowley County Sheriff’s Office says it is that time of year again! The deer are out and we are seeing an increase in car versus deer motor vehicle accidents. Watch for other deer. If you see one deer in front of you, chances are there will be others. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn when vision is already limited. Use your headlights. Brake don’t swerve. If you see a deer, brake firmly and calmly, and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and a turn bad situation worse.
City of Arkansas City says just a reminder as we head deeper into autumn: Residents can drop off branches, leaves and other tree debris at the F Street Limb Disposal and Compost Site. Burn pit hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The burn pit is closed on Fridays and Sundays. Also, Citywide Pickup Week will be Oct. 11-15. Look for more details in your water bill.
Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 21-28 to establish the Division of the Child Advocate – an independent accountability structure to protect Kansas children and families within the child welfare system. E.O. 21-28 also creates protections for individuals who make complaints to the Child Advocate to empower state employees to work with the Division and report wrongdoing. Governor Kelly said, “For years, our state’s essential family services were neglected and underfunded – leaving our kids and families more vulnerable than ever before. Fixing those systemic problems has been a top priority for my administration, and the Division of the Child Advocate is a significant step forward to ensure every Kansas child is protected from harm.”
The State Department of Transportation says agriculture, transportation and technology are key economic drivers across the upper Midwest. A first-ever multi-state virtual conference will provide stakeholders from those industries an opportunity to learn from each other and plan how to maximize regional strengths. Public and private sector representatives from more than a dozen Midwest states will participate via ZOOM in the HomeField Advantage Heartland Conference, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. The goal, according to the event organizers, the Kansas Departments of Agriculture and Transportation, is to “leverage investments in infrastructure and technology to build stronger communities throughout the Heartland.”
Ark City High School’s 21st Century Leadership Class is hosting a Military Appreciation Night for ACHS grads and Ark City residents at the football game this Friday, October 8th. It’s at 5:30 p.m. You can register at the southwest gate of the stadium. The Varsity Football Game starts at 7 p.m. with a halftime recognition. There’s free admission and pork burger dinner for veterans and currently-serving military persons.
The City-Cowley County Health Department is putting on drive-thru flu shot clinics. The first is in Ark City on Wednesday, October 6th, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Agri-Business Building – Paris Park. The second is Wednesday, October 13th, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Winfield Fairgrounds – Barn 4. The clinics are open to anyone age six months and older. You should bring proof of insurance and photo I.D.
The State Child Death Review Board this week reported that Kansas recorded the lowest number of children’s deaths since the board began reviewing deaths in 1994. The board’s just-released annual report analyzes the deaths of Kansas children (birth through 17 years old) that occurred in calendar year 2019, the most recent year for which data is available. The report showed Kansas had 362 child fatalities in 2019, compared with 414 in 2018. The overall child death rate in 2019 was 51.7 deaths per 100,000 population, resuming a downward trend from the past decade. The report also shows that in 2019 the number of motor vehicle crash deaths for children age 1-17 fell below the number of deaths by suicide, which also declined. The number of suicides for 2019 represented 27% of deaths compared to 24% over the previous five years.
Winfield Police Department says Vehicle inspections are being relocated this week back to our station at 812 Millington due to Octoberfriz Disc Sports Festival activities at the Winfield Fairgrounds. Inspections are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inspections will return to Barn 4 at the fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 12th.