For Kansas farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) or the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the deadline to submit initial paperwork has been set for Nov. 19. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), CSP and EQIP provide financial and technical assistance for producers to address natural resource concerns with conservation practices, and simultaneously maintain agricultural production on their land. CSP is designed to enhance existing conservation efforts operation-wide. To be eligible, producers must demonstrate their current conservation efforts, address resource concerns for their region, and be willing to implement additional practices. Available practices include cover crops, rotational grazing, and conservation crop rotation.
The Kansas Corporation Commission says Kansans that live in area codes 785 or 620 will be required to use 10-digit dialing when making local calls beginning on Sunday, October 24. At that time, local calls dialed with only seven digits will not go through, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. This change, while it may take some time to get used to, will make it easier for persons in crisis to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The Winfield Police Department’s annual Community Night Out event will play host to a showing of the 1985 film “The Goonies” at the Island Park Performance Venue, as well as a hot dog dinner this Friday evening. Grilled hot dogs will be served at 6:00 p.m., with the movie starting shortly after sunset. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Family appropriate costumes are encouraged, but please leave alcoholic beverages at home as they are not allowed at Community Night Out. The evening will start off with a free grilled hot dog dinner with chips and a drink. Area emergency responders will be on hand to answer any questions from the public, as well as demonstrate the equipment they use to perform their duties.
As Cowley College approaches its 100th year serving students and its communities, the College extends an invitation for individuals to participate in a stakeholder survey for the 2022-2025 strategic plan. The information provided to Cowley College will be used to shape both the focus of and the activities embedded in the new strategic plan. This anonymous survey, which will close on November 1st, takes approximately five minutes to complete; all results will be presented in collective format for review by the College’s Administrative Council, its Board of Trustees and the Strategic Leadership Teams. The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Cowley_College_StrategicPlan_Stakeholder_Survey_2021
USD 470 School Board Candidate Forum is coming up tonight. It is set for Wednesday, October 20th, at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 400 West Madison, Arkansas City, KS. This is a public event where you can ask potential USD 470 board members questions regarding the current and future path of the school district. You may also submit your questions directly to the Ark City Chamber by calling 620-442-0230 or email them to email@example.com.
Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, October 23, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, more than 110 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.
City of Winfield, KS: As of October 31st, we will be shutting off all water in the bathrooms and showers at the Winfield Fairgrounds for winter.
The Ark City Area Chamber of Commerce says, want to know all the exciting things going on in Arkansas City? Come join us Thursday, October 21st at 10:00 AM for our weekly Chamber. Hosted by Rivers Eagle Bar and Grill at 31332 61st Ln South, Arkansas City.
A note from USD 465 in Winfield: Due to increasing numbers of COVID positive cases with students and Lowell family members, USD 465 has called off school for Lowell students today, Tuesday, October 19th. Deep cleaning protocols will be followed for all areas of the Lowell facility. COVID testing will be offered to all Lowell students, staff, and families today and tomorrow. It’s offered at no cost, from 7am until 9am both days. Teachers are sending home work with students, and that work should be returned on October 25th. Conferences will be all virtual for Tuesday night and Wednesday. As a reminder, the school calendar already has October 20th, 21st, and 22nd as non-student contact days, and they are hoping to safely return to school on October 25th.
A Barber County man was sentenced to life in prison for a July 2020 murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday. Clinton Wayne Rogers, 35, of Medicine Lodge, was sentenced by Barber County District Court Judge Francis Meisenheimer. Rogers was sentenced to life in a Kansas Department of Corrections facility without the possibility of parole for 653 months on one count of first degree murder. Rogers pleaded guilty to the charge on October 1. Rogers was convicted for the July 26, 2020, murder of Joyce A. Foulkrod in Medicine Lodge.