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January 13, 2017


Ark City

Tips for staying safe at home, in vehicle during winter weather By KAYLEIGH LAWSON Residents of Arkansas City should brace themselves as multiple rounds of winter weather are set to affect the area this weekend. An Ice Storm Warning is in effect until noon Sunday. A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet is likely to accumulate, which could result in hazardous traveling conditions at times, according to City of Arkansas City Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Frazee. He said one-quarter to onehalf inch of ice is possible on trees and power lines in the Arkansas City area. Experts estimate the greatest risk will be both today and Saturday night across south-central Kansas. Heavy rain is expected Saturday night through Sunday, with 1 to 3 inches possible. “Arkansas City Public Works crews have pre-treated overpasses and bridges,” Frazee said Thursday in an email. “Buildings and grounds crews have checked stormwater pumps and emergency generators. All snow plows and sand trucks are ready to go.” Preparing at home When winter weather is in the forecast, it is a good time to check one’s emergency kit and make sure it is up to date. Any home emergency kit should include: • adequate clothing and blan-

kets to keep warm; • rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways; • sand to improve traction; • snow shovels and other snow removal equipment; • sufficient heating fuel, such as dry, seasoned wood for a fireplace or wood-burning stove. One also should plan on having sufficient food and water in case of an extended power outage. The general recommendation is to have on hand 1 gallon of water per person, per day. A minimum supply of three days per person in the household is recommended. When planning for food supplies, remember to stock a variety of ready-to-eat, nonperishable foods that can be prepared without heat: • bread; • canned meats; • canned or boxed juices; • crackers; • fruits and vegetables; • granola bars; • instant soup and cereals; • jelly; • peanut butter; • trail mix; • any special dietary items you or your family members need. Preparing in a vehicle While it is best to avoid travel when winter weather hits, for

those who must travel, a winter driving emergency kit is strongly urged. According to preparedness experts, a driving emergency kit should include: • battery-powered radio; • blankets or sleeping bag; • bottled water or juice and nonperishable, high-energy foods; • cell phone and charger; • emergency flares; • extra clothing, such as boots, gloves and hats; • first aid kit; • flashlight or battery-powered lantern, as well as extra batteries; • ice scrapers and a snow brush (or small broom); • jumper cables; • matches; • pocket knife; • rope; • shovel; • spare tire, tire repair kit and pump; • substances for tire traction, such as road salt, sand or non-clumping cat litter; • tow chain. The most important part of traveling during wintry conditions is to drive smart. Allow plenty of time to reach a destination and be aware of the current conditions. Those traveling across the state can keep informed of the weather ahead of time by checking the Kansas Department of Transportation website at

Fire-EMS Department seeking firefighter-paramedics, recruiting at ACHS By JENI McGEE

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department currently is hiring firefighter-paramedics. Duties of this fulltime position include protecting life and property by engaging directly in firefighting, emergency care, and fire prevention. ACFD staff also maintain fire-EMS equipment, apparatus

and facilities. Candidates must possess a Kansas Certified Paramedic license and CPR certification at the time of employment. The full details for this position can be found at www. Recruitment efforts for ACFD are likely to begin at Arkansas City High School in coming years, according to Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe.

“It is a long-term goal,” he said in an interview Thursday. In order to be hired by the department, candidates must meet certain educational requirements, including the EMT and Firefighter 1 classes. Because Cowley College recently added a fire science program, recruitment out of ACHS will be more feasible in the future because students can take some of their

college classes while still attending the high school. Wolfe said it is hard to recruit against larger cites, but there is benefit in recruiting the youth of Ark City. For students who are interested in working in the public service industry, the department can show them what the job entails by demonstrating firsthand some of the duties carried out by the department.

Chamber seeks exhibitors for home, garden show March 25-26

Steamy Joe to offer delivery service during limited hours starting Monday

Staff Report The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce will be host to a Home and Garden Show on March 25-26. The chamber currently is looking for exhibitors for the event. This will be the second such show to be held in Ark City. It will be at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. Chamber members have priority registration as exhibitors until Thursday. For more information or to register for the event, visit To contact the chamber, call 442-0230 or email

Staff Report Steamy Joe will begin food and drink delivery service starting at 11 a.m. Monday. The delivery option will be offered only during certain hours of the day and there must be a minimum order of $10. A delivery charge of $1.50 to $2.50 also will be applied. All delivery orders must be paid with credit or debit cards.

Delivery hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. “Be the very first one to order after 10:30 a.m. Monday and get up to $20 of that single order for free,” the Steamy Joe Facebook page states. The number for call in orders is (620) 3075799. Steamy Joe is located at 216 W. Central Ave.

Is this a cold or the flu, or what?Mystery illness mimics symptoms of both By THOMAS LANGER City-County Health Department Many people have been reporting that they have contracted a cold or flu bug that has affected their upper respiratory system (chest, nose, sinuses). In fact, the affliction seems to be very widespread — not only in our community, but in the region and across several states. The good news is that laboratory testing has confirmed that it is NOT influenza. The bad news is that the current VIRUS going around creates mucus in your sinuses which in turn drains to the throat causing a cough. It also produces a sore throat that

can limit your ability to speak clearly; causes an unpleasant sinus headache due to pressure and drainage; dries out the nasal passages, making your nose feel really itchy and causing sneezing; and produces a mild fever, and the general feeling of being sluggish and tired. At the City-Cowley County Health Department, we are concerned as this outbreak of illness does seem to be affecting many people and it does pose a threat to people with history of upper respiratory illness, such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia or COPD. Once infected, you may suffer for an extended period — several people have reported enduring symptoms of this vi-

Soroptimists working on annual nut sale fundraiser Staff Report The Soroptimists of Arkansas City are working on their annual nut sale fundraiser. There are many options being offered this year. Among them are: • almond cranberry granola; • almonds (roasted or natural);

• apricots; • and more. There are limited supplies of each mix. Contact any Soroptimist member to purchase these nuts. Soroptimist Angie Bruce can be contacted at (620) 442-9150 or by email at angie@lgpike. com.

rus for two full weeks or even longer. Dr. Tessa Rohrberg, of the Family Care Center in Winfield, reported that she has seen several patients recently suffering from the symptoms described and that the best course of action is to treat the symptoms properly, stay hydrated, and to have plenty of rest. “Since this illness is a viral infection, there is no magic cure,” Rohrberg said. “If a person develops a high fever and congestion in the chest, then they should contact their physician as quickly as possible as that is an indication of infection and perhaps a more serious health matter.”

Blueberry parties planned Staff Report Angels in the Attic and the K-State Research and Extension office will be host to blueberry parties next month. Becky Reid, of K-State Research and Extension, will be on hand to demonstrate several ways that blueberries can be incorporated into recipes. There will be two parties on Feb. 3 — the first will take place at 11 a.m. and the second will be at 1 p.m. The parties are scheduled to take 30 minutes each. Call (620) 446-5272 to sign up for either session.

Gilkey to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity By JENI McGEE The 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity will be Sunday. The annual event is set for 3 p.m. at the Cowley College’s Brown Center, located at 215 S. Second St. This year, Lynn Gilkey, the executive director of Rise Up For Youth, will be the keynote speaker. Gilkey’s work has focused on teenage girls and she also collaborates with the Wichita Public School District. Her life journey did not start with outreach, however. After years of substance

abuse, Gilkey turned her life around, according to www. The catalyst for change in her life was when she began attending meetings for Dress for Success. Gilkey then received her certification in substance abuse counseling from Butler Community College. She and her husband, David, later founded Rise Up For Youth, Inc. The organization is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to inspire and motivate future generations to unlock their full potential through education, mentoring, and empow-

erment. Gilkey began CLASS in 2008 to mentor teen girls in Wichita-area high schools. Both programs seek to provide young people with the tools they need to cope with difficulties in life and to succeed in adulthood. Other highlights for the event will include: • entertainment provided by Clayton Crawford; • an address from Pastor Jack Dickson, of the Ark City Ministerial Alliance; • special music provided by the Arkansas City Middle School choir; • the National Anthem, as sung by Kahliyah Evans.

Early Bird Lions Club fundraiser to feature Italian food on MLK Jr. Day Staff Report The Arkansas City Early Bird Lions Club will be host to an Italian dinner fundraiser Monday, which also is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “A Little Taste of Italy,” as it has been named, will provide spaghetti with meat sauce, meatballs, spaghetti alfredo,

chicken with pasta sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drinks. The cost is $10 for adults or $5 for children. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 7 p.m., there will be opportunity for everyone to enjoy the fundraiser, which will be held at

the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. Dine-in and carryout options are available. The club also will deliver if five or more meals are being taken to a single location. To pre-order, call (620) 7411132.

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