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October 19, 2016


Ark City

Cowley College Board of Trustees votes to add wrestling program By JENI McGEE The Cowley College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to authorize the college’s administration to proceed with adding wrestling as an athletic program in 2017. The board also approved a recommendation to retain former Arkansas City High School wrestling coach Wayne Jackson as a consultant and advisor to athletic director Shane Larson, if Jackson is willing. Jackson led the Bulldogs wrestling program from 1979

to 2000 and won a record 13 team state championships during his tenure. The team’s accomplishments included the success of 150 individual state placers and an incredible 57 individual state champions. Jackson has remained involved with Ark City wrestling since stepping down in 2000. During Monday’s regular meeting, Larson provided the board with a feasibility study that showed the benefits of adding a new athletic program at the college. In addition to wrestling, three other sports were taken into consideration.

The study showed there is a large recruiting base in the region to support the addition of a wrestling program at Cowley College. The National Junior College Athletic Association allows 18 scholarships for wrestling and most intercollegiate programs carry rosters of 30 to 35 student-athletes. The study also showed the popularity of wrestling in Cowley County could lead to more participation in the Tiger Booster Club and provide an opportunity for increased enrollment.

Commission hears haunted house concerns, approves general provisions By JENI McGEE The City Commission of Arkansas City heard concerns about a local haunted house during its meeting Tuesday night. Resident Justin Jagels said the presence of the haunted house on West Colorado Avenue could have a negative effect on the quality of life for the area. Jagels has small children whose sleeping schedule could be altered if the haunted

house causes screams in the neighborhood. In addition, he expressed concerns about how increased traffic potentially could affect property values. The commissioners initially were unsure what they could do about the issue. However, City Manager Nick Hernandez pointed out that there could be potential fire hazards, as well as issues if the people running the haunted house were charging an entry fee without sales tax.

Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe said there would have to be clearly marked emergency exits. Wolfe also said he would check into the potential risks or fire hazards that could be associated with a haunted house and contact the organizers. General provisions The commissioners unanimously voted to modify parts of Municipal Code that provide rules governing boards, commissions, committees, councils

and task forces. The newest changes in the ordinance that was approved apply specifically to the attendance of board members. There have been, in the recent past, issues with board members failing to attend meetings without prior notice or warning. Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson said the changes would leave the determination of what entails an excused absence up to the board chair.

Cowley College trustee disagrees with method of emergency payments By JENI McGEE A Cowley College trustee expressed concern Monday night about how the college has been paying some of its bills in the past month. Sid Regnier said he was not supportive of using credit cards to pay bills because of the chance that the bills will be paid twice. Since Sept. 2, the college has been undergoing a change in its Student Information System (SIS). The new system just went live on Oct. 11. During the switch-over period, the college did not pay its bills unless they were deemed “emergencies.” These bills were paid by manual check or with a credit card. “This is so aggravating,” Regnier said. “I just can’t

Angels Care, 1025 The River collecting winter wear for seniors Staff Report Angels Care Home Health and 1025 The River are working together to keep senior citizens in need warm this winter. Citizens are asked to donate hats, scarves or blankets that are in new or likenew condition. Donations can be dropped off in one of several locations in Arkansas City and Winfield. Angels Care will pick up the items from the drop-off points.

understand why we are so far behind. This should be our number-one priority.” He also said that he had been present for two other computer systems changes, during which no such problems had occurred. This is the first time in 25 years that the SIS has been changed at Cowley College. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, reassured the Board of Trustees that only bills that would have resulted in high interest charges were paid with the college’s credit card. The board voted 6-1 to approve the bills and claims from September, with Regnier casting the lone dissenting vote during the regular meeting at the McAtee Dining Center. Personnel turnover The board of trustees also approved a large number of personnel changes, including three resignations, a retirement and six new hires. They also approved Cara Kem to serve as the interim director of theater. Other changes in staffing include: • the retirement of Tammy Barnaby, who was a freight and supplies specialist; • the hiring of William Bledzoe and Caroline Fulbright as admissions representatives for the Wichita campus; • the hiring of Ali Carpenter and Adolphus Denson as admissions representatives for the Arkansas City campus;

• the resignation of Chris Fuller and hiring of Justin Peterson as admissions representative for the Mulvane campus; • the resignation of Alysa Parson, who was an admissions representative; • the resignation of Kiersten Theurer, who was the registrar’s department secretary; • the hiring of Lena Watkins as Cowley College Foundation coordinator. In other business, the trustees: • unanimously approved the minutes of their September board meeting. • unanimously approved the financial reports. • formed a committee to conduct preliminary property searches in Sumner County because the college will need to invest in property if the citizens of Sumner vote to approve the college’s campus proposal. • acknowledged and congratulated Cowley’s October Student of the Month, Ashley Huslig. • heard and unanimously approved reports from administrative staff. • unanimously approved the election of trustee JoLynn Foster to serve on the Foundation Association board. • held an executive session for 30 minutes to discuss personnel matters of nonelected personnel, have preliminary discussions related to the acquisition of real property and consult with legal counsel.

Hannon’s ‘Tangled Webs’ a fast-paced, tension-filled thrill ride By KAYLEIGH LAWSON Irene Hannon’s “Tangled Webs” is a fast-paced, tensionfilled thrill ride. The story follows Finn McGregor as he recovers from a wound that conspires to end his six-year career as an Army Ranger. It also follows Dana Lewis, a book editor who is recovering from her own physical and emotional trauma. When what starts as seemingly petty vandalism escalates, Finn decides to investigate who is trying to run off the neighbor he finds himself drawn to more and more. I loved the characters of Finn and Dana, as well as the sec-

ondary characters who populate the town. I also appreciate that Hannon took the time to make the antagonist a fully fleshed-out character with an understandable motivation for his actions. The pace was great and there were just enough slow scenes to keep the story from being overloaded. However, the tension always was present in the background, creating the perfect buildup to the climax. “Tangled Webs” is the third book in the Men of Valor series, which follows the McGregor brothers, but easily can be read as a standalone. I gave the novel four out of five stars.

About the author Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including “One Perfect Spring,” “Hope Harbor” and “Sea Rose Lane,” as well as the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, two Carol Awards, two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers’ Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, two Booksellers’ Best Awards and a National Readers’ Choice Award. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at

Cowley College men’s soccer wins 8-0, finishes second in Jayhawk East By RAMA PEROO Cowley College The Cowley College men’s soccer team recorded its third straight shutout victory in an 8-0 win at Coffeyville on Saturday. With the win, the Tigers finished in second place in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and are guaranteed of hosting a first-round Region VI playoff game on Oct. 27. Cowley has won its past three games by a combined score of 19-0 to improve to 9-4 overall and 7-3 in the Jayhawk Conference

Eastern Division. “We have been doing a good job of finishing the opportunities we have been creating,” said Cowley head coach Roberto Dos Santos. “Our hunger on the field and on the bench has also helped us.” The Tigers led 5-0 at the end of the first half and added three more goals in the second half to put a cap on the team’s most goals scored in a game this season. Showcasing its depth, Cowley had goals from seven different players in the victory. Sophomore Victor Goncalves was

the lone player to score two goals. “This has been a special group talent-wise and character-wise,” Dos Santos said. The Tigers’ other goals came from Jeremy Mpouma, Jimmy Rivera, Salvatore Canzoneri, Joshua Bertie, Paulo Sdoia and Jake Hawker, who leads the team with 14 goals and seven assists. Hawker’s 35 points this season are six shy of the school record set by assistant coach Ruy Vaz. Cowley goalkeepers Bryce Kinsey and Andre Salvador shared time in goal and never were threatened in

the win at Coffeyville, which now is 3-11-1 overall and 0-7-1 in the Jayhawk East. Cowley now has some time off to prepare to host the first round of the Region VI playoffs on Oct. 27. The time of the game and the Tigers’ opponent have yet to be determined. “It was one of our goals at the beginning of the season to host a playoff game,” Dos Santos said. “It is great to see the guys at their peak of their fitness and performance. We have to keep the right mindset and keep our competitiveness going.”

Public, students invited to Kids Voting Kansas forum tonight By ANDREW LAWSON Optimists of Arkansas City Eight local candidates for the Cowley County Commission and Kansas Legislature will attend a Kids Voting Kansas forum tonight. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Arkansas City Middle School auditorium, 400 E. Kansas Ave. It is sponsored by USD 470 and the Optimists of Arkansas City. The event, which is being held for the benefit of Arkansas City Public School District students as part of the Kids Voting Kansas program, is expected to last around two hours. Refreshments will be served immediately following the event and audience members also will have a chance at that time to meet individually with the candidates. The following eight candidates have committed to attending and participating in this event: • Cowley County Commission District 3 (northeast Arkansas City) — incumbent

Alan Groom (Republican) and challenger James M. Karasek (Democratic), both of Winfield; • Cowley County Commission District 2 (remainder of Arkansas City) — incumbent Gary Wilson (Democratic) and challenger Bob Voegele (Republican), both of Arkansas City; • State representative for Kansas House District 80 (southwestern Cowley County) — Anita JuddJenkins (Republican), of Arkansas City, and Michelle Schiltz (Democratic), of Caldwell; • State senator for Kansas Senate District 32 (western Cowley County) — Larry W. Alley (Republican), of Winfield, and Don Shimkus (Democratic), of Oxford. Local candidates for county attorney, clerk, register of deeds, sheriff and treasurer are unopposed. Students in the Arkansas City High School KAY Club and on the ACHS debate team will time answers and gather au-

dience questions for the candidates, who will have one to two minutes to answer. The initial list of questions is being developed by the debate class at ACHS. Additional questions will be gathered from the audience and screened before being presented to forum moderator Dr. Nick Rogers. The Optimists of Arkansas City, whose mission is to bring out the best in kids, are the main financial sponsor of the Kids Voting Kansas program, held every four years in Ark City’s public and private schools. This program exposes students to the voting experience and its importance at all levels of government, according to club treasurer Jay Warren. “This forum has a twofold objective,” Warren said. “The first is to get kids involved and understanding government early, and the second is to inform the people of Cowley County of local issues and hear what the candidates who will represent them have to say.”

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