Day: April 14, 2017

“Chef Ward” debuts foodie column with homegrown steak extravaganza

Apparently, word has gotten out that in addition to being a police chief, I am something of a foodie. I am not sure if it is my ever-increasing waistline and cholesterol levels that have led to this thinking, or the fact that the city manager often drops the “i” in my title and refers to me as “Chef Ward.” The truth is, after a long day of enforcing the law, I enjoy a good meal and the experience of dining with friends and family more than any of my many hobbies. Whether it’s preparing a tasty treat for a few guests or going out to a restaurant, I always am searching for new recipes and places to eat. Through this column, I will share some of my favorite dishes and eating establishments I have come across during my searches. Homegrown recipe To start out, I thought there is no better place than home. Several times a year, my wife and I have people stop in and visit us here in Arkansas City. Having spent our first 50 years in Lawrence, we still have many out-of-town connections who occasionally come for a visit. My favorite meal, which always is a big hit, is a Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus rib eye steak from WB Meats. Located at 423 S. Summit St. in Ark City, WB Meats has an incredible selection...

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Rural Arkansas City man, three juveniles arrested regarding vehicle theft

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested four people April 10 on multiple counts of theft after a vehicle was reported stolen, resulting in a vehicle pursuit. Nathaniel Scott Barber, 18, of rural Arkansas City, was arrested on suspicion of criminal use of a financial card, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, and felony theft of a motor vehicle. He was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. Barber since has posted bond and been released. Three juveniles — a 15-year-old Arkansas City male, a 17-year-old Arkansas City male and a 16-year-old Kaw City, Oklahoma, male —were arrested on felony theft charges. Two of the juveniles also were arrested on suspicion of fleeing and eluding. All three boys were transported to the custody of Cowley County Juvenile Intake. Police on April 9 took a report of a red Chevrolet Cruze that had been stolen from an address in Arkansas City. Inside the vehicle were two purses belonging to two 20-year-old female victims. The purses contained cash, credit cards and identification cards. Officers on April 10 located the stolen vehicle at B Street and Madison Avenue. A short pursuit ensued, until the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. They were apprehended later. Police were able to determine the identities of the suspects and...

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