Month: July 2017

East Madison Avenue bridge closed through Aug. 3 for tree removal

The East Madison Avenue bridge across the Walnut River will be closed through Aug. 3 for tree removal between the bridge and Crestwood Drive. The closure will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The road will be reopened each night, then closed again the following morning. Access […]

Sheriff: Human remains found south of Arkansas City; no sign of trauma

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of human remains south of Arkansas City, according to a news release. Deputies were dispatched about 10 a.m. July 29 for a report of found remains at a location in the 7000 block of 312th Road. The identity of the person […]

Fidget spinners in classrooms: Useful treatment, obnoxious fad … or both?

Fidget spinners seem to be everywhere — at the supermarket, online, at the gas station and, of course, attached to the hands of a number of youths right here in Arkansas City. The general populace seems entranced by the colorful, spinning metallic objects. Companies who manufacture fidget spinners claim they […]

Rock it: #620rocks phenomenon bringing happiness to hunters, art lovers

A new rock movement has come to Arkansas City — one that has residents painting and hiding rocks in public areas. The Facebook group #620rocks was started by Britini Church. “I just loved the idea. I’ve always liked to collect rocks,” she said. “I have eight kiddos, as well, and […]

Chicken carbonara recipe a great stand-in for dearth of Italian food locally

One thing Arkansas City lacks is an Italian restaurant. (They don’t seem to last long here, for whatever reason.) For some, that might not be an issue, but for my husband, it long has been a source of frustration. He could eat pasta for every meal if I let him. Thankfully, […]

Lt. Cowley to appear during sesquicentennial event at Cowley County Fair

WINFIELD — Cowley County’s namesake, Lt. Matthew Cowley, will make a rare appearance at the 2017 Cowley County Fair. As part of Cowley County’s sesquicentennial this year, there will be a special celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 on the Midway Stage at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The Cowley […]

Fire-EMS department sees improved response times, dispatcher relations

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department has seen a marked improvement in its statistics year over year, according to a recently produced incident report. In particular, ACFD’s response times have been cut by 25 percent. These response times affect both funding levels and the insurance rates of city residents. The main […]

Angels in the Attic, Walmart team up July 29 to “Stuff the Bus” with supplies

Angels in the Attic and Walmart in Arkansas City are teaming up to provide local underprivileged children with school supplies. “Stuff the Bus” is a school supply drive. While the bus is parked at Walmart, they will accept any donations made, regardless of where the items were purchased. School supply […]

Commission approves second water line replacement east of Walnut River

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously July 25 to move forward on a water line replacement project that should complete the elimination of most red and yellow water issues east of the Walnut River. Residents who will be affected by the newest water line project live south of […]

Leadership Cowley County accepting applications for 2017 through July 28

Leadership Cowley County still is accepting applications for its 2017 class, which is filling up fast. Those who are interested in this leadership program, which promotes county awareness and addresses civic challenges, may apply online by July 28 on the LCC website at The class not only is a call […]