Day: August 3, 2017

Name of deceased person found southeast of Arkansas City released

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the deceased person whose body was located last weekend southeast of Arkansas City. The fingerprints of the dead man were entered into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and subsequently identified as belonging to Hector Saul Huinac-Lucas. Huinac-Lucas was born either Oct. 26, 1993, or Oct. 26, 1996. He is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet tall and weighing 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Several attempts were made to contact his next of kin, but none could be located. “We are requesting the assistance of the public to contact the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office or Cowley County Crime Stoppers with any information regarding this person,” a news release states. This case still is under investigation. Autopsy results are not complete and are pending, per the pathologist with the Kansas Forensic Science Center. Save Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Downs, Flickinger, Cowley alumni help to paint new downtown mural

A brand-new mural depicting elements of Arkansas City’s history now decorates a downtown wall thanks to the collaboration of local artists and the Arkansas City Area Arts Council. Thanks to a grant from the V.J. Wilkins and Legacy foundations, as well as the Warrender Trust, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce President Kammy Downs was able to work with Ark City Arts to create the SEEDS artist mentoring program. As part of the program, Downs and Mark Flickinger, Cowley College visual and performing arts department chair, joined three other artists in painting a mural in the breezeway space just north of the historic Burford Theatre building. Flickinger and Downs were joined on the mural by Cowley alumni Maribel Ramirez and Rikki Johnson. Julie Sutton also helped with the mural, which has one eye to the past and one eye to the future. Ramirez graduated from Cowley College in 2011 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. She currently serves as a paint studio manager in Bonne Terre, Missouri, and assists with an arts and crafts club at an area school. Johnson graduated from Cowley College in 2017 and will have her work on display at Wichita’s Final Friday Art Show in September. Flickinger served as a mentor to Sutton, while Ramirez was a mentor to Johnson on the project. Flickinger...

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Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce gives STAR Award to Walmart

Members of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board overwhelmingly chose Ark City’s Walmart Supercenter as the July recipient of the chamber’s STAR Award. The STAR (Small Trade Achievement Recognition) Award is given monthly to one of more than 300 chamber member businesses in the area. It is awarded when a business owner or staff member has shown exemplary achievement in community involvement or other outstanding accomplishments. Walmart, located at 2701 N. Summit St., was honored not only for its ongoing delivery of excellent services to the community through its retail store, pharmacy, grocery and vision clinic, but also for its willingness to collaborate with the city’s businesses, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations and to be a positive voice in the Ark City community. Walmart encourages its employees to become involved with various community service opportunities, such as helping with Meals on Wheels every Monday. Several individual employees also volunteer with various community organizations on their own. The local Walmart contributes to the DARE program to help to combat drugs in the schools and community. Its vision center provides free cleanings and repairs at the commodity days at Angels in the Attic. This year, Walmart helped with the USD 470 open enrollment efforts at the store. The store has given $8,000 so far this year through the Walmart Foundation to benefit various community organizations and plans to...

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