Day: September 7, 2017

TSL offering ancestry DNA holiday special, in addition to other services

One Arkansas City business is offering an ancestry DNA screening special for the upcoming holiday season. Testing Services Limited (TSL) is a homegrown company owned by Linda Boswell. Boswell, a former nurse of 25 years, opened the business in 2014. Testing Services Limited is located at 1423 S. Summit St. and can be contacted at (620) 441-9333. Ancestry DNA special TSL will offer the ancestry DNA screening for $150. The first three people who pre-purchase the screening will be able to purchase it at a discounted price. Individuals who wish to take the DNA test will have to go to TSL to be swabbed. After the DNA sample arrives at the lab, the results take approximately one week to be sent back to TSL. The screening provides general, broad strokes about from where an individual’s family hails. Drug prevention and testing Boswell has a passion for keeping people drug-free, and she often speaks to local organizations and schools in an effort to keep kids off drugs. “I am available to speak to schools, church groups, (and) civic groups about the incidence and the consequences of drug use,” she said. Boswell also said that if anyone has questions about drugs or about effects, she would be happy to speak to them. “Advice is free,” she said. TSL currently offers traditional drug testing services to employers, as well as hair collection...

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Cowley’s Outdoor Market back for fourth time during Last Run Car Show

Arkansas City soon will be host to the fourth biannual Cowley’s Outdoor Market at Wilson Park, jointly hosted by 1025 The River and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kelly Dillner and Suvanah Perdue, event coordinators and client promotion representatives at 1025 The River, said they are excited about the event. It will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23, in conjunction with the Last Run Car Show. Admission to the market is free to the public. There will be shuttle drop-off points at the Outdoor Market in Wilson Park and the Last Run Car Show at Paris Park. The shuttles will transport people to and from each event at no cost. They are made possible through the sponsorship of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Plans already are in the works for a fifth Outdoor Market on April 28, 2018. Cowley’s Outdoor Market history The practice of hosting an outdoor market twice a year started with brainstorming the idea of bringing the citywide garage sale into one central area. But Purdue and Dillner realized early that wasn’t quite what they wanted to do, so the idea morphed into the current Cowley’s Outdoor Market setup. The event continues to grow. The first market was held in 2016 and it saw around 30 vendors from across the state gather in Wilson Park. “We have 34 vendors and counting...

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Humphrey exits race for City Commission

City Commission of Arkansas City candidate Richard Humphrey is moving out of state later this year. As a result, he has announced he will not be able to perform the obligations of office should he be elected this fall. “I will not be living in Ark City, or Kansas, by the time I would take office (in January),” Humphrey said in an interview Thursday. His name will remain on the ballot, however, and he expects to still be an Arkansas City resident as of the Nov. 7 election. Humphrey said he checked with County Clerk Karen Madison, but learned there is no way for his name to be removed from the ballot now that the filing deadline has passed. “People should not vote for me,” he said. Humphrey said there will be a statement released in the near future regarding his terminated candidacy. His effective withdrawal from the race leaves five viable candidates for three positions — Kanyon Gingher, Timothy Perry, Milissa Robb, and incumbent Commissioners Jay Warren and Karen Welch. The two highest vote-getters will receive four-year terms and the third-highest vote-getter will have a two-year term. The new terms will begin Jan. 8, 2018. 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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Neighborhood Watch program relaunch to kick off with Sept. 13 meeting

Next Wednesday, Arkansas City Police Department officers will host a Neighborhood Watch informational meeting. ACPD officers have worked diligently for the last several months to restructure Arkansas City’s Neighborhood Watch program after seeing a rise in residential and automobile burglaries. “(Neighborhood Watch) is something I saw that dwindled away to nothing in recent years,” said School Resource Officer Chase Hobart, the main coordinator of the program, “and I thought it was important to the community and to the quality of life of Ark City citizens that we get this reorganized and active once again. “After seeing the (property crime) numbers, I knew I had to help do something.” During this meeting — which will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Arkansas City Police Department, located at 117 W. Central Ave. — attendees will receive an information packet and view a presentation that discusses the roles and responsibilities of each person participating in the program, as well as things to keep a watchful eye on in their neighborhoods. There also will be an opportunity to discuss and answer any questions residents might have about the program or concerns in the community. “I would really like for a great turnout and hope that everyone who feels led to organize a (Neighborhood) Watch program in their neighborhood be present to receive information about it,” Hobart said. “It will also give me...

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Richardson arrested after domestic battery, restraint lead to standoff

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested a man Sept. 1 after a domestic violence incident led to a standoff with the suspect in a crawlspace. Timothy Lee Richardson, 45, of Arkansas City, was arrested on suspicion of battery-domestic violence and criminal restraint-domestic violence, both of which are misdemeanors. He also was arrested on an Arkansas City Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear. Richardson was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $2,940 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers responded at 4:38 p.m. Sept. 1 for a report of a criminal matter in the 1100 block of North A Street. They contacted a local resident, who reported she had been the victim of battery and restraint. The victim, a 43-year-old Arkansas City woman, identified Richardson, an acquaintance of hers, as the suspect and reported that he had attacked her from behind after she had entered her residence. Richardson then allegedly fled to a nearby residence and concealed himself in a crawlspace. A standoff with police ensued that lasted about an hour, after which he was taken into custody peacefully. A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew...

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