Author: Jeni McGee

Newly elected judge follows in footsteps of framer forebear

Cowley County Attorney Christopher Smith has for an ancestor a signer of the original Declaration of Independence. Smith received 2,249 votes (54 percent) for the Division 2 seat in the 19th Judicial District in the Aug. 2 primary election. His ambition did not start with a judicial seat, however. “I […]

Patterson Park Inn honored with award, receiving new signs

The Best Western hotel in Patterson Park Subdivision is awaiting brand-new signs. The Arkansas City hotel will be one of the first nationally to receive the new signs from the company, which is re-branding all of its locations, according to a Best Western employee. Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn […]

Scouting car wash Aug. 6 to raise funds for various camp-outs

The local Cub Scouts Pack 328 will have a car wash fundraiser starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 6. The boys, who are second- through fifth-graders, and adult volunteers will be in the Orscheln Farm & Home parking lot, located at 2715 N. Summit St. Orcheln donates the location and items […]

Chamber committee presents Open Arms Award to ACPD

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce awarded the Arkansas City Police Department with the Open Arms Award during a City Commission meeting Aug. 2. The Open Arms Award is presented by the chamber of commerce’s Membership Services and Awards Committee. It is a quarterly award given to nonprofit organizations […]

Cowley College buys steer, plans to donate meat

To show support for the Cowley County 4-H youth program and community food banks, Cowley College purchased a steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction on Aug. 1 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The 1,155-pound steer was presented by Malorie Depenbusch, who will be a junior at Udall […]

First Street traffic study fails on 2-2 vote, but will return

A yearlong debate about traffic on North First Street due to the construction of a new Family Dollar store came to a head during a City Commission meeting Aug. 3 when commissioners found themselves at odds over a $9,500 traffic study of the area. The commissioners — minus Dan Jurkovich, […]

More than books available at Ark City Public Library

The Arkansas City Public Library (ACPL) has several new items available for checkout. Among the new items are Sprint mobile wi-fi hot spots with unlimited data. They can be checked out for one-week periods, but will not be eligible for renewals or holds. The hotspots will be checked out on […]

Ark City Arts calls for volunteers to help finish Burford

The Arkansas City Area Arts Council is looking for volunteers for several projects in the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre. There are several items left on the large list of “to do’s” and most of them can be accomplished through volunteer help. One of […]

Falletti, Smith, Schwartz win offices; Judd-Jenkins ahead by 140

Republicans David Falletti, Christopher Smith and Larry Schwartz all won their respective primaries in unofficial voting results Aug. 2, while Anita Judd-Jenkins had a narrow 140-vote lead in the Kansas House District 80 Republican primary. There are no Democratic challengers in the three county races, making Tuesday night’s contests winner-take-all. […]

City Commission to consider combining boards, SCKMC loan request

The City Commission of Arkansas City will consider a second reading of an ordinance that would combine the Board of Zoning Appeals with the Planning Commission. It will be the third time this item has come before the City Commission. The first time, the commissioners sent it back to the […]