Author: Jeni McGee

Music festival, car show, Arkalalah among upcoming autumn delights

Perhaps last week’s weather is the culprit, but I cannot wait for autumn to come to Arkansas City. Soon the weather will be cooler. Cold winds will swirl around the tall downtown buildings and we will welcome the sun’s presence. In two short weeks, the Walnut Valley Festival will begin. […]

Russells work to make The Red Door a décor, photography reality

A local storefront soon will be home to The Red Door, a brand-new home décor store and photography studio. Calley Russell and her husband, JD, are hard at work designing the new floor space at 2121 N. Summit St. “The atmosphere was right to birth this business,” Calley Russell said […]

SCKMC trustees discuss potential revenue increase from coding

The South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) Board of Trustees heard a report during its Aug. 25 meeting from Michele Hand, of TruBridge, that outlined potential growth in compensation for the financially troubled hospital. TruBridge is a firm that SKCMC has utilized for help with billing services since February 2015. […]

Cowley County Safe Homes closes doors, citing financial difficulties

Cowley County Safe Homes officially has closed its doors. A letter addressed to community members and “collaborative partners,” dated Aug. 16, states the Winfield-based agency has “made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend agency services and operations until fiscal matters are addressed and personnel are re-established.” As of 8 a.m. […]

Golden State Foods Foundation provides services to those in need

Nearly three years ago, Golden State Foods (GSF) recently purchased KanPak and with the purchase came the GSF Foundation. The foundation’s mission is “to improve the quality of life of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work through personal involvement and contributions,” according […]

Chaplin Nature Center offers rentals, walking trails, free programs

Arkansas City is host to many great trails and outdoor activity areas. Chaplin Nature Center is just one of these areas. The nature center is a 230-acre preserve, which is located just outside town. Shawn Silliman is the center’s full-time naturalist. He provides programs and classes for area youths, and […]

Ark City Arts hires Alysha Ross as administrative assistant

Ark City Arts recently announced the addition of Alysha Ross in the role of administrative assistant. Ross is an Arkansas City native and Arkansas City High School graduate. She earned her associate’s degree in English from Cowley College. Ross previously worked at the high school as the online graduation instructor […]

Billy the Bug Guy offering $50 pest control service this month

Billy the Bug Guy is a brand-new pest service in the Arkansas City area. The company, owned by Bill Whitson, opened in June. Whitson is fully insured. He will work on both residential and commercial buildings. He has worked in the pest control industry since 2014. “I know a lot […]

‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ fun, but raunchy

In recent years, zombie movies have become quite popular. Since the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” the mainstream popularity of zombies has skyrocketed. And with the release of the British comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” also in 2004, a new kind of funny zombie movie was introduced. Zombie […]

Humane Society running $13 adoption special, seeking volunteers

The Cowley County Humane Society will have an adoption special until Aug. 27. This year, the humane society is celebrating 13 years in business. With a donation of bleach, paper towels and dish soap, adopting a dog during this special will cost only $13. There also will be free cat […]