Author: Jeni McGee

Real superheroes don’t wear capes

Superheroes don’t wear capes in real life. Leotards and masks are both usually out of the question, as well. Superheroes don’t often stand more than 6 feet tall, or have broad shoulders or dimples in their chins. Sometimes superheroes look like the man or woman who sits across from us […]

Car(e) Clinic in search of help

A free car care clinic held regularly in Arkansas City is looking for help. Car(e) Clinic is a quarterly outreach effort that started at First Assembly of God. “We will have another clinic coming up with in a month,” Daniel Yocum posted recently on Facebook. There are between 20 and […]

Odle qualifies for 2016 Olympic trials

Cowley College alum Damien Odle has qualified in the javelin for the 2016 Olympic trials, which will be next week in Eugene, Ore. “I’m super excited. I fly out (June 30),” he said in an interview June 29. Odle said his personal best is 73.36 meters. To qualify for the […]

Planning Commission votes to merge with Board of Zoning Appeals

The Arkansas City Planning Commission voted June 28 to approve the combination of the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. The only item on the agenda was met with some initial resistance from Charles Jennings, who is the only member of both boards. Jennings balked not at the […]

Service dogs deserve awareness, respect

Service dogs are not pets, nor should they be treated as such. Because there are no laws that mandate visible markings or identifying apparel for service dogs, it is important not to assume that a dog accompanying its owner is simply a pet. “A person’s disability may not be easily […]

Hawkins completes run, set to receive dog

Arkansas City native Josh Hawkins has had a big year so far. He recently was honored during an event for area veterans and will receive a service dog in the near future. “I come from a big military family,” he said. “Around 75 to 80 percent of the men have […]

Burford Theatre nearing completion, but still more to do

The Burford Theatre has been in flux for many years — the Arkansas City Area Arts Council has been remodeling it for nearly a decade. However, as Chief Restoration Officer Ellen Snell puts it, everything is coming together quite quickly. “It’s never going to be to an end, I suspect. […]

Keep PTSD veterans in mind this Independence Day

Many eagerly await Independence Day next week, but the holiday on which the U.S. celebrates its founding has a much different connotation for some. Combat veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often struggle during holidays that involve fireworks displays. A veteran’s PTSD can be triggered by both big […]

Hospital board discusses physician recruitment

Physician recruitment continues to be a hot topic at South Central Kansas Medical Center. Staff has been courting two doctors for some time now, with no definite commitment from either. “They both like our community. They want to come here,” SKCMC Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson said of the pair […]

Koontz rape case continued until July

A rape case filed against an Arkansas City man who was arrested April 1 has been continued until July 25. Frank Edward “Eddie” Koontz, 46, has been in custody at the Cowley County Jail since his arrest, in lieu of $75,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. […]