Author: Jeni McGee

Bland resigns as Chamber of Commerce director

Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sydney Bland has resigned her position, effective June 20. “I am resigning my position as CEO of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce. I am proud of what we have accomplished during my three years of employment at the chamber/CVB,” said Bland […]

America’s Heartbeat to thrill audiences

PrairieFest is just around the corner. America’s Heartbeat, an outdoor concert, will begin at 7 p.m. June 3 in Wilson Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. No coolers are allowed in the fenced area of the park at those times because there will be a cash bar. In the area […]

Devotion: Walking on water

Peter was the only man to walk on water — other than Jesus. Matthew 14 shows us the disciples in a boat, far from the shore without Jesus, who had stayed on shore. Dawn came and Jesus walked out to the disciples. The scripture says the men were “terrified.” Peter […]

Meeting Baldwin: A fan-girl experience

Adam Baldwin cuts an impressive silhouette on screen — tall and broad, with an attitude that takes up just as much space. Most of his roles are gruff and maybe a bit anti-heroic. My husband, Gareth, loves Baldwin in most of his roles — dating back to Animal Mother in […]

ACPD Sgt. Mata recounts experience that led him to police work

Arkansas City Police Department Sgt. Eric Mata recently was given an award from the Optimists of Arkansas City as their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. One of the aspects of the job he was applauded for was his work with children and on crimes against children. “It only takes […]

Deadline nears for golf tournament

Golf teams interested in participating in the third annual Chamber Golf Tournament, which will take place at 8 a.m. May 21 at Great Life Golf & Fitness, must register by 7 p.m. May 20. Each four-person team will need to register and pay in advance this year. One person on […]

First responders honored during national EMS/LEO week

Communities around the country are marking the 42nd annual National EMS Week and the 54th annual Law Enforcement Week on May 15-21. City commissioners recognized both celebrations during this week’s meeting. “I encourage the community to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities,” Mayor Duane Oestmann said regarding […]

Local veteran Hawkins recounts D.C. trip

Local Army veteran Josh Hawkins recently was able to visit Washington, D.C. While the trip was made to attend his godson’s baptism, Hawkins was only a short drive from the nation’s capital. Some of the monuments he was able to visit included the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and the Lincoln […]

Commission awards bid to local contractor

City commissioners voted 4-1 to award a local contractor with a job worth about $44,000 during a City Commission of Arkansas City meeting May 17. Kuhn Mechanical won the bid, despite being more expensive than the lowest bidder by more than $2,000. Commissioner Chad Giles led the charge to keep […]

Constantine’s battle continues to please

“Constantine” remains one of my favorite movies — not because of an actor or set of actors, but for the way it portrays good and evil in the world. My faith still plays a vital role in my life, but I will not turn this posting into a study on […]