Author: Jeni McGee

Perez-Chavez makes first district court appearance

Juan Perez-Chavez, 45, of Arkansas City, made his first appearance June 2 in Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City following a May 11 arrest on rape charges. A preliminary setting hearing was scheduled for June 8. Perez-Chavez remains in the Cowley County Jail without bond. The criminal complaint filed […]

Warehime to perform June 10 at Steamy Joe

Country music artist Mike Warehime will perform at 7 p.m. June 10 at Steamy Joe, 216 W. Central Ave., in Arkansas City. He has pitched songs to such artists as Tracy Byrd, Mark Chestnutt, Buddy Jewell, George Strait, Clay Walker, Trisha Yearwood, and many other established singers. Warehime currently is […]

Karen Welch named to City Commission

Karen Welch was appointed the newest city commissioner in a 3-1 vote June 7. Commissioner Charles Tweedy III cast the dissenting vote. He said his vote was not representative of his feelings about Welch joining the City Commission. Tweedy made a motion to nominate former mayor and commissioner Patrick McDonald, […]

Jensations expands offers, opens location

Jensations owner Jen Ross is no stranger to making a business succeed. “I have been very blessed with all of the encouragement and support, and faithful client friends and recent new ones,” Ross said. The Jensations mobile massage parlor began in 2013. Ross used her mobile table to bring full […]

Several hundred attend America’s Heartbeat

America’s Heartbeat remained strong at the 53rd annual music festival. Several hundred gathered June 3 at the Wilson Park rotunda for the festival. Ages in attendance ranged from tiny tots to senior citizens. The event began with food vendors at 5 p.m., including Wok Hei Noodle House — this particular […]

‘The Martian’ a surprisingly good space ride

“The Martian” was surprisingly good. I don’t mean a “little” good, either. The science fiction in this movie is actually believable — it could be attained in the next 20 years if science is allowed to progress. Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, is abandoned on Mars — his crew-mates […]

City Commission, staff talk budget June 5

City commissioners and department heads gathered June 5 at Commissioner Jay Warren’s cabin west of Arkansas City to discuss the 2017 fiscal year budget. The meeting was somewhat lighthearted, as a one-cent, 10-year sales tax dedicated to the payment of construction bonds for South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) recently […]

‘Pink Heals’ event held at Wilson Park

Members of the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department (ACFD) participated in the 2016 “Pink Heals” tour on June 4. ACFD Firefighter-Paramedic Brandy Rice was among those who worked the event, she was part of the team who put the event together — along with Joann Bierle, from Cowley Health Assistance Resource […]

Twins honored at Capitol for charity food efforts

Two young area men were honored June 1 in Topeka for giving back to their community. Christopher and Mitchell Gingher, both of Arkansas City, have been giving back for more than half of their lives. For the last six years, the twin brothers have collected items for the less fortunate […]