Author: Jeni McGee

City Commission discusses advisory boards

City commissioners discussed concerns regarding filling spots on city advisory boards during a work session Friday afternoon at City Hall. Arkansas City is facing “a crisis of volunteerism,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “My generation does not get involved.” The problem facing the City is how best to fill […]

CVB mulls separation from Chamber of Commerce

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have long co-existed, sharing administrative costs. However, due to “gray areas” in the policies that govern the two entities, the CVB board recently voted to restructure the CVB so it would be solely responsible for the […]

Catalpa Park spurs new policy’s creation

The removal of playground equipment from a local park last fall served as a catalyst for the City of Arkansas City to create a process by which the community could adopt a park and serve as its primary caretaker. The policy that was approved by the city’s Beautification and Tree […]

Series of swap meets planned

A series of swap meets set for this summer and fall will kick off May 14 at Orscheln Farm & Home. Items available will include livestock, poultry, pets, crafts, produce, tools, antiques, garden supplies, plants and much more. Those wishing to set up and sell at the swap meet can […]

Abegg sentenced in daughter’s death

An Arkansas City woman was sentenced April 28 to 18 months of probation in connection with the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg. The child’s mother, Lindsay Paige Abegg, 30, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last August. However, she entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to possession of […]

Bass resigns from Frances Willard

An Arkansas City woman arrested in connection with the largest methamphetamine lab bust in recent Arkansas City history has resigned from her job with the local school district. Nicole Bass, 38, was employed as an academic coach with USD 470 at Frances Willard Elementary School. However, after she was arrested […]

First glimpse of geekery: Batman the Animated Series

The first glimpse I remember having into geekery happened when I was very young, maybe 7 years old … when “Batman: The Animated Series” was broadcast. It was the way I pictured Batman … dark, but not uncaring. The animated series version of the Dark Knight was compassionate — not […]

Move over, Iron Man: Ant-Man is here to stay

Tony Stark has served as Marvel’s resident expert in sarcasm for many years, without much competition. True, Chris Pratt’s “Star-Lord” did put up quite a fight for the title in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. However, Paul Rudd’s “Ant-Man” might exceed Stark’s snark. “Ant-Man” was not a movie […]

Taylor Drug offers free vitamins for children

One local pharmacy is offering free vitamins to the youths of Arkansas City. Taylor Drug, located at 201 S. Summit St., is offering multivitamins to children aged 2 to 12 years old. “The parents have to come in and sign the child up,” said one staff member. The parents are […]

Brickey sentenced in Abegg death

An Arkansas City man was sentenced to a total of 90 months in prison in connection with the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg during an appearance April 25 in Cowley County District Court in Winfield. Jacob Kyle Brickey, 27, cried throughout the proceedings — which included an address from the […]