Author: Jeni McGee

What the Chewbacca Lady teaches us about simple joys

The Chewbacca Lady has taken the internet by storm. There isn’t anything particularly fascinating about the woman, who is a mother of two kids and shops at Kohl’s. She tells viewers she’s making a return to the store and finds something for herself. After she takes her glasses off and […]

Several events planned for Memorial Day

Several local events will be held May 30 on Memorial Day, established to honor those who gave their lives in defense of the country. Mt. Zion Church and Hope Cemetery will be host to a full service beginning at 10 a.m. The service will include special music, a reading of […]

Chase suspect makes first court appearance

A man arrested for drug and firearms charges, following a chase by local law enforcement, made his first appearance May 26 in Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. Sage Breeze Martin, 32, of Arkansas City, has been in the Cowley County Jail since May 17 and is being held […]

Board focuses on future after passage of SCKMC sales tax

“We got 99 problems, but a bond ain’t one,” South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) Chief Operations Officer Clayton Pappan said during the SCKMC Board of Trustees meeting May 26. The board and hospital staff briefly celebrated the passage of a 1-percent sales tax before beginning the meeting. A push […]

Giles resigns from City Commission

Commissioner Chad Giles has tendered his resignation from the City Commission of Arkansas City as of May 25. “I do not take this decision lightly as I truly love this town and am honored to have served on the Commission,” Giles said in an e-mail to City Manager Nick Hernandez. […]

1025 to sponsor new ‘Outdoor Market’

Arkansas City will be host to an outdoor market next month at Wilson Park, courtesy of 1025 The River. Two 1025 employees, Kelly Dillner and Suvanah Perdue, spoke with great enthusiasm about the event in an interview May 24. “We are so, so excited,” Dillner said. The market will be […]

Voegele to run against Wilson for County Commission

An Arkansas City man has filed to run against Cowley County Commissioner Gary Wilson. Bob Voegele, 59, has filed as a Republican through the Cowley County Courthouse. He ran against Wilson eight years ago. “(Gary) has been in 12 years. It’s time to get other people in,” Voegele said. Voegele […]

‘Eureka’ not a must-see, but fun

It has been several months since my husband and I embarked upon a journey through the old Syfy Channel show called “Eureka.” As it turns out, even though I am a geek, I am not overly fond of most Syfy productions. Most of them are cheesy, subpar examples of what […]

SCKMC sales tax approved in 4-to-1 vote

A one-percent sales tax for South Central Kansas Medical Center’s (SCKMC) bond debt was approved by Arkansas City voters on May 24. An unofficial tally showed 80 percent of voters were in favor of the tax, with the remaining 20 percent opposed. “Yes” votes were cast by 1,885 citizens, with […]

Local photographers featured in art exhibit

The Arkansas City Area Arts Council will be host to an art exhibit featuring four local photographers beginning May 26. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 26 at Ark City Arts, 112 S. Summit St. “It’s going to be exciting,” said […]