Ark City Voices

F.R. Smith, of Arkansas City, on museum celebration

The museum should never be involved with politics. However, the board has chosen to make the upcoming anniversary celebration political in their invitations to speakers. Even if all a politician does is say what a great community we have and what a rich history, it is political if it’s a […]

Bill Mueller, of Cowley County, endorsing Falletti

The primary election on August 2 will likely decide who will be the next Sheriff of Cowley County after Sheriff Don Read retires in January 2017. For several years, I have known both of the candidates for that position and both are decent, honorable men who are sincere in their […]

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 […]

Letter from Michael Morgan, President of Ark Valley Distributing

This Fourth of July, Americans will toast the country’s independence with friends, family and fireworks. While summer holidays should be care-free and fun, they also present the ideal time to remind adults to plan ahead and celebrate responsibly. That’s why Ark Valley Distributing and our employees are renewing our pledge […]

Letter from Rags Smith, of Arkansas City

Primary voting is August 2nd. Whether you are someone who is satisfied with our state, county, and district offices or whether you are someone who believes we need to see some changes, the primary vote is traditionally where these decisions are made in our area. Usually, voter turnout for primary […]

Ark City bursting with events this weekend

With record heat in Arkansas City this week, it is tempting to stay inside where it is cool. But if you do that, you will miss out on all the really great things happening in our community this weekend. Kick off the weekend with an evening in Wilson Park. “Star […]

Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

There is a flag tucked away in a cabinet in my childhood home. When I was a small child, it fascinated me. I remember staring at it when no one was looking. I wondered why we had a flag that was never hung. I wondered from where the flag had […]

Letter from Mayor Oestmann

To the Citizens of Arkansas City: On behalf of the City Commission and City Manager Nick Hernandez, I would like to thank each and every one of you who voted this month to approve the SCKMC Sales Tax. The tax was approved by a vote margin of 1,885 to 467. […]