Classes begin this week for USD 470, Cowley College, church schools

The 2016-17 school year begins this week for all Arkansas City students. Classes for USD 470 first- through 12th-graders begin Aug. 18. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will begin Aug. 25. Classes at Cowley College begin Aug. 16. Downtown traffic might be a bit heavier this week as students continue to […]

Unconditional love difficult to model to those who’ve known little love

 “Love never fails…” — 1 Corinthians 13:8 There is such a thing as unconditional love. It is hard for us to grasp, and although we should aspire to love in the same way that our Lord does, we often fall short of this goal. This is due to our human […]

Crain recalls 15 years of Zongozotla mission memories in Mexico

Zongozotla Municipality is a city in Puebla, located in southeastern Mexico, and is home to nearly 5,000 people. But for the last 15 summers, members of First Baptist Church in Arkansas City have spent time ministering to the indigenous people. Pam Crain, director of the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors […]

New county attorney Schwartz man of faith first, lawyer second

Apparent Cowley County Attorney-elect Larry Schwartz has been providing more than one service to the citizens of Arkansas City. Not only does Schwartz currently serve as a deputy county attorney, but he also is a pastor at a local church. While the two professions seem to be pieces from completely […]

Honoring the fallen by turning to God’s Word

Tragedy hit our nation earlier this month — five men who put their lives on the line to protect and serve citizens of a major metropolitan area made the ultimate sacrifice when they were killed in the line of duty. These men did not anticipate their deaths July 7, but […]

Month-long prayer event planned in August

Tim Durham, president of the Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance, has announced that the alliance is planning a special prayer event and all citizens are invited. Beginning Aug. 1 and ending Sept. 9, various churches in the area will open their doors to the public for the primary purpose of praying […]

New Christian youth event planned this week for students

Several Arkansas City churches have come together to create a new youth event for the area. Chloe Strecker, 14, requested an event that involves all of the area youth groups, and show people it is possible to have fun and glorify God at the same time. With help from her […]

Car(e) Clinic in search of help

A free car care clinic held regularly in Arkansas City is looking for help. Car(e) Clinic is a quarterly outreach effort that started at First Assembly of God. “We will have another clinic coming up with in a month,” Daniel Yocum posted recently on Facebook. There are between 20 and […]

‘If Only’: Not words to live by

“If only my boss wouldn’t be so rude and domineering, I would try harder and be more cooperative at work.” “If only the brethren were friendlier and they had a different preacher, I would go to church more often.” “If only my family would be more supportive of me, I […]

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 […]