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The identities of the two foster children have been obscured to comply with the foster program regulations.

Hutchinson family continues to grow through adoption, fostering

Dereck and Erika Hutchinson will celebrate National Adoption Day by putting into practice what they preach. The couple will adopt a little girl named Bethany on Saturday. The Hutchinsons met while attending church in their teens, but didn’t connect until a mission trip to Mexico. “We met in high school, […]

Deb Hunt thriving with her Gold Canyon candles, engine parts businesses

Local business owner Deb Hunt is gearing up for another busy season. This time of year always brings an increase in folks seeking holiday-scented candles. “I am always going somewhere,” Hunt said. She spends quite a bit of time selling her wares at craft shows all across Kansas and Oklahoma. […]

Bigwigs Salon features familiar trio, shares space with Homestead, Polish

Bigwigs Hair Salon might be the “new kid” on the 1800 block of North Summit Street, but the ladies inside have been cutting hair for more than two decades. Holli Pool, Janet Cannon and Tammy Dowler recently moved from the salon where they all started working to the newly remodeled […]

Cancer survivor Bierle flies to Hollywood for special taping of ‘The Doctors’

JoAnn Bierle has survived cancer twice, but that isn’t the end of her story. This feisty woman is on a constant crusade to encourage all woman to have mammograms, especially if they have any family history of the potentially deadly disease. This campaign recently took Bierle cross-country, all the way […]

VFW Post 1254 welcomes newest lifetime member in Marine Jeff Trenary

The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently celebrated its newest member signing a lifetime membership. New member Jeff Trenary is an Iraq War veteran who has been out of the service since 2013. “I know we sound like we’re excited to have this young guy in here, […]

Arkansas City High School senior Katie DiVall named Miss Arkansas City

Arkansas City High School senior Katie DiVall was named Miss Arkansas City in September and will appear at this year’s Arkalalah Coronation. She is the daughter of Kenny and Melissa DiVall. Katie did not anticipate being named Miss Arkansas City. “It is my understanding that school staff nominated me for […]

Jordan fights stage 4 breast cancer; friend seeks help for family expenses

Local resident Debbie Jordan has been diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She has taken a leave of absence from work and is unable to go back for the time being. Her friend and co-worker, Patty DeHaven, has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the Jordan family […]

SCKMC enters ‘Stone Age’ with #620rocks near medical center chapel

A new craze is sweeping Cowley County and South Central Kansas Medical Center is jumping on the bandwagon. #620rocks is a local Facebook group dedicated to spreading joy through one of the planet’s most common items — rocks. Many might have noticed the brightly colored rocks sitting around Arkansas City […]

Boxing duo competes to reach U.S. Olympic Trials after long journey

Boxing is not a sport often associated with Cowley County, but for the past 10 years, there has been an entire gym full of boxers in Winfield. Two boxers who train at Team Punisher Boxing Gym are heading to the final qualifier for the United States Olympic Trials this month. […]

Gottlob raising funds to recreate legendary 1970 Daytona run in new ‘Vette

Hometown racing fanatic and mechanic Cliff Gottlob is attempting to break back into the racing circuit. He is well-known in car circles for setting records in the ’70s, but has been away from racing for quite some time. “I’m closer than I know,” he said. Gottlob worked well past dark […]