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RooJax brings fun, whimsical homemade items to downtown on Sept. 1

RooJax, a family-owned company, will celebrate its grand opening Sept. 1 in downtown Arkansas City. “My own grand opening is (Sept. 1) and (Sept. 2) we will be having free cupcakes, and giveaways of shirts and cups and door prizes,” said owner Shelly Gatton. The new storefront, located at 316 […]

Pink Ladies help SCKMC Auxiliary by volunteering their time, talents, gifts

The “Pink Ladies” long have been a fixture at South Central Kansas Medical Center. “That’s what we’ve been called for years,” said SCKMC Auxiliary member and South Haven resident Leslie Sherman. Each Auxiliary member — dressed in coral pink smocks, white pants and white shoes — takes a turn staffing […]

Mayo caught singing karaoke as part of ongoing community outreach effort

The Arkansas City Police Department has endeavored to strengthen its relationship with the citizens of Arkansas City as part of a larger public outreach effort. This effort can be seen not only in the department’s interaction with youth in our community, but also opportunities such as Coffee with a Cop, […]

Stinemetze kicks off 46th year of sharing his love of science, math, pranks

Local teacher David Stinemetze just began his 46th year of teaching in the Arkansas City Public School District. Stinemetze, a 1967 Arkansas City High School graduate, has taught both math and science during his tenure. This year, he is teaching chemistry and honors biology. He’s also previously taught calculus, physics […]

Rock it: #620rocks phenomenon bringing happiness to hunters, art lovers

A new rock movement has come to Arkansas City — one that has residents painting and hiding rocks in public areas. The Facebook group #620rocks was started by Britini Church. “I just loved the idea. I’ve always liked to collect rocks,” she said. “I have eight kiddos, as well, and […]

Path to Pathways grant from BCBSKS was long and winding, but it paid off

Cowley County this week was named as one of eight Pathways to a Healthy Kansas communities by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS). The grant, possibly one of the most significant ever awarded in the county, is for $100,000 immediately toward implementation, with an additional $400,000 also now […]

Native son Carlson thriving as owner of Mulvane’s Carlson Hot Rods shop

MULVANE — The passion Chris Carlson has for cars seems surpassed only by his love for family. Carlson, a 1990 Arkansas City High School graduate, has become well known in automotive circles, winning awards at car shows and through magazines featuring his work. His shop in Mulvane, Chris Carlson Hot […]

Groove Street Bling offers homemade headbands, turnovers from local pair

Groove Street Bling has hit the Arkansas City Farm and Art Market with unique tie-dyed products, headbands, and homemade turnovers. Two local women, Sarah Diveley and Shayna Nicely, started Groove Street Bling this year. “Sarah had an epiphany when she went to Bike Week in Daytona in March,” Nicely said. […]

Miles for Morgan poker run July 15 to benefit infant girl with heart problems

Miles for Morgan, a poker run to benefit a local infant, will take place July 15. Morgan Marquez was born Dec. 9, 2016. Less than a month later, she was diagnosed with a heart murmur by a doctor in Wichita. However, the heart murmur was not the only bad news […]

Recent Cowley College grad in need of assistance with cancer treatments

A local woman is in need of assistance as she seeks cancer treatment soon at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Ashley Law, a recent Cowley College graduate, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that develops in the body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is […]