Government

A citizen’s crash course in the Kansas Open Meetings Act

Citizens are responsible for electing the officials who serve Arkansas City and Cowley County, but many do not know their civic responsibilities also include monitoring the actions of those elected officials. City and county commissioners, board of education members, and Cowley College trustees all serve on boards whose actions are […]

Fall Friday Family Movie Series continues Sept. 30 at Wilson Park

The 2016 Fall Friday Family Movie Series will resume at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Arkansas City with an animated favorite under the Wilson Park rotunda. At least two more movies will be shown on several nights through October, including a special Monday night showing in conjunction with the National […]

SCKMC avoids Medicare infection penalty, unhappy with media coverage

South Central Kansas Medical Center will not be subject to a penalty from Medicare payments this year due to Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC). For the last two years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has withheld 1 percent of the funds due to SCKMC. The penalties were the result […]

Work set to begin on $1.8 million contract for streets, water line

Preliminary work has begun on a replacement water line near North Summit Street and more extensive road work is set to begin shortly in Arkansas City. The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously on Aug. 2 to approve a contract agreement with Cornejo and Sons LLC, of Wichita, for […]

City commissioners table trailer purchase, consider cemetery expansion

The City Commission of Arkansas City tabled a proposed $41,000 purchase during the Sept. 20 commission meeting, citing an ongoing hospital study as the reason behind wanting to postpone the buying of new equipment. South Central Kansas Medical Center’s operational review by Quorum Health Resources should be completed before the […]

Cowley College soars in credential attainment, trustees learn

The Cowley College Board of Trustees was provided with an update on the recent Kansas Association of Community College Trustees/Council of Presidents quarterly meeting, attended by President Dennis Rittle, during the monthly board meeting Sept. 19 in the college’s McAtee Dining Center. Rittle reported there were two areas of focus […]

Quorum Health Resources completing operational analysis of SCKMC

Quorum Health Resources has made several on-site visits to South Central Kansas Medical Center during the past month as the health care consulting firm gathers information in preparation for an operational analysis of the hospital. The study is a requirement of the Arkansas City Public Building Commission’s bond document related […]

Debate between Voegele, Wilson sparsely attended in Bolton Township

There was no clear “people’s choice” at the end of a debate Sept. 15 between between incumbent Cowley County Commissioner Gary Wilson and challenger Bob Voegele at the Bolton Township building. Wilson and Voegele both are running for the District 2 seat on the county commission. Wilson, a Democrat, has […]

School board approves Animation Club, discusses rural cemetery

The USD 470 Board of Education on Sept. 12 approved the formation of an Animation Club after a group of Arkansas City High School students requested permission to form the club. The purpose of the club is to provide a place for students from all walks of life to gather […]

City Commission to set town hall meeting for cleanup, code enforcement

The City Commission of Arkansas City soon will choose a date for a town hall meeting to educate the public about city cleanup efforts and the code enforcement process, at the suggestion of City Manager Nick Hernandez. The recent passing of a charter ordinance that gives additional city employees the […]