Government

SCKMC Sales Tax numbers finalized at canvass

The official results of the vote concerning a one-cent sales tax to cover South Central Kansas Medical Center’s bond debt have been posted. While the voters remained split 4 to 1 in favor of the tax, approximately 50 votes were added during the June 2 canvass to the preliminary totals […]

Hydrant flushing proceeds at A Street, Fifth Avenue

The City of Arkansas City is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program, with work proceeding in east-central Arkansas City starting this week. The Environmental Services Division will begin flushing Section 5 — which includes all fire hydrants in the area of A Street and Fifth Avenue, north to Kansas […]

Karen Welch named to City Commission

Karen Welch was appointed the newest city commissioner in a 3-1 vote June 7. Commissioner Charles Tweedy III cast the dissenting vote. He said his vote was not representative of his feelings about Welch joining the City Commission. Tweedy made a motion to nominate former mayor and commissioner Patrick McDonald, […]

City Commission, staff talk budget June 5

City commissioners and department heads gathered June 5 at Commissioner Jay Warren’s cabin west of Arkansas City to discuss the 2017 fiscal year budget. The meeting was somewhat lighthearted, as a one-cent, 10-year sales tax dedicated to the payment of construction bonds for South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) recently […]

Annual hydrant flushing program proceeds June 6

The City of Arkansas City is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program, with work proceeding in west-central Arkansas City starting next week. The Environmental Services Division will begin flushing Section 4 — which includes all fire hydrants in the area of First Street and Fifth Avenue, north to Kansas […]

Abrams to retire from Senate after eight years

Sen. Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, has announced his intent not to run for another term in the Kansas Senate. Abrams will complete his current term, but will not seek re-election in November. He served eight years in the Kansas Senate, 14 years on the Kansas State Board of Education and […]

Police careers offer challenging, rewarding lifestyle

Arkansas City is home to many dedicated public servants, including its police force. “Our officers and department afford citizens many things that sometimes are taken for granted,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “They give us peace of mind by their presence, they serve as community role models, they are our […]

Applications still being accepted for City Commission vacancy

Applications for a City Commission of Arkansas City vacancy continue to be accepted until noon June 3, when the four remaining commissioners will have a special meeting in the commission room at City Hall, 118 W. Central Ave., to consider the applicants. Depending on how that discussion goes, the commissioners […]

Kelley files for re-election to House; Abrams drops out

Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, officially filed for re-election June 1. “I like to file in person and knew I’d be in Topeka for (the) sine die (session),” Kelley said, explaining why she waited until the last day to file. She has served six terms — 12 years — as […]

Women for Kansas to host coffee June 4 in Cowley County

The Cowley County branch of Women for Kansas (W4K) will be host a free coffee at 9:30 a.m. June 4 at CornerBank in Arkansas City. “Women for Kansas-Cowley County has had great participation in Winfield since the group formed last October. It’s time for Ark City residents, particularly women, to […]