City Commission discusses sales tax options, chooses legal appeal

The City Commission of Arkansas City had a full agenda for its Aug. 15 meeting, including several items that will directly impact the city financially in the months and years to come. The first of those revolved around a telephone call the city received Aug. 10 from the Kansas Department […]

City commissioners approve purchase of used semi-tractor Aug. 10

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 3-0 on Aug. 10 to authorize the purchase of a used 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor. It is to be bought from Truck Center Companies, of Wichita, for an amount not to exceed $36,750. Assistant Public Works Director Mike Crandall said $50,000 was budgeted in […]

Official results posted in local primaries after canvassing

Official results for the 2016 primary election have been posted, with very little change to the initial results. Republicans David Falletti, Christopher Smith, Larry Schwartz and Anita Judd-Jenkins all won their respective primaries in unofficial voting results Aug. 2. Smith, Schwartz and Falletti will take their respective positions in January […]

City Commission to hold budget hearing, hear funding requests

There has been much discussion regarding how funds will be distributed to outside agencies in future years. In fiscal year 2016, two outside agencies had their funding cut dramatically due to the financial issues facing South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC). One of them, the Arkansas City Area Chamber of […]

Commissioners to consider Aug. 15 whether to sunset sales tax

The City of Arkansas City was notified Aug. 10 by the Kansas Department of Revenue that implementation of the one-cent, 10-year SCKMC Sales Tax, approved by Arkansas City voters by an 4-to-1 margin on May 24, would be in conflict with state statute. K.S.A. 12-189 limits cities to a sales […]

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 […]

Jill Long formally appointed to Cowley College Board of Trustees

Jill Long, of Winfield, was appointed formally to serve on the Cowley College Board of Trustees during its monthly meeting Aug. 8 in the McAtee Dining Center. David Andreas, the board’s legal counsel, administered the oath of office. After Long’s installation, she was appointed to serve as a voting delegate […]

Appellate court judge Arnold-Burger to speak Aug. 9 at WHS

Judge Karen Arnold-Burger, of the Kansas Court of Appeals, is scheduled to come to Cowley County this week. The judge will accompany attorney Jim Robinson at a meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Winfield High School cafeteria. Arnold-Burger was appointed to the appellate court in 2011 by then-Gov. […]

Methodology of SCKMC star ranking explained by CMS

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) a two-star rating (out of five) in its new rating scale. While the system has existed since 2015, it is not widely known how the ratings are calculated. The new scale was created with […]

Newly elected judge follows in footsteps of framer forebear

Cowley County Attorney Christopher Smith has for an ancestor a signer of the original Declaration of Independence. Smith received 2,249 votes (54 percent) for the Division 2 seat in the 19th Judicial District in the Aug. 2 primary election. His ambition did not start with a judicial seat, however. “I […]