Government

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 […]

Hydrant flushing continues in Arkansas City

The City of Arkansas City is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program, with work proceeding in southeast Arkansas City starting this week. The Environmental Services Division will begin flushing Section 2 — which includes all fire hydrants in the area of A Street and Washington Avenue, south to the […]

City outlines replacement process for Giles’ seat

City officials have outlined a replacement process for Chad Giles, who resigned May 25 from the City Commission of Arkansas City in a letter emailed to City Manager Nick Hernandez. Giles, who just completed his second consecutive term as mayor and had served on the City Commission since 2011, cited […]

Letter from Mayor Oestmann

To the Citizens of Arkansas City: On behalf of the City Commission and City Manager Nick Hernandez, I would like to thank each and every one of you who voted this month to approve the SCKMC Sales Tax. The tax was approved by a vote margin of 1,885 to 467. […]

Giles resigns from City Commission

Commissioner Chad Giles has tendered his resignation from the City Commission of Arkansas City as of May 25. “I do not take this decision lightly as I truly love this town and am honored to have served on the Commission,” Giles said in an e-mail to City Manager Nick Hernandez. […]

Voegele to run against Wilson for County Commission

An Arkansas City man has filed to run against Cowley County Commissioner Gary Wilson. Bob Voegele, 59, has filed as a Republican through the Cowley County Courthouse. He ran against Wilson eight years ago. “(Gary) has been in 12 years. It’s time to get other people in,” Voegele said. Voegele […]

SCKMC sales tax passes with huge margin

The South Central Kansas Medical Center sales tax initiative appears to have passed May 24 with an 80-percent approval rating. However, official results for the 1-percent sales tax will not be available until June 2. The tax increase, which has preliminary votes of 1,885 for and 467 against, has been […]

SCKMC sales tax approved in 4-to-1 vote

A one-percent sales tax for South Central Kansas Medical Center’s (SCKMC) bond debt was approved by Arkansas City voters on May 24. An unofficial tally showed 80 percent of voters were in favor of the tax, with the remaining 20 percent opposed. “Yes” votes were cast by 1,885 citizens, with […]

ACPD Sgt. Mata recounts experience that led him to police work

Arkansas City Police Department Sgt. Eric Mata recently was given an award from the Optimists of Arkansas City as their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. One of the aspects of the job he was applauded for was his work with children and on crimes against children. “It only takes […]