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 […]

Citizens warned about heat-related illness this week

The third week of June is expected to be quite hot, with temperatures topping out in the high 90s. Heat indexes are estimated to hover between 100 and 105 degrees. When it becomes this hot, Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department employees warn against possible heat-related illness. Firefighter-Paramedic Brandy Rice shared the […]

Area clinics providing after-hours care

New medical services have been added recently to both the Ark City Clinic and South Central Kansas Clinic (SCKC). The additional services are intended to fill a gap in health care options for area residents. In May, Ark City Clinic started an urgent care walk-in clinic, which is available from […]

Relay for Life event will be June 10

The annual Relay for Life event for cancer awareness will take place June 10 and its theme this year is “Dr. Seuss.” The event will take place at the Cowley College Track and Field Complex. However, volunteers have been working behind the scenes for months, preparing for June 10. Purple […]

Mosquito season now in full swing

The summer season is in full swing and so is mosquito season. Homeowners can control pests in their general vicinity by trimming brush and raising canopies of well-established trees and shrubs, as well as by properly maintaining their yards. It is important to note that the City of Arkansas City […]

Gillette receives Exceptional Service Award for June

South Central Kansas Medical Center’s Exceptional Service Award winner for June is Sarah Gillette, a registered nurse in the medical surgical unit. The Exceptional Service Award is one of the greatest honors available at SCKMC. Those who receive the award have been recognized by patients, family members, and co-workers for […]

Board focuses on future after passage of SCKMC sales tax

“We got 99 problems, but a bond ain’t one,” South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) Chief Operations Officer Clayton Pappan said during the SCKMC Board of Trustees meeting May 26. The board and hospital staff briefly celebrated the passage of a 1-percent sales tax before beginning the meeting. A push […]

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. […]

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 […]