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 […]

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 […]

Chamber committee presents Open Arms Award to ACPD

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce awarded the Arkansas City Police Department with the Open Arms Award during a City Commission meeting Aug. 2. The Open Arms Award is presented by the chamber of commerce’s Membership Services and Awards Committee. It is a quarterly award given to nonprofit organizations […]

First Street traffic study fails on 2-2 vote, but will return

A yearlong debate about traffic on North First Street due to the construction of a new Family Dollar store came to a head during a City Commission meeting Aug. 3 when commissioners found themselves at odds over a $9,500 traffic study of the area. The commissioners — minus Dan Jurkovich, […]

Falletti, Smith, Schwartz win offices; Judd-Jenkins ahead by 140

Republicans David Falletti, Christopher Smith and Larry Schwartz all won their respective primaries in unofficial voting results Aug. 2, while Anita Judd-Jenkins had a narrow 140-vote lead in the Kansas House District 80 Republican primary. There are no Democratic challengers in the three county races, making Tuesday night’s contests winner-take-all. […]

Area educators attend three-day archaeology workshop

Cowley County area elementary school and middle school teachers attended a three-day archaeology education workshop last week at Cowley College. Kansas public archaeologist Virginia Wulfkuhle, the state coordinator for Project Archaeology, conducted the workshop. She was assisted by Gail Lundeen, a retired teacher and representative of the Project Archaeology Missouri […]

City Commission to consider combining boards, SCKMC loan request

The City Commission of Arkansas City will consider a second reading of an ordinance that would combine the Board of Zoning Appeals with the Planning Commission. It will be the third time this item has come before the City Commission. The first time, the commissioners sent it back to the […]

Early voting ends Aug. 1; primary polls open at 7 a.m. Aug. 2

Election polls will open at 7 a.m. Aug. 2 for the 2016 primary and will close at 7 p.m. Early voting ends at noon Aug. 1. The primary voting will include the following races for citizens of Arkansas City: Cowley County Sheriff’s Office Cowley County Attorney’s Office 19th Judicial District […]

Angels in the Attic in need of many different pantry donations

Angels in the Attic is looking for donations for its pantry. The locally based nonprofit organization, located at 109 S. Summit St., offers a wide range of help for those in need. It currently is running low on several items in its pantry, including: bread canned fruits canned meat canned […]

Vacant house’s roof, interior damaged in fire July 28

The Arkansas City and Winfield fire-EMS departments responded to a house fire at 10:19 p.m. July 28 in the 1500 block of West Colorado Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, firefighters found a vacant house with flames coming through the roof. The structure was a single-story home owned by […]