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Emergency demolition highlights need for additional funding

A structure declared to be an imminent danger by the City of Arkansas City’s building official was torn down on July 21. Neighborhood Services Superintendent Richard Brown brought concerns about the structure to the City Commission during its meeting July 19. The structure was located at 1225 N. Second St. […]

Police department reports statistical improvement in 2015 crime index

The Arkansas City Police Department announced a sizable drop in 2015 crime statistics at Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting, falling into a tie with Winfield in the overall crime index and coming in even lower than its sister city in the property crime index. “While I knew our stats for […]

Cowley College Board of Trustees to vote again

In a communication today from Cowley College President Dennis Rittle, Board of Trustees chair Bob Juden requested a special meeting to be held to consider a “board of trustee vacancy.” This meeting was announced July 20, following media reports of alleged illegal board action during the July 18 meeting, involving […]

Commissioners study budget cuts as bond payment looms

South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) has received the most financial support of any external agency from the City of Arkansas City in 2016. At a total of $450,000 in current loans, it already has received more money than the Arkansas City Public Library, which receives 6 mills by charter […]

Arkansas City police receive PETA award for saving dog

A Compassionate Police Department Award is on its way from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to the Arkansas City Police Department after officers rushed July 8 to save a dog that was hanging by its leash from the window of a pickup truck in the Walmart parking […]

Cowley College trustees elect new board officers

The Cowley College Board of Trustees has elected new officers for the 2016-17 school year. Board chair Dennis Shurtz announced the trustees’ new positions during a regular meeting July 18. A motion was made by Ned Graham, then seconded by JoLynn Foster. The agenda item was approved unanimously. Changes to […]

Cowley board selects new trustee in apparent KOMA violation

Winfield business owner Jill Long was named the newest Cowley College trustee in an apparently illegal action July 18 by the college’s Board of Trustees. The board of trustees cast their votes by secret ballot, a clear violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). The secret vote was called […]

Forum features judge, commission, legislative candidates

Many candidates for local, state and federal elections gathered July 14 for a forum at the Moose Lodge in Bolton Township. Candidates were given 10 minutes to introduce themselves to the crowd. In all, there were approximately 150 to 200 in attendance at the event, which was sponsored by the […]

Forum features representative, sheriff, attorney candidates

Candidates for local, state and federal elections gathered July 14 for a forum at the Moose Lodge in Bolton Township. Candidates were given 10 minutes to introduce themselves to the crowd. In all, there were approximately 150 to 200 in attendance at the event, which was sponsored by the Bolton […]

Dog incident at Walmart highlights dangers of pets in vehicles

Two Arkansas City Police Department officers rescued the life of a dog that accidentally hung itself with its leash when it jumped out of a vehicle window July 8. A post on the ACPD Facebook page about the incident has attracted more than 131,000 views and the story has gone […]