Local representatives to attend legislative forum at 11:30 a.m. March 3

The local chambers of commerce will be host to their first legislative forum of 2017 on March 3. Sen. Larry Alley, R-Winfield; Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City; and Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, will meet with the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sirloin Stockade, which is located at […]

Early legislative session update: Taxes dominate discussion in Topeka

It has been about 20 days since my initial newsletter, and with all that has transpired in Topeka on taxes, I wanted to provide you an update. The major subject, as you have likely gathered from news reports, is indeed taxes. Last month, we were supposed to have a debate […]

Women for Kansas to hear from Clarkson on election integrity Feb. 11

WINFIELD — Women for Kansas-Cowley County will have its monthly meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 123 E. Ninth Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The featured speaker will be Wichita State University statistician […]

Year 2016 featured quakes, elections, Burford opening, funding decisions

The year 2016 began with tremors felt in Arkansas City. A group of more than 20 earthquakes in and around Fairview, Oklahoma, included two significant quakes that were felt right here at home. The strongest of them topped out at 4.7 and 4.9 magnitude on the Richter scale, respectively. The […]

Arkansas City students predict all but one race correctly in Kids Voting

Arkansas City students elected Republican Donald Trump to the presidency in mock voting on Election Day, correctly predicting across all grade levels what some analysts have called the biggest upset in presidential election history. The voting was part of the sixth mock general election sponsored by the Optimists of Arkansas […]

Cowley College announces donation, location of Sumner County campus

WELLINGTON — The Cowley College Board of Trustees convened Nov. 21 at the Sumner County Economic Development office for its first board meeting since the general election, and approved a property and naming agreement for the new Sumner County campus in Wellington after announcing a gift of land in excess […]

Official election results released for Cowley County after canvassing

The official results for the 2016 general election have been posted for Cowley County after canvassing was completed Nov. 14. While the numbers are final, none altered the initial reports of the winning candidates. House District 80 candidate Anita Judd-Jenkins maintained her lead over Democrat Michelle Schiltz, winning with 3,335 […]

Sumner County approves Cowley College expansion, half-cent sales tax

WELLINGTON — Voters in Sumner County on Nov. 8 approved a countywide tax for an expansion of Cowley College into the county. Preliminary numbers showed 5,173 of the 9,477 votes cast, or 54.6 percent, were in favor of the new half-cent sales tax. The purpose of the tax is “to […]

Trump defies expectations, conventional wisdom with upset victory

Defying pollsters, expectations and conventional political wisdom, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sailed to victory Nov. 8 with a projected minimum of 274 electoral votes, according to multiple news outlets. In a victory speech given at 2 a.m. Nov. 9 in New York, Trump promised to unite the country and […]

Voegele defeats Wilson; Alley, Judd-Jenkins win legislative seats

Republican challenger Bob Voegele defeated Democratic incumbent Gary Wilson for the Cowley County Commission District 2 seat Wilson has held for 12 years, according to preliminary unofficial voting results for Cowley County. Voegele received 1,785 votes, or 54.9 percent, to Wilson’s 1,461, or 44.9 percent. Fellow challenger James Karasek, a […]