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Veterans Memorial Lake closed to boating, fishing; walking trail still open

Veterans Memorial Lake, located at 1401 S. Sixth St., has been closed temporarily to the public while state authorities investigate the water quality of the lake. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is conducting testing and looking into the matter. While it is possible that an algae bloom […]

Dieker arrested for aggravated assault after pointing rifle at police officer

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man early Aug. 20 after he allegedly pointed a rifle at police during a disturbance. Shane Eugene Dieker, 40, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, battery-domestic violence, criminal damage to property, criminal threat and disorderly […]

Big turnout for solar eclipse watch party Aug. 21 at Cowley College

A large crowd gathered for the solar eclipse watch party on Aug. 21 at Cowley College’s Calder Bonfy Amphitheatre. As part of the event, a few hundred free eclipse-watching solar glasses were given out by the college’s Student Life Office. Cowley College’s Math and Science Club provided free pizza prior […]

Three residents arrested by deputies in connection with recent burglaries

Three Arkansas City residents have been arrested by the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a spate of recent burglaries, according to a news release. Jason Wayne Nelson, 42, was arrested on suspicion of burglary of a non-dwelling, residential burglary, theft and theft by deception, all of which are […]

Stinemetze kicks off 46th year of sharing his love of science, math, pranks

Local teacher David Stinemetze just began his 46th year of teaching in the Arkansas City Public School District. Stinemetze, a 1967 Arkansas City High School graduate, has taught both math and science during his tenure. This year, he is teaching chemistry and honors biology. He’s also previously taught calculus, physics […]

Cowley College AEC undergoes name change to Collegiate Quiz Bowl

In May, Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) coaches from nine Kansas community colleges met at the state tournament and agreed to change the name of the activity from Kansas Academic Excellence Challenge (KAEC) to Kansas Collegiate Quiz Bowl (KCQB). Cowley College Collegiate Quiz Bowl (CQB) sponsor Dianne Flickinger said Jeanie Ferguson […]

Commission briefed on RISE Cowley, Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant

Tom Langer, City-Cowley County Health Department administrator and public health officer, appeared Aug. 15 before the City Commission of Arkansas City to talk about RISE Cowley. Cowley County, through the RISE Cowley health coalition, was one of eight Kansas communities recently selected as a grantee of Pathways to a Healthy […]

College host to fourth annual CARE Conference for childcare providers

Cowley College was host to its fourth annual Cowley CARE Conference on Aug. 5 at the Brown Center. The conference consisted of nine presenters, one keynote presentation, lunch and vendor booths. Including licensed childcare providers, 42 area early childhood educators attended the event. “The day went smooth and the flow […]

Cowley College freshman Oak picked as 2017 P.E.O. scholarship recipient

Madison Oak, a 2017 graduate of Arkansas City High School, is the recipient of a 2017 scholarship from P.E.O. Chapter GH. Oak is the daughter of Jon and Tammy Oak, of Arkansas City. Oak was presented with $500 toward her education from the women’s philanthropic education organization. She will continue […]

Free VINE service alerts crime victims to offender custody status changes

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is providing a new, free service to notify crime victims of offender custody status changes. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system, developed by Appriss, provides victims of crime with access to timely and reliable offender custody information. This service is free to the […]