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County attorney: Cowley College broke KOMA law

Cowley County Attorney Christopher Smith has confirmed that a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) did occur during the July 18 meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees. In a letter addressed to the college’s legal counsel, David Andreas, Smith explains his findings. “After reading contemporaneous news […]

Kelley, Judd-Jenkins answer tough questions at forum

Dozens of people attended a legislative forum, sponsored by the Arkansas City and Winfield area chambers of commerce, for the Republican candidates for the Kansas House District 80 seat. Incumbent Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, and challenger Anita Judd-Jenkins answered several tough questions from the audience, ranging from gun control […]

F.R. Smith, of Arkansas City, on museum celebration

The museum should never be involved with politics. However, the board has chosen to make the upcoming anniversary celebration political in their invitations to speakers. Even if all a politician does is say what a great community we have and what a rich history, it is political if it’s a […]

Bill Mueller, of Cowley County, endorsing Falletti

The primary election on August 2 will likely decide who will be the next Sheriff of Cowley County after Sheriff Don Read retires in January 2017. For several years, I have known both of the candidates for that position and both are decent, honorable men who are sincere in their […]

Interim theater director eager to build upon strong foundation

After spending the past two years as a dance instructor and choreographer at Cowley College, Cara Kem will transition into the role of interim theater director as the school prepares for the 2016-17 academic year. Kem had an opportunity to spend the past two years working with previous theater director […]

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 […]