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Flood warning issued for Arkansas River

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a flood warning for the Arkansas River in Arkansas City. The warning is effective from 12:24 p.m. May 28 until 8:12 p.m. May 30. The Arkansas should reach its flood stage — 11 feet — on May 28 and continue to rise […]

Chase suspect makes first court appearance

A man arrested for drug and firearms charges, following a chase by local law enforcement, made his first appearance May 26 in Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. Sage Breeze Martin, 32, of Arkansas City, has been in the Cowley County Jail since May 17 and is being held […]

Board focuses on future after passage of SCKMC sales tax

“We got 99 problems, but a bond ain’t one,” South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) Chief Operations Officer Clayton Pappan said during the SCKMC Board of Trustees meeting May 26. The board and hospital staff briefly celebrated the passage of a 1-percent sales tax before beginning the meeting. A push […]

City outlines replacement process for Giles’ seat

City officials have outlined a replacement process for Chad Giles, who resigned May 25 from the City Commission of Arkansas City in a letter emailed to City Manager Nick Hernandez. Giles, who just completed his second consecutive term as mayor and had served on the City Commission since 2011, cited […]

Letter from Mayor Oestmann

To the Citizens of Arkansas City: On behalf of the City Commission and City Manager Nick Hernandez, I would like to thank each and every one of you who voted this month to approve the SCKMC Sales Tax. The tax was approved by a vote margin of 1,885 to 467. […]

Giles resigns from City Commission

Commissioner Chad Giles has tendered his resignation from the City Commission of Arkansas City as of May 25. “I do not take this decision lightly as I truly love this town and am honored to have served on the Commission,” Giles said in an e-mail to City Manager Nick Hernandez. […]

Kentucky Derby event raises funds for the Arts

Supporters of the arts in Arkansas City attended a Kentucky Derby event on May 7, sponsored by Mike and Jennifer Munson, Lance and Tamara Niles, and Michael and Jessica Morgan. The attendees purchased tickets to the event at Cabin Fever, Ark City Arts’ annual fundraiser for arts programming. After watching […]

Voegele to run against Wilson for County Commission

An Arkansas City man has filed to run against Cowley County Commissioner Gary Wilson. Bob Voegele, 59, has filed as a Republican through the Cowley County Courthouse. He ran against Wilson eight years ago. “(Gary) has been in 12 years. It’s time to get other people in,” Voegele said. Voegele […]

SCKMC sales tax passes with huge margin

The South Central Kansas Medical Center sales tax initiative appears to have passed May 24 with an 80-percent approval rating. However, official results for the 1-percent sales tax will not be available until June 2. The tax increase, which has preliminary votes of 1,885 for and 467 against, has been […]

SCKMC sales tax approved in 4-to-1 vote

A one-percent sales tax for South Central Kansas Medical Center’s (SCKMC) bond debt was approved by Arkansas City voters on May 24. An unofficial tally showed 80 percent of voters were in favor of the tax, with the remaining 20 percent opposed. “Yes” votes were cast by 1,885 citizens, with […]