Tag: Christopher Smith

Huff makes first court appearance; unlawful sexual relations case continued

Teacher Ethan Dane Huff made his first appearance in court Nov. 7 following an October arrest for an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. Huff appeared in the Arkansas City courtroom, presided over by Cowley County District Court Judge Christopher Smith. His attorney, who was retained from Wichita, also […]

Deadline extended for Cowley College Board of Trustees KOMA training

The deadline for mandatory Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) legal training has been extended for the Cowley College Board of Trustees. The original completion date was set for Sept. 15, 2016, but that since has been extended to May 31. This mandatory training was the result of the board’s actions […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Official results posted in local primaries after canvassing

Official results for the 2016 primary election have been posted, with very little change to the initial results. Republicans David Falletti, Christopher Smith, Larry Schwartz and Anita Judd-Jenkins all won their respective primaries in unofficial voting results Aug. 2. Smith, Schwartz and Falletti will take their respective positions in January […]

Newly elected judge follows in footsteps of framer forebear

Cowley County Attorney Christopher Smith has for an ancestor a signer of the original Declaration of Independence. Smith received 2,249 votes (54 percent) for the Division 2 seat in the 19th Judicial District in the Aug. 2 primary election. His ambition did not start with a judicial seat, however. “I […]

Falletti, Smith, Schwartz win offices; Judd-Jenkins ahead by 140

Republicans David Falletti, Christopher Smith and Larry Schwartz all won their respective primaries in unofficial voting results Aug. 2, while Anita Judd-Jenkins had a narrow 140-vote lead in the Kansas House District 80 Republican primary. There are no Democratic challengers in the three county races, making Tuesday night’s contests winner-take-all. […]

Long reappointed as Cowley College trustee

The Cowley College Board of Trustees today reappointed Winfield business owner Jill Long as the newest trustee in a show of hands during a special meeting. The board voted 5-0 to appoint Long. Trustee Brian Sanderholm was absent from the meeting. Prior to re-voting on the matter, the board had […]

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 […]