Tag: Dan Ward

Police begin ‘No Valuables November’ initiative to reduce car burglaries

The Arkansas City Police Department is planning an initiative for the month of November called “No Valuables November.” The program will focus on reducing motor vehicle burglaries and thefts by raising awareness in the community that thieves target vehicles based on a few factors. Those factors include: keys left in […]

Mayo caught singing karaoke as part of ongoing community outreach effort

The Arkansas City Police Department has endeavored to strengthen its relationship with the citizens of Arkansas City as part of a larger public outreach effort. This effort can be seen not only in the department’s interaction with youth in our community, but also opportunities such as Coffee with a Cop, […]

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 […]

Alcohol consumption area moved to tennis courts for this year’s PrairieFest

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 3-0 on Aug. 1 to approve an ordinance allowing the consumption of alcohol at PrairieFest this year. While consumption also has been allowed in years past, there will be a change in where it can occur this year. In years past, beer was […]

Fire-EMS department sees improved response times, dispatcher relations

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department has seen a marked improvement in its statistics year over year, according to a recently produced incident report. In particular, ACFD’s response times have been cut by 25 percent. These response times affect both funding levels and the insurance rates of city residents. The main […]

Commission decreases external funding, adds COLA in new draft budget

The City Commission of Arkansas City asked city staff during a budget work session July 14 to generate a new proposed 2018 budget that it will consider July 18. Specifically, the commissioners proposed reducing Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum’s requested $100,000 to $75,000 and the Arkansas City Area Chamber of […]

Mixed bag: Ward reports higher crime in 2016, but some positives as well

The Arkansas City Police Department experienced some growing pains in 2016. During an Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce-led Noon Networking Luncheon on June 15, Police Chief Dan Ward shared 2016 crime statistics with those in attendance. “Crime went up,” Ward said. “Our number-one problem in this community is methamphetamine.” […]

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que sets standard for KC-style barbecue cuisine

While my last article detailed one of my favorite dinners to prepare for friends and family, I recognize there are many people who do not have the time or interest to prepare such meals. For those who prefer their special dinners prepared for them, I thought I would write about […]

Howertons receive Good Neighbor Award; ACPD wins AAA Platinum Award

Arkansas City residents Josh and Paisley Howerton were honored at Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting. The Howertons, along with their two young daughters, have been spending time this year in local parks, picking up trash and disposing of it properly. The award given to the family is the Good Neighbor […]

“Chef Ward” debuts foodie column with homegrown steak extravaganza

Apparently, word has gotten out that in addition to being a police chief, I am something of a foodie. I am not sure if it is my ever-increasing waistline and cholesterol levels that have led to this thinking, or the fact that the city manager often drops the “i” in […]