Tag: Newton

Hundreds turn out to sound the whistle, ring the bell at train re-dedication

More than 250 people gathered Oct. 24 at Wilson Park to witness the official unveiling of the newly renovated train engine. “Welcome to the Wilson Park train re-dedication and Arkalalah kickoff,” said Commissioner Duane Oestmann, greeting them. “This is what everyone in the Arkansas City area has been anxious to […]

Commissioners name four unsafe structures, hear passenger rail update

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 4-0 on Sept. 5 to declare several structures in Arkansas City as unsafe and dangerous. The structures all are in a state of disrepair. Many need work to the foundation or roof, or mold removal. Six structures — located at 215 North B St., 306 North […]

Sandra Sue Woodworth

Sandra Sue “Susie” Woodworth, 78, of Arkansas City, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at South Central Kansas Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City. Committal services will follow at 3 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. The […]

City Commission approves purchase of swift water, ice rescue equipment

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously July 18 to approve the purchase of several pieces of rescue equipment for the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department. The equipment includes an Inmar inflatable rescue boat, a trailer with which to transport it, a Marsars ice rescue sled and two Mustang ice […]

Right place, right time: Pricer enjoys ride of lifetime, thanks to Amtrak

Ulrich Pricer had no idea he would get to take an extra-special train ride when he came to spend this summer with his grandparents. The 6-year-old ferroequinologist — train enthusiast — arrived June 9 at the BNSF train depot, dressed in a conductor’s hat, to welcome an Amtrak inspection train to […]

City officials to ride Amtrak inspection train into Arkansas City on June 9

An Amtrak train will pass through eastern Arkansas City on Friday morning as part of an initiative to evaluate the potential for restoring passenger rail service here. Amtrak will operate the limited capacity one-way inspection train June 9 from Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Missouri. Return transportation will not be […]

Etzanoa digs continue with help of sixth-graders, Wichita State students

Storm clouds gathered late Tuesday afternoon in Arkansas City as archaeology students searched for more artifacts from the ancient American Indian town of Etzanoa. But the director of the dig, Wichita State University anthropology and archaeology professor Don Blakeslee, was anything but gloomy. In fact, he was quite pleased. “We’ve […]

Final Kansas Sampler Festival ever starts May 6 at Winfield’s Island Park

WINFIELD — The 28th — and final — Kansas Sampler Festival will be Saturday and Sunday in Winfield’s Island Park. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 7 to 12. The largest […]

Steamy Joe concert Nov. 18 to feature trio of Turgeon, Girton, Cantu

Steamy Joe will be host to the talents of Lane Turgeon, Seth Girton and David Cantu on Nov. 18. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the musicians will perform at the coffee shop, located at 216 W. Central Ave. During that time, food and drinks will be available. Steamy Joe also […]

Award-winning authors abound in Kansas, Oklahoma

The Midwest has a strong history of writers who are from or have lived in the region. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Langston Hughes and Rex Stout all have come from or lived in Kansas. This proud tradition still continues today, with Kansas and Oklahoma home to multiple best-selling and award-winning authors. […]