Tag: State of Kansas

Candidate Q&A: Lori Barnes — USD 470 Board of Education

Name: Lori Barnes Position you are running for: USD 470 School Board Family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren): Zach Barnes, spouse; Lucas Barnes, eighth-grader at Ark City Middle School; and Kennedy Barnes, a fourth-grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School. How long have you lived in Arkansas City? I have lived in Ark City […]

Candidate Q&A: Jay Warren — City Commission of Arkansas City

Name: Jay Warren Position you are running for: City Commission of Arkansas City Family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren): Wife, Nancy. Son, Chris, who works in management at the Kellogg plant in Kansas City. He has three children, Ashlyn, Jocelyn and Gavin. Daughter, Dru, who is a teacher and school […]

Candidate Q&A: Lance Niles — USD 470 Board of Education

Name: Lance Niles Position you are running for: USD 470 Board of Education (BOE) Family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren): Tamara Niles, spouse; children — Natalie Niles, eighth-grader at Arkansas City Middle School, and Will Niles, sixth-grader at Arkansas City Middle School. We also are hosting an exchange student this […]

SCKMC, city officials have discussion; Public Building Commission meets

South Central Kansas Medical Center administrators fielded serious questions from Arkansas City Mayor Dan Jurkovich and City Manager Nick Hernandez during the Sept. 28 meeting of the SCKMC Board of Trustees. The questions came on the heels of SCKMC’s announced intention to scale back a project that had showed significant […]

Jurkovich elected mayor, Welch vice mayor; Oestmann honored for service

The City Commission of Arkansas City did some restructuring during its Sept. 19 meeting as Commissioner Dan Jurkovich was voted in as the new mayor. Jurkovich had several members of his family, as well as players on the volleyball team he coaches, in attendance. “Thank you to my family and […]

$17.5M in Industrial Revenue Bonds approved for new KanPak facility

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously July 11 to authorize the issuance of taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) for KanPak LLC. The bonds would be used to finance the acquisition, construction and equipping of a new 200,000-square-foot distribution facility, to be located in Goff Industrial Park. The bonds […]

Police department announces pending enforcement of out-of-state tags law

The Arkansas City Police Department announced its intentions to crack down on illegal out-of-state vehicle tags in a Facebook post April 4. “If you live in Cowley County, you must register your vehicle in Cowley County,” the post states. The two legal exceptions to this law are if the individual […]

Mid-session legislative forum sees four representatives talk Medicaid, taxes

Four local elected officials gathered March 3 at Sirloin Stockade in Arkansas City to participate in a public forum. Attendees passed in questions written on index cards for the officials to answer. Medicaid expansion, tax bills and revenue streams were among the issues covered during the 90-minute event. The participants […]

Mid-legislative session update: Taxes, school funding, revenues, other bills

I write this letter to you on March 1, right in the middle of our “Turnaround” break. Turnaround is the midpoint of the session — where bills that were introduced in one chamber must pass out of that chamber in order to be considered by the other. There are exceptions — […]

Commission OKs application for grant to survey downtown historic district

The City Commission of Arkansas City passed a resolution Feb. 7 that will allow the city to seek a Historic Preservation Fund grant for a new survey of the downtown historic district. The application proposal failed in 2016 on a 2-2 vote, but two new commissioners have been appointed since […]