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August 29, 2015
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Friday 08/28/2015
SCKMC board updated
Posted: August 28, 2015

The South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees heard an update on the hospital’s finances during its meeting Thursday morning.

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Health Clinic now open
Posted: August 28, 2015

A new, low-cost health center opened for business Friday at an existing clinic in Winfield.

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Pilot study under way at water plant
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 7:20 pm

A pilot study for a new water treatment facility is under way now at the current Water Treatment Plant, 513 W. Washington Ave., in Arkansas City.

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Diverse blood supply needed
Posted: August 28, 2015

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month in September.

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Thursday 08/27/2015
Berthot to hold author signing Saturday
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 8:09 pm

It’s London 1903.

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District Court cases move forward Thursday
Posted: August 27, 2015

An Arkansas City man was sentenced Thursday morning in connection to several thefts of automobiles in late May and early June.

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
Locals speak out about retail wishlist
Posted: August 26, 2015

The Dollar Tree is opening today — the Traveler was curious to see what other stores the citizens of Arkansas City were interested in seeing in Arkansas City.

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More seats open for Project 22
Posted: August 26, 2015

Veterans representing Project 22 made their way north to Mulvane Wednesday, reaching Mulvane prior to 6 p.m. — approximately 40 miles.

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Tracks are for Trains campaign launched
Posted: August 26, 2015

Senior portrait season is upon us all and one of the most popular photo pose in recent years involves railroad tracks.

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Tuesday 08/25/2015
Board of Education meets
Posted: August 25, 2015

The USD 470 Board of Education heard an enrollment report from assistant superintendent Dr. Peg Dokken-Opat during Monday night’s meeting.

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Citizen’s talk about their favorite fall traditions
Posted: August 25, 2015

Arkansas City youth is finally back in school after a long, but mild — by Kansas standards — summer.

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USD 509 approved for less aid than requested
Posted: August 25, 2015

South Haven USD 509 was approved for less extraordinary need aid than they had applied for at a meeting Monday in Topeka with the State Financial Council.

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Hunting magazine in the works
Posted: August 25, 2015

A new, full-color magazine for Kansas hunters will come out this fall.

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Pendlay case continued
Posted: August 25, 2015

Bruce Allan Pendlay, 46, Arkansas City, made his second appearance Monday morning at the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield.

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Dollar Tree to open for business Thursday
Posted: August 25, 2015

Citizens won’t have to wait very much longer for the Dollar Tree to open.

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ACPD receives reports of scams
Posted: August 25, 2015

The Arkansas City Police Department received several calls Monday from citizens in reference to receiving calls from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Monday 08/24/2015
Petpalooza to be Sept. 12
Posted: August 24, 2015

The only event in Cowley County where dogs can unleash their inner party animal is right around the corner.

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Fire pit rules, safety
Posted: August 24, 2015

During a June 16 city commission meeting, Arkansas City Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the use of portable outdoor fireplaces within the city limits.

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Deputies capture naked man
Posted: August 24, 2015

Deputies of the Cowley County Sheriff’s office spend hours searching for a naked man from late Saturday night, to early Sunday morning.

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Battle raises memorial funds
Posted: August 24, 2015

The Winfield Police Department’s softball team won the 2015 Battle of the Badges, held at Ark City Sports Complex on Saturday.

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Forum planned
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 2:45 pm

All five-area legislators have accepted an invitation to be the guests of honor at a legislative coffee scheduled for next week in Arkansas City.

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Friday 08/21/2015
District court sees sentencings, plea bargains
Posted: August 21, 2015

An Arkansas City woman who was sentenced in Arkansas City District Court Thursday morning, following an arrest in June, appeared with her court appointed attorney, Chad Giles.

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SKMC prepares for next week’s ‘Land Rush’
Updated: August 21, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Patterson Parkway will be invaded with dozens of people ready to test their strength and endurance during the first inaugrual “SCKMC Landrush,” on Aug. 29.

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Thursday 08/20/2015
USD 509 requests extra aid
Posted: August 20, 2015

SOUTH HAVEN — Reduction in assessed property valuation and increased enrollment has led South Haven USD 509 to submit an application requesting extra aid from the state.

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Woman arrested in stabbing
Posted: August 20, 2015

WINFIELD — The Winfield Police Department responded to a stabbing report Wednesday evening in the 1300 block of Olive Street.

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TSL demonstrates Physical Capacity Profile
Posted: August 20, 2015

Five City of Arkansas City representatives on Tuesday attended a presentation and demonstration on the Physical Capacity Profile (PCP) Testing System.

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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Contract approved for well house
Posted: August 19, 2015

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to approve a contract with Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) to provide a design for new well houses, for an amount not to exceed $56,000.

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Vacations, requests fill docket at meeting
Posted: August 19, 2015

WINFIELD — Cowley County Commissioners discussed the vacation of two roads during a Tuesday night meeting.

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Battle of the Badges to be Saturday
Posted: August 19, 2015

The third annual Battle of the Badges will be fought Saturday on softball diamond in Arkansas City.

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Keesling starts practicing in Ark City
Posted: August 19, 2015

There is a new doctor at the Ark City Clinic.

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Tuesday 08/18/2015
Sefel, Hill serve as editors
Posted: August 18, 2015

Cowley College theater director John Sefel and Social Science instructor Robyn Hill recently worked together on the book “Lovecraftian Proceedings, No. 1”.

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‘Completely Hollywood, Abridged’ event planned
Posted: August 18, 2015

WINFIELD — The Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival will present “Completely Hollywood, Abridged” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Messenger Recital Hall located in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern College.

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Brown to stand trial
Posted: August 18, 2015

Criminal proceedings against a man accused of possession and distribution of methamphetamine can continue toward trial.

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Child’s death under investigation
Posted: August 18, 2015

The Arkansas City Police Department is investigating the death of a 16-month-old child Tuesday at MeadowWalk Apartments, 925 W. Skyline Road.

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Monday 08/17/2015
Thunderstorms possible
Posted: August 17, 2015

Thunderstorms, along with the potential for severe weather, is in the forecast today, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

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Phones operational again at Fire-EMS department
Posted: August 17, 2015

Friday night, the City of Arkansas City posted to their Facebook page that the “telephones at the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department are currently down and may continue to be inoperable through this weekend.”

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McGuigan sentenced
Posted: August 17, 2015

An Arkansas City woman who has been in custody since June 17, on multiple charges, made an appearance in the Arkansas City District Court Thursday for sentencing in three cases.

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Community Music School at SWC Offering Choir for Students
Posted: August 17, 2015

The Community Music School at Southwestern College is offering a new choral opportunity for students in grades 2-5 called Journey Kids Choir.

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Driving tips for school year
Posted: August 17, 2015

The Arkansas City Police Department and its officers would like to offer these safety tips and reminders to everyone while the beginning of the next school year will occur this week.

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Friday 08/14/2015
‘Family Flicks’ a hit with citizens of Ark City
Updated: August 14, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Several local entities came together to provide free movies in Wilson Park this summer.

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Event discourages driving drunk
Posted: August 14, 2015

Chad Kitzman’s Labor Day weekend in 2005 was like most until he got in his car.

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Skyline Road to be closed
Posted: August 14, 2015

Skyline Road will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, when the Skyline and 61st roads reconstruction project is set to begin in north Arkansas City.

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Thursday 08/13/2015
Arnett completes leadership training
Posted: August 13, 2015

An Arkansas City Police Department officer recently completed advanced online training in leadership through Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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Library board talks trees, strategic plan
Posted: August 13, 2015

The Arkansas City Public Library Board of Trustees’ were updated about a pending tree removal of a Sweet Gum Tree on the west side of the library building during the monthly meeting Monday.

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Bakers featured at market
Posted: August 13, 2015

Fresh homemade bread, rolls, cakes, mini pies, cinnamon rolls and many other baked goods are being featured this week at the Ark City Farm and Art Market.

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
Office begins yearly inspections
Posted: August 12, 2015

The Cowley County Appraiser’s Office personnel have begun their annual re-inspection of properties in Arkansas City as of the week of July 27th.

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Planning commission approves rezone
Posted: August 12, 2015

The Arkansas City Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a vacation request, a rezoning and a conditional use permit.

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Watson elected as vice president of ALA Girl Nation
Posted: August 12, 2015

Washington — A rising senior from Andover High School was elected Vice President of American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation 2015 during July 30 session

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Thielen makes court appearance
Posted: August 12, 2015

An Arkansas City man arrested last month on drug charges made his first appearance with court appointed attorney, Timothy Showalter, Wednesday morning in the Arkansas City District Court.

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Tuesday 08/11/2015
Dining survey results released
Posted: August 11, 2015

Cowley First’s recent restaurant-options dining survey concluded with 1,495 responses.

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Previous top stories

Friday 08/28/2015
Commission to consider agreement, memorial bench
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 7:21 pm

The City of Arkansas City has been awarded a $33,500 grant from the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation to complete a master plan for Wilson Park.

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Thursday 08/27/2015
Bond set for Abegg and Brickey
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Bond has been set for two people arrested last week in connection with the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg.

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
Dispatch center to go live
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 12:34 pm

The countywide consolidated emergency dispatch for Cowley County is set to “go live” on Sept. 9, according to Cowley County Administrator Jeremy Willmoth.

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Tuesday 08/25/2015
Vets walk to raise awareness for cause
Posted: August 25, 2015

Anthony Thomaus Marquez set out Sunday morning from Tulsa, Okla.

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Monday 08/24/2015
Murder charges filed
Updated: August 24, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Two people arrested last week on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg were charged with first-degree murder during their first court appearances in the Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City Monday morning.

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Sunday 08/23/2015
Apperances set for Abegg and Brickey
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Two people arrested last week on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg will make their first appearance in court Monday, said Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith.

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Friday 08/21/2015
Search shows record
Updated: August 23, 2015 - 9:42 pm

The man arrested on suspicion of second degree murder in connection with the death of 16-month old Astra Abegg has a criminal history, according to the Kansas Adult Supervised Population Electronic Repository (KASPER) website.

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Thursday 08/20/2015
City talks bidding process
Posted: August 20, 2015

City Commissioners of Arkansas City expressed concern over the bidding process used for city purchasing during its Tuesday meeting.

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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Two arrested in connection with child's death
Updated: August 19, 2015 - 9:30 pm

The Arkansas City Police Department has arrested two Arkansas City residents on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 16-month-old child Tuesday afternoon at MeadowWalk Apartments, 925 W. Skyline Road.

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Tuesday 08/18/2015
Mill levy increase for 2016 explained
Updated: August 19, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Arkansas City schools and local government agencies have concluded the 2016 budget planning and approval process.

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Sunday 08/16/2015
Fire damages home; no one injured
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 9:52 pm

By DAVID A. SEATON

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Friday 08/14/2015
Rice honored by NAEMT
Updated: August 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Brandy Rice, a firefighter-paramedic with the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department (ACFD), has been named the 2015 Paramedic of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and EMS World, sponsored by Nasco.

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Thursday 08/13/2015
Soproni pleads to charge
Posted: August 13, 2015

An Arkansas City man made an appearance Thursday morning in Arkansas City District Court with his attorney, Chad Giles.

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
Budget passed for 2016
Posted: August 12, 2015

The City Commission of Arkansas City approved the 2016 budget for the City of Arkansas City in a 4-0 vote.

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Tuesday 08/11/2015
USD 470 approves budget
Posted: August 11, 2015

Unified School District 470 Board of Education members voted to approve the 2015-2016 budget as published in The Traveler late last month.

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Monday 08/10/2015
Onek pleads no contest
Updated: August 10, 2015 - 8:37 pm

An Arkansas City man pleaded no contest to battery in a case dating back to May 25 of this year.

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Friday 08/07/2015
AC native makes TV appearance
Posted: August 07, 2015

An Arkansas City Native made an appearance as an assistant on a popular baking show this week, showing off her baking talents.

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Thursday 08/06/2015
Cases move forward
Updated: August 06, 2015 - 8:31 pm

An Arkansas City man made his first appearance in Arkansas City District Court via remote video link from the Cowley County Jail Thursday morning.

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Wednesday 08/05/2015
SCKMC asks for funds
Posted: August 05, 2015

South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) Chief Financial Officer Holly Harper, addressed the City commissioners of Arkansas City during a meeting Tuesday night.

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Tuesday 08/04/2015
Cowley County approves budget
Posted: August 04, 2015

The Cowley County Commission approved the 2016 fiscal year budget Tuesday at the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield.

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Monday 08/03/2015
Smith named to board
Posted: August 03, 2015

Jeri Smith, director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department, is the newest member of the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.

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Friday 07/31/2015
City, locals respond
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 8:56 pm

An article recently published on Roadsnacks.net has stirred up some local residents.

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Thursday 07/30/2015
Jackson appears in court
Posted: July 30, 2015

An Arkansas City man made an appearance in district court with his attorney, Tim Showalter, Thursday morning, following an arrest on drug related charges in June.

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Wednesday 07/29/2015
City holds special meeting
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 10:12 pm

The City Commission of Arkansas City met Tuesday night at City Hall for a special budget meeting and scheduled a public hearing on the budget next month.

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Tuesday 07/28/2015
Budget hearing slated
Posted: July 28, 2015

Cowley County Commissioners heard more budget proposals from county departments Tuesday morning.

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Monday 07/27/2015
Williams is newest public service officer
Updated: July 27, 2015 - 8:39 pm

The Arkansas City Police Department’s newest employee loves her new job and is glad to be back in the town where she grew up.

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Friday 07/24/2015
Ambroz enters new deal
Posted: July 24, 2015

An Arkansas City man who pleaded guilty in May made an appearance in district court Wednesday afternoon with his attorney, Rodney Iverson.

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Thursday 07/23/2015
City talks street repairs
Updated: July 23, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Discussion was heated at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting while officials were debating on the best course of action for repairing brick streets in Arkansas City.

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Wednesday 07/22/2015
Gentle pleads in drug case
Updated: July 22, 2015 - 8:48 pm

A Winfield man arrested June 25 on drug charges in a bust organized by the Cowley County Drug Task Force entered into a plea agreement Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday 07/21/2015
Officers elected by board
Updated: July 22, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Cowley College President Dennis Rittle thanked each of the Cowley College Board of Trustees for helping with his family’s transition to Arkansas City during Monday’s meeting.

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Monday 07/20/2015
Debt issues discussed
Updated: July 20, 2015 - 9:53 pm

There has been a public outcry recently over the bill collecting practices of South Central Kansas Medical Center.

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Friday 07/17/2015
City makes requests
Updated: July 17, 2015 - 7:11 pm

The City Commission of Arkansas City met Thursday at City Hall to hear a budget overview and budget presentations from department heads.

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Thursday 07/16/2015
Pendlay charged in shooting incident
Updated: July 17, 2015 - 1:12 pm

An Arkansas City man who claimed to have been shot by an unknown assailant has been charged in connection according to Cowley County District Attorney Chris Smith.

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Wednesday 07/15/2015
USD 470 approves raises
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Board members of Unified School District #470 voted unanimously to approve a 2.4 percent increase in wages and benefits for “classified staff” and administrators.

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Tuesday 07/14/2015
City talks water in Newkirk
Posted: July 14, 2015

Representatives from the City of Arkansas City appeared at Monday’s city meeting proposing to partner with Newkirk on the sale of treated water.

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Monday 07/13/2015
Native learns the art of blacksmithing
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 9:22 pm

A local Arkansas City teenager is hard at work, learning the art of blacksmithing.

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Friday 07/10/2015
City commission hears requests
Posted: July 10, 2015

City commissioners heard budget proposals from several local entities Friday afternoon in a special meeting.

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Thursday 07/09/2015
Muninger appears in court
Updated: July 09, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Official charges have been filed against an Arkansas City man who was arrested Sunday in connection to an altercation that occurred over the course of several hours on Saturday.

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Wednesday 07/08/2015
Sunday sales dropped
Posted: July 08, 2015

The City Commission of Arkansas City is dropping the possibility of allowing Sunday liquor sales from its agenda.

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Tuesday 07/07/2015
Lawsuits filed and dismissed
Updated: July 07, 2015 - 8:44 pm

Lawsuits against six Arkansas City properties filed by a disabled Winfield woman have all been dismissed.

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Monday 07/06/2015
Ark City office to close?
Updated: July 06, 2015 - 9:26 pm

The Cowley County Attorney office in Arkansas City may be on the chopping block this fiscal year.

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Thursday 07/02/2015
Wooten to serve time
Updated: July 05, 2015 - 7:06 pm

An Arkansas City man was sentenced Thursday morning after entering a plea of guilty to aggravated escape from custody.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
New laws take effect
Posted: July 01, 2015

As of July 1 any legal citizens of Kansas has the right to carry a concealed handgun in the state of Kansas.

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Victims identified in weekend fatality
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Staff Report

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Monday 06/29/2015
Man arrested in court
Posted: June 29, 2015

An Arkansas City man who was charged with multiple counts of driving with a cancelled or suspended license appeared in court Monday afternoon.

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Saturday 06/27/2015
Hospital awarded status
Updated: June 27, 2015 - 12:05 am

After what could arguably be called a rough week for finances at South Central Kansas Medical Center, hospital administrators have received word about SCKMC’s application for Sole Community Hospital (SCH) status.

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Thursday 06/25/2015
Nineteen arrested in bust
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 11:04 am

Officers from several law enforcement agencies began serving arrest warrants to individuals throughout Cowley County and the surrounding areas Wednesday morning, according to a press release from Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith.

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
Public Building Commission bond rating downgraded
Updated: June 24, 2015 - 9:50 pm

The City of Arkansas City was notified Wednesday by Moody’s Investor Service that the bond rating for the Arkansas City Public Building Commission will be downgraded.

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Tuesday 06/23/2015
District, teachers agree
Updated: June 23, 2015 - 11:14 pm

Negotiators for the Arkansas City Public School District and the local teachers union were able to reach a settlement in negotiations June 17.

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Monday 06/22/2015
Local ministers respond
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 10:48 pm

The effects of a deadly shooting in South Carolina are being felt here in Arkansas City.

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State News

Friday 06/12/2015
Increase approved for budget
Updated: June 12, 2015 - 10:36 pm

TOPEKA (AP) — The Kansas Legislature has finished its business for the year.

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Friday 06/05/2015
State workers begin receiving furlough notices
Updated: June 05, 2015 - 11:01 pm

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas agencies sent furlough notices to thousands of state employees deemed nonessential Friday as legislators remained deadlocked over how to balance the budget and avert a partial government shutdown.

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Monday 03/23/2015
Rural schools search for students
Posted: March 23, 2015

SYCRACUSE  (AP) — At 5:55 on an icy cold November morning, Larry Hirsch Jr. was warming up bus No. 34 next to Syracuse High School.

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