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Local Man Charged With Sexually Abusing Child; Girlfriend Arrested For Endangerm

Two Arkansas City residents were arrested this week by the Arkansas City Police Department in connection with an investigation into acts of sexual abuse involving a small child. Timothy Ray Matthews, 21, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated

Man Accused of Trying to Run Over Someone With a Vehicle

An Arkansas City man was arrested Tuesday by the Arkansas City Police Department in connection with an aggravated assault late Tuesday night. Barclay Michael Bratcher, 23, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault. He was transported to and booked

Cowley College To Add Wrestling in Fall of 2017

Trustees at Cowley College have given the go ahead for school administrators to launch a wrestling program at the college in the fall of 2017. Dr. Dennis C. Rittle and athletic director Shane Larson will oversee the establishment of the new sport. The an

Person Injured Today in Accident on U.S. 77 Highway North of Ark City

One person was injured in a motor-vehicle accident north of Ark City this afternoon. As of 5:50 p.m., emergency crews remained at the scene of the accident which occurred near the intersection of U.S. 77 highway and 252nd Rd. Two vehicles were involved.

Southwestern Student Killed in Reno County Crash Friday

Kara McLain, a sophomore psychology student at Southwestern College, was killed in a two-car accident in Reno County Friday night. McLain, 19, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt north on Sego Road in Reno County when she failed to stop at a stop sign an

Last Day to Register to Vote on Nov. 8th is Tomorrow

Those interested in voting in the Nov. 8 general election have just a little time left to register. The final day to register to vote for this election is Tuesday. Advance ballots will be mailed the following day and in-person advance voting begins Oct.

Atlanta Area Teen Injured When Gun Accidentally Discharges

A 15-year-old boy was injured Sunday in an accidental shooting that occurred in rural Atlanta, according to a report from the Cowley County Sheriff. A little after 2 p.m., emergency crews were called to the 22000 block of 12th Rd. for the report of that

Valley Coop Thief Thwarted Wednesday in Atlanta

Valley Coop’s nurse tank and trailer was back with its rightful owner today after a branch manager at the company’s Atlanta location gave chase to a thief Wednesday evening and recovered the equipment. Just after 7 p.m., Darren Grow was headi

Ark City officials: Bond rating has improved

A sales tax now in place for South Central Kansas Medical Center, has helped the city of Ark City improve its bond rating, city officials said this week. Last week, the city was notified by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. that its lease rental reve

Police: Device Found in Winfield Was Harmless

A suspicious-looking device found near Ninth and Bliss in Winfield Monday afternoon, turned out to be harmless, local police said. As a precaution, police shut down the street from 9th and Bliss to 9th and Fuller. Further investigation led to the determi

Milling Work in Ark City Set to Begin on Tuesday

Asphalt milling is set to begin this week on West Radio Lane, starting at 15th Street and progressing east toward Fourth Street by the end of the week. Contractor delays during the weekend have pushed back slightly the schedule that was put out late last

Flooding Wrecks Stone Bridge Near Cambridge

Recent heavy rains have done substantial damage to one of Cowley County’s familiar stone arch bridges near Cambridge and lesser damage to other stone arch bridges in eastern portions of the county. County administrator Jeremy Willmoth verified that

Police Find Suspect Said to Be Responsible for AC Clown Related Threat

A 17-year-old Arkansas City resident was detained and processed Friday by the Arkansas City Police Department in connection with a possible criminal threat. Police received information at 8 a.m. about a possible threat directed toward Arkansas City

Ark City Police Make Arrest in Armed Robbery

An Arkansas City man was arrested Wednesday by Ark City Police in connection with an armed robbery said to have occurred Saturday morning. John Douglas Wooten, 29, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and theft. He was transported to and booke

Tornado Touch Downs Occur as Storms Pass Through Thursday

Severe weather outbreaks - including tornadoes that touched down briefly - hit Cowley County on Thursday afternoon and evening. Cowley County Emergency Management officials said the National Weather Service would be here today to assess the damage, which

Police Investigate Threat Written on Stall Door at WHS

Winfield Police are continuing to investigate the source of a threat of violence left on a bathroom stall door at Winfield High School. “We’ve found no evidence, so far, of this being a credible threat,” police Chief Danny said Wednesda

Just Clownin: Costumed Person Spotted at Southwestern

It appears the creepy clown phenomenon has reached the campus of Southwestern College in Winfield. On Monday, security at the school received the report of a clown on campus. Winfield police were called and a description was obtained. The person is said

Winfield City Manager Warren Porter Taking Job in Okla.

Winfield City Manager Warren Porter has announced he will leave his position next month to take a job as finance director with a city in Oklahoma. Porter, 57, has served as Winfield city manager for 20 years. His last official day as an employee of the c

Strother-based Husky Liners Purchased by Truck Hero

Strother Field-based Winfield Consumer Products - maker of aftermarket vehicle accessories under the brand name Husky Liners - has been purchased by Michigan-based Truck Hero, Inc. The two companies announced the deal on Monday. Terms of the sale were no

Driver of Stolen Vehicle Arrested Following Traffic Stop

A man familiar to local law enforcement remained in the Cowley County Jail this morning after being arrested last week while driving a stolen vehicle. 24-year-old Mason Shawn Renollet, of Oklahoma, was booked into jail on two warrants for probation viola