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Ark City Mayor Writes Letter to Citizens Regarding Sales Tax


To the Citizens of Arkansas City: On behalf of the City Commission and City Manager Nick Hernandez, I would like to thank each and every one of you who voted this month to approve the SCKMC Sales Tax. The tax was approved by a vote margin of 1,885 to 467

One Person Killed in Fiery Crash on U.S. 77 South of Ark City


Authorities are continuing to work to positively identify a person killed in a fiery crash on U.S. 77 highway south of Ark City this afternoon. The two-vehicle accident occurred just before 5 p.m. on 77 just north of 322nd Road, according to Sgt. Christi

Car and Semi Collide North of Ark City Tuesday Evening


Emergency personnel were at the scene this evening of an injury accident at U.S. 77 and the bypass north of Ark City. It was not immediately clear how serious the injuries were. Investigators were still on the scene as of 6 p.m. We will have more informa

Jury Finds Sylvester Provencio Guilty of Roadside Attack Near Caldwell Last Year


A Sumner County jury deliberated for a few hours Tuesday before finding 22-year-old Sylvester Provencio, of Caldwell, guilty of multiple charges related to a roadside attack on two Caldwell men last year. Provencio was in a Wellington courtroom as guilty

Winfield Man, 19, Arrested For Brandishing Knife During Argument


A 19-year-old Winfield man was arrested Monday following a verbal altercation that involved a knife. Jeremy D. Ruckle was booked into the Cowley County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault. His bond was set at $10,000 and Ruckle remained in jail as of

Ark City Voters OK 1-Cent Sales Tax to Fund Hospital Debt Payments


Ark City voters overwhelmingly approved a one-cent sales tax increase that will help fund debt payments for South Central Kansas Medical Center. Unofficial results, from counting conducted this afternoon, show 1,885 voted yes and 467 voted no. The deadli

RCB Bank Planning to Acquire Winfield-based Cornerbank


Oklahoma-based RCB Bank has announced it will acquire Winfield-based Cornerbank, according to a joint written statement from the two banks. The sale, pending regulatory approval, is expected to be finalized early in the third quarter of this year. All ni

Report: Man Arrested For DUI Gave Authorities Phony Name


An area man arrested Saturday for DUI and other crimes was determined to have been booked into the Cowley County Jail under a phony identity. 25-year-old Miguel Hernandez Estevane was booked into the jail for drunk driving, no driver’s license and

65 Animals Found at Wellington Home Have Been Adopted


Police and the Humane Society removed dozens of animals, including dogs, cats, and and more than 20 rabbits, from a hoarder house in Wellington, according to a report from KWCH in Wichita.   The Humane Society in Wellington doesn't have a physic

Ark City School District Switching to Blended Pre K


USD 470 will soon complete plans for a model that blends all district Pre-K programs for the 2016-2017 school year. This approach was authorized by the USD 470 Board of Education at its March 7 meeting. This means qualifying four-year-old students will n

Report: Fleeing AC Driver Caught With Half Pound of Meth


A local driver, who fled from Cowley County deputies during a routine traffic stop, had his vehicle tires spiked three times late Tuesday before being arrested on numerous drug-, weapon- and traffic-related charges. 32-year-old Sage Breeze Martin, of Ark

Winfield Woman Improving After Motorcycle Crash Saturday


A Winfield woman continues to recover from injuries sustained in a weekend accident that claimed the life of her husband. 48-year-old Cassandra Gritzmaker was listed in fair condition Tuesday evening at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, according to a sp

Winfield Judge Rules Murder Suspect's Statements Admissible


Statements made to investigators by Winfield murder suspect Josh J. Stasa will be admissible as evidence at Stasa’s upcoming trial, a judge ruled on Monday. Stasa, through his attorney Mike Brown, had sought to suppress the statements, which Stasa

Recent Bicycle Accidents Lead to Safety Reminder From Police


The Arkansas City Police Department is stressing bicycle safety and driver awareness in light of several recent collisions involving bicyclists and motor vehicles. “These incidents highlight the need for both bicyclists and drivers to be aware of e

Motorcycle Rider Dies After Striking a Cow Near Dexter


A 46-year-old Winfield man was killed late Saturday when the motorcycle he was riding struck a cow north of Dexter, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Todd C. Gritzmaker was transported to William Newton Hospital following the accident and died as a

Ark City 9th Graders Win Bike Rack Design Contest


Two Ark City ninth graders have created the winning design in a local bike rack design contest. Allison Riedel and Haley Smith had their design chosen from 170 entries in the contest, which was sponsored by the Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition.

Winfield Man Arrested After Motor Vehicle Accident on Tuesday Night


Authorities arrested a Winfield man late Tuesday following an investigation into a single-vehicle accident. Around 10:15 p.m., Cowley County Sheriff deputies were sent to the 13000 Block of 101st Rd. - in rural Winfield - for the report of a non-injury a

Highway Project on Main in Winfield to Begin Soon


A roadway pavement repair project is scheduled to begin on north Main in Winfield as soon as Monday. The area to undergo grading and surfacing is U.S. 77 from 7th to 4th Ave., according to the Kansas Dept. of Transportation. For more on this story, CLIC

Wellington Man Faces Kidnapping Charge for Attacking Woman


A 53-year-old Wellington man has been formally charged with aggravated kidnapping and other charges stemming from a violent attack on a woman that is said to have occurred last week. Lancy Lough is accused of holding a 41-year-old woman against her will

Winfield Police Investigating a Shooting at This Time


Police Winfield are searching Cherry Street Park at this time in connection with a shooting investigation that began in the early morning hours. Residents in the area said the public is not being allowed in the park at this time. For more on this story,