Archives for November 2015

Pizza Lovers Are Gonna Love This!

Pizza lovers are gonna love this! A new Dominos Pizza will soon be open in Arkansas City. Wade Lessert is the new franchise owner, and he says he hopes to have the new pizza restaurant and delivery business operating by the end of next month at 2401 N. Summit St., in the same strip mall as Hibbet Sport’s. Lessert is from Ponca City, and he already owns the Ponca City Dominos. He also owns Dominos in Enid, and three others in Oklahoma City. The new Dominos will mean about 25 new jobs at the Ark City location. If you are interested in working there, you can apply online at jobs.dominos.com. Both full-time and part-time workers will be hired, including delivery drivers and management positions. Dominos plans to delivery to the Ark City area, including Strother Field and south of town.

Cowley Students Jailed Following Boxcutter Attack

Two Cowley College students have been arrested following a fight over the weekend, in which one attacked the other with a box cutter. 19 year old Jaquor Dwayne Pugh of Beaumont, Texas is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and battery. Pugh was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $20,750 bond. 19 year old Dominique Angelo Carrasco, of Aurora, Colorado was arrested on suspicion of battery. He was locked behind bars in the county jail in lieu of $750 bond. The whole thing unfolded Saturday night, when witnesses say Carrasco and Pugh began to fight in a dorm room. That’s when Pugh allegedly threatened Carrasco with a box cutter. Carrasco left to return to his room, but Pugh followed him. The fight continued in the hallway and Pugh allegedly cut Carrasco with the box cutter.

Kansas Wheat Announces Agreement

Kansas Wheat, U. S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers are pleased that negotiators have reached an agreement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Marsha Boswell is with Kansas Wheat…

Ark City Man Jailed On Drugs And Weapons Charges

An Arkansas City man has been arrested on drug and weapons charges after police say he dumped a loaded handgun in south Ark City. 51 year old
Landon Onek is charged now with suspicion of aggravated weapons violation by a convicted felon, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of drug-use paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Onek was taken to the Cowley County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $12,000 bond.

Cowley Holds Senior Day

High School seniors from Kansas and Oklahoma took part in Cowley College’s Fall Senior Day, which was recently held last Wednesdsay, on the school’s main campus in Arkansas City. All in all, 224 students took part in the event, which included a tour of the campus, a chance to learn more about scholarships and financial aid, academic departments, athletic coaches and staff. There was also a student and parent panel and prizes given away at the end of the event. Great Western Dining provided lunch in the Brown Center’s Earle N. Wright Community Room. The Traveler reports that Marcus Hicks, Cowley College admissions director, was excited with the outcome of Senior Day, commending his staff on doing a great job promoting the event. To enroll for the spring semester or to find more about Cowley College, call 620-441-6335 or go to www.cowley.edu/enroll

Construction Delays Begin Today

Construction on the intersection of Eighth Street and Skyline Road in north Arkansas City gets underway today, as part of an ongoing reconstruction project. A temporary drive from Eighth Street into MeadowWalk Apartments, 925 W. Skyline Road, has been built for the local residents between Building 14 and Building 18. All existing access drives into or from MeadowWalk Apartments to Skyline Road are closed beginning today, and now all residents along Skyline Road and North Eighth Street will need to utilize Radio Lane for access. Meanwhile, the intersection of Skyline Road and 61st Road will be opened to accommodate all northbound and southbound traffic to and from Goff Industrial Park Road. All employees in the Goff Industrial Park area, including Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, will need to utilize 61st Road for access in lieu of Eighth Street. Construction is expected to be completed by May 31, 2016. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $3,179,223.

Progress Made On Slew Of Suits

Three lawsuits filed by a Winfield woman against area businesses have reportedly been settled. The Ark City Traveler says Guadalupe Adams early this year filed six suits against Arkansas City properties, all alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She filed 24 additional lawsuits against businesses, citing similar ADA compliancy issues, including two businesses in Winfield and two businesses in Arkansas City this summer. And since then, she has filed another 15 lawsuits against businesses in Dodge City, Springfield, Mo., Branson, Mo., Abilene, Wichita and Derby. Adams, who suffers from cerebral palsy and depends upon a wheelchair for mobility, claims the debilitating disease is incurable, non-progressive, chronic and permanent.

Runaway And Accomplice Arrested

An Ark City man has been arrested for harboring a runaway juvenile from Missouri. 18 year old Ricky Meyers II has been charged with suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and contributing to the misconduct of a child. He was booked into the Cowley County Jail in Winfield in lieu of $5,000 bond. His arrest came following information that was received from the Green County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office that a 15-year-old runaway girl from Springfield, Missouri might be in the Arkansas City area with her boyfriend. The girl was discovered hiding in Meyers’ residence. Both Meyers and the young girl were taken into custody and interviewed. The girl was taken to Cowley County Juvenile Intake, where she was beingheld for authorities in Greene County, Missouri.

Ark City Buys Bulldozer

The Arkansas City commission, at Tuesday night’s meeting, voted 3-2 to approve the purchase of a used bulldozer. The bull dozer was available at a Wichita dealer, and was offered at the price of $129,000. Commissioner Brandon Every was one of those who voted against the purchase, saying research he conducted on his own, indicated that renting a dozer would cost little more than $6,000 for six months. Every argued that it made more sense to rent one rather than buy such a large piece of equipment. However, Assistant Public Works Director Mike Crandall disagreed, saying that when he worked in Florida, they had a dozer on hand and he could recall instances in which the equipment was directly responsible for avoiding the flooding of a sub division. Crandall argued that there would be no guarantee that in an emergency situation, a bulldozer would be available for rent. Commissioners did the math, and figured out that if the dozer is kept for 20 years, which was pretty much the agreed upon life of the equipment by all concerned, the cost of it will work out to be $6,450 per year. Mayor Chad Giles said that if the money was in the budget to cover it, he thought it made more sense to buy than to rent. Giles motioned to approve the purchase of the bulldozer with the addition of a $4,500, 12-month extended warranty.

Creekstone Farms Named In Lawsuit

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef has been named as a defendent in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a man from Blackwell, Oklahoma. 57 year old Richard Gates died following an accident back in July 2013 at the Creekstone facility in Arkansas City, when he was hurt by cattle in the unloading area of the plant. His mother and sole surviving heir, Phyllis Gregory, filed the lawsuit, in which she claims Creekstone failed to protect Gates from the injuries resulting in his death when he was asked to assist in unloading the cattle. The legal response to the lawsuit by Creekstone denies any fault on the company’s part in the death of Gates, an independent contractor for Bulter Trucking LLC. out of Newkirk, Oklahoma, who was delivering the cattle to Creekstone in the early morning hours of July 18, 2013. As Gates was attempting to move cattle from one area of the holding to pens to another, he was knocked down and injured by the cattle.
He was found unresponsive by emergency personnel and later died after being transported to the South Central Kansas Medical Center. The lawsuit states Creekstone owed a duty to protect Gates from hazardous activities at the facility, including but not limited to the unloading and moving of cattle.
The breach of these duties resulted in the death of Gates, according to the lawsuit. Gregory is asking for a jury trial in this lawsuit and for an amount in excess of $150,000.