There was a two-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 77 and 71st Road, south of Winfield. Police say two vehicles collided at 4:27 p.m. yesterday, and both ended up in the southbound west ditch along U.S. 77. One driver was taken by EMS to William Newton Hospital in Winfield, and the other driver was taken by private vehicle to another hospital. The Cowley County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. So far, no names or other information has been released.
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With the 4th of July less than a week away, firework sales in Arkansas City are in full swing, with most locations opening for business Monday morning. Mike Bergagnini operates the Early Bird’s Lions Club stand, located at 1215 W. Madison Ave. Bergagnini said they intended to open on Monday, but rain and poor drainage turned the inside of their tent into a swamp. He said he would be spending the day drying it out. He added that they will be open from 10 in the morning ’til 10 at night and when it gets to be the second of July, they’ll stay open each night as late as people want to come. Some added good news for consumers is, as a 501C4 non-profit organization, the club is exempt from paying sales tax. This results in lower prices for the customers.
With the latest from the fields, here’s today’s Kansas Wheat Report, and Marsha Boswell…
Cowley County residents will soon be accessing emergency alerts through their cell phones. The system was approved by the Cowley County Commission last week, with the signing of a three-year contract for the services, paying $12,385 for the first year and $12,125 for each of the two remaining years. The process of bringing the county online with the new system should take around 15 days. County residents who choose to opt-in, will be notified of emergencies that have an immediate impact on their safety, or something law enforcement is requesting the public’s help with. Those alerts could be for things such as severe weather threats, escaped prisoners, missing persons, accidents, natural disasters, or vehicle pursuits. The system would only distribute the alerts to the specific area affected by the event. Efforts will be taken to avoid sending out constant notifications, which they felt would be numbing the public to the point that the alerts no longer might hold any significance. Cowley County residents will be able to opt-in to the alert system, receiving notifications on their cell phones, through a website that will be advertised locally. The system does have the ability to override subscriber settings. That means for example, a user who had his or her settings on “silent mode” at night and was in an area about to be hit by a tornado, emergency management could bypass their settings and alert them anyway.
During an update from president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, Cowley College’s trustees heard of the institution’s enrollment by credit hours for the 2015-16 academic year. The Traveler is reporting Rittle shared that the college had budgeted for a total enrollment of 66,000 credit hours and that end-of-year figures exceeded 70,000 credit hours. This represents a 6-percent increase over what was budgeted. Rittle praised the work of administrators, faculty and staff during the past year, stating he is “proud of what teamwork can do.” Rittle also told the board of the college’s efforts to expand its physical footprint in Sumner County.
Arkansas City Police Capt. Mark McClaslin made his long-awaited return to duty on June 14. According to the Traveler, McClaslin is working a couple of hours of light duty again, following his return after he had to step back after diagnosis of a serious illness. McClasllin now says he looks forward to continuing his work in Ark City. He was at the city commission meeting on Monday night, when he was recognized for his completion of the FBI National Law Enforcement Training Academy, in Quantico, Virginia. It was after he returned from that FBI training… back in April… that he began to experience rapid, uncontrollable eye movements, that then progressed into muscular convulsions that immobilized him. It was all due, according to the paper, to a rare condition that affects one person out of 1 million. He says he couldn’t stand on his own two feet until the 20th of May. He spent a lot of time in hospitals, and since then, has undergone rehab.
It’s up and running for the season! The Ark City Farm and Art Market has a number of new vendors this year, adding to what was previously available. For instance, Chef’s Table offers baked goods. The “Heavenly Sweets” booth has unique candies and chocolate covered fruits. Griggs Brothers Farms has fresh tomatoes, zucchini and onions. River Road Farms sells vegetables, flowers, bedding plants and soaps. Other items are there too. For instance, John Keiter of Maple City has fresh farm eggs and fresh vegetables. DB’s booth has home grown vegetables. Kris Hotchkin Krafts offers handcrafted decorative projects of all kinds, and Jill Sullivan has handmade children’s bows. The Ark City Farm and Art Market, which grows bigger by the week, is open every Tuesday from 4-6 PM in Wilson Park.
There will be an Amateur Radio Field Day Saturday and Sunday at the Boy Scout Area of Winfield City Lake. The event is scheduled from 1 p.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Sunday; the public is invited to stop by during that time. The purpose of Field Day is to practice emergency communications by setting up the Amateur Radio stations at a location that might be used for communications in an emergency. During this time, members of the club will contact as many other Field Day participant groups as possible around the country via radio. If you are curious about Amateur Radio and would like to learn more, visit the Cowley County Amateur Radio Club website at www.cowleyarc.org
Three Winfield women were arrested on suspicion of drug charges after a search warrant was executed Friday in the 4000 block of Quail Run. According to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office weekend activity report, the warrant was executed at 10:37 p.m. by the Cowley County Drug Task Force, with assistance from Cowley County Sheriff’s deputies. Arrested were 46 year old Tracy Shaw, 19 year old Dacey Clark and 29 year old Christina Jumper. All are facing multiple drug possession charges. All three were transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail on their respective charges. Clark and Shaw remained in custody as of 8 a.m. Monday. Clark’s bond was set at $7,000 and Shaw’s at $6,000, according to jail records. Jumper was released atfer posting bond of $6,000.
According to a report by the Associated Press today, many school superintendents in central and western Kansas say they have no intention of following the advice of a US Senator, to disregard a recent transgender bathroom directive from President Barack Obama’s administration. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, some 129 school superintendents were given the congressman’s letter. Responses were received from 30 of them. According to the Senator, the directive that students should use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity “threatens the privacy and safety of our children” and encouraged districts to “stand up to the Obama administration.” But none of the superintendents who responded said they would disobey the directive.