In Winfield, the process of finding a new school superintendent is underway. Now in his seventh year of leadership, Superintendent J.K. Campbell has said that he plans to retire as leader of USD 465 at the end of the current school year. Now, the board of education is in the process of finding Campbell’s replacement. They have already sent out the job description to appropriate publications, so now, the next step will be a series of meetings with community members to find out the qualifications they think a Winfield superintendent should have. The meetings are planned for January 9th, and will include separate sessions for school administrators; elementary building employees; secondary building employees; and finally, the general public. The meetings will be held at various times that day, in the high school cafeteria. Those meetings will then be followed by a board of education meeting on January 10th. Candidate interviews have been tentatively set for January 29th though February 2nd.
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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to support the development of the Servicemember Agricultural Vocation Education program, also known as SAVE. The award was one of 36 grants made through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which aims to help address issues associated with the rising age and decrease in the number of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers. SAVE works to bridge the gap between the need for new farmers in our country and the large population of veterans and transitioning service members looking for new opportunities, a high percentage of whom indicate an interest in farming. The SAVE Farm vision is to provide occupational agricultural training, therapy and engagement to a significant number of veterans, serve members and family members on a training farm in Kansas. This grant will support three specific programs as part of the SAVE Farm: a bee keeping training program, farm tours including farm business planning and financial management, and apprenticeships on working farms with potential succession possibilities. The average age of farmers in the U.S. is approaching 60, and farm succession has been an increasingly critical concern. More than 60 percent of veterans come from families that have farmed in the previous generation. NIFA’s mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education and extension that solve societal challenges, and this $257,000 grant to Kansas will serve that mission. At the same time, it will further KDA’s purpose to serve, promote and grow the state’s largest industry: agriculture. For more information about the SAVE Farm, go to www.thesavefarm.org.
The Arkansas City Police Department arrested two people in connection with a theft at a local store during which one suspect resisted arrest. 44 year old Kevin Fel of Wichita, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor counts of battery of a law enforcement officer and interference with a law enforcement officer, as well as an outside warrant. Fell was booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $3,500 bond. 31 year old Kenna Rotherme of Augusta, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft of property or services of less than $1,000 in value. She was also locked up in the county jail in lieu of $1,000 bond, which according to Ark City Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson, she has since posted and been released The thefts happened Saturday afternoon at the local Walmart Supercenter on N. Summit St. During his arrest, Fell turned on the officer and a physical confrontation ensued. The officer had to use a taser to take Fell into custody, and emergency responders were called in to treat both him and the officer involved. The 41-year- old officer… whose name is not being revealed… was evaluated at the South Central Kansas Medical Center emergency room and later released.
The City of Arkansas City will close City Hall and other City offices at 1 p.m. Friday so that employees may attend the funeral of Marc Tapia in Winfield. City Hall and other City offices will remain closed all day Monday in observance of New Year’s Day. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Shelley Family Funeral Home, Winfield. Online condolences may be made at www.meaningfulfunerals.net. The City of Arkansas City will remain on a four-day sanitation schedule next week due to the closure of all City offices Monday in observance of New Year’s Day.
The F Street Limb and Compost Site and the Cowley County Landfill also will be closed Monday. All of Monday’s route and part of Tuesday’s route will be collected next Tuesday. The part of Tuesday’s route to be collected is from Madison Avenue south to the Mill Canal, and from Summit Street east to E Street and southeast through Sleeth Addition. The remainder of Tuesday’s route and Wednesday’s entire route will be collected Jan. 3, 2018. Thursday’s and Friday’s entire routes will be unaffected by this holiday disruption. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups. No recycling will be collected Saturday, Dec. 30.
Arkansas City Police cited a 66-year-old Wellington man in connection with a hit-and- run accident involving two juveniles. ARk City Police say the driver of the 2007 Chrysler was cited for failure to report an accident and inattentive driving. But so far, they have not released his name for some reason. Here’s what we do know so far, according to the limited information released by Ark City Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson… The Arkansas City Fire-EMS and Police departments were dispatched last Wednesday evening for a report of an accident in the 200 block of Linden Avenue. Lawson says a church bus had stopped in the roadway to pick up passengers. Two of them were children, aged 4 and 7, who stepped out into the street to get on the bus. The 2007 Chrysler started to go around the stopped bus, striking one of the children and pushing the
child into the other child. Both children were examined at the scene by EMS and neither reported any injuries. No other details have been released so far.
The City of Arkansas City has released the name of the Public Works Department employee who died as a result of a workplace accident last Thursday. Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson has issued a press release, saying that 53 year old Marc Tapia sustained critical injuries in the accident that happened about 1:40 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works central shop on West Madison Ave. He died about 5:40 p.m. that day, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Tapia was employed by the City as a public services maintenance worker for nearly 2 1/2 years. He was performing maintenance as the operator of a street sweeper vehicle when the accident occurred.
Prior to his transfer to the Public Services Division in August 2015, Tapia worked as a wastewater
treatment plant operator in the Environmental Services Division. He was hired Sept. 29, 2014. A little more than a year ago, Tapia was selected by his Public Services co-workers to serve as their
representative on the City’s Employee Council, a group of nine non-supervisory employees who serve as a direct line of communication to the city manager and help to plan employee appreciation efforts. Soon after, Tapia was selected by his fellow council members to serve as their chairman and was currently serving in that capacity at the time of his death. Tapia is survived by his wife, Tracy, and their two sons, Caleb, 21, and Austin, 18. His cousin, Tony, is employed by the City of Arkansas City as its director of parks and facilities. Funeral arrangements are under way and will be announced at a later date, pending an autopsy.
Arkansas City Police arrested two people in connection with injuries suffered by their 3-month-old son. 21 year old Brandon Fuller and 18 year old Kadyn Rollins, are now each facing one felony
count of aggravated battery following an investigation into an incident that happened last month, when the young child was taken to South Central Kansas Medical Center with a spiral fracture to his right femur. Fuller and Rollins were both taken into custody, and locked up behind bars in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $10,000. Both since have reportedly posted bond and been released from custody.
Tragedy has struck just before the Christmas holiday in Arkansas City, where a city employee was killed Thursday afternoon in a workplace accident at the Public Works Department central shop. The employee, whose name is not yet being released publicly, was rushed by ambulance to South Central Kansas Medical Center in critical condition, then transferred by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where that employee later died. The accident happened just after 1:30 yesterday afternoon at the shop on West Madison Avenue, and reportedly involved a street sweeper, but no other details have yet been released. Nobody else was hurt, and the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident remain under investigation.
Arkansas City employees are getting an early Christmas present. All city employees (except the city manager) will be getting a 2 percent cost of living pay increase after the commission met and approved it this week. City manager Nick Hernandez turned down a pay raise to make sure that there would be enough money for everyone else. But don’t feel bad for him… last year, Hernandez got a 12.5 percent raise, amounting to $13,500, which boosted his base pay to about $108,000 a year. The 2-percent raise for city employees will cost Arkansas City about $149,000, and will affect 56 different job titles.
Three people are now behind bars on drug charges, thanks to a traffic stop Tuesday morning, when a Cowley County Deputy pulled over a vehicle around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, ran the license plate, and discovered that it was a license plate that had been stolen in Ark City. The driver, 40 year old Samuel Lowery, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended and possession of stolen property. A passenger, 24 year old Amanda Creamer, was arrested on a Sumner County warrant, and was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another passenger, 36 year old Ray Kelley III, was nabbed on an Arkansas City Municipal warrant. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three are now behind bars in the Cowley County Jail.