Another local business is calling it quits… Matt Bradbury, proprietor of Hometown True Value and Bradbury Kitchen and Home on Main St. in Winfield for the past 14 years, will begin selling off the contents of the two businesses. Bradbury points to changing habits of shoppers as the reason for his decision to close up shop. He says he noticed more than a few years ago, a trend in which customers began going more to Walmart and the big box stores… a trend that had a very adverse effect on his local business. Now, he says as online shopping has become the norm, the cost is just too much to bear for a small business like his. Bradbury Kitchen and Home he says, couldn’t compete with the mega stores and online retailers. He says it was simply a matter of hundreds of items at Bradbury Kitchen and Home vs. millions of items at Amazon. Bradbury says that despite trying to convince people to shop locally for years… and often get better prices than online, he just couldn’t convince enough people to remain in business. Bradbury said he doesn’t yet know what he’ll do when the business closes. He did say he is looking for a job though. The store is closed through today, while employees prepare for the sale which begins at 8 tomorrow morning. Everything, including shelves and fixtures… will be sold. Hours for the going out of business sale are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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Another Kansas roofer has been snared by Attorney General Derek Schmidt, in his apparent war on roofers here in The Sunflower State. This time, it’s a roofer from Morris County, who has been banned from performing roofing services anywhere in the state, and also has been ordered to repay a consumer. Quinn Wilcox dba Work Busters, of Dwight, has been permanently enjoined from operating as a roofing contractor in Kansas. Wilcox was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $16,759.78 to a Kansas consumer, as well as pay a civil penalty and reimburse the attorney general’s office for the cost of its investigation. Schmidt had accused Wilcox of accepting payment from a consumer to perform roofing services, but failing to complete the work. In addition, Wilcox was not registered with the attorney general’s office as required by the Kansas Roofing Registration Act.
While law enforcement dealt with the influx of cannabis use throughout the weekend because of April 20th’s close association with marijuana, a new multi-state initiative is targeting driving under the influence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association and law-enforcement officials started the campaign, titled “Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye.” The initiative will be active here in Kansas, and also in other states, including Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. According to the Highway Patrol…
The campaign, which started this past Friday, will last around a month total. Officers will be working to promote the zero-tolerance policy of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The message that law enforcement is trying to get across is that driving while under the influence of any drug still makes it harder to operate a vehicle, despite those who believe marijuana has no effect….
It’s no secret that South Central Kansas Medical Center has suffered severe financial problems recently. Now, after a meeting on Tuesday of the Arkansas City Commissioners, the operations and the finances of the local hospital, could soon be getting a closer inspection. Ark City Commissioners decided to create a new/special review committe, and to possibly change a city ordinance that governs how the board is structured. It would include a more detailed financial examination. City Manager Nick Hernandez suggested bringing in some people with financial expertise to take a close look at the financially struggling hospitals operations might be in order. He is pushing to establish a committee to conduct an in-depth review, and he says he would also like to see the hospital put its plan of operation in writing… along with a timeline for the completion of each item in that plan… which he says is often discussed, but remains unclear. After much discussion, the commission called a vote, and decided to explore creating just such a review committee. Next up… a work session is planned for next Friday, April 27th, to go over more of the hospital’s issues.
A New Jersey man has been permanently banned from doing business here in Kansas, after falsely billing several Kansas school districts for textbooks. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Robert Armstrong, of Franklinville, N.J., is permanently enjoined from doing business in the State of Kansas , including but not limited to submitting any claims for approval, engaging in consumer transactions, and engaging in door-to-door sales… after violating the Kansas Charitable Organizations Act. The consent judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by Schmidt in 2015, after Armstrong was recently released from federal prison, allowing Kansas to resume its civil case against Armstrong. An investigation by the attorney general’s consumer protection division stemmed from multiple complaints received from school districts across Kansas that received false invoices from Armstrong’s business, Scholastic School Supply. None of the 317 Kansas public schools that received the invoices had actually ordered textbooks from the company. At the time the invoices were being sent to Kansas, Schmidt’s office worked with the Kansas Department of Education to notify school districts statewide of the problem before they paid the invoices. Neither Armstrong nor his business are affiliated with Scholastic Inc., the well-known children’s book publisher.
If you live in Winfield, get ready to pay more for some utilities. Winfield city commissioners are now talking about increasing waste water rates. In an effort to bring income closer to expenses, the fees charged to Quail Ridge Golf Course and Winfield Aquatic Center, have already gone up, but the gap between revenue and expenses with regard to wastewater services is pretty deep. In fact, for fiscal year 2018, it amounted to more than $307,000… a gap that had to be bridged by taking out a loan. Most residential customers now pay anywhere from $15.60 to about $33.60 for waste water… including the base rate of $12 for the first 1,000 gallons. That $12 basic monthly fee has not increased since 2008… and because of rising expenses, it now is creating a deficit that calls for a 16.8 percent increase just to break even. One proposal now being considered, would raise the monthly fee from $12 to $16… still including the first 1,000 gallons of water. Then, volume rates would also go from $3.60 to an as-yet undetermined amount.
A man from Oklahoma was hurt when his truck rolled over in a crash early Friday morning in Cowley County. 19 year old Daneal Parks was reportedly hurt in the crash that happened around 3am on Friday east of Ark City, on 141st Road. According to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, Parks was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck, headed north, when for some reason, he veered from his lane, and then overcorrected, causing the pick-up to roll over, finally coming to rest on the driver side. Parks… according to the accident report.. was not wearing a seatbelt. Investigators say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. So far, no charges. However, charges may be pending according to investigators.
School security dominated the discussion at the recent Arkansas City School Board meeing. Locks inside the high school was one topic. Superintendent Ron Ballard… according to the local paper, voiced his concerns after a recent review of the building showed that while exterior entrances have strong security measures, including a video surveillance system, protection for areas within the building are not so good. Ballard says the hardware inside the building is weak, and many of the classrooms still have the original key systems. New security systems… according to Ballard… are now available which allow an entire facility to be locked down in seconds by the push of just one button. Now, the district is going through schools… building by building… to evaluate each system and determine the best course of action. But the fix is not going to come without a cost… possibly $50,000 or more. Some federal dollars may be available.
The joint meeting of the Arkansas City Public Building Commission and the South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees has been moved to noon on Friday. It will be held in the classroom at the Water Treatment Facility, 400 West Madison Avenue in Arkansas City. According to the notice sent out by Ark City Public Relations Officer Andrew Lawson, the only item on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting, is discussion of the hospital finances and operations.
With Earth Day approaching, a number of Cowley College students took part an Earth Day Walk from the Travis Hafner Training Center to the Nelson Student Center. Along the way, the students picked up trash, and they also stopped by a few houses on the way back to campus and offered to help clean up some yards. The majority of the students that took part in the cleanup efforts are involved in Clubs and Organizations, or are athletes on the main campus. The event was seen as a way to benefit the campus and the surrounding area.