Due to what they cite as the loss of support from their supplier, Anchor Mobile Food Market has announced on their Facebook page, that they are suspending operations for now. The Save-A-Lot store in Winfield supplies the food truck, and the local paper is now speculating that the suspension of service by the mobile food market raised additional questions about the future of Save-A-Lot. The Winfield-based mobile market launched back in May. Since then, it has been making regular stops in parts of Cowley County where residents can shop for groceries without making a trip to a larger town. The mobile market offers produce, meat, dairy and other grocery items. According to the newspaper, the Save-A-Lot grocery store opened in 2016 at Winfield Plaza, and the suspension of support for the mobile market leaves it unclear if the grocery store is in some sort of trouble.
Archives for October 2018
A warning today from the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce… Counterfeit $50 and $100 bills have been circulating through local businesses in both Winfield and Arkansas City. The bills are said to have oriental writing on them and dashes on the corners. Everyone is being warned to be aware. If you receive a counterfeit bill… or if you even think you may have gotten one… you should contact the Winfield Police Department right away.
Nexstar Media Group is hosting a gubernatorial debate between the leading candidates in Kansas this evening. The debate will be held at the studios of KSNW-TV, tonight from 6-7, and it will be broadcast on NBC Nexstar Broadcast Group stations around the state. Viewers may also
access a live-stream of the debate online by visiting KSN.com, KSNT.com, fourstateshomepage.com and KSHB.com The campaigns for Kris Kobach, Republican, Laura Kelly, Democrat, and Greg Orman, Independent, have committed to participating in the debate. The debate will be moderated by Jeff Herndon, news anchor at KSNW-TV, Jessica Schaer, news anchor at KSNF-TV, Bob Beatty, political analyst for KSNT-TV, Professor & Chair of Political Science, Washburn University, Topeka. The panel will deliver questions focused on topical local & regional issues impacting communities across Kansas.
Livian Eaton has been crowned Queen Alalah. The Cowley College sophomore was named Miss Parkerfield 2017… and now… one year later… she can add Queen Alalah to her list of accomplishments. Eaton received the honor on Friday night inside the Robert Brown Theatre. The first runner-up was Arkansas City native Halle Bucher. The other three candidates were Cameryn Campbell, Thais Lindemayer Gomes, and Morgan Hettenbach. Livian Eaton is the seventh member of her family to be nominated for Queen Alalah and the second to be named Queen. Eaton is a pre-nursing major at Cowley. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2018. She says that following graduation from Cowley and eventually a four-year school, she want to have a career as a registered nurse.
A warning for drivers… watch out for deer on the roads. According to the Kansas Insurance Commission, Kansas is one of the top 20 states for deer/vehicle crashes. Now is considered one of the prime times of the year to possibly hit a deer too. State Farm Insurance tracks national deer crash information, and they say the chance of having a collision with a deer in Kansas is approximately 1 in 130. Nationwide, in just a 12 month period from July 1, 2017, to June 30th of this year, there were 1.33 million deer-related vehicle accidents. State Farm says the national average cost per vehicle claim from a deer-vehicle collision hovers around $4,300.
The re-location of the DMV office from Strother Field to the Albertson Annex of the Cowley County Courthouse is one step closer, after county commissioners this week approved a bid for renovations by a Wichita company for that workspace, not to exceed $72,400. Since the county has agreed with the DMV that the work will be done and the DMV can move in on December 1st, that work better get started pretty quickly if it is going to be done on time. The idea is to get the motor vehicle office closer to the downtown area in Winfield… so it’s more accessable and more convenient for those who have to use it. The cost target of a little more than $72,000 is less than the original estimate of about $100,000 because now plans call for using more local resources… for instance, the county’s IT department could do all the necessary computer networking, and inmates from the county correctional facility… people who had to do community service… painted several rooms.
The Arkalalah Medallion was found Tuesday…. that according to an annoucement in today’s Cowley Traveler. The Arkalalah Festival committee says the medallion has been found, but no other details are yet being released. We will let you know when we find out more information about it.
Three people were arrested Tuesday at Winfield gas station after deputies found drugs and alcohol in a vehicle. It happened at Casey’s General Store on West Ninth Avenue, where a deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sure enough, a search turned up marijuana, meth, prescription drugs and an open alcohol container. Tekeisha Skwiat of Oxford; Amber West of Winfield; and Keith Montgomery of Winfield were all taken into custody. Each of them is now facing a long list of serious charges.
A former Arkansas City school building may see new life as a medical clinic. Lincoln Elementary School in Ark City, has been sitting vacant for more than two years, but if some plans by the Community Health Center in Cowley County become reality, the old school could one day become a low-cost health clinic. Officials on both sides toured the facility last week… agreeing that repurposing the school into a community health center would be a great benefit to both the community and the district. According to the local paper, the money necessary to buy the Lincoln School depend on whether or not a federal grant is received. Grant applications are expected to open sometime this winter, and then the results would be announced in the spring. If the local health center wins the grant, the process to open the clinic would then begin within 120 days… which means most likely, August of next year at the earliest. But before the building can be sold, the school board must approve the sale and the property must be officially declared of no further use to the district. The Lincoln school was built in 1910 and has an appraised total value… including the land… of $167,310.
An update on that inmate death last week in Cowley County… The county jail on Monday issued a press release, saying 30 year old Steven Spotts of Winfield, was the inmate who died Thursday at the local lockup. His death has been ruled a suicide following an autopsy, although the case is still under investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Spotts is the third inmate to die in the jail in the past year. One of those other deaths was ruled a suicide… another is believed to have been due to natural causes. Spotts had been in custoday on charges of identity theft, theft of property or services, criminal use of a financial card, and a revoked bond. He was pronounced dead at 8:32PM last Thursday, after jail staff found him unconscious at 8:08PM, and life saving measures taken by deputies and Winfield Fire/EMS failed.