Ricci Tucker, the sports and special services director with the Winfield Recreation Commission, is leaving at the end of this week. Tucker has accepted a new job as maintenance division foreman with Gottlob Lawn & Landscape in Winfield. According to what Tucker told the local newspaper, he wasn’t out looking for a job when Alex Gottlob approached him. Tucker has been with the Rec Commission for 12 years, and decided to accept the offer as a new challenge. The WRC is now conducting a search for Tucker’s replacement.
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Winfield City Commissioners met Monday, and voted to approve a sewer improvement project. According to a report today in the local newspaper, the commission voted unanimously…. 3 to 0…. to add the project to the city’s capital improvement plan. It involves the complete replacement of the 4th Avenue lift station at a cost of more than $322,000. The lift station helps transport sewage from the north end of Winfield to the treatment plant in south Winfield. The current lift station is around 60 years old, and in need of some serious work, but it is expected to continue to work as the new one is being built. Bids will be let after the beginning of the new year, with construction planned to begin in the spring. Construction should be completed before the end of 2019.
What many locals thought at first was a plane crash, turns out to most likely have been a meteor. It happened earlier this month, when many in Cowley County reported a fireball. That fireball was so bright, it was actually visible far beyond Cowley… people reported seeing it in 12 states according to the American Meteor Society. It was first reported locally back on November 2nd, when at 7:25pm, it was thought to have been a plane that went down off Kansas Highway 55, near Udall. The FAA reported to the Cowley County sheriff’s office however, that the object was actually a meteor which was believed to have been at least 1 meter wide. The American Meteor Society says they got more than 375 reports about it from people in12 states. Nobody was hurt by it.
Arkansas City Police arrested a man and assisted U.S. Marshals with arresting a woman, at the local Walmart Supercenter. 34 year old Vanessa Hull was taken into custoday on an outstanding federal warrant by the U.S. Marshals Service. 24 year old Dylan Carpenter, was arrested on suspicion of criminal use of a firearm, possession of marijuana, and possession of methamphetamine. He also was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in Cowley County District Court in Winfield.
Carpenter was locked up behind bars in the Cowley County Jail in Winfield, and was with Hull at
the time of her arrest. After he was found with an outstanding warrant, he also was taken into custody.
A search of their vehicle resulted in the recovery of a handgun, marijuana and methamphetamine.
Charges are said to be pending against a man who Chautauqua County deputies say tried to attack them with a knife. That man… Erin Glover remains behind bars, with bond set at $150,000, after he was taken into custody for threatening deputies with a knife after they showed up at the Cedar Vale Lodge Motel to serve him with a felony arrest warrant, and he barricaded himself in a room. Deputies had to use tasers and even fire a round from a weapon to get Glover to drop the knife after he resisted the officers in order to finally take him into custody. No officers were hurt, but Glover was treated for minor injuries before he was carted off to jail.
Out of a pool of nearly 12,000 nominations, Arkansas City has been named a Top 20 Finalist to be featured in the next season of Small Business Revolution – Main Street. The chosen community will receive a $500,000 revitalization grant and be featured in an eight-part web series that will air on smallbusinessrevolution.org, Hulu, and YouTube. Arkansas City is the only city in Kansas to make the Top 20. The series is a project of Deluxe Corporation, which offers products and services to nearly 4.4 million small business customers, including customized checks and forms, website development and hosting, email marketing, social media, search engine optimization and logo design.
Now through December 11th, Deluxe executives will gather more information from the Top 20 communities before narrowing its list to 10 finalists to visit in the month of January. Eventually, five communities will be selected for a national vote to determine the winner, and that announcement will come in late February.
Negotiations on a partnership between Winfield and GridLiance aimed at assisting Winfield with financing some planned electric transmission projects have stalled. At issue… the right of first refusal. According to the local newspaper, Winfield and GridLiance… of Texas… last June entered into a nonbinding letter of agreement, over the possible purchase and development of some of the city’s electric system. But since then, negotiations have pretty much come to a halt. That’s because the city of Winfield wants to clarity something… The city wants to know for sure, whether it has right of first refusal if GridLiance wanted to sell its portion of the electrical system. In other words, the city wants to know if the transmission company would have to offer the city the chance to buy it back before offering to sell it to someone else. City leaders say that is an important aspect of the deal if it is to proceed.
An Arkansas City man is dead after being involved in a Wednesday morning crash in Kiowa County that involved two tractor trailers. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 38 year old Justin Wise was one of three people killed when one of the semis crossed the center land and slammed into another head on. Police say Wise was pulling an empty cattle trailer east on US 54 Highway, when a westbound rig, driven by 55 year old Gary Heald of Minnesota, swerved directly into the path of Wise. Heald also died, and a passenger in Heald’s rig, 56 year old Cheryl Thomas… also of Minnesota, was killed. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. Both trucks caught fire. Heald’s truck was carrying pork products, which were left scattered across the highway.
A re-canvas of last week’s midterm election in Cowley and Sumner counties didn’t change the final results. All the winners that were said to have won when the polls closed, are still the winners… only now it is official. That includes the race for the seat in Kansas House District 79, where incumbent Democrat Ed Trimmer was narrowly defeated by Republican Cheryl Helmer, even though the final results shrunk Helmer’s winning margin to 113 votes. In Cowley County, a total of 10,675 ballots were cast out of 19,586 registered voters, a turnout of 54.5 percent. In Sumner County, 8,042 ballots were cast out of 16,854 registered voters, a turnout of 47.72 percent.
A man who officers say threatened deputies with a knife in Cedar Vale Tuesday afternoon, is in the Chautauqua County jail. That man, whose name is not yet being released, is reported to have barricaded himself in a room in the Cedar Vale Lodge motel as deputies entered to serve a felony arrest warrant. They used tasers and fired a round before the man dropped the knife and was taken into custody. No officers were injured. The man was treated for minor injuries and then locked up in the Chautauqua County Jail.