With the winter sports season in full swing, Cowley College recently named its Male and Female Athletes of the Month for December and January. The December Male Athlete of the Month was Tiger track and field team member Nate Vann, while the Female Athlete of the Month was Tigerette danceline member Halle Bucher. he January Male Athlete of the Month is Tiger men’s basketball player Darius Harrison, and the January Female Athlete of the Month is softball player LaTaylah Perez.
Archives for January 2019
The driver of a car turned a US Cellular Store in Arkansas City into a drive-in Tuesday afternoon. Police say 70 year old Mary Bartlett of Ark City, crashed her car through the front of the building on North Summit Street, and despite the shattered glass, destroyed desks and displays, and fixtures that were left scattered throughout the store, there were no serious injuries. Bartlett drove her Hyundai Elantra over the curb and through the front windows, before finally coming to a stop in the back of the showroom. One employee is said to have suffered minor injuries to her arm. No charges have been filed against Bartlett.
Winfield is getting out of the electric business… well, sort of anyway. Winfield city commissioners have agreed.. by a 3 to 0 vote… to sell a 65-percent interest in the city’s electric transmission facilities to GridLiance High Plains, LLC. They say it will lead to increased revenue for the city and assistance with electric transmission projects. The deal calls for Winfield to get $1.1 million. Winfield will also receive regular community contribution payments and the ability to participate in future transmission projects. The city will continue to be responsible for operations and maintenance of the transmission system.Winfield electric customers will not notice any difference in service or rates. GridLiance and the City of Winfield say they will soon release more details.
A suspect who tried to flee on foot, was captured and arrested by a Cowley County Sheriff’s deputy. It began when the deputy pulled over a vehicle at about 2am Sunday on 61st Road, just west of South Central Kansas Medical Center. When the driver, 34 year old Erica Jones of Arkansas City, pulled over, her passenger, 39 year old Harold Branam Jr., jumped out and took off on foot. After a short pursuit, Branam was tackled and taken into custody. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with a law enforcement officer, and transporting an open container. Jones meanwhile, was driving with a suspended license, had an illegal tag, and no proof of insurance, so she too was arrested. Both were locked up in the Cowley County Jail, where Jones was held on an $800 bond and Branam on a $5,800 bond.
The Optimists of Arkansas City are now seeking entries in the 2019 Optimist International Essay Contest. A local winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The Optimist International Essay Contest gives young people the opportunity to express their views on a central topic, develop writing skills and compete for multiple college scholarships. The essay contest is open to any Arkansas City student who is younger than 19 as of Oct. 1, 2018. The deadline for students to submit essays to the Optimists of Arkansas City will be noon on February 26th. The 2018-19 topic is “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, Is Optimism Still Necessary?” Each student must complete an application form, which can be downloaded at
www.optimist.org/Forms and submit proof of his or her age by furnishing a
copy of his or her birth certificate or passport. For more information, contact Optimist Secretary Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415 or visit www.optimist.org
On Monday, Winfield Police responded to Nelson Machine Shop on Industrial Road in Winfield, after a burglary that apparently occurred over the weekend was reported. Items taken included tools, welding equipment, two vehicles, and a trailer. The vehicles were described as a 1984 white Chevy Pickup with a chrome push bar with red and white pin stripes, and with Nelson Machine Shop written on the side. The truck has Kansas Tag # 34BHE. A 1998 white Ford F150 was also taken, but that truck has since been recovered in Sedgwick County. A white 15 foot, single axle, enclosed trailer with LED lights was also taken. It has a bumper pull tongue and the tag was removed. A stolen vehicle from Sedgwick County was left at the scene and it was recovered by Winfield Police. Anyone who might have any information is asked to call Winfield Police at 620-221-5555.
Out of respect for the passing of one of its members, the late Jean Snell, the Historic Preservation Board decided to postpone last night’s regular meeting until 5:30pm next Monday, January 28th. City leaders say the thoughts of all go out to Jean’s family. He will be greatly missed! Meanwhile, the re-scehduled meeting still will be held in the commission room at City Hall, and it will occur at the same time as originally scheduled… 5:30pm next Monday.
From the Winfield Police Department blotter… Christian Harvey of Wichita was arrested for driving while suspended in the 900 block of Country Club Road. Police also report that Wesley Hoffman of Winfield was the victim of burglary in the 1100 block of Elizabeth Street. And finally, Gail Leighty of Winfield was the victim of theft in the 300 block of west 16th Avenue. No other details have been provided.
An Arkansas City man has been arrested in connection with suspected child abuse and endangerment of a child. 37 year old Eric Brown is now facing two felony counts each of abuse of a child and criminal use of weapons, plus one felony count of aggravated endangering a child. Brown was also charged with one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stimulant, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count each of possession of a hallucinogenic drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of a stimulant. His arrest is in connection with an incident that happened earlier this month, when Ark City Police officers were called to South Central Kansas Medical Center for a report of a 20-month-old child who was brought in to the emergency room by Brown, and was suffering from severe burns. Hospital emergency personnel then reported the injuries to police, due to their severity and suspicious nature. Investigators got a search warrant for Brown’s residence, where they discovered an illegal firearm and items relating to drug use. The child has since been taken to a hospital in Wichita hospital, where he still is being treated for severe burns and remains a patient. When officers contacted Brown again this week he was found to be in possession of more illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, so he was locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $76,000 bond.
A KDOT project to replace a bridge on Crestwood Drive, over Crestwood Creek, is scheduled to begin Monday. The bridge is located just north of East Madison Avenue, about 2,000 feet east of the Walnut River. Crews will begin placing official closure signs Monday. The bridge will be closed beginning Monday, but motorists should take the next few days to begin familiarizing themselves with detour routes. Residences along Crestwood Drive, Kirk Road and Meadow Lane can be accessed from the north by way of either Crestwood Drive, via Chestnut Avenue, or Eastridge Drive, leading to Centennial Road. The $396,907 project has a schedule of 70 working days and 20 cleanup days, and the bridge closure is expected to last for a minimum of three months. The project will involve the demolition and replacement of the existing 88-year-old bridge, which was originally constructed in 1930 and is structurally deficient.