The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on Sunday, March 31st. That means Kansans who are behind on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service unless they contact their utility company to make payment arrangements. The Cold Weather Rule is in effect from November 1 through March 31 each year. It provides protection from disconnection to residential customers served by utilities under the Kansas Corporation Commission’s jurisdiction. That protection ends on Sunday. Failure to make arrangements or failure to adhere to an already established payment plan could result in service disconnection. Reconnection after March 31 may require payment in full. With the rule ending on a weekend, customers need to make that call to their utility no later than Friday…. tomorrow… to be eligible for the Cold Weather Rule 12-month payment plan. That’s where the customer must make an initial payment of 1/12 of the overdue amount, 1/12 of the bill for current service, the full amount of any disconnection or reconnection fees, plus any applicable deposit owed to the utility. The balance is billed in equal payments over the next 11 months in addition to the regular monthly bill. More information about the Cold Weather Rule is available at: www.kcc.ks.gov or by calling (800) 662-0027.
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A Winfield man who police say exposed himself to children at a Winfield restaurant over the weekend, has been arrested. Winfield police say it happened Saturday afternoon at Braum’s on Ninth Avenue. 72 year old David Scott was arrested as he was leaving the restaurant, and charged with felony lewd and lascivious behavior. Scott was sent to the Cowley County Jail. When asked about his mental faculties, officers said that he is “high functioning and knew exactly what he was doing.” No other details have been released.
The Arkansas City High School Band traveled to New Orleans, over Spring Break to march in the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The local band was the featured band of the large parade which dates back to 1947. In addition to the parade, students toured the St. Louis Cathedral and many museums, including the National World War II Museum, New Orleans Jazz Museum, and others. Everyone, including the trip chaperones and students learned a lot and had fun. They also left thousands of people with a positive impression of Arkansas City.
During their regular meeting held on Monday, the Winfield city commission approved sales of stronger beer. The vote was unanimous, and the ordinance will now replace the old law, which prohibited sales of cereal malt beverage and beer containing more than 6 percent alcohol by volume at grocery and convenience stores in the city. The new law allowing sales of stronger beer will go into effect April 1st… bringing Winfield in line with Kansas state law, which was changed last year to allow sales of stronger beer. Arkansas City also recently updated its local law to comply with the new state rules. The new Winfield ordinance includes two local ordinances… one allowing sales from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays, and another that will allow Sunday sales and consumption at Quail Ridge Golf Course.
If you are a bingo lover, you are gonna love this story! The Cowley 4-H Shooting Sports club will hold their annual bingo fundraiser this coming Sunday at Winfield Baden Square to raise money for member scholarships going to 2019 Summer National events. It all begins this Sunday afternoon at 1, with lunch including smoked brisket and homemade baked beans. Take-out plates will also be available, as will door prizes. Come out to support Cowley 4-H Shooting Sports members, who have represented the state since 2013 at the Nebraska 4-H National Championships, bringing home one National champion and two National reserve champions, along with many team-placing awards. They have had representatives at the Arkansas Daisy National BB Championships for the past three years and also had teams attend the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program. Those who show up this Sunday, will enjoy ten rounds of bingo beginning at 2pm, with prizes after each round sponsored by the Hometown Vendors. Tickets for admission are available at the door. For details, just visit the Cowley 4-H Shooting Sports Facebook page or the Hometown Vendor Facebook page.
There have been a number of newspaper machine thefts reported recently in our area. According to the Courier Traveler, four of their newspaper vending boxes have been stolen from Winfield and northern Cowley County areas in the past several weeks. One machine was recovered, but three others are still missing. So are two others stolen in 2018. The paper says each machine costs about $1,000 to replace. Police say all of them had several cement blocks in the bottom… making them heavy enough that it would have taken at least two people to remove them. All locations where they were taken do not have surveillance cameras installed. Winfield Police say the thieves could be taking the machines for the coins inside, scrap metal or just as a prank. The CourierTraveler says they have begun chaining racks to other objects to make them more difficult to take. If you think you might have any information, police ask that you call them.
Walnut Valley Association, the organizer of the Walnut Valley Festival, has announced that this year’s Land Rush will incorporate a preregistration element before the initial line-up.
Land Rush consists of a traditional “race” to claim campsites shortly before the start of the annual festival. As festivalgoers have arrived earlier and earlier each year to claim their spots in the campgrounds, organizers have had to create an organized and equitable process for lining up campers without clogging city streets and major highways in Winfield.
WVA’s plans include an online registration process for camping this year, from July 1-31. As prospective campers pre-purchase camping, they will add their names to a queue, determining which line they will ultimately be in at the start of the process. Intended to function much like lines to board flights at the airport, campers’ spots in the initial lines this year will greatly depend on how early they preregistered. While campers will have the option to preregister for camping completely online, they can also do so by mailing in a form, by phone, or visiting WVA’s office in Winfield. After July, staff will send notices to those who have preregistered, informing them which row they will need to park in when they arrive on grounds. For more info, visit wvfest.com. The Walnut Valley Festival, which will be held Sept. 18-22, and it typically draws a crowd of 10-15 thousand people.
Two people from Caldwell now face drug possession charges after they were pulled over by Arkansas City Police for passing a school bus that was loading and unloading. 23 year old Ryan Lambert is charged with endangering a child, overtaking and passing a school bus, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. 21 year old Kyrste Bruns is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. They were arrested by Ark City officers, conducting a special enforcement to ensure the safety of school buses, with a specific emphasis on drivers illegally overtaking and passing buses that are loading or unloading. When police pulled over their vehicle for a violation, they immediately detected the odor of marijuana. The two had a young child in the vehicle at the time. A search of that vehicle, turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including smoking devices.
Arkansas City Police arrested two people Sunday for theft. Officers pulled the two over for a traffic violation north of Winfield, as they were towing a trailer that had been stolen earlier that day. 37 year old Courtney Demaree of Arkansas City, and 37 year old Timothy Wedel of Wichita, both now face felony theft charges in connection with the Roadclipper trailer that was stolen early Sunday morning from the 900 block of North First Street. The stolen trailer was returned to the owner. Demaree and Wedel were each locked up in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond.
Lawmakers are now considering a bill that could allow organ donors here in Kansas to specify whether they want their organs to go to transplant patients in the state. The proposed legislation comes as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prepares to nationalize the system used to distribute livers for transplant after being sued by six transplant patients in California, New York and Massachusetts. The geography-based system benefited states such as Kansas, where donor rates are around 80 percent. Both New York and California are states where the need for donated organs is high, but donor rates are low. State lawmakers say the new policy would disproportionately affect patients in rural areas.