Archives for April 2019


The Hackney Bridge on 222nd Road in the area of the Cowley County Humane Society, was shut down Monday afternoon at 5 by the Cowley County Road and Bridge Department. The condition of the bridge has been a concern to local officials for a while now. The bridge will remain closed until at least May 7th… the next meeting of the Cowley County Commissioners. That’s when county leaders will go over all their options for what to do with the bridge. They have several options… they can repair it, demolish it, replace it, or just leave it closed. The bridge has been around for a long time… It was built back in 1936. While it doesn’t look all that bad at first glance, engineers say there are some serious problems with it. Detour signs have been put up to get drivers around the now-closed bridge.


The preliminary hearing in the case of a man accused of rape continued on Friday in Winfield District Court. The victim described the attack and what happened after that attack. Brennan Boyd is facing three felony charges… rape of an unconscious victim, aggravated burglary of a dwelling, and burglary to a vehicle to commit a felony. Boyd is also charged with theft in connection with the crimes that are said to have occurred in April 2018. Friday’s preliminary hearing was continued until May 10th because one witness was not available on Friday. At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing, the judge will rule on whether there is enough evidence to go to trial. Boyd meanwhile, remains in the Cowley County Jail.


A Kansas City woman last week pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud and related charges. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office reports that 28 year old Jennifer Jones pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, and one count of making false information. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, which revealed that Jones stole prescription medications… specifically oxycodone… while working as a Certified Nurse Aide in a nursing facility last June. As a condition of the plea, Jones has agreed to voluntarily surrender her certification with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. She will be sentenced on June 21st.


The 2019 Outdoor Family Movie Series will begin this Friday, May 3rd in Arkansas City with a re-airing of a Pixar favorite under the Wilson Park rotunda. The 2017 hit “Coco” will be shown starting at 8 Friday night. The movie is planned as a sort of informal kickoff to the 2019 Tacolalah festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the park.
This PG-rated film is sponsored by Rogers Family Dentistry. It is an hour and 45 minutes long. Andrew Lawson, public information officer for the City of Arkansas City, says at least nine movies are planned this year, including several recent animated hits and a fourth
edition of the popular “pool movie” at Paris Park Pool. In June, the movie series will return to Newkirk for a third straight year. In case of inclement weather on any movie night, the movie will be postponed to the next Friday. If you are interested in being a sponsor in 2019, call 441-4415 to discuss pricing. Sponsorship rates have not changed from 2018 rates.


Cowley College is offering a new course, Introduction to Firearms. This class is being offered in connection with the Criminal Justice Program and will begin in the Fall semester. It’s designed to benefit everyone… from people who have never held a firearm up to the level of someone who has moderate to significant experience with firearms. The class is offered for college credit and is open to anyone that is registered as a student at Cowley.
Introduction to Firearms will cover several topics associated with firearms, including firearms safety, operation and maintenance and will allow students to gain experience with pistols, shotguns and rifles. The course will be instructed by Robbie Delong, the interim Chief of Police for the Winfield Police Department. Delong has also instructed firearms qualification for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and has years of firearms instructions experience. He has also served as the team leader of the Southern Kansas SWAT team. Enrollment for this course at Cowley College is underway. For more information call (620) 441-5285


An Ark City man was arrested after his district court bond was revoked. 23 year old Trevor
Brown is accused of burglaries and thefts of items including golf carts, all terrain vehicles, and motor vehicles. He is also believe to be responsible for a breakin at Spoke-N-Things in downtown Arkansas City. Most of the stolen property since has been recovered. Brown was locked up in the Cowley County Jail without bond. The investigation remains active, and involves so far, 12 residential victims and one business.


Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 12th, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium. They begin that day at noon, with the Graduate hooding ceremony in Richardson Performing Arts Center. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House. Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center. Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts. Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 12, at 9:45 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 12, at 11 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza. In case of inclement weather, any changes will be posted on and on social media


The first-ever Tacolalah Festival will kick off with a day full of festivities May 4th in Wilson Park, highlighted by the second annual Salsa Fest from 11 to 2. This new multicultural festival, which is free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This year, the Salsa Fest is being organized by the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce. To
register as a competitor, call the chamber at (620) 442-0230. Salsa tasting kits may be purchased in advance for $5 at the chamber office. And a reminder… 1025 The River will continue to sponsor its annual Cowley’s Outdoor Market, which is open from 10
a.m. to 8 p.m. this year. Market exhibitors should call (620) 442-1102 or email for more details. Ten food vendors are confirmed so far for the event and most will be open the entire day. There also will be a merchandise tent available, sponsored by Visit Ark City, for festival attendees to purchase commemorative gear. Free T-shirt and hat giveaways are ongoing on the Tacolalah Facebook
page or at The Tacolalah beer and margarita garden will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Only those 21 or older will be able to enter the beer garden area. IDs will be checked for entry and anyone drinking must wear a wristband. Various forms of games and entertainment will be featured, and there will be a live mariachi band. Proceeds from Tacolalah will go to support the Fourth of July community fireworks show
and possibly the Wilson Park Master Plan.


April 21-27 is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and local health service providers acknowledge the critical role that lab workers play in providing excellent health care.
SCKMC public relations officer Doc Arnett tells us that the technicians who staff the labs—whether it’s radiology or other imaging, blood work or whatever—they play a critical role in excellent patient service. Being sure that the physicians have accurate and reliable information is absolutely essential to prompt and effective treatment. It doesn’t matter if they are working in one of the hospitals, a clinic or in a physician’s office, their work is crucial.” Hospital CEO Jeff Bowman says the excellent people working together in the lab services are committed, professional and caring in what they do.


The confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named five Arkansas City schools as recipients of the 2019 Challenge Awards… Adams Elementary, Arkansas City Middle School, Frances Willard Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, and Roosevelt Elementary. The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their schools. Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,600 awards have been presented to schools across the state. Over the years, USD 470 schools have earned 35 of those Challenge Awards.