The Ark City splash pad plans have been put on hold. Plans call for the splash pad at Wilson Park, but now it appears there won’t be a splash pad there until at least late 2021. The city’s public Information Officer, Andrew Lawson, said that a pending evaluation of Paris Park Pool is the major factor in figuring out how the plans can move forward. A Kansas City firm has been tapped to look into the entire facility, which includes the bathhouse and pool deck. The pool loses millions of gallons of water every summer due to a leak.
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The Cowley County Health Department has received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This is actually the second shipment for Cowley County. The first was the Pfizer vaccine that went to William Newton Hospital last week, where frontline health care workers and doctors began getting inoculated. Now, members of the health department, including 14 front line staff have gotten the shot. A Spokesperson said two members of the Eagle Med Helicopter ambulance service were also vaccinated
You may notice somehting a little different about the uniforms of Ark City Police Officers. Officers within the department have been given a limited series badge that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the city. Poclie Chief Dan Ward says the old badge design was used with a newer design to overlay and incorporate into one badge.
Cowley County – planning to honor a former county counselor who passed away in 2012. Current county administrator Lucas Golf says you’ll be hard pressed to go anywhere in Cowley County without finding something that Bill Taylor was involved in. The county will plant trees onm the courthouse grounds. Four oak trees will be planted on the northwest part of the front lawn, while two maple trees eill go in on the northeast side. Taylor was responsible for planting about 500 trees at Winfield Country Club many years ago.
A celebration for the residents in and around Oxford this past weekend. A new grocery store is open for residents who previously had to drive to Winfield, Wellington or Mulvane for fresh food choices. Beau and Stacie Gilliland have opened Hometown Market in the former grocery store building in Oxford, which has been closed for some time. The address is 4178 West Main in Oxford. Store hours will be from 7am to 8pm daily.
Health officials say the number of people who have died from coronavirus complications in Cowley County has grown to 37. Public Health Officer Thomas Langer said there have been as many as six confirmed deaths in the past week. At least 18 of the deaths, though, have been from residents at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor. The number of active coronavirus cases in Cowley COunty now stands at 178, as of Friday.
Am Ark City man has been arrested for suspicion of aggravated assault. Reports indicate 60 year-old TJ Hollins Junior was booked for two counts of felony ag assault and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hollins was listed as having a 25-thousand dollar bond on Saturday. Two people reported to poclie on Wednesday that Hollins pointed the gun at them during an argument, but police have not said what the argument was about.
The Winfield city commission is expected to go over new contracts for building two new splash pads at city parks. Winfield City Manager Taggart Wall said Monday that the current contract with RJR Enterprises, was one of two contracts that were submitted for the project. The first splash pad will be constructed at Cherry Street Park. The second one at Winfield Aquatic Center. The total cost of the project is pegged at 300-thousand dollars.
The Safe Kids Cowley County Coalition has been awarded the Coalition of the Year Award by the Safe Kids Kansas group. A statement from the city-Cowley County Health Department says the award recognizes the local coalition’s exceptional efforts to reduce unintentional death and injury to children. Safe Kids Cowley COunty was formed in 2011 and has grown significantly since ints inception. To learn more, go online to safekidskansas,org.
The Cowley County Health Department is strongly urging everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them. If we don’t get widespread coverage of the vaccine, the health department says the outlook is grim. A statement from the health department this week says that public health orders will need to continue at least for another couple of months. But if nobody were to get the vaccine, it says those face mask and social distancing orders would have to continue for as much as three years. As it stands now, 30 people have died in Cowley COunty duie to complications from the coronavirus. But if nobody got the vaccine, it says a total of 12-hundred people would die over the course of the next several years.