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Cowley College gets OK for new programs

Mechantronics and interior design are two new programs Cowley College will be offering this fall, the school announced Thursday.

Cowley Sheriff's Dept. for April 16-23

Cowley County Sheriff's Department activity for April 16-23 included:

Winfield utility chief taking job in Wichita

Colin Whitley will leave his post as Winfield's electric and water utility director this summer to become general manager of the Kansas Power Pool, an organization of municipal power providers he helped form.

Udall police officer a victim of vandalism

Spray-painted vandalism of a home and vehicles belonging to a Udall police officer Sunday night caused more than $22,600 in damage, investigators said.

Cowley County Sheriff's Office for April 23-May 1

Cowley County Sheriff's Department activity for Apr. 24 through May 1 included:

New appraiser scrambles to hit deadlines

The unexpected death of former Cowley County Appraiser Greg Kent in January created a multitude of obstacles for county officials charged with meeting state deadlines for mailing out property valuations.

Ark City Police for May 1, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department activities for Tuesday, May 1 inlclude:

Cowley County Sheriff's Office for May 4-6, 2007

The Cowley County Sheriff's Office activities for May 4 - 6 are as follows:

Injured motorcycle driver still critical

An Oklahoma man injured in a motorcycle accident near Arkansas City Sunday remained in critical condition Thursday.

Area officers to help out in Greensburg

Officers from several Cowley County law enforcement agencies will spend stints in Greensburg beginning this weekend to help provide security for the tornado-ravaged town in western Kansas.

Ark City, county reach fire protection deal

An agreement has been reached between the city of Arkansas City and Cowley County for fire protection for rural Fire District No. 5, it was announced this morning.

Agencies team to battle drinking issues

A number of area law enforcement agencies joined forces over the weekend to combat alcohol related issues. Four people were arrested and one juvenile was cited, according to Winfield Police Chief Jerry DeVore.

April cold spell took toll on county wheat

A cold snap early last month has taken its toll on Cowley County wheat farmers with many losing between 25 and 50 percent of their crop, a county official says.

Mussels have impact on local species

Like many invasive species, such as the Asian carp and white perch, zebra mussels have no natural predators on this continent. In their home in Russia a parasite exists that keeps the creatures at bay and they are also devoured by the goby fish.

Winfield tries to tackle zebra mussels

As Winfield residents bask in the rising temperatures of spring, thousands of unwanted visitors at the Winfield City Lake will be enjoying the warmer weather too ? and breeding thousands more of their kind as long as the water temperature stays above 54 degrees.

No bombs found in sweep of schools

Kansas Highway Patrol officers, along with bomb-sniffing dogs, searched Winfield High School, Winfield Middle School, and all outbuildings today following a bomb threat that was intercepted by a parent, USD No. 465 announced.

Officers see a 'devastated' Greensburg

Local police officers returned last week after a four-day stint in Greensburg, the small Kansas town destroyed by a tornado earlier this month.

Ark City Police for May 16, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Wednesday, May 16 include:

Ark City Police for May 17, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Thursday, May 17 include:

Developer eyes Baden Hall for housing

Its windows are broken and its walls are home to pigeons and stray cats, but Baden Hall, a relic of the former St. John's College, finally has a chance at a new life, Winfield city commissioners learned Monday night.

Ark City Police for May 18, 2007:

Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Friday, May 18 include:

Flood warning in effect, more rain likely

A flood warning for the Arkansas River in Oxford is in effect from late Friday evening until early Monday afternoon.

Sex offender faces time for not registering

Had Joshua Thomas Price failed to register as a convicted sex offender one year ago, he would have faced eight to 10 months in prison and "presumptive probation."

Corridor study calls for change on 77

Land use regulations and millions of dollars in upgrades over the next 20 years will help the U.S. 77 corridor between Winfield and the state line keep pace with growth and development, according to a preliminary report on the corridor.

Thurber witness says suspect followed her

A member of the same danceline as murder victim Jodi Sanderholm described in Cowley County District Court Wednesday morning how she was followed by a man she later identified as the same man accused of raping and murdering Sanderholm last January .

Improv group to perform Fridays in Winfield

Friday evenings in June will come alive with laughter as current members and alumni of Southwestern College's Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe perform at the Marquee building - former location of Winfield Cinema - located at 1007 Main St.

Hearing ends early, Thurber bound over

A 24-year-old Arkansas City man was bound over Thursday morning for arraignment and trial in the capital murder case involving a former Cowley College student and danceline team member.

Overnight storms prompt flood warnings

Flood warnings are in effect Friday for Cowley, Sumner and southern Butler counties. Two to four inches of rain fell across the warned areas overnight and more heavy rains are forecast today along with the possibility of severe weather.

State honors Cowley County companies

Sixteen Cowley County businesses were honored Friday for their contributions to their communities and the state economy.

Pair says Baden Hall "needs everything"

Two Augusta developers will move ahead with renovation plans to turn the dilapidated Baden Hall building at Baden Square into a 22-unit, five-floor building featuring a penthouse.

Latham man wins $1 million lottery prize

A Latham man has become the first Kansas Lottery player to win $1 million without hitting the Powerball jackpot.

Council on Aging tackling money woes

Cowley County commissioners are bailing out the Council on Aging with a one-time grant to pay off $4,100 in payroll taxes, $6,000 in IRS penalties, and a $6,000 credit card bill that is used to purchase fuel for the public transportation program.

High winds expected throughout the day

A wind advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday according to the National Weather Service.

Winfield farmers' market changes rules

When the Walnut Valley Farmers' Market opens Saturday, shoppers with a hankering for pickles or a freshly baked pie will have to look elsewhere.

EXCLUSIVE: Bomb threat charges filed

Two Winfield teens have been charged in Cowley County District Court with making criminal threats to cause the evacuation of Winfield High School this spring.

Cowley County has plenty of old plates left

Cowley County Treasurer Kathy Foust has several thousand vehicle license plates to issue before she can begin handing out the new plates. Even then, not everybody will get one of the new blue ones.

Ark City Police for June 9, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Saturday, June 9, 2007 included:

Westar plans open house in Ark City

Westar Energy is hosting a series of forums to discuss its plans for a new high-capacity transmission line running from Rose Hill to near Perry, Okla.

Flood warning in effect until this afternoon

Cowley, Butler, and Elk counties are under a flood warning until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Addition to mental health center finished

A 4,500- square foot addition to the Cowley County Mental Health Center at Strother Field has been completed, County Commissioners learned Tuesday night.

Group raising money for Dexter library

Lynn Norris and the Eastern Cowley County Resource Center have raised about $15,000 toward the construction of a new library for Dexter.

Ark City Police for June 11, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Monday, June 11 included:

SC hosting School of Christian missions

For the second year in a row, Southwestern College is hosting nearly 300 people this weekend as the West Gulf Regional School of Christian Missions converges on Winfield.

Dental clinic provides care for the disabled

A dental clinic tucked away in a corner of Meyer Hall's basement at Baden Square meets the special needs of people with developmental disabilities.

$20,000 lotto ticket purchased in Winfield

A winning Kansas Lottery scratch ticket, worth $20,000, was purchased in Winfield earlier this month.

Cities total damages caused by storms

A series of spring storms in May and June have wreaked havoc on roads and equipment in Winfield, Arkansas City and the rest of Cowley County to the tune of over $647,000, but federal dollars could help pay for some of the repairs, officials said this week.

Ark City mulls change in quorum number

Arkansas City commissioners are expected to begin a public discussion next month about whether to increase the number of commissioners required to conduct city business.

Ark City Police for June 13 and 14, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Wednesday, June 13 included:

Ark City Police for June 15, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department Activities Friday June 15 included:

Biddle plans housing addition near Winfield

A new housing subdivision south of Winfield has only one obstacle and that's expected to be eliminated tonight when Cowley County commissioners approve the final plat of Pine Ridge. The regularly scheduled meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.

Hutch man charged with running a scam

A Hutchinson man has been charged with felony theft for scamming an elderly Winfield woman in an insurance confidence game.

Rankin named Francis Asbury recipient

Southwestern College faculty member Stephen Rankin is the recipient of the 2007 Francis Asbury Award, announced at the annual meeting of the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Ark City Police for June 17, 2007

Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Sunday, June 17 included:

County's dispatchers get special training

Emergency 911 dispatchers from police departments in Winfield and Arkansas City participated in a three-day session this week designed to train them to work as tactical dispatchers.

Winfield man sentenced to serve 25 years

It took Kay County District Judge D. W. Boyd 30 minutes in chambers Thursday to find 86-year-old Winfield, Kan. resident, Harley Bruce Parsons, guilty of shooting his wife, Barbara, with the intent of killing her on Sept. 14. He was sentenced to 25 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Mulvane pair arrested after highway incident

Two Mulvane men were arrested late Friday in Udall for allegedly firing airsoft handguns at a passenger vehicle while driving on K-15, a Cowley County Sheriff's Office report said.

Lim tapped as SC's new info tech officer

Ben Lim is the new vice president for information technology at Southwestern College.

CCDS shares budget; new building plans

More than $16 million flows into Cowley County annually for the care of the mentally retarded/developmentally disabled residents of the county, according to Bill Brooks, executive director of Cowley County Developmental Services, or CCDS.

Read: Mom thought boys were sleeping

Two young boys found walking along a county road Wednesday morning by an off-duty Winfield police officer remained in protective custody Thursday.

Couple OK after motor home wreck in Elk

An accident in Elk County involving a motor home and the SUV it was pulling has been reported as a non-injury accident, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Ark City Police for June 22-25

Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, June 22 included:

Winfield closes fairground due to weather

Access to the core of the Winfield Fairground was prohibited Friday as the city pulled campers from the flooded campgrounds and shut off all power to the facility.

SC staffer has photography on display

Stacy Sparks, assistant professor of journalism at Southwestern College, has photography on exhibit at Montezuma's Stauth Memorial Museum through July 22.

SC staffer has photography on display

Stacy Sparks, assistant professor of journalism at Southwestern College, has photography on exhibit at Montezuma's Stauth Memorial Museum through July 22.

Cowley County a part of disaster declaration

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has declared a state of disaster emergency for Cowley and 11 other Kansas counties, following heavy rains and flooding over the last several days.

Process of flood recovery is under way

Persistent rains last week closed roads, flooded the Winfield Fairground, threatened the Winfield sports complex and forced some families from their homes, but caused no injuries or serious accidents that were reported.

Cowley approved for federal disaster funds

Cowley County is among 18 Kansas counties approved for federal disaster relief funds following heavy flooding late last week.

Odell bouncing back after chest pains

Cowley County Sheriff Bob Odell is out of the hospital and doing fine today, he told a NewsCow reporter.

Recent marriage licenses granted

Marriage License Applications

Udall Police Department June 1 - June 19, 2007

  • Complaint on stalking June 19.

  • Porter: June storms will cost city $1 million

    Floodwaters from heavy rains in late June caused about $500,000 in damages within the city of Winfield alone, officials said Monday.

    Thurber arraignment set for this afternoon

    The man accused of killing a Cowley College student in Arkansas City in January is scheduled to be arraigned at 3:30 p.m. today in Cowley County District Court in Winfield.

    Judge enters not guilty pleas for Thurber

    Justin Thurber will wait nearly a year before going on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm of Arkansas City.

    Ark City Police for July 3 thru July 7

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities for July 3 included:

    Decision on flood aid could come this week

    Cowley County residents could know as soon as this week whether they will receive federal aid to help cover the cost of cleaning and repairing basements damaged by flooding in late June.

    Legal proceedings started in lost boys case

    The Cowley County Attorney's Office has initiated legal proceedings in a case involving two young boys who were found walking along a county road by an off-duty police officer June 27.

    Officers are enforcing new safety seat laws

    In 2006, several new laws went into effect in the State of Kansas including the Child Passenger Safety Act. The Child Passenger Safety Act required that Kansas Highway Patrol officers begin issuing warnings for violations of the booster seat law.

    Winfield flooding fixes may reach $5 million

    This summer's relentless storms caused big floods and big expenses, according to city of Winfield officials who estimate that replacing gravel, moving a power line and shoring up damaged levees could cost up to $5 million.

    Cowley OK'd for individual flood assistance

    Residents in Cowley County are now eligible for federal individual assistance to recover from flood damage caused by days of heavy rain in late June.

    Ark City man hangs with the pros in Vegas

    Browse through a list of the names and hometowns of money winners at this year's World Series of Poker Main Event, and one name and place is sure to jump out at you.

    FEMA reps encourage filing for aid, loans

    Homeowners and renters who suffered flood damage this spring could be helped by disaster aid made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Local cement truck overturns in Oklahoma

    Toby Nation of Winfield escaped with minor injuries when the American Concrete truck he was driving overturned Wednesday morning near the Kaw Southwind Casino at Newkirk.

    $1M bond set in Chautauqua rape/kidnapping

    A gag order has been issued in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old Chautauqua County girl.

    Ark City Police for July 13 through July 16

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Friday, July 13 included:

    Police file intent to keep drug seizure items

    The Winfield Police Department has filed notice it intends to keep property originally seized as criminal evidence during a drug raid in Winfield Feb. 2.

    Belle Plaine woman injured in wreck

    A Belle Plaine woman was injured Sunday morning when she failed to stop at a stop sign on U.S. 55 (Hillside Road) near Belle Plaine and struck a utility pole, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Suit questions county's clean up methods

    An Arkansas City couple is taking the Cowley County Commission to court in a dispute?over whether the county had the right to send county employees onto?their land without their permission and bill them over $11,000 for the time spent cleaning up?property the couple say they were already cleaning.

    State looks into dust complaint at courthouse

    Some controls need to be put in place to prevent dust from migrating from the construction site?of the new jail?to the courthouse where employees continue to work during the construction, said Steve Zink, director of industrial safety and health for the Kansas Department of Labor.

    Sears gets 61 months, is required to register

    A 67-year-old Udall man will spend 61 months in prison and the rest of his life registered as a sex offender, a Cowley County District Court Judge ruled Thursday.

    Wreck claims granddaughter of Oxford cop

    The 10-year-old granddaughter of an Oxford police officer was killed in a car accident north of Wellington Saturday that also claimed the life of the girl's 11-year-old cousin.

    AC woman killed in wreck near Fort Scott

    An Arkansas City woman was fatally injured near Fort Scott Friday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving crossed the centerline on U.S. 54 highway and struck another vehicle head-on, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Probe into crash that killed kids will take time

    The investigation into an accident Saturday in Sumner County that claimed the lives of two children in the same family will not be complete for another 60 to 90 days, according to Sumner County Attorney Kassie McEntire.

    Warmer weather brings on garden pests

    Rainy weather and cooler-than-normal weather is credited with cutting back on some outdoor pests this summer, especially grasshoppers.

    Winfield Police for Sunday July 29, 2007

    Winfield Police Department activity for Sunday included:

    Ark City Police for July 31 through Aug. 1

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities for July 31 included:

    DUI checkpoints planned for mid August

    A program to identify intoxicated or impaired drivers is being conducted this month by the Arkansas City Police Department, Cowley County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Inmate uprising causes problems in Newkirk

    Inmates at the Kay County Jail in Newkirk reportedly set fires, destroyed property and cut power to parts of the jail during a disturbance Saturday night, according to news reports.

    Bridge near Winfield structurally deficient

    Two of the 67 bridges on the state highway system in Cowley County?are rated well below the bridge sufficiency rating based on a zero to 100 scale.

    Bluestem to play free show at Baden Square

    A longtime favorite at Winfield's annual Walnut Valley Festival, the versatile bluegrass group Bluestem will give an outdoor family concert on Baden Square's lawn this month, according to the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council.

    Local theater group presenting 'The Music Man'

    Winfield Community Theatre will kick off its 40th Anniversary season with its production of the popular musical "The Music Man."

    Local theater group presenting 'Music Man'

    Winfield Community Theatre will kick off its 40th Anniversary season with its production of the popular musical "The Music Man."

    Keeping cool key as mercury continues up

    The heat warning for this area has been extended until Thursday night although triple digit temperatures are forecast for the next week.

    Grant to fund new mobile command center

    A new, $94,982, 26-foot Cowley County Command Trailer is being purchased with Homeland Security grant funds.

    Escaped Winfield inmate still not in custody

    A Winfield Correctional Facility inmate, who escaped custody last week, remains on the lam, a prison spokesperson said Monday.

    Cost for county's health insurance soars

    Taxpayers will spend $938,652 on health and life insurance benefits for Cowley County employees next budget year. That's a $40,444 increase over the present cost.

    Almost no heat-related illness reported so far

    People are paying attention to heat warnings and taking better care of themselves while trying to survive triple-digit temperatures and high humidity, said Arkansas City Fire Chief Randy Leach.

    Southwestern adds three to library staff

    Veronica McAsey is the new director of Memorial Library at Southwestern College.

    Schweer to speak at Farm Bureau event

    Matt Schweer, a former agriculture instructor at Arkansas City High School, will visit the county later this month as the keynote speaker at the Cowley County Farm Bureau Association annual meeting and banquet.

    Wedding-day wallet theft bad news for groom

    On your wedding day everything should be perfect and go as planned, but things turned out a little differently for a young Winfield couple who were the victims of theft and just plain bad luck Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church.

    Ark City Police for Aug. 7 through Aug. 11

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities Aug. 7 included:

    Escaped inmate arrested in Overland Park

    An inmate that escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility last week was apprehended in Overland Park Thursday, according to a statement from the correctional facility.

    Local teacher is education group's new pres.

    Winfield High School teacher Justin Hogan has been named president-elect of the Kansas Industrial Education Association. Hogan also serves on the board of directors of Kansas Association of Career and Technical Educators.

    Charges filed in Sumner/Cowley crime spree

    A young man faces numerous criminal charges in both Sumner and Cowley counties for a series of burglaries and thefts at several locations including the Valley Coop, Dexter and Burden swimming pools and Southern Kansas Cotton Growers.

    County gives SK&O 30 days to repair tracks

    Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith has requested Southern Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad repair the crossings at New Salem.

    Wichita man hurt in motorcycle wreck near AC

    A Wichita man was hospitalized Sunday morning when he wrecked his motorcycle near Arkansas City.

    Local retailers warned of recent money scam

    Kansas retailers should be aware that fraudsters are targeting stores across the country and ripping them off, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison said.

    UPDATE: Burned wreck victim remains critical

    One man suffered serious burns over a significant portion of his body and a second man was seriously injured when their small passenger car ran off N. College Street on a curve near the Winfield Correctional Facility late Monday night.

    Southwestern library gets grant from state

    Southwestern College Memorial Library Director Veronica McAsey reports that the library has received a grant from the State Library of Kansas. The grant, which totals $1,549, will enable the library to purchase materials on South American and Asian music.

    Low profile: Officer, friend rescued Shamburg

    A passer-by discovered an accident on N. College Street Monday night, then learned his friend was trapped in the burning car. The fire was so intense that he could only stand by and wait for help to arrive.

    Operator turning Winfield Shell back to owner

    Crescent Oil Co. will assume operation of the Shell store at 15th and Main street at noon Thursday, a company official said.

    Trooper: Speed a factor in Shamburg crash

    Speed played a key role in a traffic accident on N. College Street late Monday night that left the driver in critical condition with severe burns over most of his body.

    Chautauqua rape suspects bound for trial

    Two Chautauqua County men have been bound over for trial on aggravated kidnapping and rape charges. One of the two is also charged with aggravated criminal sodomy. The alleged victim was 14 years old and a Chautauqua County resident.

    Winfield FFA chapter earns three star ranking

    Winfield High School's FFA Chapter has earned a three star ranking in the National Chapter Award program and will be recognized in October at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.

    Newkirk man runs over self with bass boat

    A Newkirk man, Chris L. Rowe,?46, was seriously injured on Kaw Lake Monday when a boat propeller ran over him. His brother, Randy Rowe, 44, Arkansas City, a passenger, was not injured.

    Pair out on bond in Okla. arrested in Ark City

    Two Winfield people free on bond while waiting Kay County District Court hearings for allegedly stealing clothes from J.C. Penney were arrested over the weekend in Arkansas City.

    Fruits family files suit in U.S. District Court

    Winfield's police department violated Danny Fruits' civil rights and wrongfully caused his death during an officer-involved shooting at Tunnel Mill Dam last year, according to a lawsuit filed by Fruits' family. (view PDF)

    Winfield Police for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007

    Winfield Police Department activity for Tuesday included:

    Ark City police for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007 included:

    Winfield Police for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007

    Winfield Police Department activity for Thursday, Sept. 6 included:

    Music mini fest set for Tuesday in Winfield

    A free music mini-fest is scheduled for Tuesday in Winfield as a way to help the community and visiting music fans warm up for the Walnut Valley Festival. The event is being organized by the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council.

    DUI check lane in Winfield nets three arrests

    A local effort to crackdown on drinking and driving led to three arrests Saturday, according to the Winfield Police Department.

    County meetings to focus on budgets, phones

    Cowley County commissioners will consider purchasing a new telephone system when they meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first floor assembly room at the courthouse.

    Winfield native writes kids book about White

    Beverley Olson Buller never planned to write a book, although one of the last things her dad, Dr. Bob Olson, told her before his death was that she would.

    Work on intersection should start in the spring

    Work should begin this spring on a project expected to improve safety at one of Cowley County's most well-used intersections, county engineer Dale Steward said Wednesday.

    William Mott named judge in Sumner County

    Former Sumner County Attorney William R. Mott has been named District Court Judge of Kansas' 30th Judicial District, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

    Best of Bluegrass: A look back at 2007 fest

    Every year Dakotah and I spend just a little too much time at the festival, if that's possible, especially after midnight. We're always trying to soak in as much of the Bluegrass atmosphere as possible and this year was no exception.

    New KSOK co-host picks up award from KAB

    New morning show co-host and news director, Shawn "Rhino" Wheat, has been honored with an award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Wheat received second place for the 2007 major market television promotions series.

    Steven Shamburg dies from accident injuries

    Steven Shamburg, a Winfield man who was critically injured in a car accident last month, has died, according to law enforcement officials. He was 45.

    County budget: Thurber trial will add to cost

    Cowley County Commissioners have rejected a nearly five mill increase in next year's budget and sent the county administrator back to the drawing board to find a way to keep the increase to about two mills.

    Roberts to give first Docking lecture at SC

    United States Senator Pat Roberts will deliver the inaugural Docking Lecture in Leadership and Public Affairs at Southwestern College next month.

    Smith: Railroad crossings on track for repair

    Two railroad crossings at New Salem may be repaired within the month, according to Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith.

    Winfield prison launches vocational program

    A group of nine inmates at the Winfield Correctional Facility are learning skills needed to get jobs in the aircraft industry as part of a new program that started this week.

    Ark City police for Sept. 17 and 18

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities Sept. 17 and 18, 2007 included:

    Lt. Governor Parkinson to visit Winfield Oct.1

    Kansas Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson will be in Winfield Oct. 1 to meet with community leaders and local citizens. He will arrive in Winfield at 2:15 p.m. at the Winfield Chamber of Commerce office.

    Winfield man recovering from weekend crash

    A Winfield man was in fair condition at a Wichita hospital Monday morning with injuries suffered when his car was hit by a truck on U.S. 77 at Strother Field Sunday afternoon.

    Southwestern enrollment jumps nearly 10%

    Fall enrollment at Southwestern College jumped nearly 10 percent from a year ago and is the highest for the school since the development of modern standards for counting students.

    State says immunizations remain important

    Adults should make sure they are up-to-date with recommended shots, including the vaccine against pneumococcal pneumonia and an annual flu vaccine, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

    Ark City police for Sept. 25 and Sept. 26

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007 included:

    Local pedal puller brings home national title

    An eight-year old pedal pull champ from Geuda Springs has brought home a national championship.

    Gough finishing up comm. corrections stint

    Court services and community corrections are the first line of defense against putting people in prison, says Tex Gough, the director of Cowley County Community Corrections the past eight years.

    RAMBLINGS: Gambling, granny and prison

    Few people know I practically grew up at the women's prison at Lansing.

    Cowley College student dies in morning blaze

    Arkanas City fire officials are investigating a fatal fire at an apartment used by students at Cowley College.

    Eli Hilderbrand named as victim of AC fire

    Patty Ruggenberg knew the Cowley College student that lived in the aging two-story apartment house across the street from her home on Fourth Street in Arkansas City. His name was Eli, she said.

    SC president to chair compact's exec board

    Dick Merriman, president of Southwestern College, has been elected chairman of the executive board of Kansas Campus Compact.

    Knapp interim director for comm. corrections

    An intensive supervision officer for Cowley County Community Corrections has been named interim director.

    Chief: Positive ID pending in AC house fire

    Fire investigators in Arkansas City are still waiting for positive identification of a body found at the scene of an apartment house fire early Tuesday morning, fire chief Randy Leach said.

    State: Missing drugs led to lost license for vet

    Evidence local veterinarian Tamara Zimmerman was dependent on prescription drugs ? and ordered narcotic painkillers she could not account for ? prompted the state to issue an emergency order temporarily suspending Dr. Zimmerman's license.

    Leon man killed in Butler County accident

    A Leon man injured in a traffic accident Wednesday night south of El Dorado has died of his injuries, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Ark City couple still waiting on clean up ruling

    No decision has been rendered in a civil suit filed against the Cowley County Commission by an Arkansas City couple.

    Chief: Smoke inhalation caused fire fatality

    Eli Hilderbrand likely succumbed to smoke inhalation after trying to extinguish a fire that started in an area of an apartment house where friends frequently gathered to smoke and discard cigarettes, Arkansas City fire officials said Thursday.

    Zimmerman issues denial of accusations

    Dr. Tamara J. Zimmerman denies the allegations made against her by the Kansas State Board of Veterinary Examiners, according to a written statement from her office.

    Probe into Sumner County fatality continues

    The investigation into the cause of a traffic accident in Sumner County that claimed the lives of two children from the same family has not been completed.

    Ark City man arrested on Ponca gun charges

    A 37-year-old Arkansas City man was arrested by Ponca City police Sept. 28 and charged with possessing a firearm in the commission of a?felony and possessing a firearm after a former felony conviction.

    Judge grants response delay in Thurber trial

    The Kansas Attorney General's Office has been granted a one week continuance to file responses in the murder case against Justin Thurber of Arkansas City.

    Man arrested on felony animal cruelty charge

    A Winfield teen was arrested last weekend after grabbing a cat by its tail and swinging the animal until the animal's head struck the concrete. The cat died, said Winfield Police Officer David Dougherty.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Record through Oct. 7

    The following includes the Cowley County Sheriff's Office record through October 7, 2007

    AC farmer still critical after combine incident

    A rural Arkansas City farmer remained in critical condition Tuesday after being run over by a combine as he worked in the Silverdale area Friday afternoon.

    Local woman tries suicide on railroad bridge

    A 51-year-old Winfield woman hung herself by a rope from a railroad bridge west of Winfield late Monday but failed to kill herself, authorities said today.

    County to hear public thoughts on budget

    Taxpayers will have the opportunity to question Cowley County commissioners about their proposed 2008 budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m. tonight at the courthouse.

    HUD: Some in group homes got too much aid

    Residents in group homes in 10 counties may have to pay more rent because a federal audit determined they have been receiving too much rental assistance.

    Cowley windfarm agreement nearly complete

    The licensing agreement with a company that has proposed a wind energy farm in Cowley and Elk counties may be completed within the next month, according to? Cowley County Administrator Leroy Alsup.

    Roberts delivers first Docking lecture at SC

    U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Thursday delivered the following speech "A Confluence of Kansas History; A Lesson for American Politics" as the inaugural lecture of the Docking Lecture Series at Southwestern College:

    Winfield BOE to mull proposal from teachers

    Teachers in Winfield have made a proposal to the local school board that could end a contract dispute that began earlier this fall, both sides have confirmed to NewsCow.net.

    Animal cruelty case continued until Nov. 5

    An animal cruelty case involving James A. Bell Jr., 19, has been continued to Nov. 5 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

    Severe weather hitting Cowley County Wed.

    Today is a good day to review plans on how to deal with severe weather both at work and at home.

    Giant warehouse planned for Rubbermaid

    Construction is set to begin later this year on a massive 660,000 square foot ? yes, that's six figures ? warehouse facility that will serve Newell Rubbermaid's operations in Winfield. The building and its 15- acre footprint would likely be the largest constructed in Kansas this year.

    KU dean to talk stem cell research in Winfield

    Dr. Barbara Atkinson ? the first woman to serve as executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Center ? will visit Winfield next week to discuss the scientific and ethical challenges posed by stem cell research.

    Sumner casino: Site review starts next week

    Public hearings scheduled for late October will give area residents an opportunity to hear proposals from developers wanting to put a casino in Sumner County. Commissioners there will decide Oct. 31 which plan to endorse.

    AC hospital using new severe weather plan

    Wednesday's severe weather threat provided an opportunity for officials at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City to test new severe weather policies under real conditions, according to spokesman Clayton Pappan.

    Former AC sex offender picked up in Ponca

    A former Arkansas City resident has been arrested by Ponca City police for failing to register as a sex offender.

    South Kansas Symphony to perform Sunday

    The Southwestern College Music Department will feature the South Kansas Symphony in concert this weekend.

    Train derailment cleaned up, road opening

    Derailed train cars ? at least one of which carried a flammable material ? closed a section of the U.S. 77 bypass in Arkansas City late Wednesday. Crews worked late into the night to clean up following the incident.

    Shoplifter's high-speed getaway is thwarted

    A Wichita woman attempting to flee Cowley County ? after allegedly shoplifting at Arkansas City's Wal-Mart Wednesday afternoon ? was apprehended by a sheriff's deputy west of Winfield, authorities said Thursday.

    Ark City Police for Oct. 22 through Oct. 26

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, Oct. 22, Tuesday, Oct. 23, Wednesday, Oct. 24, Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, 2007.

    Part 2: Safe Homes sees changes in 2007

    (Editor's note: This is part 2 of 2 in a series on the Safe Homes organization. Part 1 is linked below.)

    Escaped convict made Cowley jailbreak in 96

    One of two escapees from the El Dorado Correctional Facility was serving time for kidnapping and escaping from the Cowley County jail in 1996.

    Ark City Police for Oct. 26 through Oct.29

    Arkansas City Police Activities Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27, Sunday, Oct. 28 and Monday, Oct. 29, 2007 included:

    Judge rules for county in clean up dispute

    A Cowley County District Court judge has ruled in favor of the Cowley County commission in a lawsuit filed by a rural Arkansas City couple.

    UPDATE: Escaped inmate fired at police

    One of two escapees from the El Dorado Correctional Facility fired four shots at New Mexico law enforcement officers as he was being apprehended early this morning.

    Area man critically hurt in collision with train

    A former law enforcement officer living in Arkansas City was critically injured Tuesday night when a train struck his car north of Newkirk.

    Local Big Brothers Big Sisters gets $5K grant

    Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cowley County has received a $5,000 grant to help fund outreach programs for local children and teens. The award from U.S. Cellular was made last week.

    Rules set for veterinarian to resume practicing

    TLC Veterinary Clinic can resume treating animals but clinic founder Dr. Tamara Zimmerman must abide by a slate of state stipulations that includes random drug testing and hiring another veterinarian to manage the practice, according to a settlement reached Wednesday.

    Judge to rule on motions in Thurber case

    Attorneys in the capital murder case against Justin Thurber of Arkansas City will be back in District Court in Winfield Wednesday for motion hearings.

    Ark City Police for Oct. 30 and Oct. 31

    Arkansas City Police Activities Oct. 30 and 31, 2007 included:

    Charges pending after shots fired Saturday

    No arrests were made Saturday at the scene of an early morning incident involving a firearm that took place outside a home at Ninth and Walton but charges could be pending, said Lt. Kurt Weber with the Winfield Police Department.

    Weekend wreck puts local woman in hospital

    Drunk driving is being blamed for a traffic accident northeast of? Newkirk early Saturday morning that hospitalized an Arkansas City woman with serious head injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Ohio quilt maker to speak in Arkansas City

    A folk artist and quilt maker from Ohio is the scheduled speaker for the November meetings of the Walnut Valley Quilters Guild. Guests are welcome to attend the special program.

    Arraignment set for Bell in animal cruelty case

    Arraignment has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 30 for James A. Bell Jr. over an animal cruelty case. The 19-year- old Winfield man appeared in District Court in Winfield Monday.

    AG's office gets report on Sumner Co. wreck

    The Kansas Attorney General's Office has been given the results of an investigation into a traffic accident north of Wellington July 29 that claimed the life of two children, a Sumner County official said Tuesday.

    Bonds OK'd for giant Rubbermaid warehouse

    Financing has been approved for a colossal $16 million warehouse that will serve Newell Rubbermaid operations in Winfield, city clerk Diane Rosecrans said Wednesday.

    $1M lotto ticket bought in south central Kan.

    Someone who bought a lottery ticket in south central Kansas has won a Super Kansas Cash jackpot worth more than $1 million, Kansas Lottery officials said this week.

    WHS students hurt in Thursday morning wreck

    (Reader tip: Refreshing your browser multiple times will give you extra photos from the crash scene.)

    Burden pizza place gets NetWork Kan. loan

    CJ's, a pizza restaurant in Burden, has been awarded a matching loan through the NetWork Kansas program. CJ's is owned and operated by Kenneth and Beej Taylor.

    UPDATE: Arin Richardson in 'good' condition

    Arin Richardson's condition was upgraded from serious to good condition overnight at Via Christi Regional Medical Center.

    Windswept Winery new NewsCow sponsor

    NewsCow.net is pleased to announce Udall's Windswept Winery has joined its team of major sponsors. Windswept will be NewsCow's Top Stories sponsor.

    Motorists advised to keep an eye out for deer

    Local law enforcement agencies are asking motorists to be on the look out for deer in the roadway because the animals have entered their breeding season. Deer were involved in 9,197 vehicle crashes in 2006, according to the state.

    Sisters hurt in crash leave Wichita hospitals

    Two sisters injured in a traffic accident east of Winfield last Thursday have been released from Wichita hospitals.

    Ark City police for Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, 2007

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, 2007 include:

    Area woman recovering from recent accident

    Shelly J. Bogart, 42, Arkansas City, remains in Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with injuries suffered in a traffic accident northeast of Newkirk Nov. 3. She is listed in fair condition, according to a Center spokeswoman.

    Fire officials: Risk of grass fires high this year

    Cowley County and other portions of South Central Kansas are sitting in a tinder box, fire and weather officials say.

    Zimmerman: Vet clinic reopened Wednesday

    Dr. Tamara Zimmerman reopened her TLC Veterinary Clinic Wednesday, according to a written statement received by NewsCow. The clinic was closed earlier this fall following a state investigation.

    Ark City Police activities for Nov. 12 - Nov. 14

    Arkansas City Police Activities Nov. 12, Nov. 13, and Nov. 14, 2007 included:

    Winfield picks a new electric, water director

    Wellington public utility director Bob Porter has been named the new electric and water utility director for the city of Winfield. He starts Dec. 24.

    Railroad crossing fixes part of new agreement

    Repairs to the controversial railroad crossing at New Salem are included in plans to install warning devices at the same location. Crossing signals, flashing lights and gates are included in improvements planned for the 141st Street crossing.

    Ark City Police for Nov. 15, 16, 17 and 18

    Arkansas City Police Activities Nov. 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2007 included:

    Oh deer!: Eight people hit deer over weekend

    It was not a great weekend to be a deer trying to cross the road. The Cowley County Sheriff's office reported eight vehicle versus deer collisions over the weekend.

    Ark City Police for Nov. 19 and Nov. 20

    Arkansas City Police Activities Nov. 19 and 20, 2007 included:

    Teen driver hits pedestrian in Dexter Tuesday

    A 15-year-old driver injured a pedestrian in Dexter Tuesday when he struck the man with his car, according to a report from the Cowley County Sheriff's Office.

    Cities, county to meet over 77 corridor study

    The governing bodies of Arkansas City, Winfield and Cowley County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Workforce Center at Strother Field to discuss the U.S. 77 highway corridor plan.

    Ark City Police for Nov. 21 and Nov. 22

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Nov. 21 and 22, 2007 included:

    Ark City police for Nov. 23, 24 and Nov. 25

    Arkansas City Police Activities Nov. 23, 24 and 25, 2007.

    Southwestern students attend convention

    The Southwestern College Association of Nursing Students attended the 54th annual Kansas Association of Nursing Students Convention in Wichita.

    Volunteers help make local light display shine

    How many elves does it take to create a magical island of Christmas wonderment?

    B. Mayo named to coordinator post at WCF

    Barb Mayo is the new risk reduction and re-entry coordinator for the Winfield Correctional Facility, according to a statement from the correctional facility. She has worked at the Winfield facility for 14 years.

    Ark City Police for Wednesday, Nov. 28

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 included:

    Consultant: Plan must preserve traffic's flow

    Cowley County residents want the U.S 77 corridor between Arkansas City and Winfield to develop in an orderly manner that preserves a quick and safe avenue of travel between the two towns, says a consultant with a firm that studied the corridor.

    List of service men and women overseas

    NewsCow has started a list of addresses for service men and women serving overseas during the holiday season. You can use the list to send cards or packages to a service person.

    Animal cruelty case continued until late Jan.

    Arraignment for a Winfield man charged with animal cruelty has been continued until Jan. 28, according to District Court records.

    SC Singers give Baroque Christmas Cantata

    The SC Singers at Southwestern College in Winfield will perform "Uns ist ein Kind geboren" (For Us a Child is Born), a German Lutheran cantata originally thought to have been composed by J. S. Bach, at 7 p.m. in Messenger Recital Hall in Darbeth Fine Arts Center.

    UPDATE: Ice storm warning issued until Tues.

    The winter weather watch for this area has been upgraded to an Ice Storm Warning in effect from noon today to midnight Tuesday night. Travel is strongly discouraged. Schools in the Winfield, Arkansas City, Burden and Dexter areas are closed today.

    Ark City police for Dec. 7 through Dec. 9

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 include:

    Winfield man picked up on pot charge in PC

    An 18-year-old Winfield man and two Winfield teens were arrested by Ponca City, Okla, police last Thursday night for drug violations.

    Stone: Shelters to open if storm takes power

    The American Red Cross will set up shelters if widespread power outages occur during the ice storm forecast by the National Weather Service, Cowley County Emergency Manager Brian Stone announced late Monday afternoon.

    New Thurber hearing set for first of the year

    A hearing in the murder case against Justin Thurber of Arkansas City has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 4 in Cowley County District Court in Winfield.

    Local officials: Morrison will work past woes

    Just before Paul Morrison publicly acknowledged an extramarital affair with a former assistant, he phoned Teresa Krusor in Winfield to let her know of the admission he was about to make and assure her he would continue to work hard as Kansas attorney general.

    Native American quilt display coming to AC

    Native Threads ? a collection of 12 full size quilts and other smaller works by some of the state's best contemporary Native American quilters ? will be in Arkansas City beginning Saturday.

    Will casino's boost be felt in Cowley County?

    A new multi-million dollar casino in the Wellington area and approximately 1,500 new jobs "would be a win for Cowley County as well," said Shelly Hansel, Wellington Chamber of Commerce president.

    Snow advisory in effect for Cowley County

    The National Weather Service has issued a snow advisory for all of south central Kansas including Cowley County. Between three and five inches of snow is expected locally.

    Smith: Morrison's departure won't hurt case

    Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith said he is likely to take a "much more active role" in the prosecution of Justin Thurber, now that Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison has announced his resignation. Morrison will leave office at the end of January, a few months before Thurber's capital murder trial is to begin.

    Governor will pick replacement for Morrison

    Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should fill the vacancy being created by the resignation Friday afternoon of Attorney General Paul Morrison, according to a spokesman for the governor's office.

    Winfield language students perform in Topeka

    Students enrolled in Winfield High School's Chinese I class were invited to perform a song at a Chineses language workshop in Topeka earlier this month.

    Highway Patrol investigates 3 local wrecks

    Most anything on area roads had trouble staying on the roads over the weekend as the second winter storm of the season slid in. The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated three injury accidents, although none of the injuries were believed to be serious.

    Chautauqua County rape trial is postponed

    ?A trial scheduled to begin Monday for one of two Chautauqua County men charged with kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl has been continued, according to a spokeswoman in Chautauqua County District Court.

    Ark City police for Dec. 14 through Dec. 16

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday Dec. 16, 2007 included:

    Methodist church burns in Newkirk Tuesday

    A fire at Newkirk's First Methodist Church early Tuesday destroyed the 105 year-old building but spared a newly constructed fellowship hall, according to Newkirk, Okla. City Manager Harold Harris.

    Officers search for non-existent passengers

    First responders searched an area around a one-car accident on K-15 Tuesday night before deciding the three passengers the driver claimed were in the car were actually in Webb City, Okla., according to Cowley County Undersheriff Don Read.

    AC commission puts halt to Lowe's project

    If Cowley County do-it-yourselfers want to shop at a Lowe's home improvement store, they'll have to keep driving to Ponca City or Derby. Arkansas City commissioners Tuesday voted against advancing an economic incentive package meant to lure the retailer to town.

    Ark City Police for Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, 2007

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007 included:

    Snow advisory in effect for Cowley County

    A snow and blowing snow advisory for this area remains in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

    Small garden kept growing and growing and...

    You may find this hard to believe, but I just finished the last of my summer tomatoes.

    Cambridge man killed in wreck on I-35 Sat.

    A 55-year-old Cambridge man was killed early Saturday morning in a one-car accident near McPherson, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Ark City police for Monday, Dec. 24, 2007

    Arkansas City Police Activities Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 included:

    Read files for sheriff to replace retiring Odell

    Cowley County Undersheriff Don Read filed this morning for election as sheriff in the November general election. Sheriff Bob Odell will complete his four-year term but will not seek re-election, according to Read.

    Winter storms put dent in county salt supply

    Four storms in December are causing problems for county road workers who depend on salt to help clear roads and keep motorists traveling safely.

    Accident in Ark City leaves two people hurt

    Two people were critically injured Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident under the E. Chestnut Avenue overpass in Arkansas City. EagleMed air ambulance picked up at least one patient at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    UPDATE: Arkansas City man dies in wreck

    One Arkansas City man was killed and a second flown to a Wichita hospital following a one-car accident Monday morning on the E. Chestnut Avenue underpass in Arkansas City, police chief Sean Wallace said.

    Local veterinarian closing her Winfield clinic

    Winfield veterinarian Tamara Zimmerman has announced the closing of TLC Veterinary Clinic south of Winfield. The decision was made public through an open letter Zimmerman wrote to the community and sent to various news media outlets Monday.

    Ark City library director appointed to board

    The director of the Arkansas City Public Library has been appointed to the State Library of Kansas board by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

    Wreck survivor improves to serious condition

    The condition of an Arkansas City man who survived a traffic accident Monday morning on the E. Chestnut Avenue underpass has been upgraded from critical to serious, according to a spokeswoman at Via ChristI Regional Medical Center in Wichita.

    New dates set in Chautauqua County cases

    New court dates have been set for two Chautauqua County men charged with kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl last summer.

    Probe into Sumner wreck to take more time

    An investigation into an accident in Sumner County last July that resulted in the death of two children will take several more weeks, Ashley Anstaett, spokeswoman for the Kansas Attorney General's Office, said Thursday.

    Five stories will impact the county in 2008

    Anyone can spend hours thumbing through old newspapers to give you a look back at the year. At NewsCow, our preference is to look forward and keep an eye on the stories that are important to our readers.

    Train hits empty vehicle near state line Friday

    A BNSF Railway train struck an unoccupied vehicle that was stuck on tracks in rural Cowley County Friday night, according to a written report from the sheriff's office.

    Winfield Police activity for Jan. 4 through Jan. 6

    Winfield Police activity for Jan. 4 through Jan. 6 included:

    Former officer pleads to a child porn charge

    A former area police officer and sheriff's deputy, who survived an apparent suicide attempt, is now in the Oklahoma City jail awaiting sentencing on a child pornography conviction.

    County still waiting to replenish supply of salt

    Cowley County Engineer Dale Steward has lost track of how many times he has called the Hutchinson Salt Company since four winter storms in December put a huge dent in the county's supply of highway salt.

    County to spend $10,000 on bridge checks

    The biannual inspection of bridges on Cowley County roads is expected to begin in the next few weeks, Cowley County Engineer Dale Steward said.

    Cedar Vale woman fine after hitting a deer

    A Cedar Vale woman was injured when her van and a deer collided east of Arkansas City Thursday evening.

    AC bond issue: New stadium, $8.8M for HS

    Residents of Unified School District 470 will have an opportunity, beginning next month, to vote on a proposed $35.8 million bond issue to fund district-wide improvement projects and build a new stadium west of the Arkansas City High School.

    Arkansas City Police for Jan. 9 through Jan. 11

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities Wednesday, Jan. 9, Thursday, Jan 10, and Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 included:

    KU asst. prof. to speak at SC's Beck Lecture

    Richard O. Randolph, assistant professor and chair for the department of bioethics at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, will be the guest speaker at Southwestern College's Beck Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in Mossman 101. There is no admission charge to attend.

    Ark City police for Jan. 12 through Jan. 13

    Arkansas City Police Department Activities for Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday Jan. 13, 2009 included:

    Worst of winter blast should skip Cowley Co.

    FYI - It's in the 70s in Hawaii and 83 at Saint Thomas. On the other hand, you could be in Alaska where the temperature can fall to minus 60 degrees.

    Vending machine thefts are crimes of month

    The Board of Directors of the Cowley County Crime Stoppers Inc. has approved the following for Crime of the month for January.

    Arkansas City teacher wins award from state

    Tamara Cassidy, fifth grade teacher at Jefferson, was a little nervous when she was called into the principal's office earlier this week.

    Six is named Kansas' next Attorney General

    Douglass County district Judge Stephen N. Six Kansas' next attorney general Friday morning by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

    Home invasion probe reveals bootlegging

    Two dozen fifth-size bottles of liquor and several cases of beer were discovered during a search of the home of an Arkansas City man robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning.

    New AG checks in on status of Thurber case

    The state's next attorney general wasted no time checking in with Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith over the prosecution of accused murderer Justin Thurber.

    Colder weather driving up local utility cost

    Colder temperatures this winter are resulting in higher heating bills even though some utility companies are paying less for the natural gas they supply to customers.

    Paint ball vandals picked up by Ark City cops

    Two vehicles, 10 houses and three stop signs in Arkansas City were shot with paint balls before two Winfield teens were caught with the gun and several boxes of paint balls in their car early Friday morning.

    Legacy reaches goals for 2 matching grants

    Winfield-based Legacy Community Foundation has fulfilled two challenge grants from the The Kansas Health Foundation, the organizations announced Friday. One grant helped Legacy add more than $1 million to its endowment fund.

    Thurber to be back in courtroom Wednesday

    A man accused of killing a 19-year-old Arkansas City Cowley College student will be back in District Court in Winfield Wednesday morning.

    Cowley County should get 3 to 5 inches snow

    Cowley County can expect three to five inches of snow Thursday with a possibility of five to eight inches, Andy Kleinsasser, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita, said mid-morning Wednesday.

    Witnesses say Thurber actions scared them

    A number of Arkansas City women testified Thursday they were stalked, frightened and even groped by Justin Thurber in the years leading up to Jodi Sanderholm's death in January 2007. Thurber is accused of Sanderholm's murder.

    Police make 2 arrests in Wal-Mart theft ring

    Two suspects believed part of a theft ring targeting area Wal-Mart stores were arrested in Winfield Thursday night after allegedly stealing over $1,000 worth of property from the local Wal-Mart store, Winfield Police Chief Jerry DeVore said.

    Udall woman hurt after car leaves road twice

    A Udall woman was injured Sunday evening when the van she was driving ran off 52nd Road near Udall twice and hit a tree both times, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Alcohol may have contributed to Sun. wreck

    A man was ejected from his vehicle and injured early Sunday morning after he crossed the centerline and hit a trailer being pulled by a pickup. The accident occurred on U.S. 166 highway near Dexter.

    Cowley Caucus expected to draw 150 to 200

    Todd Moore will be a happy chair of the Cowley County Democratic Party if between 150 and 200 people show up for Tuesday night's caucus.

    Warrant out for 3rd person in Wal-Mart thefts

    A warrant has been issued for a third Wichita person wanted in connection with a theft ring targeting Wal-Mart stores in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, Winfield Police Chief Jerry DeVore said. Authorities have not yet located the woman, he said.

    Obama the favorite at caucus held in Winfield

    New York Sen. Hillary Clinton clung to a slight delegate lead nationally but Barack was best among the nearly 500 Democratic voters who caucused in Winfield on Super Tuesday.

    Goodwin will run for a 4th state senate term

    State Sen. Greta Goodwin, D-Winfield, is making a run for a fourth term in the Kansas Senate. She made the announcement at the Democratic caucus Tuesday.

    Ark City Police for Feb. 4 through Feb. 6

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, Feb. 4, Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 included:

    Farm Rancher appreciation day is Feb. 16

    An annual appreciation day for Farmers and Ranchers is scheduled for later this month in Arkansas City.

    Cowley voters can attend any Dist. 4 caucus

    Cowley County Republicans may participate in Saturday's statewide caucus at any of the caucus locations in the Fourth Congressional District.

    Winfield woman hurt in Fri. morning wreck

    A Winfield woman was injured in a traffic accident on U.S. 77 north of Arkansas City Friday morning, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Winfield Police for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008

    Winfield Police Department activity for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2007 included:

    Ark City police for Feb. 8 through Feb. 9

    Arkansas City Police Activities on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, 2009 included:

    Jury trial set for Chautauqua rape suspects

    New trial dates have been set for two Chautauqua County men charged with kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl.

    State still looking at fatal Sumner Co. wreck

    The Kansas Attorney General's Office is continuing its investigation into an accident in Sumner County last July that killed two cousins.

    Udall man sues over dismissed zoning case

    A Udall resident has sued Udall Zoning Administrator Jerry Hansen and the city of Udall for malicious prosecution and violating his civil rights.

    Winfield manager appointed to state panel

    Winfield City Manager Warren Porter has been appointed to the state Commission on Emergency Planning and Response by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

    AC man disarmed after standoff with cops

    A 20-year-old man armed with a knife barricaded himself in the basement of his rural Arkansas City home Wednesday night and threatened to hurt himself.

    Ark City Police for Feb. 12 through Feb. 14

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, Feb. 12, Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14 included:

    Son of Cowley coach dies suddenly Thurs.

    The oldest son of Cowley College baseball coach Dave Burroughs died unexpectedly at the family's home Thursday, according to the Arkansas City Police Department. He was 20 years old.

    Wallace to push Jodi's Law in Topeka Thurs.

    Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace will testify Thursday before the Kansas Legislature in support of Jodi's Law ? a revision to the current state stalking law.

    Ark City police for Feb. 15 through Feb. 16

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 included:

    Autopsy confirms aneurysm in student death

    The preliminary results of an autopsy performed Friday on an Arkansas City man who died unexpectedly at his home Thursday indicates a cerebral aneurysm as the cause of death, Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Ark City man surrenders after Tues. standoff

    An Arkansas City man armed with a pistol threatened his sister and her children Tuesday night but was coaxed by police to surrender without anyone being hurt.

    It's cold now but spotter class around corner

    Kansans may well slip this year from winter weather into severe weather without much of a pause in between.

    Family of teen killed by vehicle files lawsuit

    The family and estate of a teenage girl who died after struck by a vehicle in 2006 on an Arkansas City street has filed a law suit against the man driving the vehicle which struck her.

    Ark City police for Feb. 19, 20 and Feb. 21

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, Feb. 19, Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 21, 2009 included:

    Ark City Police for Feb. 22 and Feb. 23

    Arkansas City Police Department Activity on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 included:

    Ark City police for Feb. 24 through Feb. 25

    Arkansas City Police Activity for Sunday, Feb. 24 and Monday, Feb. 25, 2009 included:

    Two of three local judges facing reelection

    Two of the three Cowley County District Court judges face expiring terms.

    "Jodi's Law" passes unanimously in House

    "Jodi's Law" was approved by the Kansas House of Representatives this morning 123 to 0. The bill will now go to the Senate.

    Ark City Police for Feb. 26 through Feb. 28

    Arkansas City Police Department Activity for Tuesday, Feb. 26, Wednesday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 included:

    Carrell to give quilt guild presentation Mon.

    Dava Carrell ? a Winfield quilter and charter member of the Walnut Valley Quilters Guild ? will be guest speaker for the guild's monthly meeting. Visitors are invited to attend.

    Bill would bring county more nursing dollars

    A bill that would provide nursing grants for Southwestern College and Cowley Community College was introduced in the Kansas Senate last week, Sen. Greta Goodwin, D-Winfield, said.

    "Jodi's Law" in the hands of Senate chairman

    The anti-stalking law approved unanimously by the Kansas House last Friday landed in the office of the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning.

    County to test tornado sirens starting Tues.

    The annual state-wide test of the outdoor tornado warning system will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Casino could bring road upgrades for Cowley

    An Oklahoma Indian tribe is interested in improving a number of rural Cowley County roads that would bring visitors to a $60 million casino and hotel the tribe intends to build near the Kansas-Oklahoma line south of Arkansas City.

    Woman suffers minor injuries in local wreck

    An Arkansas City woman was injured in a nearly head-on collision south of Ark City Thursday Night.

    Irving Elementary students making a change

    Irving Elementary students recently completed their Pennies for Patients campaign to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students brought spare pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to school for their classroom collection for a school total of $834.13.

    County seeks more money for youth services

    Melody Pappan grew up on a farm. She says she wasn't exposed to the temptations or challenges young people face today.

    Statewide tornado drill is scheduled for today

    Don't Forget! The annual statewide tornado drill will take place at 1:30 p.m. today with a backup date of Thursday, March 13th.

    Chautauqua rape trial gets postponed again

    A jury trial for a Chautauqua County man charged with kidnapping, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy has been continued again, this time until April 7.

    Arkansas City Police for March 8 to March 10

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Saturday, March 8, Sunday, March 9 and Monday, March 10, 2008 included:

    Teen paintball suspects face 17 counts each

    Two Winfield teens arrested in Arkansas City for using a paintball gun on numerous homes, cars and signs are scheduled to be arraigned in District Court in Arkansas City at 9 a.m. March 27.

    Locals offer take on Mary Ann's weed bust

    (Editor's warning: Taking this story too seriously could irreparably damage your sense of humor. Go forward with caution.)

    Driver crashes through front of local building

    Dorothy Poling made quite the entrance into the Kansas Specialty Services Inc. building on Main in Winfield Thursday evening.

    AC fire dept. to host 22nd health, safety fair

    The Arkansas City Fire Department will host the 22nd Annual Health and Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the department, 115 South D St.

    Thunderstorms may surface this afternoon

    There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across south-central Kansas this afternoon, including the Arkansas City and Winfield areas. A severe thunderstorm watch is already in effect until 11 a.m. for portions of Oklahoma, including Ponca City, according to Paul Howerton, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita.

    Winfield Police for March 11 through March 16

    Winfield Police activity for March 11 through March 16 included:

    County cracking down on stone mailboxes

    Those native stone or brick mailboxes along rural roads may be attractive but may also pose a threat to motorists and a liability to Cowley County.

    Community Health Forum is set for April 17

    Information on a variety of health topics will be available at a community forum scheduled to take place in Winfield next month. The event is free and open to the public.

    Local officials: Amtrak study a positive step

    A study that could bring passenger rail service to Arkansas City and Winfield has been requested by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

    Ark City Police for March 21 through March 23

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, March 21, Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, 2008 included:

    Casino road proposal prompts joint meeting

    A request by the Ponca Indian tribe to fund improvements to some Cowley County roads near the site of a new multi-million casino and hotel the tribe plans to build this year has prompted a special meeting between the Cowley County Commission and the Arkansas City Commission.

    Tulsa museum to feature 101 Ranch items

    The acquisition of one of the largest collections of Western Americana, which has direct ties to Winfield, has been announced by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The 101 Ranch: The Real Wild West will go on display July 12 and run through Jan. 25, 2009.

    GOODWIN: It's a busy time in the Legislature

    This year has been an interesting and busy year as I am on two of the most active committees in the Senate. I am Ranking Minority Leader on the Judiciary Committee and also serve on the Ways and Means Committee plus serving on seven sub-committees.

    Ark City school year extended by one day

    Arkansas City Public Schools will make up for lost student attendance days, due to snow and ice. Originally, the last day of school was to be May 22. Due to a winter full of school closings the final day of classes will be May 23.

    Judge St. Peter files for a new four-year term

    Cowley Court District Court Judge Nick St. Peter has filed to retain his seat on the bench for another four years.

    Ponca official: Road project should proceed

    A Ponca Tribe official is sure that a plan to fix up several rural Cowley County roads will proceed and be a "total win-win" for the county and the tribal casino.

    "Jodi's law" stalls; Won't get Senate hearing

    An anti-stalking bill introduced into the Kansas Legislature ? following the murder last year of an Arkansas City woman ? appears to have died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    AC cop: Kidnapping suspect a gang member

    The common-law husband of a 28-year-old Arkansas City woman drove her to Wichita against her will Wednesday, beat her up, and threatened to shoot her before she escaped when he stopped at an intersection, Arkansas City Police Capt. Tom Scott said.

    Oklahoma man killed in wreck near Newkirk

    A drunk driver died after he crossed the center line on U.S. 77 north of Newkirk Thursday night and hit a semi head-on.

    Rep. Kelley moves to keep "Jodi's Law" alive

    Legislation targeting the prosecution of stalking cases still has a chance to make it through the Kansas Legislature this session, although the original House bill remains stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Pendergast series leaves me a little freaked

    As I stepped out of my car into the near total darkness of the garage, I silently cursed myself for not turning on the overhead light. Blackness engulfed me as I locked and slammed shut the driver's side door.

    Out of gas: Pursuit ends with arrest of three

    Topping off the fuel tank before a long trip is a good idea ? even for a suspected criminal on the run from the law. A Wichita man learned that hard lesson Monday.

    Ark City Police for March 28 through March 30

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, March 28, Saturday, March 29 and Sunday March 30, 2008 included:

    "Jodi's Law" alive but end of session looming

    An anti-stalking bill introduced into the Kansas Legislature after the murder of an Arkansas City woman remains in a conference committee as the House and Senate work toward a Saturday adjournment.

    Two Oklahomans killed in Sumner Co. wreck

    Two people from Oklahoma were killed in Sumner County Wednesday afternoon when a Toyoto Pickup and a Semi collided on K-42.

    Iverson retiring from Cowley Co. Dist. Court

    For 30 years, Karen Iverson has been driving the same route, climbing the same stairs, and working in the same office. She's decided 30 years is enough and will retire from the Kansas Judicial Department June 16.

    Sumner County accident victims are named

    Two people killed in a traffic accident in Sumner County Wednesday afternoon have been identified as Richard A. Knapp, 51, and Cheryl L. McClellan, 54, both of? Alva, Okla. Both were wearing safety restraints, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Chautauqua suspect pleads to kidnapping

    A Chautauqua County man has pleaded no contest and was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping in a case that involved the abduction of a 14-year-old girl in Chautauqua County in July 2007.

    Casino road project subject of meeting Tues.

    Cowley County commissioners will meet in a special session at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a joint work session with the Arkansas City Commission and then move into regular session at 7 p.m.

    Severe weather expected in Okla., Kan. today

    Severe weather is expected be break out across the plains today. Area residents are urged to remain alert for weather watches and warnings.

    Ark City cops bust up drinking party Sunday

    Five people were arrested early Sunday morning after police broke up an underage drinking party on Summit in Arkansas City. All those taken into custody were eventually released on bond.

    Work on New Salem crossing to start Apr. 16

    Work is finally set to begin on a troublesome railroad crossing in the New Salem area, the Cowley County Engineer's office announced Monday. The work is scheduled to start April 16.

    Severe weather possible tonight, Thursday

    There is?a risk of severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas today, tonight and Thursday.

    County under a flood watch but rain lets up

    You gotta love Kansas, especially in the Spring. Where else could you be under a flood warning, flood watch and high wind advisory all at the same time?

    Mike Kent gets 17 yrs on kiddie porn charge

    A former Kay County, Okla. deputy?sheriff has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for using the Internet to transmit child porn, John C. Richter, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announced Thursday.

    Railroad Heritage Days set for April 19-20

    The first Cowley County Railroad Heritage Days event will be held April 19 and 20 at Wilson Park in Arkansas City to celebrate one of the most important industries in Cowley County. There is no entrance fee.

    PrairieFest extends deadline for applications

    The Arkansas City Area Arts Council has extended the deadline for PrairieFest applications to May 5. Artists of all mediums, concessionaires and botanical vendors are urged to submit applications to participate in the festival June 5 through June 8.

    Ark City Police for April 6 through April 7

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Sunday, April 6 and Monday, April 7, 2008 included:

    Bonfy: County has to consider casino's offer

    Farmers in the area oppose it ? as do city commissioners from Arkansas City ? but commissioner Dick Bonfy said the county has to take a serious look at a $3 million road project that would help serve a casino in Oklahoma.

    High speed chase ends at home in Ark City

    A police chase that stretched through two states led to the arrest of an Oklahoma woman Saturday in Arkansas City.

    UPDATE: Driver involved in pursuit named

    An Oklahoma woman who led police on a high speed chase through two states Saturday has been identified as Lenny Ellsworth of Ponca City.

    Local man flees police; wanted on warrants

    Oklahoma and Kansas authorities are looking today for a Kansas man they pursued through two Oklahoma counties before he managed to loose them.

    Weather shouldn't get ugly today, NWS says

    The threat of severe thunderstorms for this area Thursday was "looking very small," National Weather Service meteorologist Rob Cox said mid-morning.

    Oklahoma town suing over contamination

    An environmental cleanup?class action lawsuit was filed Monday in Kay County District Court on behalf of the residents of Blackwell, Okla. against the companies that now own the Blackwell Zinc Smelter.

    WIS students will compete in Md. next month

    A group of students from Winfield Intermediate School has qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Maryland next month.

    Prosecutor wants Thurber trial to start by fall

    Prosecutors in the Justin Thurber capital murder trial case will ask that Thurber's trial begin by mid-fall as it becomes more and more clear an early-summer start will be scratched from the court calendar, Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith said Thursday.

    UPDATE: Chase suspect arrested in Ponca

    A Kansas man who eluded Oklahoma authorities Tuesday night after a chase through two counties was arrested Thursday afternoon at a Ponca City, Okla., apartment complex.

    Stone: Earthquake readiness in county plan

    Earthquakes are identified in Cowley County's emergency plan as a hazard, just as tornadoes and floods are identified.

    Casino road project on commission agenda

    Cowley County commissioners will continue their discussion Tuesday morning on the Ponca Tribe's proposal to improve county roads that would lead to a casino the tribe plans to build near the Kansas-Oklahoma border.

    Salina trucker charged in Sumner fatalities

    A truck driver from Salina ? who was involved in a traffic accident last July that claimed the lives of two children ? faces criminal charges in Sumner County District Court.

    Guatemalans with fake IDs arrested Saturday

    Three Guatemalans with fake IDs were arrested following a hit and run accident Saturday night at Kansas Avenue and C Street involving a vehicle being driven by Jessica Ochoa, Ark City.

    Ark City Police for April 17 through April 18

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18, 2008 included:

    Ark City Police for April 19 through April 20

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, 2008 included:

    Severe weather possible here on Wednesday

    The hazardous weather outlook today for south central Kansas calls for the possibility of a few severe storms, mainly along and west of the Kansas Turnpike. Cowley County is under a severe thunderstorm watch.

    Ark City Police for April 21 through April 22

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, April 21, Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23, 2008 included:

    Ponca Tribe, property owners asked to meet

    Cowley County commissioners are inviting representatives of the Ponca Tribe and property owners along county roads the tribe wants to improve to the 7 p.m. May 13 meeting.

    Storm starts small fire; causes power outage

    Lightning caused computer equipment to short out which caused a fire that damaged an Arkansas City house Wednesday evening. No one was injured.

    Alta Gordon wins Railroad Heritage quilt

    Alta Gordon of Winfield was the winner of a quilt displaying the former train depots from six Cowley County communities. It was given away at the first Cowley County Railroad Heritage Days event last weekend at Wilson Park in Arkansas City.

    Oxford woman goes to hospital after wreck

    An Oxford woman suffered possible injuries when another car struck her car on U.S. 160 at 21st Road in Sumner County Thursday afternoon.

    Ark City Police for April 24 through April 25

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25, 2008 included:

    Annual KANZA Days festival is this weekend

    Dozens of events and activities that will appeal to all ages are planned for Kanza Days this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Wednesday winds could up local fire threat

    Strong, southerly winds are expected to develop across central and south central Kansas during the afternoon hours.

    Ark City Police for April 26 through April 27

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2009 included:

    Jodi's Law is on Senate's slate for Thursday

    An anti-stalking bill prompted by the murder of an Arkansas City woman last year is on Thursday's agenda for consideration by the Kansas Senate. The compromise proposal was approved Monday by the House 125-0.

    Trucker's court date in Wellington is delayed

    A Sumner County District Court appearance for a Salina truck driver facing two counts of vehicular homicide has been continued to May 22, according to a court spokeswoman.

    Ark City police for April 28 through April 30

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, April 28, Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, 2008 included:

    Jodi's Law is headed to the governor's office

    Anti-stalking legislation was approved by the Kansas Senate 40-0 Thursday. The House adopted the bill earlier this week. The bill next will go to the governor's office.

    Trooper: Teens gave no reason for fleeing

    Two Butler County teens were injured early Sunday after fleeing from authorities and crashing near a low-water bridge in rural Cowley County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Tuesday may bring severe weather to area

    The hazardous weather outlook for this area calls for the possibility for severe weather in western Kansas today and in this area Tuesday night through Wednesday night.

    Arrests made during weekend check for DUI

    Two DUI check lanes in different areas of Winfield were conducted Saturday by members of the Winfield Police and Cowley County Sheriff's departments, Kansas Highway Patrol and Cowley County Emergency Management.

    District: WHS student put pee in ice machine

    An 18-year-old Winfield High School senior has been disciplined after admitting that last Wednesday he contaminated an ice machine at Winfield High School with urine. Ice from the machine was used the next day in drinks at a tennis tournament.

    Storms Tues., Wed. brought over inch of rain

    Cowley County received just over an inch of rain during storms Tuesday and early Wednesday according to data collected locally. Arlan Anglemyer, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported a total of .57 inches for the 24-hour period that ended at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ark City Police for May 1 through May 2, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Thursday, May 1 and Friday May 2, 2008 included:

    Smith says he's undecided about 2nd term

    Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith said Tuesday he has not decided whether he will seek another term in office.

    Rains likely to continue; river levels still low

    Very heavy rains are likely in central, south central and southeast Kansas today and tonight, according to the National Weather Service office in Wichita. The storms may produce an inch of rain, penny sized hail and 40 to 50 mile an hour winds throughout the day.

    Trooper: Wreck may have been intentional

    An investigator at the scene of a one-vehicle wreck on U.S. 77 Tuesday is trying determine whether the driver intentionally wrecked the vehicle in which she and her husband were traveling.

    Chautauqua Co. suspect gets max sentence

    A Chautauqua County man was given the maximum sentence allowed by Kansas law for the July 2007 kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in Chautauqua County.

    ACPD pulls over vehicle that tried to elude

    An Arkansas City police officer attempted to stop a vehicle Wednesay for a defective equipment violation. The vehicle did not stop and led officers on a pursuit north on 71st Road from Kansas Avenue, Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Local leaders to get smoking ban comments

    The Winfield City Commission has requested comments from the public regarding a public smoking ordinance recently proposed by Clean Air Cowley County.

    Chief: Toxicology on baby could take weeks

    It may take several weeks before investigators receive the results of a toxicology screen conducted on a three-month-old baby who died Sunday, Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Six hurt in weekend wreck near Okla. border

    Six people were injured early Sunday when two vehicles collided on U.S. 77 just north of the Oklahoma border, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    County not sure Okla. tribe will make meeting

    Ponca Indian Tribe officials have been invited to attend Tuesday's Cowley County commission meeting to discuss the tribe's proposal to fund improvements to some county roads as part of a $60 million casino and hotel project.

    AC man Tasered after a weekend incident

    A man walking along an Arkansas City street and cutting his wrists was transported to the local emergency room by police who then used a Taser stun gun on the man when he tried to flee the hospital, Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Three local students named to SC society

    Southwestern College recognized the newest members of the order of the Mound May 4. The induction was part of Commencement ceremonies.

    Derby woman hurt in wreck close to Howard

    A semi ran off an Elk County highway Monday morning and overturned in a ditch. The driver, Monica Benson, 56, Derby, was taken to the Greenwood County Hospital, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Participation still thin for township positions

    A few more people have volunteered for township jobs but township residents still need 44 more candidates to make sure their tax dollars are spent wisely in the rural communities in Cowley County.

    Saturday storm created scattered hail here

    The storm system that produced deadly tornadoes Saturday as it moved across southern Missouri, northeast Oklahoma and into Arkansas actually erupted over Sumner County first and then moved over Cowley County at 3:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

    USD 470: Staffer has bacterial meningitis

    A staff member at IXL Elementary in Arkansas City is in the hospital after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis ? an infection of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord, district officials said Tuesday.

    Baby taken from young mom; sent to hospital

    A-four-month-old Arkansas City baby has been taken into protective custody and hospitalized in Kansas City, Mo., Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace said Wednesday afternoon.

    Ponca Tribe official offers scaled-back plan

    Road improvements in Cowley County ? associated with a new casino project in Oklahoma ? would be completed in phases if the project is approved, Jeff Lieb, roads director for the Ponca Tribe, said Monday.

    Chase suspect to appear in court on June 27

    A Kansas man who led authorities on a high speed chase through two Oklahoma counties last month remains in the Kay County jail.

    Ask the AG: Be careful when you buy a car

    Dear Attorney General Steve Six,

    Study: Up to $5 billion to move in Cowley Co.

    Nearly $5 billion will pass from one generation to the next in Cowley County over the next half century, according to the results of a study released this week.

    Cowley native testifies in Washington D.C.

    Alert and warning are first and foremost duties of local governments, former Cowley County Emergency Manager Randy Duncan testified in Washington Wednesday.

    Drug task forces makes busts in Ark City

    The Cowley County Drug Task Force, including officers of the Arkansas City Police Department, Cowley County. Sheriff's Office, and Kansas Bureau of Investigation, served two search warrants in Ark City Thursday night.

    Wedding day drama: Wreck, fight, no lights

    A fight involving 15 to 20 people broke out during a wedding celebration at the former Moose Lodge south of Arkansas City early Sunday morning.

    Ark City girl treated after wreck late Fri. night

    A 16-year-old Arkansas City girl was treated in the emergency room at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center and then released following a traffic accident late Friday night.

    Tourism photo contest winners announced

    Many folks took photographs of their favorite spots in Cowley County this past year so they could enter the Second Annual photo, essay contest to celebrate National Tourism week and to celebrate Cowley County.

    Severe weather could affect holiday plans

    Thunderstorms may create havoc with outdoor activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend. Meteorologists are concerned thunderstorms will develop along a dryline in western Kansas both Thursday and Friday afternoons moving east and affecting portions of central and south central Kansas.

    Chautauqua kidnap suspect has trial delayed

    A Chautauqua County jury trial for a man accused of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl has been continued until Sept. 22, according to the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

    AG: Protecting our older generation is important

    Since taking office, I have made serious efforts to identify under served areas in our state and the individuals or groups who need additional assistance or protection. I have focused on Internet crime and consumer protection because there was a lack of resources and focus being directed to those areas.

    Water, fire upgrades improve Winfield rating

    Improvements to Winfield's water distribution system and the purchase of modern firefighting equipment have helped the city improve an important fire safety rating, city officials said Wednesday.

    Go figure: Gas price will keep some at home

    Fewer people will be hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend and those who do travel will stay closer to home, according to AAA.

    Ledy: City will look at smoking ban this year

    It looks as if an effort to ban public smoking in Winfield is starting to gather some momentum.

    Trimmer files for second term in state house

    Ed Trimmer has filed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives. He represents the 78th district, which includes northern Winfield, northern Cowley County and southern Butler County.

    AC Cops: Woman stabbed man in the neck

    An Arkansas City woman was arrested Sunday after allegedly stabbing a man in the neck and striking him on the head with a candle in a glass holder, Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Smith files for 2nd term as county attorney

    County Attorney Chris Smith filed Friday afternoon for re-election. Smith is completing his first four-year term and is seeking a second four-year term.

    Ark City Police for May 20 through May 22, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, May 20, Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22, 2008 included:

    Mild flooding common after recent heavy rain

    Flooded fields and ditches are common sights in Cowley County and south central Kansas this week. Rainfall totals for most of the county total 2.5 inches or more.

    Winfield Police activity for May 26 and May 27

    Winfield Police activity for May 26 and May 27 included:

    Lottery board approves contracts Tuesday

    Contracts with 10 developers seeking to become lottery gaming facility managers in Kansas were approved by the Kansas Lottery Commission during a special meeting Tuesday.

    AC mayor: Manager's leaving "unexpected"

    Arkansas City Mayor Mell Kuhn isn't annoyed that city manager Doug Russell apparently has a new job in another state.

    Ark City Police for May 23 through May 25

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, May 23, Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, 2008 included:

    17-year-old AC boy faces a charge of rape

    A 17-year-old Arkansas City man has been charged with raping a 19-year-old acquaintance last Sunday morning. His name has not been released because of his age. NewsCow does not release the names of sexual assault victims.

    Man attacked by group in his home on Wed.

    An Arkansas City man was battered by a group of seven people at his home Wednesday night. Leon Jackson was taken by ambulance to South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center where he was treated in the emergency room and then released.

    Area man says he will challenge Rep. Kelley

    The signature?of a man who said he intended to run for state representative for the 79th District was attested in the Cowley County Clerk's Office Thursday morning.

    Goodwin, Kelley file for new terms in Topeka

    With less than six days to file for an elective office, two veteran lawmakers are asking voters to send them back to Topeka for additional terms in office.

    What the hail: Balls of ice fall on Cowley

    It rained big, white pieces of ice in parts of Cowley County?Saturday morning - hail so large that it shattered windshields, pounded cars, broke windows in homes and some businesses and knocked large holes in vinyl siding on several modular homes.

    Dexter woman critically hurt in accident Mon.

    A Dexter woman was critically injured late Monday night when she made a U-turn in front of a semi tractor pulling another trailer east of Arkansas City.

    Rep. Kelley will have challenger for 79 seat

    Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, faces opposition in her bid for another two-year stint in the Kansas House of Representatives.

    ACPD: Okla. man driving drunk with 3 kids

    An Oklahoma man was arrested Sunday night for his third drunk driving offense and?endangering three children riding in the vehicle he was driving, Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Dexter woman remains in critical condition

    Hazel Thompson of Dexter remained in critical condition Wednesday morning at a Wichita hospital with injuries suffered when a semi hit her car Monday night east of? Arkansas City.

    Severe thunderstorm outbreak expected

    A major severe weather outbreak is expected today over a large part of eastern Kansas. Some of the storms may be supercells - long-lived - rotating storms that could spawn strong tornadoes in addition to large hail.

    Armed robber runs after casino robbery Sun.

    Oklahoma and Kansas authorities are looking for a black man in connection with an armed robbery in the parking lot at the First Council Casino two miles south of Arkansas City on U.S. 77 about 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

    Suspect in parking lot robbery is still at large

    Trackers spent much of Sunday looking for a man who struck a gambler on the head with a .38-caliber gun and stole $3,000 from him before leaving the First Council Casino south of Arkansas City on foot.

    Ark City police for June 3 through June 5, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, June 3, Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, 2008 included:

    Cars collide at major intersection Saturday

    An Arkansas City girl was injured Saturday when the car she was driving collided with another vehicle on U.S. 166 highway east of Ark City, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Challengers galore file for available positions

    Cowley County commissioners Gary Wilson and? Carmelita Clarkson each face opposition in their bids for reelection.

    Winfield schools get two grants for students

    The Winfield school district has recently been awarded two grants that will help provide additional academic services to local students.

    Ark City police for June 6 through June 8

    Arkansas City Police Activities Friday, June 6, Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 2008 included:

    Officials: Recent storms took costly toll here

    Severe thunderstorms this past week caused more than $250,000 in damage to power poles, lines and other city infrastructure, city manager Warren Porter said Wednesday.

    Reception for Iverson set for 1 p.m. Friday

    A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday for chief clerk of the Cowley County District Court Karen Iverson. The reception will be in the west courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse in Winfield.

    Suspect is arrested in casino robbery probe

    A man suspected of hitting a gambler on the head with a gun and stealing $3,000 in the parking lot of the?First Council Casino south of?Arkansas City Sunday was arrested?in Derby Wednesday evening.

    Ark City Police for June 9 through June 11

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, June 9, Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11, 2008 included:

    Some township offices draw no candidates

    A rash of last minute filings for township offices filled in some of the blanks but left 13 of the 25 townships needing treasurers and nine needing trustees.

    Marriage licenses issued in Cowley recently

    Marriage Licenses Issued in Cowley County District Court in Winfield recently included:

    Area rivers crest, but more rain is on the way

    The Walnut and Arkansas rivers crested in Cowley County over the weekend above flood stages but no significant damage has been reported, according to Cowley County Assistant Emergency Manager Jana McDade.

    DeVore, Stone, Wilson are sent to Chapman

    Three Cowley County men are part of a rapid response team that has been dispatched to Chapman to help in the aftermath of a deadly tornado that struck the town last week.

    Cowley College to have emergency exercise

    Those agencies that would likely be involved if a shooting occurred on the Cowley College campus will spend Thursday training in how to deal with such an emergency.

    Ark City Police for June 14 through June 16

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Saturday, June 14, Sunday, June 15 and Monday, June 16, 2008 include:

    Chief: Toxicology on infant still 60 days out

    Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace said he does not expect the results of a toxicology screen on a baby who died in May for another 60 days or more.

    Storm victims have to avoid scammers, too

    During the past two years, Kansas has suffered loss of life and major destruction due to Mother Nature. Last year, Greensburg was devastated by a tornado and later the Southeast region of our state was damaged by severe flooding.

    Flood warning in effect for Ark River in AC

    A flood warning is in effect for the Arkansas River in Arkansas City until late Thursday night or until the warning is canceled, but local officials expect few problems.

    Winfield Police for June 10 through June 18

    Winfield Police activity for June 10 through June 18, 2008 included:

    Cowley College hosts shooting exercise Thurs.

    Arkansas City Police Officers Sgt. John Merz, middle left, and Cpl. Anthony Salas, middle right, search a possible suspect while cover officers Sgt. Luke Larson, left, and Lt. Eric Burr, right, keep an eye out for possible shooters.

    Rivers will shrink if the rain just stays away

    Every year is a little different weather-wise but Mother Nature always averages out, National Weather Service meteorologist Leon Washinger believes.

    Truck driver set for trial in Sumner County

    A jury trial has been set for Sept. 23 for a Salina truck driver charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

    Sheriff's office probes shooting near Ark City

    An Arkansas City man was wounded by a shotgun blast early Saturday but the facts surrounding exactly how he was injured have yet to be determined, Cowley County Undersheriff Don Read said Monday.

    3 Winfield teens in accident in Sumner Co.

    Three Winfield residents escaped injury when their truck struck another truck being driven by an elderly Conway Springs man who was hospitalized overnight.

    5 Cowley fields part of state wheat embargo

    Wheat harvested from five fields in Cowley County is included in a grain embargo issued by the state Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. It is the first such embargo for Kansas since 2001.

    Winfield mom part of look-a-like winning duo

    A Winfield woman and her daughter were selected as Good Housekeeping's Quick and Simple Magazine mother-daughter look-alike winners.

    Cedar Vale pair injured in Cowley Co. wreck

    Two Cedar Vale residents were injured when their Volkswagen ran off K-15 at a high rate of speed and overturned Thursday afternoon.

    UPDATE: An Embargo on area grain is lifted

    An embargo on wheat harvested from five Cowley County fields has been lifted, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

    County seeks grant to upgrade 911 system

    The wireless 911 emergency telephone system in Cowley County will be upgraded if a $469,315 state grant request is approved. The county commission approved the application during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning.

    Zimmerman to pay $10k for drug violations

    The former owner of TLC Veterinary Clinic south of Winfield has agreed to pay $10,000 in a civil agreement over violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Winfield Police for June 23 through June 29

    Winfield Police activity for June 23 through June 29 included:

    Ark City Police for June 27 through June 29

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, June 27, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 2008 include:

    Farmers' market to coincide with Dexter BBQ

    The Gathering Place in Dexter is sponsoring a Dexter Town Day/Farmers Market in the hope of bringing back some of the good ol' days during the Dexter Bar-B-Q on July 12.

    Search ends with wanted man still at large

    Investigators are asking Winfield residents ? and rural residents north of town ? to keep an eye out for a convicted felon who ran away on foot following a routine traffic stop Sunday evening.

    South Haven woman injured in wreck Thurs.

    A South Haven woman was injured Thursday evening when her SUV and a pickup collided on U.S. 166 at the junction of I-35 in Sumner County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    DUI checklanes Saturday yield no arrests

    Two DUI check lanes in different areas of Winfield Saturday resulted in 171 vehicles being stopped but no DUI arrests, Winfield Police Chief Jerry DeVore said.

    BUSTED: Three cited for selling to minors

    Alcoholic beverages were purchased by underage people working with local police at three local businesses during alcohol compliance checks July 3.

    Wreck near Newkirk leaves Kan. men injured

    Two men from Emporia were hospitalized after their car ran into the former Elmo's Bar about four miles north of Newkirk late Sunday morning, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Ark City Police for June 30 through July 2

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, June 30, Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2, 2008 include:

    Ark City police July 4 through July 7, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, July 4, Saturday, July 5, Sunday, July 6 and Monday, July 7, 2008 included:

    Council Grove quilter to give talk in Winfield

    Bryan Grove ? an art quilter from Council Grove ? is the scheduled presenter at the July meeting of the Walnut Valley Quilters Guild next Monday in Winfield.

    PARTY HOPPING: Election stokes interest

    County Clerk and Election Officer Karen Brooks said she has noticed more people than usual switching political parties in preparation for the Aug. 5 primary election.

    UPDATE: James Hogue remains on the lam

    A convicted felon who was the subject of an extensive manhunt?Sunday evening north of Winfield remains at large and may be in the Winfield area, according to law enforcement officials.

    Read says Mueller would be his undersheriff

    Cowley County Undersheriff Don Read announced late Wednesday afternoon that Bill Mueller ? a former KBI and FBI agent ? has agreed to serve as his undersheriff if Read is elected sheriff.

    Mueller's roots with sheriff's office run deep

    Bill Mueller jokes there are only two fixtures in the new sheriff's office that were in the old sheriff's office some 35 years ago ? a clock and him.

    Butler Co. woman rams truck into a cop car

    A woman Leon police tried to stop early Wednesday afternoon returned to the southern Butler County town several hours later and rammed her truck into a Leon police vehicle, injuring the reserve police officer behind the wheel.

    Teen doesn't yield, hits a funeral procession

    Only one person sustained possible injuries when a pickup failed to yield to a funeral procession and struck a semi and then another truck on U.S. 160 east of Winfield late Thursday morning.

    Women hurt Friday in accident near Winfield

    Two people were injured Friday evening when a Winfield woman lost control of the van she was driving and it overturned on 202nd Road, just west of 151st Road, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    AG offers a reminder regarding identity theft

    Attorney General Steve Six reminds Kansans not to give out personal information over the phone or in response to unsolicited emails.

    NetSafeKansas can help keep children safe

    In an effort to increase Internet safety education across Kansas, I announced last week the creation of the new NetSafeKansas website. It is a website created by my Cyber Crime Unit designed to educate Kansas kids, parents and consumers about the threats they face online.

    Ark City man arrested for DUI, hitting vehicle

    An Arkansas City man was arrested Saturday night for drunk driving after his vehicle crossed the center line in the 3300 block of N. Eighth Street in Ark City, missed one vehicle but hit another, sending that driver to the local hospital.

    Arkansas City police for July 11 through July 13

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday July 13, 2008 included:

    Winfield Police for June 30 through July 15

    Winfield Police activity for June 30 through July 15 included:

    Man and his sign draw attention of motorists

    Passing by Winfield's Memorial Park, it's difficult not to notice the wheel-chair-bound man with the eye patch and a puzzling sign with big, black, block letters that reads "Lies. Dead. Read."

    Addison, Aiden are Kansas' top baby names

    Addison and Aiden were the most popular names given to newborns by Kansas parents in 2007, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

    Ponca man dies in wreck on Kansas toll road

    A Ponca City man was killed Thursday night when the SUV he was riding in left the Kansas turnpike at the Belle Plaine service area at a high rate of speed and struck two parked semis, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    OSU students involved in dig near Newkirk

    Students at Oklahoma State University are unearthing the remains of an 18th century Native American village that contains artifacts of early American French traders. The Bryson-Paddock site is located along the Arkansas River near Newkirk.

    Ark City Police for July 17 through July 19, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Thursday, July 17, Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19, 2008 included:

    Cowley County man involved in wreck Mon.

    An Arkansas City man was involved in an accident Monday midway between Newirk and Ponca City on U.S. Highway 77.

    Police say McKay died of self-inflicted wound

    A Winfield man missing since Saturday morning apparently died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound, Winfield Police Chief Jerry DeVore said.

    Vaughn gets 20 years for chase, stolen items

    A Kansas man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for pawning stolen items and leading authorities on a high speed chase through two Oklahoma counties.

    KDHE issues boil advisory for South Haven

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Monday issued a boil water advisory for the city of South Haven, which is located in southern Sumner County.

    KDHE lifts boil advisory issued for S. Haven

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded the boil water advisory for the city of South Haven, located in southern Sumner County.

    County taking a look at four-day work week

    Cowley County Administrator Leroy Alsup is looking at the pros and cons of a four-day work week for county employees.

    Local man picks up $20,000 from the lottery

    Winfield's Marty Moore left home for Topeka this week expecting to pick up $2,000 in lottery winnings ? he came home with ten times that.

    Safe Homes secures $31,000 in grant money

    The local Safe Homes organization has received two grants totaling $31,000 for crime victim's services and programs across the state.

    Authorities catch escaped Oklahoma inmate

    An ex-marine who jumped out of a bathroom window at the Grant County, Ok. jail as he was being taken to an Oklahoma Corrections facility Thursday morning was captured in Arkansas.

    Cedar Vale lands funds for recycling old tires

    Grants awarded for waste tire recycling efforts include $8,500 for the USD 285 elementary school in Cedar Vale and $29,000 for four parks in Rose Hill.

    Reports: Candidates for sheriff spent $22K

    Don Read outspent opponent Randy Emerson by more than 2-to-1 in the race to see who will become Cowley County's new sheriff, according to campaign finance information released Monday.

    Abrams has funding lead over George Leach

    Senate candidate Steve Abrams received more than twice the donations his opponent, George Leach, received from Jan. 1 through July 24 of this year.

    Ark City police for July 23 through July 25

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Wednesday, July 23, Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25, 2008 included:

    Attorney General issues credit card warning

    Representatives claiming to be from credit card companies may be trying to obtain critical information to allow them to charge?Kansas consumer's credit cards, while claiming to be helping prevent credit card fraud, according the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

    Sheriff's candidates face off in a live debate

    The candidates for the Cowley County Sheriff's job each favor the conceal-carry law, central dispatching and a drug court program being considered for Cowley County probationers.

    Temperature and humidity prompt advisory

    A combination of hot temperatures and high humidity over the next few days will create potentially dangerous heat indices of 103 to 107 degrees, especially during the afternoon and early evening hours.

    Ark City Police for July 26 through July 28, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Saturday, July 26, Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, 2008 included:

    Whitley in Washington D.C. to testify Thurs.

    Colin Whitley ? former electric utility superintendent for the city of Winfield ? testified before a U.S. Senate committee Thursday on the need for increased building of electric transmission lines, especially to serve small towns and rural areas.

    Wreck injures two Winfield residents Sunday

    A Winfield teenager was injured Sunday afternoon after the vehicle she was riding in blew a tire and rolled into a ditch on U.S. 160, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

    Winfield man subject of multi-county search

    A search was underway Monday along the Sumner County - Grant County, Okla. border for an elderly Winfield man who disappeared over the weekend.

    UPDATE: Search for Winfield man stalls out

    Kansas and Oklahoma authorities have called off a search for an elderly Winfield man last seen Friday until further information is available about where Jack Lee Howe might be located, Capt. Bill Mueller of the Cowley County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday morning.

    Groom to challenge Clarkson in Nov. general

    Nearly 65 percent of the Democrats who voted in Tuesday's primary wanted to see Cowley County Commissioner Carmelita Clarkson re-elected. Only 35 percent supported?John Mars?in his effort to win the Democratic nomination.

    UPDATE: Jarvis remains in critical condition

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    UPDATE: Jarvis remains critical in Wichita

    An 18-year-old Arkansas City woman remained in critical condition Monday at a Wichita hospital with injuries suffered in a traffic accident last Wednesday on U.S. 77 at Strother Field.

    Cedar Vale man convicted of murder, again

    A second Chautauqua County jury has found Morgan Wade guilty of first degree premeditated murder for the 2004 home invasion shooting of his estranged girlfriend, the state attorney general's office announced this week.

    Videos offer clues on Howe's disappearance

    Security video footage reviewed this week shows Jack Howe ? a Winfield man who has been missing since the weekend ? shopping at a local grocery store and driving away alone a short time later on the day he was last seen.

    Weekend passes, Winfield man still missing

    An elderly Winfield man is still missing despite efforts by law enforcement agencies in two states which included both ground and air searches.

    Pair of DUI checkpoints planned in Ark City

    Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted in Arkansas City the weekends of Aug. 15 and 16 to reduce the risks of accidents by identifying impaired drivers.

    Rep. Moran to speak in Cowley on Aug. 21

    Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, ? a United States Congressman from Kansas' 1st District ? will be in Winfield this month to attend the Cowley County Farm Bureau annual banquet.

    Call to duty: Fall jury questionnaires in mail

    Approximately 1,600 jury questionnaires have been mailed to Cowley County residents in the first step of forming a jury pool for the?District Court fall term.

    UPDATE: Jarvis' condition upgraded to fair

    Kaitlyn Jarvis' status at a Wichita hospital has been upgraded to fair, a hospital spokesperson said early Thursday morning. Jarvis had been listed as critical since being injured in a car accident Aug. 6.

    Card tournament to raise funds for museum

    charity Texas Holdem' Tournament will be hosted by the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum at 7 p.m. Aug. 19. All entry fees are charitable donations and tax deductible.

    Sedan man killed in mini cycle wreck Friday

    A man riding a mini motorcycle attempted to cut across the Sedan City Park Friday night, struck a cable and was thrown from the motorcycle, suffering fatal injuries.

    Ark City police for Aug. 13 through Aug. 15, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Wednesday, Aug. 13, Thursday, Aug. 14, Friday, Aug. 15

    ASK THE AG: Is my child financially aware enough?

    Dear Kansas Attorney General: My son is getting ready to start college. I am concerned that he may not be as financially literate as he should be. Do you have any tips before he heads away to school?

    Groom's new heart has been transplanted

    UPDATE: At 10:45 p.m. Tyler was in recovery and his parents were able to see him, according to a Web site updating his progress. He opened his eyes and acknowledged he could hear people talking to him.

    Accident victim gave heart Groom received

    Tyler Groom went to sleep Tuesday morning thinking two external pumps would be attached to his body to aid his failing heart.

    Trackers continue search for Winfield resident

    Professional trackers have been back in Grant County, Okla. this week looking for clues in the disappearance of an elderly Winfield man Aug. 1.

    Mulvane chosen for new Sumner Co. casino

    Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has been selected to manage a state-owned casino in Sumner County. It will be built at near the Mulvane interchange of the Kansas Turnpike. The 4-3 vote was cast Friday morning by the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board.

    Krusor agrees: Biden appears to be favorite

    Kansas Democratic Party Vice Chair?Teresa Krusor of Winfield believes Sen. Joe Biden or Sen. Hillary Clinton has been picked by Sen. Barack Obama as his running mate.

    Krusor says Clinton supporters need voice

    Most Kansas delegates who support Sen. Hillary Clinton for president?want to support her on the first ballot during the National Democratic Convention in Denver.

    Groom may pass by benefit dinner Saturday

    A Winfield High School teen who received a new heart a week ago may make a quick trip home Saturday to see first hand how much Winfield area residents care.

    Goodwin named to transportation task force

    Sen. Greta Goodwin, D-Winfield, is one of four state legislators that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has added to the task force charged with crafting a new strategic transportation approach.

    AC police look for man who fled crash scene

    Police are looking for a Ponca City, Okla. man who was involved in a traffic accident, fled the scene and abandoned the vehicle he was driving which turned out to be borrowed from another man, Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Williard receives jail sentence for sex crime

    A Winfield man who admitted he took indecent liberties with a child will spend 60 days in the county jail and 36 months in the adult intensive supervision program administered by Cowley County Community Corrections.

    Howe found dead in Grant County cornfield

    The body of an elderly Winfield man who had been missing since Aug. 1 was found Thursday evening by a Grant County, Okla. farmer.

    Winfielder's Biden ties make race fun to see

    Former Winfield school superintendent Bill Medley was principal at a Delaware high school when Jill Biden began teaching there not long after she and newly nominated vice presidential candidate Joe Biden were married.

    Ark City police for Aug. 29 through Sept. 2

    Arkansas City Police Activity for Friday, Aug. 29, Saturday, Aug. 30, Sunday, Aug. 31, Monday, Sept.1 and Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.

    CCL residents enjoy a day on area ranch

    Campers rode horses, fished, worked on crafts, cruised on a pontoon boat, danced, played bingo, watched fireworks and tried lots of other activities at Creative Community Living's camp held Aug. 14-16 at the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch north of Augusta.

    Cold front expected to bring strong weather

    It looks like a wet week is ahead with severe storms and damaging downburst winds possible for south central Kansas later today as a strong cold front plunges south across the area.

    AC woman arrested; teen found unresponsive

    An Arkansas City woman was arrested for child misconduct, child endangerment, hosting a party and furnishing intoxicants to minors after one of three juveniles involved was taken to the hospital for?possible alcohol poisoning, according to a report from the Ark City Police Department.

    Winfield scrap dealer missing some copper

    A barrel of #2 copper worth $1,500 was stolen from Winfield Iron and Metal in Winfield. The theft was reported to local police Friday, according to assistant police chief Brett Stone.

    Governor orders flags lowered on Sept. 11

    Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has directed flags be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11 throughout the state of Kansas facilities and buildings from sunup to sundown.

    UPDATE: Douglass man now in fair condition

    UPDATE: 10:06 a.m. Thursday - A Wesley spokesperson said Simon was in fair condition his morning.

    Ark City police for Sept. 4 through Sept. 7

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Thursday, Sept. 4, Friday, Sept. 5, Saturday, Sept 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 included:

    Fleeing driver slams into phone pole in AC

    A car being pursued by law enforcement officers early Sunday morning struck a telephone pole in Arkansas City. The four occupants in the 1999 Saturn were treated at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center and then released.

    Ark City police for Sept. 8 through Sep. 10, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, Sept. 8, Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 included:

    AC man critical after being hit by teen driver

    An Arkansas City man - struck Monday evening by a motor vehicle while walking his dog - was in critical condition Tuesday morning at a Wichita hospital.

    Wellington woman hurt in Cowley Co. wreck

    Tammy Rayl of Wellington was injured Tuesday evening when her car overturned on U.S. 77, south of 312th Street in Cowley County.

    Cowley, Sumner get BBBS grants from state

    Two area Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations have received state mentoring grants. Cowley County received $9,491 and Sumner County $9,648, according to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

    UPDATE: Police confirm robber got cash

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    Small plane crashes near Douglass Thurs.

    A small airplane crashed five miles southeast of Douglass Thursday afternoon, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. No injuries have been reported.

    Pair of planes crash in Butler County Thurs.

    Two pilots escaped unharmed in two unrelated plane crashes just hours apart in Butler County Thursday.

    Ark City police for Sept. 15 through Sept. 18

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Monday, Sept. 15, Tuesday, Sept. 16, Wednesday, Sept. 17, and Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 included:

    UPDATE: Man injured in wreck is improving

    UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. Sunday - Two Caldwell residents have been identified as the people most seriously injured in the accident at U.S. 77 near Cowley Cinema 8 Sunday morning.

    Ark City police investigating robbery Sunday

    UPDATE: 11:18 p.m. Sunday - Witnesses told police that three suspects entered the north door of Country Mart Sunday night. All were brandishing weapons, according to information from the scene.

    Lt. Moore: Robbers were very well organized

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    Winfield Police for Sept. 17 through Sept. 23

    Winfield Police Department activity for Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 included:

    Deadline looms for registering to vote in Nov.

    Time is running out to register or re-register for the Nov. 4 presidential election. Anyone who will be 18 on the day of the election and is a citizen of the United States, is eligible to help elect the next president and a host of other national, state and country officials.

    Brooks to talk of election process in Ark City

    County clerk Karen Brooks will speak to Arkansas City students about the voting process during a presentation at Ark City High School Wednesday.

    Man convicted in Cowley case files Chapter 7

    A man convicted in five Kansas counties of selling insurance to elderly residents but pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in premiums has filed for bankruptcy.

    Ark City police for Sept. 26 through Sept. 28

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, Sept. 26, Saturday, Sept. 27, and Monday, Sept. 28, 2008 include:

    Art in the Park festivities set for this weekend

    Winfield Arts and Humanities Council's 34th annual Art in the Park is taking place Saturday at Island Park.

    Cowley County flood damage tops $650,000

    Cowley County is one of 11 Kansas counties named in a state disaster declaration by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

    Man found living in Ark City under false ID

    Police believe an Arkansas City man was using the personal identification of a subject who resides in California to gain employment in this area and avoid detection from immigration authorities, according to Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace.

    AC police name target of bank robbery probe

    There is mounting evidence that a Wichita man who was on parole for a 2003 bank robbery also robbed the Home National Bank branch in Arkansas City Sept. 17, Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace said Friday afternoon.

    New type of energy plant pitched for Cowley

    Municipal wastewater, trash, manure and processing waste from livestock would be turned into energy at a massive, privately-funded facility that could provide a cheap, renewable supply of power, water and bio-diesel for Cowley County, says a local businessman who has pitched the idea to the county commission.

    Ark City police for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1

    Arkansas City Police Activity for Monday, Sept. 29, Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2009 included:

    AC police arrest man on outstanding warrants

    A traffic stop Oct. 1 netted Arkansas City Police a man with two outstanding arrest warrants.

    Cowley College offering popular driver course

    Cowley College is offering a driver safety course that has proven popular in the past.

    Ark City police for Oct. 2 through Oct. 5, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities Thursday, Oct. 2, Friday, Oct. 3, Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday Oct. 5, 2008 included:

    Candidates to appear at forum in AC tonight

    Candidates for local office will participate in a public forum at 7 tonight in the Ark City High School auditorium.

    Winfielder cited after a minor injury accident

    Amos Bloyer, Winfield, was cited after he ran a red light at Summit and Wal Mart streets in Arkansas City Thursday morning and struck another vehicle driven by Janie Voorhis, Oklahoma.

    Pedestrian struck, killed near Newkirk Friday

    An Oklahoma man walking in the southbound lane of U.S. 77 north of Newkirk Friday night was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling in the same lane, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Cowley, Sumner are eligible for disaster loans

    Homeowners in Cowley and Sumner counties are eligible to apply for up to $200,000 in loans to repair or replace real estate property that was damaged or destroyed by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.

    CornerBank, Emprise entering merger talks

    Winfield-based CornerBank has entered discussions with Wichita-based Emprise Bank about a possible merger, officials from both banks announced Wednesday.

    County starts mailing first of advance ballots

    The first of more than 1,000 advance ballots for the Nov. 4 presidential election were mailed today by County Clerk and Election Officer Karen Brooks.

    Judge mulling verdict in Sumner Co. fatalities

    A Sumner County District Court judge is deliberating the guilt or innocence of a Salina truck driver charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

    Arkansas City police for Oct. 12 through Oct. 14

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Sunday, Oct. 12, Monday, Oct. 13 and Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 included:

    Monday is the final day for voter registration

    Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. You may vote if you will be 18 on election day. You must re-register if you have moved or changed your last name since voting.

    Raising awareness of domestic violence is important

    October is domestic violence awareness month and people across the country are working together to increase awareness of this serious crime. The Attorney General's Office has made a special effort to stop abuse and educate law enforcement about how to investigate these unique cases.

    BRIDGE OUT: Clean up efforts stalling out

    When time and a rain-swelled Arkansas River ganged up and brought down a sizable section of an old steel railroad bridge just southeast of Oxford last month, there was plenty of the usual oohing, aahing and gawking.

    1 killed in wreck near casino Friday morning

    One person was killed in a two-car accident north of Newkirk about 7 a.m., according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Estes: 3 bomb hoax suspects were students

    One of two young men arrested in connection with a bomb threat at Winfield High School Oct. 8 was enrolled in a Winfield schools student program, but 18-year-old Michael Horn was not necessarily based at the high school.

    UPDATE: Ark City man killed in Okla. crash

    An Arkansas City man was killed Friday morning when he crossed the center line on U.S. 77 north of Newkirk. struck another vehicle and partially overturned.

    Ark City Police for Oct. 19 through Oct. 23, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Oct. 21, Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, 2008 included:

    UPDATE: Island Park fire suspects arrested

    UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. Thursday - Three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the fire at the Island Park Playground in Winfield, according to information released at a news conference this morning.

    Local Main Street official is director of year

    Cathy Royston, executive director of Winfield Main Street, has been awarded the Governor's Award of Excellence - Executive Director of the Year award for 2008.

    Ex teacher accused of relations with student

    Richard Berkley ? a former teacher at Dexter High School ? has been arrested and charged for engaging in inappropriate sexual relations with a female student at the school while Berkley was still a teacher there, according to investigators and court documents.

    Ark City residents to vote on hospital Tues.

    Supporters of a proposed new $30 million hospital project north of Arkansas City are confident voters will approve a 10-year, one-half cent sales tax during Tuesday's election.

    Brooks: High turnout apparent in early voting

    County Clerk and Election Officer Karen Brooks predicts 14 to 15 percent of Cowley County's registered voters will have voted in advance by the time polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. In comparison, 15 percent is about the average number of total voters in school elections, she said.

    Ark City police for Oct. 24 through Oct. 26, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008 included:

    Ark City police for Oct. 27 through Oct. 28, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activity Monday, Oct. 27, Tuesday, Oct. 28 and Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 included:

    Blast victim and injured local woman named

    Smoldering debris and a thick cloud of smoke were nearly all that was left of a rural Winfield farmhouse where a blast Tuesday afternoon ? likely caused by a gas leak ? killed one person and injured another, Sheriff Bob Odell said.

    Officials: Explosion followed a simple recipe

    Propane's heavier-than-air qualities helped it stay low and collect in the farmhouse at 8046 131st Road, waiting for an ignitor to set off a deadly eruption, officials said.

    Ark City police for Nov. 4 through Nov. 6, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, Nov. 4, Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 included:

    Chautauqua man gets 27yrs for rape, kidnap

    A second man has been sentenced to prison for the rape and aggravated kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in Chautauqua County last year.

    Casino robbery suspect appears in OK court

    A Kansas man accused of robbing and striking his victim with a handgun at a casino south of Arkansas City last June was back in Kay County District Court in Newkirk Friday.

    Harrah's scraps plan for Sumner Co. casino

    Harrah's has withdrawn its bid to put a destination casino in Sumner County near Mulvane, the Kansas Lottery announced Monday.

    Heidi Hill takes the top post at Cowley First

    Heidi Hill ? former CEO of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce ? became Cowley First's new director and the county's top economic development official Monday, according to a written statement.

    Ark City Police for Nov. 7 through Nov. 10, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities Friday Nov. 7, Saturday, Nov. 8, Sunday, Nov. 9 and Monday, Nov. 10 2008 included:

    Winfield Police for Oct. 26 through Nov. 3, 2008

    Winfield Police activity for Oct. 26 through Nov. 3 included:

    Winfield Police for Nov. 4 through Nov. 13, 2008

    Winfield Police activity for Nov. 4 through Nov. 13 included:

    Local student's drawing picked for calendar

    A Winfield Middle School student is one of 13 students from across the state selected as winners in the 2009 Kansas Don't Spoil It! Calendar Contest sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

    Ark City police for Nov. 11 through Nov. 14, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Tuesday, Nov. 11, Wednesday, Nov. 12, Thursday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 included:

    State wrapping up probe into farm explosion

    An investigation into the explosion that leveled a rural Cowley County farmhouse earlier this month is wrapping up and the findings have not changed from what was known early on: the blast was accidental in nature and caused by leaking propane in the home.

    Ark City part of Thanksgiving traffic campaign

    The Arkansas City Police Department will participate with other agencies in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign Nov. 24 - 30.

    Man suffers a broken jaw in fight Saturday

    A 24-year-old Arkansas City man suffered a broken jaw during a fight Saturday at Fifth Street and Birch Avenue.

    Ark City police for Nov. 15 through Nov. 18, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities Nov 15, Nov. 16, Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, 2009 included:

    Police: Drinking may have led to Friday wreck

    The investigation is continuing into an injury accident Friday in the 600 block of Skyline Drive in Arkansas City. Investigators believe alcohol played a role in the accident, said Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace.

    Corridor advisory panel to form within 2 mos.

    A Corridor Advisory Committee will be established in approximately 60 days to regularly review, evaluate and provide input on developments that may impact the U.S. 77 Corridor Management Plan as a result of action by the Cowley County commission Tuesday morning.

    SWAT team needed Thurs. when shots fired

    The Southern Kansas SWAT team was called out early Thanksgiving morning when two vehicles collided in downtown Winfield and people beat on one of the wrecked vehicles with baseball bats just before police received reports of shots fired at the intersection of 19th and Cherry streets, Police Chief Jerry DeVore said.

    Ark City police for Nov. 19 through Nov. 25

    Arkansas City Police Activity Nov. 19 - 25, 2008 included:

    AG SIX: Remembering the rules for gift cards

    As the economic crisis forces retailers to close store locations, and with the holiday season approaching, Attorney General Steve Six would like to remind consumers that certain laws apply to the purchase and redemption of gift cards and gift certificates in Kansas.

    96 hungry dogs found at home near Newkirk

    Ninety-six pit bulls were discovered tethered to stakes in a yard south of Newkirk Tuesday without food or water.

    10 more pit bulls found at Newkirk site Wed.

    Ten more pit bulls were found in a house where 96 pit bulls were found by hunters Wednesday on land south of Newkirk.

    Health officials issue reminder for flu shots

    State and federal health officials say now is the time to visit a physician or health clinic to receive your annual flu shot. National Influenza Vaccination Week is set for Dec. 8 - 12.

    Bond is raised in dog neglect case; fighting?

    A list is growing of people offering to adopt one of the more than 100 pit bulls found starving south of Newkirk Tuesday, Kay County Sheriff dispatcher Kerry Macioge said Friday.

    Smith: Thurber trial could begin by Jan. 26

    Justin Thurber\'s capital-murder trial in the death of Arkansas City\'s Jodi Sanderholm could start Jan. 26 if a Cowley County judge determines Thurber is competent to stand trial, County Attorney Chris Smith said late Friday.

    Departing sheriff Odell gets a pair of honors

    When Cowley County Sheriff? Bob Odell retires in January he will have the honor of being the longest serving sheriff of Cowley County.

    Arkansas City police for Nov. 26 through Nov. 30

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Nov. 26, Nov. 27, Nov. 28, Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 included:

    Accidents pile up after first snowfall of year

    Don\'t you just love Kansas? Shirt-sleeve weather one day and blowing snow and icy roads the next. Only the tow-truck companies can really appreciate our Sunflower state.

    Charges, ruling on Pit Bulls fate coming soon

    Kay County undersheriff Steve Kelley said his office has received enough donations to care for the more than 100 Pit Bulls found near Newkirk for another three to four weeks.

    Police: Drunk driver rammed local buildings

    Winfield Police have arrested a man that they said had too much to drink and drove a car into doors at three downtown businesses late Wednesday, according to Police Chief Jerry DeVore.

    Ark City police for Dec. 2 through Dec. 5, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities Dec. 2 - 5, 2008 included:

    Winter weather is likely to last through week

    Eskimos would be perfectly happy here the next few days with the sub zero wind chills predicted for south central Kansas through the week.

    Woman injured in morning wreck by Oxford

    A Wellington woman was injured Monday morning when her vehicle overturned on U.S. 160, two miles west of Oxford.

    Ark City police for Dec. 6 through Dec. 9, 2008

    Arkansas City Police Activities Dec. 6 - 9, 2008

    Sheriff: Most of 100 Pit Bulls to be euthanized

    Most of the adult pit bulls found staked out in a yard south of Newkirk Dec. 2 will have to be euthanized, Kay County Sheriff Everette VanHoesen said Tuesday.

    Local DJ, wife busted after pot bust Tuesday

    Arkansas City disc jockey Marshall Ice and his wife, Megan Ice, were arrested late Tuesday when authorities searched their home and turned up roughly one pound of marijuana, Ark City Police Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Vaden gets prison time for abducting his wife

    The former husband of an Arkansas City woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for kidnapping her and then holding her hostage at gunpoint at his Newkirk home last June. After Ronnie Vaden serves five years with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the balance of his sentence will be suspended.

    Medley honored for years of service to CCL

    Bill Medley, who is retiring from Creative Community Living's board of directors this month, was honored at the board's Christmas party on Dec. 4 at The Ridge.

    Attorney in Pit Bull case critical of authorities

    NEWKIRK ? Jerry Lee Southern ? the Wichita man accused of animal neglect in the Pit Bull case - made his initial appearance in Kay County District Court Wednesday with his attorney.

    3 Country Mart suspects get out of jail free

    Three Winfield residents accused of the armed robbery of Country Mart in Arkansas City Sept. 21 were released from jail on their own recognizance Friday by order of District Court Judge Jim Pringle.

    Frigid temperatures hit locally, country wide

    It\'s colder here than in Russia. It\'s 20 degrees there with a wind chill of 12 degrees. It was only 15 degrees here mid-morning Monday. The wind chill was one degree.

    Calif. group picks up some of Okla. Pit Bulls

    A pit bull rescue and advocacy program based in the San Francisco area took as many of the pit bulls found starving in a rural area of Newkirk that the agency felt could be safely placed with families, Ruth Steinberger, state outreach coordinator for the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, said.

    Authorities confirm fatality in Cowley wreck

    A person has died of injuries resulting from an accident just south of the K-15, U.S. 77 junction east of Udall, according to officers at the scene.

    UPDATE: KHP IDs man killed in a.m. crash

    Hal C. McMaster, 61, El Dorado, was the man killed in a fiery car accident 10 miles north of Winfield this morning, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    AC woman is injured in Butler County crash

    Two injury accidents just minutes apart in Butler County Tuesday morning were blamed on icy roads.

    County commissioners to amend 08 budget

    Cowley County commissioners will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday to make four amendments to the 2008 budget. The amendments will have no affect on property taxes, County Administrator Leroy Alsup said.

    County OKs $23K remodel of Alsup\'s office

    Leroy Alsup has been the Cowley County administrator for five years. He\'s always had a solid contract with the county commission and gotten some pretty good pay hikes on a regular basis.

    Cowley rural water district earns state honor

    Cowley County RWD #4 is one of ten public water supply systems that will be awarded the second annual Capacity Development Achievement Award by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The date and location of the presentation has not been announced.

    Winfield man is shot and killed in Okla. hotel

    An assistant coach for the Winfield Wrestling Club was shot and killed at an Oklahoma City Hotel early Sunday morning, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department. A man is in custody in connection with the incident.

    Local wrestling club issues Koroma statement

    The following statement was issued by the Winfield Wrestling Club Monday afternoon and is being published here as it was submitted:

    Jan. 15 is the date for annual Main St. meeting

    The annual Winfield Main Street meeting and awards banquet will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 at Baden Square. The social will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:45 p.m. The event is sponsored by Legacy, a regional community foundation.

    Report: Koroma, suspect met at night club

    Kiyon Koroma crossed paths with his accused killer for the first time at an Oklahoma City night club before the two men ? and a pair of unnamed women ? returned to Koroma\'s hotel room early Sunday for drinks, according to a report on the Daily Oklahoman\'s Web site.

    Arkansas City police for Dec. 20 through Dec. 22

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Saturday, Dec. 20. Sunday, Dec. 21 and Monday, Dec. 22 , 2008 included:

    Winfield Police for Jan. 1, 2009 through Jan. 10, 2009

    Winfield Police activity for Jan. 1 through Jan. 10 included:

    Sheriff Bob Odell is riding off into the sunset

    When Cowley County Sheriff Bob Odell walks out of the sheriff\'s office Monday, he will have completed 42 years with the department and over 23 years as sheriff.

    Arkansas City police for Dec. 25 through Dec. 31

    Arkansas City Police Activities Dec. 25 - Dec. 31, 2008 included:

    Recycling center catches eye of county, city

    Heaps of scrap metal and the beginnings of a fence just south of Winfield have tipped off neighbors and local government officials who are concerned about a Wichita company\'s plan to open a recycling center along the U.S. 77 corridor.

    Ark City police for Jan. 4 through Jan. 9, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activities for Jan 4 - 9, 2009 included:

    Winfield man killed when van rolls onto him

    A 49-year-old Winfield man died early Saturday morning when he was partially ejected from the van he was driving and the vehicle came to rest on top of him, Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller said.

    Arkansas City police for Jan. 10 through Jan. 13

    Arkansas City Police Activities Jan. 10

    Newkirk Pit Bulls suspect is in court briefly

    A Wichita man charged with 70 counts of animal cruelty appeared briefly in Kay County District Court in Newkirk Friday.

    Forecast turning cold; light snow is possible

    Hope you enjoyed Thursday\'s respite from winter because you may not enjoy another one for a while.

    Arkansas City police for Jan. 14 through Jan. 18

    Arkansas City Police Activities Jan. 14 - 18, 2009

    Latest blast of winter weather is approaching

    A winter weather advisory for hazardous winter weather is in effect for south central Kansas from noon Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The advisory includes Butler, Greenwood, Woodson, Sedgwick, Sumner and Cowley counties.

    Burden man killed in accident; jurors report

    A wintry mix of freezing drizzle topped with light snow coated roads and highways Monday night and Tuesday morning and proved fatal for a Burden man.

    Sally Ann Burr is Community Cornerstone winner

    CornerBank has announced Sally Ann Burr is the Community Cornerstone Award recipient for January. In recognition of her service, CornerBank will contribute $100 to the Legacy Community Foundation to support additional community development projects.

    Weather wrecks keep crews busy Tue/Wed

    Slick roads sent kept emergency responders busy Tuesday and into early Wednesday morning. The Cowley County Sheriff\'s Office investigated 11 wrecks between noon Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday.

    Budget woes bring talk of closing Winf. prison

    Closing the Winfield Correctional Facility April 1 would be an option considered if the Kansas Legislature proceeds with a recently proposed 3.4 percent across-the-board budget reduction, the state\'s corrections chief said.

    Wellington woman killed in wreck near Ponca

    A Wellington woman was killed and a passenger in her vehicle critically injured when their vehicle hit a patch of ice and overturned several times northeast of Ponca City Wednesday afternoon, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Teaching youngsters about consumer threats

    In an effort to educate young people about consumer threats, my office is hosting two student consumer workshops for Kansas high school students during National Consumer Protection Week in early March.

    Udall man hurt when truck goes into ditch Wed

    A 55-year-old Udall man was injured Wednesday morning when the truck he was driving hit a patch of ice on N. Oliver Street, one mile north of Belle Plaine.

    Atlanta man injured in Thurs. crash has died

    An Atlanta man died Thursday from injuries sustained when his pick-up left the road north of Winfield and overturned, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    New memo: Closing Winfield prison still option

    Think Winfield Correctional Facility won\'t close just because the amount of a proposed state budget reduction has been lowered by nearly 2 percent? That\'s not necessarily true, the state\'s corrections secretary said in a new memo released Thursday.

    Ark City police for Jan. 19 through Jan. 22, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activities Jan 19 --- 22, 2009

    Prison officials: 1-percent cut spares Winfield

    Correctional facilities in Winfield and Norton would remain operational under a one-percent current-year budget cut proposed in the Kansas House, corrections officials said.

    Details in Halverstadt case starting to emerge

    UPDATE: 9:55 p.m. - Preliminary autopsy reports indicate Betty Halverstadt died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck consistent with falling onto a hard surface, Undersheriff Bill Mueller said Sunday night.

    UPDATE: Women tell of run ins with Thurber

    UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. - Arkansas City Police Officer Tom Scott testified during Justin Thurber\'s?capital murder trial Monday afternoon that he went to the Kaw Wildlife Area with Alexis Swartzel, Thurber\'s ex-girlfriend, because she told police she had gone to the area many times with Thurber and that he once told her that that would be a good area to get rid of a body.

    State vs. Thurber Day 2: Timeline is forming

    UPDATE: 5:16 p.m. - Three witnesses briefly took the stand Tuesday afternoon before Justin Thurber\'s murder trial was recessed so jurors could be taken by sheriff\'s vehicles to a number of sites investigators believe played key roles in the brutal murder of a popular Arkansas City girl in January 2007.

    Arkansas City police for Jan. 23 through Jan. 28, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activities Jan. 23 - 28, 2009

    Windy, dry weather is creating a fire hazard

    A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create what the National Weather Service is calling an \"explosive\" fire growth potential.

    Mueller: Fall victim did not win big at casino

    Investigators have discounted reports that Betty Halverstadt won a large amount of money at an Oklahoma casino before she fell to her death from a bridge on U.S. 77 south of Winfield early last Saturday, Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller said Friday.

    Day 5: Prints put defendant, victim together

    UPDATE:(Afternoon session) Finding Jodi Sanderholm\'s body under a pile of limbs and debris at the Kaw Wildlife area quickly turned a search for a missing person into a criminal investigation, KBI investigator Dave Falletti told jurors Monday.

    Burden man killed by train in Herington railyard

    A Burden man ? who was a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad ? was run over by a train and killed early Sunday, according to news reports.

    UPDATE: Severe weather alert is in effect

    A significant weather alert was issued at 3:30 p.m. for Cowley and Sumner counties. A strong thunderstorm near Geuda Springs was being tracked by the weather service. It was moving north. Winds up to 50 miles an hour was reported.

    Man with gun knocks off liquor store in Okla.

    A man with a chrome-plated semi-automatic handgun robbed the North Main Liquor Store in Tonkawa, Okla. Monday evening.

    Ark City police for Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activity Jan. 30, 2008 through Feb. 5, 2009:

    Thurber Day 6: Prosecution gives DNA link

    (Caution: Some descriptions may be too graphic for some readers.)

    Closing statements complete; jury gets case

    UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. - Jurors have gone home for the day and will continue their deliberations at 9 a.m. Thursday.

    Corrections to close housing unit at Winfield

    Winfield Correctional Facility\'s "B" Housing Unit will close March 7 as part of an effort to meet budget reductions for the current fiscal year, Kansas Department of Corrections officials said Wednesday.

    Death sentence is not a must for Sanderholms

    Brian and Cindy Sanderholm Thursday morning breathed easier for the first time since the murder of their daughter, Jodi, in January 2007 and said "it doesn\'t matter" to them if Justin Thurber is sentenced to death for committing the crime.

    Stone: Storm season early arrival an oddity

    The tornado outbreak in Oklahoma Tuesday was unusual for the month of February, according to Cowley County Emergency Manager Brian Stone.

    Ark City police activity for Feb. 6 to Feb. 10, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activities Feb. 6 - 10, 2009

    Wichita teen hurt in wreck by Sedan Thurs.

    Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon about one mile east of Sedan on Independence Road, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Location of Halverstadt phone is a mystery

    Betty Halverstadt had a cell phone she used to call and text friends in the hours before she fell from a railroad overpass south of Winfield, investigators have determined. The phone has yet to be found.

    Jury gives Thurber death penalty for murder

    UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. - Jurors have proposed a sentence of death for Justin Thurber in the murder of Jodi Sanderholm.

    Dogs crossing road cause accident Tuesday

    An Arkansas City woman suffered possible injuries Tuesday when her car was rear-ended after she slowed for dogs crossing K-360, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Arkansas City police for Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activities Feb. 11 - 14, 2009

    CCL annual casino night is set for Saturday

    A trip to Las Vegas will be the grand prize at Creative Community Living's Casino Night Saturday. The prize includes accommodations at the Tahiti Village resort for five days and four nights and $500 for travel expenses.

    UPDATE: Gunshot victim taken to Wichita

    UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Chief Sean Wallace said that Tyrone Clay\'s condition has worsened and he was taken by air ambulance to Wichita this afternoon.

    Ark City police for Feb. 20 through Feb. 24, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activities Feb. 20 - 24, 2009

    Statewide tornado drill is set for next Tuesday

    The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for next week as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

    Strother Field Airport burglar pleads guilty

    A Hutchinson man has admitted to burglarizing airports in four states ? including the airport at Strother Field in Cowley County ? and faces considerable prison time with a hefty fine, according to the U.S. Attorney\'s office.

    Teenage girls say male student exposed self

    A 17-year-old male student at Winfield\'s Community Learning Center was arrested Wednesday after two female students said the teen boy made lewd remarks to them and exposed his genitals, interim Chief Brett Stone said.

    Goodwin named to state closure commission

    Former state Sen. Greta Goodwin of Winfield has been appointed to the state Facilities Closure and Realignment Commission.

    March bringing first bursts of severe weather

    It\'s hard to sit back and say it\'s not going to be an active storm season when preliminary reports indicate five tornadoes touched down in Kansas over the weekend, Chance Hays, warning coordinator meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita, said Monday morning.

    Two women treated after accident in Ark City

    Two women were treated in the emergency room at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City Monday afternoon following a traffic accident at Kansas Avenue and the U.S. 77 by pass.

    VFW: Smoking ban unfair; unconstitutional

    Winfield\'s Veterans of Foreign Wars Club on E. 10th is meant for members only. Visitors to the club encounter a locked door and are asked to ring a bell and identify themselves before entering.

    Halverstadt case: Autopsy still out, no phone

    Investigators are still waiting the final results of an autopsy performed on a Winfield woman who fell from a bridge on U.S. 77 south of Winfield in February, according to Undersheriff Bill Mueller.

    Winfield Police for March 3 through March 10, 2009

    Winfield Police Department activity for March 3 through March 10, 2009 included:

    Ark City police for March 4 through March 7

    Arkansas City Police Activities March 4 - 7, 2009

    One week left to register to vote on April 7

    Voters have another week to register or re-register to vote in the city and school elections April 7. Anyone who has changed their name or address since voting must update their records to help elect new city commissioners and school board members.

    Truck and train collide north of Newkirk Mon.

    A semi truck collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train just north of Newkirk, Okla. early Monday. The truck was destroyed but no injuries were reported, according to information available at the scene.

    Ark City Police for March 10 to March 12, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Activities March 10 - 12, 2009

    Winfield Police for March 12 through March 17

    Winfield Police activity for March 13 through March 17, 2009 included:

    Arkansas City police for March 13 through March 17

    Arkansas City Police Activities March 13 - 17 2009

    Thurber sentencing Friday is mostly formality

    Justin Thurber's days as an inmate at the Cowley County jail in Winfield will end pretty quickly following his sentencing Friday.

    Judge keeps delays brief, Thurber gets death

    Convicted capital murderer Justin Thurber is headed to Kansas's death row in El Dorado.

    UPDATE: Tornado touches down in Cowley

    UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. Storm spotters have confirmed a tornado touched down about five miles east of Winfield some time after 5:30 p.m. Monday.

    Winfield Police for March 18 through March 22, 2009

    Winfield Police Department activity for March 18 through March 22, 2009 included:

    Cowley County Marketplace set for Saturday

    The first Cowley County Marketplace will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wright Room at Cowley College.

    Ark City police for March 15 through March 18

    Arkansas City Police Activities March 15 - 18, 2009

    SNOW?: Winter is expected to make a return

    Spring officially arrived a week ago but didn't stay around long. Those who couldn't wait to get outside and plant something may regret their enthusiasm by the time this weekend is over.

    CrimeStoppers seek tips in '05 Geuda murder

    An elderly Cowley County man found dead at his home Feb. 7, 2005 was murdered and the question of who caused his death is still unanswered, according to Cowley County Crime Stoppers ' board of directors.

    UPDATE: 900 are without power in Ark City

    Cowley County Emergency Manager Brian Stone said 1,216 Westar Energy customers were still without power late this morning.

    Suspect arrested after fight with Ark City man

    Arkansas City police have one man in custody and are attempting to locate a second suspect in connection with the battery of a third man who suffered head, chest and back injuries, police chief Sean Wallace said.

    Trial set for Island Park playground suspect

    Zach Buhlke ? a defendant in the arson fire that destroyed Island Park Playground ? has asked for and received a jury trial that is likely the first of its kind in Cowley County, county attorney Chris Smith said Tuesday.

    Winfield woman missing; police seeking tips

    Winfield police are seeking information on the whereabouts of Lenora Diane Chambers ? a local woman who was last seen by her boyfriend late Monday.

    Cops search Chambers's car, house for clues

    Law enforcement officials have conducted an extensive search of Diane Chambers's home and car looking for clues to the whereabouts of the Winfield woman who was last seen Monday night, Winfield interim chief Brett Stone said.

    Wichita robbery suspect nabbed in Ark City

    A suspect in several Wichita robberies was arrested in Arkansas City Wednesday on an arrest and detain order issued by the Kansas Department of Corrections.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Record for April 1-3, 2009

    Cowley County Sheriff's Department activities for April 1 - 2, 2009 included:

    Suspect in Johnstone break-in has rap sheet

    It appears last week was not the best week for Charles L. Williams II ? the man police say was held at gunpoint by Winfield residents who found Williams wandering around in their house March 29.

    Ark City police find suspected meth lab Tues.

    An Arkansas City man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to the production of methamphetamines, according to a written report from police.

    Winfield crews wrapping up limb collections

    Crews in Winfield Thursday wrapped up the last of the limb collection that began following the ice storm in late March, public works director Russ Tomevi said.

    Man bound for trial in death of local coach

    Sufficient evidence exists for an Oklahoma man to face trial for murder in the January shooting death of Winfield wrestling coach Kiyon Koroma, an Oklahoma County judge ruled Friday.

    Elderly Winfield man dies in Oklahoma prison

    Harley Parsons ? a Winfield man sentenced to 25 years for shooting and attempting to kill his wife ? died in an Oklahoma correctional facility Monday, prison officials said.

    Fun Barn to host Les Gilliam and Silver Lake Band

    Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band will return to Winfield's Quail Valley Fun Barn Saturday, April 18.

    Kapaun assistant tapped as new WHS coach

    Troy Lallemand - an assistant coach at Kapaun Mt. Carmel in Wichita the last four years, has been chosen as the new Winfield High School basketball coach. He replaces Rob Fields, who was fired just as the season ended earlier this year.

    Drug raid leads to arrest of two in Ark City

    A warrant served on a home in Arkansas City has resulted in the arrest of two residents suspected of producing and selling methamphetamines, chief Sean Wallace said Friday.

    Winfield couple is part of $5,000 video contest

    A Winfield couple is hoping a YouTube video they made will be popular enough to win them $5,000 from the Kansas Credit Union Association. They need the most views from the public to get the grand prize.

    Storey: New law is good news for local winery

    Thanks to a new state law that takes effect this summer Kansas wineries can make their wine and ship it, too.

    Pit bull neglect suspect has prelim set for June

    A preliminary hearing is set for June 17 in the case of Jerry Lee Southern ? a Wichita man facing 70 counts of animal cruelty charges in connection with a pit bull neglect investigation in Newkirk, Okla.

    Cowley College is offering motorcycle course

    Basic motorcycle safety is the focus of a course being offered through Cowley College in late May.

    Storms cause light damage in Cowley, area

    Tornado warnings, high winds and hail lasting most of Saturday night and early Sunday morning kept people awake and eyeing weather reports.

    Young Arkansas City police patrolman is fired

    An Arkansas City police officer has been fired following an investigation into his misconduct while on duty, NewsCow and KSOK have confirmed.

    Winfield Police for April 4 through April 18, 2009

    Winfield Police Department activity for April 4 through April 18, 2009 included:

    Read: Man's head injuries not from car crash

    Head injuries suffered by a Wichita man ? who was found in his vehicle near Cambridge Friday night ? do not appear to have been caused by a car accident as was first believed, Cowley County Sheriff Don Read said.

    Train strikes car on tracks near Winfield Mon.

    A Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train struck a vehicle stuck on tracks just south of Winfield early Monday, according to the Cowley County Sheriff's Department. Nobody was injured.

    Tourism group seeks to find 8 county wonders

    The Cowley County Tourism Alliance wants help identifying the eight wonders of Cowley County and is asking local residents to help by taking part in a photo essay contest.

    Winfield man plays a big role in green project

    As the town of Greensburg celebrates its comeback from a devastating tornado that nearly wiped it off the map two years ago this week, a Winfield man is helping the small battered town make history in another way.

    Kelley will speak at Cowley's commencement

    State Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, will be the featured speaker at Cowley College's 86th Commencement exercises held at 10 a.m. Saturday inside W.S. Scott Auditorium.

    Winfield man given 55 months on sex charge

    A Winfield man ? originally charged with rape last spring ? pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and has been sentenced to more than four years in prison, according to a court official.

    Beer-tossing pair arrested early Sun. morning

    A man and woman were arrested early Sunday morning after they tossed a case of beer out the window in rural Cowley County, according to a report from the sheriff's department.

    Winfield prison unit is reopening within weeks

    Winfield Correctional Facility's B Housing Unit will reopen in the next several weeks to help absorb minimum-security inmates displaced by the planned closing of a housing unit in El Dorado, state corrections officials said Tuesday.

    Teen jailed for car break ins near Wilson Park

    Arkansas City police have arrested a 15-year-old runaway they said is responsible for several recent auto burglaries in the Wilson Park area, according to police chief Sean Wallace.

    Ark City man struck and killed by train Wed.

    A man crossing tracks at a rail yard in Arkansas City was struck and killed by a train Wednesday evening, according to Ark City Police Capt. Tom Scott.

    Campaign to crack down on seat belt violators

    Police officers in Winfield will be keeping a more watchful eye out for seat belt and traffic violators during the Click It or Ticket campaign that starts Tuesday and runs through the end of the month, interim police chief Brett Stone said Monday.

    NY mom arrested in AC; missing kids located

    A New York mother was arrested in Arkansas City Wednesday after local police learned she left her home state with two young daughters of which she did not have custody, police chief Sean Wallace said.

    Winfield Police for May 11 to May 21, 2009

    Winfield Police activity for May 11 through May 21, 2009 included:

    Local man critically hurt in dirt-bike accident

    Injuries from a dirt-bike accident May 16 have left a Winfield man hospitalized and in critical condition. Family and friends are asking for help raising money for medical and other expenses.

    Ark City cops search for wanted parolee Fri.

    Police in Arkansas City are looking for a parolee who fled from officers Friday before ditching his vehicle and avoiding capture, police chief Sean Wallace said.

    Tiller's death makes national, world headlines

    The shooting death of abortion doctor George Tiller has quickly become a national news story. A 51-year-old man, Scott Roeder, is in custody and was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on a first-degree murder charge, according to the Associated Press.

    County attorney probing meeting law violation

    Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith is looking into reports from a citizen alleging some Arkansas City Commissioners violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

    Jobless total climbs slightly; Cowley rate dips

    More than 11,000 people in a six-county region ? which includes Cowley County ? have been laid off from their job some time within the last year, according to a report released Monday.

    Newkirk woman killed in wreck in IXL area

    A single-vehicle accident in the IXL area near Arkansas City early Saturday has claimed the life of a Newkirk, Okla. woman, Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller said this morning.

    Ark City police for May 25 through June 4, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Department activity for May 25 through June 4, 2009 included:

    Cowley County Wildflower Tour is Saturday

    Snyder Ranch will be the main attraction at Saturday's 10th annual Widflower Tour, which is hosted by the Cowley County Conservation District.

    Mega Movie owner files Chapt. 11 bankruptcy

    Bob E. Warner - a well-known Winfield businessman who over the years acquired loads of commercial real estate and operated a number of video-rental stores in the area - has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, according to court records.

    Sprinkler puts out fire at Cumbernauld Village

    A sprinkler system is credited with snuffing a small attic fire in the east wing of Cumbernauld Village's assisted living facility Thursday afternoon, Winfield Fire Capt. Darryl Littrell said.

    Oxford teacher, student were at D.C. museum

    Lisa Deal remembers that it was a muffled "bam, bam" that abruptly put an end to a much-anticipated trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. last Wednesday.

    Tornado touches down east of Ark City Mon.

    Tony Williamson's family is safe after a tornado roughed up his home in rural Cowley County early this morning, and for that he is thankful.

    Cowley County confirms case of Swine Flu

    Cowley County Monday joined a growing list of Kansas counties to confirm a case of the Swine Flu, health officials said.

    Authorities think rural home housed meth lab

    Sheriff's deputies from three counties helped to uncover what is thought to be a "fairly large" methamphetamine production laboratory southwest of Arkansas City in Sumner County, officials said Monday.

    Winfield hires Concordia police chief Parker

    Concordia Police Chief Daniel Parker has resigned to become police chief in Winfield, city officials here have confirmed.

    AC using grant to enforce seat belt infractions

    Arkansas City police will use a federal grant to crackdown on drivers not wearing their seat belts during the first week of July, chief Sean Wallace said.

    Mueller: Halverstadt report offers no surprises

    A final autopsy report in the January death of Betty Halverstadt offers little new information about her fall from a bridge on U.S. 77 Highway south of Winfield, Cowley County undersheriff Bill Mueller said.

    UPDATE: Police arrest bank robbery suspect

    UPDATE: 5:36 p.m., July 4 - Authorities have confirmed that an arrest has been made in the CornerBank armed robbery case.

    Two injured in Sunday motorcycle accident

    Two Winfield residents suffered injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident near Latham Sunday afternoon, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    AC cops find makings of meth lab at apts.

    (Editor's note: A name listed in the police report regarding this incident was misspelled. It has been corrected. We regret this error.)

    Suspect is charged in robbery of CornerBank

    Details are beginning to emerge about a suspect who has been arrested and charged locally with robbing a CornerBank branch in Winfield last week.

    Textile ace, Lattin, July speaker for quilt guild

    Textile pro Ferrol Lattin will be the speaker at the Walnut Valley Quilt Guild presentations scheduled for later today.

    Truck, motorcyle collide east of Strother Field

    An Arkansas City man suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck east of Strother Field.

    Oxford police make pair of drug-related busts

    Police in Oxford made two drug busts and a pair of arrests late last week as part of an ongoing effort to crack down on drug usage, chief Kirk Ives said.

    Westar seeking help with reducing dog bites

    Westar Energy is asking customers to contain dogs on days that meter readers are out for monthly usage readings. The company says animal attacks against employees are well above the average this year.

    Winfield man, hurt in May dirt-bike crash, dies

    A 24-year-old Winfield died Tuesday of injuries he suffered in a dirt-bike accident in mid May, his family said.

    Federal charge filed in CornerBank robbery

    Vilayphone "Joe" Phimmala has been indicted in federal court on one count of armed bank robbery, U.S. Attorney for Kansas, Lanny Welch, announced Wednesday.

    Koroma case: Trial pushed back to Feb. 2010

    It will be at least February before an Oklahoma man faces trial in the death of Winfield wrestling coach Kiyon Koroma, according to court records. Koroma died earlier this year in an Oklahoma City hotel room.

    Pair arrested after pot plant is found in garden

    Two people from Arkansas City ended up in jail Friday after police found a marijuana plant in a backyard garden, according to a written report.

    State OKs bid for stimulus project on Cowley 3

    The state has approved a bid of $899,937 for new roadway surfacing on a portion of Cowley 3, a well-traveled roadway that many motorists use as a route to Wichita.

    UPDATE: Shooting victim is in fair condition

    Angela Krepps, the 34-year-old Cambridge woman who was reportedly shot this morning at her home, is in fair condition at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, a hospital spokesperson said.

    SWAT team helps arrest AC burglary suspect

    Arkansas City police called in a regional special weapons and tactics team Thursday to aid in the arrest of a man accused of entering someone's home and stealing cash and two handguns.

    Moran to make two stops in Winfield Thurs.

    U.S. Congressman Jerry Moran will be in Winfield Thursday for stops at the Kansas Veterans' Home and to make an address at a Kiwanis Club meeting.

    Show filming Sanderholm episode next week

    Extreme Forensics will spend about a week in Kansas and interview several people from Cowley County as part of an episode on the methods used to crack the Jodi Sanderholm murder case.

    Police arrest Wichita robbery suspect in Winf.

    Winfield police called out the SWAT team Thursday to arrest a man suspected of several robberies in Sedgwick County.

    UPDATE: Sanchez arrested in Derby Tuesday

    UPDATE:10:30 p.m. - Jared Sanchez was arrested at a home near Derby Monday evening, according to media reports.

    Ark City police bust pair for meth, drug items

    Arkansas City police searched a residence Saturday and arrested two Cowley County residents on drug charges, according to a written statement from police.

    State advises getting seasonal flu shot early

    State health officials say it's a good idean to get vaccinated for the season flu earlier than usual this year before the expected rush for a Swine Flu vaccine that is currently under development.

    Wilders returning after year away from festival

    The Wilders ? a popular Kansas City-area honky tonk band ? will return to this year's Walnut Valley Festival after a year away. It will be the ninth appearance for the four-member group.

    AC police find drug production items in search

    Pot growing and methamphetamine making items were found by investigators searching a home in Arkansas City Thursday, according to a written report from police.

    Ouch: Man arrested after beaten with own gun

    An Arkansas City man got hit with his own gun and then toted off to jail following an incident early Sunday morning.

    Estes talks budget cuts with state lawmakers

    Winfield schools superintendent Marvin Estest told lawmakers in Topeka Tuesday that school administrators would like to know sooner rather than later if additional budget cuts are necessary.

    Oklahoma quilter to be in Arkansas City Sept. 14

    Lola Jenkins ? an up-and-coming, award-winning quilter from central Oklahoma ? is the featured speaker at the Sept. meeting of the Walnut Valley Quilters Guild.

    Opening of roundabout delayed a few weeks

    A new roundabout on the U.S. 77 bypass in Arkansas City will open at least a couple weeks later than expected because of heavier-than-usual rains this summer, state transportation officials said Monday.

    Asphalt project on Cowley 3 starts next week

    Work is set to begin next week on an asphalt overlay project in Cowley County that is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project covers 6.5 miles of Cowley 3 from Udall to Cowley 18.

    AC cops: Man caught inside Woods Lumber

    Two Arkansas City men were arrested after police said they were caught trying to rip off Woods Lumber early Thursday morning.

    Veteran's Home in Winfield cutting some jobs

    The Kansas Veteran's Home in Winfield is reducing the number of people it employs to help address a $700,000 budget shortfall, superintendent Jim Hays said Friday.

    Winfield Police for Aug. 23 through Aug. 31, 2009

    Winfield Police activity for Aug. 23 through Aug. 31, 2009 included:

    County child dies of H1N1; Winf. inmate sick

    A 6-year-old Cowley County child has died after being sick with the H1N1 Flu, also known as Swine Flu, health officials said Wednesday.

    Cowley gets $50K grant to train more CNAs

    Cowley College has received a $50,000 grant to help those who didn't graduate earn a high school diploma and find work, according to a statement from the school.

    Hicks Chapel to celebrate 100 years Sunday

    Hicks Chapel United Methodist Church near Dexter will celebrate its 100th Anniversary Sunday with a number of special events, church officials have announced.

    UPDATE: Juden's body arrives in Cowley Co.

    The remains of Army Sgt. Tyler Juden - who was killed in Afghanistan just over a week ago - arrived in Cowley County Monday just after noon.

    Winfield Police Dept. for Sept. 8 to Sept. 20, 2009

    Winfield Police Department activity for Sept. 8 through Sept. 20, 2009 included:

    AC cops: Morning drug bust turns up cocaine

    An man and woman were arrested at their Arkansas City home early Wednesday following a months-long investigation into suspected drug activity at the home, Ark City Chief Sean Wallace said.

    Ark City police for Sept. 18 through Sept. 22

    Arkansas City police for Sept. 18 through Sept. 22, 2009 included:

    Caldwell man killed in wreck west of Ark City

    A Caldwell man died Friday night from injuries sustained when his vehicle crossed the center line of U.S. 166 highway and collided with a semi truck midway between Arkansas City and South Haven.

    Former AC resident dies in wreck Saturday

    A Ponca City woman died Saturday afternoon following a rollover accident near the Kansas/Oklahoma border southwest of Arkansas City, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The accident occurred in Sumner County and marked the second roadway fatality in that county in under 24 hours.

    Winfield police to crackdown on seat belt use

    Police in Winfield will use special federal grant funding to increase enforcement of seat belt and child passenger safety laws beginning in October.

    Ark City roundabout to open Thursday morn.

    The new Arkansas City Roundabout and the U.S. 77 bypass will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday, about a month after work was originally scheduled to be complete.

    State to get first, small shipment of H1N1 vax

    Kansas will get its first shipment of H1N1 flu vaccine in the coming days but the shipment will be small ? about 16,000 doses ? and be reserved for those in high risk groups, state health officials said.

    Sunflower Credit Union merger happens Thurs

    Sunflower Credit Union in Arkansas City will officially merge with Wichita-based Mid-American Credit Union on Thursday, the companies said.

    Man passes out, drives into shed near Summit

    A man passed out, lost control of his vehicle and clipped a shed at the corner of Kansas and Summit in Arkansas City around noon Friday, police said.

    Main break closes part of Main Street Sunday

    A water main break in Winfield late Sunday slowed traffic on a portion of Main Street and kept city crews busy well into the night.

    UPDATE: Victims of Wed. crash are named

    UPDATE: 10 p.m. - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified the two people killed in the accident near First Council Casino Wednesday.

    AC cops: Man is arrested with gun and weed

    Pot and a handgun got Ark City's Kenji T. Walker into trouble with local authorities Wednesday, according to a report from the Ark City police department.

    Stakeout leads to arrests in anhydrous thefts

    Three Ark City residents were arrested late Friday as the result of an ongoing investigation into anhydrous ammonia thefts at the Hackney branch of Valley Co-Op, sheriff Don Read said Monday.

    Local group gets grant to fight teen smoking

    A Winfield group has received a $1,500 grant to combat tobacco use among local teenagers.

    5 Winfield schools recognized for test scores

    Five schools in Winfield earned the highest level of achievement on state reading and math assessment tests taken last spring, USD 465 officials announced Tuesday.

    UPDATE: Authorities find wanted man Friday

    UPDATE 9:30 p.m.: Authorities arrested Billie G. Francis ? a man wanted on warrants in Sedgwick County and Arkansas City ? hours after a search for him had ended Friday.

    UPDATE: Smith talks of dropped coke charge

    UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. - County attorney Chris Smith has acknowledged receiving a letter to dismiss the charge in the case. He said the case was dismissed without prejudice, which means the charge could be refiled.

    Tues. search warrant leads to pounds of pot

    A search of a rural Cowley County home Tuesday turned up what authorities believe was a marijuana-growing operation east of Ark City.

    H1N1 clinics are offered for at-risk children

    The City-Cowley County Health Dept. will hold a special H1N1 vaccination clinic Friday for children with high-risk medical conditions.

    Cowley water district earns clean water award

    Cowley County's Rural Water District #1 has been recognized by the state for striving to provide a public water supply that goes beyond normal standards for safety.

    Junelle Hills will be quilt speaker for November

    Junelle Hills will be the guest speaker at the November meetings of the Walnut Valley Quilters Guild.

    SC rape case interview may happen this week

    Winfield police expect to interview a man ? sought for questioning as part of what is described as a date-rape type of investigation involving Southwestern College students ? as early as this week, police chief Danny Parker said Tuesday.

    Football, soccer pep rally set for 7 p.m. Wed.

    Winfield High School will hold a community pep rally at Sonner Stadium on Wednesday night at 7.

    Brown brothers heading to prison for shooting

    Aaron "Big A" Brown and his brother, Lee Brown, are headed to prison for a shooting at an Ark City apartment complex earlier this year that left a Wichita man critically injured.

    UPDATE: Kid on the tracks was a 3-year-old

    UPDATE: There had been some questions about facts related to this story so I called the police department to clarify. Chief Parker confirms the child was 3, not 2.

    AC Boy on bike OK after colliding with pickup

    A 7-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon after riding his bicycle into traffic and colliding with a small pickup truck pulling a trailer, an officer at the scene said.

    Fire destroys cotton, truck at gin on Saturday

    Fire destroyed 61 cotton modules and a semi-truck Saturday at the Southern Kansas Cotton Growers gin near Winfield, fire officials said.

    Winfield Police Department for Nov. 5 to Nov. 8

    Winfield Police Dept. activity for Nov. 5 through Nov. 8 included:

    Clean air group offers quit packs for smokers

    The Clean Air Cowley County Coalition will offer free Quit Packs to smokers who turn in their cigarettes or other tobacco products during the Great America Smokeout Nov. 19. Quit packs will be available at health department offices in Winfield and Ark City.

    Veteran's Day activities planned for tomorrow

    There are a variety of activities planned to observe Veteran's Day on Wednesday. NewsCow has started a list of those activities, send us an e-mail if you have something to add.

    4th dist. candidate Kelsey in Winfield Friday

    A town hall meeting with State Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, is set for Friday morning at Deets Library on the campus of Southwestern College.

    FINE TIME: City to write tickets for RR delays

    Trains blocking Winfield's Main Street have become the subject of so many citizen complaints lately that police chief Danny Parker called a meeting and told officers to write tickets to the railroad company holding up traffic.

    Powerball winner to be introduced on Friday

    Kansas Lottery officials will introduce the winner of the $96.6 million Powerball jackpot during a news conference set for Friday afternoon in Topeka. The drawing was held Wednesday and a Kansan held a ticket that matched all numbers.

    Smith: Quarter-pusher machines have to go

    Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith says he's putting out a letter to law enforcement agencies in the county about the need to remove quarter-pushing machines from area businesses.

    Legacy Thanksgiving banquet is set for Thurs.

    Legacy's annual Thanksgiving banquet is set for Thursday in Winfield. This year's featured speaker is Ark City Dr. Jerry Old.

    BETTER BILLS?: Nat. gas, power prices drop

    Looks like winter utility bills in Winfield could be lower this season than they were last year.

    AC elementary school earns honor from group

    Arkansas City Public Schools recently received an award from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force.

    Suspect in pursuit worked for Sheriff Read

    A 22-year-old Winfield man ? who works for the Cowley County Sheriff's Dept. ? was the suspect arrested following a pursuit Sunday evening, sheriff Don Read said.

    KHP releases names of those hurt in crash

    UPDATE: 11 p.m. - All those involved in the accident Tuesday are expected to fully recover. Ford is the only reported to still be in the hospital.

    Seeing Red: Donation boxes getting attention

    Red Box donation bins popping up in Winfield recently have annoyed some local residents and caught the eye of city officials, but the boxes may or may not be staying, says an official with the company that placed them here.

    Familiar Ark City murals are set to come down

    Familiar window murals in downtown Ark City will be replaced this week as part of an effort to become compliant with a city ordinance passed last year.

    Eric Mata will be Ark City's new K-9 handler

    Eric Mata ? an officer with the Arkansas City Police Dept. - will be the department's new K-9 handler, chief Sean Wallace announced Friday.

    It's official: Falletti is named eco devo director

    Kerri Falletti will be the new economic development director at Cowley First, the group's coordinating council announced Monday. She replaces Heidi Hill, who resigned earlier this year after being placed on administrative leave.

    Jury convicts Montoya of DUI on Tuesday

    Ric Montoya was convicted of driving under the influence during a jury trial in Winfield that concluded Tuesday, Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith said.

    State will close Winfield armory in early 2010

    The National Guard Armory in Winfield is one of several that will close early in 2010 due to state budget cuts.

    Woman injured in Saturday wreck has died

    UPDATE: 1:35 p.m. Sunday - An 89-year-old rural Ark City woman has died of injuries sustained when the car she was driving collided with an oncoming pickup on U.S. 77 south of Ark City Saturday, undersheriff Bill Mueller said.

    Ark City man critical after fight at stateline bar

    An Ark City man remains in critical condition this morning after being beaten up Monday at a recently opened bar on the stateline, authorities and hospital officials said.

    Authorities identify suspects in beating at bar

    Two men arrested on alcohol-related charges in Kay County, Okla. are now facing Cowley County charges in connection with the beating of Bart Canaday Monday, authorities said Tuesday.

    Talk of closing Winfield prison brewing again

    Talk of closing the Winfield Correctional Facility has resurfaced this week as state agencies brace for what is expected to be a very tight budget year at the state level.

    Ark City police for Dec. 9 through Dec. 12, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Department for DEC 9 through DEC 12

    Ark City police for Dec. 13 through Dec. 15, 2009

    Arkansas City Police Department for Dec 13 through 15, 2009

    Bethany Gerber is named Miss Kansas 2010

    Winfield's Bethany Gerber was named Miss Kansas USA 2010 over the weekend in Lawrence. She will represent Kansas in the Miss USA pageant this Spring.

    Blaze torches AC home at Ninth and Kansas

    Four family members ? including a child ? were able to escape a major house fire at the corner of Ninth and W. Kansas in Ark City early Thursday, fire officials said.

    Cowley County Sheriff report for Dec. 15, 2009

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Dec 15:

    Cowley County Sheriff for Dec. 18 through Dec. 22

    Sheriff's Office Reports for Dec. 18 through Dec. 22 2009:

    Police: Winfield man, 77, is reported missing

    Winfield police are looking for an elderly man who was reported missing by his family Thursday.

    Cowley County Sheriff for Dec. 23 to Dec. 27

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office reports for Dec 23 through Dec 27:

    Cowley County Sheriff for Dec. 28 to Dec. 30

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office reports for Dec 28 through Dec 30, 2009:

    State treasurer to speak to local Rotary Club

    Kansas state treasurer Dennis McKinney will address the Winfield Rotary Club at noon Wednesday.

    Health officials stressing cold-weather safety

    State and local health officials are stressing the importance of protecting yourself from the single-digit temperatures and below-zero wind chill conditions.

    Cowley County Sheriff's report for Jan. 8 to Jan. 10

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office reports for Jan 8 through Jan 10

    Trial in K. Koroma case is delayed until Spring

    The trial for a man accused of killing Winfield's Kiyon Koroma in Oklahoma City a year ago, has been delayed until the spring, according to Oklahoma District Court records.

    Search for Richard D. May leads to Oklahoma

    Investigators leading the search for Richard D. May said Tuesday that they now know the Winfield man visted a friend in Oklahoma on the day he was last seen.

    Local prison escapees apprehended in Miss.

    Two inmates that escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility in November were located and apprehended in Mississippi, corrections officials said.

    Budget woes could close local court for weeks

    Cowley County District Court employees are anxious to see if legislators can restore all or part of a funding shortfall that ? if left unaddressed ? would lead to a series of week-long employee furloughs.

    Two busted after search in Ark City on Friday

    Two people were arrested Friday after Ark City police searched a local residence and turned up evidence of drug-related activity.

    Ten formally charged in large-scale drug blitz

    Ten suspects ? all from the Ark City area ? made their first appearance in a Cowley County courtroom Thursday afternoon, a day after being arrested in a large scale drug-enforcement blitz three years in the making.

    Alliance: 15,000 have been laid off since '08

    More than 15,000 south central Kansas workers ? mostly in the aviation industry ? have been laid off since Oct. 2008, according to the latest numbers from the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas.

    More snow?: Winter weather watch in effect

    Looks like more snow could be headed our way.

    Ark City native gets news anchor job in Texas

    Jeff Vaughn ? who grew up in Ark City ? has joined KENS 5 in San Antonio as a news anchor.

    Double Eagle is offering Hunter Safety course

    Double Eagle Firearms in Ark City will be offering a free Kansas hunter education course on the last weekend of February.

    Moran to visit Ark City hospital Tues. morning

    Senate candidate and U.S. Congressman Jerry Moran will be at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Ark City Tuesday.

    Schodorf to make appearance in Winfield Fri.

    State Sen. Jean Schodorf ? who is running to fill the U.S. 4th District Congressional seat being vacated by Todd Tiahrt ? will be at Southwestern College on Friday for a Town Hall meeting.

    Police bust up drinking party at Cowley Sun.

    Several students were cited for drinking underage after Ark City police helped bust up a drinking party at the Kirkdale dorms at Cowley College Sunday.

    Search for Richard May intensifies; Daughter says he "sometimes helped the wrong people"

    It's been nearly two months since anyone last saw Richard May ? a Winfield man known for playing his harmonica as he strolled the streets downtown or grabbed a bite at a local restaurant ? and still little is known about how or why he disappeared.

    Weather: Snow is likely Thursday and Friday

    Cowley County is included in a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service that is in effect from midnight tonight through 6 a.m. Friday.

    Cowley County Sheriff report for Feb. 1, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Department report for Feb 1, 2010

    Court furlough scheduled for February nixed

    Cowley County District Court offices in Ark City and Winfield will not close for a week in February after all, state court officials said Thursday.

    Dog named Lee picked as Ark City's K-9 unit

    Ark City police have chosen a Belgium Malinois dog ? named Lee ? as the department's first K-9 officer, according to chief Sean Wallace.

    Butler Co. authorities ask help finding car

    Authorities in Butler County are asking for help locating a vehicle connected to a homicide investigation under way in a rural part of that county.

    College tuition a big prize at CCL casino night

    College tuition at Cowley College and Butler County Community College are the top prizes at Creative Community Living's annual Casino Night.

    Accomplished vet surgeon offers Cowley class

    Dr. Steven Swaim ? an accomplished veterinarian who spent 38 years teaching at Auburn University's veterinary college ? will teach a class at Cowley College in March.

    Work Force Center offering workshops in AC

    The Wichita Work Force Center will host free educational workshops in Ark City next month that will focus on helping local job seekers.

    Arkansas City Police Department Reports for Feb 16 through Feb 21, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Reports for Feb 16 through Feb 21, 2010

    Slick roadways lead to accidents across state

    Slick conditions caused some traffic accidents in the area Sunday night.

    Abrams, Kelley to host town hall meeting Sat.

    State Sen. Steve Abrams and 79th Dist. Rep. Kasha Kelley will host a town hall meeting - in which they will discuss state tax dollars and how they are spent - Saturday in Ark City.

    Ark City teen in serious condition after crash

    An Ark City teen is in serious condition following a head-on collision on the Arkansas River bridge south of Ark City late Sunday. A woman injured in the accident was treated and released from the hospital.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Feb 19 through Feb 21, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Feb 19 through Feb 21, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Feb 23, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Feb 23, 2010

    Four are dead in accident on Kansas turnpike

    Update: 10:30 p.m. - KAKE News has named the four killed in Wednesday night's accident on the turnpike:

    Arkansas City Police Department Reports for Feb 28 and Mar 1, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Reports for Feb 28 and Mar 1, 2010

    Newkirk man dies in crash while eluding cops

    A Newkirk man was killed Monday when he rolled his car while trying to evade a Kay County Sheriff's deputy who was trying to pull him over, according to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Debater from Winf. helps Baylor win dist. title

    Winfield's John Cook helped Baylor Unversity's debate team capture the District 3 championship tournament in Dallas over the weekend, the school has announced.

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 2, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 2, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 10, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for Mar 10, 2010

    Sources: Winfield Police have a person of interest in Richard May disappearance case

    Winfield Police have a person of interest they believe may have something to do with the December disappearance of Richard D. May, NewsCow has confirmed.

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 11, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 11, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 11, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 11, 2010

    4 more die on accident on turnpike in Sumner

    Four people were killed on the Kansas turnpike in Sumner County early Monday morning.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 15, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 15, 2010

    Three people arrested, mobile meth lab found

    Three people were arrested Wednesday in connection with an investigation in that led to the discovery of a meth lab inside a vehicle.

    Another dose of winter weather is expected

    Yuck, it seems Cowley County and south central Kansas may get hit with one more blast of winter weather this weekend.

    Authorites name 2 arrested after drug probe

    Authorities have released the names of two men arrested after a drug-related investigation that began in the parking lot of Native Lights Casino.

    Cowley County Police Report for Mar 16 - 18, 2010

    Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 16 ? 18, 2010

    UPDATE: Authorities release names in wreck

    UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Saturday - Joseph D. Peters, 22, Winfield, was the driver of the white 2004 Chevy Impala that caused a 5-car chain reaction accident Friday, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 19-21, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 19-21, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Mar 19--21, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 19 ? 21, 2010

    Montana Mike's nears deal for Ridge property

    The Ridge Restaurant in Winfield will close this week and is expected to reopen as Montana Mike's Steakhouse, a regional chain that operates a number of other Kansas locations.

    Accident victim is named; listed in fair cond.

    UPDATE: 10:15 p.m. - The person in Tuesday's accident was identified as Leah Lawrence, a high school senior.

    Koroma trial date close; plea deal discussed

    A murder trial for the suspect accused of killing Winfield's Kiyon Koroma is set to begin in Oklahoma City in less than two weeks but a plea agreement that would resolve the case is being discussed.

    Arkansas City Police Department Record for Mar 25, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Mar 25, 2010

    Winfield Police Department Report for Mar 28, 2010

    Winfield Police Department Report for Mar 28, 2010

    Trash talk: Winfield working with state on a way to make trash collecting safer for workers

    It's probably a little early to start cursing the state over plans to bring automated, or semi-automated, trash collection to Winfield, officials say.

    Woman hurt in U.S. 77 wreck remains critical

    A young woman injured in a fatality accident near Strother Field Tuesday remained in critical condition early Wednesday, according to a spokesperson at Wesley Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 30, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 30, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 31, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Mar 31, 2010

    Going pink at basketball game raised $6,168

    Students at high schools in Ark City and Winfield raised over $6,000 for cancer research as part of the Pink Zone Cancer initiative.

    Koroma slaying suspect guilty of manslaughter

    George Robert Anderson III has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Winfield's Kiyon Koroma at an Oklahoma City hotel last year.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Apr 2-4, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Apr 2-4, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for April 6, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for April 6, 2010

    Winfield Police Department Report for Apr 8, 2010

    Winfield Police Department Report for April 8, 2010

    Back at it: Familiar perp Tasered; bites cop

    Winfield police briefly used a Taser Thursday to subdue a an out-of-control female suspect that bit one law enforcement officer and kicked another, police chief Danny Parker said.

    PIPING UP: Materials for pipeline work arrive

    Rows of pipe that will become part of TransCanada's massive Keystone Pipeline System have been delivered in recent weeks to a rural field west of Winfield.

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Apr 12, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Apr 12, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for Apr 13, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Apr 13, 2010

    Patricia Bailey

    Patricia L. Bailey, 63, of Winfield, passed away Tuesday morning, April 13, 2010 at her home.

    Elderly man is injured in wreck near Winfield

    An accident north of Winfield Wednesday morning has left an elderly El Dorado man hospitalized, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Apr 14, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Apr 14, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Apr 15, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Apr 15, 2010

    WHS students do well at music festival Thurs.

    Winfield High School music students participated in the Kansas State High School Activities Association State Large Group Music Festival, held Thursday in Winfield.

    Robert Meadows

    Robert J. Meadows, 65, of Winfield, died April 12, 2010 at his home.

    Driver gets DUI; Passenger found with drugs

    Ark City police arrested one man for DUI and took his passenger to jail on drug charges early Friday morning, according to a written report.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Apr 16-18, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for Apr 16 ? 18, 2010

    Ann Fry

    Ann Erlynn (Lacy) Fry, 59, died Saturday morning, April 17, 2010, with her family around her in her home.

    Charles Wright II

    Charles (Chuck) W. Wright II, 85, of Winfield, passed away April 19, 2010, at Riverview Manor in Oxford.

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Apr 21, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for Apr 21, 2010

    Charles Wright II

    Services for Charles (Chuck) W. Wright, II, were performed Tuesday at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery in Winfield.

    Todd Tiahrt to make stop in Winfield Saturday

    Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt, R-Wichita, will have a meet and greet in Winfield Saturday. He is a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

    Parker: Cops 'frustrated' by May investigation

    An investigation into the disappearance of Richard May has stalled and investigators have become frustrated with the lack of progress in the case, Winfield Chief Danny Parker said Monday.

    9 drug-blitz defendants get plea arrangement

    Nine people arrested as part of a large-scale drug-enforcement blitz in January have reached plea agreements with the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

    Cowley County native, 20, dies in auto crash

    A Cowley County native died Monday evening in a two-vehicle accident in western Kansas, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    UPDATE: Man involved in wreck has died

    UPDATE 2:15 p.m. Wednesday: Authorities say it was Gerald Ehmke, 91, Winfield, who was involved in the accident on 152nd Rd. Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to the local hospital and later died.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Apr 24 - 27, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Apr 24 ? 27, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Apr 30 thru May 2, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Apr 30 thru May 2, 2010APR 30

    Patricia Rosecrans

    Patricia A. Rosecrans, 81, of Winfield, passed away May 1, 2010, in Wichita, Kansas.

    State found problems it asked CCDS to fix

    Paychecks issued too soon and company car benefits ? that went unreported to the IRS for at least three years ? were concerns the state turned up during a visit to Cowley County Developmental Services last summer.

    Ark City hydrant flushing continuing Monday

    Ark City's water department will continue its hydrant flushing program beginning Monday.

    Earl Asbury

    Earl Asbury, 88, of Latham, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, May 5, 2010, at his home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for May 7 - 9, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for May 7-9, 2010

    Robert Dunn

    Robert E. Dunn, 59, of Winfield, passed away May 9, 2010, at his home.

    Sexy shots: Gerber's photo attracts attention

    The Miss USA Pageant is Sunday but Winfield's Bethany Gerber, who is the current Miss Kansas USA, is already attracting plenty of attention in Las Vegas.

    Chicago weather crew is here tracking storm

    The area's severe weather outbreak has attracted weather experts from Illinois to the area to document the storms.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for May 11, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for May 11, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for May 11, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for May 11, 2010

    Flock of attorneys want shot at local judgeship

    Judge J. Michael Smith's decision to retire from his position as Cowley County's chief judge has set off a flurry of activity amongst local attorneys interested in taking Smith's place.

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for May 12, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Report for May 12, 2010

    Gerber has top-15 finish at Ms. USA pageant

    Bethany Gerber's efforts at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas were good enough to earn the Winfield woman a top-15 finish among 51 contestants.

    Truck, 3-wheeler collide near Geuda Sunday

    An area teenager was injured Sunday evening when the three-wheeler ATV vehicle he was riding collided with a pickup truck near Geuda Springs.

    Boxing tourney brings 2 days of bouts to Winfield

    Local boxer Manny Green was the lone member of the local Team Punisher club to box at the Junior Olympics Regional held Friday and Saturday in Winfield.

    Busted: Teens drinking hit with citations Sat.

    Three adults and six juveniles were cited for drinking underage at a party southeast of Winfield Saturday night that sent at least one person to the hospital, unsheriff Bill Mueller said Monday.

    Reinspection of Winfield properties to start

    The Cowley County Appraiser's Office is set to begin its annual reinspection of properties in Winfield during the week of May 17. This process will continue through the summer months and into the fall.

    Vernon Osborn

    Vernon Leroy Osborn, 78, of Burden, Kan., passed away Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2010, at the Dexter Care Center.

    Jeremiah Atchison

    Jeremiah Louis Atchison, 29, of Winfield, Kan., passed away at his Mosaic home on Tuesday morning, May 18, 2010.

    Commissioners green light pipeline, sort of

    With piles of oil pipeline stacked in a field west of Winfield waiting and ready to be buried in Cowley County soil, spokesmen for the TransCanada Keystone Oil Pipeline Project appeared before county commissioners Tuesday evening in an attempt to get some paperwork in order.

    Meetings on passenger rail service are set

    Arkansas City is on each of four prospective Amtrak train routes slated for Kansas as part of a recent feasibility study, but there is no guarantee the town's depot will ever see passenger train service there again, officials said.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 16 - 18, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Department Reports for May 16 ? 18, 2010

    New season set to kick off for farmers' market

    Orange will help Walnut Valley Farmers' Market shoppers go green this summer.

    Muret is first to file for district court judge post

    Winfield's Bill Muret has become the first attorney to file for the judgeship that opened when J. Michael Smith announced he would be retiring.

    Cowley soccer player killed in a crash in Okla.

    Dayton Rodrigues ? a Cowley College student who was a co-captain on the school's soccer team ? was killed over the weekend in a motorcycle accident near Tulsa, Okla., school officials have confirmed.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 19-23, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 19 - 23, 2010

    Dems are hosting a meet your candidate night

    Cowley County Democrats are hosting a Get to Know Your Candidate Night and bean feed fundraiser next week in Winfield.

    Iverson formally files seeking local judgeship

    E. Rodney Iverson, an attorney in Ark City, formally filed to seek a district court judgeship in Cowley County. He filed with the Kansas Secretary of State's Office last week.

    Teen takes off while AC cops search for drugs

    Two juveniles inside a vehicle at the W. Chestnut Bridge Saturday evening could face charges resulting from a search for drugs.

    USD 470 will again offer free summer meals

    The Ark City school district will again offer free meals to children this summer, district officials said. This is the fourth year for the program.

    Krusor will run; Trimmer files for reelection

    Mark Krusor tells NewsCow he will run for the judge's spot that will open when J. Michael Smith retires. Krusor is a Democrat.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 25, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 25, 2010

    Archer: New AC hospital is ahead of schedule

    Work on Ark City's replacement hospital just of U.S. 77 is at least a month ahead of schedule and $1.2 million under budget, city officials said this week.

    Ark City pawn broker has felony conviction tossed out by the Kansas Supreme Court

    An Arkansas City pawn broker has had a felony obstruction conviction overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court.

    John Adams

    John H.F. Adams, 80, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday morning, June 3, 2010, at Winfield Resthaven.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 3, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 3, 2010

    Winfield Police Report for June 4, 2010

    Winfield Police Report for June 4, 2010

    Smith to switch parties, file for judgeship Mon.

    Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith will switch parties and file to run for district court judge as a Republican.

    Open Mike: Restaurant to get cooking Tues.

    Montana Mike's Steakhouse in Winfield doesn't officially open for business until Tuesday, but staff spent the weekend preparing and serving meals to invitation-only crowds.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 4 - 6, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 4 ? 6, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 9-10, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 9 ? 10, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 6 - 10, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 6 ? 10, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 11 - 14, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 11 ? 14, 2010

    National Guard Band performing Friday in AC

    The Kansas Army National Guard Band will perform Friday in Ark City.

    Train removed from unstable bridge Tuesday

    Two train locomotives and two rail cars ? which were stuck on an unstable railroad bridge in Sumner County ? were removed from the tracks safely Tuesday night, according to a report from KAKE News.

    Creekstone plant cited for 'serious' violations

    Creekstone Farms Premium Beef has been cited by federal inspectors and is accused of exposing workers to the potential for a catastrophic release of ammonia at its Ark City plant.

    Cops release details of drug bust and charges

    Winfield authorities have released details of a large-scale drug sweep made last week. A number of people were arrested in connection with the sweep, which as based on a year-long investigation.

    Thomas Gillock

    Thomas Chatham Gillock, 96, of Arkansas City, passed away at the Winfield Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, June 15, from congestive heart failure and pneumonia. The past sixteen months he had been residing at Winfield Resthaven, Inc.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 16 - 20, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 16 - 20, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for June 18-21, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 18 ? 21, 2010

    Elderly man seriously hurt in wreck near CV

    Two men were sent to the hospital late Wednesday after a collision west of Cedar Vale that left one of the men partially trapped under a horse trailer for a time.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 22 - 25, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 22 ? 25, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 30 & July 1, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 30 and July 1, 2010

    Tracy Spencer

    Tracy R. Spencer, 64, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday afternoon, July 5, 2010, at his home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 2 - 5, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 2 ? 5, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for July 5 & 6, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for July 5 & 6, 2010

    Convicted killer Thurber complains to state and Traveler about the prosecutors in his case

    Justin Thurber's days behind bars have afforded him time to put together letters complaining about the attorneys who prosecuted his case.

    Local attorney seriously hurt in wreck on Wed.

    Winfield attorney Chris Rogers was seriously injured in a collision on U.S. 160 just east of Grenola Wednesday afternoon.

    Milton Redford

    Milton R. "Mutt" Redford, 89, of Cambridge, Kan. passed away early Thursday morning, July 8, 2010, at the Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield.

    Feds close Home National; RCB to take over

    Home National Bank ? an Oklahoma-based institution with branches in Winfield and Ark City ? was closed by federal banking regulators Friday and its 15 branches will reopen Saturday under the ownership of RCB Bank.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for July 8 - 10, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for July 8 ? 10, 2010

    Local bar beating suspect is returned to Kan.

    The suspect in the March beating of a mentally challenged Winfield man was arrested in Colorado and returned to Cowley County this week, county attorney Chris Smith said.

    Convicted felon nabbed in drug bust on Wed.

    Cole Hartung ? a Winfield man convicted of firing a gun into a local home in 2006 ? is now facing drug charges following a drug bust late Wednesday.

    Sources: Graves in AC and Winfield to sell

    Graves Drug stores in Ark City and Winfield are in the process of being sold to a company out of Oklahoma, NewsCow has confirmed.

    Authorities identify man killed by falling car

    UPDATE: 10:21 a.m. Thursday - Stephen C. Garringer, 28, was identified as the man killed Tuesday.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for July 15 - 17, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for JULY 15 ? 17, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for July 23 - 27, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for July 23 ? 27, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 28, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 28, 2010

    Nationally known quilter Barrows will visit AC

    Jodi Barrows - nationally known quilting teacher, speaker and writer - will be the August speaker at meetings of the Walnut Valley Quilters Guild.

    Little progress is made in Richard May case

    An investigation into the disappearance of Richard May is still moving along very slowly, Winfield police chief Danny Parker said Thursday.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 5, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 5, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 6 - 8, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 6 ? 8, 2010

    Second electronic recycle day is on Aug. 28

    Cowley County residents have another chance to recycle computer and electronic goods they no longer are using.

    Nelda Meyer

    Nelda Lucille Meyer, 85, of Rock, Kan., died Saturday, August 7, 2010, at the Riverview Manor of Oxford.

    Read: Charges likely in scuffle at county jail

    Aggravated battery charges are expected to be filed against two Cowley County Jail inmates accused of battering and choking another inmate late last week, sheriff Don Read said Wednesday.

    Contractors, businessmen offered tax classes

    Cowley First would like to remind contractors and small business people about two tax workshops that are coming soon.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 9 - 10, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 9 ? 10, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 9 - 10, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 9 ? 10, 2010

    Winfield Police Reports for August 9 - 10, 2010

    Winfield Police Reports for August 9 ? 10, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 13 - 15, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 13 ? 15, 2010

    3 from Arkansas arrested in drug investigation

    Three Arkansas residents have been arrested in connection with a drug investigation at the corner of 19th and Main in Winfield Tuesday afternoon, according to Winfield police Det. Frank Owens.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 15 - 17, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 15 ? 17, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff Office Reports for August 17 - 18, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff Office Reports for August 17 ? 18, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for August 19 - 21, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 19 ? 21, 2010

    Newkirk vet Free to expand at former TLC site

    Dr. Adam Free - a veterinarian in Newkirk, Okla. - is expanding into Cowley County and will open a clinic in the former TLC vet clinic building in the coming months, a spokesperson for Dr. Free said Tuesday.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 25 - 26, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 25 - 26, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 25 - 29, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 25 ? 29, 2010

    SoCal quilter to present in Winfield this month

    Patricia Knoechel - a quilter from Southern California - will be the featured speaker at September meetings of the Walnut Valley Quilter's Guild.

    Winona Robinson

    Winona Emely (Downing) Robinson, 86, Arkansas City, died Sunday, August 29, 2010, at her home after a long and courageous battle against congestive heart failure. Her husband and daughter were at her side.

    County attorney to consider charges in fatality

    The Cowley County Attorney's office will review reports from a fatality accident in March to determine if charges are necessary.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 27 - 31, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for August 27 ? 31, 2010

    Kimberly "Lynn" Daniels

    Kimberly Jerrilynn "Lynn" Daniels, 47, Winfield, passed away early Monday morning, September 6, 2010, in Wichita.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 1 - 2, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 1 ? 2, 2010

    Hurricane Hermine saves some rain for Kan.

    Like clockwork September brings with it the Walnut Valley Festival and, the threat of heavy rains to soak campers.

    Prepping starts for new Miss Walnut Pageant

    Preparations have started for the new Miss Walnut Valley Pageant, an event that will qualify winners for the Miss Kansas Pageant.

    Creekstone ID theft probe leads to indictment

    Inocente Monroy Alcantara, who is accused of working at Ark City's Creekstone Farms meatpacking plant under an assumed name, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges stemming from an identity-theft investigation involving a U.S. Marine.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 3 - 9, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 3 ? 9, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 10 - 12, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 10 ? 12, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for September 10 - 12, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for September 10 ? 12, 2010

    Charline Hicks

    Charline Ruth Hicks, 79, Arkansas City, died Thursday, September 16, 2010, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    WVF 2010: Tidbits and highlights of the fest

    Another Walnut Valley Festival has come and gone. As usual, Dakotah and I spent plenty of time eating, listening and relaxing, all in the name of journalism. OK, occasionally in the name of journalism.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 15 - 19, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 15 ? 19

    Safe Homes to open new local shelter Oct. 1

    Safe Homes Inc. has announced the reopening of a local shelter to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

    Man arrested after cops search car for drugs

    A search of a car in Winfield Wednesday turned up meth, pot and items related to the manufacturing of meth, police said Thursday.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 20 - 21, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 20 ? 21, 2010

    Ark City man dies in wreck near casino Sun.

    An Ark City man was killed late Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a car near First Council Casino in Oklahoma.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for September 23, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Report for September 23, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 24 - 28, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for September 24 ? 28, 2010

    AC native to promote movie role here, tonight

    Sgt. Russell Schalk ? a 2003 Ark City High School graduate and Army recruiter ? will be in Cowley County Friday night promoting the independent film Winter's Bone.

    UPDATE: Woman in train, car crash has died

    UPDATE: 4:20 p.m., Monday - Janelle McKinney has died from injuries received Saturday when her car collided with a train, family and authorities confirm.

    Winfield Police Reports for September 29 - October 3, 2010

    Winfield Police Reports for September 29 ? October 3, 2010

    New local pageant is making a call for entries

    Entries are being sought for the first Miss Walnut Valley Pageant scheduled for next month in Ark City, organizers announced Tuesday.

    Major pot growing operation found in Cowley

    More than 2,100 marijuana plants were uprooted and destroyed - and 10 pounds of weed was seized - during a drug bust in Cowley County Monday, Sheriff Don Read said Tuesday.

    Commerce secretary to speak at local forum

    Kansas Secretary of Commerce Bill Thornton will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Cowley County Economic Forum hosted by Cowley First and chambers of commerce in Ark City and Winfield.

    Truck, train collide north of Winfield on Wed.

    A man suffered minor injuries early Wednesday evening when the utility truck he was driving collided with a train north of Winfield, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Arkansas City hospital launches new Web site

    South Central Kansas Medical Center has launched a new Web site to mark the next phase of transition toward the opening of its new hospital early next year.

    Jeffrey Ryan, Sr.

    Jeffrey L. Ryan, Sr., 46, of Winfield, Kan., and Ticonderoga, NY, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2010, following a courageous battle with Leukemia.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for October 5 - 7, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for October 5 ? 7, 2010

    Two hospitalized after crashes in Cowley Fri.

    A woman was hospitalized late Friday after a one-vehicle accident just south of Rock, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Authorities conduct a search at rural business

    Authorities conducted a search and made arrests at a home and business in rural Cowley County Monday, undersheriff Bill Mueller confirmed.

    Oklahoma quake felt in Cowley, parts of Kan.

    An earthquake near Norman, Okla Wednesday morning was felt in Cowley County.

    AC library switching to a new bar code system

    Ark City Public Library has received more than $5,000 in grant money to help fund the transition to a new bar code system the library will switch to in November.

    1 dead, Winfield woman critical in ATV crash

    A man was killed and a Winfield woman was critically injured in an accident late Saturday at the Kansas Badlands ATV park in Sumner County, authorities there said.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for October 8 -9, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for October 8 ? 9, 2010

    UPDATE: Browning upgraded to serious Tue.

    Crash victim Dovie Browning has been upgraded to serious condition at Wesley Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesperson.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct 10 - 11, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 10 ? 11, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 15 - 16, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 15 ? 16, 2010

    Gladys Dunbar

    GLADYS "PAULINE" DUNBAR, 93, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away Thursday morning, October 21, 2010 at Cumbernauld Village.

    McNeish, Wall picking different ponies in race for the Fourth District's Congressional seat

    Winfield city commissioner Taggart Wall - who also chairs the Strother Field commission - is endorsing Democrat Raj Goyle, who is running for Kansas' Fourth Dist. U.S. Congressional seat.

    AG Six to help mark reopening of local shelter

    Kansas Attorney General Steve Six will be in Winfield Tuesday morning to help mark the reopening of the Safe Home shelter for victims of domestic violence.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 21 - 25, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 21 ? 25, 2010

    Names released in wreck on 77 Tuesday night

    UPDATE: 12:28 p.m. Wed. - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the names of those killed and injured in the accident at the state line Tuesday night.

    Man trapped in truck Friday morning named

    UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. Friday - Mike Anderson, 30, Winfield, has been identified as the man critically injured in the crash this morning. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for October 26 - 28, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for October 26 ? 28, 2010

    Trimmer downs Alley to return to state House

    Winfield Democrat Ed Trimmer held onto his seat in the Kansas House of Representatives Tuesday despite a solid showing from Republican Larry Alley. Trimmer represents the 78th Dist.

    Police find items taken from AC hospital site

    A bust Monday turned up drugs and stolen property - including items taken from the new hospital work site north of Ark City, authorities said Wednesday.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Oct 29 - 31, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Oct 29 ? 31, 2010

    Intrust Bank is suing members of Brown family

    Wichita-based Intrust Bank is suing members of the Brown family ? long-time owners of the now defunct Home National Bank, according to a report published Saturday.

    Kan. high court to hear Cowley clean up case

    A rural Ark City couple ? who went to court in 2007 to challenge Cowley County's property clean up practices ? will have their case argued in front of the Kansas Supreme Court next month.

    AC driver recovering after collision with a bus

    An Ark City man is recovering in a Wichita hospital Wednesday after the vehicle he was driving collided with a Newkirk, Okla. School bus Tuesday afternoon.

    Food illness linked to turkey dinner in Ark City

    State and local health officials are investigating the possible outbreak of a food-borne illness amongst those who ate at the Sacred Heart turkey dinner Monday.

    Illegal immigrant admits he stole Marine's ID

    An illegal immigrant from Mexico has pleaded guilty to using a U.S. Marine's identity to land a job at Creekstone Farms in Ark City, the U.S. Attorney's office has announced.

    Winfield native rescued after 18 hours at sea

    Randy Waldorf said he mostly shut his eyes and kept an ear out for breaking waves as he endured 18 hours floating at sea in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

    159 fell ill: Probe into turkey dinner continuing

    State and county health officials are continuing to investigate an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness linked to a turkey dinner served at Ark City's Sacred Heart Catholic Church Nov. 8.

    George Sommers

    George Sommers, 74, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, November 17, 2010, at his home.

    Four hurt in crash at 77 and K-15 on Thursday

    Four people suffered minor injuries and a fifth was hospitalized in Wichita following an accident on U.S. 77 north of Winfield Thursday evening.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Nov 17 - 18, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Office Reports for Nov 17 ? 18, 2010

    Turkey likely cause of illness at Sacred Heart

    Undercooked or improperly reheated Turkey is likely to blame for an outbreak of sickness following a community dinner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Nov. 8, according to state health officials.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Nov 22 - 26, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for November 22 - 26, 2010

    AC cops: Hospital worker helped bust thieves

    An alert employee at the hospital in Ark City is being credited with helping police arrest two men accused of burglarizing vehicles last week, according to a report of the incident.

    Smith: No decision on charges in Lowe case

    No final decision has been made in regard to filing charges against Burden Chief of Police Travis Lowe, Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith said.

    Homeland security officials visit AC schools

    Kansas Homeland Security officials visited Arkansas City High School and Middle School Tuesday to assess safety and security at the buildings, school district officials said.

    Ft. Dodge super tapped to run local vets home

    Steve Dunkin will succeed Jim Hays as superintendent at the Kansas Veterans' Home at Winfield, state officials said Wednesday.

    Arkansas City Police Report for Dec 2, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for Dec 2, 2010

    Ark City man is arrested after search of home

    An Ark City man was arrested Wednesday and faces drug-related charges in connection with a search of a home in Ark City, police there said.

    Couple opening boutique, consignment store

    Baby clothes, hair accessories and an E-Bay consignment store, who knew you would ever be able to find all that in one Winfield location?

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 3 - 5, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 3 ? 5, 2010

    Winfield Police Reports for Dec 6 - 8, 2010

    Winfield Police Reports for Dec 6 ? 8, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for Dec 7, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for Dec 7, 2010

    Former State Sen. Greta Goodwin dead at 74

    State Sen. Greta Goodwin, a Democrat from Winfield, has died. She was 74.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 7 - 9, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 7 ? 9, 2010

    Investigators renew call for help in May case

    It's been a year since Winfield's Harmonica Man went missing, and a police investigator is appealing to the public again for information that might bring resolution to the case.

    Arkansas City Police Report for Dec 13, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Report for Dec 13, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Dec 13, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Dec 13, 2010

    Burden chief Lowe to appear in court Dec. 21

    Burden police chief Travis Lowe is scheduled to a make a first court appearance next week. He was arrested on a count of domestic battery Nov. 21.

    Is the food safety bill bad for small farmers?

    I buy milk, eggs, bacon, beef, chicken, pecans and honey from local farmers here in Cowley County. Every summer I look forward to shopping at Winfield's farmer's market for produce I'm not already growing myself. I know the items I am buying - most of which are grown without the use of pesticides or growth hormones - are good quality. I know because I ask. And I want to be able to continue buying locally grown products like these and more as they become available.

    Benton family gives $25K for new AC hospital

    The pre-, post-operative care area of Ark City's new hospital will be named for Dr. Gary S. Benton, a Cowley County native who died this summer.

    Winfield Police Reports for Dec 14 - 15, 2010

    Winfield Police Reports for Dec 14 ? 15, 2010

    Ark City picks a manager for interim position

    Ark City commissioners plan to hire Dick Chesney - a retired city administrator living in Lawrence - to serve as interim city manager while the commission searches for a permanent replacement for Steve Archer, NewsCow has learned.

    Power fixes to close USB drive up next week

    UPDATE: 12:55 p.m. - USB officials have been told by Westar that the work will take place next week.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 14 - 19, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 14 ? 19, 2010

    Man killed in Thursday night crash is named

    UPDATE: Noon, Friday - The man killed Thursday night has been identified as Michael G. Phillips, 60, of rural Winfield.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 20 - 22, 2010

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 20 ? 22, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 24 - 27, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 24 ? 27, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Dec 29, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Dec 29, 2010

    Farm and garden planned at Ark City museum

    Chickens, guinea foul, goats and more will be part of the newest exhibit being compiled at the Cherokee Strip Museum in Ark City, museum officials said Monday.

    Cowley drug-blitz suspect caught in Sedgwick

    Oscar Galindo - a man wanted by Cowley County authorities since he fled during a large-scale drug blitz last year - has been arrested in Sedgwick County.

    Cowley County Reports for Jan 7 - 10, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff Reports for January 7 - 10, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for January 10, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for January 10, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for January 11, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for January 11, 2011

    Bethany Gerber, mom appear on game show

    Bethany Gerber and her mother, Lynn, both of Winfield, competed on the NBC game show Minute to Win It this week. You can watch their appearance below.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 12 – 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 12 – 13, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for January 13, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for January 13, 2011

    UPDATE: Boy, 14, accuses man of sex crime

    A 14-year-old Winfield boy has accused a local college student of sexual assault following an incident at a local residence, police said Tuesday.

    Evidence of drug use found in search of home

    Drug charges are expected in connection with a search of an Ark City home that turned up evidence of meth and pot use.

    Court grants continuance in Burden chief case

    A court appearance for embattled Burden chief of police Travis Lowe, set for this week, was pushed to early February at the request of his attorney.

    Galway's owner arrested on gambling counts

    Levi King, owner of the Winfield bar Galway’s, was arrested Friday in connection with charges stemming from an investigation into a poker game held at his bar earlier this month.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 21 – 23, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 21 – 23, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for January 24, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for January 24, 2011

    Judge orders bond reduction for Galindo Fri.

    A Cowley County judge has approved a steep bond reduction for Oscar Galindo, an Ark City man who was on the lam for a year after fleeing during a large-scale drug blitz in January 2010.

    Arkansas City Police Report for January 25, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for January 25, 2011

    5 to 8 inches of snow projected for Cowley Co

    UPDATE: 8 a.m. Tuesday - Projections for snow remain right around the four to eight inch range, according to a number of weather services.

    Lana Vidricksen

    Lana L. Vidricksen, 50, of Arkansas City, KS died Friday, January 28, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Carrol Catron

    Carrol L. Catron, 88, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, January 27, 2011, at his residence.

    Mary "Joanne" Barker

    Mary “Joanne” Barker, 82, of Dexter, Kan., and formerly of Wichita, passed away Friday afternoon, January 28, 2011 at Dexter Care Center.

    Danny Wells

    Danny R. Wells, 65, of Udall, Kan., passed away Thursday afternoon, January 27, 2011 at his home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for February 1 - 2, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for February 1 – 2, 2011

    Mary Fitzgerald

    Mary Gwen Fitzgerald, 79, Winfield, Kan., died at William Newton Hospital, Monday, January 31, 2011.

    Amanda Carver

    Amanda L. Carver, 30, of Belton, Mo. and formerly of Winfield, Kan., peacefully passed away Monday evening, January 31, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

    Arvil Hibbs

    Arvil Hibbs, 95, of Arkansas City, Kan. died Monday, January 31, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Woman faces list of counts in AC car break-in

    A Wichita woman has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Cowley, Butler and Sedgwick County, Ark City police said.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 3, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 3, 2011

    Bill Denny

    Bill W. Denny, 57, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, February 4, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for February 4 – 7, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for February 4 – 7, 2011

    Newkirk mayor is arrested on Rx drug charges

    Newkirk Mayor Frankie Arnold, 51, was in court Tuesday after being arrested on felony drug charges and is accused of fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers.

    Winfield Police Emergency Accident Reporting Plan

    Winfield Police Emergency Accident Reporting Plan

    Mary Miller

    Mary A. Miller, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Tuesday, February 8, 2011, surrounded by her family at her residence in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 73.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 9 - 10, 2011

    Arkansas City Reports for February 9 and 10, 2011

    Marvyce Crittenden

    Marvyce V. Crittenden died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, Kan.

    James Pool

    James M. Pool, 71, of Winfield, Kan., died at his home under the care of his family and Hospice Care of Kansas in Winfield on Sunday, February 13, 2011.

    J.K. Campbell is new superintendent for 465

    From the time his name was made public as a candidate nearly two weeks ago, J.K. Campbell appeared to be the shoo-in pick as Winfield’s next superintendent of schools.

    Anna Vannoy

    Anna "Marie" Vannoy, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, February 14, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

    Sarah Warren

    Sarah Jean Scott Warren, 86, Winfield, Kan., died February 10, 2011.

    Kansas Voices writing contest taking entries

    Kansas writers have about a month remaining to prepare submissions for the annual Kansas Voices Writing contest.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 15-16, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 15-16, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 17, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 17, 2011

    Child, 4, dies in wreck near Ark City Saturday

    Four-year-old Jonathan David Coberley died Saturday as a result of a fiery crash northwest of Ark City that left one vehicle charred and another on its top in a rural field, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Lada Slavik

    Lada Slavik, formerly of Caldwell, Kan., died Sunday, February 20, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Wellington, at the age of 96.

    Vera McCabe

    Vera O. McCabe, 81, of Winfield, Kan., died Saturday, February 19, 2011, at her home under the care of her family and Hospice Care of Kansas in Winfield.

    Micheline Enderude

    Micheline Enderude, 85, of Newkirk, Okla., died Saturday, February 19, 2011, at her home under the care of her family and Hospice in Newkirk.

    Milton Meyer

    Milton Lee Meyer, 66, of Arkansas City, Kan, died February 17, 2011, at the St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

    Alfred Garcia

    Alfred Garcia, 88, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, February 20, 2011, at his residence.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 17-21, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 17-21, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 18, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 18, 2011

    SC plans to scrap its clinical nursing program

    Southwestern College is scrapping its main campus clinical nursing program at the end of the 2012-13 school year, the school announced Wednesday.

    Cowley County Report for February 22, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff Report for February 22, 2011

    Billy Willis

    Billy Willis, 74, of Udall, Kan., passed away Monday afternoon, February 21, 2011, at Via Christi/St. Francis Regional Medical Center following a battle with cancer.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 23, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 23, 2011

    Fred Heater

    Fred "Oron" Heater, formerly of Belle Plaine, Kan., passed away Thursday, February 24, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield at the age of 91.

    Wanda Hickey

    Wanda Colleen Hickey, 71, of Arkansas City, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at Cumbernald Village in Winfield.

    UPDATE: Names released in crash near Udall

    UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Monday - Montia A. Robbins, 28, of rural Derby, has been identified as the man killed in an accident on K-15 east of Udall late Friday.

    Cowley Cty. under tornado watch until 9 p.m.

    Cowley County is included in an area of south central Kansas that is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Sunday.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 25 – 27, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 25 – 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for February 25 - 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for February 25 – 27, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for February 28, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for February 28, 2011

    Brenda Lee Ewing

    Brenda Lee Ewing, age 53, longtime Wellington resident, passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She worked as a teller at Security State Bank for over 20 years.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 28, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for February 28, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 2, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 2, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 1, 2011

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    Authorities name woman killed in 77 crash

    UPDATE Sat 4:53 pm - Authorities have identified a woman killed in the accident early Saturday morning. Tionna Rachelle Bruno, 26, of Ark City, was ejected from a 2005 Ford Explorer and died.

    UPDATE: Suspect in crash death in court Mon

    UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. Monday - Kyndal Orange made his first appearance in a Cowley County courtroom Monday in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 4 – 6, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 4 – 6, 2011

    Blake Thompson

    Blake Howard Thompson, 11 month old son of Kevin and Jackie (Davis) Thompson, died March 3, 2011, at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

    AC hospital needs volunteers for move tasks

    South Central Kansas Medical Center is days away from making the move into the city’s replacement hospital just north of Ark City and needs some volunteers to help with that process, officials said.

    Former Winfield resident found dead in Tulsa

    Larry Flippin - a Cowley County man who had relocated to Oklahoma in recent months - was found dead in a Tulsa apartment March 1.

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 7, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 7, 2011

    Helen Brazle

    Helen E. Brazle, 95, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday morning, March 07, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield.

    Search turned up meth and weed, police say

    A Fall River, Kan. man was arrested, and a 15-year-old was taken into protective custody, as part of a drug search at a Winfield home Tuesday.

    Orange has felony conviction and DV arrests

    Second-degree murder suspect Kyndal Orange - a convicted felon who did time in Oklahoma over the past two years - was arrested twice in recent weeks for incidents involving highway crash victim Tionna Bruno.

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 9, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 9, 2011

    Buckled up: Cops do seat belt check at WHS

    Local police and the Kansas Highway Patrol were at Winfield High School Wednesday to check and see how many people were wearing their seat belts.

    UPDATE: Man dies of injuries from grass fire

    UPDATE: 3:15 a.m. - A man injured in a grass fire east of Ark City has died.

    Charles DeMoss

    Charles Homer DeMoss, 74, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, surrounded by his wife and supportive and loving staff of the Kansas Medical Center of Andover.

    Winfield Police Report for March 10, 2011

    Winfield Police Report for March 10, 2011

    Gottlob: Winf. BOE cleared in meetings case

    An investigation of the Winfield school board - which had been accused of violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act - has concluded and the district will face no sanctions in the case, board president Bob Gottlob announced Friday.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 11 – 13, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 11 – 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 11 – 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 11 – 13, 2011

    Margaret Sprowls

    Margaret L. Sprowls, 94, of Arkansas City, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

    George Smith

    George Allen Smith of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011, surrounded by his family.

    Vic McClung

    Vic McClung, 59, died Thursday, March 10, 2011.

    Company eying former Gordon Piatt building

    A company interested in purchasing the former Gordon Piatt building has toured the vacant plant at Strother Field at least twice in the past two months, local officials say.

    Joan Olson

    Joan Elizabeth (Hooker) Olson, 81, of Parkerfield, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

    Kern Gordon

    Kern Gordon, 91, of Winfield, Kan., passed away early Sunday morning, March 13, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village.

    GUEST COMMENTARY: McClung is missed

    (Editor's note: Brady Bauman is a long-time friend of NewsCow and a Winfield native attending Kansas State. He is pursuing a career in sports journalism.

    Clifford Johnson

    Clifford H. Johnson, 90, of Winfield, died at his home Thursday, March17, 2011.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for March 17, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for March 17, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 18 – 20, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 18 – 20, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 21, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for March 21, 2011

    Marilyn Calvin

    Marilyn D. Calvin, 76, of Burden, Kan., passed away Monday morning, March 21, 2011, at her home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for March 22, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for March 22, 2011

    Hazel Cowles

    Hazel Pauline Cowles, 89, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Presbyterian Manor.

    Local sex crime suspect found in Costa Rica

    Even in the Central American country of Costa Rica, Kirk Owen’s Cowley County past was able to finally catch up with him, albeit five years later.

    Salina Towles

    Salina M. Towles, 44, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Arkansas City, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

    Cynthia Phillips

    Cynthia "Cindy" Leigh (Jenkins) Phillips, 50, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 25 – 27, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 25 – 27, 2011

    Quilters Guild show coming to WMS Sat, Sun

    Area quilting fans will want to make sure and be at Winfield Middle School this weekend.

    LaVada Otis

    LaVada Lee Otis passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Pleasant View Home in Inman, Kan.

    Cowley County Sheriff's reports for March 25 – 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 25 – 27, 2011

    Susan Christiansen

    Susan Christiansen, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at her residence in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 60.

    Stephen Brown

    Stephen R. Brown, age 64, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at this home.

    Howard Hawkins

    Howard N. Hawkins, 96, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 29, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans‘ Home in Winfield.

    Wellington native is killed in Dodge City crash

    A Wellington native died Thursday when the car he was driving rolled into a ditch in Dodge City.

    Lawrence Kelly

    Lawrence "Butch" Kelly, 63, of Winfield, Kan., died Saturday morning, April 2, 2011, at his home.

    Whitesell gets 28 months in bar beating case

    Michael Whitesell was sentenced to more than two years in prison Monday for beating up a mentally challenged man outside Hot Shotz Bar in Winfield last spring.

    Udall teen killed in Sumner Co. accident Mon.

    An 18-year-old Udall man was killed early Monday evening in a single-car accident just west of Udall in Sumner County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 1-4, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 1-4, 2011

    Evelyn Scribner

    Evelyn M. Scribner, formerly of Caldwell, Kan., died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Community Health Center in Wakita, Okla., at the age of 87.

    Angela LeClair

    Angela Dawn LeClair, 36, of Arkansas City, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

    VETERINARY SERVICES; PET CARE (2,1)

    These area businesses are ready to assist you with all your pet care needs:

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    Bill Oathout

    Bill Oathout, of Wellington, Kan.,, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 81.

    Jack Sowder

    Jack L. Sowder, 82, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday evening, April 5, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield.

    Harold Keesey

    Harold L. Keesey, 87, of Burden, Kan., passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 6, 2011 at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

    Cowley 8 owners will drop movie, treat prices

    Cowley Cinema 8 will charge less for movie tickets and concessions when it opens under the ownership of Mitchell Theatres April 15.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 7, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 7, 2011

    Girl, 11, critically injured in crash near Atlanta

    A young girl was critically hurt west of Atlanta Friday night when the car she was in crashed into a truck that was stopped in a smoke-covered section of the roadway, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Heroin, phony prescriptions lead to AC arrests

    Heroin, prescription drugs and evidence of a scheme to pass phony drug prescriptions at area pharmacies led to the arrest of a man and woman in Ark City Saturday, police there said.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 8-10, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 8 – 10, 2011

    Legislative coffee being held at new hospital

    A Legislative Coffee at the new hospital in Ark City Saturday will give residents an opportunity to meet with local state legislators.

    Cowley County Sheriff Reports for April 8 – 10, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 8 – 10, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 11, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 11, 2011

    UPDATE: Spotters see funnel cloud by Dexter

    UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. - A tornado warning in is in effect until 5 p.m. for parts of eastern Cowley County.

    Bob Tyler to receive biz award from SC Sat.

    Winfield’s Bob Tyler will receive Southwestern College’s Builder Business award at a ceremony this weekend. The honor acknowledges business leaders who have created jobs, supported community institutions and made a lasting impression on local quality of life.

    Norman Ransford

    Norman K. Ransford, 68, of Arkansas City, died Monday, April 11, 2011.

    Marilyn Childers

    Marilyn D. Childers, 86, of Arkansas City, died Monday, April 11, 2011, at the Presbyterian Manor Health Care Unit.

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 13, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 13, 2011

    Russell Sparks

    Russell S. Sparks, 93, of Oxford, formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at his daughter’s home in Oxford.

    Alta Runyan

    Alta M. Runyan, 78, of Winfield, Kan., died Wednesday morning, April 13, 2011, at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 15-17, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 15 – 17, 2011

    Raymond Robins

    Raymond Allen Robins, 69, of Arkansas City, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

    Young Professionals to host after hours event

    Young Professionals of Cowley County is kicking off its 2011 Business After Hours series at Ark City’s new hospital.

    Galindo charges dropped; AG hopes to refile

    State prosecutors expect to refile drug trafficking charges against an Ark City man busted as part of a large-scale drug blitz in January 2010.

    Lela Higgins

    Lela Ruth Higgins, age 85, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Riverview Manor in Oxford, Kan.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 18 - 19, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 18 – 19, 2011

    Teens busted at Cowley dorm party on Sat.

    Nine Cowley College dorm residents were busted early Saturday at an underage drinking party broken up by Ark City Police.

    Arkansas City Reports for April 19 - 20, 2011

    Arkansas City Reports for April 19 – 20, 20 11

    Effie McClure

    Effie “Maxine” McClure, age 98, passed away Wednesday morning, April 20, 2011, at her home for nearly a year, Cherished Friends residential care facility, in Wellington, Kan.

    Thomas Irving

    Thomas Irving, 85, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at his home in Arkansas City.

    Two burglary suspects shot in Sumner County

    Two burglary suspects were wounded early Monday morning, and a Sumner County homeowner was arrested, following a shooting incident in Milton.

    Kristin Staley

    Kristin Diane Staley, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, April 22, 2011, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita at the age of 62.

    Ethel Shipp

    Ethel Shipp, of Winfield, Kan., died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Riverview Manor in Oxford at the age of 78.

    Alfred Koehler

    Alfred V. Koehler, of Wellington, Kan., died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 86.

    Billy Howell

    Billy M. Howell, of Milan, Kan., died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 64.

    Dale Crouch

    Dale Crouch, 82, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011, at his home in Wellington, Kan.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 22 - 24, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 22 – 24, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 22 - 24, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 22 – 24, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 25, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff Report for April 25, 2011

    20 years later, tornado's memory is still vivid

    (Editor's note: NewsCow blogger and Cowley County native Keith Anglemyer submitted this column marking the 20 year-anniversary of a violent tornado that ripped through the area in April 1991.)

    Two hurt in accident near Strother Thursday

    Two people have been injured in a collision near Strother Field late Thursday morning.

    Pauline Rice

    Pauline M. Rice, 85, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday evening, April 26, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 27, 2011

    Barbara Barnes

    Barbara A. Barnes, of Wellington, Kansas, loving mother, grandmother and sister, died Saturday, April 30, 2001 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 71.

    Evelyn Dudeck

    Evelyn Dudeck, 91, of Oxford, Kansas, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011, at Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Oxford.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 29 - May 1, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 29 – May 1, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 3, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 3, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for May 4, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for May 4, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 5, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's report for May 5, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 6 - 8, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 6 – 8, 2011

    Train Show coming to Arkansas City in May

    The Cherokee Strip Train Show is coming to Ark City May 21-22 this month.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 9 - 10, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 9 – 10, 2011

    Strother to make $400K from oil, gas rights

    Cowley County’s Strother Field industrial park stands to make more than $400,000 under an agreement to lease oil and gas rights at the field.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 12, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 12, 2011

    Neva Dodson

    Neva I. Dodson, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at her home in Arkansas City.

    Virginia Elliott

    Virginia Maud Elliott, 75, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

    Mildred Downs

    Mildred Eva (Holverson) Downs, 86, of Winfield, formerly of Cedar Vale, died Monday, May 9, 2011, at the Kansas Veteran's Home in Winfield.

    Dorothy Crawford

    Dorothy L. Crawford, 76, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May13 – 15, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 13 – 15, 2011

    Local administrative professionals recognized

    Three local business people were recently honored during the 2011 Administrative Professionals Day event, hosted by The Arnold Group.

    Click It or Ticket efforts are starting next week

    Cowley County Sheriff’s deputies will be strictly enforcing seat belt and child passenger laws during a Click It or Ticket campaign that starts next week, Sheriff Don Read said.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 13 - 15, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 13 – 15, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 16, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 16, 2011

    Ada Bailey

    Ada E. Bailey, 94, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday morning, May 14, 2011 at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield.

    Arkansas City Police Report for May 17, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for May 17, 2011

    Severe weather is possible for early this week

    Severe weather is possible in Cowley County and parts of South Central Kansas over the next two days, according to the National Weather Service.

    Orange enters not guilty pleas in crash death

    (Editor's note: Court coverage can oftentimes contain graphic or obscene language and for the most part NewsCow does not censor that. So if you are sensitive to such language you should avoid this story.)

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 19 - 22, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 19 – 22, 2011

    Roselyn Morales

    Roselyn Reba Morales, 76, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, May 23, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    UPDATE: Winfield, AC collecting for Joplin

    Ark City’s Willow Fashion is having a donation drive to aid the victims of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo.

    James Morrical

    James William Morrical, 79, of Burden, Kan., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Robert J. Dole VA Center in Wichita.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 23 - 25, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 23 – 25, 2011

    Parker: Investigation in May case is ongoing

    Investigators in Kansas and Oklahoma continue to follow up leads in the disappearance, and presumed death, of Winfield resident Richard May, local police chief Danny Parker said this week.

    County wildflower tour scheduled for June 11

    Reservations now are being taken for the 12th annual Cowley County Conservation Dist. Wildflower Tour set for June 11.

    Joan Bissell-Lowry

    Joan (Abbott) Bissell-Lowry, of Derby, Kan., died Friday, May 27, 2011, at the age of 82.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 26, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for May 26, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 27 - 30, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 27 – 30, 2011

    Local couples help out in Joplin over weekend

    Paula Kendall and Heath Adams had planned on pitching a tent and camping for the Memorial Day weekend, instead they spent the past several days helping out in tornado-torn Joplin.

    Theron Myers

    Theron P. Myers, 76, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Seltha Dorsch

    Seltha Lorain Dorsch, 88, died Friday, May 27, 2011, surrounded by family at the home of her daughter Karen and under the care of hospice.

    Alberta Croft

    Alberta Mae Croft, 75, of Oxford, Kan., passed away Saturday morning, May 28, 2011, at her home.

    Mabel Cox

    Mabel A. Cox, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Monday morning, May 30, 2011, at her home in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 1 - 2, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 1 – 2, 2011

    Evelyn Owen

    Evelyn N. Owen, 97, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, June 3, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 3 - 5, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 3 – 5, 2011

    Bobby Minnie

    Bobby J. Minnie, 59, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, June 3, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 3 - 5, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 3 – 5, 2011

    Wellington man killed in Sumner crash Tues.

    A Wellington man died Tuesday morning when his Harley Davidson collided with a truck and trailer in Sumner County.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 6 - 7, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 6 - 7, 2011

    Sharon Callahan

    Sharon L. Callahan, of Wellington, Kan., formerly of Parsons, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, at the age of 49.

    Busted: FDA says no elderberry juice for you

    If you are a fan of elderberry juice concentrate, traditionally known as an immune system booster, don’t count on being able to buy it locally for a while.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 9, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 9, 2011

    Max Davis

    Max H. Davis, of Argonia, Kan., died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman at the age of 88.

    Winfielder Kelley named Miss Kansas Sat.

    Winfield’s Carissa Kelley was named Miss Kansas 2011 during the final round of pageant competition Saturday night in Pratt.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 10 - 12, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 10 – 12, 2011

    Audine Levering

    Audine E. Levering, 90, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 14, 2011, at Winfield Good Samaritan Village.

    In Wellington, cops investigate pair of deaths

    Authorities in Wellington continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was discovered in a home there hours before a woman, who was a person of interest in the case, was found dead in an Oklahoma cemetery.

    Deceased Wellington pair met at Winf. prison

    A man found dead in his Wellington home Thursday has been identified as Jason L. Gonzales, the husband of Tawneca Cobb-Gonzales.

    Helen Beard

    Helen Louise Beard, 75, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Kansas Veteran's Home in Winfield.

    Emma Carr

    Emma Carr died Friday, June 17, 2011.

    Marguerite Brewer

    Marguerite Ellen Hardgrove Brewer, 91, passed away peacefully Friday, June 17, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village in Winfield, Kan., with family at her side.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 17 - 20, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 17 – 20, 2011

    Idotha Cottle

    Idotha P. Cottle, of Wellington, Kan., died Monday, June 20, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 93.

    3 flee an SUV with stolen tags by Cambridge

    Authorities searched for about two hours Thursday evening for three people who fled after getting a Chevy Trailblazer, with stolen tags, high centered on railroad tracks east of Cambridge.

    Closer federal scrutiny of Cornerbank ends

    Cornerbank - based in Winfield - has successfully emerged from a formal agreement that had subjected the bank to closer federal scrutiny for nearly three years.

    Man, 31, hospitalized after assault in Ark City

    UPDATE: 1 p.m. - Authorities are looking for Cody D. Walker, 24, in connection with the investigation into Thursday's beating in Ark City.

    Jean Udall

    Jean Udall, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, June 24, 2011, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover at the age of 84.

    Elderly woman is killed by train in Wellington

    An elderly woman died Saturday morning when she was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near downtown Wellington, authorities said.

    David Deffenbaugh

    David "Dave" Irvin Deffenbaugh, of Wellington, Kansas, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the age of 57.

    Arlene Thurman

    Arlene L. Thurman (Lawrenz), 84, of Arkansas City passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Fighting pair leads cops to meth bust Monday

    Two people were arrested early Monday following a fight at a home in Ark City that eventually led investigators to a “large amount” of equipment commonly used to make meth, police there said.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 21 - 27, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for June 21 – 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 24 - 26, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 24 – 26, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 27, 2011

    Raymond Hiltzman

    Raymond Hiltzman, 76, of Oxford, Kan., died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Cherished Friends Home in Wellington.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 30, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 30, 2011

    Council on Aging bus collides with train Tues.

    One local man suffered minor injuries when a small passenger bus he was driving collided with a train in rural Cowley County Tuesday morning, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 1 – 4, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 1 – 4, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 5, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 5, 2011

    Two arrested after search for drugs in Atlanta

    Two people were arrested and face drug charges in connection with the search of a home in Atlanta Tuesday morning.

    Robert Robins

    Robert D. Robins, 75, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Pat Massey

    Pat S. Massey, 86, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.

    Verona Buchele

    Verona A. Buchele of Raytown, Mo., died Monday, July 4, 2011, in Sedalia, Mo.

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 8 – 10, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 8 – 10, 2011

    Wellington Police Reports for July 8 – 10, 2011

    Wellington Police Reports for July 8 – 10, 2011

    Ila Langford Shue

    Ila Lee (Davis) Langford Shue died Friday, July 8, 2011, at the age of 86, in Oxford, Kan.,

    Dwaine Schimmel

    Dwaine “Cappy” Schimmel, 75, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the Kansas Veteran’s Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 8 – 10, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 8 – 10, 2011

    Wellington Police Report for July 13, 2011

    Wellington Police Report for July 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 13, 2011

    Sharlyn Cadek

    Sharlyn W. Cadek, of South Haven, Kan., died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at her residence at the age of 60.

    Wall outlines state of city in speech on Thurs.

    Winfield Mayor Taggart Wall Thursday said the city is paying down its debt and keeping an eye on spending during what remains a lean budgetary time for cities.

    Wellington Police Report for July 14, 2011

    Wellington Police Report for July 14, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 14, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 14, 2011

    AC battery suspect arrested in Florida Tues.

    The suspect in a beating in Ark City last month has been arrested in Florida and will be returned to Cowley County to face an aggravated battery charge.

    Magdalina Contreras

    Magdalina “Maria” Contreras, 61, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011, at her home under the care of her family and hospice in Arkansas City.

    Son is accused of shooting at mom early Sun.

    A 23-year-old Wichita man is accused of driving his mother to a location in rural Cowley County early Sunday and firing shots at her as she fled from him.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 15 – 17, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 15 – 17, 2011

    Kris Troutman

    Kris E. Troutman, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at his residence in Arkansas City, Kan., at the age of 44.

    Donald Eastman

    Donald Eastman, 70, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 19, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 19, 2011

    Felon: Cowley Mental Health knew of my past

    For nine months, up until two weeks ago, Ted Riley Floyd worked as a caseworker for Cowley County Mental Health and Counseling Center, even though as a convicted felon under post-release supervision that should not have been allowed.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 21, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 21, 2011

    Cambridge man, 84, recovering from accident

    A Cambridge man is recovering in a Wichita hospital after being injured in a collision near Burden Thursday morning.

    Thomas Kiser

    Thomas Franklin Kiser, 88, of Argonia, Kan., died early Sunday morning, July 24, 2011, at Springview Manor in Conway Springs after a two week illness.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 22 – 26, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 22 – 26, 2011

    Commentary: My day in concealed carry class

    It’s 9:15 a.m. on a sultry summer Monday in Winfield and I’m so giddy I don’t even mind that at some point soon I’ll be standing out in the July sun.

    Local man wins $200K in Powerball drawing

    Somewhere in Winfield is a man who picked up an extra $200,000 over the weekend.

    Jerry Keimig

    Jerry D. Keimig, of Belle Plaine, Kan., died Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 45.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff Report for July 28, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 28, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 28, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 28, 2011

    Mae McElhone

    Mae Marie "Mamie" McElhone, 73, of Dexter, Kan., formerly of Winfield, died surrounded by her family on Thursday morning, July 28, 2011, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

    Winfield Police Reports for July 29 – 31, 2011

    Winfield Police Reports for July 29 – 31, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 31, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for July 31, 2011

    1 hurt, 1 arrested in Winfield crash on Friday

    One local woman was treated for injuries and a second woman was arrested Friday afternoon following an accident at 12th and Bliss in Winfield, authorities said.

    Woman injured in accident on 160 early Sun.

    A Winfield woman was hospitalized early Sunday following a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 160, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Nancy Kahm

    Nancy Pauline (Hockenbury) Kahm, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, July 29, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 29 - 31, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 29 – 31, 2011

    Cowley Co. Jail begins housing state inmates

    More than 30 state prison inmates have been transferred to the Cowley County Jail over the past month as part of a contract between the county and the Kansas Dept. Corrections.

    David Gressel II

    David D. Gressel, II, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at his residence in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 44.

    Sweltering heat is likely to stick around awhile

    If you were afraid you might miss your heat-induced headaches and nausea, don’t worry, the summer of 2011 is still kicking.

    Cowley County Sheriff Report for August 1, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 1, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 2, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 2, 2011

    Report: Cowley College wins in funding suit

    Cowley College is one of three community colleges in the state to benefit from a lawsuit disputing the way funding for technical programs is distributed.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 3, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 3, 2011

    Georgia Bingham

    Georgia Wunell Bingham, 64, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, August 3, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Patricia Lowry

    Patricia Joan (Careathers) Lowry, loving mother and grandmother, died Friday, August 5, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 75.

    Virginia Piatt

    Virginia A. Piatt, 81, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday, August 5, 2011, at the Medicalodge nursing home.

    Crossing on Cowley 3 to be closed for a week

    A portion of a popular area roadway will be closed, beginning this week, while maintenance is done to railroad tracks that cut across the road.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 5 – 8, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 5 – 8, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for August 7 – 8, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for August 7 – 8, 2011

    Deputies arrest man walking away from crash

    An Oklahoma man was arrested Tuesday afternoon when authorities found him walking away from a single-vehicle accident in rural Cowley County.

    UPDATE: More than 30 nabbed in drug blitz

    Early Wednesday morning, local and state authorities began a Cowley County-wide drug-enforcement blitz that led to dozens of arrests and the seizure of property and drugs.

    CEO: Ark City hospital working on "glitches"

    Hospital officials in Ark City said they have eliminated some glitches - and will continue to address others - in the five months since the South Central Kansas Medical Center opened.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 10 – 11, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 10 – 11, 2011

    UPDATE: Missing girls found safe Saturday

    UPDATE: 4:30 a.m. Saturday - Two girls were found uninjured Saturday following an hours-long search that ensued after they went missing Friday night at Camp Horizon.

    Cynthia Crawford

    Cynthia Diana (Kain) Crawford, of Wichita, Kan., died Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Via Christi-St. Joseph in Wichita at the age of 30.

    AC man recovering from crash near casinos

    Alcohol is thought to be a factor in a four-vehicle accident Friday night that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Leaking gasoline leads to evac in Cedar Vale

    Nearly a third of Cedar Vale was evacuated Monday after the state confirmed reports of a gasoline leak.

    Sumner NewsCow will launch in late August

    Tracy McCue, an award-winning news reporter and photographer in south-central Kansas, is launching a new website called Sumner Newscow.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 12 – 15, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 12 – 15, 2011

    Mary Walker

    Mary Louise Roark Walker, 89, died Sunday, August 14, 2011, in Las Cruces, NM.

    Sheriff: DUI enforcement up as holiday nears

    Cowley County authorities will be cracking down on drunk drivers as the Labor Day Holiday approaches, Sheriff Don Read said Thursday.

    More than 30 apply for county admin. position

    So far, 35 applicants have expressed interest in becoming Cowley County’s next administrator. The county is taking applications through Sept. 5.

    Emilie Angeline McDonald Bird

    Emilie Angeline McDonald Bird, Beatrice, left this world on Aug. 17, 2011. She was 98 years old. She was born on Jan. 13, 1913, in Marysville, Kan. She was the second child of eight born to Murray and Anna (Rutti) McDonald.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 18, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for August 18, 2011

    David Meyers

    David C. Meyers, of Wellington, Kan., died Thursday, August 18, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans Center in Winfield at the age of 92.

    Weekend poker run and barbecue event in AC

    Motorcycles, competitive barbecue, music and more will be part of the Ark City Smoke-Off, slated for this weekend.

    Bonnie Rollins

    Bonnie Rollins, 86, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday morning, August 21, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village.

    Road work is to affect traffic in AC next week

    Major construction projects are expected to affect traffic flow in Ark City at various points over the next several weeks, city officials said.

    Wellington Police Report for August 22, 2011

    Wellington Police Report for August 22, 2011

    Cadence Doty

    Cadence Jo Doty, of Wellington, Kan., died Sunday, August 21, 2011.

    Albert Clemente

    Albert V. Clemente, 94, a longtime Arkansas City, Kan., resident, died Friday, August 19, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Sonya Estep

    Sonya (Green) Estep, 52, of Grain Valley, Mo., formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City surrounded by family members.

    Two SC students spend the summer in China

    Two Southwestern College students got a crash course in international relations this summer when they traveled to China to teach young children arts and physical education as part of an internship program sponsored by the Winfield-based college.

    Oscar Galindo is arrested on federal charges

    Oscar Galindo - an Ark City man arrested as part of a countywide drug sweep last year - is now in the Sedgwick County Jail awaiting trial on federal identity theft charges.

    Morton is appealing 10-month drug sentence

    Prominent local Democrat Mike Morton - who was arrested after authorities busted a pot-growing operation near Udall last fall - is appealing a prison sentence handed down last week by Winfield Judge Nick St. Peter.

    Delora Graves

    Delora M. Graves, loving mother and grandmother, died Saturday, September 3, 2011, at the Alterra Sterling House in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 81.

    Douglas Ibach

    Douglas G. Ibach, 89, passed away Friday, September 2, 2011, at the Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor Heath Care Unit in Arkansas City, Kan., surrounded by his loving family.

    RCB Bank new major sponsor for NewsCow

    RCB Bank - an Oklahoma-based bank with locations in Winfield and Ark City - has joined NewsCow.net as a major sponsor through 2012.

    Body of victim found at rural plane crash site

    Authorities continue to investigate the crash of a fixed wing single engine plane today north of Winfield and the death of the plane\'s pilot.

    Dale Lawrence, II

    Dale Alexander Lawrence II, stillborn son of Dale Lawrence and Gina Torres, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City, Kan.

    Leon Sparks

    Leon James Sparks, 73, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, September 4, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Glorine Kittelson

    Glorine Kittelson, age 86, of Winfield, died at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield Monday, September 5, 2011.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Sept 2 - 5, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 2 – 5, 2011

    Randall Hubbard

    Randall K. Hubbard, 58, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at his home in Winfield, Kan.

    William Strange

    William (Bill) E. Strange, 64, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Sept 7, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for September 7, 2011

    Officials: Amoeba killed swimmer at Winf. lake

    State and local health officials have been notified of the death of a Sedgwick County resident thought to have been exposed to a rare, but deadly amoeba while swimming in Winfield City Lake.

    UPDATE: Names given in Sumner ATV crash

    UPDATE, MONDAY: Oliver Scheurer, Haysville, has been identified as the man killed Saturday in the accident at the Kansas Badlands Off-Road Park near South Haven.

    Names released in fatality accident Monday

    UPDATE: 8:40 p.m. - Martha Jewell Rabus, 39, of Aurora, Colo., has been identified as the woman killed in Monday’s accident on U.S. 77 north of Ark City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for September 12, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for September 12, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for September 11 – 12, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for September 11 – 12, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for September 13, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for September 13, 2011

    John Buckle

    John R. (Dick) Buckle, loving husband, father and grandfather, died Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at his residence in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 65.

    Oliver Scheurer

    Oliver Scheurer, 38, of Haysville, Kan., died Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, due to an accident at Kansas Badlands Off-Road Park near South Haven.

    Man, 22, dies after jump from AC underpass

    A young man died Wednesday, police said, from injuries he sustained after jumping from the railroad underpass on East Chestnut in Ark City.

    Michael Martin Murphey making festival debut

    Michael Martin Murphey’s debut at the Walnut Valley Festival has taken years to materialize, and Murphey said because of that he’s been practicing just for the occasion.

    Arkansas City Police Report for Sept 14, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for September 14, 2011

    Kyle Bartlett

    Kyle Perry Bartlett, 22, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Former Burden chief Lowe gets job in Okla.

    Former Burden police chief Travis Lowe has found a new job as a police chief in northeastern Oklahoma.

    Robert Fullerton

    Robert “Bob” James Fullerton, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday morning, September 16, 2011, at his residence at the age of 73.

    Former AC teacher is accused of molestation

    Authorities are searching for an Ark City man they said is wanted for questioning in multiple child molestation cases.

    Additional details of area plane crash emerge

    Federal aviation and transportation authorities continue to investigate the cause of a fatal plane crash that occurred in rural Cowley County earlier this month.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for September 20, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for September 20, 2011

    Winfield Police Report for September 20, 2011

    Winfield Police Report for September 20, 2011

    Earl Jenkins

    Earl Lloyd Jenkins, age 86, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at the Kansas Veteran’s Home.

    Safe Homes gets $38,500 in state grant funds

    Safe Homes Inc. of Winfield has received a $38,500 grant to fund the hiring of a bi-lingual outreach advocate, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced this week.

    Ark City police seek leads in stolen car cases

    Three vehicles have gone missing from the Zeller Motor Co. lot in Ark City in the past 10 months, and police are seeking help in finding those responsible.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for September 22, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for September 22, 2011

    Vets Home organizing supply drive for troops

    The Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield is having a supply drive to collect items to send to U.S. soldiers who are currently living overseas.

    Galen Zager

    Galen Zager, 60, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011, at his home in Arkansas City.

    Dixie Fouch

    Dixie Fouch, 53, of Cambridge, Kan., passed away Friday, September 23, 2011, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

    Winfield retains its 4A football classification

    Winfield High School will remain a 4A football school for the next two years but compete at the 5A level in all other sports, school district officials announced Tuesday.

    James McNinch

    James (Jim) S. McNinch, Sr., 71, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his residence.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 23 – 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 23 – 27, 2011

    Morton begins serving prison sentence for pot

    Mike Morton has started serving his 10-month prison sentence for cultivating marijuana on his property near Udall.

    Alta Evans

    Alta Louise Evans, 78, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    William Rice

    William (Bill) Rice, 77, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

    Gerald Turner

    Gerald, (Jerry) W. Turner, 86, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, October 3, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Three finalists picked in county admin. search

    Three men have been selected as finalists for the position of Cowley County administrator. They are to be interviewed later this week.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 30 – October 3, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 30 – October 3, 2011

    Clarence Hunt

    Clarence “Neil” Hunt, 94, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday afternoon, October 1, 2011, in Winfield.

    Charles Burns

    Charles David Burns, 83, of River Ridge, La., died Monday night, October 3, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans’ Home in Winfield, Kan., of complications from Alzheimer\'s.

    Mildred Stimax

    Mildred Stimax, 91, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for October 3 – 4, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for October 3 – 4, 2011

    Sheriff warns of home improvement scamming

    Cowley County residents - especially those living in rural areas - are being warned to lookout for potential scam artists selling various home-improvement type services.

    Phyllis Johnson

    Phyllis A. Johnson, of Wellington, Kan., died Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford at the age of 77.

    Davin Manly

    Davin Drake Manly, 2, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Gary Pickering

    Gary “Butch” Pickering, 68, of Winfield, Kan., formerly of Crown Point, Ind., died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

    Local bank cards affected by security breach

    Some Cowley County residents are amongst the scores of people who have had their debit, or credit-card information compromised after using the cards at Otoe-Missouria Tribe properties along U.S. 77 Highway in Oklahoma.

    Sources: Remains may be those of Winfielder

    Oklahoma authorities have recovered human remains and personal items that could be linked to an investigation into the disappearance of Winfield’s Richard May.

    Parker: Opinions differ in May disappearance

    Winfield investigators say talk of Richard May’s disappearance being an accident is premature and could hamper the investigation into his disappearance.

    Wilma Parris

    Wilma (Jean) Parris, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, October 7, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    John Good

    Sgt. John Tyler Good, 28, of Hopkinsville, Ky., and formerly of Wichita, Kan., passed away Friday, October 7, 2011, at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn.

    County commissioners pick new administrator

    Cowley County commissioners have chosen a new county administrator.

    Morton offers his side of marijuana grow bust

    Prominent Cowley County Democrat Mike Morton, and his wife, have authored letters to the media seeking to further explain the circumstances surrounding the bust of a marijuana grow operation at the Morton property in October 2010.

    Neives named top minority business Tuesday

    Neives Mexican Restaurant in Winfield has been honored as a top minority-owned business in the state of Kansas. The eatery is located at 119 E. Ninth.

    2 Oxford school officials placed on paid leave

    Two Oxford school administrators were placed on paid administrative leave this week and a member of the school board has resigned in protest, school district officials confirmed.

    Lowell Shrubshall

    Lowell Ernest Shrubshall, 84, of Winfield, Kan., passed away early Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at William Newton Hospital.

    Second annual mystery dinner set for Oct. 29

    With Halloween right around the corner, a local non-profit group invites you to join them for an evening full of mystery, mayhem, good food and fun.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 11 – 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 11 – 13, 2011

    Domestic violence review board plans a visit

    Representatives of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board will be in Cowley County this week for a presentation that coincides with the observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    Arthur Mosby

    Arthur (Art) Mosby, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, October 14, 2011, at his residence in Wellington at the age of 51.

    Warren Caples

    Warren Gift Caples, of Wellington, Kan., passed away in his home on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at age 90 from age-related causes.

    UPDATE: 4 arrested after pot search in Udall

    UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. Thursday - Four people were arrested Wednesday as part of a drug-related search warranted executed near Udall.

    Willmoth looking forward to moving to Cowley

    Jeremy Willmoth is looking forward to getting started in his new role as Cowley County administrator. He expects Nov. 21 to be his first day on the job.

    Jane Judd

    Jane A. Judd, 87, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, October 15, 2011, at her residence.

    Patsy Bailey

    Patsy Ellen Bailey, 80, of Cedar Vale, Kan., died at the Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, Okla.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 18 – 20, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 18 – 20, 2011

    Candace Cummings

    Cadance Marie Cummings died shortly after she was born on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 21 – 23, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 21 – 23, 2011

    State bringing unclaimed property tour to Winf

    An unclaimed property tour - conducted by the office of Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes - will make a stop in Winfield next week in an effort to reconnect residents with millions in unclaimed cash and property.

    James Strader II

    James (Jim) Strader, II, of Wellington, Kan., died Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 57.

    Local United Way presents quarterly checks

    Cowley County United Way recently held a celebration of service honoring donors, volunteers and agencies that receive financial support.

    Winfield Police Reports for October 22 – 26, 2011

    Winfield Police Reports for October 22 – 26, 2011

    Robert Erickson

    Robert T. (Ted) Erickson, 91, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at Medicalodges of Arkansas City.

    Natalie McCreary

    Natalie Ann (Tommy) McCreary, 78, died peacefully on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at her home in Wellington, Kan. She had lived previously in Ottawa and Council Grove.

    Winfield Police Report for Oct 27, 2011

    Winfield Police Report for October 27, 2011

    Miss Walnut Valley pageant is set for Nov. 5

    The second annual Miss Walnut Valley competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Brown Center on the Arkansas City campus of Cowley College.

    Mildred Toms

    Mildred Toms, 94, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Dennis Dill

    Dennis Dean Dill, 65, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday morning, October 27, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for October 27 – 31, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for October 27 – 31, 2011

    Donald Miles

    Donald R. Miles, 82, of Winfield, Kan., passed away early Monday morning, October 31, 2011, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.

    Union State Bank opens loan office in Wichita

    Cowley County-based UnionState Bank has opened a loan-production office in Wichita, bank officials announced this week.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Nov 3, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for November 3, 2011

    UPDATE: Wichita man hurt in crash Friday

    UPDATE: 11:55 p.m., Sunday - A Wichita man was injured Friday night when the car he was riding in swerved to miss another vehicle and rolled into a ditch on K-15 Highway near Udall, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Magnitude 4.7 quake hits near OKC Monday

    UPDATE: 9 p.m. Monday - The USGS reports a that another quake rumbled Oklahoma and areas north - including Cowley County.

    Driver hits horses in the road near Cedar Vale

    A Chautauqua County driver was injured Thursday evening when her vehicle struck two horses in the roadway near the Chautauqua - Cowley County line, authorities said.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 4 – 6, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 4 – 6, 2011

    Willetta Turner

    Willetta Maxine Ryman Turner, 85, died Saturday, November 5, 2011, at the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, Kan.

    Max Burgoyne

    Max H. Burgoyne, Sr., 90, of Wichita, Kan., loving father and loyal friend, passed away Sunday afternoon, November 6, 2011, at Via Christi/St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

    Winfield native Langley is Miss Walnut Valley

    Winfield native Hannah Langley was crowned Miss Walnut Valley 2012 at the Cowley College Brown Center Saturday evening.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for November 7, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff Report for November 7, 2011

    Bonnie Brown

    Bonnie J. Brown, 71, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.

    AG Schmidt to attend local Safe Homes event

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will be in Winfield next month for a fundraiser and awareness dinner for Safe Homes.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Nov 8 - 10, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 8 – 10, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Nov 11 - 13, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for November 11 – 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff Reports for November 11 – 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for November 11 – 13, 2011

    AC hospital to discuss plans to grow revenue

    Ark City hospital officials will discuss 2011 budget shortfalls - and plans for growing revenue in the future - when the South Central Kansas Medical Center board of trustees meets later this week.

    Man killed in crash near county line Monday

    A man was killed Monday evening when he failed to make a complete stop and collided with a vehicle on U.S. 166 highway near the Chautauqua-Cowley County line, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Wellington Police Reports for November 14 – 15, 2011

    Wellington Police Reports for November 14 – 15, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 14 – 15, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 14 – 15, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for November 14, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Report for November 14, 2011

    Creekstone workers seek class-action status

    Workers at Creekstone Farms Premium Beef - who filed a suit against the company seeking unpaid wages and overtime - are seeking class-action status for their federal labor lawsuit, the Wichita Eagle reported Thursday.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for November 16 - 17, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for November 16 – 17, 2011

    Man is arrested after disturbance Saturday

    A man - said to have been armed with a knife - was arrested early Saturday morning following an incident at a local apartment in which he is accused of battering and choking a woman, police said.

    Muret: Winfield pit bull case is at a standstill

    Progress has halted in the case of a pit bull ordered humanely destroyed after an incident this spring in which the dog entered a Winfield home and killed a small poodle.

    Cowley prosecutor to look into Reno Co. issue

    Cowley County prosecutor Chris Smith has been called upon to sort out the details of a courtroom incident that occurred last month in Reno County.

    Winfield Police Reports for November 18 - 19, 2011

    Winfield Police Reports for November 18 – 19, 2011

    Emerson Seyler

    Emerson (Pete) Seyler, of Wellington, Kan., died Sunday, November 20, 2011, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 72.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Nov 21, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for November 21, 2011

    Gold and silver exchange opened in Ark City

    A new gold and silver store opened in downtown Ark City last week.

    James Green

    James Robert (Jim) Green, 76, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, November 20, 2011, surrounded by his family at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    John Baucom

    John David Baucom, 62, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, November 16, 2011, while on vacation in the Carribean with his wife and friends.

    Driver, 18, is recovering after holiday crash

    UPDATE: Saturday - An 18-year-old Winfield woman is recovering from injuries suffered in the Thanksgiving Day accident on U.S. 77 highway south of Winfield.

    Lorie Riggs

    Lorie A. (Kabureck) Riggs, of Wellington, Kan., died Thursday, November 24, 2011, at Via Christi - St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 47.

    Alice Holland

    Alice Lorene Holland, 85, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, November 24, 2011, at her residence.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Nov 24 - 27, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for November 24 – 27, 2011

    Long-time local vet, Dr. Warren, dead at 88

    Long-time Winfield veterinarian Richard Warren died Friday at the Kansas Veterans Home. He was 88.

    5 businesses recognized with ribbon cutting

    The Winfield Chamber of Commerce has held a number of recent ribbon cuttings for new businesses or businesses that have relocated or rebuilt.

    Raymond Blakey

    Raymond Blakey, 73, passed away Friday, November 25, 2011, at his home in Rainbow Bend, Kan.

    Richard Warren

    Richard Lee Warren, DVM, 88, of Winfield, Kan., died Friday, November 25, 2011, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 23 – 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 23 – 27, 2011

    Activist follows oil pipeline through Cowley

    Tom Weis pedaled through Cowley County this week as part of a two-month-long ride to raise awareness of renewable energy options and rally resistance to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Nov 29, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for November 29, 2011

    Warren Rice

    Warren D. Rice, 73, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Betty Gressel

    Betty Jean Gressel of South Haven, Kan., died Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at her grandson\'s residence near South Haven at the age of 84.

    Faith Mathiasen

    Faith (Michelle) Mathiasen died Saturday, December 3, 2011, at her residence in Belle Plaine, Kan., at the age of 37.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 30 – December 1, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for November 30 – December 1, 2011

    Local festival favorites, Wilders, taking break

    They are stopping short of calling it a break up, but Kansas City-based honky-tonk band The Wilders - fan favorites at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield - are taking a break, at least for most of 2012.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 2 - 6, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for December 2 – 6, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Dec 2 - 6, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for December 2 – 6, 2011

    Rolland Ambrosier

    Rolland James Ambrosier, Sr., 69, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the Presbyterian Manor Health Care Unit.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Dec 7 - 8, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for December 7 – 8, 2011

    Funky-shaped aircraft passes through Cowley

    It was the talk of Cowley County and beyond Monday morning - so what the heck was that UFO-shaped craft being hauled down the road?

    Patsy Munhall

    Patsy Munhall, 84, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away at Medicalodges of Arkansas City on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

    Ida Atkinson

    Ida May Atkinson, 95, of Belle Plaine, Kan., passed away Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Cherished Friends in Wellington.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Dec 9 - 13, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for December 9 – 13, 2011

    Norman Bailey

    Norman C. Bailey, 94, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, December 12, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Winfield man gets prison time for jail incident

    A Winfield man is headed to prison for more than three years for injuring a corrections officer during an incident at the Cowley County Jail this spring.

    AC cops look into possible abduction attempt

    Police in Ark City are investigating what they are calling an attempted abduction that occurred Wednesday evening.

    Man gets three years for targeting kids online

    Thomas Pennycuff has been sentenced to three years in prison for using the Internet to arrange a meeting with child.

    Wilma Byler

    Wilma Byler, of Wellington, Kan., died Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 95.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Dec 14 - 15, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for December 14 – 15, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 14 - 15, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for December 14 – 15, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 16 - 18, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for December 16 – 18, 2011

    Winfield Police Reports for Dec 16 - 18, 2011

    Winfield Police Reports for December 16 – 18, 2011

    Lloyd Martin

    Lloyd D. Martin, of Wellington, Kan., died Thursday, December 15, 2011, at his residence at the age of 62.

    Rep. Trimmer to conduct a local listening tour

    Kansas state Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, will be conducting a listening tour this month in advance of the start of the legislative session in January.

    Florence Parks

    Florence Edna Parks, 77 of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    No appeal is filed; Pit bull is to be destroyed

    Barring a last-minute court action, the black, male pit bull Seven will be humanely destroyed as early as next week, a city official said Wednesday.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Dec 16 - 20, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for December 16 – 20, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Dec 19 - 20, 2011

    Arkansas City Police Reports for December 19 – 20, 2011

    Rubbermaid announces major local expansion

    The Cowley County economy received a boost Thursday with the announcement of a major expansion at the Rubbermaid facility in Winfield.

    Stakeout leads to two arrests in copper theft

    Two Oklahoma men were arrested early Thursday when authorities spotted them during an apparent attempt to collect spools of copper wiring that had been stolen a day earlier.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Dec 21, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for December 21, 2011

    Wellington Police Report for Dec 22, 2011

    Wellington Police Report for December 22, 2011

    Pilot of plane involved in minor crash is named

    Ronald Kutter has been identified as the pilot involved in a minor crash in rural Cowley County on Friday. He was not injured.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Dec 22 - 27, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for December 22 – 27, 2011

    UPDATE: Driver in car crash remains critical

    UPDATE: 10:50 p.m. - Shane L. Rhodes, 22, Winfield, has been identified by the Kansas Highway Patrol as the man injured in the crash Wednesday south of Winfield.

    Curtis Bolton

    Curtis Lynn Bolton, 48, of Cedar Vale, Kan., passed away Monday, December 26, 2011, in Oklahoma.

    Kenneth Purdy

    Kenneth R. Purdy, 63, of Enid, Okla., passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Dec 28 - 29, 2011

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for December 28 – 29, 2011

    Accident victim, Rhodes, upgraded to serious

    Recent car crash victim Shane Rhodes continues to recover from critical injuries sustained in an accident last week.

    Leanitta Whitehead

    Leanitta Claudette Whitehead, 79, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, December 31, 2011, at her residence.

    Harold Peters

    Harold M. Peters, 90, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday afternoon, December 31, 2011, at Cumbernauld Village.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Jan 4, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for January 4, 2012

    City grants beer-only license for Galways bar

    Winfield city commissioners have cleared the way for Galways Bar to reopen as a drinking establishment, but there will be restrictions in place.

    Cowley First hosting a workshop next week

    Cowley First will host a workshop next week at Strother Field entitled Keeping Your Job.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Jan 5, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for January 5, 2012

    Local woman, child involved in Sunday crash

    A Winfield mom and her young son were sent to a local hospital Sunday afternoon after the vehicle they were in left the roadway and overturned, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    AC police looking for suspects in theft probe

    Stolen items, including mail and womens clothing, and bogus checks were among items Ark City police found Saturday when they were called to investigate the report of a car fire.

    Entries are sought for Kansas Voices contest

    Writers have until March 15 to enter the 23rd Kansas Voices Writing Contest.

    Willie Jordan

    Willie W. Jordan, 91, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Dee Lemert

    Dee B. Lemert, age 91, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday, January 6, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Gilbert Cottle

    Gilbert M. Cottle, of Wellington, Kan., died Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita at the age of 96.

    John Mills

    John Mills, 57, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Jan 11 - 12, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for January 11 – 12, 2012

    Sylvia Baker

    Sylvia Louise Baker, of Wellington, Kan., passed away, Friday, January 13, 2012, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover at the age of 68.

    Arthur VanNostrand

    Arthur Jay VanNostrand, 56, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, January, 14, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Jan 13 - 16, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for January 13 – 16, 2012

    Man, woman facing meth charges after search

    Two people were arrested Tuesday evening after Ark City police and the Cowley County Drug Task Force turned up what is believed to be meth, during the search of an area home.

    Winfield Police Report for January 18th, 2012

    Winfield Police Report for January 18, 2012

    James Fisher

    James Fisher, 81, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at his home in Wellington.

    Chamber welcomes Life Style Staffing to town

    Local Chamber of Commerce officials recently marked the arrival in Winfield of Wisconsin-based Life Style Staffing. The ribbon cutting was held earlier this month.

    Karen Head

    Karen Ann Head, age 69, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family.

    William Hutchison

    William P. (Bill) Hutchison, 59, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, January 21, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for January 20 – 22, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for January 20 – 22, 2012

    Tommy Scott

    Tommy G. Scott, 70, of Parkerfield, Kan., died Monday, January 23, 2012, at his residence.

    Wilma Glaze

    Wilma Jean Young Glaze, 90, of Blackwell, Okla., formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, January 22, 2012, at the Presbyterian Manor Health Care Unit in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Jan 24, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for January 24, 2012

    Betty Nelson

    Betty Nelson, 80, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Jan 26, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for January 26, 2012

    Thomas Starkey Jr.

    Thomas Morell Starkey, Jr., 87, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012, at Newman Hospital in Emporia, Kan.

    Trimmer hopes kids doggedly back Toto bill

    Winfield legislator Ed Trimmer has made some state and national headlines by introducing a bill that would make the Cairn Terrier the state dog of Kansas.

    PETA to Trimmer: Withdraw the Toto dog bill

    Add PETA to the list of those not so excited about the bill that would name the Cairn Terrier the state dog of Kansas.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Jan 31, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for January 31, 2012

    Local drug dealer sentenced to nearly 10 yrs

    Convicted drug dealer Anthony Bell has begun serving a nearly 10-year-long prison sentence related to charges stemming from a large-scale drug bust last summer.

    Alejandra Ramirez

    Alejandra Gizzel Ramirez, stillborn infant of Felixita and Jose Fedenico Ramirez of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Former Winfield arts director Yeary dead at 67

    Ruth Ann Yeary - a woman who led the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council for two decades - died early Wednesday. She was 67.

    Pearl Green

    Pearl Louise Green, 87, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Feb 2, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for February 2, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for Feb 3 - 5, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for February 3 – 5, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Feb 3 - 5, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for February 3 – 5, 2012

    Willis Lowe

    Willis Lowe, of Wellington, Kan., died Sunday, February 5, 2012, at his residence at the age of 73.

    Carl Olson

    Carl A. Olson, 95, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, February 6, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Goodwill opening store in Winfield; closing AC

    Goodwill is opening a retail store in east Winfield and closing a smaller location in Ark City, the organization announced Wednesday.

    Byron Funk

    Byron James (BJ) Funk, 61, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday morning, February 6, 2012, at his home.

    Winfield Police Report for Feb 7, 2012

    Winfield Police Report for February 7, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Feb 7, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for February 7, 2012

    UPDATE: Thursday crash victims recovering

    Snowy conditions are believed to be the cause of a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 77 highway that sent multiple people to the hospital Thursday evening.

    George Simmons

    George William Simmons, 84, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for February 8 - 9, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for February 8 – 9, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for February 13, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for February 13, 2012

    State shuts Wgtn. A&W over sales tax issue

    State officials Tuesday seized the business assets of A&W Root Beer Drive in Wellington for failure to pay $46,082 in sales tax.

    Ellen May

    Ellen Marie May, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Presbyterian Manor.

    Ruth Ehmke

    Ruth M. Ehmke, age 88, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Cumbernauld Village.

    Jim Miller

    Jim Miller, 67, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Feb 16, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for February 16, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Feb 17 - 19, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for February 17 – 19, 2012

    Steven Williams

    Steven Wayne Williams, 62, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Feb 20 - 21, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for February 20 - 21, 2012

    Luther Payne

    Luther A. Payne, of Wellington, Kan., died Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 36.

    Julie Welty

    Julie Welty, 36, of Ottawa, Kan., formerly of Oxford, died Thursday, February 23, 2012, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City.

    Trial in death of Cowley grad is set for Mon.

    Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the trial of Tommie Cameron II, a Wichita man accused of causing a car crash that killed former Cowley College student Kari Rinehart in the summer of 2010.

    Patricia Crawford

    Patricia Ann Crawford, 76, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, February 24, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Kenneth Littell

    Kenneth Eugene “Gene“ Littell, 87, of Burden, Kan., passed away early Sunday morning, February 26, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans‘ Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Feb 24 - 26, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for February 24 – 26, 2012

    John Larsen, II

    John L. Larsen, II, age 53, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Saturday night, February 25, 2012.

    Connie Willoughby

    Connie Rae Willoughby, 60, of Silverdale, Kan., died Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Kenyon Martens

    Kenyon Fillmore Martens, 78, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012, at William Newton Hospital.

    Kenneth Kendrick

    Kenneth R. Kendrick, 72, of Wellington, Kan., died Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

    Barbara Lambert

    Barbara J. Lambert, 71, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

    Winfield cops take part in teen seat belt push

    Winfield Police will participate in a statewide teen driver and occupant seat belt enforcement program from March 5 through March 19.

    Man in critical after crashing into truck Thurs.

    A Belle Plaine man was critically injured late Thursday when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a Schwans delivery truck, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Floyd Clarkson

    Sgt. Floyd Earl Clarkson, 55, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.

    Company plans to close Dexter nursing home

    Grouse Valley Manor LLC has made the decision to close the Dexter Care Center - a nursing home the company has owned and operated in Dexter since 2003.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for March 5 - 7, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for March 5 – 7, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for March 6 - 8, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for March 6 – 8, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 6 - 8, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 6 – 8, 2012

    Repo incident leads to 3 arrests near Atlanta

    Three people were arrested Thursday near Atlanta following a disturbance that began when two men visited a rural residence - without proper documentation - seeking to repossess a vehicle, according to Cowley County undersheriff Bill Mueller.

    Fire guts a house in Ark City Sunday morning

    A fire, thought to be cooking related, is being blamed for a blaze that gutted a home in Ark City early Sunday morning.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for March 8, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for March 8, 2012

    CornerBank stock to sell to Vintage Bancorp

    Kansas-based Vintage Bancorp Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase the stock of Cornerstone Alliance, Ltd., the holding company for Winfield-based CornerBank.

    Roanne Doughten

    Roanna Mae (Argo) Doughten, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Carmen Gonzales

    Carmen Gonzales, 76, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday morning, March 11, 2012, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

    Fred Duensing Sr.

    Fred William (Bill) Duensing, Sr., 80 , formerly of Winfield, Kan., and Wichita died March 9, 2012, at the Lifecare of Andover Center.

    COMMENTARY: Tips and info for the tourney

    If you are like me then this week has been a brutal, torturous wait to get to Thursday. Because Thursday and Friday mean ALL DAY BASKETBALL!!

    Betty Gilbreth

    Betty Louise Gilbreth, age 67, passed away Tuesday evening, March 13, 2012, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

    Glen Nelson

    Glen Eldon Nelson, 85, retired Thoroughbred jockey and rancher, died Friday, March 16, 2012.

    Shirley Shultz

    Shirley Jean (Ludlum) Shultz, 65, of Cedar Vale, Kan., passed away at her home Sunday, March 18, 2012.

    Spring enrollment tops 4,000 at Cowley Coll.

    More than 4,000 students were enrolled at Cowley College for the spring semester, according to numbers released by the Ark City-based school this week.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for March 21 - 22, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for March 21 – 22, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 20 - 21, 2012

    Arkansas City Police reports for March 20 – 21, 2012

    Judith Allen

    Judith E. Allen, 77, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday morning, March 24, 2012, at William Newton Hospital.

    Mens conference set for Saturday in Winfield

    The third annual Winfield Mens Conference is scheduled for Saturday.

    Motorcycle riders courses offered by Cowley

    Enrollment is open now for several motorcycle safety training courses being offered by Cowley College.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 25 - 26, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for March 25 – 26, 2012

    Dan Spangler

    Dan Spangler, 79, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Work near on millions in Rubbermaid projects

    Work is expected to begin as soon as next month on millions of dollars in construction and infrastructure improvements associated with the expansion of the Newell Rubbermaid operation in Winfield.

    Busted: Man who fled heads home too soon

    An Ark City man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police there said he fled from them as they attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop.

    Clarence Broadhead

    Clarence (Don) Broadhead, 80, of Wichita, Kan., died Saturday, March 24, 2012.

    Wellington Police Reports for March 27 - 28, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for March 27 – 28, 2012

    Winfield man, 54 named as tractor-pin victim

    David W. Lowe, 54, Winfield, was the man killed in the farm-equipment accident earlier this evening, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Gary Day

    Gary Day, 62, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

    Budget shortfalls could lead to court closings

    District court offices in Cowley County - and across the state - would close for five days this spring under a furlough plan released by the Kansas Supreme Court Wednesday. The closings, the court said, would be necessary to compensate for an impending budget shortfall.

    Morton paroled after serving sentence for pot

    Mike Morton - a prominent Democrat and former party official from Udall - has been released from prison after serving a sentence for cultivating marijuana on his property.

    Michael Meloy

    Michael Clarence Meloy, 63, of Cedar Vale, Kan., passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    911 consolidation workshops set for Apr., May

    Cowley County officials have scheduled a series of workshops to collect input on a consolidated 911 dispatch center to serve the county.

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 4, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 4, 2012

    Mary Boggs

    Mary (Jean) Boggs, 77, of Winfield, Kan., formerly of Arkansas City, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Emeritus Senior Living Center in Augusta.

    AD: RCB Bank offering 2.95 vehicle financing

    Remember when you were ten and you thought racing in the box car derby was so cool? Well, that box isn’t going to get you to work on time and definitely not in style.

    AC bogus check suspect has been arrested

    Authorities have apprehended a woman accused of writing numerous bogus checks in the Ark City area late last month.

    Wanda Bradley

    Wanda J Bradley, 75 of Newkirk, Okla., died Monday, April 9, 2012, at her residence.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for April 10, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for April 10, 2012

    Clarkson dies Wed. from fire-related injuries

    Glenn Clarkson - a rural Ark City man who was critically injured in a fire-related accident in late March - died Wednesday at a Wichita hospital.

    Winfield company to sponsor NASCAR truck

    Fans of the NASCAR truck series may eye a local brand on one of the trucks racing this season.

    Thomas Hagan

    Thomas Alvin Hagan, 74, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at his residence.

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 12 - 15, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 12 – 15, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for April 11 - 12, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for April 11 – 12, 2012

    Autumn Terrill

    Autumn Nicole Terrill, 13, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

    Dorothy Sheneman

    Dorothy May Sheneman, 91, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2012, at Cumbernauld Village.

    Carmen Cornejo

    Carmen Cornejo, 86, of Wellington, Kan., a loving mother and grandmother, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Sumner Care Center in Wellington.

    Shannon Seaton

    Shannon Seaton, 35, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, April 20, 2012, at home in Arkansas City surrounded by her family.

    Delbert Waldorf

    Delbert D. Waldorf, 75, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at South Central Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, following several days at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.

    Leon Merz

    Leon M. Merz, 65, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, April 20, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Dale Baker

    Dale Wayne Baker, 65, of Wichita, Kan., died Sunday, April 22, 2012, following his long battle with prostate, pancreatic and liver cancer.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for April 17 – 22, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for April 17 – 22, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 17 – 22, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for April 17 – 22, 2012

    Appeals court: County clean up went too far

    Cowley County officials overstepped their authority when they sent a cleanup crew to tidy up private property in rural Ark City and billed the landowners for the work, a court has ruled.

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 23, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Report for April 23, 2012

    Atlanta man killed in a semi crash near Leon

    An Atlanta man was killed Tuesday morning when he lost control of the semi truck he was driving and crashed near Leon in Butler County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Vonnye Prather

    Vonnye Pauline Prather, 96, of Cedar Vale, Kan., died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Integris Hospital in Enid, Okla.

    Treasurer to close to vehicle related business

    The office of the Cowley County Treasurer will be closed to all vehicle-related transactions during the first week of May.

    Second 911 town hall meeting is next Friday

    Cowley County will be hosting the second of three town hall meetings to discuss the design of the proposed consolidated 911 communications center.

    Elizabeth Crites

    Elizabeth Scott Crites, 96, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in her home in Andover, Kan.

    Rubbermaid to mark expansion of local facility

    Newell Rubbermaid CEO Michael Polk is among dignitaries expected to be in Winfield Thursday to break ground on a new distribution facility.

    Monte Griffin

    Monte Craig Griffin, 49, passed away at his home in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

    Car-crash murder trial set to begin on Monday

    Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the unintentional second-degree murder trial of Kyndal Orange, an area man charged in the death last year of TiOnna Bruno of Ark City.

    Rubbermaid unveils plan to grow operations

    Newell Rubbermaid CEO Mike Polk made a rare trip to Winfield Thursday to mark the launch of a local plant expansion expected to generate 250 new jobs and grow the already large footprint the company has made in Cowley County.

    Man is killed Friday in Chautauqua Co. crash

    An Anchorage, Alaska man was killed early Friday morning when his car collided with another vehicle in an accident in Chautauqua County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Ark City man killed in ATV accident late Friday

    An Ark City man has died as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident Friday evening on the Oklahoma side of the Kansas-Oklahoma border, authorities and family of the man confirmed.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for May 1 - 3, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for May 1 – 3, 2012

    Edna Lock

    Edna Mae Lock, 101, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Man recovering after fall from horse in Dexter

    A Dexter man is recovering after a fall from a horse Tuesday evening that left him unconscious for a time.

    William Robinson

    William (Bill) Ernest Robinson, 89, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, May 5, 2012.

    Orange found guilty of lesser count Thursday

    UPDATE: 6:55 p.m. - Kyndal Orange has been found not guilty of unintentional second-degree murder in the death last year of TiOnna Bruno of Ark City.

    Wellington Police Report for May 9, 2012

    Wellington Police Report for May 9, 2012

    Howard McDaniel

    Howard McDaniel, 91, of Arkansas City, Kan., formerly of Oxford, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at South Central Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Discoloration prompts testing at Winfield Lake

    A discoloration found at Winfield City Lake Monday has prompted city officials to issue a warning to swimmers, fishermen and others who use the lake for recreation.

    Dwayne Balsters

    Dwayne Edward Balsters, 44, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, May 14, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Shirley Carle

    Shirley I. Carle, 66, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday afternoon, May 14, 2012, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

    State: Pets, humans should stay out of lake

    State officials have issued a warning advising people and their animals to avoid contact with the water at Winfield City Lake, due to the presence of harmful blue-green algae.

    Irene Flick

    Irene Helen Flick, 97, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Presbyterian Manor Assisted Living Facility.

    Man accused of sex crimes attacks an officer

    A rural Winfield man was arrested Thursday afternoon after attacking a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent who was questioning the man in regard to a child sex crimes case.

    Ark City Police Reports for May 16 - 17, 2012

    Arkansas City Police Reports for May 16 – 17, 2012

    Authorities conduct search at Ark City Dental

    Authorities spent several hours at an Ark City business Monday evening while serving a search warrant connected with an ongoing investigation, Cowley County undersheriff Bill Mueller said.

    Gwendolyn Irwin

    Gwendolyn Diane (Payne) Irwin, 56, lost her battle with cancer on Monday, May 21, 2012, at her son\'s home in Wellington, Kan. She was a resident of Checotah, Okla. for the past 31 years.

    Stoll named full-time Winfield fire chief Mon.

    Alan Stoll became full-time fire chief for the city of Winfield Monday after having served in an interim chief role for nearly 17 months.

    DeLores Hatfield

    DeLores Jean Hatfield, 73, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for May 18 - 20, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for May 18 – 20, 2012

    King\'s Treatment sells to Missouri-based Co.

    Wichita-based King’s Treatment Center - which operates a residential and outpatient facility in Winfield - has been acquired by Missouri-based Preferred Family Healthcare Inc.

    Charles White

    Charles M. (Buster) White, 92, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at his residence.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for May 21 - 24, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for May 21 – 24, 2012

    South Haven man killed in Kay County crash

    A South Haven man was killed early Saturday morning after his truck rolled in a rural part of Kay County, Oklahoma.

    Final 911 town hall meeting set for Thursday

    This week Cowley County will be hosting the final town hall meeting to discuss the design of the proposed consolidated 911 communications center.

    Jack Ward

    Jack Ward, 80, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Monday, May 28, 2012, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice in Arkansas City.

    Details for combined 911 project taking shape

    Cowley County officials Thursday provided the public with its first glimpse of what a consolidated 911 dispatch center could look like.

    Ark City to offer free meal program thru June

    The Ark City school district will be offering free breakfast and lunch, for those 18 and under, through the month of June.

    Trimmer to seek fourth term in Kansas House

    Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, has filed for reelection to the Kansas House of Representatives. He represents the 78th district, which includes northern Cowley County.

    Haley Thurman

    Haley Grace Thurman passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the Via Christi St. Teresa Hospital in Wichita, Kan., in infancy.

    Quilters Guild to celebrate 33 years in June

    The Walnut Valley Quilters Guild will hold a birthday party this month to celebrate the founding of the group.

    Daniel Martin

    Daniel Owen Martin, 81, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 6, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 6, 2012

    Redistricting maps shaking up Cowley politics

    Kansas House and Senate maps, approved by federal judges this week, will shake up the political landscape in Cowley County.

    Fluid trail leads AC cops to hit and run vehicle

    Fluid leaking from a damaged vehicle led Ark City police to a vehicle thought to be involved in a hit and run accident, and an underage drinking party.

    At least 2 seriously hurt at Badlands Saturday

    Two people were medically evacuated by air ambulance Saturday night during separate accidents, hours apart, at the Kansas Badlands near South Haven.

    Krusor picked for Democratic National Comm.

    Teresa Krusor, of Winfield, was named national delegation committeewoman Saturday when Kansas Democrats held their party convention in Topeka.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 7, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 7, 2012

    Gertrude Shelburn

    Gertrude (Maggie) Shelburn, of Wellington, Kan., died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Sumner Care Center in Wellington at the age of 75.

    Kenneth McCaslin

    Kenneth McCaslin, 85, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Friday morning, June 8, 2012, at his home, surrounded by family and under the care of Hospice Care of Kansas.

    State House, Senate races take shape Mon.

    Challengers and incumbents settled on election plans Monday, just a few days after a panel of federal judges rearranged state Senate and House districts in Kansas.

    UPDATE: Name released in fatal Tues. crash

    UPDATE: 10 a.m. Wednesday - Tammy S. Rayl, 52, Wellington, has been identified as the woman killed Tuesday in the accident on 11th Rd. in Cowley County.

    Local dentist Dr. Seitz arrested Wednesday

    Ark City Dentist Dr. John Seitz was arrested Wednesday and is accused of violating a protective order, authorities confirmed.

    2 inmates escape from Winfield prison on Sat.

    Local authorities are looking for two Winfield Correctional Facility inmates said to have escaped Saturday afternoon.

    Gilbert Dillingham

    Gilbert L. Dillingham died Monday, June 18, 2012, at his residence in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 85.

    Twila Spielman

    Twila Louise Spielman, 87, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

    James Berrie

    James (Harold) Berrie, age 95,of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Cumbernauld Village.

    Ark City Police Reports for June 18 - 20, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for June 18 – 20, 2012

    State lifts algae advisory at Winfield City Lake

    Blue-Green algae concerns at Winfield City Lake have subsided and normal lake activities can resume following testing of lake waters this week.

    Major construction project to affect 77 soon

    Construction on U.S. 77 just north of Ark City is expected to affect traffic in the area through the month of July and much of August, Ark City officials said Thursday.

    Joseph Shrader

    Joseph Dean (Cowboy Joe) Shrader, 32, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, as the result of a boating accident at Kaw Lake.

    Lorene Mitchell

    Lorene K. Mitchell, 76, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday afternoon, June 21, 2012, at William Newton Hospital.

    Winfield Police Reports for June 21 - 23, 2012

    Winfield Police Reports for June 21 – 23, 2012

    Second Winfield inmate captured near Byers

    The second of two inmates, who escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility June 16, was captured just before noon Monday near Byers, Kan.

    Reinhardt May

    Reinhardt (Reiny) A. May, 88, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, June 21, 2012, at the Presbyterian Manor.

    Curtis Dick is first Marquee exec. director

    Longtime Winfield resident Curtis Dick has been chosen as the first executive director for the Marquee Performing Arts Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 22 - 24, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 22 – 24, 2012

    Excessive heat warning in effect for the area

    Weather officials have issued an excessive heat warning for numerous cities in South Central Kansas, including Winfield, Ark City and Wellington.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 25, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for June 25, 2012

    Pair arrested for bogus checks & stolen items

    Two people were arrested on Thursday following an investigation that began when one of the suspects attempted to pass a fake check at Country Mart in Ark City.

    Mitchell Skaggs

    Mitchell O. Skaggs, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Wellington at the age of 93.

    Belle Plaine woman dies in Kingman Co crash

    An area woman died early Sunday morning in an accident on U.S. 54 east of Kingman, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Donald Schulze

    Donald Schulze, 78, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at his home in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for June 27 - July 1, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for June 27 – July 1, 2012

    Donna Barlow

    Donna L. Barlow, 88, of Ponca City, Okla., formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, July 2, 2012, at her home in Ponca City.

    Herman Arnett

    Herman E. Arnett, Jr., 77, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at his residence.

    UPDATE: Driver in crash near Oxford named

    UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. - Layne C. Parsons, 30, Oxford, has been identified as the man killed in the accident Wednesday on U.S. 160 west of Oxford, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Paul Cantrell

    Paul Eugene Cantrell, 89, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kan.

    Ark City Police Reports for July 3 - 4, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for July 3 - 4, 2012

    County commission candidate nabbed for DUI

    John Sybrant - an Ark City resident who is among three Republicans running for the third district Cowley County commission seat - was arrested late last month for DUI, according to court records.

    Frances Hensley

    Frances (Pearl) Hensley, 93 of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday July 3, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 3 - 5, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 3 - 5, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for July 5 - 8, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for July 5 - 8, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 6 - 9, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 6 – 9, 2012

    Ark City Police Report for July 9, 2012

    Ark City Police Report for July 9, 2012

    CornerBank, Vintage call off a plan to merge

    Vintage Bank Kansas will not be completing the stock purchase of Winfield-based CornerBank, officials for both banks announced Wednesday.

    Tax cut, 911 dept. part of 2013 county budget

    Property tax relief, partial funding for a department to oversee 911 dispatch and the elimination of the noxious weed department are components of a tentative spending blueprint presented to Cowley County commissioners this week.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for July 10, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for July 10, 2012

    Wellington Police Report for July 11, 2012

    Wellington Police Report for July 11, 2012

    Josephine Brooks

    Josephine Jean (Boots) Brooks, 78, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Wheat leaving KSOK for new job in Topeka

    KSOK news director Shawn Wheat is leaving his position with the radio station and taking a job in Topeka.

    SHANE: My first Ark River ride on an airboat

    I stepped barefooted into the Arkansas River just a couple of minutes ago and already I have learned an important common-sense rule when hanging around airboaters.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 17 - 19, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 17 – 19, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for July 19 - 22, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for July 19 – 22, 2012

    Charles Montgomery

    Charles Dale Montgomery, 83, of Winfield, Kan., formerly of Cedar Vale, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

    AUDIO: County commish, attorney candidates

    NewsCow.net and KSOK Saturday held several debate-style question and answer sessions with candidates for office in Cowley and Sumner Counties.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 20 - 22, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 20 – 22, 2012

    Local man faces trial for shooting dog last fall

    What started as tension between rural Cowley County neighbors, has a local man facing trial on a felony charge of animal cruelty.

    ATV safety presentation is part of county fair

    Those attending the Cowley County Fair in Winfield next week will have the chance to learn of the dangers associated with riding ATVs on the farm.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 24 - 26, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 24 – 26, 2012

    2 from Ponca caught in church break in probe

    Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in Kansas and Oklahoma. Officials said they are still looking for more suspects who may also be connected to the crimes.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 27 - 30, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for July 27 – 30, 2012

    Henry Beckham

    Henry E. Beckham, 69, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012, at his home.

    Mary Carothers

    Mary Carothers, 93, of Winfield, Kan., died Sunday, July 29, 2012. She was a long-time resident of Cowley County.

    Jackie Hill

    Jackie Hill, 77, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home under the care of his loving family.

    Delores Jones

    Delores D. Jones, 82, of Wellington, Kan., died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington.

    Southwestern opening Overland Park office

    Southwestern College Professional Studies will open an office in Overland Park on Monday, the school announced Thursday.

    Applications sought for Winf. Police Academy

    The Winfield Police Department is now accepting applications for the next adult Citizens Academy.

    Roy Bates

    Roy A. Bates, 86, a lifelong Sumner County, Kan., resident, died Friday, August 3, 2012, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.

    Ark City Police Reports for August 1 - 5, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for August 1 – 5, 2012

    Winfield Police Reports for August 1 - 5, 2012

    Winfield Police Reports for August 1 – 5, 2012

    Little black dress event funds local pageant

    The Miss Walnut Valley board of directors will host its second annual Little Black Dress girls night out and auction on Saturday in Ark City.

    Richard Potterton

    Richard W. Potterton, 62, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, August 3, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Trinity Chattam

    Trinity Faith Guthery Chattam, infant daughter of Gregory Chattam and Heather Guthery, died Friday, August 3, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City, Kan.

    Virginia Wilkins

    Virginia Jane (V.J.) Wilkins, 90, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Abrams, Knox, Peck win legislative primaries

    Ark City Republican Steve Abrams scored a comfortable win Tuesday to earn a second term as state senator for the 32nd District.

    Work beginning on taxiway project at Strother

    Work is underway on a mult-million dollar project to replace a 70-year-old taxiway at the Strother Field airport.

    KBI leads raids on those selling synthetic pot

    At least one Ark City business was included in raids that were part of a seven-month investigation into the sale of synthetic pot-like substances, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations.

    William Busch

    William Henry (Bill) Busch, 91, a lifelong Milan, Kan., resident, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the Sumner Care Center in Wellington.

    2 arrested in Winfield after incident with gun

    Two Winfield men were arrested late Sunday following an altercation, involving a handgun, that occurred outside the Kansas Veterans Home, law enforcement officials said.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Aug 13, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for August 13, 2012

    Local ID-theft suspect charged federally Tues

    A Guatemalan man - who was booked into the Cowley County Jail on identity theft charges last week - was indicted on federal immigration charges Tuesday.

    Ark City Police Reports for Aug 12 - 14, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for August 12 – 14, 2012

    Ark City Police Report for Aug 16, 2012

    Ark City Police Report for August 16, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Aug 16, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for August 16, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Aug 17 - 19, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for August 17 – 19, 2012

    Fallen soldiers exhibit to visit Ark City soon

    Cowley County soldiers Tyler Juden and Jerry Mills Jr. - who both were killed in the line of duty - are among the fallen included in a traveling photo memorial that will visit Ark City.

    Treva Funderburk

    Treva May Funderburk, 87, passed away Saturday morning, August 18, 2012, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover, Kan.

    Warren Haslouer

    Warren J. Haslouer, 91, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday morning, August 18, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Aug 20 - 21, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for August 20 – 21, 2012

    Winfield woman hurt in crash near Cambridge

    A Winfield woman was injured late Wednesday when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway and rolled in eastern Cowley County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Albert Bacastow

    Albert Hans Bacastow, 95, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Jayne Olson

    Jayne Olson, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, August 25, 2012, at home in Arkansas City.

    Ark City Police Reports for Aug 22 - 26, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for August 22 – 26, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Aug 22 - 26, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for August 22 – 26, 2012

    William Bauer

    William (Billy) R. Bauer, age 78, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday, August 27, 2012, at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital.

    Sherman Simmons

    Sherman A. Simmons, 91, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 28, 2012, at the Kansas Veteran’s Home.

    Wellington Police Reports for Aug 27 - 28, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for August 27 – 28, 2012

    UPDATE: Woman hurt in Wed crash is named

    McKinzie Jo Allton, 22, of rural Wellington, has been identified as the person injured Wednesday afternoon in a crash west of Winfield.

    Dwain Lauppe

    Dwain O. Lauppe, 75, of Winfield, Kan., died Thursday morning, August 30, 2012, at his home.

    Wellington Police Reports for Aug 29 - 30, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for August 29 – 30, 2012

    Ark City Police Report for Aug 29, 2012

    Ark City Police Reports for August 29, 2012

    AC man dies in a crash over holiday weekend

    An Ark City man was killed early Sunday morning when he lost control of the Jeep utility vehicle he was driving and rolled in a grass field.

    Man sentenced to prison flees local courtroom

    A local man was arrested Tuesday morning after he fled a Winfield courtroom where he had just been sentenced on drug charges, authorities said.

    Bret Clark

    Bret Clark, 49, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday, September 2, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Thomas Tyler

    Thomas (Tom) Troupe Tyler, III, 87, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Kay Perdaris

    Kay Perdaris, 60, of Winfield, Kan., died Monday morning, September 3, 2012, surrounded by her family at her home.

    Wellington Police Reports for Aug 31 - Sept 4, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for August 31 – September 1 – 4, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Sept 4, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Report for Sept 4, 2012

    Young gator is found near Caldwell business

    UPDATE: 11:24 p.m. - The gator - measuring in and weighing in a tad bit less than you might expect - has been captured in Caldwell.

    State appeals court to hear cases in Cowley

    In observance of Constitution Day, judges from the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on a docket of cases in Ark City and Winfield Sept. 18.

    Ark City Police Report for Sept 5, 2012

    Ark City Police Report for September 5, 2012

    Larry Scott

    Larry Scott 56, of Arkansas City, Kansas passed away, Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

    Mildred Ramey

    Mildred Ramey, 94, of Wellington, Kansas, passed away, September 10, 2012 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS.

    Melissa Evans

    Melissa A. Evans, 41, of Wichita, Kansas, passed away Saturday afternoon, September 8, 2012 at Harry Hynes Memorial Center in Wichita.

    Wellington Police Report for Sept 7 - 10, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for September 7 – 10, 2012

    Brigette Felder

    Daymar (Brigette) Felder, 63, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Monday, September 10, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Sept 11 - 12, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 11 – 12, 2012

    Appeals court cases to be held locally Tues.

    A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals is to be in Cowley County Tuesday to hear cases, as part of the U.S. Constitution Observance Day.

    Merlyn Hicks

    Merlyn Hicks, 85, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012, at South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Familiar festival performer injured in a crash

    Leo Eilts, the bass player for Walnut Valley Festival performers 3 Trails West and former group Spontaneous Combustion, was injured early Monday morning when the RV he was driving left the roadway on I-70 near Topeka and struck an embankment.

    CornerBank is hosting historic money display

    CornerBank is hosting an exhibit at its 900 Main location in Winfield about the history of U.S. currency.

    Joe Powell

    Joe Powell, 66, a longtime Wellington, Kan., resident, died Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Ponca City Medical Center in Ponca City, Okla.

    John Bridges

    John H. Bridges, 88, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Mary Heck

    Mary Virginia (Gini) Heck, 80, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday evening, September 16, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans’ Home.

    Political scholar Ornstein to give Docking talk

    Author and political scientist Norman Ornstein will deliver the fourth annual Docking Lecture in Leadership and Public Affairs early next month at Southwestern College.

    Charles Worley

    Charles (Doug) Worley, 61, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice Care of Kansas.

    Royston: Winfield Main St. will continue work

    Winfield Main Street executive director Cathy Royston said her organization was shocked Thursday by a decision to abruptly end the Kansas Main Street program, but she expects day-to-day operations locally to continue unchanged.

    Rural Wellington man is charged in fatal crash

    A rural Wellington man - who is a veterinary student at Kansas State - is facing criminal charges in connection with a crash near Manhattan in May that left two people dead.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Sept 13 - 20, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 13 – 20, 2012

    Local man found deceased near UMKC Fri.

    A Winfield man was found dead Friday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo., where he had been attending school.

    Man runs from cops after anhydrous theft Fri.

    Local authorities are certain they know the suspect who took anhydrous ammonia from the Valley CoOp in Hackney Friday evening and then fled the scene as an officer arrived, Cowley County undersheriff Bill Mueller said.

    Craig Turner

    Craig Lee Turner, 21, died of natural causes Friday, September 21, 2012, at his college apartment in Kansas City, Mo.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Sept 21 - 25, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for September 21 – 25, 2012

    Harold Thompson

    Harold Thompson, 82, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at his home under the care of his family and hospice.

    Mulvane teen recovering from crash in Udall

    A Mulvane teen was injured early Friday morning in a crash along a stretch of K-15 highway that passes through Udall, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Winfield Police Reports for Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2012

    Winfield Police Reports for September 27 – October 1, 2012

    Horses are struck and killed by traffic near AC

    One horse was killed and another had to be humanely destroyed after they were struck by highway traffic near Ark City early Wednesday morning.

    Patricia Stansbarger

    Patricia (Trisha) Stansbarger, 60, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday, October 5, 2012, at her home under the care of her family and Hospice Care of Kansas in Arkansas City.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Sept 26 - 30, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Sept 26 – 30, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Oct 1 - 4, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 1 – 4, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Oct 5 - 9, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 5 – 9, 2012

    Winfield Police Reports for Oct 7 - 9, 2012

    Winfield Police Reports for October 7 – 9, 2012

    Surveillance leads authorities to local meth lab

    Round-the-clock surveillance of a meth-production site led to the arrest of an Ark City man and the recovery of a stolen vehicle, authorities said.

    Miss Walnut Valley pageant is taking entries

    The third annual Miss Walnut Valley Scholarship Pageant is now taking entries for contestants and Miss Sunflower Princess participants.

    Feds: Man living in AC was felon from Mexico

    Federal charges have been filed against a Mexican man - who previously had been deported from the U.S. - found living under an assumed name in Ark City last month.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Oct 10 - 11, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 10 – 11, 2012

    Ark City man killed in a.m. crash near Mulvane

    An Ark City man was killed early Monday morning in a head-on collision that occurred a mile south of Mulvane on K-15 Highway, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for Oct 12 - 15, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff\'s Reports for October 12 – 15, 2012

    Suspect in anhydrous theft last month nabbed

    Authorities have arrested a man believed to have fled from an officer investigating the theft of anhydrous-ammonia from the Valley CoOp in Hackney last month.

    Local candidate debate set for tonight in AC

    Local candidates for political office will appear tonight at a Kids Vote Kansas debate hosted by the Optimists of Ark City and Leadership USD 470.

    Kimberly Oestmann

    Kimberly Sue Oestmann, 51, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her family and Hospice Care of Kansas after a long hard battle with multiple sclerosis.

    A local candidate acknowledges bankruptcy

    Cowley County treasurer candidate Rebecca Cox - a Democrat - acknowledged Thursday she has a personal bankruptcy filing that county officials said is likely to be a hindrance to Cox if she wins office next month.

    Cash Saver food outlet replaces AppleMarket

    Friday marked the opening of the Cash Saver Cost Plus Food Outlet in Winfield. The store is the rebranding of the Apple Market location at 1906 E. Ninth Ave.

    Francis Long

    Francis Franklin Long, Sr. 90, of Newkirk, Okla., died Sunday, October 21, 2012, at his residence.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct 17 - 23, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 17 – 23, 2012

    Sparks named Ark City senior services chief

    Kristin Sparks has been chosen as the new director of senior services in Ark City. She will oversee the Senior Citizen Center and Friendship Meals Program.

    Freeze warning is in effect for Cowley County

    Temperatures in the mid to high 20s are expected to cause a hard-killing freeze through much of South Central Kansas, including Cowley County, this weekend.

    Vargas named 81st Queen Alalah on Friday

    Mariah Vargas was named the 81st Queen Alalah during a sold-out coronation ceremony Friday night at the Robert Brown Theatre on the campus of Cowley College in Ark City.

    Deputy crashes car on way to accident scene

    A Cowley County Sheriff deputy was injured Saturday night when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and crashed.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct 24 - 25, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 24 – 25, 2012

    Kansas governor to visit Ark City and Winfield

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will stop in Ark City and Winfield Friday as part of a motorcycle tour planned just ahead of the general election.

    2 die when tanker explodes near Belle Plaine

    Two people died Saturday afternoon when a tanker truck hauling fuel exploded on the Kansas Turnpike just north of the Belle Plaine rest stop.

    Jack Plummer

    Jack Len Plummer, 78, died Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Winfield, Kan.

    Trimmer holds 18-vote lead over Alley in 79th

    Democrat Ed Trimmer is clinging to a tiny lead in his bid to best Republican challenger Larry Alley and return to Topeka as a representative in the Kansas House.

    Knox, Peck win eastern Cowley County races

    Republicans won two legislative races in districts that include areas of Cowley County.

    Woman is killed in accident near Cambridge

    A Grenola woman was killed Wednesday afternoon - and a Central High School student was injured - in a two-vehicle collision that occurred just west of Cambridge, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct 26 - 30, 2010

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 26 – 30, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Nov 1 - 7, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for November 1 – 7, 2012

    Wayne Grant

    Wayne L. Grant, 94, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, November 7, 2012, at his home.

    S and Y recognized as top woman-owned biz

    Winfield-based S and Y Industries was recently recognized as the Kansas Dept. of Commerce Woman-Owned business of the year.

    Margaret DeBuhr

    Margaret (Peggy) E. DeBuhr, 77, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, November 9, 2012, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita.

    Myra Estep

    Myra Ann Estep, 77, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, November 9, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Kathy Furman

    Kathy Furman, formerly Kathy McGlasson, 61, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, November 9, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Trimmer lead over Alley has grown to 72 votes

    Winfield Democrat Ed Trimmer Monday added to his small lead over Republican Larry Alley in the race for 79th Dist. Representative in the Kansas House.

    Fern Thurman

    Fern L. Thurman, 90, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, November 12, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    State AG taking over Wellington murder case

    Wellington murder defendant Spencer Weikal will be prosecuted by an attorney from the office of the Kansas Attorney General, according to court filings made last week.

    Sharon Bird

    Sharon Kay Bird, 69, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday morning, November 13, 2012, at her home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Nov 8 - 12, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for November 8 – 12, 2012

    Ed Trimmer wins 79th over Alley by 65 votes

    (NOTE: In our reporting Monday we listed Ed Trimmer with a 72-vote lead in this race, based on numbers from the canvassing. Those numbers were not correct, and the accurate numbers are listed below. NewsCow apologizes for the error.)

    Local program to provide deer meat for needy

    A local man is launching an effort to provide deer meat to less-fortunate families in Cowley County.

    Jaime Villagomez

    Jaime Ezequiel Villagomez, stillborn infant of Jose Villagomez and Patricia Castillo, died Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    William Patten

    William Larry Patten, 75, of Newkirk, Okla., died Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    No recount is sought in 79th Dist. House race

    The deadline for requesting a recount in the 79th Dist. Kansas House race passed without such a request being filed, election officials said Monday.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Nov 16 - 19, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for November 16 – 19, 2012

    Ivan Booth

    Ivan W. Booth, 84, died Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kan.

    Richard Trott

    Richard Lynn Trott, 54, of Maple City, Kan., died Monday, November 19, 2012, at his residence.

    Winfield driver falls asleep, rolls car Saturday

    A Winfield man was taken to the hospital Saturday morning following a rollover accident south of Udall, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Jackie Bumgardner

    Jackie Neil Bumgardner, 73, of Burden, Kan., passed away Saturday evening, November 24, 2012, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita with his family by his side.

    UPDATE: Cash convicted on both rape counts

    UPDATE: 11 a.m. Wednesday - Jurors deliberated for less than 30 minutes this morning before returning verdicts of guilty on two counts of rape against Christopher Cash, of Wellington.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Nov 21 - 27, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for November 21 – 27, 2012

    Rocky Roskydoll

    Rocky Roskydoll, 49, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Friday evening, November 30, 2012, at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City surrounded by his loving family.

    Winfield man killed Saturday in Ponca crash

    One Winfield man was killed and another was injured Saturday morning in a crash that occurred near Ponca City, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Dona Mendia

    Doña Jeronima Mendia, 101, of Wellington, Kan., loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away at her home Friday, December 7, 2012.

    Mental Health needing $165,000 from county

    Cowley County Mental Health and Counseling Center needs an infusion of cash to cover December expenses, and is looking to county commissioners for a $165,000 advance payment.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 1 - 4, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 1 – 4, 2012

    Kansas AG will speak at AC DARE ceremony

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is set to be the keynote speaker Friday at a graduation ceremony for D.A.R.E. students in Ark City.

    UPDATE: Derek Hills is killed in Friday crash

    UPDATE: 8:38 p.m. - Derek Ray Hills, 32, Geuda Springs, has been identified as the man killed in the single-vehicle crash north of Ark City Friday afternoon.

    Judge rules that Creekstone settlement fair

    A federal judge has found that a proposed class-action settlement in a lawsuit by employees of a Kansas meatpacker is fair.

    Diane Barkley

    Diane F. Barkley, 83, of Clearwater, Kan., died Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita.

    Alta Sumner

    Alta Sumner, 93, of Ponca City, Okla., passed away Monday night, December 17, 2012, at Shawn Manor Nursing Home in Ponca City.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 11 - 18, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for December 11 – 18, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 19 - 25, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for December 19 – 25, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for Dec 19 - 25, 2012

    Wellington Police Reports for December 19 – 25, 2012

    CERT classes offered next month in Cowley

    Cowley County Emergency Management will begin offering classes next month for its Community Emergency Response Team, known as CERT.

    Bob Lewis

    Bob Lewis, 81, of Winfield, Kan., passed away December 22, 2012, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 26 - 27, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for December 26 – 27, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Dec 28 - 30, 2012

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for December 28 – 30, 2012

    Virginia Boufford

    Virginia L. (Ginger) Boufford, 84, of Arkansas City, Kan., formerly of Prescott, Ariz., died Friday, December 28, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Willard Morris

    Willard L. Morris, 87, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, January 2, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery.

    Douglass man is killed in vehicle crash Friday

    A Douglass man was killed Friday around noon in an accident that occurred about a mile south of Augusta in Butler County.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Jan 2 - 6, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 2 – 6, 2013

    Beverly Huntzinger

    Beverly A. Huntzinger, 78, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

    Wanda Powell

    Wanda Joanne Powell, 85, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, January 7, 2013, while at Medicalodge East Health Care Center in Arkansas City.

    McSpadden to present at Quilt Guild meetings

    Marilyn McSpadden of Winfield will be the presenter for the January meetings of the Walnut Valley Quilters Guild.

    Winfield Library pitching plan for renovations

    As the Winfield Public Library celebrates its 100th year, library officials hope the landmark anniversary will encourage voters to approve a $1.4 million renovation project funded by a sales tax initiative.

    Undersheriff Mueller to retire on February 2

    Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller will retire from his position as of Feb. 2, sheriff Don Read announced Wednesday. Mueller will continue with the department as a part-time deputy.

    Charles Crossnoe

    Charles C. Crossnoe, 92, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday, January 7, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Robert Reed

    Robert A. Reed, 80, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday morning, January 8, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Johnnie Cox

    Johnnie Allen Cox, 66, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at South Central Medical Center.

    Virginia Musson

    Virginia Ann Musson, 64, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    State inmates to leave Cowley jail by Jan. 31

    Kansas prison inmates housed at the Cowley County Jail in Winfield will be transferred out by Jan. 31, as an 18-month-long contract ends that provided the state with extra bed space.

    Dolores Wells

    Dolores Marie (Vannoster) Wells, 69, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, January 11, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    4 nabbed on drug counts after searches in AC

    Four people were arrested over the weekend as part of a months-long investigation into the sale of meth and other drugs in Ark City, police said.

    Wellington Police Reports for Jan 7 - 13, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for January 7 – 13, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Jan 7 - 13, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for January 7 – 13, 2013

    Dominique Stephens

    Dominique Latroyce Stephens, 12, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, January 12, 2012, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Jan 11 - 15, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 11 – 15, 2013

    BUSTED: Winfield home searched late Wed.

    Two people were arrested - and a Winfield home was searched Wednesday night - in what has been a spurt of activity for local drug-enforcement authorities.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Jan 16, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 16, 2013

    David Whitley

    David Whitley, 65, of Wellington, Kan., died Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita.

    Search turns up human remains near Winfield

    Authorities uncovered human remains Saturday near a rural home northwest of Winfield and will have the remains tested to determine the identity of the person, Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller said.

    Lewis Franklin

    J. Lewis Franklin, 90, of Winfield, Kan., died Thursday, January 17, 2013, at his residence.

    Mueller: Remains are identified as Corbin Wilt

    The remains found over the weekend have been positively identified as those of Corbin Wilt, a Winfield man missing since May 2012, Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller said Monday. Dental records were used to make the identification.

    Diane Thomas

    Diane E. Thomas, 66, of Frederick, Md., passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital.

    AC may have a buyer for old hospital building

    Kansas City area developers and Ark City commissioners entered into a tentative agreement this week for the sale of the former South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center Building.

    Ark City man killed in accident in Kay County

    An Ark City man has died as a result of an accident Sunday afternoon near the Kansas-Oklahoma border in Kay County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    Missing ATV rider is found safe after a search

    A rural Winfield man has been found safe and sound after disappearing during an ATV ride yesterday afternoon.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Jan 17 - 27, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 17 – 27, 2013

    CCMH granted credit line; Not needed so far

    Cowley County Mental Health and Counseling Center has a $200,000 line of credit with the county that is in place to help the mental health organization avoid future cash flow issues.

    Velda Ledbetter

    Velda N. Ledbetter, 94, formerly of Cedar Vale, Kan., passed away Monday, January 28, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village in Hutchison.

    Reception for Mueller set for Friday in Winfield

    A retirement reception for Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller will be held Friday at the courthouse in Winfield.

    Pary Wilson

    Pary O. Wilson, 67, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Wednesday afternoon, January 30, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    KanCare meeting set for Feb. 18 in Winfield

    Winfield is one of 16 locations statewide that will host a KanCare information meeting for Medicaid recipients.

    James English

    James Thomas (Jake) English, 57, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Morton: Groups aims to change state pot laws

    Mike Morton - a Cowley County man who spent time in prison for growing pot - says he and his wife have helped form a group pushing for what they consider to be more sensible pot laws in Kansas.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 28 – 31, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for January 28 – 31, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for January 28 – 31, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for January 28 – 31, 2013

    Corbin Wilt

    Corbin Lance Wilt, 38, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away in May of 2012.

    June Clark

    June Clark, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Center following an extended illness.

    Drug felon is heading to trial on latest charges

    Jury selection is expected to begin today in the trial of James Thomas Brown VI, an Ark City man accused of stealing anhydrous ammonia from the Valley CoOp in Hackney and running from authorities last fall.

    Winter weather warning coming for Cowley Co

    UPDATE: 8 p.m. Tuesday - Winter weather warning in effect for the county from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Elvira Venegas

    Elvira Z. (Vera) Venegas, 84, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    New blast of snow and cold expected tonight

    Our most recent snow has not yet melted away and already another blast of winter weather is on its way toward us, according to local emergency management officials and the National Weather Service.

    Eleanor Anderson

    Eleanor Louise Anderson, 90, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Presbyterian Manor Health Care Unit.

    Perry Bryant

    Perry Earl (Mick) Bryant, 82, formerly of Cedar Vale, Kan., passed away Thursday evening, February 28, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans‘ Home in Winfield.

    Farmer shoots, kills a wanted man in Sumner

    A Sumner County farmer shot and killed a man - wanted for drug crimes in Iowa - following an incident Monday that began on the Kansas Turnpike.

    Sales tax woes lead to close of AC Taco Tico

    Taco Tico in Ark City has been closed by the Kansas Dept. of Revenue due to sales tax issues involving its parent company.

    Tom Junkins, Jr.

    Thomas J. Junkins, Jr., 85, of Winfield, Kan., died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the Kansas Veteran's Home.

    Ted Jones

    Ted Leroy Jones, 91, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Mag Abasolo

    Mag Abasolo, 76, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, March 8, 2013.

    Tree trimmers find possible remains on Mon.

    Two tree trimmers Monday afternoon uncovered what are believed to be human skeletal remains in an area northwest of Winfield, according to Cowley County Sheriff Don Read.

    John Rider

    John (Jack) Winfield Rider, 63, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, March 11, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Sumner County woman is killed in crash Wed

    An Argonia woman was killed Wednesday afternoon when her vehicle collided with a semi truck and flipped on U.S. 160 in Sumner County.

    DeCoudres will fill unexpired Treasurer term

    Republican Maci DeCoudres has been chosen by local Democrats to become Cowley County Treasurer a few months early.

    Jane Rankin

    Jane Carol Rankin, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 12 - 14, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 12 – 14, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for March 12 - 16, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for March 12 – 16, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 15 - 17, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for March 15 – 17, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for March 15 - 17, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for March 15 – 17, 2013

    Pompeo to meet with constituents this month

    Kansas Fourth Dist. Congressman Mike Pompeo will meet with constituents later this month in Wichita.

    Raymond Begay

    Raymond A. Begay, 76 of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, March 18, 2013, at his residence.

    Wellington Police Report for March 19, 2013

    Wellington Police Report for March 19, 2013

    Identifying recovered remains is slow process

    Positively identifying remains, found northwest of Winfield March 11, is expected to take some time, authorities said Wednesday.

    Former AC resident found dead in Mo. dorm

    Campus and city police in Rolla, Mo. are investigating the death of a student, formerly of Ark City, whose body was found in her dorm room at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

    Catbackers golf event to honor late Bill Taylor

    The Purple Pack Catbacker Club will hold their annual golf tournament and banquet on separate days in 2013.

    Sumner man gets 25 years on meth counts

    A Sumner County man was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Friday after being convicted of meth and gun charges.

    Cowley has three finalists for president job

    Cowley College has announced the names of three finalists in the search for a new school president.

    Wellington Police Reports for March 22 - 24, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for March 22 – 24, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 22 - 24, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 22 – 24, 2013

    Geneva Monday

    Geneva Lois Monday, 78, of Wellington, Kan., peacefully passed away at her home Friday, March 22, 2013.

    Frederick Woods

    Frederick Terrance Woods, 77, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, March 22, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Forrest Stalcup

    Forrest Stalcup, 91, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 25 - 28, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 25 – 28, 2013

    Charles Utt

    Charles Rickey (Rick) Utt, 67, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at his home in Topeka, Kan.

    Wellington Police Reports for March 25 - 31, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for March 25 – 31, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 29 - 31, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for March 29 – 31, 2013

    Betty Wineinger

    Betty L. (Admire) Wineinger, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Leo Seiwert

    Leo J. Seiwert, 90, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday evening, April 2, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Mary Bruner-Jones

    Mary Elizabeth (Thurman) Bruner-Jones, 68, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Marjorie Morris

    Marjorie Ann Morris, 85, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday afternoon, April 4, 2013, at her home.

    Accident occurs near sports complex on Mon.

    Two people were injured Monday morning in a crash near the entrance to the Broadway Sports Complex in south Winfield.

    David Simon

    David J. Simon, 71, of Wellington, Kan., passed away early Saturday morning, April 6, 2013, at the Golden Living Center.

    Wellington Police Reports for April 3 - 7, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for April 3 – 7, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 3 - 7, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 3 – 7, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 8, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 8, 2013

    Driver of crashed Gator part of a prison crew

    A driver said to have caused a rollover accident in Winfield Monday was an inmate at the local prison doing work for the city.

    Winfield Police Report for April 9, 2013

    Winfield Police Report for April 9, 2013

    Ray Walker

    Ray V. Walker, 71, of Winfield, Kan., a retired barber, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 9, 2013, at his home.

    Ruling stands: County erred in clean up case

    The Kansas Supreme Court has let stand a court of appeals decision that found Cowley County officials overstepped their authority in 2006 by sending a cleanup crew to tidy up private property in rural Ark City and then billing landowners for the work.

    Docking taps Kurtz as new Union State CEO

    Bill Docking will step down as CEO of Union State Bank early next year, the bank said Thursday. A plan is in place for Eric Kurtz to be his successor.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Apr 10 - 11, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 10 – 11, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Apr 10 - 12, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for April 10 – 12, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Apr 13 - 15, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for April 13 – 15, 2013

    Carmen Davis

    Carmalita (Carmen) (Zavala) Davis, 69, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Harry Hynes Hospice Unit of Via Christi Medical Center - St. Francis Campus.

    Joseph Beckham

    Joseph E. Beckham, 59, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his home.

    Timothy Shepherd

    Timothy Joe Shepherd, 60, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday afternoon, April 13, 2013, at William Newton Hospital.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 16, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for April 16, 2013

    Local college student organizes E-waste drive

    A local college student is making an effort to help area residents properly dispose of electronic waste.

    Arrest made in recent spurt of rural burglaries

    Authorities have made an arrest in a number of rural burglaries that have plagued northern Cowley County in recent weeks.

    Marlin Heffner

    Marlin Eugene Heffner, 78, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday morning, April 19, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Paul Kelly

    Paul Wayne Kelly, 70, of Grainola, Okla., died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his residence.

    Kansas AG Schmidt to be in Winfield on Wed

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is scheduled to visit Cowley County this week as part of a series of listening stops in this area.

    Wilma Wheatcroft

    Wilma P. Wheatcroft, 87, a former resident of the Kansas Veteran's Home in Winfield, Kan., died Friday, April 19, 2013.

    Fire damages an Ark City home on Monday

    Fire and smoke damaged a home Monday afternoon in Ark City.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 19 - 22, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for April 19 – 22, 2013

    Jean Nelson

    Jean Josephine Nelson, 94, of Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Oxford, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House after a short illness.

    Wellington Police Reports for April 23 - 24, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for April 23 – 24, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for April 25 - 28, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for April 25 – 28, 2013

    Attempted murder: Man goes to prison afterall

    Jonathan D. Hughes - a 24 year-old Wichita man convicted of attempted second degree murder in Cowley County last year - has violated his probation and will be sent to prison.

    Raymond Warren

    Raymond Leon Warren, 64, of Winfield, Kan., died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Houston.

    Barbara Sandborn

    Barbara Jean Sandborn, 68, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.

    A crop dusting plane crash lands near Udall

    A crop dusting plane crash landed in a field in rural Udall Sunday evening. No injuries were reported.

    1 dead in train, vehicle crash near Wellington

    A person was killed Monday afternoon when the vehicle they were in collided with a train northeast of Wellington.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 3 - 5, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 3 – 5, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for May 3 - 6, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for May 3 – 6, 2013 MAY 3

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 6 - 8, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 6 – 8, 2013

    Willard R. "Bill" Bailey, 84, of Wellington, Kan., died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at his residence.

    Wanda Eaton

    Wanda (Granda) Eaton, 70, of Wellington, Kan., died Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

    Leroy McDonald

    Leroy E. McDonald, 87, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Medicalodge in Arkansas City.

    UPDATE: Authorities name 2 killed in crash

    Twenty-one-year-old Errol Halverstadt and 29-year-old Danny Stowell Jr. have been identified as the two Winfield-area men killed in the accident near Newkirk this morning.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 9 - 13, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 9 – 13, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 14 - 15, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 14 – 15, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for May 14 - 16, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for May 14 – 16, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for May 14 - 16, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for May 14 – 16, 2013

    No major damage reported in Cowley storms

    Cowley County avoided the brunt of violent weather that caused destruction in this region on Sunday.

    Ronnie Richard

    Ronnie Lee Richard, 52, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Feds seek tips in local shooting of bald eagle

    Federal authorities are seeking tips from the public as part of an effort to find the person responsible for shooting a bald eagle in Cowley County earlier this spring.

    Winfield Police Reports for May 17 - 21, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for May 17 – 21, 2013

    AC man killed Wednesday in Oklahoma crash

    An Ark City man died Wednesday morning as a result of injuries sustained when the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer west of Medford, Okla. in Alfalfa County.

    Ronnie Richard

    Ronnie Lee Richard, 52, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    John Spradlin, Sr.

    Pastor John Charles Spradlin, Sr., 64, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at his residence.

    Cowley stuffs the bus for Okla. tornado vics

    Cowley College raised over $1,300 in cash and collected numerous items Friday as part of its stuff the bus event to aid tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

    Severe weather is possible in next few days

    The National Weather Service and local emergency management officials say that severe weather could affect this area over the next few days.

    Ark City schools to offer free meals for June

    Ark City Public schools is offering free breakfast and lunch through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

    Karl Marrs

    Karl Ray Marrs, 89, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, May 27, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans' Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 28 thru June 2, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for May 28 – 31 and June 1 – 2, 2013

    Gula Withrow

    Gula (Farene) Withrow, 95, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday evening, June 3, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 3, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 3, 2013

    UPDATE: Daniel Clark has been arrested

    UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. - Daniel Clark has been arrested and is in jail with bond set at $6,250.

    UPDATE: Burglary suspect waives preliminary

    UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Gerald Smith has informed the court he will waive his right to a preliminary hearing. Thus the hearing tomorrow has been canceled.

    Cowley prosecutors ask felon be committed

    Cowley County prosecutors are seeking to have a convicted felon involuntarily committed to a state mental health facility, now that his prison sentence has ended.

    Emmitt Edgar

    Emmitt Edgar, 95, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 5 - 9, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 5 – 9, 2013

    Maurice W. “Cookie” Hoover, 84, of Winfield, Kansas passed away June 10, 2013 at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Testimony heard in effort to hospitalize felon

    Legal proceedings concluded Tuesday for 50-year-old convicted felon William M. Quary, a man Cowley County prosecutors want involuntarily committed to a state mental health facility.

    Bruce Bonner

    Bruce Bonner, 79, of Oxford Kansas died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at his home in Oxford.

    Gary Sanders

    Gary Lee Sanders, 59, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

    USB CFO Horning to retire; reception is set

    Mark Horning, Union State Bank’s executive vice president and CFO, will retire at the end of June after 25 years of service.

    Wellington Police Reports for June 10 - 12, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for June 10 – 12, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 10 - 12, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 10 – 12, 2013

    Infant child from Texas killed in Sumner crash

    An infant girl from Texas died Friday afternoon in a rollover accident in Sumner County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 13, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 13, 2013

    Patsy Spease

    Patsy Spease, 80, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 17 - 18, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 17 – 18, 2013

    Theurer gets 60 days in jail for fatal DUI crash

    Miles Theurer - a 24-year-old Kansas State graduate student from Sumner County - was sentenced Monday to 60 days in jail and probation for causing a head-on crash that killed two people. Riley County attorney Barry Wilkerson told KMAN-AM radio he would appeal that sentence and seek prison time for Theurer.

    Agnes Finch

    Agnes L. Finch, 88, of Clearwater, Kan., died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Clearwater Nursing and Rehab.

    UPDATE: Man hurt in cycle crash improves

    UPDATE: Tuesday 7:05 a.m. - Trenton Stone is now listed in fair condition at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

    Wellington Police Reports for June 19 - 23, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for June 19 – 23, 2013

    Edgar Torres

    Edgar Torres, 40, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Victor Vaughan

    Victor Vern Vaughan, 85, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Cedar Vale, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, from a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.

    UPDATE: Dexter woman killed in accident

    UPDATE: 6:50 p.m. - Brandie C. Owen, 36, of Dexter, has been identified as the woman killed Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident east of Winfield, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 21 - 24, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 21 – 24, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for June 24 - 25, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for June 24 – 25, 2013

    Local man gets 11 years for child sex crimes

    A Winfield man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex crimes involving teenage children, Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith said.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 25, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for June 25, 2013

    UPDATE: 22-year-old killed in Cowley crash

    A 22-year-old man - visiting the United States from Estonia for the summer - has been identified as the person killed Friday night in an accident 10 miles north of Winfield.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 28 - 30, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for June 28 – 30, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for June 28 - 30, 2013

    Wellington Police Report for June 28 – 30, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for June 29 - 30, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for June 29 – 30, 2013

    John Greenwood

    John P. Greenwood, 86, of Argonia, Kan., passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013.

    Harold Henkel

    Harold Eugene Henkel, 92, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Kansas Veteran's Home of Winfield.

    Karole Zimmerman

    Karole Kearney Zimmerman, 76, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Beverly Pool

    Beverly Ann Pool, 75, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 1 - 4, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 1 – 4, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 1 - 7, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 1 – 7, 2013

    Man critically hurt in a Wgtn. railcar accident

    A Sumner County man was critically injured early Tuesday morning in a railcar accident at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail yard in Wellington.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 5 - 8, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 5 – 8, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for July 5 - 8, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for July 5 – 8, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 9 - 12, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 9 – 12, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 9-14, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 9 – 14, 2013

    Local man arrested on warrants from Texas

    Local authorities used a traffic stop Saturday to arrest an Ark City man wanted on burglary and armed robbery charges in Texas.

    Hazel McKnight

    Hazel I. McKnight, 71, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, July 12, 2013, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 12 - 14, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 12 – 14, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 15 - 16, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 15 – 16, 2013

    Winfield Police Report for July 16, 2013

    Winfield Police Report for July 16, 2013

    George Grose

    George Benedict Grose, 86, of Winfield, Kan., died a Christian Tuesday, July 16, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at Cumbernauld Village.

    Margie Goodman

    Margie Lee Goodman, 82, of Argonia, Kan., died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, with her husband and son by her side.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 18, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for July 18, 2013

    Thomas Bliss

    Thomas F. Bliss, 86, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford.

    Wellington Police Reports for July 16 - 21, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for July 16 – 21, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 17 - 21, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 17 – 21, 2013

    Henry Leake, Jr.

    Henry A. Leake, Jr., 93, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kan.

    Stolen car recovered, 3 arrested near Dexter

    Three people are in custody this morning after authorities discovered a stolen car in the roadway in rural Cowley County north of Dexter.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 19 - 22, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 19 – 22, 2013

    Manton Kieffer

    Manton Jacob Kieffer, 2, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Centers.

    Ruby Schalk

    Ruby Lea Schalk, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, July 18, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Police arrest 1 in AC child abuse investigation

    Investigation into reports of child abuse in Ark City led to the arrest of a local man Wednesday evening.

    Murder suspect crashes car on the Turnpike

    A murder suspect from Texas was critically injured Thursday afternoon after he crashed his vehicle on the Kansas Turnpike in Sumner County.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 23 - 24, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 23 – 24, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 24 - 28, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for July 24 – 28, 2013

    Police investigate stabbing incident on Sun.

    Two men suffered what appeared to be cut or puncture wounds early Sunday during an altercation at an Ark City bar, according to a report from the Ark City Police Dept.

    Winfield Police need Citizen's Academy apps

    The Winfield Police Department is now accepting applications for the seventh annual adult Citizen’s Academy.

    Elsie Milner

    Elsie L. Milner, 56, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 24, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 25 - 29, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 25 – 29, 2013

    Woman reports sexual assault in rural Cowley

    Authorities are seeking information from the public in regard to a sexual assault said to have taken place in Cowley County Friday morning.

    Ivan Nulik

    Ivan E. Nulik, 85, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Wednesday night, July 31, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Agencies respond to concerns about EMS

    In response to the recent social media campaign regarding broken down ambulances in Winfield, the city of Winfield, Cowley County, Winfield Area EMS and William Newton Hospital have issued the following statement.

    Barbara Simmons

    Barbara Simmons, 73, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 30 - 31, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for July 30 – 31, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for July 30 - 31, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for July 30 – 31, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for August 1 - 4, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for August 1 – 4, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for August 1 - 4, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for August 1 – 4, 2013

    Carl Dorsey

    Carl D. Dorsey, 64, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Robert J. Dole VA Hospital in Wichita.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 2 - 6, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 2 – 6, 2013

    Lucile Williams

    Lucile E. Williams, 84, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Westview Manor Nursing Home in Derby.

    Oilfield thefts are Crime of Month for August

    Local authorities are asking for help from the public in combating a recent surge in oilfield-related thefts.

    Glen Vick

    Glen Leroy Vick, 76, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, August 8, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Edna Bogart

    Edna Pauline Bogart, 81, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Iowa robbery may have Wellington connection

    An Arkansas man arrested for allegedly robbing a Papa Murphy’s Pizzeria in Altoona, Iowa may have connections to the Wellington Subway sandwich shop robbery July 17.

    Winfield Police Reports for August 5- 13, 2013

    Winfield Police Report for August 5 – 13, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 7 - 13 , 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 7 – 13, 2013

    Cowley art instructor is among mural finalists

    Mark Flickinger - art instructor at Cowley College - is among 14 finalists asked to submit designs for a mural at the State Capitol building in Topeka.

    Lanny Moore

    Lanny Moore, 61, of Oxford, Kan., passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at her home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 16 - 20, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 16 – 20, 2013

    Sherry Thomas

    Sherry Lynn (Hardin) Yunker Thomas, 62, of South Haven, Kan., passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in Wellington.

    James Whiteman

    James Russell Whiteman, 88, former Atlanta, Burden and Cambridge, Kan., resident, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    USB president Kurtz named to bankers group

    Eric Kurtz, president of Union State Bank, has been named a regional representative to the board of directors of the Kansas Bankers Association.

    Local man charged with rape in Sedgwick Co

    25-year-old Zachary Coon - who attended Winfield schools and is a longtime local resident - was out of jail on Thursday, days after being charged with sex crimes involving a child under 14.

    Leonard Kukuk

    Leonard C. (Pete) Kukuk, 90, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, August 21, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Local man strikes non-moving train Saturday

    A local man was injured early Saturday morning when he struck a train that was stationary at a railroad crossing north of Winfield, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Aug 21 - 25, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 21 – 25, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Aug 21 - 25, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for August 21 – 25, 2013

    James Hodgson

    James A. (Jim) Hodgson, 87, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday morning, August 26, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Those hurt in a crash south of AC recovering

    Those hurt in a three-vehicle crash on the south bridge near Ark City Tuesday morning are recovering from their injuries.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 26 - 27, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for August 26 – 27, 2013

    Cops look for car that struck an AC bike rider

    Ark City Police searched early Wednesday for a driver and car said to have struck a bicycle rider in the 500 block of N. Eighth St. So far no suspect has been located in connection with the case.

    40 ACHS students taking part in JAG program

    Forty high school students in Ark City are taking part in year one of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program.

    Winfield killer approved for parole on Sept. 1

    A man convicted in Cowley County for first-degree murder in the death of his wife in 1984 has been approved for parole by the Kansas Dept. of Corrections.

    Vivian Young

    Vivian Clarice Young, 95, of Winfield, Kan., died Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family.

    Alsup a finalist for Junction City manager spot

    Former Cowley County administrator Leroy Alsup is a finalist for the city manager position in Junction City.

    Sharon Leake Means

    Sharon Ruth Leake Means, 70, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Winfield Police Reports Aug 28 - 31, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for August 28 – 31, 2013

    Media Release

    Media Release

    REPORT: Jan Tracy Kilbourne is in custody

    UPDATE: 7:10 a.m. Friday - KWCH first to report that Jan Tracy Kilbourne taken into custody overnight in Wichita.

    Verla Mae DeJarnett

    Verla Mae DeJarnett, 64, of Wellington, Kan., loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Thursday evening, August 29, 2013, at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.

    Bruce Wiseman

    Bruce Lee Wiseman, 81, of Udall, Kan., passed away Thursday night, August 29, 2013, at his home.

    Chase Turpin

    Chase Solomon Drake Turpin, son of Curtis D. and Jennifer L. Turpin, of Winfield, Kan., was stillborn Friday, August 30, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

    Lawrence Norris

    Lawrence A. Norris, lifelong Wellington resident and retired farmer, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Wellington, Kan., at the age of 98.

    Bonnie McMains

    Bonnie G. McMains, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, September 2, 2013, at the Presbyterian Manor.

    Gary Jones

    Gary Lee Jones, 73, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, August 30, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Aniston O'Neal

    Aniston (Annie) Nicole O'Neal, 1, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, September 2, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    NewsCow to offer extensive football coverage

    Hey everybody, quick message from the ‘Cow as the high school football season gets started.

    Winfield man killed in rollover in western Kan.

    A Winfield man died Sunday morning, near Leoti in western Kansas, from injuries sustained when his semi truck overturned on a county road.

    Alberta Applegate

    Alberta Joan (Kessinger) Applegate, 77, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, at her residence in Wellington, Kan.

    Harold Stewart

    Harold L Stewart, 88, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the Winfield Kansas Veterans Home.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Sept 1 - 5, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for September 1 – 5, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Sept 1 - 6, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for September 1 – 6, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for Sept 1 - 9, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for September 1 – 9, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Sept 6 - 9, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for September 6 – 9, 2013

    Belly dance classes being offered in Winfield

    Experience the most fun and rewarding workout in town this fall with American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance at the Winfield Recreation Commission starting Monday.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Sept 11 - 12, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for September 11 – 12, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for Sept 11 - 15, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for September 11 – 15, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Sept 11 - 15, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for September 11 – 15, 2013

    Gordon Hetzel

    Gordon E. (Gene) Hetzel, 79, of Winfield, Kan., died Sunday, September 15, 2013.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Sept 13 - 15, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for September 13 – 15, 2013

    Winfield Police Report for Sept 16, 2013

    Winfield Police Report for September 16, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Sept 15 - 17, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for September 16 – 17, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for Sept 18, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Report for September 18, 2013

    Company proposes a hotel near AC hospital

    A Wichita-based group has proposed constructing a 69-room Best Western Plus hotel north of Ark City.

    Edsel King

    Edsel Lee King, 87, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    UPDATE: Dimit, 22, is man killed by train

    UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Sunday - NewsCow has confirmed, through those that know him, that Sam Dimit, 22, Winfield was the person killed by the train near the fairgrounds early Saturday.

    Winfield Police Reports for Sept 19 - 22, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for September 19 – 22, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Sept 20 - 22, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for September 20 – 22, 2013

    Sheriff: Body found this spring positively ID'd

    DNA testing has helped Cowley County Sheriff investigators positively identify a body found northwest of Winfield in the Spring.

    Police hopeful footage will explain train death

    Winfield police investigators are hoping video footage from a railroad company will provide more clues about an incident early Saturday that claimed the life of 22-year-old Samuel Dimit.

    Marquee names Voss as new exec. director

    Marquee Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Robyn Voss as Executive Director. She will be on the job by early next week.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Sept 25 - 26, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for September 25 – 26, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Sept 25 - 29, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for September 25 – 29, 2013

    Aaron Donlay

    Aaron Gearld Donlay, 86, longtime resident of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday morning, September 27, 2013, at the Kansas Veteran’s Home in Winfield.

    St. Peter gets new 2-year term as chief judge

    Cowley County Judge Nick St. Peter has been reappointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to a new two-year term as chief judge.

    Domestic, sexual violence forum is this month

    A public forum on domestic and sexual violence will be held Oct. 16 in Ark City.

    Vergine Byers

    Vergine L. Byers, 85, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Monday, September 30, 2013, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct 8 - 9, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 8 – 9, 2013

    Mary Borror

    Mary Katherine (Mickie) Borror, 80, of Coweta, Okla., formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa.

    Wendell Faust

    Wendell O. Faust, 86, formerly of Udall, Kan., passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in El Dorado.

    Wellington Police Reports for Oct 10 - 13, 2013

    Wellington Police Reports for October 10 – 13, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for Oct 11 - 13, 2013

    Winfield Police Reports for October 11 – 13, 2013

    Billy Powers

    Billy G. Powers, 90, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Mary Borror

    Mary Katherine (Mickie) Borror, 80, of Coweta, Okla., formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Hillcrest Medical Center, in Tulsa.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct 11-14, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 11 – 14, 2013

    2 Ark City ponds stocked by state with catfish

    Two ponds in Ark City were recently stocked with channel catfish through a state program meant to improve fishing opportunities in local communities.

    Minnie Gage

    Minnie Lea Gage, 76 of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Sunday afternoon, October 13, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct 15 - 16, 2013

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for October 15 – 16, 2013

    Public hearing on hotel bonds set for Oct. 29

    A public hearing is set for later this month to consider the issuance of bonds needed to fund construction of a new hotel near the Ark City hospital.

    Prosecutor: Waugh could face Okla. charges

    Local prosecutors are considering what formal charges will be filed against Cindy Waugh, an Ark City woman free on bond in an investigation into theft and other financial crimes.

    Joel Sheen

    Joel Dee Sheen, 54, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Friday, October 18, 2013, at the St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City.

    Maxine Kunz

    Maxine R. Kunz, 87, of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care in Kansas City, Mo.

    Winfield native is hurt in weekend ATV crash

    A Cowley County native was hospitalized over the weekend as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident in Oklahoma.

    Caitlyn McVey takes Queen Alalah title Friday

    Ark City native Caitlyn McVey was named the 82nd Queen Alalah Friday night in a ceremony at the Robert Brown Theatre on the campus of Cowley College.

    Nathanael DeJarnett

    Nathanael James DeJarnett, 20, of Wellington, Kan., died Sunday, October 27, 2013, in Ft. Smith, AR.

    Daniel Hirst

    Daniel Edward Hirst, infant son of Matthew and Natalie (Hirst) Wheeler, died Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the University of Oklahoma Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Cirilo Casanova

    Cirilo Lopez Casanova, 88, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Rebecca Schotte

    Rebecca (Becky) S. Schotte, 54, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday, October 29, 2013, at the Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital.

    Billy Harrison

    Billy Harrison, 78, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, October 18, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Burden man enters guilty plea in Okla. case

    A Burden man has pleaded guilty in an Oklahoma courtroom to a charge related to a sex crime investigation involving a 16-year-old girl.

    UPDATE: Wichita man killed in crash near AC

    A Wichita man was killed late Sunday in an accident that occurred just west of Ark City.

    Larry Catron

    Larry K. Catron, 66, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Thursday afternoon, November 7, 2013, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Video gives no new clues in Sept. train death

    Video footage provided little, if any, new information about a late September accident in which a Winfield man was struck and killed by a train near the fairgrounds.

    Danny Hale

    Danny Lee Hale, 57, of Winfield, Kan., passed away at his home Friday, November 8, 2013.

    Care home manager accused of taking money

    A manager at an Ark City home for the developmentally disabled has been arrested after an investigation determined she purchased items for personal use with funds from the accounts of dependent clients.

    Randall Cain

    Randall D. (Randy) Cain, 63, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, November 15, 2013, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Erma McGehee

    Erma Jean McGehee, 83, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    David Pyle

    David Dean Pyle, 53, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Saturday morning, November 16, 2013, at his home.

    Ann Groom

    Ann M. Groom, 78, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013, at her home.

    Wellington man found guilty in '11 child death

    Spencer Weikal was found guilty of second degree murder Friday in the November 2011 death of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster of Wellington.

    Belly dance classes starting Dec. 2 at WRC

    American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance classes resume Dec. 2 at the Winfield Recreation Commission.

    Jack Lansden

    Jack Leroy Lansden, 93, of Oklahoma City, Okla., devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013, at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman.

    Lucile Littell

    Lucile (Ruth) Littell, 91, of Burden, Kan., passed away Friday afternoon, November 22, 2013, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Paul Fulsom

    Paul James Fulsom, 88, of Cedar Vale, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, November 20, 2013, at his home.

    2 women injured in crash on 166 Wednesday

    Two women were injured Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 166 Highway southeast of Dexter.

    Man is convicted in robbery of Corner Bank

    Local police Monday announced the arrest and conviction of a man responsible for six bank robberies in Oklahoma and Kansas, including one in Winfield earlier this year.

    State rethinks road plan that threatens theater

    Owners of the Cowley Cinema 8 near Strother Field said they are hopeful that the state has permanently scrapped one proposal for improvements on U.S. 77 that would include tearing down the 10-year-old movie theater.

    Michael Kibler, Sr.

    Michael R. Kibler, Sr., 59, of Oxford, Kan., died Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

    Creekstone announces plans for expansion

    Creekstone Farms Premium Beef expects to hire 300 additional employees over the next five years and add space to its facility in northern Ark City.

    Gloria Just

    Gloria Jean Just, 73, of Cedar Vale, Kan., formerly of Arkansas City, died Monday, December 9, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Bonnie Hensley

    Bonnie M. Hensley, 91, of Winfield, Kansas, passed away Thursday morning, December 12, 2013, at Winfield Resthaven.

    3.8 Earthquake occurred near Caldwell today

    There was a whole lotta shakin’ going on in south central Kansas Monday morning.

    Laura Eskandarion

    Laura Ahn Eskandarion, 50, of Wellington, Kan., died Monday, December 16, 2013, at her home.

    Emma Taylor

    Emma J. (Wheeler) Taylor, 86, longtime resident of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Wednesday December 17th, 2013 at Douglass Medicalodge.

    Robin Neubecker

    Robin D. Neubecker, 51, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday afternoon, December 15, 2013, at his home.

    Bonnie Dye

    Bonnie Belle Dye, 88, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Cowley County Sheriff's Reports for Oct. 17-18

    Cowley County Sheriff’s Reports for Oct. 17 - 18, 2013

    Doug Wilson

    Douglas (Doug) E. Wilson, 56, of Wellington, Kan., died Friday, December 27, 2013, at his home.

    Freda Beeson

    El Freda J. Beeson, 84, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Arkansas City, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Gene Anstine

    Charles Eugene (Gene) Anstine, 75, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    AC man nabbed for DUI, drugs, other crimes

    Reports of a reckless driver in the southern portion of Ark City early New Year’s Day led authorities to arrest a local man on alcohol, drug and traffic-related charges.

    Dale Hutson

    Dale A. Hutson, Sr., 69, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

    2 men caught with stolen items on Saturday

    Authorities arrested two Ark City men Saturday afternoon after they were discovered to be in possession of stolen property in rural Cowley County.

    Burden's Guzman gets 7 years on sex count

    A Burden man has been sentenced to seven years in an Oklahoma prison on a charge of sexual battery involving a 16-year-old girl.

    Weikal gets just under 19 yrs for child's death

    Wellington’s Spencer Weikal was sentenced to just under 19 years in prison Thursday afternoon in the death of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster in December 2011.

    Rickey Muller

    Rickey L. Muller, 55, of Mulvane, Kan., died Friday, January 3, 2014, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

    Dem candidate for governor will visit Cowley

    Kansas Democratic candidate for governor Paul Davis will visit Ark City and Winfield on Saturday for meet and greet events with potential voters.

    Court upholds conviction in fatal Cowley crash

    The Kansas Court of Appeals has upheld the 2012 conviction of Ark City’s Kyndal Orange, who is currently serving prison time for the death of TiOnna Bruno.

    Man booked on attempted murder in stabbing

    Police are holding an Ark City man on multiple charges - including attempted second-degree murder and kidnapping - in connection with a stabbing Thursday.

    Conway Springs man, 80, dies in area crash

    A Conway Springs man was killed late Monday when the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi in Sedgwick County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

    Plan for Winfield group home has opposition

    A Winfield city official has recommended the planning commission reject an organization’s proposal to establish a group living home for the rehabilitation of formerly incarcerated individuals.

    Bernard Rindt

    Bernard Ray Rindt, 80, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, January 20, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Wayne Zimmerman

    Wayne Bruce Zimmerman, 79, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, January 20, 2014, at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

    Dallas Peden, Jr.

    Dallas W. Peden, Jr., 73, a retired Raytheon machinist, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Willie Taylor

    Willie Taylor, 90, of Oxford, Kan., passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

    Local authorities locate inmate that left prison

    An inmate that walked away from the Winfield Correctional Facility Friday was found later the same day in Sumner County and taken into custody, according to local authorities.

    Wayne Palsmeier

    Wayne Joseph Palsmeier, 75, of Wellington, Kan., died Monday, January 27, 2014, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

    Linnie Artherton

    Linnie May Artherton, 99, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Frank Blenden

    Frank Merrill Blenden, 72, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday, January 31, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Dorothy Sparks

    Dorothy Lucille Sparks, 86, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, February 3, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Merlin Eaglin

    Merlin Dwain Eaglin, 69, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, February 2, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Frances Trenary

    Frances L. Trenary, 92, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at the Medicalodge East nursing home.

    Only charge in Wellington shooting: Adultery

    Micheala Cliffman - a 19-year-old who shot and injured her lover’s wife early Wednesday in Wellington - won’t face criminal charges for the shooting. The Sumner County Attorney’s office has instead charged her with adultery, a misdemeanor.

    AC authorities kill sickly coyote near a church

    Police in Ark City euthanized a sickly-looking animal - said to be a coyote - that had caused concerns in a local neighborhood, according to police Capt. Mark McCaslin.

    Lorna Cobb

    Lorna Darlene Cobb, 60, of Wellington, Kansas, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 60.

    O.J. Carney

    O.J. Carney , 87, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, February 7, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Two hurt in collision on Cowley 3 on Tuesday

    Two area residents are expected to fully recover from injuries sustained in an accident early Tuesday south of Udall.

    AC cops: Vehicle had cash, gun, drugs inside

    Two people were arrested on Wednesday after they fled from Ark City Police who were attempting to make a traffic stop.

    Edward Buzzi

    Edward A. Buzzi, 86, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    One critically hurt in crash near Winfield Fri.

    One person was critically injured this morning in an accident on U.S. 77 Highway north of Winfield.

    Billy Wyckoff

    Billy I. Wyckoff, 89, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the Winfield Kansas Veterans Home.

    Shirley Tapia

    Shirley Ann (Nana) Tapia, 69, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday morning, February 16, 2014, at her home.

    Billy Griffith

    Billy Lee Griffith, 90, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday, February 14, 2014, at the south Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Suzan Spiser

    Suzan Gail Spiser, 59, formerly of Arkansas City, Kan., died Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.

    Winfield man recovering from crash on Friday

    A man hurt in a vehicle collision on U.S. 77 highway north of Winfield Friday has been dismissed from the hospital.

    Frank Johnson

    Frank Robert Johnson, 76, of Winfield, Kan., died Tuesday, February 17, 2014.

    Two children hurt in crash south of AC Friday

    Two children were hurt Friday evening in a three-vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. 77 highway just south of Ark City.

    Virginia Dorman

    Virginia Rose Dorman, 93, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Florene Stark

    Florene Ettie Stark, 66, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, February 21, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Ray Fleenor

    Ray H. Fleenor, 86, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Sunday morning, February 23, 2014, at Winfield Resthaven.

    John Groom

    John H. Groom, 78, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday morning, February 27, 2014, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Nelson Dutton

    Nelson Mark Dutton, 64, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Friday evening, February 28, 2014, at his home.

    Terry Seaman

    Terry Lynn Seaman, 64, of Udall, Kan., passed away Sunday morning, March 2, 2014, at Riverview Manor in Oxford.

    First-ever Queen Alalah dies in Enid Saturday

    Dorothy Moore Harbaugh - who more than 85 years ago was named the very first Queen Alalah - died Saturday in Oklahoma. She was 102.

    Winfield man arrested for attempted murder

    A 22-year-old Winfield man has been arrested and booked into jail on a count of attempted second degree murder, local police said Tuesday.

    Phyllis Tilson

    Phyllis Anne Tilson, 79, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, February 28, 2014, from the complications of cancer and Alzheimer's.

    Wanda Howard

    Wanda L. Howard, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Charges for stabbing suspect are lessened

    Charges have been reduced against a Winfield man accused of stabbing another man during an incident early Monday morning.

    Three busted in drug search warrant on Sat.

    Three people were arrested over the weekend in a drug-bust conducted in a Winfield neighborhood.

    3 girls nabbed w/ stolen vehicle early Sunday

    Three teenage females were taken into custody this weekend after Cowley County investigators determined they were in a stolen vehicle.

    Sen. Jerry Moran to visit Ark City on Tuesday

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran will be in Ark City on Tuesday as he makes his way through the state on a listening tour.

    Marvin Turner

    Marvin Ray Turner, 86, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Monday evening, March 17, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Cowley College men's basketball coach fired

    Cowley College has fired its mens basketball coach after a disappointing season in which the Tigers ended up with a losing record for the first time in 20 years.

    Vera Foust

    Vera J. Foust, 85, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, March 21, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Barbara Stone

    Barbara Ann Stone, 78, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Arkansas City, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Galichia Campus of Wesley Medical Center.

    Michael Curnutt

    Michael Curnutt, 66, of Winfield, Kan., passed away early Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, at the South Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City.

    Alice Smith

    Alice F. Smith, 94, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday morning, March 25, 2014, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Deputies recover stolen vehicle, arrest driver

    Cowley County authorities Tuesday recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested its driver, who initially provided officers with a bogus name.

    Potucek to manage CornerBank Wgtn. branch

    Winfield-based CornerBank has announced that Lou Ann Potucek has been named assistant vice president and branch manager for the bank’s Sumner County markets.

    Sylvia Griffith

    Sylvia L. Griffith, 75, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday morning, March 31, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society.

    CCL plans merge with Easter Seals Capper

    Winfield-based Creative Community Living - a provider of care for the developmentally disabled - has announced plans to merge with Topeka-based Easter Seals Capper Foundation.

    Absconder Sheets going back to Connecticut

    David Sheets is on his way back to Connecticut after being arrested in Winfield last month for a decades-old parole violation.

    Longtime SC professor Phil Schmidt has died

    Phil Schmidt - who spent nearly five decades as an instructor at Southwestern College in Winfield - has died.

    UPDATE: Jayna Dewitt found safe and sound

    UPDATE: 3:15 - Authorities have located Dewitt. She made contact with investigators and said she had gone to Oklahoma voluntarily for personal reasons.

    AC cops and courts offering an amnesty day

    Ark City Municipal Court and local police are planning a warrant amnesty day later this month.

    Two hurt in ATV rollover accident on Saturday

    Two people were injured late Saturday in an ATV rollover accident that occurred in rural Ark City.

    U.S. Attorney to speak in Ark City on Thurs.

    U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will speak to students at Arkansas City High School on Thursday.

    Texas shooting suspect arrested in Sumner

    Shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, Sumner County Sheriff deputies apprehended an Arlington man suspected of shooting and killing his estranged wife in Texas.

    Geraldine Rhodes

    Geraldine O. Rhodes, 92, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Kansas Masonic Home.

    Steve Rowan

    Steve Rowan, 54, of Wellington, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Golden Living Center.

    9 graduate from Cowley's paramedic program

    Graduation for nine students in Cowley College’s Paramedic Program was held Thursday, April 11 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City.

    Leslie Lambert

    Leslie (Les) A. Lambert, 56, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, April 14, 2014, at his residence.

    Ark City felon gets 10 years for agg. battery

    An Ark City man was sentenced to just more than 10 years in prison Thursday morning for a stabbing incident involving a local woman that occurred in January.

    Jerry DeVore

    Jerry Eugene DeVore, 58, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday evening, April 22, 2014, at his home.

    Robert Leis

    Robert (Bob) Joseph Leis, 78, of Cedar Vale, Kan., died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2014.

    Carla Fulsom

    Carla Rae Fulsom, 57, of Grenola, Kan., passed away Thursday afternoon, April 24, 2014, at her home.

    Alley to take third try at unseating Ed Trimmer

    He came within a whisker of heading to the Kansas Legislature in November 2012, and now Winfield’s Larry Alley is back for a third try at unseating incumbent 79th Dist. state Rep. Ed Trimmer.

    Schalk prosecution moves to federal system

    A local man is facing federal charges in connection with his arrests resulting from multiple recent crime investigations in Cowley County.

    Man arrested after two altercations with ex

    An Ark City man was arrested on Sunday after being accused of getting into two separate physical altercations with an ex-girlfriend on Saturday and Sunday.

    Ex Sheriff sgt. sues County in federal court

    Former Cowley County Sheriff Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein has filed a lawsuit against the county in federal court claiming he was, for years, not properly paid for all overtime hours he worked.

    Harold Bannon, Jr.

    Harold Eldon (Junior) Bannon, Jr., 71, of Douglass, Kan., passed away Monday afternoon, May 5, 2014, at Wesley Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita.

    Kenneth Grantham

    Kenneth E. Grantham, 85, of Ponca City, Okla., passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 2014, at Ponca City Nursing Home and Rehabilitation.

    Eck admits to sex with student; gets probation

    Former Winfield High School English Teacher Ashley Eck admitted Monday that she had sex with a high school student, last year, and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the incident.

    Ark City man killed in rollover crash Thursday

    An Ark City man died late Thursday night in a rollover accident that occurred when the man lost control of his pickup truck while driving in rural Cowley County.

    Charles E. Rising

    Charles E. Rising, 83, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Thursday morning, May 15, 2014, at his home.

    James Kelly

    James (Jim) Richard Kelly, known to friends as Catfish Kelly, 71, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Man surrenders after hours-long AC standoff

    Authorities ended an hours-long standoff - that began with a domestic disturbance between a man and his estranged wife at an Ark City residence - peacefully early Wednesday morning.

    Fatal crash probe leads to search of a home

    An investigation into a fatality motorcycle accident - that claimed the life of 18-year-old Madicyn Hill of Ark City early Wednesday morning - has led to the arrest of multiple people thought to be at a gathering Hill and the motorcycle’s driver departed from just before the crash.

    Joe Harris

    Joe E. Harris, 77, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, January 10, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Deadline looms for candidates in fall election

    Those interested in running for county and state offices have until noon next Monday to file to run.

    Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting

    UPDATE: 12:20 a.m. - A Cowley County Sheriff’s officer shot and wounded a suspect in a traffic stop Saturday evening south of Dexter. That person later died as a result of their injuries, according to Sheriff Don Read.

    Lemeul Tharp

    Lemeul (LaVerne) Tharp, 84, of Park City, Kan., formerly of Arkansas City, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at his residence.

    Vera Patterson

    Vera V. Patterson, 91, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, June 2, 2014, at her home with her family present.

    Winfield woman in fair condition after rollover

    A Winfield woman is expected to fully recover from injuries suffered in a rollover accident that occurred Tuesday morning north of Winfield.

    AC EMS-Fire members train at Disaster City

    Six members of Ark City Fire-EMS recently returned from five days of intensive search-and-rescue training at Disaster City in College Station, Texas.

    Sources: No cam in patrol car at shooting

    There is no dashcam video recording of the officer-involved shooting Saturday that occurred on U.S. 166 highway, NewsCow and KSOK have confirmed.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Covering the Rock story

    I wanted to quickly touch base with you to answer some of the questions that have come in since we began coverage of the officer-involved shooting of Tayler Rock on May 31.

    Donna Bauer

    Donna L. Bauer, 81, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Sumner County Care Center.

    Nation is named a lieutenant for Winfield PD

    Sgt. Cory Nation has been named Winfield Police Dept.’s newest lieutenant, according to a statement released Thursday by chief Danny Parker. Nation will oversee the investigations division.

    George Conley

    George Edward Thomas Conley, 65, of South Haven, Kan., passed away at home early Thursday morning, June 12, 2014.

    Paul Ringgold

    Paul Autry Ringgold, 82, of Arkansas City, Kan., formerly of Emporia, passed away, Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.

    Jerry Treat

    Jerry Leon Treat, 70, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Dem. Congressional candidate to visit county

    Perry Schuckman, candidate for U.S. Congress, will be visiting Cowley County for a “listening tour” and to meet voters on Thursday.

    Walter Wiltse

    Walter M. Wiltse, 84, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Sunday morning, June 15, 2014, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital.

    AC police seek tips in home burglary Monday

    Ark City police are looking for tips from the public to help catch the person or people responsible for burglarizing a local residence Monday.

    Petitioners seek to boot Trustees from board

    Cowley College Board of Trustees chair Ron Godsey and trustee Dennis Shurtz would face a recall election if petitions calling for their ouster garner an appropriate number of valid signatures.

    J.P. White

    J.P White, 96 of Arkansas City, Kan., died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Escaped Winfield inmate found east of Udall

    UPDATE: Jimmy Reed was apprehended at 4:54 pm by KDOC Special Agents and the Cowley County Sheriff’s Department.

    John Thompson, Sr.

    John William Thompson, Sr., 62, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Monday, June 23, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Gordon Wheatcroft

    Gordon L. Wheatcroft, 90, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at Wm. Newton Memorial Hospital.

    Francis Groene

    Francis Joseph Groene, 83, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at William Newton Hospital in Winfield.

    Verna Dubach

    Verna Louise Dubach, 85, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Douglas Thomas

    Douglas G. Thomas, 57, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Friday, July 4, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Stolen car and burglary is crime of the month

    Police continue to look for leads in a burglary and stolen car case that occurred in Ark City last month.

    Cynthia Martin

    Cynthia Jean Martin, 65, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Friday evening, July 11, 2014, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Power restored in Newkirk after 2-day outage

    Service was restored Wednesday for residents of Newkirk, Okla. who had been without electricity for the better part of two days after high winds damaged the city’s power distribution system.

    Winfield woman is ordered to repay Medicaid

    A Winfield woman has agreed to repay more than $5,000 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest for billing hours for care she did not provide.

    Injury crash: Woman misled Sheriff deputies

    Investigators working the scene of a traffic accident in rural Ark City Monday evening arrested a woman said to have misled authorities about details of the single-vehicle crash.

    Smith: Reports still out in Tayler Rock case

    Cowley County prosecutor Christopher Smith said there is no clear time frame for the release of a final report regarding the officer-involved shooting death of Tayler Rock.

    Raymond Meyer

    Raymond Henry Meyer, 93, of Wichita, Kan., passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at SE Kansas Regional Medical Center.

    Edward Weishaar

    Edward William Weishaar, 87, of Argonia, Kan., passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Spring View Manor in Conway Springs.

    County to settle OT lawsuit with former officer

    Former Cowley County Sheriff Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein and his ex-employer have reached an out-of-court settlement that is expected to bring an end to a federal labor dispute regarding overtime pay.

    Ponca robbery suspect arrested in Ark City

    An Oklahoma armed-robbery suspect was apprehended in Cowley County Thursday by the Sheriff’s Dept. and Ark City Police.

    Derby man arrested near Rock after chase

    A Derby man - who fled from Cowley County authorities early Thursday evening - was arrested following a pursuit north of Winfield.

    Viola Pickering

    Viola Mae Pickering, 95, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away surrounded by her family Saturday, August 2, 2014, at South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Former Winfield chief Dobbs killed in accident

    Former Winfield Police Chief Larry Dobbs was struck and killed by a truck in an accident that occurred on K-96 Highway in the Wichita area Monday afternoon.

    Winfield police look into death at a local home

    Winfield Police are investigating an unattended death that occurred early Monday morning in the southern portion of the city.

    Kasha Kelley with win over Andrew Lawson

    Keeping an eye on the main primary that has local impact. Rep. Kasha Kelley leads fellow Republican Andrew Lawson in the race for the 80th Kansas House seat.

    AC commissioners OK hospital's demolition

    An old hospital building in Ark City will soon be demolished after city commissioners approved a bid for the work Tuesday.

    Shoplifting probe leads to the arrest of felon

    An area man remained in jail this week following a shoplifting incident in late July that led to his arrest at Walmart in Winfield.

    Robert Norris

    Robert E. Norris, 86, of Arkansas City, Kan., died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at the South Central Kansas Medical Center.

    Donald Vossen

    Donald E. Vossen, 88, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Tuesday evening, August 12, 2014, at the Kansas Veterans Home.

    Man convicted of local murder back in custody

    UPDATE: 8:10 a.m. Monday. - This is a statement released in response to questions posed by NewsCow about Mark Lewis status with the KDOC.

    Tayler Rock case: Sgt. remains on paid leave

    Cowley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Deill remains on paid leave while an investigation into an officer-involved shooting is conducted.

    Max Bretches

    Max Earl Bretches, 78, of Wellington, Kan., passed away Monday morning, August 18, 2014, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover surrounded by his loving family.

    Levi Reininger

    Levi Forrest Reininger, 70, of Arkansas City, Kan., passed away Tuesday evening, August 19, 2014, at the Kansas Veteran’s Home in Winfield.