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A COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to critical health care workers first, then the elderly who are most at risk, before being made available to the general public, City-Cowley County Health Officer Tom Langer said Tuesday regarding the county’s plans for when a vaccine becomes available.

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BELLE PLAINE — Anticipated staffing shortages amid surging coronavirus cases could hit rural hospitals especially hard because smaller communities have more limited options for finding providers to cover for sick workers, medical providers say.

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Some area residents like a simply-decorated house, while others go all out with their Christmas displays. This house in the 1200 block of North Eighth Street in Arkansas City has numerous decorations, including a tree in the window, candy canes, reindeer, Santa’s sleigh and all the trimmings.

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Last Saturday was dubbed “American Express’ Small Business Saturday.” The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce was named one of the “Neighborhood Champions” by American Express and was sent promotional material to pass along to small businesses, including tote bags, stickers and posters.

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The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night. Heavy snow is possible with accumulations of up to 3-6". Travel is expected to be impacted, especially during the evening commute.

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McPHERSON — Arkansas City High School students joined nearly 300 students from 14 area high schools and a middle school participated in the McPherson College Jazz Festival. The festival, which has drawn hundreds of young musicians to campus for the past seven years, was a virtual event this year.

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(AP) — Small rural hospitals in Kansas and Missouri are increasingly spending hours searching for facilities they can transfer patients to because they are struggling to cope with the surge in coronavirus cases.

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Celebrate the holiday season with music by attending the annual Candlelight Vespers concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Robert Brown Theatre.

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Marty Anderson was sentenced to more than 150 years in prison Nov. 23 after being found guilty of attempted murder, rape and other crimes by a Cowley County jury in October.

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Bryson and Jennifer Stoner look over the selection of Christmas trees Monday at Dillons in Arkansas City. Live trees are also available at Westlake Hardware and the Orscheln Farm and Home store.

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Gov. Laura Kelly appointed on Monday state Court of Appeals Judge Melissa Taylor Standridge to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court, despite the objections of the state's most influential anti-abortion group.

The members of the American Legion Post 10 and the American Legion Auxiliary Winfield Unit 10 met Nov. 18 at the post home for dinner. 

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