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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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(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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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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A woman was arrested Saturday morning after a Winfield stabbing incident injured three people, including the suspect.

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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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Arkansas City commissioners will consider a request Tuesday to rezone property at 1519 S. Summit St. from high density residential to general commercial district to allow manufactured housing sales at that location.

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The family of Chad Trester, above, has started a GoFundMe webpage for funeral and medical expenses. Trester, 36, went to a hospital two weeks ago due to COVID-19, according to his family. He also had bacterial pneumonia, making it hard for him to breath. Trester died on Wednesday after spend…

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Susan Arnold, in black shirt, and Neil Arnold help to distribute free Thanksgiving meals Thursday to a customer in front of This or That Food Truck at 520 W. Ninth Ave., in Winfield. The free meals were prepared at the food truck and served drive-thru style.

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The Arkansas City Bulldogs's thrilling championship run came up short Friday as St. James Academy's explosive offense was too much to overcome. The 'Dawgs scored 13 fourth quarter points but fell 56-34 in the 4A state football title game in Hutchinson.

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St. James Academy pulled out to a 42-21 lead over the Arkansas City Bulldogs at the end of the third quarter during the 4A state high school championship football game in Hutchinson.

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St. James Academy leads 35-21 over the Arkansas City Bulldogs at halftime during the 4A state high school championship football game in Hutchinson.

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The Arkansas City Bulldogs took a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter during the 4A state high school championship football game against St. James Academy.

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