Big news this morning concerning a local non-profit, and that news has many in the community more than just a little stirred up. We’ve learned that the Salvation Army might leave Arkansas City. That’s because its building on Summit Street, is in the process of being sold. If that happens, according to some insiders, it will be torn down to make way for a new fuel center for Dillons. Although nothing official has yet been finalized, the Salvation Army told the press that it plans to issue a press release containing more details on Tuesday, after the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The Salvation Army in Arkansas City, has a tradition of offering disaster services, emergency financial assistance, residential camping activities, seasonal services, a worship center and a store stocked with low-cost donated goods. If it does leave, that would mean the closest Salvation Army store to Ark City would be in Ponca City, Oklahoma. We expect to have more information and details on this pending move by the Salvation Army in Arkansas City on Tuesday, when they issue that press release. For now, all we can do is sit back and guess what happens next.