Hays airport appears to reach 10,000 boardings; still unofficial

Passenger boardings at the Hays Regional Airport last year may have exceeded 10,000 after all, and that would be very good news for the city. “We were very, very close,” Asst. City Manager Jacob Wood said, “so there are some additional things we’re taking a look at.” That “very, very …

Ellis Co. Commission approves fiber connection to future Health Dept. home

The Ellis County Commission voted to approve a bid for fiber optic connections to the new Health Office at 2507 Canterbury at Monday’s commission meeting. Crews are working to remodel the building at 2507 Canterbury, the future home of the Ellis County Health Department, and the county needs to have …

Saline County hires same consultant to study jail again

A consultant who in 2011 was paid $54,000 to study Saline County Jail overcrowding and recommend solutions has been hired a second time to complete a similar study at a cost of about $64,000. Saline County commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday, at the request of Sheriff Roger Soldan, to hire Voorhis/Robertson …

Arma looks at revitalization and development

Lissa Rhodes stepped down from her temporary seat on the Arma City Council Monday when Mary Lou Peace took over, but Rhodes will still be working closely with the council on economic development issues. Over the past few months, Rhodes has organized several Arma Economic Development and City Revitalization meetings. …

Wage increases final, discussion begins on longevity pay in Bourbon County

Now that the Bourbon County Commissioners have decided on the amount of wage increases for its hourly employees, they turned their attention Tuesday on changing longevity pay. No decision was made, but commissioners, Public Works Director Jim Harris, County Counselor Jim Harris and County Counselor Justin Meeks held a lengthy …

Finney Commission denies improvement district

Following a public hearing at which opinions of neighbors clashed, the Garden City Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 not to establish an improvement district in the 2300 block of Ninth Street, following a petition orchestrated by a property owner on the block. Eric Solze, who started the petition, is seeking …

Finney County signs off on flea market

The Finney County Commission settled a few new-year business items Tuesday, including approving an event that might become a community staple. Fairgrounds Director Angie Clark recommended leasing more than nine acres of county land on the western end of the fairgrounds on an annual basis to a company specializing in …

Greater Manhattan Economic Partnership Announced

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation have announced the formation of a regional economic development alliance to be called the Greater Manhattan Economic Partnership. The partnership is being funded entirely through private dollars raised in both Manhattan and Pottawatomie County. Matt Crocker, chair …

Great Bend loads up on “insurance” inspection for water line project

With many of the larger purchases in our lives we buy insurance to make sure they stay ours and in good condition. The City of Great Bend allotted $6 million for water line improvements that started last summer that includes 18 major water mains. Engineer Josh Golka from Professional Engineering …

What might be in store for Tonganoxie in 2018?

For Tonganoxie, 2017 will be one looked back at as a monumental year. An announced plan for a $325 million Tyson chicken processing plant just after Labor Day weekend turned into a national story. A project that potentially would have brought 1,600 jobs to the area was not well-received by …

Longtime Conway Springs fire chief retires

The Conway Springs city council appointed a new member to both the fire department and the police department on Thursday, Dec. 28. Conway Springs fire department chief Michael Erker came before the city council to ask for approval to put in his resignation, effective immediately. Willingly, but reluctantly, the council …

New Wichita rules would allow drinks to be taken outdoors

Lou Lopez owns multiple businesses that the proposed rules could impact including Emerson Biggins and Lou’s Place. “It’s probably something good for Wichita for people to mingle, just like they do in other bigger cities,” said Lopez. Now that new ordinance would let people take their drinks from this side …

Wichita considers outdoor drinking rules for NCAA tournament

Wichita leaders are considering loosening rules governing outdoor drinking. On Tuesday, the City Council will consider allowing bars and restaurants to apply for permits that would allow them to expand their drinking spaces for a year at a time. The council also will look at opening outdoor areas of numerous …