Wichita police going back to blue

For the first time in about a century, Wichita police officers will wear blue uniforms. During an announcement Thursday at City Hall, Capt. Brian White said the Wichita Police Department will begin transitioning immediately from khaki-colored to dark navy blue uniforms. The transition, however, isn’t expected to be complete until …

Johnson County officials offer service management tool to Douglas County Commission

Douglas County commissioners learned Tuesday of a service management tool that Johnson County’s government developed and is willing to share at a “nominal” cost. Chris Schneweis, senior management analyst for Johnson County, told commissioners the My Resource Connection software was developed after a 1999 audit found gaps in services provided …

City, county at odds over jail sewage issue

The plumbing problem at the Crawford County Jail isn’t in the pipes, it’s their contents. Unruly inmates have flushed sandals, jumpsuits and towels down jail toilets since the jail opened decades ago. At first, their show of defiance accomplished little more than flooding a few cells, but the headache for …

Topeka mayor says business closings are “beyond our control”

During his State of the Community speech Thursday afternoon Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast said that the loss of St. Francis Health care would be devastating to the community. At the same time however, he said there’s nothing the city of Topeka can do to prevent it or any other business …

Garden City looks to upgrade more rail

The City of Garden City on Tuesday agreed to ask the Federal Railroad Administration for a grant amendment that would allow another four to five miles of track along the Southwest Chief through southwest Kansas to be improved. “All the work anticipated under the Tiger Grant has been completed,” Steve …

Derby improvements has city ready for next round of flooding

Since last year, Derby has installed a retention pond and made other improvements. “Southcrest had the drainage ditch improved, dug down deeper, and a concrete bottom put in it to help reduce erosion,” said Michael Wilson, Derby’s stormwater manager. The city has improved other areas too. The new Central Park …

Derby and KPTS seek common frequency

The City Council approved providing local public television station KPTS with $2,500 in exchange for a variety of broadcasting services and possible work at discounted rates. “It looks like a pretty good value for our investment,” said member Tom Keil after the 8-0 vote. The sum is for one year …

Inman car show continues to grow

If success is measured by an event’s growth over the years, then the Inman Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show is thriving. In its 27th year, the show is anticipating 175 entries compared to last year’s 132. “The show is really growing, I made a three-year commitment to oversee the …

Paola wants to prevent vehicles from parking in yards

Paola residents who are used to parking their vehicles in their yards or on city right-of-way will need to find other options after Paola City Council members last week passed an ordinance cracking down on the parking problem. Council members have been discussing the parking issue for the past several …

911 Dispatcher Honored For Livesaving Actions

One Butler County 911 dispatcher made a forever friend at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. Brianna Ritter was honored with a Spotlight award for her help in saving the life of a Butler County resident. That’ resident’s partner, Charlene, was on hand to tell the story of March 14, and how …

Mayors for Meals in Tonganoxie

To help raise awareness of this service and its demand in the community, each year, the Council on Aging participates in Meals on Wheels of America’s “March for Meals” campaign. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward, as he has done often in recent years, helped deliver meals to homebound seniors last month …

Residents clean up Osawatomie City Lake

Community members gathered at Osawatomie City Lake on April 2 in an effort to clean up the shoreline, after complaints were made about trash and debris littering the grounds. Osawatomie resident Brigitte Pinneo, who organized the event, said she was searching Facebook in her free time, when she came across …

Shooting Range Testing Under County Microscope

Lynbrooke Sporting Clay owners Nancy and Dick Christian were back before the commission Tuesday concerning county mandated testing at their facility. When the couple bough the shooting range at 1419 SW 120th St., in Augusta in 2006, their conditional use permit stated they must test for any shot landing outside …

Greensburg to remember tornado

Greensburg was destroyed almost 10 years ago by a deadly tornado. Since then the community has embraced the green in Greensburg. The community will hold several 10th anniversary events beginning May 4 and concluding May 7. City officials are currently trying to finish a sidewalk as part of Starlight Public …

Garden City votes to raise age for tobacco, e-cigarette purchases

Starting July 1, it will be illegal in Garden City for anyone younger than 21 to buy or possess tobacco or electronic cigarette products. The Garden City Commission on Tuesday approved an ordinance increasing the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, a decision that grew …

County makes move to end lawsuit with Salina

Saline County took its first public step in ending its lawsuit against the city over road annexation, sending a list of conditions to Salina city commissioners after its regular commission meeting Tuesday. County commissioners want to receive an impact or tipping fee from people who dump loads at the Salina …

City of Topeka officials react to St. Francis news

  The impending closure of St. Francis Health was a topic of discussion at Tuesday night’s Topeka City Council meeting. Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast addressed the council about his involvement in helping the hospital. He stressed the importance of St. Francis to the community and those living here. He said …