Kansas Court of Appeals opinion: Garden City vs. Quinonez-Rangel

From an “unpublished” Kansas Court of Appeals opinion, Garden City vs. Quinonez-Rangel: Jose Quinonez-Rangel appeals claiming Garden City Ordinance Section 86-2(192) (September 2015) (the Ordinance)—driving without a license—is unconstitutional. He further claims K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 8-235 is not in substantial compliance with the Ordinance to allow prior convictions under K.S.A. …

Tax credits available for those who donate to Holton Community Hospital expansion

Those who donate to Holton Community Hospital’s proposed emergency room and inpatient care expansion and remodeling project are eligible to receive a state tax credit, it has been announced. HCH, in conjunction with the Holton Community Hospital Foundation, has recently been awarded a tax credit application in order to sell …

Georgia man sentenced for cyber crime that cost Sedgwick County $566,000

A Georgia man has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for participating in a scheme that cost Sedgwick County $566,000. U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said 49-year-old George James, of Brookhaven, Georgia, was sentenced Wednesday for wire fraud. James told authorities someone contacted him in September …

Lindsborg to address breed ban

A Lindsborg resident is looking to change perceptions of one of the most commonly banned dog breeds — pit bulls. Angie Mitchell, an avid pit bull and dog lover, has never experienced bad temperaments or harmful experiences with her American pit bull terrier, Marley. Mitchell explained Marley as a warm …

Tammy Snow named Wichita Fire Chief

Tammy Snow, a nearly 30-year veteran of the Wichita Fire Department, has been appointed head of the department following a national search, City Manager Robert Layton announced on Thursday. Snow has served as the interim chief since July, when longtime Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell retired. “Chief Snow recognizes the exceptional …

So just what dinosaurs will you be able to see at a new theme park in Derby?

If you want to delight and thrill your 4-year-old (or yourself), this could do it: dinosaurs galore. More than 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs will be featured in a 14-acre dinosaur adventure theme park slated to open in Derby next Memorial Day. They’ll roar and watch your every move. Construction has …

Pottawatomie Commissioners Oppose Courthouse Register Listing

The Pottawatomie County Commission voted 3-0 Monday that it is opposed to the possible listing of the Pottawatomie County Courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Properties with such a listing are eligible to qualify for state tax credits and the Heritage Trust Fund grant program. Consideration of the …

Tyson would bring a thousand jobs, but could Sedgwick County fill them?

With the possibility of a Tyson chicken plant coming to Sedgwick County, many have protested the company on the basis of environmental issues. However, the main argument by those welcoming the plant is that it will bring jobs. Tyson says, 1,600 jobs to be exact. A spokesperson for Tyson said …

City leaders say Topeka job market may help former Payless employees

Some employees at the headquarters of Payless, in Topeka, say they and others are being laid-off. KSNT News called and emailed Payless several times to confirm the layoffs. Payless haven’t returned any of the messages. City Councilwoman Karen Hiller said the Topeka community is willing to help employees who may …

Westar offers training to city, county employees in Pittsburg

Westar Energy demonstrated the dangers of recklessness around high-voltage power lines during three arc flash training sessions in Pittsburg this week. Westar Safety Engineer Tim Boswell led one training session at Pittsburg State University’s Kansas Technology Center Wednesday evening, and two sessions at Pittsburg Fire Department Fire Station No. 1, …

Garden Plain turns down cell tower proposal

After months of discussion and review, on Nov. 1 the Garden Plain City Council voted unanimously to decline a proposal from TowerPoint Capital. TowerPoint had wanted to take over the lease on the cellular communication tower located in the park. The company would have provided up-front payment, plus a portion …

New parking plan in place for Christmas in the Park in Pratt

On Saturday, November 18, the people of Pratt will begin celebrating the holiday season with Christmas in the Park. The festivities begin in the afternoon at Lemon Park and culminate at dusk with Santa Claus turning on the expansive Lemon Park Christmas light display. With an expected large crowd, traffic …

Parks board hits pause on Shawnee Mission Park observation tower project

Plans to rebuild the Observation Tower at Shawnee Mission Park have been scrapped — at least for now. The Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Nov. 15, voted 4-3 to cancel the project and divert the $1.9 million already included in the district’s 2018 budget …

Eric Wade awarded top honor from KACM

Lenexa City Administrator Eric Wade was honored today with the Buford Watson, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management from the Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) during the organization’s annual conference. KACM annually recognizes an outstanding local government manager from the state of Kansas who has displayed the attributes …

New Sound System to Reduce Train Noise Pollution in Merriam

Merriam residents living along two railroad crossings will soon notice a significant reduction in train noise pollution. BNSF Railway is expected to activate wayside horns on Dec. 6 to let drivers know when trains are coming at railroad crossings on Carter and 67th streets. Wayside horns sound like a train …

Commissioner complains public can’t hear some speakers at county meetings

Some county residents are disenfranchised by soft speakers at meetings, according to one commissioner. “I was talking to a somebody who enjoys coming to the meetings, but has said to me he won’t be coming anymore because he can’t hear anything, the way the backs are turned,” commissioner Dianne Novak …

Co-working office space planned for Hays

A new space in Hays aims to assist people who work remotely. The City of Hays will soon be home to the first co-working space in Western Kansas. The space is designed to be a membership-based workplace for stater companies, telecommunicators and people who are tired of working from home …