Green v. Unified Government: KORA requests

Syllabus by the Court 1. The Kansas Open Records Act provides in K.S.A. 45-216(a) that it is the policy of this state that public records shall be open for inspection by any person unless specifically provided otherwise by statute. 2. Consistent with the policy that public records generally be open …

Garden City Manager Matt Allen honored with Leadership Kansas alumni award

City Manager Matt Allen was presented with Leadership Kansas’ Jim Edwards Alumnus of the Year Award in recognition of what the organization viewed as his steady, innovative community leadership. Allen also was recognized for his commitment to the Leadership Kansas program. He has assisted area alumni in organizing local programming …

Wichita enlists help from Kansas State students for Delano improvements

The City of Wichita has some major plans in store for the Delano neighborhood, and they’ve enlisted a group of students from Kansas State to help. Wichita’s historic Delano District is known all the local shops and restaurants in the area. It’s also the center of a few big changes …

Commission votes down highway proposal

With the audience overflowing into the hallway, Leavenworth County commissioners voted Thursday to permanently table a memorandum of understanding for the proposed Patriot Highway. “This issue is dead,” Commission Chairman Doug Smith said after the vote. Commissioners had been asked earlier in the week to consider entering into a memorandum …

Barton County residents move forward, rebuild following May 16 tornado

Barton County residents are moving forward in an effort to clean up and rebuild following the tornado of May 16, 2017. A tabulation of storm damage dollar amounts is continuing, but as of today damage amounts are short of the threshold needed for a federal disaster declaration through the Federal …

Mayors urge Trump to support community development program

Members of The U.S. Conference of Mayors penned a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday, urging him to support more funding for the Community Development Block Grant program. More than 30,000 mayors across the country are members of the non-partisan group, which aids in creating national, urban and suburban …

Barton County tornado cleanup progressing, victim resources available

arton County residents are moving forward in an effort to clean up and rebuild following the tornado of May 16, 2017. A tabulation of storm damage dollar amounts is continuing, but as of today damage amounts are short of the threshold needed for a federal disaster declaration through the Federal …

1955 Udall tornado: Deadliest in Kansas history

It was a storm that lasted only sixty seconds for Udall, but it changed the Kansas town forever It was just after 10:30 p.m. on May 25th, 1955. A tornado struck the south side of Udall. Nearly all buildings in town were destroyed. Every family was touched by the disaster. …

Little River grocery store receives major upgrades

At a time when most rural communities are losing their grocery stores, one Kansas town is keeping theirs. The Garden of Eden grocery store in the town of Little River in Rice County has undergone renovations and plans to be open for years to come. The city was able to …

College, city near land deal

Dodge City is racing a clock and Dodge City Community College took a step on Tuesday night to help give the city a chance to beat the clock. Cherise Tieben, city manager of Dodge City, addressed the DCCC Board of Trustees during the board’s regular meeting after board chairman Dr. …

Arkansas River flows in Garden City

Leeana Guerrero relaxed on the banks of the Arkansas River just south of Garden City on Tuesday, even on a windy, chilly afternoon to take in the rare sight of a riverbank running with as much as two feet of life-giving water. At almost 25, Guerrero said she has lived …

Sign points the way to Kapaun Museum in Pilsen

Hundreds and thousands of people who make their way to Pilsen every year to honor and learn about Chaplain Emil Kapaun will have an easier time finding the place after the installation of a colorful, prominent sign at US-56 and K-256. The two-sided sign was unveiled Tuesday by five Korean …

House advances new school funding plan, still stalled on tax plan

The Kansas House gave first-round approval Wednesday to a new school finance plan that would phase in a $280 million increase in annual K-12 school funding over the next two years. The House voted 81-40 to advance the bill to final action. A final vote is expected Thursday. At the …

City struggles to keep up with people’s uncut yards

Each year not long after the grass starts growing again, the city of Parsons knows that an inevitable problem also will crop up — lawns that go unchecked that city workers will have to mow even though they should be someone else’s responsibility. Last year city of Parsons workers mowed …

One year after Dodge City tornado, victim remembers that day

This was the view for many people in southwest Kansas on May 24, 2016. But for Kathy Hamilton, it turned out to be a day that changed her life in matter of seconds. “I started my day off and just worked out, I mowed, and cleaned my pick up truck. …