Water main break in Emporia causes city-wide outage

City and county officials hosted two press conferences Thursday at the Bowyer Building to address concerns related to the water main break. Frank Abart, public works director for the City of Emporia, explained what went wrong to lead to the such a failure. “Around 2 a.m. this morning, we had …

Baxter Springs: Kansas pride in a vibrant display

Cherokee County has one thing the rest of the state doesn’t: Route 66. Although the ‘Mother Road’ only briefly winds through the most southeastern corner of Kansas, this section of the famous highway is as alive today as it ever was. Commemorating the role Route 66 has played in the …

Valley Center explores flashing lights for crosswalks

Valley Center is looking at a new way to get the attention of drivers around crosswalks. The city council July 18 agreed to begin a project to install a so-called rapid-flash beacon system at the newly created crosswalk at Emporia and Fifth. The flashing beacons are activated by a push …

HPD and Hutch Fire conduct active shooter exercises

Area law enforcement and Hutchinson Fire have been spending the week doing active shooter exercises around Hutchinson High School. The exercise done each year at various locations, helps officers prepare for such an event by putting them through various scenarios. Lt. Brice Burlie with the Hutchinson Police Department says some …

Business owner fined for maintaining “cat colony”

In a small town issues are seldom black and white. The truth is somewhere hidden in the gray in the middle. It’s a battle the city of Augusta and one couple, Sue and Ray Jones currently find themselves in. The Jones’, who own Fairchild Interiors at 419 State St., in …

Lawrence announces new director of Parks and Recreation

The City of Lawrence has announced the new director of its Parks and Recreation Department. City Manager Tom Markus on Thursday said Derek Rogers, of Lawrence, would be the city’s new Parks and Recreation director. “During the interview process, I was impressed by Derek’s strong leadership and management skills,” Markus …

Argonia: Water treatment plant set to open before winter

Argonia’s water system improvements project is halfway through construction, according to Craig Stockebrand of Wilson & Company, the engineering firm responsible for design of the project. Stockebrand said the project is anticipated to be operational by the end of fall 2017. … The United States Environmental Protection Agency sets levels …

Take Century II and put in a parking garage? Just one idea

…Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said turning the building into a parking garage is just one of the ideas that has been thrown out there. “We’re just trying to think outside the box.” There has been no real discussion of options, and it’s way too early to know what will happen …

Now That’s Rural: Clyde Tombaugh, Burdett

Along Kansas Highway 156 about fifty miles west of Great Bend is the rural community of Burdett. Next to the water tower is a roadside park with a historical marker devoted to a local boy who became the discoverer of the planet Pluto. Last week we learned about Clyde Tombaugh, …

City of Topeka wants residents to cool off

  With our first heat wave of the season, the city of Topeka is making sure everyone’s staying cool. Emergency management along with the Topeka Rescue Mission are making rounds around city neighborhoods. Their main purpose to make sure the homeless or those in need are getting cold bottled water …

The Highlands community will become third class city

Say “hello” to what will be the newest city in Kansas. The Reno County Commission Tuesday evening approved moving ahead with making The Highlands a Third Class City. During a public hearing with a near capacity crowd, commissioners heard from residents of the golf community who mostly spoke in favor …

Small Kansas town left in the dark

Hundreds of people in one rural Northeast Kansas town have been without power three separate nights within the last six days. The power problems are happening in Perry, Kansas, a town of roughly 900 people. “They get it going but it seems like the next day it goes out again,” …

Olathe must quickly move employees out of old City Hall

The city of Olathe is under the gun to vacate employees from the old City Hall building at 100 Santa Fe St. this fall to make way for the new Johnson County Courthouse. Olathe officials last month bought the county’s Juvenile Justice Field Office at 135 S. Kansas Ave. for …

Wind turbine catches fire in Lincoln County

Firefighters in Lincoln County responded to an interesting call on Tuesday. A wind turbine was on fire just north of I-70. With the wind turbine standing over 400 feet tall, crews said the fire was impossible to reach. Sylvan Grove Fire Chief Marc Lovin says there isn’t anything his firefighters …

Deal approved in lawsuit over postcards at Kansas jail

A federal judge has given her approval to a deal in a lawsuit filed against the Wilson County sheriff over his jail’s policy of allowing inmates to receive and send only postcards in the mail. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson preliminarily approved on Wednesday the class action settlement that would …

Drone helps locate missing Harvey Co. man

Drones are being used more and more to help in search and rescue missions. Such an event happened overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning as Harvey County authorities used an unmanned aircraft to locate a missing 91-year-old man. It started just after 11 p.m. Tuesday when Harvey County Sheriff’s Office …