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Closing of Clearwater Walmart means loss of pharmacy for town

“Clearwater is a small hometown community,” said Tammy Layton, who has mixed feelings about the store closing. “Everybody likes local, and everybody tends to like the people who have been here forever.” Bill Morris said he uses the store, and wouldn’t be sad to see it close. “I used it …

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Commissioner wants equal pay raises for all employees

City of Parsons workers will get a 2 percent cost-of-living pay increase this month, but one city commissioner fought for the lower-paid workers to receive the same dollar amount as their supervisors. City Manager Debbie Lamb said during a Thursday city commission work session that it was her understanding that …

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A tale from the other side of the tracks

A drive down the dirt roads here reveals little is left but some rundown houses and large patches of grass. Just north of the tracks, a community still thrives. But the once segregated South Hoisington – the home of many African-American and Hispanic families – has been erased from the …

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Community recruiting program initiated by Topeka Police Department

In an effort to recruit quality applicants, and in particular minority candidates, the Topeka Police Department is initiating a community recruiter program. The program’s first seminar was held Wednesday evening and about 25 people attended. Topeka Police Department Chief James Brown said that it has been a “very, very difficult …

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Valley Center community rallies for pot-bellied pet

The young pot-bellied pig who gained local notoriety after he was found wandering around a Valley Center neighborhood last week is in protective custody, awaiting placement in a foster home. City and animal league officials hope to find Vince a permanent place to live soon. He’ll be released to a …

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Ark City demolishing dangerous homes

Nine structures in Arkansas City are being torn down because the city says they are dangerous and abandoned. … There is an ever growing list of homes that Arkansas City Neighborhood Services Superintendent Richard Brown is looking at demolishing. “A city cannot just leave dangerous structures standing and possibly somebody …

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Holcomb approves body, in-car cameras for police department

The Holcomb Police Department soon will be fully outfitted with body cameras, after the city council Wednesday night approved buying two body cameras and two in-car camera systems. Holcomb Police Chief Tony Forsen said the HPD has been testing a body camera since the fall to see how the technology …

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Lawrence’s new city manager will be announced Thursday

The City Commission will announce Thursday afternoon the person it has selected as Lawrence’s new city manager. City commissioners will meet in a special session at 3 p.m. Thursday to make the announcement. They will also formally put the new city manager’s employment agreement on the commission’s Jan. 19 meeting …

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Sedgwick County Commissioner recall issue sent to Kansas Supreme Court

Petitioners hoping to recall Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau have taken their case to the Kansas Supreme Court. Opponents of Ranzau’s stances on public health have asked the court to overturn a local ruling that effectively halted the recall process. They filed a petition this week. They are appealing the …

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Streetlights are still on in Frederick, Kansas – for now

There is no mayor, no city council and no budget. And no one, it seems, knows what to do about Frederick, Kansas. But the streetlights in Kansas’ second smallest city are still on – for now. It’s the only bills Melode Huggans, who still serves as city clerk, pays each …