A homegrown firefighter

Vu Doan has always enjoyed helping people. That love is what made the Garden City native want to be a firefighter. Two months into being hired by the Garden City Fire Department, Doan said he loves his job. “It’s an honor,” he said of being a firefighter in Garden City. …

Shawnee looks to attract more foreign investors

The city of Shawnee recently was represented on a global scale, as city officials aim to bring more international businesses to town. Last month, Andrew Nave, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Council, along with Kansas state officials, attended the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which brought together around 2,500 …

Osage City considers purchasing wind power

The Osage City Council approved a non-binding letter expressing interest in purchasing around one megawatt of wind power through an agreement offered to members of the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency during the council’s regular meeting August. 12. “They have proposed to purchase some wind for the group,” said Greg Wright, …

Black Bison Pub proves to be hub in Syracuse

With a cadet blue background and a silhouette of bison on the north side of the building, the exterior of Black Bison Pub is nothing flashy. It’s on the inside where the pub earns its reputation as a hidden gem. Located at 122 N. Main St. in Syracuse, the pub …

Rock Creek, housing key to Ottawa’s future

Ottawa shows big economic potential in two areas, James Oltman said Monday. “The two biggest opportunities and priorities that I feel that we have within our partnership with the city of Ottawa and Franklin County. One, and it is no secret, is the Rock Creek business park,” he said. “This …

New grant program helps recruit volunteer firefighters

State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen recently announced the new Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant program. The program is designed to help volunteer and part-time fire departments across the state with firefighter recruitment. The grants are intended to help cover costs of safety gear for new firefighters and physical examinations …

Shawnee County considers paying $11,000 for traffic accident claim

The Shawnee County Commission Monday will consider paying $11,000 to the insurance company representing a driver who hit a parks and recreation riding lawn mower turning in front of her. … Commissioners plan Monday to consider authorizing county counselor Rich Eckert’s office to pay $11,000 to Allied Property & Casualty …

Emergency dispatch rewarding but stressful

Mary Buchman loves her job. “There’s not one day that’s the same. You never know what you’re going to get,” Buchman said. Buchman is one of 10 dispatchers with the Garden City Police Department’s communications center, located in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center, 304 N. Ninth St. On …

Parsons Police Department and civic groups plan bike giveaway

The Parsons Police Department is collaborating with a few community groups to give away bicycles to local youth. Chief Jason Sharp said the police department has collected about 100 bicycles that were reported to police or discovered by police throughout the city as found property, whose owners are unknown. The …

Etter off the Wellington City Council?… Maybe not so fast

Two days after Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel asked council member Kip Etter to “step down” , there appears to be uncertainty whether her pronouncement was legally binding. In the meantime, Etter has told Sumner Newscow that as far as he is concerned he has or had not resigned from the …

New website asks: How is Wichita doing?

The late Ed Koch, a former mayor of New York City, was famous for constantly asking residents of the city: “How am I doing?” Wichita has a new website, thanks to the generosity of the Bastian family, owners of Fidelity Bank, that enables Wichita residents to constantly know: How is …

Uber transportation reaches Great Bend

Uber Technologies Inc. is present in hundreds of cities worldwide and it is now in Great Bend. The Uber app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request and a registered Uber driver in town will pick them up and take them to their destination. Unlike a taxi system, …

Shane Shields formally hired as Wellington’s new city manager

The Wellington City Council named Shane Shields city manager at its meeting Tuesday after a 20 minute executive session to talk over details of the contract. Shields has been finance director for many years, and has served as the interim city manager since Roy Eckert was dismissed a few months …

Roe Park splash pad closes temporarily to assess safety risk

The new splash pad at Roe Park was open only about a week before city parks employees noticed something they hadn’t planned for. Water from the many fountains — designed to shoot straight up as high as 5 or 6 feet — was not going straight up at all. Wind …

Leawood approves plan for ‘all-inclusive’ playground at Leawood City Park

Leawood City Park is on its way to a new, “all-inclusive” playground to replace its existing one. The Leawood City Council unanimously approved the Leawood Parks & Recreation Department’s revised final plan for the roughly $450,000 playground at the council’s Monday night meeting. The playground’s installation is scheduled for completion …