Local governments won’t say what they’re offering Amazon

State and local governments have been more than happy to play up the amenities they think make their locations the best choice for Amazon’s second headquarters. But many of them will not disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online giant. More than 15 states …

Judge temporarily blocks new Topeka tobacco ordinance

A Shawnee County judge has temporarily blocked a new Topeka ordinance that banned tobacco sales to people younger than 21, citing potential conflicts between the ordinance and state law. Kansas law allows tobacco sales to people 18 and older. In December, the Topeka City Council barred people under 21 from …

Main Street Kansas: Ornate Beloit church wows visitors

More than a century ago, a small Kansas congregation spent years building a church so ornate, it still surprises visitors. “Honestly, I can’t imagine life without this parish community,” said Justin Gengler, Beloit native. For the families who grew up here, and those who later moved to Beloit, the wonder …

Nightlife is brewing in downtown Garden City

Garden City has been trying to refocus its downtown area as a nightlife destination. Now, a brewery is in development in an effort to reach that goal. Officials say they’re been discussing it for a decade. “I think it’s been in the works for quite a while,” said Rosie Swick, …

Q and A with City of Liberal’s housing director

City of Liberal Housing Director Karen LaFreniere has been with the city for 10 years and in that time, housing throughout the city has changed and evolved. Q: In your time as Housing Director, what are some changes you’ve noticed about housing in Liberal? A: We’ve met the demand for …

City plows out in full force as slick roads stymie Wichita drivers

All 60 of Wichita’s city trucks were treating major roads Thursday as a storm system moved through the area causing havoc for many Wichita drivers. The trucks are laying sand and salt on the roads, according to Alan King, Wichita’s public works and utilities director. They’re working 12-hour shifts until …

Saline County commission rescinds earlier vote, awards contract to Cheney

Saline County commissioners Thursday voted to rescind an earlier decision and award a contract to renovate the county’s road and bridge office to Cheney Construction. At a special meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 to rescind their Dec. 19 decision to award the bid to Harbin Construction. They then voted 5-0 to …

Finney County EDC touts county’s growth

After a big year in Finney County with the opening of the Dairy Farmers of America Meadowlark plant and the Garden City transload facility, as well as additions to the housing, health care and retail sectors, the Finney County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting on Wednesday used an assortment of …

Pittsburg City manager blog to help ‘transparency’

Pittsburg residents have a new way to keep up on the doings at the City of Pittsburg. The city has created a blog to share city news and updates with the community. On Tuesday, Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall put up the first post on the city’s accomplishments and projects …

Brownback: School Spending Boost But No Tax Increase; Lawmakers wonder how

Gov. Sam Brownback, poised to leave Kansas after a generation of dominating its politics, on Tuesday called for steep infusions of money into public schools — spurring fellow Republicans to accuse him of raising hopes with a “fairy tale.” Brownback said the state can add $600 million over the next …

Ark City plans to place new stop signs upon recommendation of committee

Starting Friday, the City of Arkansas City will place stop signs at five uncontrolled intersections in northern Ark City. East-west traffic will be required to stop there. The move is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of vehicle collisions at the intersections. The City Commission voted 4-0 on Dec. …

Valley Center department grows to improve coverage

The Valley Center Fire Department started 2018 with double the number of full-time firefighters, a move that will allow the department to increase shifts to include evenings and weekends. By adding two full-time personnel to its roster, shift coverage expanded from eight-hour shifts Mondays through Fridays to 12-hour shifts seven …

City of Pittsburg announces five Certified Public Manager program graduates

Five City of Pittsburg staff members were recognized Friday, December 1, at the Kansas State Capitol for their completion of the University of Kansas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program. Police Lieutenant Ben Henderson, Wastewater Treatment Superintendent Chris Farinacci, Police Lieutenant Diana Fries, Memorial Auditorium Technical Director Jason Huffman and Assistant …

Pittsburg Police Officer named Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run state director

City of Pittsburg Police Officer Chris Moore has been appointed the Kansas State Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). As director, Moore will serve a three-year term and lead law enforcement fundraising activities for Special Olympics Kansas. The torch run raises awareness and funds for Special Olympics and …

Chanute Rec Commission gives go-ahead for ballfield complex

The Chanute Recreation Commission gave its go-ahead Wednesday evening to an estimated $1 million ballfield project in a joint meeting with the Parks Advisory Board. The board previously approved the six-diamond proposal, and the commission Wednesday also gave CRC Director Steve Slane consent to discuss the project with financial firms. …