Reno County Commission takes up bridge bonding plan

Though the work is more than two years away, the Reno County Commission on Tuesday discussed issuing up to $5.5 million in bonds for three or four future major bridge projects. The commission is expected to take up a formal resolution next week determining that some $6.4 million in work …

Hays Regional Airport could soon begin offering flights to Chicago

People living closer to Hays than Wichita may soon be able to get to the Windy City on a flight from the Hays Regional Airport. Skywest Airlines could make it happen after it proposed a third flight from the airport, eastbound. Currently, the Hays Regional Airport offers two flights, both …

Hillsboro closer to funding 3.1 million water project

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil took another step closer to securing funding for the city’s $3.1 million water project by approving a resolution at the Nov. 7 meeting that the city will comply with USDA standards regarding procurement, bidding and contract awards. At the council’s Oct. 24 meeting, Don Hellar of …

Residents of Marion County come to hear about wind turbine project

Marion County commissioners moved Monday’s meeting upstairs to the courtroom when about 30 people arrived to attend a particular portion of the meeting regarding wind turbines. After nearly 40 minutes of questions and comments, Commission Chairman Randy Dalle and Commissioner Kent Becker voted to approve a conditional-use permit recommended by …

Marion city council establishes local land bank

The Marion City Council, approved at Nov. 6 meeting the establishment of a land bank, a mechanism municipalities can use in returning abandoned, tax-delinquent properties back into productive use. Mayor Todd Heitschmidt and the council agreed to serve as the initial board with City Administrator Roger Holter as a non-voting …

Write-in votes in Jackson County result in election wins for some

The Nov. 7 general election included several write-in votes for city council positions, and in many races, those candidates were elected to serve their towns. For example, Roy Kranz, Leroy Shupe and Mike Hare, all write-in candidates, were elected to the three open seats on the Circleville City Council. In …

Proposed subsidy for Salina flights to Chicago concern Manhattan Regional airport director

Manhattan Regional Airport officials are worried about proposed federal subsidies for Salina Regional Airport. According to Manhattan Regional Airport Director Jesse Romo, Salina is asking the U.S. Department of Transportation for a federal subsidy to fly 50-seat regional jets to Chicago through SkyWest Airlines. The subsidized one-way ticket price would …

New Garden City plant promises continued growth for local economy

More jobs could be coming to Garden City as a new powdered dairy plant is promising growth in the local economy. Garden City City Manager Matt Allen tells Eyewitness news the new plant has already brought some economic growth to the city. The plant expands the local dairy industry, a …

Still no agreement on new funding for Kansas water plan

An interim legislative committee agreed Monday not to recommend raising any fees to pay for projects that would extend the life of the state’s water resources, something that has been a high priority for the Brownback administration. Instead, the joint Special Committee on Natural Resources, said only that the Legislature …

Andover’s McCausland earns international credentials

Jennifer McCausland, Assistant City Administrator of the City of Andover, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. McCausland is one of over 1,400 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance …

Funds raised for new playground in Girard

The Girard Youth Activities Association raised $40,947 to be used for new playground equipment at the baseball and softball complex in Girard. Their donation toward the playground was accepted at the Girard USD 248 board meeting on Thursday. USD 248 Superintendent Blaze Bauer said the property on which the Girard …

Homeland security to conduct chemical testing near Ark City

News from Homeland security could put a chemical testing center just miles from Arkansas City and schools. Over the weekend, protesters stood at the Kansas/Oklahoma state line to make it known that they did not want these tests conducted in their backyards. KSN spoke with some of these concerned residents …

Town hall in Pittsburg looks at future of SEK highways

Community members, elected officials and industry leaders discussed the future of U.S. Highway 69 and infrastructure growth Monday, during a Transportation Town Hall led by Economic Lifelines Kansas. Economic Lifelines is a statewide coalition of business organizations and community groups which has provided the grassroots support for comprehensive transportation programs …