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Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee counties review updated cost estimates for Belvue Bridge rehab

Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties met briefly Monday to discuss impending improvements to the Belvue Bridge. Earlier this month, the two counties learned that $6.4 million in federal money had been secured by Sen. Jerry Moran to go toward bridge rehabilitation, one of several Congressionally directed spending requests in Kansas. Updated cost estimates were presented Monday [...]

By |2023-01-23T14:45:12-06:00January 23rd, 2023|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee counties review updated cost estimates for Belvue Bridge rehab

Water damage issue resolved at Rock Creek High School, though gym floor may need replacing

Rock Creek Schools had a bit of a rocky start to the 2023 spring semester following water damage and flooding to parts of the junior and senior high school, that occurred on Dec. 23. The flooding was a result of a failure in the system for the building’s fire sprinklers. USD 323 Superintendent Joan Simoneau [...]

By |2023-01-11T14:24:52-06:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on Water damage issue resolved at Rock Creek High School, though gym floor may need replacing

Pott. County expansion to occur in 2024 election cycle, prompting unanticipated legal hurdle

Expansion of the Pottawatomie County Commission won’t occur until 2024. County Counselor John Watt informed commissioners Monday that when voters approved expanding the county board from three to five seats this past November, the decision triggered a number of statutes, including whether expansion would occur as part of a special election or at the next [...]

By |2023-01-09T13:46:08-06:00January 9th, 2023|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on Pott. County expansion to occur in 2024 election cycle, prompting unanticipated legal hurdle

KHP: Two injured in crash at Hwy 24 and Flush Road

One person was seriously injured Friday in a crash near the intersection of Hwy 24 and Flush Road.  The Kansas Highway Patrol says a pickup was northbound on Flush Road, just after 11 a.m. and failed to yield right-of-way to a westbound SUV. The impact sent the pickup into the north ditch and the SUV [...]

By |2023-01-06T21:57:32-06:00January 6th, 2023|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on KHP: Two injured in crash at Hwy 24 and Flush Road

Inaugural 15 Under 40 Class chosen by Junction City, Manhattan, and Wamego Chambers of Commerce

There’s no shortage of young professionals in Riley, Pottawatomie, and Geary Counties. But the Junction City, Manhattan, and Wamego Chambers of Commerce took on the challenge of choosing 15 professionals to recognize for making a difference in their communities.  They must first be nominated to be considered for the recognition; be at least 18 but [...]

Sen. Moran secures 6 million dollars for Belvue Bridge

It has been over 65 years since the Belvue Bridge was built, and Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee Counties have been working to repair the now deteriorating structure that crosses the Kansas River.  A 9 million dollar plan for the project was approved in the early spring of 2022, and county commissioners have attempted to receive federal [...]

By |2023-01-03T14:57:21-06:00January 3rd, 2023|Categories: Local News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sen. Moran secures 6 million dollars for Belvue Bridge

Cleanup efforts underway following sprinkler malfunction at Rock Creek High School

A damage is estimate is pending after a sprinkler failure Friday night at Rock Creek Middle and High School. Responding firefighters from Westmoreland Fire and Pottawatomie County Fire were called out to the building sometime around or before 6:30 p.m. Friday and found no fire. According to USD 323 Superintendent Joan Simoneau, a sprinkler system [...]

By |2022-12-24T08:20:14-06:00December 24th, 2022|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on Cleanup efforts underway following sprinkler malfunction at Rock Creek High School

Billie Moore, 1st US women’s Olympic basketball coach, dies

(AP) Billie Moore, who coached America’s first women’s Olympic basketball team to a silver medal at the Montreal Games in 1976, has died at age 79. UCLA, where Moore won 296 games over 16 years including a national title in 1978, announced her death on Thursday. Born in Missouri, Moore’s family moved to Westmoreland then [...]

By |2022-12-15T14:37:56-06:00December 15th, 2022|Categories: Local News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Billie Moore, 1st US women’s Olympic basketball coach, dies

Pottawatomie County bridge among 33 selected for state program targeting $40 million in upgrades

Gov. Laura Kelly was in Westmoreland Tuesday to announce more than $40 million will support 33 local and off-system bridge projects across the state in fiscal year 2024, including one in rural Pottawatomie County. Joined by Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz and Pottawatomie County Commission Chair Pat Weixelman, Gov. Kelly highlighted the local project along Armstrong [...]

By |2022-12-13T14:24:25-06:00December 13th, 2022|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on Pottawatomie County bridge among 33 selected for state program targeting $40 million in upgrades

St. Marys renews library lease with no restrictions following months-long moral debate

The lease for the Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library in St. Marys is safe for another year, following a unanimous 4-0 vote by city commissioners Tuesday to extend it without any restrictions. That’s St. Marys Mayor Matthew Childs. Tuesday’s vote came after uproar by citizens at a Nov. 15 meeting, wanting to keep the library open, [...]

By |2022-12-07T16:12:46-06:00December 7th, 2022|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on St. Marys renews library lease with no restrictions following months-long moral debate
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