About Derek Simmons

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Derek Simmons has created 25 blog entries.

K-State official: COVID-19 surge likely as students return to class

With Kansas State University students returning to class next week, Jeff Morris, K-State Vice President of Communications and Marketing, says an uptick in COVID-19 cases is likely. “We know in this kind of environment, we’re likely to see cases surge in the next few weeks as people come in from all these different places,” Morris [...]

The post K-State official: COVID-19 surge likely as students return to class appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-13T14:00:42-05:00August 13th, 2020|K-State Activity, Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on K-State official: COVID-19 surge likely as students return to class

Wamego school board to discuss budget, reopening plan and contract negotiations on Aug. 17

Budget hearing and reopening discussion The USD 320 Wamego Board of Education will hold a budget hearing during its meeting Monday. Tim Winter, USD 320 Wamego superintendent, says as far as the tax levy goes, not much will change. “Our mill rate is essentially staying flat, but it actually dropped almost two-tenths of a mill,” [...]

The post Wamego school board to discuss budget, reopening plan and contract negotiations on Aug. 17 appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-12T15:34:49-05:00August 12th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Wamego school board to discuss budget, reopening plan and contract negotiations on Aug. 17

Produce distribution scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14

HandsOn Kansas State and the Harvesters Community Food Network of Topeka will host a mobile food distribution on Friday, Aug. 14 from 4 p.m. until supplies run out.. The event offers fresh fruit, vegetables and and other produce for free and is open to anyone from K-State and the local community. It will take place [...]

The post Produce distribution scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14 appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-12T10:35:45-05:00August 12th, 2020|Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on Produce distribution scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14

K-State will not require COVID-19 testing for students, staff upon arrival

Kansas State University will not implement mandatory COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff upon returning to campus this fall, according to Dr. Kyle Goerl, medical director at Lafene Health Center. “It doesn’t seem to do much good to test an entire group of individuals once with no plan to do further surveillance testing,” Goerl [...]

The post K-State will not require COVID-19 testing for students, staff upon arrival appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-11T17:32:12-05:00August 11th, 2020|K-State Activity, Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on K-State will not require COVID-19 testing for students, staff upon arrival

Pott. County approves 2021 budget, CARES Act fund-allocation plan

2021 budget The Pottawatomie County Commission approved the budget for fiscal year 2021 during its meeting Monday. The county’s spending authority for for the 2021 general fund will decrease from about $34.4 million to about $34.1 million. Overall county expenses will increase from about $38.7 million in fiscal year 2020 to about $40 million in [...]

The post Pott. County approves 2021 budget, CARES Act fund-allocation plan appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-11T13:00:27-05:00August 11th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Pott. County approves 2021 budget, CARES Act fund-allocation plan

Gov. Kelly tours KSU Biosecurity Research Institute; talks COVID-19 research, Medicaid expansion and school reopenings

BRI visit and overview of its COVID-19 research Gov. Laura Kelly toured the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University Thursday to see research the facility is conducting on COVID-19 and COVID-19 treatments. While press members were unable to take part in the tour, they were able to speak with Kelly and BRI researchers afterward, [...]

The post Gov. Kelly tours KSU Biosecurity Research Institute; talks COVID-19 research, Medicaid expansion and school reopenings appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-06T16:53:10-05:00August 6th, 2020|K-State Activity, Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on Gov. Kelly tours KSU Biosecurity Research Institute; talks COVID-19 research, Medicaid expansion and school reopenings

T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter offering discounted adoption fees this Saturday

The third annual Clear the Shelters adoption event this Saturday.

By |2020-08-10T09:17:02-05:00August 5th, 2020|Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter offering discounted adoption fees this Saturday

Jager edges out Baker in Pottawatomie County sheriff primary-election

Pottawatomie County voters have chosen their next sheriff. That will be incumbent Shane Jager, who defeated Michael Baker by gaining an unofficial 81 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary. Jager says he is grateful to the voters of Pottawatomie County and is looking forward to continuing to work with his department. “I’m very grateful [...]

The post Jager edges out Baker in Pottawatomie County sheriff primary-election appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-04T22:33:31-05:00August 4th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Jager edges out Baker in Pottawatomie County sheriff primary-election

Pott. County Commission talks mask ordinance for schools; new website design

State mask-ordinance for schools The Pottawatomie County Commission was advised during its meeting Monday not to take action concerning Gov. Laura Kelly’s order requiring Kansas school districts to implement certain safety protocols, including the wearing of masks. Kelly announced the order on July 20, saying county governments are not allowed to opt out. John Watt, [...]

The post Pott. County Commission talks mask ordinance for schools; new website design appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-08-03T16:33:34-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Pott. County Commission talks mask ordinance for schools; new website design

Kansas game warden talks invasive species and their relationship with blue-green algae

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a blue-green algae warning for Milford Lake Zone B and C in Geary County, as well as a watch for Gathering Pond in Geary County. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game warden Ben Jedlicka spoke with KMAN during In Focus on Friday about the [...]

The post Kansas game warden talks invasive species and their relationship with blue-green algae appeared first on News Radio KMAN.

By |2020-07-31T14:26:14-05:00July 31st, 2020|Geary County, Local News, Pottawatomie County, Riley County|Comments Off on Kansas game warden talks invasive species and their relationship with blue-green algae