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,” [...]

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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

Riley, Pottawatomie counties see small increases in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Riley County Wednesday and one new case was added in Pottawatomie County. Additionally, 17 people were added to the recovered list in Riley County. Pottawatomie County recoveries were unchanged. That brings the active case count to 115 in Riley County and just four in Pottawatomie County. Currently, [...]

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By |2020-08-12T14:11:28-05:00August 12th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County, Riley County|Comments Off on Riley, Pottawatomie counties see small increases in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

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 [...]

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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

Annual Flush Picnic sees great turn out with format change

Hundreds drove to Pottawatomie County’s town of Flush for the annual St. Joseph’s Catholic Church chicken dinner. St. Joseph’s normally holds the picnic on the last Wednesday of July every year, featuring activities such as raffles, bingo, and children’s games, as well as the Knights of Columbus hamburger stand. This year’s observation was changed to [...]

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By |2020-08-10T15:30:06-05:00August 10th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Annual Flush Picnic sees great turn out with format change

Kansas violent crime up amid overall downward crime figures, local area below state average

Crime in Kansas overall was down in 2019, though violent crime has continued on a multi-year upward trend according to a Friday report. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation Friday released its crime index report for the previous year. The annual document compiles reported crime statistics by state and local law enforcement agencies and calculates state [...]

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By |2020-08-07T14:24:07-05:00August 7th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County, Riley County, State News|Comments Off on Kansas violent crime up amid overall downward crime figures, local area below state average

Annual Flush Picnic to move to drive thru setting Sunday, Aug. 9

An annual chicken feed in Pottawatomie County will look a little different this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has opted to shift its annual chicken dinner fundraiser to a drive-thru event. The picnic typically draws thousands to Flush for the food, festivities, and fun. This year’s event will take place Sunday, [...]

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By |2020-08-07T11:21:29-05:00August 7th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Annual Flush Picnic to move to drive thru setting Sunday, Aug. 9

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 [...]

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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

Matta, McKinley likely to advance in Riley Co. Commission race; Weixelman wins 4th term on Pott Co. Commission

Riley County primary-election results Two races were contested on the Riley County Commission Tuesday, both on the Republican side. Moving on in District 3 on the Republican side is John Matta who defeated incumbent Ron Wells receiving 57 percent of the vote. The final tally was Matta with 1,345 to Wells’ 996 votes. Matta says [...]

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By |2020-08-04T22:30:47-05:00August 4th, 2020|Local News, Pottawatomie County, Riley County|Comments Off on Matta, McKinley likely to advance in Riley Co. Commission race; Weixelman wins 4th term on Pott Co. Commission

Authorities investigating theft of motorcycles from Manhattan retailer

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help identifying suspects responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of motorcycles from a Manhattan business. According to Sheriff Shane Jager, the burglary occurred sometime between July 30 and July 31 at Brooks Yamaha, located 8070 East US Hwy 24. An investigation revealed that one or more persons [...]

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By |2020-08-04T06:26:30-05:00August 4th, 2020|Local News, Manhattan, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Authorities investigating theft of motorcycles from Manhattan retailer

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, [...]

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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