Governor signs omnibus budget

Governor Laura Kelly announced today that she has signed House Bill 2551, the Omnibus Budget, which passed with bipartisan support. The budget increases funding to address water quantity and quality issues, invests in workforce development, and provides additional funding for essential services and critical mental health needs. The budget provides $8.3 million in need-based financial … Read more

Fire hydrant flushing program planned

The City of Arkansas City will start its annual fire hydrant flushing program this week, with work proceeding across southwest Arkansas City. The Environmental Services Department will initiate the flushing in Section 1. This section contains 80 fire hydrants along and South of Washington Avenue, South to Lincoln Avenue, and West of First Street, including … Read more

USD 470 to host preschool screening event

USD 470 says We are hosting a preschool screening and enrollment event on May 22 at Adams Elementary School. During the screening, we will explore several skills and concepts to better understand your child’s development. Then, we will check your child’s vision and hearing, review the information with you, then, help with enrollment if applicable. … Read more

Celebrate Ag on May 18th

Celebrate Ag, May 18th from 1 til 5 at the Winfield Fairgrounds presented by Cowley County Farm Bureau, K-state Research and Extension, and the Cowley County Conservation District. Several demonstrations are scheduled including Goat health presentation, horseshoeing, cow milking and garden planting. Area 4-H-ers will be talking about their upcoming fair projects and there will … Read more

Virtual Job Fair planned

Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland encourages jobseekers to take part in this month’s State of Kansas Agency Virtual Job Fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. There are currently 786 agency positions available across the state that range from entry to senior level. State agencies are … Read more

Governor signs education bill

Governor Laura Kelly today signed House Substitute for Senate Bill 387, fully funding K-12 education for the sixth consecutive year and making the initial investment into fully funding special education. Critically, House Substitute for Senate Bill 387 provides $75.5 million in additional funding for special education state aid. This includes $65.5 million in new State … Read more

Flags to fly at half staff

Yesterday, in accordance with Executive Order #20-30, Governor Laura Kelly directed flags throughout the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, to honor Peace Officers Memorial Day. Peace Officers Memorial Day pays tribute to local, state, and federal peace officers who have died or been … Read more

Splashpads set to open

The City of Winfield says later this week, the Winfield Aquatic Center will open the Splashpad for the season. Winfield Aquatic Center Splashpad: Beginning May 17- 9:00a.m.- 9:00p.m. – open to the public through South Gate. No entry fee. Rentals may occur on occasion after 6p.m. Beginning May 25- 1:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. except M,W closed … Read more

Governor Kelly approves new Good Samaritan Law language

Governor Laura Kelly today signed House Substitute for Senate Bill 419, bipartisan legislation that provides legal protections for those that seek or provide medical assistance to a person suffering a medical emergency related to drug use. Known as the Good Samaritan Law, this legislation will prevent those suffering a drug overdose and bystanders who seek … Read more

Celebrate Ag on May 18th

Celebrate Ag, May 18th from 1 til 5 at the Winfield Fairgrounds presented by Cowley County Farm Bureau, K-state Research and Extension, and the Cowley County Conservation District. Several demonstrations are scheduled including Goat health presentation, horseshoeing, cow milking and garden planting. Area 4-H-ers will be talking about their upcoming fair projects and there will … Read more