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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, voting to approve bids for a city truck, as well as for 2021 cement work.

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(Editor’s Note: As confirmed by City Administrator Mike Nichols, the City’s mask mandate is in affect until rescinded and the city facilities remain closed.)

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Hiawatha Parks & Recreation recognized some community members last week at the Dec. 21 Hiawatha City Commission Meeting. Via Zoom, Director Stacy Jasper announced this year’s recipients.

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While the Hiawatha City Commission voted to adopt an ordinance establishing a city land bank just a few moments prior, the appointment of trustees will wait at least another two weeks, as a split vote nixed the immediate selection of the presented candidates.

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Whether it was a well-timed mask mandate or a Christmas miracle that did the trick, active cases of COVID-19 in Brown County have been on the downhill slide for weeks now.

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The Horton City Commission met for the last time in November, and after an Executive Session, the group voted to promote John Boller to the position of Police Chief as of Jan. 1.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met Monday evening, and voted to find that owners of properties recently deemed dangerous structures or with minimum housing violations had failed to commence reasonable repairs prior to the mandated deadline.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and the group came to an agreement, given the recent rapid spike in Covid-19 cases in Hiawatha and Brown County, that as of Wednesday, the City will close the Fisher Center, as well as City Hall, which will be open by appointment only. The …

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Given the continuing increasing cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, the Hiawatha City Commission has taken the following steps in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. We apologize for any inconvenience but truly feel it is in the best interest of Hiawatha, Brown County an…

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At Monday evening’s meeting of the Hiawatha City Commission, the group heard another request from local healthcare leaders, and amid rapidly rising numbers of local Covid cases, voted to approve Ordinance 2090, which requires the wearing of masks or other face coverings in public spaces with…

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The Horton City Commission met in October, and group heard a request from Waste Management to raise the per home rate of each home in Horton by 3 percent.

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The Horton City Commission met for its first October meeting, and the group was joined by a representative from Governmental Assistance Services, as they held a Public Hearing relating to a CDBG Grant application that was previously denied.

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The Hiawatha City Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday evening at their regular October meeting relating to the structures that were deemed months ago to be either condemned or not meeting the minimum code for habitation.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday night, and the group expressed interest in adding a request to applications for properties that are set to be demolished by the city to be used for training for both the Hiawatha Police and Fire Departments.

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The Horton City Commission met for the final time in September, and the group voted to skip out on a planned 2 percent increase to city’s sewer rate. The planned October rate increase was deferred due to recommendations to hold off until KRWA performs a water rate analysis.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and heard from property owner Matthew Curless, after he was denied an agricultural zoning change by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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The Horton City Commission met earlier this month, and one topic of discussion was local free food programs. Commissioner Wade Edwards voiced his concerns about the programs potentially shutting down the local grocery store.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening and heard from Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau’s board president Kate Miller regarding the group’s plans for the annual Halloween Frolic.

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The Horton City Commission met last month, and the group voted to approve a 2021 budget with a mill levy of 67.787. Commissioner Edwards noted that the levy has not been raised since 2019, when it increased just 0.021 mills.

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The USD 430 School Board met on Monday evening and ratified a negotiated agreement with staff. A $0.25 raise was approved for all classified staff, while a 2% increase passed for the district’s 5 administration staff members, while principals and the Curriculum Director were moved to 12-mont…

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At Monday’s Hiawatha City Commission meeting, several concerned community members took advantage of the newly reinstated Public Comments portion of the agenda to address concerns over the city’s animal control ordinances.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, and the group approved a resolution setting public hearings for seven properties in Hiawatha that have been deemed uninhabitable by City Code Enforcement.

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The Horton City Commission met earlier this month, and the group came to a decision on the disbursement of $117,000 in CARES Act funds.

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City Administrator Mike Nichols reported to the Hiawatha City Commission on Monday evening with a progress report on the ongoing City Street Sales Tax Project.

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At the Hiawatha City Commission meeting on Monday evening, the commission was presented with a list of 22 residential structures that, by code, qualify as unsafe, dangerous and that affect the health of the community and are in need of repair or demolition.

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Hiawatha Hospital CEO John Broberg was present at Monday night’s meeting of the Hiawatha City Commission, and presented the commission with a request for the city to mandate the use of masks in public places where social distancing is not feasible.

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As we wrap up Black History Month in February, it is only natural to recognize one of Hiawatha’s most well-known residents who was prominent not only in the game of basketball, but in the civil rights movement.

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New features have been added to the Kansas Department of Transportation’s travel information website, KanDrive, to provide motorists additional resources when planning travel routes and getting information about current roadway conditions across Kansas.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides technical and financial assistance to help Kansas farmers and livestock producers recover from damages brought on by winter storms Uri and Viola. Agricultural producers are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center to learn about…

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The Horton City Commission approved a payment to USDA for final approval in the amount of $143,889.27 for the Phase III Sewer project.

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The Hiawatha City Commission met on Monday evening, voting to approve bids for a city truck, as well as for 2021 cement work.

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After four years of railing against “deep state” actors who, he said, tried to undermine his presidency, Donald Trump relented to U.S. intelligence leaders in his final days in office, allowing them to block the release of critical material in the Russia investigation, according to a former senior congressional investigator who later joined the Trump administration.

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A vehicle said by authorities to have been traveling at a high rate of speed on a side road off U.S. Highway 36 crashed into a ditch on early Sunday morning, killing one of the five teenage occupants, all of whom are from Hiawatha. 

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Brown County Sheriff John Merchant said he would like to inform everyone of ongoing scams circulating Brown County.