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The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded Pottawatomie County $300,000 to improve a small section of Flush Road. The safety of Flush Road has long been a concern of residents due to the location of Rock Creek High School and the number of young drivers on the road. The KDOT grant i…

Starting next week, The Smoke Signal won’t be arriving by the U.S. Postal service, delivered into mail boxes. Instead, it will arrive via email, delivered into in-boxes as it converts from a print to a digital marketing product.

A Kansas Department of Transportation project will begin on U.S. 24 in Pottawatomie County on the evening of Monday, June 5, weather permitting. The 4-mile project extends from K-177/Ft. Riley Boulevard in Manhattan to just east of Excel Road.


After unhappily settling for third place last year as defending champions, the Lady Raiders were on a mission to regain the 4A state softball trophy, a mission they successfully completed last week by defeating Rock Creek, Eudora and finally, McPherson.

St. Marys softball captured bling at the 2-1A State Tournament last week in Pratt, advancing to the title game and losing a close 3-0 game to undefeated state champ McLouth to settle for second. After a dismal 6-14 finish in 2022, the Lady Bears had a turn-around season this year, taking an …

The Rossville softball team is the 3A State Champion, rising up from the #6 seed to march its way to a 2-0 win over Santa Fe Trail in the title game last Friday in Manhattan. It was the second trip to the big dance in as many years for the Lady Dawgs, improving on a fourth-place finish in 2022.

Onaga High School earned its first trip to state in its short three-year history this season, taking fourth place last week at the 2-1A tournament in Great Bend. Under Onaga High alum Adam Kufahl, the Buffalos finished 19-5, a vast improvement over last year’s 10-10 record.

Flint Hills News

As both a past Artist-in-Residence and a regular presenter at Volland, poet and playwright Mary Pinard has long traveled to the Flint Hills. First drawn to the region through her late husband's interest, she came to know the land he loved with more depth. In the summer of 2022, Pinard wrote …

Sunflower Summer is an educational program that promotes learning and family engagement during the summer by allowing Kansas families free access to museums, zoos, historic landmarks, outdoor locations and other attractions.


I started in the journalism biz way back in 1979, when the Army decided that’s what I was best suited to do. I disagreed, but it turned out the Army was right.

On behalf of all of us who use the Wamego Aquatics Center early in the morning here’s a big heartfelt THANK YOU to all those responsible for reinstating the 6 a.m. opening time! Thank you also to the staff that come in early to make it possible for us to swim. We sincerely appreciate your co…

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