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Teresa Briggs of Healthier Lyon County came to the city’s Wednesday study session to talk with city commissioners about the possibility of adding vaping to an ordinance that prevents smoking in public places.

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The Emporia City Commission continued its ongoing land bank discussion during a study session Wednesday morning.

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Emporia’s sewer system is about to receive some TLC when its downtown sewer pipes are relined.

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During the Emporia City Commission’s Wednesday morning study session, the subject of food taxes came up.

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At its Wednesday night meeting, the City Commission approved a request by Community National Bank to override an objection by the State Historical Preservation Society, recommending that bank officials not be allowed to tear down the building at 701 Merchant St.

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The Emporia Area League of Women Voters and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a legislative dialogue Saturday at Sauder Alumni Center.

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The City Commission held a brief weekly meeting Wednesday during which commissioners accepted a bid for the replacement of concrete at the city’s public works center.

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Renovations and replacement of a generator at the Lyon County Jail are expected to begin in September following a meeting of the Lyon County Commission Thursday morning.

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A Marion-based construction company has been hired for an interior improvement project at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office following a meeting of the Lyon County Commission Thursday morning at the courthouse.

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Randy Talkington was officially sworn in as Chase County Commissioner earlier this week. Talkington joins fellow commissioners Tony Hazelton and Bill Fillmore.

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Editor’s note: At Wednesday’s Emporia City Commission meeting at the Civic Building, Emporia Mayor Danny Giefer gave his State of the City address. Here is the full text of the speech:

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Danny Giefer and Jon Geitz changed places on the Emporia City Commission Wednesday evening.

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Editor’s note: Kevin Rabas, chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism at Emporia State University and Poet Laureate of Kansas, read an original poem Monday during the inauguration of Governor Laura Kelly. Below is his poem, titled ‘Kansas Awakening.’

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Kansas Legislators are preparing for the new legislative session, which will commence on Monday morning. Local legislators shared their thoughts on the coming sessions.

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Second-degree black belt Ray Baquero has been practicing taekwondo for more than 20 years.

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Courtany and Jared Nelson are starting off 2019 with a new baby.

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Public Works Director Frank Abart is saying goodbye to Emporia after about four years. He’s taking the position of Public Works Director for the City of Bonner Springs.

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Vice Mayor Jon Geitz stood in for Mayor Danny Giefer at the city commission’s action session Wednesday night, where commission members voted on a variety of items, including city policies and purchases and installed members on city boards.

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The city of Emporia has, for the final time, signed off on an agreement with Renewable Energy Group to build a biodiesel plant in the city’s industrial park.

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The City of Emporia will host a public meeting to discuss the impending Downtown Sanitary Sewer Collection System Rehabilitation Project 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the City Commission Room/Courtroom on the lower level of the Civic Auditorium at 522 Mechanic St. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Kansas Rep. Mark Schreiber spoke about the upcoming Kansas legislative session Saturday at the Emporia Area League of Women Voters’ brunch at the Emporia Country Club.

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HOUSTON — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.

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Lyon County Commissioners approved a motion to republish 2018 budget expenditures for both the Road & Bridge and Noxious Weeds departments during a short action session at the courthouse Thursday morning.

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Lyon County Clerk Tammy Vopat praised election office staff and poll workers on a smooth General Election at a meeting of the Lyon County Commission Thursday morning.

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Local government officials and Chase County residents gathered at the Strong City Depot Tuesday morning for a roundtable discussion on the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s newly-drafted floodplain maps.

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The results of Emporian and Democrat Jim Hannon’s race for a seat on the Kansas Board of Education were still out when he went home and went to bed.

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Randy Talkington will be the next Chase County Commissioner following Tuesday’s general election.

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With less than 24 hours before the general election, Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District Alan LaPolice made a stop at The Emporia Gazette office Monday afternoon.

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