Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz visited El Dorado and the Historic Butler County Courthouse to announce the reinstatement of the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program. This is a state-funded program that provides funds to local public authorities to replace or rehabilitate locally-owned, deficient bridges in order to improve overall system throughout the State of Kansas.
Many bridges in the state of Kansas were built between 75-100 years ago with the average age being 50 years old. There are 19,000 bridges across the state that could potentially qualify for this program. It is estimated between 9-10,000 bridges will be closed in the next 50 years, if they are not improved.
In order to receive funding a bridge must be classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete based on the latest inspection performed under the procedures of the National Bridge Inspection Program (NBI). According to Secretary Lorenz, applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, August 7th, through mid-September.
Members from the American Legion Auxiliary Edgar Dale Post 81 in El Dorado, joined others from the Department of Kansas American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Riders to host “Operation: North Pole” at Fort Riley this weekend.
The event benefits children of soldiers belonging to the Warrior Transition Battalion located at Fort Riley as well as families of currently deployed soldiers.
Homecoming week officially begins the weekend before the big game with poster decorating, window painting, and downtown business window displays heralding a week of Spirit-filled activities. The theme this year is “Out of this Galaxy.”
The Homecoming Bonfire, hosted by DECA will be Thursday evening at 7pm at EHS.
The Homecoming Assembly will be Friday morning at 10am at the High School. All schools will have an early release to allow for participation in, and observation of, the parade which begins at 2pm. It will begin at Gordy Park and travel down Ash Street to Main where it will conclude in the Dollar Store parking lot.
The tailgating party starts at 5:30pm at BG Veterans Stadium with the game against Circle beginning at 7pm.
The homecoming candidates are from top left, down: Cody Wittenberg with Cierstin Bolen, Dalton King with Heidi Garcia. Top right, down: Braden Morgan with Hallie Yeubanks, Kaleb Manke with Mara Stewart, and Zack Buckley with Kaylee Yordy.
The King and Queen will be announced during halftime.