A vehicle was destroyed last Friday morning on the 7th Street bridge.
A Spearman, Texas man lost his life last Monday, May 25, when he died as a result of an ATV accident in rural Greenwood County
For a little over one month, Greenwood County didn’t have a confirmed case and some residents were frustrated when the county commissioners didn’t immediately open up the county after Governor Kelly’s announcement Tuesday, May 26. At that time, the commissioners elected to continue with Phase 2 and review the matter next Monday, June 8.
In a special meeting held on Tuesday, May, 26 commissioners (apart from Robert Joe Morgan, who was unable to attend) gathered to discuss orders released by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Earlier that afternoon, Kelly opted to remove orders that placed control of the reopening process in the State’s hands. On midnight Tuesday, May 26, local governing bodies, alongside public health officials, were given the authority to regulate the local reopening process. Health Department Director Vicki Lindsey-Ross voiced concerns regarding an immediate reopening, stating that maintaining the county’s current position in phase two until June 8, would be advantageous in light of the recent Memorial Day weekend and its possible impact on local numbers. When discussion concluded, commissioners approved Resolution 20-09, 3-1, Commissioner Paul Hodge voting against remaining in phase two. Greenwood County was then slated to remain in stage two until June 8, when reopening would then be reconsidered.
After nearly three years of serving as a game warden for Greenwood and Elk Counties, Brooks VanDerBeek added a partner. Earlier this year, VanDerBeek accepted a K-9 position with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). Since February, VanDerBeek and Osky, his twoyear old lab mix, have attended a total of nine weeks of training at the Indiana DNR’s Resource Protection K-9 school.