KDOT awards bids for area highway projects

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas.

The letting took place April 17 in Topeka. Some of the bids may include multiple projects that have been bundled based on proximity and type of work.

In Ellis County, KDOT approved a project for 15.6 miles of guard fence on Interstate 70 from the US-183 interchange, Exit 159, east to the Ellis/Russell county line. The winning bid was APAC-Kansas Inc. Shears Division, Hutchinson, $386,465.

In Norton County, KDOT approved bridge replacement of a bridge over the Solomon River on Road W14 located one half-mile south and 2 miles west of New Almelo. The winning bid was King Construction Co. Inc. and Subsidiaries, Hesston, $377,936.

In Russell County, KDOT approved a project on I-70 for bridge repair of bridges No. 024 and No. 025, located 8.54 miles east of the I-70/US-40B junction. The winning bid was PCI Roads LLC, Saint Michael, Minn., $433,900.


Website ranks FHSU No. 1 for online degrees in Kansas

Degree programs offered by Fort Hays State University through the FHSU Virtual College received a No. 1 ranking for the best online degrees in Kansas, by Online Degrees, www.onlinedegrees.com.

FHSU also earned six top 10 recognitions in April from the web site for being among the best and most affordable programs offered by U.S. colleges and universities.

Tuition rates, number of online programs, student support resources and several other factors earned FHSU the top spot.

“Earning an online degree in Kansas makes sense for those in rural areas or who simply aren’t geographically close to schools offering their chosen programs,” according to OnlineDegrees.com.

In other rankings, Online Course Report, www.onlinecoursereport.com, ranked the FHSU Virtual College No. 2 among Top 50 Universities Offering Online Courses in 2019. The rank is based on FHSU’s U.S. News and World Report news ranking, hourly tuition rate, student-to-faculty ratio, number of bachelor’s

TopCounselingSchools.org ranked the virtual college No. 2 among the 25 Best Masters in Counseling Online Programs 2019.


Counties organize Post Rock Limestone Coalition

The Kansas Post Rock Limestone Coalition will hold an organizational meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucas Area Community Theater, 116 S. Main St., Lucas.

The organization’s mission is to allow counties to work together to promote the Post Rock region as a destination for tourism, education, arts and cultural programs.

The Grassroots Art Center received a grant from the Russell County Area Community Foundation to help form the nonprofit, establish its mission and by-laws and create a job description to eventually hire an executive director.

The first meeting in March was attended by representatives from 20 organizations in 10 counties.

At Wednesday’s meeting, lunch will be served; reservations are requested. Contact Jeannie Stramel, 785-525-6118.