Sedgwick County

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Programs that help adults who commit felony crimes get their lives back on track will continue in Sedgwick County. County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $4 million grant application to the Kansas Department of Corrections for the Community Corrections programs.

The Community Corrections programs are state-mandated and mostly state funded.

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The U.S. Postal Service has launched a new service to help people keep track of incoming mail before it’s delivered to the mailbox.

That way, they’ll know if any mail is missing.

The program is called Informed Delivery, and if you sign up, the post office will send you an email each morning with detailed images of your incoming mail.

The black and white images show the exterior of your actual letter-sized mail pieces, including the sender’s address. Images of catalogues or magazines may be added in the future.

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A special election is underway in Sedgwick County to determine who will fill the seat in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. The seat has been vacant since Mike Pompeo was appointed CIA director in January.


At the close of early voting Monday, 23,000 people in Sedgwick County had cast a ballot.

“It has been a steady turnout," says Lauren Bianco with the Sedgwick County Elections office. "Not overwhelming, but a steady turnout at the polling locations.”

The contest is between Democrat James Thompson, Libertarian Chris Rockhold and Republican Ron Estes.

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Early voting is underway in Sedgwick County for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District special election, and with it comes the introduction of new voting machines.

This story originally aired on March 28, 2017

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says citizens will still have an option to vote either by paper ballot or electronically.

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Advanced voting continues in Sedgwick County, with early voting centers opening this week. Voters will determine which candidate will fill the seat in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says early voting centers will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before next week’s special election.

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Sedgwick County is providing a hassle-free way to dispose of hazardous materials.

The county's hazardous waste program is hosting a remote collection site at the Valley Center City Hall parking lot this weekend. County residents may bring and dispose of items that are not safe to put in the trash or pour down the drain such as paint, aerosols, batteries, used motor oil, lawn and garden chemicals, and fluorescent lightbulbs.

There will be no charge for the recycling or disposal.

Sedgwick County has released its first strategic plan in more than 20 years. The plan outlines the county’s priorities and sets goals for the next five years.

The 12-page plan from the Sedgwick County manager’s office establishes the county’s new mission and explains its organizational values.

The county says it wants to be a “value driven, regional leader” that uses partnerships to deliver services to the public.

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Polling site changes will make it more confusing for more than 36,000 registered voters to cast a ballot in the race to fill the House seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The April 11 election in Kansas falls during Holy Week, the annual Christian observance leading up Easter Sunday. The timing has bedeviled election officials because many of polling locations are in churches and some were unavailable on short notice for the special election.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is getting ready for the 4th Congressional District special election.

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Sedgwick County will no longer publish its legal notices in the Wichita Eagle. Commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of a cheaper vendor.

The county will begin publishing its legal notices—such as delinquent taxes and notices of lawsuits—in the Derby Weekly Informer.

Commissioners said the change will save taxpayers money: The Wichita Eagle, the county’s current vendor, would have cost an estimated $133,000 a year. The Informer would cost and estimated $56,000.