Public Meeting About The Future Of The Pottawatomie County Courthouse This Evening

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Pottawatomie County Commissioners plan a public meeting at 7 p.m. this evening (August 29th) at the Justice Center regarding the future of the county courthouse in Westmoreland. Officials are questioning the cost efficiency of maintaining the 130-year-old limestone structure, as opposed to demolishing the current facility, and constructing a new office building to house a growing need for additional space.

An assessment completed recently recommends that route, while a local group of volunteers are raising a collective voice highlighting the historical integrity of the courthouse, which was built in 1884. Many county offices are housed in an adjacent building completed four years ago, along with a former school building across the street that has been reconfigured.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.