Over the next few days we will take a look back at what made the news in Buffalo and Johnson County in 2011. Today we will focus on the events that happened from January through March.
After the election in November of 2010, many new faces took office in January of 2011, including Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess and council members Stan Lakin and Bill Hawley.
Commissioners Smokey Wildeman and Delbert Eitel were joined by newly-elected John Gibbs, and Wildeman was appointed Chairman by the vote of the other two commissioners.
Also taking office was newly-elected Assessor Cindy Rogers, who then dealt with a number of former employees resigning or moving to other jobs within the courthouse.
Also in January, two adult females were arrested by the Buffalo Police Department in connection with an investigation at Buffalo High School.
42-year-old Tonya Colette Sickler was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and two counts of conspiracy. 19-year-old Renae Jean Harriet was charged with two counts of conspiracy.
Bad blood and hurt feelings from the elections spilled over into the county courthouse in February until the county commissioners addressed the issues during one of their meetings.
Census figures were released in early March, and the City of Buffalo and Johnson County, as well as the state, experienced significant growth in the last decade.
Wyoming's population grew to nearly 564,000 as of 2011; Johnson County was at 8,569 people and Buffalo's population grew to 4,585.
Finally, the City and the Frankovic Trust reached an undisclosed settlement agreement on the lawsuit brought by the Trust over damages they claimed the City of Buffalo was responsible for on property adjacent to a city street project.
Tomorrow we will look back at what made the news in Buffalo from April through June of 2011.