A Powderly man began serving his sentence Tuesday night after district court ordered time behind bars for felony charges brought against him for a 2017 shooting incident in Blossom, reports show.

The contractor, Sammy Gist Enterprises Inc., was granted 256 working days, weather permitting, to complete this project valued at more than $1.3 million. The target date to complete this work is winter 2020, officials said.

The City of Blossom will paint markers on the streets in front of fire hydrants to make it easier for firefighters to spot them at night.

In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission collected more than 1.4 million fraud reports. The public reported losing $1.48 billion to fraud. Scammers typically use three strategies — in person, by phone or online.

BLOSSOM — The City of Blossom drastically reduced the threshold for how much a project can cost before putting it out for a competitive bidding process in an effort to cut back on spending and improve transparency.

Runners hit the trail for the Blossom Zombie Run Saturday on Front Street in Blossom. With 18 zombies scattered across the trail, 40 registered participants could choose between a 1 mile and 5k walk/run, hosted by the Greater Blossom Development Association.

BLOSSOM — Residents interested in participating in local government can enter their names in the next City Council election, after two seats opened up.