Over the past 18 months, the town of Bushong has raised about $1,000 to buy a civil defense siren. Mayor Fred Fechter says that money will go to installation costs after a special donation.
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Fechter says tornadoes at Reading and Harveyville the past two-plus years spurred town leadership to get a siren for the community of about 30 residents.
Fundraising efforts started when the Symphony in the Flint Hills was held effectively across the street last year. Fechter says the town is waiting for bids on a pole and installation before finishing the project.