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First-ever Alligator Gar Caught in Kansas

Judd WeilOctober 18, 2021

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) revealed last week a four and a half-foot, 39.5-pound Alligator Gar had been caught by an angler fishing the Neosho River near Parsons, Kan. in September.   The fact bigger than the size of the prehistoric and predatory fish? Alligator Gar are not a species native to Kansas and have never been documented here.   Danny Smith I...

Ford County Historical Society Receives $10,000 SHARP Grant

Judd WeilOctober 18, 2021

The Finney County Historical Society (FCHS) announced Oct. 17, they have received a SHARP Recovery Grant of $10,408 from Humanities Kansas, as part of a statewide COVID-19 pandemic relief program.   Humanities Kansas awarded 121 SHARP Recovery grants statewide to support Kansas Cultural organizations, including the one for the FCHS.   SHARP Recovery grants are designed to sup...

KDOT Launches Survey to Explore Future Transportation Funding

Judd WeilOctober 15, 2021

The Kansas Department of Transportation launched a statewide survey on Oct. 14 to learn what Kansans think about how highways and bridges are funded.   The short survey is available on the project webpage at www.ksdotike.org/RUC-study and will be open through Nov. 24.   The survey is the first step in a Midwest Road Usage Charge (RUC) Study being led by KDOT.   Kan...

Supplemental Pandemic Food Assistance Program Benefit Distribution Dates Announced

Judd WeilOctober 14, 2021

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced on Oct. 11 the distribution dates of the Supplemental Pandemic EBT food assistance benefit to eligible Kansas students.   Distribution of the one-time benefit of $375 per child began Oct. 12. This benefit is for the summer months of June, July, and August 2021.   All school aged children who were eligible for fre...

Garden City Among Communities Receiving Grants to Support Kansas Law Enforcement

Judd WeilOctober 14, 2021

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. and Jerry Moran announced on Oct. 13, $839,491 in Department of Justice grants to support Kansas law enforcement.   These grants will be dispersed to 10 communities across Kansas, including Garden City, Kan.   “As the son of a police chief, I have the utmost respect for our nation’s law enforcement officers,” said Senator Marshall. “...

Local Election Candidates and Where to Vote

Judd WeilOctober 14, 2021

                         Polling Locations November 2, 2021     All Polling Locations are open on Election Day 7:00am. to 7:00pm. Hoover Pavilion                                                       Dodge City Civic Center Precinct 1                                                                           P...

Former KDADS Employees Arrested in Connection to Escaped Sexual Predator Case

Judd WeilOctober 13, 2021

UPDATE: Syndi Hartman, 29, was arrested after Perez and Hauser on suspicion of being an accomplice in helping John Freeman Colt escape from Larned State Hospital.   Pawnee County Sheriff’s had originally only arrested the first two now-former KDADS employees.   Hartman's first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 18. She is being held on a $75,000 bond. The ...

Governor Kelly Announces Allocations for Frontline Hospital Worker Retention Plan

Judd WeilOctober 12, 2021

Governor Laura Kelly, on Oct. 11, released the total allocation amounts out of $50 million for each hospital participating in the Frontline Hospital Workers Retention Plan.   “This $50 million will help us retain and attract more frontline hospital workers as we continue to fight his virus,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “For over 18 months, our heath care workers have risked their ...

Ford County Sheriff Warning Community about Kansas Department of Revenue Scam

Judd WeilOctober 11, 2021

Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr is issuing a warning to residents about a text message scam falsely claiming to be with the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR).   Carr said he had been contacted by community members who have received a text message from a suspicious phone number indicating they represent KDOR.   According to Carr, the message states something to the effect of: ...

Dodge City Community College Instructor and Student Killed in Aerial Crash in Arizona

Judd WeilOctober 8, 2021

BREAKING NEWS   Dodge City Community College (DCCC) released additional information on Oct. 8, regarding the Oct. 1 helicopter and plane crash in Chandler, Ariz., revealing that DCCC instructor Jessica Brandal, and student, Michael Papendick were killed.   “An ongoing investigation is underway by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safe...

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