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Escaped Nursing Home Resident Found Dead Outside Pratt

Judd Weil April 12, 2021

[Pratt, Kans] The Pratt Police Department reported that 68-year-old Kenneth Gatlin who had been missing since April 8 and the subject of a statewide Silver Alert, was located dead the afternoon of April 12.   Gatlin's body was discovered in rural Pratt County, northwest of Pratt, Kan. at approximately 12:30 p.m. when a landowner contacted the Pratt County Sheriff’s Office at 12:17 ...

USDA Recognizes 5 Million Acres Enrolled in Conservation Easements

Judd Weil April 7, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on April 2, they have partnered with private landowners to protect more than 5 million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and prime farmland, an area the size of New Jersey.   Since October, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has enrolled 110,000 acres in new conservation easements, bringing USDA to this important conse...

Victory Electric Enters Tenth Year of CoBank Sharing Success Grant

Judd Weil April 7, 2021

Victory Electric’s enters their tenth year of the CoBank Sharing Success grant program, which is awarded and open to local nonprofit organizations across Southwest Kansas.   This grant is aimed at supporting local communities and people and is made possible by Victory Electric’s governing board of trustees and national nonprofit cooperative bank, CoBank.   CBank is a nat...

Florida Man Steals Kansas Highway Patrol Vehicle

Judd Weil April 6, 2021

A handcuffed suspect that a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was transporting seized control of the trooper’s vehicle and initiated a pursuit between him and KHP units on April 3.   At 12:12 p.m. while transporting the suspect to a detention facility following a prior pursuit involving a stolen vehicle, the trooper witnessed an injury motorcycle crash near Atwood, Kans.   As t...

USDA Increases Emergency SNAP Benefits for 25 million Americans

Judd Weil April 6, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on April 1, took action to provide $1 billion per month in additional food assistance to an estimated 25 million struggling people in low-income households that are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to feed their families during the pandemic.   Starting this month, households that had not received at least $95...

Dodge City Law Football Returning to United Wireless Arena

Judd Weil April 1, 2021

Champions Indoor Football League announced that the Dodge City Law have been approved for immediate participation in the league.   The DC Law will replace the Flying Aces out of Enid, Oklahoma on the schedule and roster for the 2021 season.   Home games will be played at the United Wireless Arena.   Information on tickets and game times will come at a date. &nbs...

Garden City Teen Arrested after Confessing to Matricide

Judd WeilMarch 30, 2021

Reese Hernandez (15) of Garden City, called the Garden City Police Department using 911 on March 29 at at around 3:50 p.m. to turn himself in for the murder of his mother.   Reese informed dispatchers he had shot his mother inside their home.   Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of E Price Street, where Reese immediately surrendered to them in the front yard and was ta...

Four Arrested in Connection to Murdered Dodge City Teen

Judd WeilMarch 24, 2021

Dodge City Police Department officers have made four arrests as of March 24 in the murder of 18-year-old Zacarias Giannino, who's body was found on March 21.   At approximately 4 p.m. on March 23, DCPD officers arrested a 19-year-old, Tyree Jackson, and a few hours later, a 31-year-old female, Lakendria Lewis, both Dodge City residents.   Both subjects were booked into ...

Small American Farms To Benefit From USDA Research Investment

Judd Weil March 24, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on March 23, National Ag Day, an $11.5 million research investment to aid America’s small and medium-sized farms in becoming more profitable and improve the quality of life in American farm communities. “Few groups are as resilient and as determined as American farm families,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Under the Biden-Ha...

Kansas Among 16 States Included in Massive USDA Investment

Judd Weil March 24, 2021

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced on March 23, the USDA is investing $266 million to build and improve critical community facilities to benefit nearly 3 million rural residents in 16 states and Puerto Rico. This funding includes $156 million to support health-care-related improvements and emergency response serv...

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