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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 ...

Dodge City Updates Mask Policy for City Employees and Facilities

Judd Weil April 8, 2021

The City of Dodge City announced on April 7, they have updated their mask policy for City employees and facilities to eliminate city employees' requirement to wear masks while on duty except for in certain instances.   City-owned facilities will no longer require masks except for United Wireless Arena, the Visitor's Center, the lower level transportation lobby at the Santa Fe Depot, Pub...

Dodge City High School has Selected New Football Coach

Judd Weil April 8, 2021

The Dodge City High School Athletic Department announced on April 1, that Glenn O’Neil has accepted the position of Head Football Coach at Dodge City High School, pending the USD 443 Board of Education approval at their April 12 meeting.   O’Neil will replace Dave Foster, who stepped down from the position in March.   “It is with great excitement that my wife and I are ...

New Dodge City Engagement Campaign Starts Mid-April

Judd Weil April 7, 2021

City of Dodge City staff will begin hosting monthly chat sessions open to the community, starting with the first session being held on April 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the new recycling center at 124 N 14th Avenue.   The event titled ‘City of Dodge City: Chats’ will allow community members to have an open discussion with the City’s staff, as well as have opportunities to t...

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...

Boot Hill Museum Hosting Touring Prohibition Exhibit

Judd Weil April 6, 2021

Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City opens the nationally touring exhibit, "Spirited: Prohibition in America," on April 8 through May 25.   The exhibit explores the time in American history, where people, such as business owners, bootleggers and gangsters, placed their wealth on the trade of alcohol, made illegal by the 18th amendment during the 1920s.   Visitors will be able to le...

City of Dodge City Installs Self-Service Bill Pay Kiosks

Judd Weil April 2, 2021

The City of Dodge City has acquired bilingual, self-service kiosks to provide an additional option for contactless payment of utility bills.   The self-service kiosk is known as the Justified Automated Collections Kiosk (JACK), and there are no additional fees for using JACK’s touch screen kiosk.   Utility customers can pay through the kiosks by cash, check, or card. Change...

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