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Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The Garden City Police Department is accepting participants for the citizen’s police academy this fall.   Police chief James Hawkins says the program has been a great recruiting tool. There are several ways to submit your application including via the police department’s website. The Citizens Academy is free and meets...
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Drivers Beware: Dodge City Kids Go Back to School Wednesday

Dodge City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Wednesday Dodge City schools begin a new year. Before you go out the door, Police Chief Craig Mellecker has a few suggestions.     Drivers need to take extra care around school buses. What should kids know about safety? We will have that part of the story tomorrow. *On air story*
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Job Fair Matches Employers with Seekers

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a job fair at Garden City Community College from 10am-1pm this Thursday, Chamber President Steve Dyer believes this event offers an opportunity for everyone. With unemployment so low the job fair is equally important for both employers and job seekers. Companies can still register...
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Contractor Hired for Building New Juvenile Corrections Facility

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The Finney County Commission has signed on with Hutton Construction of Wichita to build the new juvenile services and corrections building in Garden City. Finney County will pay $207,000 along with an additional 3.25 management fee based on final cost of the project.  Voters approved a 1/4 penny extension of...
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US Attorney: Man From Syracuse Admits to Possessing Child Pornography

Wichita, KS (westernkansasnews.com) A 47 year old man from Syracuse has pleaded guilty to one count for possession of child pornography found while using the internet.  Attorneys for Wade Dewey and US Attorney Barry Grissom have agreed to a recommended sentence of 20 years.  Sentencing is scheduled for November 4.  Dewey was convicted on...
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Kansas Unemployment Has Slight Bump

Topeka, KS (westernkansasnews.com) A slight increase in state unemployment as the jobless rate rose from 5.1% in June to 5.4 % last month.  Senior Labor Economist Tyler Tenbrink of the Kansas Department of Labor is not worried about the recent jump.    Kansas is still at near record employment. *On-air story*
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Promoting Diversity at GCCC

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Increasing diversity?  Colleges are always looking for it to enhance the educational experience they give students.  There is a big reason Garden City Community College has been successful in this area.   GCCC President Doctor Herbert Swender expects that students from nine different counties and forty states will be enrolled for...
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Standing by Wind Made Jennings Object of Primary Challenge

Lakin, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Although he received 65 percent of the vote during the August 5th Republican primary this one issue made Republican Representative Russ Jennings a target for groups like the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity.   Those against the portfolio standards believe the mandate leads to higher energy bills.  It is...
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Davis Takes on Rural Development Issue

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Growing our rural areas is one issue that’s expected to become a key component of the fall campaign for governor.  Democratic candidate Paul Davis wants to tackle this problem in two ways.   Davis thinks government working with rural telephone companies can make this transition easy.  As for housing, Davis thinks government...
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KDOT: Road Construction to Start Between Garden City and Scott City

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) KDOT crews are about to begin work on a resurfacing project between Garden City and Scott City on US 83.  Their goal to improve the longevity of the road using this technology.     KDOT spokesman Kirk Hutchinson is pleased with what they have seen.   Allow yourself some extra time...
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