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KDOT: Increased Fines Could Persuade More People to Buckle Up

(westernkansasnews.com) As we approach the peak driving months, KDOT released a study just days ago that seat belt usage in the state is at an all-time high 86 percent. That number is up from 61 percent just a decade ago. KDOT Spokesman Kirk Hutchinson goes into the reason why.     What about the...
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Nominations Being Taken For Crystal Apple Teaching Award

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The school district at USD 457 in Garden City along with the chamber of commerce are once again asking who is your favorite teacher? It is that time to put them up for the coveted Crystal Apple Award.     School District spokesman Roy Cessna says nominations will be taken...
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Allen: Commission to Consider Final Approval of Rail Repairs

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Last year the focus was getting federal officials to award a TIGER grant for the 12 million dollars of repair to keep the Southwest Chief up and running. Garden City Manager Matt Allen says all that remains is to sign off on the deal.   Allen believes the total repair...
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Relay For Life Gets Earlier Start This Year

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Its an annual event in Finney County. Relay For Life is typically held in August, but has been bumped up this year. Organizer Jaime Parkinson on what is in store.       The event brings out a lot of emotion. Relay for Life goes on all day from noon...
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Police Believe Security Costs Kept in Check For Bush Visit

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) In wrapping up coverage of former President George W. Bush’s visit to Garden City this week the question is for all the security seen and unseen how much did taxpayer’s have to pay? Although we may never know the full amount, Garden City Police Chief James Hawkins is not worried about...
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Trial Date Set For Accused Walmart Stabber; Murder Suspects Make First Court Appearance

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The man accused of stabbing a Wal-mart employee multiple times last April has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of Estralla Parral. The trial for 32 year old Quincy Crough of Garden City will begin August 31st. Over the last year Cough has been evaluated for his competency to stand trial....
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Pro Life Group Happy About New Restriction on Abortion

(westernkansasnews.com) Governor Sam Brownback made stops this week including in Hays for a ceremonial signing to stop dismember abortions. Kathy Ostrowski the legislative director of Kansas For Life explains that the measure mirrors another law.       There is a political divide in this country, liberals have move the polls in their direction...
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Students and Employers Work on Building Bridges

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The Finney County Workforce Connection is gearing up for Thursday night’s Building Bridges event at Garden City High School.  Deb Jarmer of Workforce Connection believes this will begin a discussion between students and perspective employers.   Jarmer knows many of the students do not know what is expected of them...
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Allen Reflects on Meaning of Presidential Visit

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) What do presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower have in common? They all made stops in Garden City prior to Tuesday’s visit by former President George W. Bush. Now that the event is over City Manager Matt Allen has time to reflect on its meaning.   Unlike the...
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Sheriff: 22 Year Old From Holcomb Loses Life in Wednesday Morning Accident

Holcomb, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Finney County sheriff’s deputies report that shortly before 7:30 Wednesday morning an accident at the corner of Rodkey and Anderson’s Road claimed the life of a 22 year old man from Holcomb.  Deputies have identified the victim as Luke Conley.  Conley was driving his Ford F-150 eastbound when he struck a caterpillar...
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