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House Selects New Leadership; Hineman New Majority Leader

Topeka, KS (westernkansasnews.com)Republicans in the state house have selected their new leadership.  Representative Ron Ryckman, Junior of Olathe beat Russ Jennings of Lakin for the speaker’s post 57-28.  Ryckman’s father is from Meade and served in the House with his son until the end of this year’s term. Don Hineman of Dighton narrowly defeated...
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Recreation Commission’s Deficit Eradicated

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Last year Garden City Commissioners loaned the Recreation Commission 386-thousand dollars to balance their books.  One year later the financial picture looks a lot better.  Rec Superintendent Aaron Stewart says the move to move several properties owned by the Rec has resulted in a zero balance.   Keeping programs solvent...
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Burnfin Asks Students to Challenger Her

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Over the next three days we will have stories with the three winners of the coveted Crystal Apple Award honoring Finney County’s best teachers.  Rebecca Burnfin is a sixth grade teacher of content in social studies, science and writing at Bernardine Sitts Elementary.  For her it’s important for her students...
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Truck Driver Dies in Friday Accident

Lakin, KS (westernkansasnews.com) A 69 year old man from Lakin, driving a water truck was killed in a Friday afternoon accident on Road X, six miles north of US 50 in Kearny County.  State troopers report the passenger side tires of Victor Jennings truck came off the roadway resulting in a rollover accident that...
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Traffic Advisory Board Keeps Close Eye on Changing Patterns

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Last weekend the entire community in Garden City was saddened when a 80 year old woman while walking was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. City Manager Matt Allen says the safety of pedestrians and where crosswalks are placed is always being evaluated and this is done through...
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Tips to Keep Your Valuables Safe This Holiday Season

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) We hear a lot about being on alert when going out shopping this time of the year.  That high level of awareness is not just limited to the stores or parking lots.  Garden City Police Officer Josh Meinzer says even where you put your Christmas tree can be a target...
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Zoo Euthanizes Fifteen Year Old Mountain Lion “Payton”

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Officials at Lee Richardson Zoo are feeling a loss this morning after a member of their family was euthanized.  General Curator Jordan Piha says popular mountain lion “Payton” health was in deep decline from severe chronic arthritis.  Payton lived 15 years the median age for mountain lions is 13 ½. Two...
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US Attorney Beall: PA Erskin Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

Garden City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) A physician assistant from Garden City has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of receiving and dispensing misbranded drugs. 53 year old Joel Erskin was accused of giving patients injections of Botox, but did not inform them the drugs were purchased in Canada and did not meet federal...
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Search Ends For Dodge City Sexual Assault Suspect

Dodge City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Dodge City Police are needing to find a man wanted on two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy,  intimidation of a witness or victim, domestic battery and other charges. Police report an arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for 33 year old Humberto Martinez-Ornelas.  Officers say the suspect...
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Two Men Plead Guilty in Federal Hate Crime Case

Dodge City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) Two men from Dodge City have pleaded guilty to different charges in an attack perpetrated against several men of Somalian descent on June 19, 2015. According to a Justice Department release 24 year old Armando Sotelo pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge for punching one of the victims...
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