Strand remembered

This photo of The Strand appeared in the July 20, 1922 issue of The Western Times. Rita Kirkham and others are compiling a history of The Strand to help assist in the completion of a remodeling project that The Strand committee is planning.  The committee would like to make... [More]

Water Use Reports Due Mar 1

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources reminds water right owners throughout the state that the deadline for filing water use reports is March 1. To aid in the reporting process, reports can now be filed online. K.S.A. 82a-732 requires the owner... [More]

Rita Kirkham's Strand memories

A committee formed years ago is still working on improvements to the aging but very historic building on main street known as the Strand Theater. The current Strand Theater building was one of three buildings completed in the months leading up to July of 1922. The other two... [More]


National Weather Service Spotter Talk

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Goodland and Wallace County Emergency Management invite you to attend a Storm Spotter Class in Sharon Springs. This year’s training will be held Friday, March 16th at 6:30 pm MDT at the Wallace County Fairgrounds - CAB Building. The... [More]

Kirk Rice earns award

KEARNEY, Neb. – Kirk Rice of Weskan earned a 500,000 acres award at Servi-Tech’s annual Professional Development Conference in Kearney earlier this month. He is one of two agronomists within Servi-Tech to be members of this prestigious 500,000-acres club in its... [More]

3rd Annual Luke Schemm Memorial Blood Drive

Although only 17 years old when he died in November 2015, Luke Schemm lived a life filled with passion and a desire to help others. Whether on the football field, basketball court or attending a 4-H meeting, he chose to think of others. Schemm continues to impact the community... [More]

Grants Available

Midwest Energy Advisory Board will be granting awards ranging from $50-$1000 in size for requests for any charitable, education or a nonprofit agency.  Applications are now being accepted for disbursements and applications can be obtained online at under... [More]

Dane G. Hansen criteria

Wallace County Foundation Set to Receive $50,000 in additional funds in April from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation In 2015, Wallace County Foundation signed an agreement with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Grant Fund.  The initial charitable gift was $50,000 from... [More]

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Michele Howell sentenced in lottery case

Wallace County District Court, February 14, 2018 – Michele Howell, formerly of Sharon Springs, has been sentenced to 6 months in prison, with underlying probation granted. Howell appeared in court with her attorney, Jerry Fairbanks.  Originally, Howell had been charged... [More]

Autumn Johnson sentenced

Also appearing in the Wallace County District Court for sentencing was Autumn Johnson. Johnson was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine a level 3 felony.  Johnson was one of more than 40 individuals arrested August 30, 2017 in a multi-county drug bust. ... [More]

Sowers pleads guilty

February 7th, 2018 -Wallace County District Court room- Darrick Sowers plead guilty to 4 charges stemming from the events of May 24th, 2016. Sowers had originally been charged with 3 individual counts of Attempted Capital Murder, 5 counts of Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement... [More]

Eby Charged With Theft

Stephanie Lopez Eby, Sharon Springs, made her first appearance before the honorable Judge Showalter in Wallace County District Court on December 7th, 2017.  She appeared in person.  She was charged with Count 1, Possession of opiate, opium, narcotic, or certain stimulant,... [More]

Howell Pleads Guilty

Wallace County District Court, November 30, 2017 – Michele Howell, formerly of Sharon Springs, plead guilty to Theft. Earlier this year, Howell had been charged with Count 1, Theft, a severity level 5, non-person felony and Count 2, Conspiracy to Commit Theft, a severity... [More]

Gardiner Sentenced

Megan Gardiner returned to Wallace County District Court on December 13, 2017 for sentencing. Gardiner had plead guilty to Theft, a severity level 9, non-person felony.  Gardiner was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $154,322.60, jointly and severally with co-defendant... [More]

Man Sentenced to Prison

Wallace County District Court, Wednesday, November 15 - Luis Carlos Lechuga was sentenced to 72 months in prison after pleading “no contest” to charges of indecent aggravated liberties with a child. Lechuga has been incarcerated in the Wallace County jail since being... [More]

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    Guardians of Ft Wallace Museum

    An Irish-themed evening is planned to benefit the Fort Wallace Museum on Sat. March 17, 2018. “Garry Owen and Glory” is the first official event of the new annual membership organization “The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum.”  The fundraiser... [More]


    News from the Ft. Wallace Museum - Feb 15, 2018

    We are happy to report a nice influx of memberships for the new annual Membership group “The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum!” Are you interested in this new group supporting our operations, promotion and public events? Let us know with a phone call (785.891.3564)... [More]

    News from the Ft. Wallace Museum - Feb 8, 2018

    Plans are being made for the “Guardians of Fort Wallace Museum” Fundraiser Banquet being planned for Sat. March 17, 2018 at the Museum! Please make plans to attend what should be a fun event! The fundraiser committee is in search for ‘silent auction” items... [More]

    News from the Ft. Wallace Museum - Feb 1, 2018

    Don’t miss what looks to be a very interesting and entertaining presentation this Sunday, Feb. 4th on the history of the American West! This Western Plains Arts Association program will feature Jeff Davidson, an historian, singer and poet who presents about Kansas and its... [More]


    News from the Ft. Wallace Museum - Jan 25, 2018

    We all enjoyed the sesquicentenial events of this past summer, and there are several interesting 150th milestones for 2018 as well! The Battle of Beecher Island took place on Sept. 17, 1868 on a natural sand bar of the Arickaree River south of present-day Wray, Colorado. It... [More]


    News from the Ft. Wallace Museum - Jan 11, 2018

    The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is excited to launch a new venture for 2018! Our organization is starting a new “Fundraising Arm” of the original private non-profit called “The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum.” This new annual membership program... [More]


    News from the Ft. Wallace Museum - Jan 4, 2018

    The Fort Wallace Memorial Association was honored this past December 16 at the Light Up Wallace County event with a Community Vision Award from the Wallace County Foundation. We really appreciate this recognition of the efforts put in this past year on the new Milford Becker... [More]


    News from the Ft. Wallace Museum - Dec 14, 2017

    The Christmas season was ushered in this past Sunday at the 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church and Fort Wallace Museum. Nearly 80 folks enjoyed the lovely traditional candlelight service, followed by a lively social inside the Main Museum! The events were blessed by NW Kansas Barbershop... [More]

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    Times Gone Past - Week of Feb 22, 2018

    15 Years Ago (2003) Jack and Georgia Pancake celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The WCHS Homecoming Queen was Darci Siebert and King was Brady Larson. The annual county spelling bee was held in Weskan for sixth – eighth graders. Holden Mai, son of Carl and... [More]

    Times Gone Past - Week of Feb 15, 2018

    20 Years Ago (1998) The Knights of Columbus District Free Throw Contest was held at Colby. Three participants from Sharon Springs won their age division and advanced to regional competition. They were Lisa Wagoner for 12 year old girls, Andrea Siebert for 14 year old girls,... [More]

    Times Gone Past - Week of Feb 8, 2018

    25 Years Ago (1993) The Union Pacific Country Band performed in the Sharon Springs high school auditorium. The group was formed in 1984 after the merger of Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific Railroad. They mixed the sounds of classic country with country rock and all members... [More]

    Times Gone Past - Week of Feb 1, 2018

    30 Years Ago (1988) Sheila Frahm of Thomas County announced she would be a candidate for the Kansas State Senate for the 40th District. The Kansas Bankers Soil and Water Conservation Award went to Herbert Bieker and his son, Kenneth Bieker. Jamee Harrison placed 2nd in... [More]

    Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 25, 2018

    15 Years Ago (2003) The Wallace County Sheriff’s Office hired Marshall Unruh as undersheriff at the beginning of the month. The Howard C. Wilson Trust of Sharon Springs was honored for 50 years of membership in the Kansas Livestock Association. Six others received the... [More]

    Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 18, 2018

    30 Years Ago (1988) 150 people attended Witzel & Rhea Implement for the showing of the new 1988 Magnum tractor. Pond Creek Supply Station presented a Computer Class that week at the High School. A professional troupe called “The Company” visited many venues... [More]

    Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 11, 2018

    20 Years Ago (1998) The Military Service Roll of Honor was completed and hung in the main entrance hallway of the Courthouse. The Jerome Dechant VFW Post #6844 and many other people helped over the years to finish this project. The First Annual Wallace County Health Fair... [More]

    Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 4, 2018

    35 Years Ago (1983) Winter weather hit hard from Christmas to New Year’s Day. To start, 8 inches of snow fell. Heavy winds caused six to eight foot high drifts and blizzard conditions. Roads were closed and church services were canceled. A couple days later, .76 inches... [More]

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