WCHS Class of 2021

WCHS Class of 2021: (front) Jazzman Jones, Kylie Ryser, Makenna Chaney, Brooklyn Bussen, Felisa Ibarra-Wilcox, Maria Escamilla, (middle) Journey Gibbs, Alyssa Pierce, Jessie Carman, Victoria Spingsteel, Regan Stramel, Hailey Funk, Drayton Pletcher, (back) Aiden Mai, Cody Hawk,... [More]


Frasiers Featured on KSN News

Luca and Jaylee Frasier, children of Joel & Megan  Frasier of Sharon Springs, were recently featured in an article by KSN in Wichita.   The compassionate duo ran a total 51 miles to collect over $4,000 from sponsors.  These funds were then used to create activity... [More]


Mather Honored with Quilt

Lowell Mather was honored with a Quilt of Valor on April 11th.  Mather was drafted into the Army in 1954.  He completed his basic training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.  After basic training, Mather was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for advanced training.   Mather... [More]


$19.09 Million in Lottery Prizes Won in April 2021

TOPEKA – April proved to be a lucky month for Kansas Lottery players throughout the state, with $19.09 million in prizes won or claimed! Of that, $16.04 million was claimed on instant scratch games, $1.86 million was won on draw games, and $1.19 million was won on monitor... [More]


Steele Tabbed as Next Conquistador Head Women’s Basketball Coach

The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Landon Steele to be the next head women’s basketball coach for the Dodge City Conquistadors. Steele, a Sharon Springs native, comes to Dodge City after two years in the same position at Otero Junior... [More]

How does your garden grow? - Pruning Lilacs

Anyone who has old lilacs knows that lilac plants put out enough suckers to keep themselves alive for centuries. If lilacs are left to grow and spread on their own without maintenance pruning, you will get shrubs reaching 15-20 feet in height and all the blooms will be way above... [More]

Community Development in Western Kansas

Wallace County is one of the few counties in our state which does not utilize a community development/economic development position as a tool for businesses, local government, emergency management and non-profits to tap into a wide array of helpful information and funding. A... [More]


The Western Times Honored by KS Press

The 2021 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence results were released last week.  The Western Times received four awards, including First Place in the Best Newspaper Redesign category and placed Third in the Best Newspaper Website category... [More]

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Michele Howell Makes First Appearance on Arson Charges

Michele Howell appeared in Wallace County District Court on Wednesday, April 7th in person via zoom meeting.  Her court appointed attorney Justin Barrett, Colby opted not to appear with his client for her first appearance. Wallace County Attorney Charles Moser appeared on... [More]

Margheim and Schippers Sentenced in Wallace County District Court

Jake Wilson Margheim appeared in Wallace County District Court on November 12th, 2020 for sentencing in case number 17 CR 33.  Margheim had been charged with 1 count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a level 4 drug felony, on January 28, 2017.  Margheim... [More]

Traffic Court July-December 2020

Elmer Nelson of Lamar, CO was fined $93 plus court costs on 9/3/2020 - cited driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on 1/18/1994 by WACOSO. Kathleen Brammer of Grain Valley, MO was fined $69 plus court costs on 9/10/20250 – cited driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone on 10/05/2018 by... [More]

Small Claims Court Proceedings

Case number 2020-SC-2 D Walker Concrete, LLC vs Jory Parks. On June 15th, 2020 (plaintiff) D Walker Concrete LLC filed claim against (defendant) Jory Parks, DBA Heartcross Ranch Designs LLC in the amount of $1150.25 for concrete delivered, plus $15 for sheriff service and $67.50... [More]

District Court Sentencings

Rolando Gonzales appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 12, 2020 for sentencing in case number 2019-CR-10 with court appointed attorney Christopher Rohr of Colby, Kans. On February 13, 2019, Gonzales had been found guilty of count 1 Possession of a Controlled Substance,... [More]

Traffic Court March - June

Skyler Jacob Adams Urban, Goodland Kans, transporting an open container, purchase/possession/comume by minor. Deferred adjudication, 12 months. Court Costs $108. William M Dysart, Jr., Weatherford, Okla, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, Fined $87, court cost $108.  Shane... [More]

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of May 13, 2021

25 Years Ago (1996) A retirement reception was held for Joe Stegman. He moved to Sharon Springs in 1959 and during those 37 years, he had taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and had coached baseball, football, basketball, and track. For the final 4 years he served as principal... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of May 6, 2021

30 Years Ago (1991) The Strand Theater was showing “Shipwrecked” starring Gabriel Byrne and Stian Smestad. The following movie was “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” starring Paige Turco and David Warner. Marc Cowles and Nichol... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Apr 29, 2021

7 Years Ago (2014) The Strand Theater was showing “Noah” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. The following movie was “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” starring Chris Evans, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, and Samuel L. Jackson. The jousting... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Apr 22, 2021

15 Years Ago (2006) The Strand Theater was showing “She’s the Man” starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. The following movie was “The Benchwarmers” starring Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder. The Weskan High School Prom King and Queen... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Apr 15, 2021

20 Years Ago (2001) The Strand Theater was showing “Heartbreakers” starring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Ray Liotta. The following movie was “Spy Kids” starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, and Alexa Vega. A come and go reception... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Apr 8, 2021

25 Years Ago (1996) The Strand Theater was showing “Muppet Treasure Island” featuring the voices of Tim Curry, Billy Connolly and Steve Whitmire. The following movie was “Down Periscope” starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, and Rob Schneider. The... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Apr 1, 2021

30 Years Ago (1991) The Strand Theater was showing “My Heroes Have Always Ben Cowboys” starring Scott Glenn, Kate Capshaw, and Gary Busey. The following movie was “Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern. A Grand Opening was... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Mar 25, 2021

15 Years Ago (2006) Jerry & Linda Collins announced the engagement of their son, Jesse Collins, to Tracy Wassemiller, daughter of Jerry & Ruth Wassemiller of Oakley, KS. A July wedding was planned. The Broadside Senior Spotlight was on Brandi Bertrand, daughter of... [More]

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Bugle Notes - May 13, 2021

Wednesday, May 6 was a great day of volunteerism at the Fort Wallace Museum! We were blessed by an afternoon of service by dozens of students and staff from Wallace County High School. These energetic young people repaired the stone wall, set new grave markers, and cleaned the... [More]


Bugle Notes - May 6, 2021

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association is in the books and was attended by about 45 people. Board Elections were held, with Darius Bussen and Jayne Pearce being elected to another 3-year term. As Bailey Kemp declined another term on the Board, Brenda... [More]


Bugle Notes - Apr 29, 2021

The Annual Meeting of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association will be held this Sunday, May 2nd at 5 pm at the Museum. The business meeting will include annual reports and election of officers. Anyone may attend, but only lifetime members of the FWMA may vote. The 2021 program... [More]


Bugle Notes - Apr 22, 2021

Quite the busy weekend at the Fort Wallace Museum! Thanks to the Dirt Roads Gospel Band for the wonderful Hymn Sing held Saturday night at the 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church! The Brewster-based group included lead guitarist Gary Wiggins, Chance Marble, Brenda, Monica, Faith and... [More]


Bugle Notes - Apr 15, 2021

The Fort Wallace Museum is pleased to host an old-fashioned Hymn Sing this Saturday, April 17 at 7 pm MDT, featuring the Dirt Roads Gospel Band of Brewster, KS. This fine gospel band will accompany the congregational singing of traditional hymns in the old 1888 Bethany Lutheran... [More]


Bugle Notes - Apr 8, 2021

The grounds of the 1879 Kansas Pacific Railroad House are receiving yet another upgrade for the enjoyment of Wallace Countians and visitors. A handsome new picnic shelter is being constructed on the grounds as part of the Eagle Scout project for Wallace resident Zach Schemm.... [More]


Bugle Notes - Mar 25, 2021

Captain Keogh’s Emerald Banquet was held in the evening hours of Sat. March 13th and brought together a nice crowd to enjoy company and raise funds for the Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum! The event started with a sarsaparilla/lime punch social hour, followed by a... [More]


Bugle Notes - Mar 18, 2021

The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum can report a successful weekend at the 2021 Historical Symposium and Fundraising Banquet, in spite of weather and health challenges. The morning Symposium activities were taken in by about 70 people; The symposium focused on the ghost... [More]

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