Covid-19 Pandemic: What This Means For Wallace County

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Public health is a day-to-day operation in every community that functions mainly in the background.  We plan, we prepare, and we train for large scale events that can affect our entire county, region, and state.   This novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that can cause the acute illness COVID-19, has done just that.  Part of our responsibility at the Wallace County Health Department is to educate and inform the community and we are hoping last weeks special edition answered some questions.      
Why so many cancellations for so few cases?  Why is Wallace County shutting down with no cases yet?  There is good reason to go above and beyond with cancellations and restrictions.  All of the decisions that have been made by federal, state, and local public health officials have one goal:  slow the spread of the virus so our healthcare system can continue to function.  
We are fully expecting a certain number of cases to occur, even in Western Kansas.  With the restrictions we have in place we will hopefully reduce the number of cases and spread it out over several months, then everyone will get the care they need and our medical professionals and facilities can better handle the increased burden.  
Our older population and people of all ages with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.  If you are at a higher risk we recommend you stay home as much as possible, avoid group gatherings, and utilize the services the community is offering to reduce exposure.  
EVERYONE is encouraged to:
Wash your hands. Often
Practice social distancing by staying 6 ft away from others
Stay home if you are sick
Follow the guidelines released by federal, state, and local officials
We are still early in this outbreak and information is changing daily.  What isn’t changing is the seriousness of the illness in vulnerable populations and the threat to our healthcare system.  Our office is posting updates on the “Wallace County Health Department” Facebook page and we are always available to give updates if you call the office at 785-852-4272.   We currently have three staff members working diligently to keep you informed and we are providing guidance and supplies to our local healthcare entities.   
Our business community has prioritized the health of our vulnerable population by offering curb side services and some delivery options.  We can’t thank them enough for all they do for our communities but especially in times like this.  We also appreciate the support of our local Emergency Manager, Sheriff Larry Townsend, and the local Board of Health that is made up of our county commissioners.  
“In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.” – unknown school superintendent

NEWS

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Saturday Market Day - Downtown Sharon Springs

A joint effort by Erin Wright and Katrina Miller, Saturdays in Sharon Spring will now be Market Day. Each week will be different.  Different vendors and different seasonal offerings. With Independence Day falling on Saturday, it was handy for family visiting from out of... [More]

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Firework Photos from above

Independence Day Fireworks lit up the night sky over the Wallace County Fair Grounds.  The firework display was sponsored by Wallace County Chamber of Commerce.  photos by Corey David

Wallace County CARES

CDBG-CV (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act) CDBG #20-CV-064 Plan Wallace County has received a Community Development Block Grant to help local for-profit businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people.  CV funding can assist these businesses... [More]

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WSU Announces Spring 2020 Graduates And Dean’s List

More than 2,000 students completed degrees at Wichita State University in spring 2020. Undergraduate students who have attained a grade point average of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0 received the summa cum laude award; those with an average of 3.55 received the magna cum laude award;... [More]

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Census Reminder and Update

The census is still happening! With the many other issues in the news, don’t forget that Kansas needs to get a complete count for the 2020 census.  It is not too late to complete the information for your household. You can go online to 2020census.gov to respond.  If... [More]

2020 Wallace County Fair update

With the Covid threat the Wallace County Fair will look a little different this year.  In order to protect the exhibitors as well as those wishing to view the exhibits, the fair board has announced the following information.  Fair Dates: Saturday, July 25th –... [More]

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Hennick's Shopping Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to Charles Bliss and Cindy Harold, recent winners of Hennick’s $500 shopping giveaway. Charles is pictured with Mike Hennick, Cindy is pictured with Jason Hennick.

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K-State Announces Spring Honors

More than 4,800 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the spring 2020 semester. Students earning a grade point average for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 graded credit hours receive semester honors along... [More]

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COURT

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]

Traffic Court September-December

Forman, David Scott, Miami Fla, driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. Fines $177 Court Cost $108. Hagan, Audrey Ann, Columbia Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deferred. Court Cost $108. Pfeffer, Samuel Tyler, Sharon Springs, Reckless Driving.  Bench Trial – Not... [More]

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

Traffic Court for May-June 2019

May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Jul 9, 2020

Visitorship remains steady at the Fort Wallace Museum, with a strong number of area people, as well as travelers along Hwy 40. Work continues on the Weskan Sod Schoolhouse display by Patty Lou Lock, Lynn and Rita Kirkham, which will showcase information about our County’s... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Jun 25, 2020

It takes a team to bring together a great project at the Fort Wallace Museum and here’s another great example! Strategic Doing through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation brought about the desire for more children’s activities and programming, a “children’s... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Jun 4, 2020

Our good news to share is that the Fort Wallace Museum has now re-opened to the public! Our main changes in operation will be more frequent wiping down of door handles and in sign-in procedures. Our staff will not be giving tours for the moment, as we try to minimize contact... [More]

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Bugle Notes - May 28, 2020

Although it was a very different year, the Wallace Community still managed to honor the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day 2020.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place, a “Do-It-Yourself” observance was held in the morning at the cemetery,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - May 7, 2020

The Museum has been missing its visitors, but things are still happening on the grounds! A long-time need has been addressed by some of our hard-working volunteers, combined with the generosity of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation through the Wallace County Foundation. Over the past... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 2, 2020

The Fort Wallace Museum continues to be closed to visitors until April 6th, when the Board will re-evaluate opening hours once more. We do have staff putting in hours at the Museum on most days, so do feel free to give us a call at 785.891.3564 to ask a question or leave a message. ... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 19, 2020

This past weekend, the Guardians of Fort Wallace Museum’s Fundraiser Banquet was compelled to greatly scale back their planned events, due to weather. as well as health concerns. The “Harvesting the Plains” History Symposium went on with a very limited audience.... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 12, 2020

The Museum will host a Nex-Gen high school or college intern (age 16 and up) for the summer of 2020! The application process for this internship is open through March 15! We would love to have you on our team and help develop Museum interpretation, while making a good wage and... [More]

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TIMES

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jul 9, 2020

25 Years Ago (1995) The Weskan Drama Club’s “Not Ready At All Players” were set to perform at a dinner theater in Cheyenne Wells. See the photo below for some of the cast members. Oran Packard at the Wallace County Service Center met with traveler having... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of July 2, 2020

30 Years Ago (1990) The photographs of two new clergymen for local churches were published. Rev. Charles & Orpha Wretling moved from Atwood to serve the Sharon Springs and Weskan United Methodist Churches. Fr. Francis Stuart was appointed to the Catholic Churches in Sharon... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 25, 2020

15 Years Ago (2005) Weskan Football Coach Marc Cowles and two players, Beau Cox and Sage Sexson were selected to play in the 20th Annual 8-Man All-Star football game in Beloit. Highlights included a 68-yard touchdown for Cox and an endzone fumble recovery for Sexson. A successful... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 18, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) On June 12, 2000, a wrecking crew demolished the Sharon Springs Grade School building that had been erected in 1916. It was an emotional day with many former students sharing their memories. Lloyd & Erma Williams were honored with a card shower for... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 11, 2020

25 Years Ago (1995) The Wallace County Commissioners hired Denise Hearson to be the new Pool Director. Her husband, Tracy, was the County Home Economic Extension Agent. The pool would open on June 19. KLee Jones, son of Charles & Phyllis Bliss, took 1st place in the bull... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jun 4, 2020

30 Years Ago (1990) The family of Fred & Ruth Foos were hosting a reception on June 10th in honor of the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Charity Whitney, daughter of Bill & Wilma Whitney, recently began work at the Syracuse Journal as managing editor. The... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of May 28, 2020

15 Years Ago (2005) City of Sharon Springs workers had been working on installing the new tornado sirens. They were purchased from an airport in Kansas City. One of them was installed near the swimming pool and the other behind The Pit Stop on north Main Street. The Coyote... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of May 21, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) Harry “Swede” Lutz died at Larksfield Health Care Center in Wichita, at the age of 95. He was born on March 6, 1905, at Wallace, the son of Mary Louella (Buchanan) and Ward H. Lutz. Check out our Facebook page to read the full obituary. The... [More]

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