Kansas Text-to-911 Program Enhanced

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The Wallace County 911 Emergency Communications Center in conjunction with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council, is excited to announce the enhancements made to the Text-to-911 service in Kansas. Text-to-911 service has been available to PSAPs on the statewide 911 solution since November 2017 for those individuals who cannot safely make a voice call to 911 in an emergency. 
Phone Requirements 
Texting 911 can be done by typing “911” in the field for a phone number. No other numbers need to be used. Texting should be done through your wireless phones text messaging service and not from a third-party texting application. Text-to-911 does require an active telephone service plan with data, or it will not work. 
Basic Text-to-911 Service 
Although Text-to-911 is available in most Kansas counties, if a text is made to 911 where that service is unavailable, a message will be sent back to the phone advising the customer to make a voice call. 
Some situations when Text-to-911 is appropriate: 
* Deaf, hard of hearing callers, or individuals with a speech impairment
* A caller who is unable to speak due to a medical or other condition 
* Emergencies that would put the caller in danger if making a voice call 
* Examples include abduction, domestic violence, or active shooter situation 
When texting to 911, follow these guidelines: 
* Provide your exact address or location 
* Explain the type of emergency or help that is being requested 
* Be prepared to answer any questions that the 911 telecommunicator texts back. 
* Use plain language; do not use abbreviations, symbols, emoticons, or photos. 
* Messages should be brief and concise. 
Enhancements
* Text from 911 – 911 Centers can now initiate a two-way text session to callers from the RadiusPlus Map. 
* Automatic 70+ language translations and pre-configured messages 
* RapidLocate – a tool that allows responders to find you by directly integrating with GPS data. 
* OnStar Telematics Data – automatically collects OnStar crash data, alongside call data, directly on the call-takers map.
* What3Words location – allows you and the call-takers to view your location in a human-friendly format. 
* RapidVideo – a one-way video chat service. The call-taker can initiate a video call to view what is happening around the 911 caller to understand the situation better.
Remember, the best way to contact 911 is by making a voice call. Please only utilize this service in emergency circumstances where a voice call is not possible or safe. 
The Wallace County 911 Emergency Communications Center and the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council are excited to offer this Text-to-911 service to the citizens of Wallace County. 

NEWS

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Snapshots from 2022 Weskan Days

Snapshots from 2022 Weskan Days

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Hansen Museum to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in October

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KDOT set to receive $39.5M for next five years to build EV charging infrastructure

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Charge Up Kansas NEVI Plan has been approved and is set to receive $39.5 million total over the next five years under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. The plan provides KDOT federal funds to help... [More]

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Bloom - Just B

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True Crime Exhibit includes In Cold Blood murders

The True Crime Exhibit incorporates evidence, artifacts and information showing how local and area law enforcement officers solved the crime spree of the Fleagle Gang, bank robbers and murderers of the 1920s who were once as widely known as Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger, Bonnie... [More]

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Dotsero to perform at Oakley High School

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DAR Presents US Flag to Sharon Springs 4th Grade

Mrs. Hennick accepted the flag which was provided by Senator Jerry Moran’s office.  This flag flew over the State Capitol in May.  The students also received goody bags with a pencil, flag pin, and a booklet on how to properly care for the flag.  Pictured... [More]

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COURT

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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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - 9/17/22

The Fort Wallace Museum has just completed a big weekend of activities, which in spite of small challenges, was a success. Our 2022 History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days had the theme of “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail, “ and brought in local historians... [More]

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Fort Wallace Museum to Host History Exposition

Don’t miss this weekend’s History Exposition and Outdoor Education Day “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail!” On Friday and Saturday, the grounds will be filled with demonstrations of telegraphy, oxen, printing press, bugle calls, Cheyenne Ledger... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 9/1/22

Our big History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days are approaching on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10! This year’s theme is “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail,” with exhibits on telegraph, telephone, military communication, bugle calls, Plains... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 8/25/22

We hope you have marked your calendars for the upcoming History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days at the Fort Wallace Museum, coming up Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10! Our grounds will be filled with demonstrators exploring “Communication Along the Smoky Hill... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 8/18/22

We are excited about our upcoming History Exposition and Outdoor Education Days for 2022! With this year’s theme of “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail,” we are offering a different twist to our demonstrations and guests. Our two-day event (Friday Sept... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 7/14/22

The Museum was filled with activity the week of July 5-8 as we hosted 15 local youth for our first History Day Camp! Six professional educators, led by FWMA Board Member Brenda Tropf, led exploration by 15 4th-8th Graders as we learned about the Robidoux and Madigan General Stores,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 6/30/22

The summer travel season is rolling along at the Fort WALLACE Museum! In spite of high gas prices, people are indeed traveling along Highway 40, including international travelers from such locations as Germany, Australia, and the Netherlands.  Our History Day Camp for grades... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 5/26/22

Memorial Day Weekend 2022 approaches and that means that things are about to get busy in Wallace! The 68th Fort Wallace Rodeo will have its Saturday performance on May 28th at 7 pm MDT at the Rodeo Grounds just east of Wallace. The Sunday performance is at a special time - 5... [More]

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TIMES

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Times Gone Past 9/22/2022

15 Years Ago (2007) The Strand Theater was showing “Rush Hour 3” starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, and Max von Sydow. The following movie was “No Reservations” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart. Twenty-five members of the Wallace County... [More]

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Times Gone Past 9/15/22

20 Years Ago (2002) The Strand Theater was showing “xXx” starring Vin Diesel, Marton Csokas and Samuel L. Jackson. The following movie was “Blue Crush” starring Kate Bosworth, Matthew Davis, and Michelle Rodriguez. The children of Roy & Dot Mangold... [More]

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Times Gone Past 9/8/22

25 Years Ago (1997) The Strand Theater was showing “Cop Land” starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The following movie was “Picture Perfect” starring Jennifer Aniston, Olympia Dukakis and Kevin Bacon.  Coyote... [More]

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Times Gone Past 9/1/22

30 Years Ago (1992) The Strand Theater was showing “Batman Returns” starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken. The following movie was “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” starring Rick Moranis and Marcia Strassman. The... [More]

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Times Gone Past 8/25/22

15 Years Ago (2007) The Fort Wallace Museum invited the public to come visit their new display on September 2. Floris & the late Viola Weiser donated an extensive collection of Indian artifacts. The Strand Theater was showing “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”... [More]

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Times Gone Past 8/18/22

20 Years Ago (2002) The Strand Theater was showing “Stuart Little 2” featuring the voices of Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, and Hugh Laurie. The following movie was “Austin Powers in Goldmember” starring Mike Myers, Beyonce, and Vern Troyer. At the... [More]

Times Gone Past 8/11/22

25 Years Ago (1997) The Strand Theater was showing “Out to Sea” starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Dyan Cannon. The following movie was “Men in Black” starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Dry Creek was running at almost full capacity after... [More]

Times Gone Past 8/4/22

30 Years Ago (1992) The Strand Theater was showing “Universal Soldier” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and Ally Walker. The following movie was “Sister Act” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, and Kathy Najimy. ... [More]

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