KDA Asks Public to Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds


The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been notified that several Kansas residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time. The packages were sent by mail; some have been labeled as jewelry and they may have Chinese writing on them. Unsolicited packages of seeds have been received by people in several other states across the United States over the last several days.
If you receive a package of this type, please DO NOT plant these seeds. If they are in sealed packaging, don’t open the sealed package. Instead, please contact KDA’s plant protection and weed control program at 785-564-6698, via email at KDA.PPWC@ks.gov, or at the complaint reporting portion of the KDA website: report a seed complaint.
Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. KDA works to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Kansas agriculture.



USD 241 First Day of School Postponed

On Saturday, July 25th Superintendent Bruce Bolen and Principal Christy Hammer announced that the decision had been made to delay the school year in order for the teachers to have additional days to prepare the safest environment possible for students and staff. The first day... [More]


Jammin' Randy at the South Park

Jammin’ Randy appeared last Friday at South Park to perform for area children, sponsored by the Sharon Springs Public Library.


2nd Annual DJ Noyes Memorial Motorcycle Fun Run

Tri-State Coalition of Concerned Motorcyclists had 42 motorcycles and 48 riders who joined the cause of raising funds for DJ’s Toy Fund for Sick Children on Sunday, July 19th.  The event raised over $2900. Riders left Oakley from the Casey’s General Store at... [More]

A Look In The Window

It has been a long time since we have been able to enjoy each others company at the Senior Center.  The building was closed on March 16, 2020 due to Covid19.  The closure has lasted much longer than necessary for the virus but there are many long overdue upgrades being... [More]


University of Kansas Program Tracing COVID-19 In Wastewater Provides Early Warning to Kansans Of Virus Spread

The University of Kansas School of Engineering and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have expanded a project to detect COVID-19 virus in the wastewater systems of local communities across the state. The original project launched this spring looked for evidence of... [More]


Zooming into her 90s

Covid-19 restrictions couldn’t keep Bernice David’s family from celebrating her 90th birthday, Sunday, July 19th. Family members who had planned to visit over fair weekend spent the morning in a zoom meeting via computers, iPads, and smartphones, to wish her a happy... [More]


WCHS Prom King & Queen

Prom King Jeremy Voth and Queen Lakin Perry were crowned at Wallace County High School prom last Saturday, July 18th.  Prom had been postponed last spring due to Coronavirus restrictions.  Jeremy is the son of J.J. and JoLynn Voth. Lakin is the daughter of Heath and... [More]


Happy 50th Anniversary

The family of Deone & Connie (Wenthe) Hudson of Sharon Springs, KS is requesting a card shower in honor of the couple's 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, July 26, 2020.   They were married in Sylvan Grove KS in 1970.  Their family includes children, Jill Hudson,... [More]

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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 - Jul 16, 2020

The re-scheduled Annual Meeting of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association will be held Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 5 pm at the Fort Wallace Muuseum. This year’s meeting will be more low-key; there will be annual reports and the election of officers, but no educational program.... [More]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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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Times Gone Past - Week of Jul 30, 2020

7 Years Ago (2013) The Grand Marshalls for the fair parade were Dean & Mildred Schemm. See the photo below of the Schemms with some of their grandchildren. Edwin & Judith (Schmidt) Selzer were honored with a card shower for their 50th wedding anniversary on July 28,... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Jul 23, 2020

15 Years Ago (2005) Richard & LaDean Unruh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows at the Sharon Springs Wesleyan Church. See the photo below of the happy 40th birthday greeting for Ricky Cline from his friends. They said, “Don’t... [More]


Times Gone Past - Week of Jul 16, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) Dakota Reiss of Weskan participated in the 2000 National Junior Shorthorn Shows and Youth Conference held in Kansas City, MO. He won the Red Coat award that was given to one Junior exhibitor who displayed the most enthusiasm, sportsmanship and participation... [More]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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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