Looking Back at 2019

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As I reflected on 2019, a reoccurring theme came to mind… Community.  

Community is what sets Wallace County apart. We rally together for those with medical bills by way of soup suppers and raffles.  We pull together to repair storm damage and form groups to beautify our town.  We work together to raise money for improvements to the theater building as well as special equipment for the hearing and sight impaired. 

We celebrate milestones together.  This year, our community helped Paul and Cora Lea McNall celebrate 70 years of wedded bliss. The Eastern Colorado Bank marked their 75th anniversary this year by way of the “Giving Back - Looking Forward” grants to area schools and organizations.

We welcome visitors to our area.  Carrie Classon, stopped on her way through town to read a few selections of her book Blue Yarn.  Three adventurous men played a game of chance that brought them to Wallace County just in time for the Fort Wallace Rodeo.  Ferry Weikert, of Vaihingen, Germany, chose Sharon Springs for a pit stop as he biked around the globe.  

We host big events that bring countless visitors to our county.  This year The Kansas Sampler Foundation brought Big Kansas Road Trippers to see what was special about Wallace County.  Trails to Rails, an event celebrating the Kansas Pacific Railway arriving in Wallace County in 1869, brought those following the Butterfield’s Overland Despatch to its destination, Fort Wallace. Most recently, the Union Pacific scheduled an overnight stop for the UP Steam Engine Big Boy 4014, bringing along with it a crowd of train enthusiasts who traveled along side the train. 

We volunteer together.   The Strand Theater concession stand is manned by volunteers to decrease operating expenses.  The home-owned carnival is also staffed completely of volunteers and relies upon many man-hours to prepare the rides and grounds each July.  When a need is identified, a group is quickly created to fill that need, including the recent Beautification Committee and the Wallace County Rec, who spent more than 5 years planning and raising funds for the fitness center that opened in December of 2018.

Together, WE make Wallace County place to proudly call home!

NEWS

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Sharon Springs Wildcats Take On Weskan Coyotes

Jace Mackley shoots a basket for Weskan in the game between Wallace County High School and Weskan High School last Friday.  Weskan Boys won 71 - 51. JC Allen (WHS) shoots over Brookley Dinkel   (WCHS) during last week’s game.  The Lady Wildcats won... [More]

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FHSU Students Earn Fall Semester Honors

Grady Hammer and  Dalen See are among the 1,596 students named to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2019 semester by deans at Fort Hays State University. The Deans Honor Roll includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students must have completed 12 or more... [More]

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KSU Students Earn Fall Semester Honors

More than 4,220 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2019 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 with... [More]

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Sexson Returns From Retreat For Rural Leaders

Lissa Sexson of the Wallace County Visitors Bureau attended the 27th Retreat for Rural Leaders facilitated by the Kansas Sampler Foundation and held at The Barn Bed and Breakfast Inn near Valley Falls. Lissa was one of 34 people from across the state to attend. The group was... [More]

My Favorite Hiding Spot

Sandi Kerr-Jordan’s 8th graders discus hiding spots as they learn about interactions between the Jews and the Nazis during World War II. Here are some of her student’s personal hiding spots - My hiding place is my room. It is really the only place in my house... [More]

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Acoustic Eidolon to Perform

Back for a third time in recent years, Acoustic Eidolon will perform for the Western Plains Arts Association, Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Wallace County High School Auditorium, 521 North Main, Sharon Springs. The program begins at 2 p.m. Mountain (3 p.m. Central).  Admission... [More]

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PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Returns to Wichita on April 25

For the seventh time in as many years, the Professional Bull Riders Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) will travel to Wichita, Kansas, with the Wichita Classic, set to buck into INTRUST Bank Arena on April 25. For one night only, some of the best bull riders in the world... [More]

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Happy Birthday Barbara Engel!

Happy Birthday Barbara Engel!

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COURT

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]

Traffic Court reports Apr 11, 2019

Chandler, Garrett Scott, Pueblo, Colo, driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, Birmingham, Ala, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99, court costs $108. Chavez, Brenda Icilice, Denver, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

March District Court

On March 13th, 2019 Charlene Valdez appeared in Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney Leslie Beims, Goodland in the matter of case number 2017 CR 42. Valdez had been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, within 1,000’ of a school,... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - Jan 16, 2020

This Sunday, the Fort Wallace Museum is looking forward to hosting Greg and Cee Heller from Kannapolis for the screening of the new documentary film “Fort Harker: Gateway Post to the Frontier.” Please join us at 2:00 pm MT for the 45-minute film, followed by discussion... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Jan 9, 2020

Happy New Year! The Fort Wallace Memorial Association is looking forward to a fun and full 2020; we invite everyone to join in and help make it our most successful year ever!  There are two ways to join our organization. “The Fort Wallace Memorial Association”... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Dec 12, 2019

Christmas arrived at the Fort Wallace Museum this past Sunday, with the annual “Candlelight Christmas” service, followed by a festive gathering inside the main building. The 1888 Bethany Lutheran Church was filled to capacity for the traditional service. Worship was... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Dec 5, 2019

In 1865, David Butterfield raised money from New York investors to create Butterfield’s Overland Despatch Stage Line along the Smoky Hill Trail - the shortest route from commerce centers near Atchison, Kansas to the gold fields near Denver Colorado. In 2019, Butterfield’s... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Nov 7, 2019

On Saturday, the Fort Wallace Museum welcomed author Chuck Warner and his wife Karen to the Museum to discuss his new book “Birds, Bones and Beetles,” about his grandfather Charles “Bunk” Bunker, who was a KU Naturalist that explored Wallace County and... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Oct 31, 2019

The 2019 Smoky Hill Trail Conference held at the Fort Wallace Museum is now in the rearview mirror! The event hosted 75 folks, including several national names in Western History research, as the role of Fort Wallace in Trail history was explored. Tours, lectures, networking,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Oct 17, 2019

The Smoky Hill Trail Conference weekend is here, and we are excited to host folks from all over Kansas, Colorado and beyond! The theme of the weekend is “Fort Wallace - the Fightin’est Fort on the Smoky Hill Trail,” and presentations will explore the events,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Oct 10, 2019

This Saturday night, we are delighted to welcome Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran “The Singer and the Songwriter” to the Fort Wallace Museum for an evening of live music at 7pm as part of the High Plains Public Radio Artists Series! The Singer and The Songwriter is the... [More]

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TIMES

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 16, 2020

20 Years Ago (2000) The Cadette Girl Scouts completed their latest community service project, painting the new advertising signs at the south and west entrances to Sharon Springs. They used that work for their Silver Award, the highest award they could receive in Cadette... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 9, 2020

25 Years Ago (1995) The WCHS Broadside Teacher of the Week was Jori Daily. She had been teaching for seven years on subjects including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Advanced Math, and 1st-4th P.E. The winners of the 1994 Scholarship essay contest were Trent Benisch and... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Jan 2, 2020

30 Years Ago (1990) The winners in the Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by P.R.I.D.E. were named. Bobbie Akers won 1st, Francis & Eleanor Seibel were 2nd, and Jack & Georgia Pancake were 3rd. The family of Art & Edna Howard invited the public to a reception... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Dec 26, 2019

15 Years Ago (2004) See the photo below of the local brass ensemble playing Christmas music. The group had been playing together for several years and went up and down Main Street. Jerry Robben was one of 28 undergraduate students at Kansas State University that were awarded... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Dec 19, 2019

20 Years Ago (1999) The Coyote Column Car of the Week was the 1969 one-half ton Chevy pickup belonging to Jesse Deines. The children of Ernest & Marjorie Poe invited the public to help celebrate their parent’s upcoming 50th wedding anniversary on January 1, 2000.... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Dec 12, 2019

25 Years Ago (1994) Miller’s Video advertised new movies available for rent, including Maverick, City Slickers II, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Cops and Robbersons. Monica Sharp and Katrina Larson from WCHS were selected to perform during the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl Game... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Dec 5, 2019

30 Years Ago (1989) Ted Bussen, Grand Knight of the Wallace County Knights of Columbus, presented a check for $698.40 to Dorothy Okeson, Secretary of the Sherman-Wallace Association for Retarded Children. The money was raised during the recent Tootsie Roll Drive. The Fighting... [More]

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Times Gone Past - Week of Nov 28, 2019

15 Years Ago (2004) The Sharon Springs Rotary Club refurbished the community billboard in front of the courthouse. The project was part of a Rotary Centennial event. The Coyote Column Student Spotlight was on Alexa Dewees. Some of her favorites included: food – pepperoni... [More]

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