Tauscher Ulysses Bretz

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Tauscher Ulysses Bretz, 98, resident of Wallace County Community Care Center died July 15, 2021, at Goodland Regional Medical Center in Goodland, KS. He was a life-long farmer and rancher in rural Wallace, KS. He was born April 27, 1923, to Roy Allen and Mary (Tauscher) Bretz south of Winona at his grandparent’s home. He was the oldest of six children.
On June 16, 1948, Tauscher married Opal Mae Martin in Oakley, KS. Two sons were born to this union, Richard and Mike. They were married for 63 years before Opal’s death in 2012.
Tauscher loved to run a tractor throughout his life. His passion was moving dirt. He built several dams and water diversions on his property during the years. In later years he would pick rocks and junk off the road to occupy his time and keep from getting flat tires. He was proud of the fact that his grandson is the 5th generation to ranch and farm on the “home place.”
Tauscher was a member of the Wallace Mason Lodge, for 74 years. He also served on the McAllaster Township Board, Logan County Conservation District Board, the Great Plains Electric Cooperative Board and was a member of the Winona United Methodist Church.
Preceding him in death was his wife Opal; his parents; one brother, Lindy and two sisters, Mary and Roma. Survivors include two sisters, Lois Ann and Shirley; two sisters-in-law, Lola and Lillian; sons, Richard (Jean) Bretz, of Wallace, KS, and Michael (Roberta) Bretz, of Goodland, KS; three grandsons, Blake (Rebekah) Bretz, Aurora, CO, Warren (Melissa) Bretz, Sharon Springs, KS and Kaler (Samantha) Bretz, Wallace, KS; 7 great-grandchildren, Noah, Harper and Isla, of Aurora, CO, Beckett and Canaan, of Sharon Springs, KS and Sadie and Clayton, of Wallace, KS and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation was chosen. A graveside service will be at the Winona Cemetery at 2 pm CT on August 3, 2021. A reception will follow at the Winona Methodist Church in Winona, KS. Memorials can be made to Wallace County Ambulance Association, sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit www.baalmannmortuary.com

OBITUARIES

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Robert Wayne McKinney

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Christopher Lee Kuder

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Doris Marie Craft

Lifelong Sherman County resident, and Wallace County farmer and rancher, Doris Marie Craft, 90, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at her home in Goodland, KS. She was born on November 3, 1930, in Goodland to William and Dora (Isernhagen) Sieck.  She attended school... [More]

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Robert Van Allen

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Anita Louise Bertrand

Anita Louise Bertrand 82, of Oakley, passed away peacefully at her home, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. She was born August 24, 1938, in Herndon, KS, to Edward and Elizabeth (Leitner) Portschi. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1956. On November 24, 1956, she married Gene Bertrand.... [More]

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Gregory Unruh

Gregory Unruh, 61, of Weskan, KS, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at his home. Greg was born in Craig, CO to Waldo and Bette Unruh on December 22, 1959.  He graduated from Weskan High School in 1978.  Once he finished with school he began working in the oil field.... [More]

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Harriet Lea Krey

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Sean Michael Miller

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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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NEWS

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The Western Times Receives Honors

Last week, The Western Times received the plaque commemorating the First Place win in the Best Newspaper Redesign category.  The Kansas Press Association had more than 2000 entries thoughout all categories to judge in the 2021 Awards of Excellence  contest.   This... [More]

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2021 Grand Marshals Selected

Shirley Sharp, Ione Brown, and Bobbi Akers have been chosen to represent Wallace County as the 2021 Grand Marshals of the Wallace County Fair Parade. The parade begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, July, 31st.  The full schedule of fair activities can be found on page 6.

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Full Steam Ahead: World’s Largest Steam Locomotive Returns to Sharon Springs

Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014, will embark on "The Big Boy 2021 Tour" Aug. 5 to celebrate railroad heritage and the communities Union Pacific serves. Included is a prime-time overnight stay in Sharon Springs, KS on Saturday, Sept. 4 of Labor Day Weekend. This is the first... [More]

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Battle of the Liquors Photographs

Battle of the Liquors Photographs

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Politicians Urge FWS to Extend Comment Period on LPC Endangered Listing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, M.D. and Congressman Tracey Mann (KS-01) urged Deputy Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Martha Williams to extend the comment deadline on the FWS’s proposed listing of the lesser prairie-chicken... [More]

Sheriff's Office Log - June 2021

6-1 Report of lost prescription reading glasses in the town of S. S. 6-1 Report of a dog loose in the area of N. Gardner St in S. S. 6-1 S. S. Ambulance paged out 6-1 Motorist assist on Hwy 40, west of S. S. 6-2 Two dogs reported missing 6-3 Traffic complaint about an erratic... [More]

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Sen. Roger Marshall Visits Wallace County

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Lightning on Display in Wallace County

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - July 8, 2021

The sculpted figure of Buffalo Soldier Reuben Waller (installed in May 2021) is continuing to attract comment and interest. Private Waller was stationed at Fort Wallace as an enlisted soldier of the 10th Cavalry which was instrumental in rescuing Forsyth’s Scouts in the... [More]

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Bugle Notes - July 1, 2021

We had a great time on Friday at the Fort Wallace Museum when around 80 Wallace County family members attended for a joint Story Hour with the Sharon Springs Public Library. The featured speaker was Ken Klemm of Beaver Creek Buffalo and he shared some very interesting information... [More]

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Bugle Notes - June 24, 2021

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Bugle Notes - June 3, 2021

The 67th Fort Wallace Rodeo is in the rear-view mirror, and now that mirror needs a good washing!! Saturday night’s good weather brought strong attendance, then Sunday’s rodeo overflowed with the blessing of rain! The performance proceeded through the muck; and Old... [More]

Bugle Notes - May 27, 2021

Coming up this weekend….the 67th Edition of the Annual Fort Wallace Rodeo in Wallace, Kansas! Once again, this fully-sanctioned KPRCA Rodeo will feature a full line-up of rodeo events, as well as the Cole Hudson Memorial Saddle Bronc Competition. There are two performances... [More]

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Bugle Notes - May 13, 2021

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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]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 29, 2021

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