The Stevens County 4-H Council hosted their annual Businessmen’s Appreciation Dinner Sunday, April 24, 2016. The entertainment was presented by 4-H members who received Blue Ribbons at County Club Day for music and talent presentations. Read More →

Sheriff Ted Heaton reports that in the late afternoon of Wednesday, April 13 a report came in of a hand-grenade that had been found in the City of Moscow at Michelle Daniels’ home. Michelle had found the grenade in an old fence line while she was mowing. Not knowing, she picked it up and moved it up closer to her house. Sheriff Heaton arrived at the scene. He, being worried about it being so close to the house, moved it again a safer distance away.

After the other Stevens County Deputies arrived, Deputy Lines moved it even further away where it was marked. The Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was notified. They arrived and took possession of the grenade. The bomb squad then took the grenade to the gun range where it was properly disposed of.

The public should be aware if coming across something like this in the future, stay away, don’t touch it and notify the Stevens County Sheriff Department immediately.

Sheriff Heaton stresses, “Be sure to give this kind of situation a lot of room. Do not make any attempt to move it, just stay away.”

Counties throughout Kansas battle wildfires

Multiple wildfires have been reported across Kansas last week, as weather continues to challenge suppression efforts. The current wildfires in Kansas are separate incidents from the recent Anderson Creek wildfire in south-central Kansas. Read More →

It may be called April Fools’ Day, but there was no fooling around for Rolla Friday, April 1. Rolla’s State science fair participants loaded up four suburbans and headed east to El Dorado to participate in the State Science Fair.

After a whirlwind trip to the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, the group arrived at Butler County Community College and proceeded to begin setting up their displays. Judging began at 5:30 p.m. Rolla has some of the best science teachers around and the awards won by the students at the State competition showed just that.

The big winners of the weekend were Deserae Schwindt and Paige Claassen. They were chosen as the Overall Science Fair winners and they are invited to attend the International Science Fair in Phoenix, Az., May 8 to 13, with all expenses paid! Read More →

Working in close cooperation, civilian firefighters and Kansas National Guard air crews made significant progress in battling south central Kansas wildfires over the past few days. Four Stevens County volunteers contributed their efforts to fight the fire. Rodney Kelling of Hugoton and Greg Sohm of Rolla were deployed as members of the state incident management team, while Bailey Esarey and Mike Milhon were deployed as firefighters. Rodney served five days, Greg volunteered for four, and both Bailey and Mike fought the fire for two days. Saturday, four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters piloted and crewed by Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment of the Kansas National Guard arrived to assist in fighting the fires. Read More →

Easter Weekend Activities

Easter Sunday falls on March 27 this year, and it is quickly approaching! Several churches in the area will be hosting special services for the holiday.

Hugoton’s Agape Church, at 409 E. Ninth, will be having their regular services and invites everyone to come worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The
Assembly of God will be hosting “Unstoppable” at a special service Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. at 138 S. Main. If you can’t make it then, make sure to attend Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. Afterward, there will be an Easter egg hunt for the kids. You can bring your favorite Easter basket or a bag will be provided.

Bethel Friends Church will have their annual Sunrise Service at the old Bethel site at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. There will be a breakfast afterward at the church building at Eleventh and Jefferson at 8:30 a.m. in lieu of Sunday school. They will then have regular services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The First Church of God announced they will have an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at their building at 801 West City Limits. Read More →

Hugoton teams place at State

The Eagles and Lady Eagles team took us on a wonderful ride for the 2015-2016 season. It was a season of euphoria with just a couple of bumps in the road.

Both teams won 21 games during the season. That is an amazing feat for one team. Yet, Hugoton basketball fans were able to watch two teams win night after night at home and on the road. Basketball was king and made the winter seem not so cold at all. Read More →

History has been made!

Two Hugoton teams earn trip to the 2016 4A Division II State Basketball Tournament

Old Man Winter just might be heading for the door – although he may decide to hang around for a while longer; after all, this is Kansas. But even when he is gone, Kansans will still have to contend with Mother Nature and her annual “In like a lion” arrival that heralds severe weather season, bringing with it the potential for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, high winds, hail and flooding. To remind Kansans to be prepared, Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Friday, February 26 designating March 14-18 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. During the week, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will urge Kansans to check their emergency kit supplies for their home, office and vehicle, and review their emergency plans to make sure they are prepared for whatever severe weather is thrown our way. Stevens County will be participating in the tornado safety drill Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the drill will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. “It doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of money to ensure you and your family are prepared,” said Angee Morgan, KDEM deputy director. “If you don’t already have an emergency kit, start now by buying a few extra batteries and high-energy snacks during your weekly shopping. Throw a change of clothes, an old pair of glasses and a pair of shoes in your kit. “Check your first aid kit and make sure it’s complete and up-to-date,” said Morgan. “Doing a little bit each week makes it easier to prepare for unexpected events, particularly when you get the entire family involved in gathering the supplies and making an emergency plan. “If you don’t have a specially-constructed storm shelter or a basement, do you know where the safest place in your home is? Do you know how to safely shut off the gas or electricity? If you become separated, do you have a meeting area? How will you communicate with family members who may not be at home when a disaster hits or your loved ones who will be wondering about your safety? These are the things you will need to think about when making your plan.” Morgan said more information about emergency preparedness and building an emergency kit can be found online at www.ksready.gov. Kansans are also urged to take part in the statewide tornado safety drill Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. across most of the state; Atchison, Doniphan, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte Counties will conduct their drill at 1:30 p.m. If severe weather is imminent for a community, the tornado drill will be postponed until Thursday, March 17 for that community. According to the National Weather Service, the first tornado of 2015 occurred April 2 in Labette County and the last tornado was November 16. Last year, there were 33 days with more than one tornado reported. The most tornadoes reported in one day was 22. In all, there were 126 confirmed tornadoes in the state last year, 85 more than hit the state in 2014. On average, Kansas experiences 96 tornadoes a year. Submitted by the Adjutant General’s Department.

Democratic Caucus is at Garden City Saturday

This year’s Kansas Democratic Caucus kicks off Saturday – here’s how to get involved!

The 2016 Caucuses begin March 5 at 3:00 p.m. Participants must be in line to check in or register at that time, and no later. Participants must be registered Democrats, and may register on that day.

Senate District 39th, Saturday, March 5 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. Catherine Hospital, Classrooms A & B, at 401 E. Spruce Street in Garden City.

More information on caucusing, locations, and committing can be found on the KDP Web site here.