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Local food movement thriving on the High Plains of Kansas »


By MIKE SHIELDS KHI News Service ATWOOD — Thanks to early interest shown by chefs and small-scale area farmers, Douglas County, home of the University of Kansas, developed into one of the pioneer locations for the U.S. local food movement, which has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past 15 to 20 years. Interest in […]

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The Forum: Longtime U.S. Sen. Bob Dole »

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In the latest episode of The Forum, Eagle’s Gary Shorman got the chance to sit down with longtime U.S. Sen. Bob Dole during his trip back to his hometown of Russell. Click HERE for the entire interview. Click HERE for a list of previous episodes of The Forum.

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2014 Ellis County Fair Judging Results (UPDATE) »


The 2014 Ellis County Fair is July 12-19. A schedule of events is available at the Ellis County Fair Website. For photos of the 4-H judging and other activities during this year’s Ellis County Fair, visit the Facebook page Ellis County 4-H – It’s Legit! Beef – Senior Champion Showman – Conrad Vajnar Senior Reserve Champion Showman – Lane Pfannenstiel […]

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Insurance commissioner candidates will speak in Russell »

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RUSSELL — Candidates for the position of Kansas Insurance Commissioner are scheduled to appear at a legislative coffee hosted by the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce later this month. The forum is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 30 at Meridy’s Restaurant. The following candidates are scheduled to be present: Beverly Gossage, Republican candidate from Eudora; […]

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Hays USD 489 announces lunch menu for August, September »


School supplies have been stocked on area shelves, and it’s already time to start thinking about the 2014-15 school year — and planning ahead for days when you’ll need to pack your student a lunch. Hays USD 489 has published the school breakfast and lunch schedule for the first two months of the school year. Click […]

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FHSU was first to sponsor Senior Companion Program 40 years ago »

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  The Fort Hays State University Senior Companion Program will be celebrating its 40th year at FHSU Thursday, July 24, at 6:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The university was the first in the nation to sponsor a Senior Companion Program (SCP), one of 18 pilot projects which began in 1974, said program coordinator […]

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HPD investigates fake currency turned into local bank »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Officers from the Hays Police Department are investigating counterfeit bills turned in to Golden Plains Credit Union. HPD Assistant Chief Brian Dawson said employees at Golden Plains last week reported receiving three counterfeit bills — two fake $10 bills and one fake $1 bill. Dawson said the bills mostly were […]

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Kansas woman hospitalized after Russell Co. accident »


RUSSELL — A Kansas woman was injured in an accident just after 9:30 a.m. Monday in Russell County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1999 Chevy passenger car driven by Meanna Dawnl Laurin, 21, Ellsworth, was westbound on Interstate 70, approximately 4 miles east of Russell. The driver lost control of the vehicle on loose […]

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Blood drive also supports Ellis High School »

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ELLIS–People donating blood during the American Red Cross blood drive in Ellis Tuesday, July 22, will be helping in another way. The blood drive will also support the Ellis High School Scholarship Drive. Walk-in donors are welcome at the Ellis Knights of Columbus Hall 1 p.m.-6 p.m., or can call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment. […]

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Nearly 900 Ellis Co. concealed carry applications »


TOPEKA – The attorney general’s office received more than 14,000 applications for concealed carry licenses in the recently ended 2014 fiscal year, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release Monday. There were 887 concealed carry applications in Ellis County from 2006 to 2014. Click here for a list of applications by county. […]

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Invasive weed increasingly taking hold in Kansas »

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K-State Research and Extension MANHATTAN – Judging by the number of phone calls he receives, Dallas Peterson is very popular this time of year. The typical topic is weeds – something Peterson, a Kansas State University agronomist, knows well. Spurred by late spring and early summer rainfall, farmers’ row crops across much of the state […]

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WaKeeney City Council working on 2015 budget »

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WAKEENEY — The city of WaKeeney is working on its 2015 budget. The city council conducted a lengthy review of the 2015 draft city budget during its July 1 meeting. The complete meeting minutes follow. RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE GOVERNING BODY 1 JULY 2014 The Governing Body of the City of WaKeeney, Kansas […]

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Dirt bikes bring a new type of horsepower to rodeo »


  PHILLIPSBURG – A horsepower of another kind will roar into the Phillipsburg rodeo arena July 31 to Aug. 2. Meet Cowboy Kenny and his Steel Rodeo Tour. Kenny Bartram rides into the arena on a dirt bike and loves to thrill crowds with his freestyle motocross. Kenny and his fellow dirt bike riders will […]

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