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Interior Dept. pauses protections for migrating birds

These cranes are some of the birds that migrate each fall and spring through central Kansas. Photo courtesy of Dr. Dan Witt By Karen La Pierre For 100 years, migrating birds have been protected by Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Barton County is the temporary home to hundreds of thousands of migrating birds each fall and…

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Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling Preview

Hoisington still a contender for team title By Mike Courson The brackets are set. This weekend, the top wrestlers around the state will meet for the biggest tournament of them all. Wrestlers in Class 3-2-1A open at 10 a.m. Friday morning at Fort Hays State University. For much of the season, Hoisington sat atop the 3-2-1A…

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Joiner earns Distinguished Citizen Award

Ellinwood businessman earns 2018 Rotary honor By Mike Courson The biggest surprise at this year’s Rotary Sweetheart Banquet is that the big event fell on the Thursday after Valentine’s Day. The winner of the Most Distinguished Citizen Award is usually caught off guard, but this year’s winner found out a few days in advance. “I…

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Ryan fires in 54 against Ness City

Central Plains sophomore sets new career high in 94-14 win By Mike Courson GREAT BEND, Kan. – Emily Ryan has a new career high. That says a lot for the Central Plains sophomore who entered Tuesday’s round-one game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic at Barton Community College averaging better than 37 points a night. Her…

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‘Cloud’y Christmas: cat returns home after six months

Missing cat returns home Christmas morning By Mike Courson Another cat, another Christmas miracle. Last week in Lyons, Herbie returned home after missing for more than five weeks (click here for that story). On Christmas morning, Cloud went a step further in Hutchinson. Missing for six months, the two-year-old cat gave his family a memorable…

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Herbie: the cat for which the world prayed

Missing cat returns home after nearly six weeks By Mike Courson Herbie the cat was living the good life. Then around Nov. 13, 2017, he mysteriously disappeared from his home in Lyons. For nearly six weeks, Bev Brothers asked for people around Kansas and around the world to pray for the return of her cat.…

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Body found near Sterling

Male body found in rural Rice County By Ryan Carlson The Rice County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found in a wooded area five miles east of Sterling on Friday.The Sheriff’s Office was aided by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The body is of a white…

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Lyons names new city administrator

Norton-native Buckley to replace John Sweet By Lucky Kidd Chad Buckley of Norton has been named the new City Administrator in Lyons, starting March 1, 2018. Buckley, whose appointment was announced Friday morning by Lyons Mayor Mike Young, has been City Administrator in Norton since December 2014, and will succeed John Sweet, who is retiring…

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The Grinch steals Christmas from some local donors

By Karen La Pierre Joe and his wife, Heather Trimmer, and their organization, Wings of Hope, has helped many people over the past three years at a rate far beyond the average giver. In 2017, they have 35 families with 112 kids from throughout Barton County and Pawnee County who will receive assistance for Christmas…

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Prosser wins 3A XC Coach of Year honor

Former Ellinwood runner, coach winning at Central Heights By Mike Courson The seed doesn’t fall far from the tree. Success in Ellinwood has led to success at Central Heights for former EHS runner and coach Troy Prosser, who was recently named Class 3A Cross Country Coach of the Year. Prosser recently led the Viking boys…

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