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First Bank of Sterling receives iconic award

First Bank, a local Rice County icon, was named last week among the top extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking™. First Bank was recognized with the Institute’s Banky™ Award for its commitment to strong community banking. This recognition is given to top community banks across the country to help people find the best banks in their communities.
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Community Corrections giving parolees a better chance

Central Kansas Community Corrections (CKCC) is in charge of supervising people on parole in the criminal justice system in Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties. The agency is located in Great Bend. Its goal is to have no more than 25% of the individuals it supervises go into the...
STAFFORD, KS
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Out of this world: Rice County town working to become next ‘Roswell’

GENESEO, Kan. (KWCH) - A small Kansas town is working on becoming the next Roswell, New Mexico. In Rice County, the Geneseo Museum is inviting visitors to check out its UFO exhibit. Eyewitness News visited the small community Wednesday to see what’s inside and to learn more about an event set for this summer residents hope will bring attention to their town.
GENESEO, KS
Dodge City Daily Globe

Jeanette Marie Tommer

Jeanette Marie Tommer, 78, of Lyons, Kansas, passed away April 3, 2022, at Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons. She was born December 14, 1943, in Dodge City, Kansas, the daughter of Joseph Clem and Helen Cline Langlois. Jeanette has resided in Lyons since 1971, formerly of Kinsley, Kansas. She graduated from Windhorst High School, Windhorst, Kansas, with the class of 1961. Jeanette was a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell, CNA and CMA at various local nursing homes, and a Rice County Dispatcher. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, and the Sterling American Legion Post #128. On August 17, 1963, Jeanette was united in marriage with Richard Tommer, Sr. in Spearville, Kansas. He survives of the home. She is also survived by her three sons, Rick Tommer and wife Julie of Sterling, KS, Terry Tommer and wife Selena Dawn of Kansas City, KS, and Wayne Tommer of Alden, KS; daughter, Celena Bray and husband Cy of Stilwell, OK; brother, John “Jack” Langlois of Dodge City, KS; sister, Janice Beebe and husband Ken of Littleton, CO; twenty grandchildren, Alexis, Brandon, Trenton, Adyan, Zach, Layne, Audrey, Calvin, Hannah, Shelbie, Chelsie, Tandra, Kevin, Ed, Stasha, Mariah, Jenny, Brandi, Sarah, Maranda; and twenty-six great-grandchildren. Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; son, Joseph Robert Tommer; daughter, Cindy Rusch; brother and sister-in-law, James and Judy Langlois; and sister-in-law, Thelma Langlois. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, April 8, 2022, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with Father Michael Brungardt officiating. Burial will be at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Kinsley, Kansas, at a later date. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 P.M., Thursday, April 7, 2022, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lyons, with family present. A Parish Rosary will be said at 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the St. Paul Altar Society in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.
LYONS, KS

USD 311 receives grant from KDHE

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Pretty Prairie USD 311 Schools and the small town of Geneseo in Rice County are among 28 communities and school districts that will receive grants to help fund waste tire disposal efforts. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management annual waste...
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Lyons motorist injured

A Lyons man received what appeared to be minor injuries Friday evening when the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving went off U.S. 56 in Rice County, 0.1 miles east of 20th Road. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the crash occurred at 8:16 p.m. Baldomero Arenivas-Armendariz, 24, was driving west and...
LYONS, KS

Kansas man hospitalized after SUV struck embankment

RICE COUNTY—A Kansas man was injured in an accident just before 8:30p.m. Friday in Rice County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2015 Chevy Tahoe driven by Baldomero Arenivas-Armendariz, 34, Lyons, westbound on U.S. 56 just east of 20th Road. The SUV crossed over into the eastbound lanes, left...
RICE COUNTY, KS
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Maxine L. Strong (1946-2022)

Maxine L. Strong, 75, of Sterling, Kan., passed away March 7, 2022, at Hospital District 1 of Rice County, Lyons. Maxine has resided in Sterling since 1984. She graduated from Ellsworth High School, with the class of 1964, and attended Emporia State University. Maxine worked as a CNA. She started working at the first McDonald’s when it opened in Hays, Kan., and was assistant manager. Maxine also started working at the first Walmart store in Hutchinson, Kan., when it opened in June of 1984, and retired as the assistant manager.
STERLING, KS
Great Bend Tribune

Beloit woman injured in Rice County crash

A 22-year-old Beloit woman was seriously injured when her vehicle left the roadway in a single vehicle crash west of Chase Sunday afternoon. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Makenzie Becker, 22, of Beloit was eastbound on U.S. 56 just west of 6th Road in Rice County, about 2 miles west of Chase, when for unspecified reasons the 2015 GMC Yukon she was driving crossed the center line and left the roadway on the north side of the highway. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck a culvert and overturned, coming to rest on the driver’s side facing north.
RICE COUNTY, KS
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New escape room offers a 'get out of jail' experience

LYONS, Kansas – The historic Rice County Jail in Lyons is probably the only jail in Kansas where the owners hope you escape. John and Tammy Sturn are partners with Chris McCord, who bought the jail in 2020. The Sturns operate the Slammer, an escape room located inside the jail. They also use the space for murder mystery dinners and other events.
LYONS, KS

Field survey for three K-4 bridges near Barton Co. to begin soon

A field survey for a proposed replacement of three K-4 bridges in Rice County is scheduled to begin around Feb. 23. The survey would be for replacement of Calf Creek Bridge, 1.40 miles east of the Barton County line; Calf Creek Drainage Bridge; 1.88 miles east of the Barton County line; and Little Cow Creek Bridge, 13.35 miles east of the Barton County line.
BARTON COUNTY, KS

Sheriff: Kansas felon jailed after chase, 2-hour standoff

RICE COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a wanted Kansas felon on new charges after a weekend chase in Rice County. Just after 4:30p.m. Saturday, police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the city of Lyons, according to Sheriff Bryant Evans. The driver, identified as 39-year-old Bradley Wicks, wanted on multiple warrants, fled in his car.
RICE COUNTY, KS

Field survey for three K-4 bridges in Rice County to begin soon

RICE COUNTY— A field survey for proposed replacement of three K-4 bridges in Rice County is scheduled to begin around Feb. 23. The survey would be for replacement of Calf Creek Bridge, 1.40 miles east of the Barton County line; Calf Creek Drainage Bridge; 1.88 miles east of the Barton County line; and Little Cow Creek Bridge, 13.35 miles east of the Barton County line.
RICE COUNTY, KS