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Storm clean-up continues

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Storm clean-up continues throughout the area.  In Marshall County an estimated 8000 people were without power for a period of time.  Emergency Management Director Bill Schwindamann reported that damage estimates are running between 4.5 and 5 million dollars.  Winds measured in excess of 80 mph hit along a 30 mile wide swath that fell between the southern border of Marshall ... Read More »

Area Student Earns Kansas 4-H Scholarship

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nathanael Vogt has been selected to receive the Orsheln’s Farm and Home 4-H Scholarship, an educational award from the Kansas 4-H Foundation. The scholarship was presented at the 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet held June 3 in Manhattan, Kansas. The state 4-H scholarship program is open to 4-H members, and the awards are made on the basis of ... Read More »

NFPA study: Nearly all structure fire deaths happen in home fires

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Home fires cause annual average of 2,840 civilian deaths Quincy, Mass. – According to a new study, Home Structure Fires, from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires account for 92 percent of fire deaths that occur in structures. These fires cause an average of 2,840 civilian deaths each year. “This study strongly underscores the need to aggressively work ... Read More »

ESFI Cautions Consumers About Electrical Hazards

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Arlington, VA – In the aftermath of severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is encouraging consumers to be aware of the potential dangers that result when water comes in contact with electricity. “As families begin to clean up following a flood or storm, it is important to remember that there ... Read More »

Beatrice man killed by tractor

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A rural Beatrice man was found under the wheel of a tractor. Chuck Benash, 55, was pinned underneath the left rear wheel of a tractor south of his home Monday morning.  The Gage County Sheriff’s Office reported Benash was last seen operating the tractor at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday.  Investigators believe Benash got off the tractor for an unknown reason.  ... Read More »

Don’t get “Burned” when grilling.

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding outdoor cooks not to forget about grill fire safety as the peak months for grill fires arrive. People with gas grills should take extra precautions.  In 2003-2006, gas-fueled grills were involved in 81 percent of reported home grill fires and were involved in 6,400 home fires, including structure and outside fires. The ... Read More »

Kansas fire service helps defeat bill to prohibit home fire sprinklers

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February 25, 2010 – Fire safety advocates led a successful effort in Kansas this month to defeat what they described as a dangerous piece of legislation. House Bill 2515 would have prohibited local jurisdictions from adopting sprinkler requirements in homes. The bill did not receive the needed votes to pass. “This bill would have put citizens and firefighters’ lives at ... Read More »

Two Home, Kansas women injured in 13 car pileup

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On February 14, 2010 at approximately1200 hours, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, Homestead National Monument Park Ranger, Beatrice Fire and Rescue, Beatrice Rural Fire, Plymouth Fire and Rescue, and Dewitt Fire and Rescue responded to multiple accidents involving 13 vehicles on Highway 4 between SW 117th and SW 131st Roads. The initial accident occurred when a 2003 Pontiac Montana driven ... Read More »

KDOA Suspends Four HCBS-FE Waiver Services

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(TOPEKA) The Kansas Department on Aging has announced the indefinite suspension of four services provided through the Home and Community-Based Services-Frail Elderly waiver program. Acting Secretary Martin Kennedy said the change was made as a result of cuts to the agency’s budget. Effective Jan. 1, 2010, the HCBS-FE waiver program will no longer pay for new recipients to receive assistive ... Read More »

Overbeck Funeral Monday

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The funeral for Washington County Sheriff Bill Overbeck will take place this coming Monday at 10:00-AM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hanover. The 58-year old Overbeck died Tuesday at his home in Hanover of an illness. Washington County Undersheriff Traci Hattesohl is serving as interim sheriff until a successor is appointed. It is expected that it will take at ... Read More »