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By Michael Schwanke and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 10, 2010
Authorities in western Kansas are trying to figure out who damaged hundreds of headstones at a cemetery. It happened at the Beulah Cemetery in Colby. Police Chief Randy Jones tells us 168 headstones were knocked over or damaged. Cleanup at the cemetery should begin on Monday.  A monument company was called in to start resetting the stones. County officials say  they would appreciate any volunteers who want to help. The chief says families who have seen the damage are upset and don't know why someone would do it. Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact them.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | January 5, 2012
A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Colby, Kansas. Sixty-seven year old Timothy D. Seifert of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. Seifert initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed in October. The complaint alleged that on October 28, 2011, Seifert robbed the Farmers & Merchants Bank at 240 West 4 th in Colby. He gave the teller a note saying he had a gun. Seifert was arrested shortly after the robbery not far from the bank.
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By Kim Wilhelm and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 2, 2011
The Colby postmaster and another post office employee are on paid leave while an internal investigation is conducted.   Eyewitness News has learned the Post Office Inspector General is looking into a possible violation regarding procedures regarding the external first class measurement system. This is the system used to independently measure the delivery time of mail. A spokesperson for the post office would not release any other information on the matter. For now, the Colby post office is being managed by the Goodland postmaster.
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By Robert Marin and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 20, 2011
American Red Cross offices in Great Bend and Colby could soon be closing, as the organization deals with the still struggling economy. A spokesperson for the Red Cross in Wichita says there are plans to close the officers by Sept. 2. The Red Cross says the changes come as part of a nationwide reorganization in response to the down economy and increases the organization faces in health and retirement benefits. The Red Cross says the change will not impact health and safety classes, blood drives and response to emergencies in those communities.
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By Chris Durden and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 25, 2011
The U.S. Postal Services is looking for ways to cut costs nationwide. The USPS posted an $8 billion loss last year. On Thursday, the Postal Service said it would offer a $20,000 buyout to thousands of veteran workers as part of its goal to cut 7,500 position, mostly in administration. Potential changes to save money could come at the expense of rural areas of Kansas. The Salina Journal reports operations at mail processing centers in Colby and Hays might be merged with those in Salina.
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by Kim Hynes & Rodney Price and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 27, 2012
Strong winds cause damage in Colby.  The Thomas County Department of Emergency Management says an apartment complex lost its roof and cars were blown off of I-70. There are no injuries reported at this time. Click here for Storm Shots The weather also caused a transformer explosion.  And with winds gusting more than 70 miles an hour, several fires started and were difficult to control. All available firefighters and law enforcement officers spent late Saturday night into Sunday morning dealing with the fire and other damage.  Thomas County Emergency Management says the winds also reduced visibility and blowing dust hampered recovery efforts.
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by Jessica Reber and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 25, 2013
Authorities have formally charged a Garden City man in the death of Teri Morris of Colby.  Firefighters pulled Morris' body from a house fire earlier this month. The 27-year-old was found dead near the front door. William Shank was arrested shortly after the incident.  He is being held on a $1 million bond in the Thomas County jail.  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed charges Monday alleging Shank committed first-degree murder, aggravated arson and aggravated burglary.
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By Chris Durden and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 6, 2011
The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 70 from Colby to the Colorado state line. KDOT closed the highway westbound earlier Thursday afternoon due to poor visibility and strong winds. The National Weather Service reported non-thunderstorm wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph in northwestern Kansas on Thursday afternoon.
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By Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | December 30, 2010
Short sleeves for some, winter coats for others.  What you did Thursday likely depended on where you live in Kansas.  "I love it, love it.  If it's global warming that's okay.  If it's not that's okay to," said Wichita resident James Kilpatrick. Wichitans took advantage of the 60 degree temperatures to get their cars washed.  "When the weather is nice, it's what you have to do.  You don't want to do it at home," said Judy Kilpatrick. People living in Colby couldn't wait to get home and out of the cold.
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June 1, 2010
By Denise Hnytka (WELLINGTON and WINFIELD, Kan) When the tornado sirens go off, most of us know to go to a safe place. But for many people, that's not as easy as going down to their basement. Now federal stimulus money helps build new shelters where they're needed, places like the Wheat Capitol Manor in Wellington. When you walk into the room, you may not even realize its a shelter. There's a colorful mural on the wall and quaint cafe chairs in the corner. But don't let the serene setting fool you. "I was told that if the building collapsed from this direction onto the storm shelter, and two semis hit it from both ways, it would be standing," explained Melissa Hamlin, Executive Director for the Wellington Housing Authority.
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by Jessica Reber and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 25, 2013
Authorities have formally charged a Garden City man in the death of Teri Morris of Colby.  Firefighters pulled Morris' body from a house fire earlier this month. The 27-year-old was found dead near the front door. William Shank was arrested shortly after the incident.  He is being held on a $1 million bond in the Thomas County jail.  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed charges Monday alleging Shank committed first-degree murder, aggravated arson and aggravated burglary.
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by Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 11, 2013
The Kansas Attorney General's office has released the name of the woman killed in Colby over the weekend. She was 27-year old Teri Morris. Her body was found inside a burning home Saturday morning.   The AG's office says an individual has been taken into custody for Morris' death.  The AG's office says the investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time. Information about the case has been very limited.  Eyewitness News has contacted the Colby Police Chief, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Attorney General's office to try and learn more.
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by Kim Hynes & Rodney Price and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 27, 2012
Strong winds cause damage in Colby.  The Thomas County Department of Emergency Management says an apartment complex lost its roof and cars were blown off of I-70. There are no injuries reported at this time. Click here for Storm Shots The weather also caused a transformer explosion.  And with winds gusting more than 70 miles an hour, several fires started and were difficult to control. All available firefighters and law enforcement officers spent late Saturday night into Sunday morning dealing with the fire and other damage.  Thomas County Emergency Management says the winds also reduced visibility and blowing dust hampered recovery efforts.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | January 5, 2012
A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Colby, Kansas. Sixty-seven year old Timothy D. Seifert of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. Seifert initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed in October. The complaint alleged that on October 28, 2011, Seifert robbed the Farmers & Merchants Bank at 240 West 4 th in Colby. He gave the teller a note saying he had a gun. Seifert was arrested shortly after the robbery not far from the bank.
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By Kim Wilhelm and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 2, 2011
The Colby postmaster and another post office employee are on paid leave while an internal investigation is conducted.   Eyewitness News has learned the Post Office Inspector General is looking into a possible violation regarding procedures regarding the external first class measurement system. This is the system used to independently measure the delivery time of mail. A spokesperson for the post office would not release any other information on the matter. For now, the Colby post office is being managed by the Goodland postmaster.
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By Robert Marin and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 27, 2011
Four Kansas towns receive $100,000 each as part of a nine-month long energy saving contest. Colby, Baldwin City, Fort Scott and Manhattan came out as the four regional winners of the Take Charge Challenge. The event was organized by the Efficiency Kansas initiative and involved about 275,000 Kansans in 16 towns. Over the past nine months the communities took part in activities to make them more energy efficient with things like installing programmable thermostats and switching to energy efficient light bulbs.
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by Rebecca White and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 14, 2011
Friday Colby Community College became the first veterinary technology program in the U.S. to train students on in-house animal stem cell therapy. Colby CC was part of the initial veterinary technology programs established in the nation and is the only program in Kansas fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The patient is a 9-year-old neutered male Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix named Rocky.  He suffers from severe arthritis in his hips. Officials at the College say adult animal stem cell technology uses the body's own regenerative healing power to help cure dogs, cats and horses suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, tendon, ligament and cartilage injuries and other ailments.
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By Chris Durden and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 6, 2011
The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 70 from Colby to the Colorado state line. KDOT closed the highway westbound earlier Thursday afternoon due to poor visibility and strong winds. The National Weather Service reported non-thunderstorm wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph in northwestern Kansas on Thursday afternoon.
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By Robert Marin and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 22, 2011
A Colby man dies in an accident Sunday night north of Phillipsburg in Phillips County. The accident happened just after 8:20 p.m. at the junction of Highway 183 and K-383 17 miles north of Phillipsburg. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 85-year-old Loren Turner was driving his Chevy Tahoe east on K-383, and failed to yield the right-of-way to a semi making a left turn onto Highway 183. Turner died at the scene. The driver of the semi was not hurt.
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By Robert Marin and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 20, 2011
American Red Cross offices in Great Bend and Colby could soon be closing, as the organization deals with the still struggling economy. A spokesperson for the Red Cross in Wichita says there are plans to close the officers by Sept. 2. The Red Cross says the changes come as part of a nationwide reorganization in response to the down economy and increases the organization faces in health and retirement benefits. The Red Cross says the change will not impact health and safety classes, blood drives and response to emergencies in those communities.
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