Latest Hutchinson News

Fight over water rights at central Kansas refuge resolved

Jul. 27, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) — An agreement over water rights at a man-made wildlife refuge in central Kansas has been signed. The agreement between the federal government and local farmers over water rights in Quivira National Wildlife Refuge was signed Saturday during a stakeholder meeting in St. John, Kansas,...

Specialty Mushrooms: A growing niche market

Jul. 24, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — By day, Eric Myers works for the U.S. Air Force, but in the evening — when he is not deployed — he has another passion. Myers grows and sells specialty mushrooms across the United States. Myers’ passion for growing specialized mushrooms — oyster, shiitake,...

Hutchinson woman sentenced to about 13 years in meth bust

Jul. 23, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Hutchinson woman was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for what the Reno County District Attorney called the largest methamphetamine bust in the county during his 19 years in office. Jennie Rebecca Wallace, 46, was sentenced Thursday after authorities found a 5-pound package...

Police say driver dies in fiery crash in Hutchinson

Jul. 22, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A driver died when a sport utility vehicle crashed into a building in Hutchinson and burst into flames, police there siad. The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, television station KSNW reported. Witnesses reported that the SUV was traveling at high speeds when it left the...

Kansas fair manager resigns after state fair canceled

Jul. 16, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The general manager for the Kansas State Fair announced Thursday he has resigned, saying he is leaving to keep front-line workers employed after the fair was canceled amid pandemic concerns. “The impact that COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on the Kansas State Fair...

Former police officer, wife killed in motorcycle crash

Jul. 16, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

CONCORDIA, Kan. (AP) — A former police officer and his wife have been killed in a motorcycle crash in north-central Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the motorcycle collided with a pickup truck Tuesday while rounding a curve about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) west of Concordia, The Wichita Eagle reports....

Kansas State Fair canceled this year amid pandemic concerns

Jul. 13, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair Board voted Monday to cancel this year's fair amid the coronavirus pandemic. Its reversal came a week after the board initially voted to continue with the fair, sparking concern from vendors and the community about the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hutchinson News...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks to reporters about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference, Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The state has seen its worst two-week spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began and Kelly is warning the public and local officials that wearing masks are necessary to check its spread. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

COVID-19 spike in Kansas casts doubt on allowing local rules

Jul. 10, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has not contained a resurgence in coronavirus cases, raising questions about whether Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature erred in allowing local officials to set rules for businesses and public gatherings. State Department of Health and...

Kansas State Fair board will reconsider holding event

Jul. 9, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The chances of the Kansas State Fair being held this year are looking less likely after a large number of vendors backed out or expressed trepidation. The Hutchinson News reports that the fair's board will meet Monday to reconsider its decision to hold the event in September....

Dr. Lee Norman, top administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, uses a pointer to highlight a recent surge in coronavirus cases, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman is predicting that Kansas will see steeper increases in reported coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Official suggests Kansas blew chance for coronavirus respite

Jul. 1, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official predicted Wednesday that the state will face steeper increases in coronavirus cases and suggested that it blew its chance for a summer respite from the pandemic by reopening its economy too quickly. Dr. Lee Norman, the top administrator at the state...