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Snow Chances this Afternoon

Decision Weather: January 27th: Back-to-back low-pressure systems kicking out of the southwest U.S. brought wintry weather with snow and cold temperatures Monday and Tuesday.  Today we start in single digits and wind chill below zero, but as high-pressure and ridging builds out west and sunshine comes out afternoon temperatures will warm to around 30-degrees.  Tomorrow and Friday high-pressure over the area warms temperatures into the 40’s and low 20’s.  Next storm system kicking out of the southwest over the weekend will track south and east of the area with precipitation, while temperatures remain in the 40’s and lows in the 20’s. 



Events Around the Area

In Atwood:
Courthouse Drop Box
Citizens are asked to use the drop box at the north entrance of the courthouse if they have forms to turn in.
Meals and Wheels Volunteers Needed
The Atwood senior center is needing volunteers to deliver meals on wheels.  Meals are delivered Monday through Friday from 11:00 until noon.  If you can volunteer contact the Atwood Senior Center.

Atwood FFA to Host 'Drive A Live
The "blackout" event is at the RCHS basketball game versus Hitchcock County on February 2nd (*Granted fans are allowed in per KSHAA rules.*) Atwood FFA along with Trooper Todd and other professionals are going to be speaking to students about driving safely on February 1st. There will be provided FREE t-shirts to anyone* who wants one to show they support on the community campaign, just let Miss Schamberger know by Monday, January 18th at 8:00 a.m. Please contact her via text or call at 785-657-7218 or message the Atwood FFA Facebook page. 
*All Rawlins County 7th through 12th graders will be provided a shirt. Student in younger grades, parents must request. Youth sizes available, but no long sleeves, hoodies, crewnecks, etc.

In Colby:


WPAA to Host 'Drums of the World'

January’s Western Plains Arts Association program has been moved to an alternate community and venue.

The public performance for Drums of the World by Michael Fitzsimmons has been moved to Hoxie High School Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 24.  It will still be at 3 p.m. that day as stated in the WPAA season program. Admission is $10 adults or $5 students at the door or by WPAA season pass.

This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Additional funding support is from the Dane Hansen Foundation, Logan, Kansas. There will also be two school workshop/programs held on Monday, Jan. 25, at the Hoxie High School Auditorium, one for older students and one for elementary students. These school sessions are also made possible by the public and private funding sources mentioned above.


Ways to Give

Helping Paws Food Bank
Helping Paws pet food bank is in need of dry dog and cat food, and cat litter. Supplies can be brought to the Colby Methodist Church during office hours or picked up. The pet food bank is open on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.. For more information, you can call (785) 460-2761 or email

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WPAA (Tentative) Season Schedule

Western Plains Arts Association
Tentative Schedule for 2020-2021
Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show starts.

Sunday, September 27th
3:00 p.m. at the Oakley High School Auditorium
Formerly called En Power and Light, Lezlee and Paul will perform a variety of pieces.

Sunday, October 11th
2:00 p.m. at the Hoxie High School Auditorium
A marimba quartet called Marimbas Sol de Chiapas, North America's premier professional Mexican marimba ensemble, will perform an eclectic variety of music
(1:30 p.m. Pre-concert workshop - free to everyone)

Notice for Kansans

Beginning on October 26th through October 30th, the Atwood Police Department will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies to stop what has been likened to an epidemic in Kansas. In 2019, 8 children ages 0-13 lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Sadly, 62% of those children were not wearing their seat belts.