First positive case of COVID-19 confirmed in Barton County
The Barton County Health Department reported the first confirmed positive case of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) in Barton County. Testing was confirmed on Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m.
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Driver rear-ends truck on U.S. 281
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A 19-year-old Hoisington man sustained what was believed to be a minor injury Tuesday when the Dodge Caliber he was driving rear-ended another vehicle on U.S. 281, 5 miles south of Hoisington. Kansas Highway Patrol reports Kejlt Robert Michael Phillips was taken to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington after the 12:30 p.m. crash.

Phillips was driving the 2011 Dodge Caliber was behind a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado that was pulling a trailer and driven by John Morgan Hendershot, 21, of Little Hocking, Ohio. Hendershot slowed to make a left-hand turn and the Phillips vehicle struck the back of the trailer. Hendershot was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.