This year I'm enjoying a first - coaching a girl's sport, basketball. A team made up of Notre Dame de Sion juniors in the CYO league, it's a rather unusual arrangement as most coaches do things I don't. Practice, for instance. They also use those white boards to diagram plays, make strategic substitutions and scout their opponents. That's not me, not us.
For its business success and long-standing commitment to the community, Rosewood Services earned the title of Business of the Year for 2012.
For several decades, local consultant Rick Ball has been helping business owners and investors make sound decisions about their futures. He founded Ball Consulting Group LTD, specializing in offering financial and management consulting.
Anyone who has worked with teenagers knows how saintly educators are. Teachers dedicate themselves to impacting the lives of their students. But one teacher in particular has earned special recognition for going above and beyond as a role model and servant leader in 2012.
VICTORIA - The St. John-Hudson High School had four players in double figures in a 58-25 victory over Victoria on Friday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mike Rosario scored 18 points, Erik Murphy added 17 and No. 2 Florida bounced back from a humbling loss earlier in the week to thump Mississippi State 83-58 on Saturday.
The Claflin Lions Club is sponsoring basketball author and historian Steven Michael Farney on Monday, Feb. 18, at the Claflin Community Center, located at 409 A Street in Claflin.
MADISON, Wis. - Ben Brust hit a 3-pointer from just inside midcourt to tie the game at the end of regulation and added a tie-breaking 3 with less than 40 seconds left in overtime as Wisconsin beat No. 3 Michigan 65-62 on Saturday.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State is now clearly in the driver's seat in the Big 12.
NORMAN, Okla. - Buddy Hield came away with the steal, ran out to the other end of the court for a dunk that wouldn't count. It was still time for Oklahoma to celebrate, and Hield would get bounced around on fans' shoulders in a rare on-the-court postgame party at the Lloyd Noble Center.
MANHATTAN – Tradition and heritage is a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world.
GREAT BEND - Lynda Marie Garrett, 60, died Feb. 8, 2013 at her home in Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - William Henry "Bill" Kimpler, 89, died Dec. 8, 2012 in Oklahoma City.
TOPEKA - Lorenzo M. Lemuz, 88, Topeka, died Feb. 2, 2013 at Midland Hospice Care.
HUTCHINSON - Donald Orville "Don" Stafford, 99, died Feb. 8, 2013, at Elm Grove Estates, Hutchinson.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.