Despite the fact that in America, 60 to 70 percent of people identify themselves as "Christian" to one degree or another, Christian-bashing seems to be just about as popular a pastime as watching football these days. And when a national football player commits the unpardonable sins of being both pro-life and vociferously, pro-Jesus, you end up with Monday morning pundits who cast ridiculous judgments from on top of their lofty thrones, much like the old Muppet Show characters Statler and Waldorf.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
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NEW YORK (AP) - The new Big East will span four time zones, 3,000 miles from coast to coast and, eventually, have 12 teams.
Claflin native Jim Homolka, a two-time NCAA Division-II All-America selection as a defensive lineman at Fort Hays State University (1976-77), recently was inducted into the FHSU Hall of Fame on Nov. 5.
AP Top 25 College Basketball
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, including one who says he screamed in vain for help while Sandusky attacked him in a basement bedroom.
NFC East, power division. As they say from Brooklyn to the Bronx and in the other boroughs: Fuhgeddaboudit!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Houston cuts an imposing figure standing in front of his locker in the Chiefs' practice facility. The rookie linebacker is 6-foot-3, 270 pounds of muscle, his right eye a bloody red, a large scar on his chest and a tattoo inked across his right shoulder.
Barton Community College women's basketball player Dionne Harris has been named NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Ambulances were dispatched after a semitrailer loaded with bricks collided with a minivan in the 400 block of North Washington Ave. on Tuesday, but both drivers declined medical treatment at the scene.
Luisa Yoselin Alcala-Reyes, seat belts (18 and older), $10
Barton County Sheriff
HOISINGTON - Edward Murray, 67, died Dec. 6 at his home in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
It's been a very good 4-H year! Barton County 4-H members did well in several areas at the Kansas State Fair.
Doug and Karen Hickel of Claflin announce the engagement of their daughter Samantha Kay Hickel to Matthew William Hafner, son of Rod and Kathy Hafner of Great Bend.
Keith Lear of Gladstone, Mo. and Karla Croswhite of Keaney, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter Erin Lear to Brian Koochel, son of Michael and Lois Koochel of Great Bend.
Irma Chlumsky will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Hadley Center, Heritage Room, 208 East 8th Street in Hays. Friends and family are invited. No gifts are requested.
Chris and Kathi Heine of Great Bend announce the engagement of their daughter Kristin N. Klusener, to Evan R. McAllister, son of Clayton and Nancy McAllister of Great Bend
Cherry Village Nursing Home is seeking donations for their Activities Department Garage Sale fundraiser. Donations will be accepted up to Oct. 8 at 1401 Cherry Lane for the Oct. 10 and 11, sale.
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Stan Jantz of Hoisington was honored Saturday by being presented with the to his chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Stan is the Americanism Chairman for the Sons of the Plains Chapter which meets in Hutchinson. Stan is a member of the Color guard and has participated in events at every opportunity and initiated opportunities when none were scheduled. Stan has been instrumental in getting joint involvement with the DAR Chapter in Ellsworth.
The following meals will be served Sept. 22 through Sept. 26. The secondary schools also have available daily: second choices, chef salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
Russell Original Art Review is gearing up for its 46th Show. Entry forms have begun to flood the Kansas Art World. Since 1969, the ROAR Show has given Kansas artists the opportunity to show and sell their work of art by professional and amateur Kansas artists in categories of Oil, Watercolor, Other Two-Dimension, Sculpture, Ceramics, Pastels, Photography, and Computer Generated or Manipulated Original
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
Farmers Bank & Trust has been awarded an A+ in DepositAccounts.com's independent Bank Financial Health Rating System for the quarter ended June 30th. The A+ rating is defined as the highest distinction in terms of relative financial strength and stability, according to their standardized measurement system. The service gives consumers information on the relative financial strength of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions.
A sewing class for adults will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29, at the Extension office meeting room, 1800 12th Street. The project will be a simple table runner. Sewing machines and equipment will be provided. Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Agent, and volunteers from the Central Kansas Thread Benders quilt guild will be on hand to teach the class. There is a $10 fee for the class. For more information or to register contact Joyce Burnham at 620-793-7094.