The public is invited to the Delta Tau chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha's annual holiday auction Monday, Dec. 5 at the Best Western in Great Bend. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to view auction items, with bidding beginning at 7 p.m.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's inspector general revealed that a $1,200 cash award was paid by the agency in 2010 to one of the very employees who had been specifically singled out for allowing Bernard Madoff to talk his way out of SEC inquiries in 2005 and 2006, before his epic Ponzi scheme was exposed in 2008.
CLEARFIELD, Pa. - Here's one more disturbing story related to the shocking Penn State child sexual abuse case: Victim #1, whose allegations about being molested by Jerry Sandusky led to legendary football coach and alleged enabler Joe Paterno's firing, has left his high school after being bullied by classmates due to his role in Paterno's dismissal.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kyle Orton finished dressing after the Kansas City Chiefs' loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and then turned to face reporters for the first time since he was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are headed in a completely new direction.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Ndamukong Suh is going back to the NFL, this time hoping for some leniency.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A Penn State trustee and the head coach of the four-time defending national champion women's volleyball team will be part of a six-person university committee that will lead the search for fired football coach Joe Paterno's replacement.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor gave men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim a vote of confidence Tuesday amid an investigation of child molestation allegations against his former longtime assistant coach.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is taking reservations for a Christmas Entertaining Meals luncheon program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick invites the public to "get into the Christmas spirit with a wonderful meal and the sounds from the Great Bend Middle School Women In Harmony group. The meal will begin at noon and entertainment will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m., followed by time to visit with your friends before you head back to work at 1 p.m."
BURDETT - Fern I. Rodebaugh, 91, died Nov. 28 at Derby.
GREAT BEND - Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven are Center in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in BCC's Fine Arts Building, F-157.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss college vehicle replacement bids at its December study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Other items on the agenda include military certificates, the BCC financial statement, EduKan budget, plans to meet with legislators in the BCC service area, iPad training and the 2012 Association of Community College Trustees' Legislative Summit, Feb. 13-16 in Washington, D.C. Trustees will also discuss changing the date of the December business meeting from Dec. 15 to Dec. 13.
A cement truck rolled onto its side Wednesday morning, 4 miles east of Great Bend on U.S. 56, injuring the driver. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports Jeffery Wasson, 39, of Claflin was driving a westbound 2006 Peterbilt hauling a load of powdered cement owned by Copeland Acid and Cement. At 9:25 a.m. he attempted to turn left onto NE 60 Ave., but turned too sharply, causing the load to shift. The vehicle rolled onto the driver side.
Heather Acheson, Chris Klima, Irma Hladek and other Kennel Techs represented Golden Belt Humane Society at a one-day workshop in Wichita, presented by Petfinder, the online database of adoptable pets. The workshop was sponsored by Petco and hosted by Kansas Humane Society.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Volunteers in Action, Barton Workforce Building, 1025 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Amanda Hackerott and Nancy Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Last week, twelve members of the Barton County Young Professionals group completed a proprietary leadership workshop entitled "Future in Focus", which was designed to help participants set personal and professional goals for the year 2020. The event was sponsored by The 10th Street EyeCare Center, and was facilitated by Troy Unruh with the Kansas Leadership Center.
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking. The problem is usually that no one is laughing. Such was the case recently when two candidates offered a radical solution to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border: Bomb Mexico. Serious or not, it shows how far the anti-immigrant tide has carried some politicians from realistically addressing border security and immigration reform.
Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.
Some people live for challenges.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest estimates on health insurance coverage. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 348,097 Kansans - or 12.3 percent of the population - did not have insurance coverage in 2013. This was essentially unchanged from 2012 (12.6 percent). The uninsured rate in Kansas of 12.3 percent is significantly lower than the national uninsured rate of 14.5 percent.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two racing motorcycles with a combined value of $11,525 were stolen last week from the 700 block of Washington St. in Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The Sept. 26 theft is featured this week by Crime Stoppers.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.
ARKANSAS CITY - Some nights it just isn't there.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been here before.