On this Veteran's Day, 2011, our thoughts should turn once again toward our military, who find themselves busier than they have been in recent memory.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its High School Basketball Leagues.
Having won the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference West Division and NJCAA Region VI title, the accolades continue to roll in for the Barton Community College volleyball team.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Just because Joe Paterno is gone doesn't mean the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State is over. Many questions remain unanswered - from how much Paterno actually knew to whether there will be any repercussions for assistant coach Mike McQueary, who told Paterno but not police about seeing former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in a shower with a young boy in 2002.
NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners and players met again Thursday, hoping to reach a deal to end the lockout and very aware of the consequences if they fail.
The Barton Community College women's basketball team takes a 2-2 record into this weekend's Hutchinson Classic.
Lt. Col. Christopher Zielke, commander of the Ft. Riley Warrior Transition Battalion, accepts a $1,500 check from Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman on Nov. 1. BCC hosted the Fort Riley Wounded Warrior Scramble on Aug. 20 to raise the funds. The tournament was played at Fort Riley's Custer Hill Golf Course. All funds raised go toward assisting wounded soldiers at Fort Riley.
Staff Sgt. Myra Kennedy is thousands of miles from home, separated from her family and friends as she serves her country during a tour of duty in Africa.
The 7th annual St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center Golf Classic/Auction has netted $56,749.71 for Heartland Cancer Center patients. Earnings from this fund are used to help eligible cancer patients receive treatment.
Those whose lives are touched by diabetes will have the chance to learn more about the disease from a well-known expert at a special meeting of Great Bend's Diabetes Support Group.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is holding its annual Longest Tail Feather contest. Pheasant hunters can bring the tail feather from their prize bird to the GBRC office, 1214 Stone St., during pheasant season.
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BAZINE - Marie Krug, 97, passed away Nov. 9, 2011, at Crossroads Hospice in Lakeview Village, Lenexa. She was born on July 4, 1914, the daughter of John F. and Elizabeth Keil Wittman in Russell.
HOISINGTON -FOCUS (Fostering Our Community's Unique Strengths) announces that Hoisington has received a sizable pledge to kick off their fundraising efforts to restore pride in Hoisington's Pride Park on East Third Street. FOCUS hopes to raise more than $80,000 to make much-needed improvements to the park.
Vampires are immortal, especially if you're judging that based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
Parents face a variety of choices when choosing how to rear their child, and for bilingual parents choosing a language can be a daunting but worthwhile task with myriad benefits.
When Mitchell Whisenhunt passed away on Saturday, he left his family with a gift they will always cherish - dozens of letters.
LARNED - Pop music fans will remember a hit song by The Police, "Every Breath You Take."
MANHATTAN - Kansas State is the only team still unbeaten in the round-robin meat-grinder of the Big 12, and the biggest reason why has been the impassioned play of quarterback Jake Waters.
SAN FRANCISCO - Eric Hosmer is eager to see what makes San Francisco's waterfront ballpark unique.
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GODDARD - Karen Kay (Miller) Marcotte, 66, died Oct. 21 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Goodard. Born Jan. 18, 1948, in Claflin, she was the daughter of Joseph Miller and Lucille (Habiger) Miller. She was employed by Koch Industries as a records administrator.
Thomas E. Harris, 67, died Oct. 22 at his home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 29, 1947, at Neosho, Mo., the son of Lawrence Edwin and Eula (Stites) Harris. He married Shirley Schmitt May 1, 1965 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Granby, Mo., he was a long-time oilfield truck driver and later owned and operated Tom Harris Trucking.
CLAFLIN - Stephen F. Demel, 86, died Oct. 22 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Dec. 26, 1927, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (Lamatsch) Demel. On April 23, 1957, he married Dolores A. Jenisch in Odin. A lifelong resident of Barton County, he was a farmer.
Mary Elizabeth Henkle, 80, died on Oct. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 9, 1934, in Burlington she was the daughter of Charles William and Hazel Loretta (Doll) Reynolds. On Feb. 12, 1950, she married Carl W. Henkle in Holyrood. A resident of Great Bend since 1953, coming from Ellsworth County, she was employed by Sears in the customer service department, retiring after more than 30 years of service.
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KOC to host turkey dinner
TOPEKA - Wednesday was proclaimed as School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day by Gov. Sam Brownback, thanking them for transporting more than 200,000 students in excess of 66 million miles. Kansas currently employs 4,272 school bus drivers.
Whooping cranes have begun leaving their breeding grounds to migrate south from Canada, and will soon be passing through Kansas on their way to Texas. One of the best places to look for them will be Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas.