When a teenage mother was in danger of losing her home because it was not painted, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings worked alongside other high school students to help paint her house. Now the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association has recognized the role Akings plays in programs for the community's youth by presenting him with the Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year Award.
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ELLINWOOD - The 74th annual Heckel family reunion will be Aug. 28 at Immanuel United Church of Christ fellowship hall in Ellinwood.
OLYROOD - In the words of author Raymond Lindquist, "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." Central Plains School District teachers and students will find themselves letting go of the familiar as they start classes in the reorganized school district.
STERLING - Rebecca Lynn "Bec" Boyd, 36, died August 23, 2011 in rural Sterling as a result of an automobile accident.
GARDNER - Frances Ann "The Wop" Minyen, 70, of Gardner, passed away August 23, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family.
GREAT BEND -- Gary Krien, 62, died Aug. 10 at his home, the result of a heart attack. He was born Dec. 7, 1948.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its second competitive grant cycle for 2011 and awarded $18,350.23 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Trent Green knows about paying dues.
TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Jose Bautista added his major league-leading 37th homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
PITTSBURG - In NCAA Division-II athletics, two-sport athletes are few and far between.
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Tuesday-LHS Tennis at Ellsworth, 3 p.m.; LHS Volleyball, home, 5 p.m.; IEP Conference Room, 1:45 p.m.
The date for Country Square Dance Lessons has been changed to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of 24th and Washington. There will be no charge for the first class for those who want to learn social "mixer" dancing. High school, college, young couples and adults are welcome.
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Cooking Vegetarian" from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Presenter Gloria Hernandez will show how to cook vegetarian dishes which include cheese, eggs and milk. Each participant will make a veggie spring roll.
On Saturday the GBHS debate squad placed 3rd at Valley Center against 16 schools and 66 teams. In the novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 4th with a 4/1 win/loss record. Keeler said "I am really proud of everyone that competed. It was a lot of fun!" Also in the novice division the team of Uriel Renteria and Sara Allen had a 3/2 win/loss record that contributed to the sweepstakes placing. In the JV division the team of Carter Sheffield and Kris Gieck placed 7th with a 4/1 win/loss ...
"If you like your health plan, you can keep it" was last year's Lie of the Year. When millions of cancellations stacked up, the game of make-believe was over. So the Democrats, hoping to survive another election cycle, shifted to a new mantra: they claim they want to fix the law. The facts show this is just another Obamacare lie.
The hundreds of thousands of "nonpartisan Obama War protesters" have been found!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs.
TONGANOXIE - Heading in, they knew it would be tough, and the Tonganoxie tournament did not disappoint.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago.
LAWRENCE - Kansas is turning to a native son to usher the Jayhawks through the rest of the season.
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It was definitely a game that would play into the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference standings later in the season - as well as Region VI seeding.