Conventional academic wisdom is that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent to homicide, but according to accused murderer Dmitry Smirnov, it deterred him from killing Ms. Jitka Vesel in Oak Brook, Ill. - until, that is, Illinois' death penalty was repealed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Trevor Plouffe hit a big two-run homer and Delmon Young had three hits in his return to the lineup to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA laid off about 114 people over the last two days, planned cost-cutting moves that a league spokesman said Thursday are "not a direct result of the lockout."
NEW YORK (AP) - With time running short to keep the NFL's preseason intact, owners and players got into another long round of labor talks Thursday, trying to break the impasse that has kept the league shut down for four months.
WASHINGTON (AP) - One minute Roger Clemens was on trial for his freedom. Then, on just the second day of testimony, it was suddenly all over and the former baseball star was outside signing autographs for fans.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Lauren Cheney was just 11 during the 1999 World Cup, watching from the stands and imagining what it would be like to be on that field with Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.
WAKEENEY - Laverne "Bunny" Tomanek, 78, died July 12, 2011 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.
WICHITA - Viola M. Bennett, 85, died July 14, 2011 at Catholic Care Center, Wichita.
CUSHING, Okla. - Charlene Ann Tannahill was born on Aug. 21, 1935 in Pawnee, Okla., to Charley R. Tannahill and Dorothy I. Reaves Tannahill. She passed from this life on June 19, at Linwood Nursing Home in Cushing, Okla., having reached the age of 75 years, 9 months, and 28 days. She moved to Cushing, Okla. from Great Bend in October of 1978. She was a retired registered nurse.
The annual Big Benefit Auction is sure to be a spicy-hot ticket this August with a theme of "Salsa & Sombreros." Those tickets go on sale Monday, July 18.
Saturday, July 16
The Pawnee County 4-$ fashion Review was held Tuesday in Larned at the J.A. Haas Building and the Larned Community Center.
Screening to be offered Friday
The Montana House of Representatives passed a tough drunk-driving bill to combat the state's high DUI rate, but it came over the objection of Rep. Alan Hale (and later, Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy).
DENVER - It took the Denver Broncos three tries to put away the Kansas City Chiefs.
Olivia Pfannenstiel and Benjamin Grover announce their engagement along with their parents. The bride-elect is the daughter of Keith and Paulette Pfannenstiel of Lawrence. The prospective groom is the son of Karl and Cathy Grover, formerly of Great Bend.
Esther Koochel will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 19, with a card shower.
Opal A. Weaver will celebrate her 101st birthday Sept. 21, with a card shower.
Tom and Rita Hickel of Hoisington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Reba Hickel to Kyle Kohn, son of Galen and Doris Kohn of Dodge City. Grandparents of the couple are Betty Mae Axman of Olmitz, Gloria Hickel of Claflin and Louise Downey of Dodge City.
Virgil Burhenn will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sept. 15, with a card shower.
Ms. Gwen Turnbull of Salina announces the engagement of her daughter Ashley Turnbull to Jeff Brack, son of Keith and Glenda Brack of Albert. Grandmothers are Mickey Turnbull, of Salina and Ann Siemers, of Great Bend.
Charlene Degenhardt and Michael Beaver were united in marriage on Aug. 30, at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinwood with Pastor Jeffery Frakes officiating. Parents of the couple are Mary and Daniel of Great Bend, and Carol Beaver of Topeka.
The Walnut Valley Senior Center of Rush Center is again planning to serve a "Potato Bar" the third Sunday of each month from September thru May with the exception of March, due to the community St. Patrick celebration and in December.
The Rice County Council on Aging in Lyons is hosting a seminar on grant writing geared toward non-profit agencies, municipalities, schools, libraries, museums and faith-based organizations. "Researching and Writing Winning Grants - Level I" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9th at the organization's facility, located at 117 West Avenue South in Lyons.
The Great Bend High School Class of 1964 will hold their 50th reunion on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend. Friends are welcome to come visit after 8 p.m. on both nights.
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.
The following meals will be served Sept. 15 through Sept. 19. 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.