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If you Enron-ize public schools, cheating is going to happen

The Ohio state auditor is investigating the practice of "scrubbing," or dropping students from attendance rolls so they don't count against test scores. The former El Paso superintendent is in prison for using truant officers to encourage at-risk students to drop out. Other testing scandals have popped up in Mobile, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, and East St. Louis, Illinois. And everywhere USA Today looked in a 2011 investigation, they discovered statistically improbable aberrations in test scores, identifying 1,610 examples of anomalies that an Arizona State University professor compared to "a weight-loss clinic where you lose 100 ...

April 03, 2013 | | Columnists


Rhonda R. Klug, 1963-2013

GREAT BEND - Rhonda R. Klug, 49, died April 3, 2013 at her home in Great Bend.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


OTR for April 4, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

April 03, 2013 | | On the Record


Teresa M. Kaiser 1925-2013

CLAFLIN – Teresa M. Kaiser, 87, died April 3, 2013 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


John Gilbert Nolte

HUDSON - Services for John Gilbert Nolte, 78, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Peace Church north of Hudson.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Robert Lee Ballard 1929-2013

HOISINGTON - Robert Lee Ballard, 83, died March 30, 2013 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.

April 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Larned State Hospital employees to protest working conditions

By DaVe Ranney

April 03, 2013 | | Pawnee Co. News


Expo winner

April 03, 2013 | | Business


Bulls hold off Wizards, 90-86

WASHINGTON - John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute and the Washington Wizards won their eighth straight home game Tuesday night, beating the temperamental Chicago Bulls 90-86.

April 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Nearly all Chiefs players report for offseason workout

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Smith and Derrick Johnson said it felt like the first day of school.

April 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Wichita State evens field against Final Four rivals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The entire basketball program at Wichita State runs on what Louisville coach Rick Pitino makes in a single year, with money left over to purchase plenty of trophy cases for Final Four hardware.

April 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | NCAA Tournament


David Juergensen 1950-2013

David Juergensen, 62, died April 2, 2013 at home in Great Bend. He was born April 12, 1950 at Great Bend, the son of Emil and Alverta (Steinert) Juergensen.

April 02, 2013 | | Obituaries


John Gilbert Nolte 1934-2013

HUDSON - John Gilbert Nolte, 78, died March 26, 2013 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. He was born Oct. 21, 1934 at Stafford County, the son of John Louis and Elizabeth (Ukens) Nolte.

April 02, 2013 | | Obituaries


Larned native Keady among selections for 2013 College Basketball Hall of Fame class

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Longtime coaches Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino, and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, headline the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

April 02, 2013 | | NCAA Tournament


Five local wrestlers take home state crowns

TOPEKA - Thirty-one Great Bend wrestlers set out to compete with 1,400 other wrestlers from the state in the final tournament of the Kansas Kids State Wrestling Championships on March 29-30 at the Kansas Expocentre.

April 02, 2013 | | Local Sports


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Pump prices unexpectedly jump

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 per gallon earlier this weekly, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81.

June 17, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


St. Rose, local employers team up for wellness screenings

St. Rose Health Center is taking its mission to improve community health and wellness to the streets – one employer at a time.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Fatal collision in Barton County

An Ellsworth woman died when the vehicle she was driving collided with another vehicle on K-156, 14 miles northeast of Great Bend at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2000 Mazda protege driven by Teresa Mehl, age 45, was travelling east on K-156 and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 driven by Andrew Kirkpatrick, 31, from Ellinwood.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Young logs 3 RBIs, fires Royals past Brewers

MILWAUKEE- Chris Young produced on the mound and at the plate, firing seven scoreless innings and driving in three runs as the Royals rolled to a 7-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night to take both games of the Interleague set.

June 17, 2015 | Jeffrey Flanagan/MLB.com | AP Sports


Warriors win NBA title, down LeBron, Cavs 105-97 in Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) - As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.

June 17, 2015 | TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer | AP Sports


Black Faces in White Spaces

Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas was not a "whites only" pool, but it might as well have been. Before Eric Casebolt shoved a black girl's face into the ground and pulled a gun on her two unarmed friends, white neighborhood residents at the pool assumed that all those black teenagers were in the wrong place. They didn't see the invited guests of a black neighbor getting a little rowdy at an end-of-school pool party. They saw black people who didn't belong in the mostly white neighborhood.

June 17, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Googling the Fountain of Youth

Rich people with too much time and money on their hands often seem to get bored with the hum and drum of their gold-filigreed existences. In response they turn to egalitarian enterprises, such as feudal kings commissioning alchemists to turn base metals into gold, because a lot of stuff back then needed to be filigreed.

June 17, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Last Name

June 17, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer blood supply

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer.

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Wilson State Park OK Kids Event

Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K. Kids Event on Saturday. O.K. Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wi1dscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an alternative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...

June 17, 2015 | | Local News


Metro Real Estate group

Nicole Kennedy, a broker with Dave Neal & Associates, has bought the agency from Neal and is renaming it Metro Real Estate Group.

June 17, 2015 | | Business


Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


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