NEW ORLEANS - Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey are ready to tackle Ohio State star Jared Sullinger.
TOPEKA - The Great Bend Kids Wrestling Club had three kids advance to the championship match of the Kansas Kids Folk-Style State Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at the Kansas Expocentre.
Kentucky guard Doron Lamb loves it. Kansas counterpart Tyshawn Taylor isn't so sure.
CHASE - Keith R. Nightengale, 71, died March 29 at his residence in Chase. Born June 17, 1940 in Great Bend, he was the son of Vault "Ernie" and Elizabeth Kramer Nightengale. He was a graduate of Great Bend High School. On March 22, 1985 he married Brenda Singleton in Geneseo. A resident of Chase for 27 years, formerly of Great Bend, he was a lifetime oilfield sales representative currently working for Kitco Distribution of Great Bend.
LARNED - Ailsa Myrtle Morgan, 92, died March 28 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Feb. 22, 1920 in Barton County, she was the daughter of George and Etta M. Hopkins Hofmaster. On Dec. 30, 1946 she married William D. Morgan in Great Bend. He died on Oct. 4, 2001. A lifetime Barton and Pawnee County resident, she was a homemaker, bookkeeper and an aide at the Larned State Hospital.
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The top three poker players in the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Texas Hold 'Em tournament split the pot. Janette Handle of Hays had the most chips and won $400. Yvonne West of Great Bend and Leslie Heeke of Larned each won $275.
RUSSELL - The Barton Community College Foundation will hold its fifth annual Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, 3721 183rd St., Russell. The last shoot begins at 3 p.m.
PAWNEE ROCK Larry Hayes Marshall, 73, died March 28 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
Chuck Smith, 56, died March 29 at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on March 31, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect Nov. 1 through March 31 each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission's (KCC) jurisdiction. That protection ends Saturday.
If the EPA's proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States becomes law, farming and ranching as we know it today may end.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Great Bend native and President and General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., Joan Barrett, was named one of Wichita's Top Women in Business for 2014. Barrett was among only 20 women who received the honor Aug. 26, at a special presentation hosted by the Wichita Business Journal.
Time's up, Mr. President.
At age 12, I earned a rather unusual distinction: I was the most experienced funeral altar boy at St. Patrick's parish. And with my kid brother Marty as my wingman, we became a pretty reliable one-two tag team for many funerals in the early '70s. If there were a teen version of funeral crashers, I was Owen Wilson.
The news made many Americans do a double-take. Wait a minute: this news story says a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed her gun instructor while he was teaching her to use...an Uzi? An UZI?! One of those Israeli-designed compact sub automatic machine guns? That gun that can fire 600 rounds per minute? It just had to be a bad joke.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's. John Popp, from USD 428, will present the program "College Career Readiness Standards."
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
The State Fair is in high gear and today is Sept. 7. A strong cold front moved through this past Friday and parts of the area have received fairly significant amounts of precipitation over the last week. Much of the immediate area was listed under the Moderate Drought category last Thursday but parts of eastern Barton, Rice, and Ellsworth Counties are a bit better and rated as Moderately Dry. Some producers question this since they are dealing with fields too wet for equipment while other missed out on the rains. It's almost time to plant the 2015 winter wheat ...