LARNED - Melvin M. Murphy Sr. 91, died July 5 at Country Place Senior Living in Larned. Born Sept. 24, 1920, in Pawnee County, he was the son of John Elmer and Elizabeth Wilhelm Murphy. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer/stockman. On March 15, 1941, he married Leona Kathleen Byrum at Wichita, where he worked for Beechcraft, and in 1945 he moved to the family farm west of Larned. Leona died March 6, 2003.
NESS CITY - Richard P. Ummel, 64, died July 4 at his home in Ness City. He was born on July 5, 1947, at Ransom, the son of Rolla and Edna Wittman Ummel. He was a retired truck driver for D&S Welding. On July 12, 1969, he married Cynthia Mauch in Ness City. They were later divorced.
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PHOENIX (AP) - Steve Nash is going to the Los Angeles Lakers, a Pacific Division rival the two-time MVP point guard tried so hard to beat, with little success, in his eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns.
HOISINGTON - Alvena Aalie Mondt, 68, died July 4 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Jan. 26, 1944, at Ellis, she was the daughter of William Marion Sr. & Donna Sue (Wade) Mondt. A Hoisington resident, she graduated from Delphos High School. She then attended Barton County Community College and graduated from Marymount College in Salina with her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She worked as an addiction counselor until her retirement.
MCCRACKEN - The McCracken Public Library and the McCracken Historical Society will host a history talk, "The Custer Trail in Kansas," at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, in the McCracken Community Building, located on West Beech Ave. and First Street.
DODGE CITY – The Kansas offices of Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that district staff will host local office hours in 46 towns across Kansas' Big First this month. Staff will be in Pawnee County on July 20 and in Barton County on July 23.
America is a nation in crisis. Faith in our economic and political institutions, from Wall Street to Congress, is at or near historic lows.
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STAFFORD - Charles Alan Osborn, 88, died July 3, 2012, in Stafford.
WILD WEST FEST
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - After going to two consecutive World Series without a title, the Texas Rangers are better than they ever have been.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - On a piece of metal scaffolding beyond the left-field wall at Kauffman Stadium, construction workers bolted together a table under a sweltering midday sun, the temperature tickling triple digits and sweat pouring off their brows.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Roger Federer earned a record 32nd Grand Slam semifinal berth and moved closer to a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title when he beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday.
The Central Plains High School volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association's latest rankings. As of Wednesday, their record is 27-1 with the Central Prairie League Tournament set for Saturday.
It was a great start to the night for the Barton Community College volleyball team.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for a while now, bad baseball has become a sea of Royals blue as long-suffering fans suddenly find their team in the World Series.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
HESSTON – South central Kansas will be the destination for five world class musical acts in a variety of backgrounds and genres when Hesston College and Bethel College (North Newton) team up to host the 2014-15 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts 2014-15 season.
Mike Westerman will appear as Edgar Allan Poe to present "The Raven" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St., Great Bend. Admission is free.
Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St., will hold its Fall Harvest Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be hayrides, costume contests, and trunk or treat time. Members will be serving soup. Everything is free and the community is invited.
Members of First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., will decorate their car trunks and hand out candy on Oct. 31 for Trunk or Treat. Treats will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on Forest Ave. in Front of the church, located at Forest and Stone.
First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway Ave., will offer a Judgement House walk-through drama. Hours will be 6-10 Friday, Oct. 24; 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
The Barton County Association of Churches' annual Chicken Noodle Soup Supper will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center at 4100 Broadway Ave. In addition to the homemade soup, homemade pies will be served. A freewill donation will be taken at the door. This project benefits Emergency Aid. For questions, contact Nancy Sundahl at 620-793-5894.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present a musical, "God Will Take You Through," this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. It will be presented at 2 p.m. at Sterling House and a final presentation at 6 p.m. at the Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, 19th St. and U.S. 281 Bypass.
Allen and Connie Parker of Lamb Watchers Ministries will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at King United Methodist Church, 16th and Odell St.
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HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.