JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Allene Wallace was on the phone with a friend when dozens of people dressed in red suddenly swarmed her property Thursday in tornado-stricken Joplin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest wants to change his name to Metta World Peace.
HOISINGTON - David Anthony Powell, 54, died June 16, 2011 at his home in Hoisington.
BURDETT - Vernon Wilbur Smith, 99, died June 22, 2011, at the Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse.
ELLINWOOD - Anneliese B. Graham, 66, died June 21, 2011 at Hays Medical Center.
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Barton Community College will offer a summer workshop for Skype from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in the Technical Building, T-117. To enroll in this workshop, contact Janet Kirmer, 620-792-9294 or 1-866-813-2460.
Barton County Historical Society will host its June meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Admission to the Historical Society museum will be free and the public is invited to hear about the Pawnee Tribe in Kansas, presented by David Clapsaddle Ph.D.
VICTORIA - The 29th Annual Herzogfest in Victoria will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, with grounds and vendors opening, along with Fun Cycles & Banana Bikes and free swimming, all at the Victoria City Park and downtown Victoria.
Concerned about gun proliferation in the United States, the Dominican Sisters of Peace have declared all their Motherhouses, educational institutions, retreat centers, environmental centers, and health-care centers to be "weapon-free zones." Signs are being posted to all building entrances that state, "Dominican Sisters of Peace are committed to the protection of all life. Weapons are not permitted in this building."
NEW YORK (AP) - In an NBA draft with plenty of questions, Kyrie Irving says his health isn't one of them.
Irving has long been considered the top pick, though the Cleveland Cavaliers haven't said they will choose him with their No. 1 selection.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
The whole idea of a democracy is accepting you'll never fully get your own way in government.
The journal "Endoscopy," reported by three physicians at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia: A 52-year-old woman undergoing a routine colonoscopy was shown on the screen to have a cockroach in her traverse colon.
An attempted fraud was reported to the Barton County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Someone called a Barton County resident saying her grandson was in trouble in New Mexico and needed help. The woman hung up before finding out what kind of "help" was wanted, and instead called her grandson, who said he was fine.
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MINNEAPOLIS - Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits.
BESANCON, France - With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he's ever known some flexibility in the coming years.
TOPEKA - Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $8.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Kansas. Globally, the company and its Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion to non-profit groups, surpassing the previous year's total by more than $244 million.
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ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot. Fresh vegetables (in season) available. All bakers, craftsmen, artisans and more are invited to come to sell and showcase.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Food Bank volunteers and board have been named as the 118th Annual Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals, the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week.
ELLINWOOD - Sentinel Gallery will present an Art Opening for the exhibition Who Knew? Art Exhibition Showcasing Art with Ellinwood Roots, taking place at 201 South Main on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School/Community Library will be closed for cleaning July 22- 25. It will reopen on July 28.
Star of Hope is proud to announce the dedication of the new church building in Hesse, Haiti. The original church building was rendered useless and unsafe by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. On June 28, more than 250 people gathered in the new mountain church to dedicate it to the use of the people in the area. The church is located next to the new Hesse School also rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake. In addition to being used for church services it will also be used by the school for assemblies.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Leonard Loraine Mullenix, 94, died July 13 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born Dec. 9, 1919 at Chase, the son of George and Lola (Fuson) Mullenix.