LYONS - Paul E. Kern, 87, died March 22 at Rice County District Hospital, Lyons. He was born Dec. 13, 1925, at Frederick, the son of Frank Mathias and Ina Lavern "Verna" Maxwell Kern. He graduated from Bushton High School in 1943. He married Verna Lee Adams on May 10, 1946, at Wichita. She died June 16, 2006. A lifelong area resident, he was a lifetime farmer.
LA CROSSE - Michael C. Schaffer, 88, La Crosse, died Friday, March 22 at the Kansas Soldiers Home, Fort Dodge. He was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Liebenthal, the son of Michael and Magdalena (Herrman) Schaffer. He was a lifelong resident of Rush County. He attended Lucky Hollow Country Grade School, and was a 1943 graduate of Schoenchen High School. After his return from World War II, he worked for the State Engineer's Division in Larned. He later farmed, until his retirement.
DAYTON, Ohio - After spending most of the season doing damage from outside the 3-point line,Iowa State moved inside for its first game in the NCAA tournament.
PHILADELPHIA - College basketball, meet Florida Gulf Coast.
DAYTON, Ohio - Capsules from the NCAA tournament Friday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas State coach Bruce Weber challenged his team at halftime to show some emotion.
AUSTIN, Texas - Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Illinois back the lead with 6 minutes left and the No. 7-seed Illini pulled out a tough 57-49 win over No. 10 Colorado in a game of wild momentum swings Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas coach Bill Self predicted this week that a No. 1 seed would someday lose to a No. 16.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -Miami coach Jim Larranaga has so much confidence in Shane Larkin that he pretty much let his only non-senior starter run the show in the NCAA tournament.
A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...FOR BARTON COUNTY, IN ADDITION TO ELLSWORTH, RUSSELL AND RICE COUNTIES AND THOSE COUNTIES WEST AND NORTH OF GREAT BEND.
DAYTON, Ohio - Khalif Wyatt grabbed his left thumb - the one alarmingly wrapped in black support tape - pulled it toward his stomach and grimaced.
PHILADELPHIA - Duke had been hearing about Lehigh for a year.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It turns out there is someone who can tone down the taunting and irreverent antics Marshall Henderson is becoming known for.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - La Salle wouldn't let a stellar first half go to waste.
Although recent days of warm weather have given Kansans a taste of spring, winter is not over and the public is reminded to keep themselves prepared for winter storms.
Thanks to the College Football Playoff, bowl games paid more than a half billion dollars to conferences and schools last season, the largest payout ever and an increase of almost $200 million from the final season of the Bowl Championship Series.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James switched back from No. 6 to No. 23 this season.
It was a season full of honors for Ahmad Walker. The Barton Community College sophomore basketball star capped his post season honors by being named NJCAA second team All American.
HESSTON- In the final tune-up match for the Region VI Championships, the Barton Community College women's tennis team did not have the success it would have liked. In fact it was another day of fighting injuries for the Cougars as they lost to nationally ranked Cowley College 8-1.
RUSSELL - W. "Fritz" Waymaster, 87, died on April 12, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born on July 30, 1927, in rural Bunker Hill, he was the son of David J. and Anna E. (Steinle) Waymaster. He grew up in the Bunker Hill area and started school there as well. Later he moved and finished his basic education in Russell and graduated from Russell High School in 1945.
HUTCHINSON - Marilyn K. Rivers, 74, died April 12, 2015, at Dillon Living Center. She was born June 19, 1940, in Norton, the daughter of John and Addie Sheets Rivers. She was a 1959 graduate of Great Bend High School. A resident of Hutchinson since 1960, she worked retail for her parents at Rivers Shoe Store.
WOODWARD, Okla. - Carole Willcut, 78-year-old Woodward, Okla., resident, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gregory Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
SALINA- A perfect conference season is in the books. The Barton Community College women's golf team made it 6-for-6 in winning Jayhawk Conference tournaments this season. The final leg was completed with another easy win at the Salina Municipal Golf Course Monday and Tuesday.
Rand Paul's prospects of ever being president are on a par with the Philadelphia Phillies' odds of winning the pennant. If he somehow makes it to the Oval Office, I will personally climb Mt. Everest and chisel his curly locks into the rocks.
Texas stereotype shattered. Texas stereotype confirmed.
At his Rice County Town Hall in Lyons on Thursday, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), recognized the winners of the 2015 First Congressional District Art Competition including Alastair Brillart, the overall winner for his piece "Mind of an Artist."
Starting around Monday, April 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-56 Highway in Rice County. The survey area will include the section of US-56 highway 1,200 feet east and 1,200 feet west of the US-56 bridge over the overflow channel for the Little Arkansas River located 1.1 miles east of the US-56 highway intersection with K-46 highway. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.