CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - For quarterback Geno Smith, the temptation might be to watch West Virginia's pounding of Clemson in the Orange Bowl over and over. The prolific passer is doing quite the opposite in preparing for the Mountaineers' debut season in the Big 12 Conference.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - After a season when the defense just couldn't cut it in the biggest games, Oklahoma is hoping a blast from the past can return the program to a championship level.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood High School hosted a debate topic workshop on Aug. 10 for area coaches and students. The guest speaker was Tam Osgood, who presented information about the 2012-13 policy debate topic, transportation infrastructure. In the upcoming school year, high school students from all over the country will be engaging in interscholastic debates on the topic.
In Tuesday's story about the USD 428 School Board meeting, the donation of $3,000 of carpeting services for the football changing room was donated by Assistant Coach Jay Black, not Coach Bo Black. We apologize for the error.
TIMKEN - Jeanette Holopirek, 27, died Aug. 13 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. She was born June 22, 1985 at Great Bend, the daughter of Terry and Alice (Penka) Holopirek. She was a longtime resident of Timken. Ms. Holopirek was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Timken and a 2003 Otis-Bison High School graduate. She was active in Rush County 4-H.
LYONS - Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kennedy, 93, died Aug. 14 at Sunflower Estates, Lyons. She was born Sept. 6, 1918 in Guthrie Okla. the daughter of Carl and Hazel Del (Smith Madden). She lived in Lyons since 1940 and is the former owner of Porter Abstract of Lyons.
HOLYROOD - Vernon K. Bednasek, 85, died Aug. 14 in Salina. Born June 8, 1927 in Ellsworth County, he was the son of John and Rose A. (Borecky) Bednasek. A lifetime resident of the Holyrood area, he was a retired farmer and stockman. On May 20, 1956, he married Alice Wachs in Ellsworth. She survives.
EUREKA - Junior Raymond Watts, of Eureka, died at his residence on Aug. 13, at the age of 84. Born in Quincy on Feb. 3, 1928, he was the son of Charlie Otho and Ruby Marie (Crouch) Watts. Junior was raised in Quincy and attended school there. After his schooling, he went to work in the oil fields as a truck driver. His truck driving nickname was "Big Iron." He retired in 1990, due to poor health.
Muriel Belcher, 78, died Aug. 14 at her home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free program on the "DASH Diet," at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Presenter Linda Black said the DASH diet is physician-recommended because it is a balanced plan, proven to improve health.
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TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Monday numerous appointments to boards and commissions, and two area residents are among those named.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Darren McFadden needed one series to show he's in midseason form for Oakland following a foot injury that cut his last season short.
Central Plains Middle School recognizes seventh graders, Rebecca Stratmann and Jerred Bieberle, as the March Students of the Month.
WICHITA - Joseph F. Bunk, 67, passed away Feb. 28. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, to Maurice and Mary (Kaechele) Bunk of Hoisington. In 1965, Joe graduated from Hoisington High School. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Viet Nam War, he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.
AUGUSTA - Victor L. Shumate, 64, died on March 12, at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. Born Jan. 4, 1951, in El Dorado, he was the son of Paul Bennett and Isa Lou (Gale) Shumate. He was a graduate of El Dorado High School and Butler County Community College. He was a retired truck driver and care giver. Mr. Shumate served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era.
Leona A. Reichuber, 92, died March 13 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born Aug. 28, 1922 at rural Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Antonia (Langer) Stoss.
BY RALPH VARTABEDIAN
ELLINWOOD – United States government commodities will be distributed from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 18, at the United Church of Christ in at 701 Fritz in Ellinwood. For more information, call 620-282-3663.
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Great Bend Police detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 3006 23rd St. around 4:22 p.m. Thursday. A man and woman were taken into custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the county jail.
Our theme this week is HOME AS LAND. We're using the American Cinquain as our vehicle-5 lines whose 22 syllables are arranged in this way: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.
You would think appearing in three popular John Wayne westerns in the space of 2 years would ignite a young actor's career, especially if the actor's father was Robert Mitchum. And in the early 1970s, Hollywood did indeed seem ready to welcome a new Mitchum to the big screen.
The Salina Symphony will present "American Music in Motion" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at the Stiefel Theatre.
God Bless America, and how's everybody?