NEW YORK - CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb got coverage of the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 off to an awkward start, saying he was there to bring the "white man's perspective" to the network's pregame show.
WASHINGTON - An hour after his team finished a dominating defensive performance to close in on the Final Four, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim stood in a hallway and talked on and on about his trademark 2-3 zone.
Mary Jane Dickens, 86, died March 28 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 29, 1926, in Ozark, Mo., she was the daughter of Luther Alexander and Ruby Mildred (Nix) Young. On Oct. 12, 1946, she married Preston Maynard Dickens Jr. in Pratt. He died on Jan. 29, 2002. A Great Bend resident since 1953, coming from Pratt and Ozark, Mo., she owned and operated Mary Jane's Sewing Center for 30 years, retiring in 2004. She loved reading her Bible daily, working find-a-word puzzles, playing Bingo at Cherry Village and watching KU basketball.
GORHAM - LaVernne Johnson, 76, died March 27 at the Golden Living Center in Wilson. Born on Nov. 21, 1936, in Rooks County, she was the daughter of Vernon and Leah (Mayo) Matheson. She grew up in the Natoma area and graduated from Natoma High School in 1954. On June 23, 1954 she married to Chester Webster. Later she was married to Carl Johnson. Both Chester and Carl preceded her in death. She worked as a cook at Irene's Café in Russell.
LARNED – Gerald LeClair Phillips, 77, died March 27 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. Born January 15, 1936, at Salt Lake City, Utah, he was the son of Blain Henry and Meriba June (Meik) Phillips. A lifetime area resident, he was a Special Education Teacher for Tri County Services for 20 years.
Jennifer Ann Riedl, 38, left the sufferings on Earth to be with her heavenly Father on March 27 at her residence in Great Bend. Born May 11, 1974, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Darlene (Booth) Riedl. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Hoisington, she did secretarial work. She enjoyed computers.
The Prince of Peace Altar Society's annual Kolache Bake and Take will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Bake Ave. Apple, apricot, cherry, peach and poppy seed kolaches will be available to purchase.
There will be a Good Friday service at 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 1600 19th St. Local ministers will take part in the service, which is open to the public.
INDIANAPOLIS - The speed. The quickness. The penchant for causing chaos and mayhem. The ability to take a manageable game and turn it into a blowout in a matter of seconds.
ARLINGTON, Texas - A week ago, Florida Gulf Coast University was just another overlooked No. 15 seed - a longshot at best to nearly everyone eyeballing their NCAA tournament brackets.
JUNCTION CITY - A pair of 2012 Class 5A state track and field meet qualifiers highlighted Great Bend High School's season-opening meet at Junction City on Thursday night.
With numerous first-place finishes, the Great Bend High School girls' swim team has made marked improvement since their season-opening meet two weeks ago at Salina.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Michigan coach John Beilein briefly lost track of how long it's been since the Wolverines reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
INDIANAPOLIS - Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski have been teaching young men how to play basketball for decades.
RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main, Russell, will hold a free acoustic jam session followed by a potluck dinner this Sunday, April 19. The public is welcome to listen to the live music or bring an acoustic instrument to jam along starting at 3 p.m.. Bring a side dish for the dinner, which is served around 5:30 p.m.
ST. JOHN - Norma Lea Gray, 78, died April 14, 2015 at Southwind Hospice in Pratt. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Creek County, Okla., she was the daughter of Lester and Ruby (Browning) Allen. On Aug. 18, 1952, she married Melvin Eugene Gray in Oilton, Okla.
FREDONIA - Wanda Lee Deer, 93, passed away Sept. 23, 2014 in Wichita. Born on Feb. 28, 1921, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Frank Edward and Nellie (Coats) Sypolt. On May 19, 1960, she was united in marriage to Kelso Deer. He preceded her in death. She worked as an executive secretary for Phillips Petroleum for many years.
FRONTENAC - Patrick John O'Connell, 86, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on April 14, 2015 at the Medicalodge of Frontenac. He was born March 29, 1929, in Pittsburg, the son of William F. and Mary (Kinsella) O'Connell. He graduated from St. Mary's High School and later from Pittsburg State University. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Wilson at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He worked for Cripe Bakery and Junge Baking Company as a route salesman.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The only horse ever to be penalized in a college football game has died.
Trevor Rolfs will be the next head women's basketball coach at Barton Community College. He will take over for Carter Kruger who resigned at the end of the season, spending three years at the helm.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Tyus Jones is the latest Duke freshman to enter the NBA draft.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - As he pulled off pit road at Daytona International Speedway moments before the season-opening Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch said he looked to the left and noticed for the first time a concrete wall along the race track.
HESSTON- There is little doubt the Barton Community College men's tennis team plays in one, if not the toughest, regions in the NJCAA. Two of the top four teams in the nation are in the region.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Smokey Hill Public Television at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters Dale Hogg and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Nine runs in the first inning provided a little foreshadowing for Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference opener between Class 5A power Great Bend and Liberal. The Lady Panthers needed just six innings to complete two 15-0 wins.
LAWRENCE- It was a battle all day long. The second Jayhawk Conference men's golf tournament was a close contest the entire way at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence.
You know there's a problem with the Iran nuclear agreement when The White House releases a fact sheet to the press outlining the agreement, and Iran issues a statement claiming the fact sheet is false... within 15 minutes.
Since President Obama's first year in office, the federal government has been illegally using your federal tax dollars to pay lobbyists at the state and local level to lobby for tax hikes, zoning restrictions, and other nanny state policies that pick your pockets and limit your freedom. Every time a scandal breaks or Congress tries to crack down on abuses, the grant-making program changes its name and keeps on going.
A group of students from Central Plains High School recently toured the human cadaver lab and biology department at Cloud County Community College (CCCC).