First-class U.S. mail could slow even more by next spring under plans by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to eliminate more than 250 processing centers. Nearly 30,000 workers would be laid off, too, as the post office struggles to respond to a shift to online communication and bill payments.
An update of the official index for classifying medical conditions - for research and quality control, and for insurance claims - was released recently, to take effect in October, 2013.
OSBORNE - The Hoisington High School wrestling team finished in second place at the Osborne tournament on Saturday.
VALLEY CENTER - Great Bend High School's wrestling team opened the 2011-12 season by taking part in the Valley Center Dual Tournament on Saturday.
Harvard is in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time.
Kansas State was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12. It wound up eighth in the BCS.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Luck entered the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is well aware that the No. 17 Hokies were one of the most controversial teams included in the BCS bowl lineup, and he has a ready defense of his program.
A Hutchinson man was flown to a Wichita hospital Monday morning after a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 56, four miles east of Great Bend.
OLMITZ - Marguerite M. Schneider, 76, died Dec. 3 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Sept. 28, 1935 in LaCrosse, she was the daughter of William O. and Clara (Busch) Maneth. On Oct. 4, 1955 she married Marvin L. Schneider in LaCrosse. They were married 56 years. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a homemaker, a writer for the Hoisington Dispatch, worked for the Rush County News, and farmed in both Barton and Rush Counties. She was a "reading Grandma" at the Otis-Bison Elementary school, a blood donor, and an avid quilter and seamstress.
LARNED - Althea Shuss Vratil passed from this earth on Dec. 3. Born Sept. 23, 1922 in Larned, she recently resided in Overland Park, but had spent nearly all her life in Larned. She left school in 1943 to marry Frank before he was shipped overseas in World War II. Althea finished her degree 50 years later at the age of 71. Althea was a devoted wife, a selfless mother, and a doting grandmother. She loved her hometown of Larned and enjoyed playing golf and substitute teaching. She also loved everything KU.
LARNED - Jordaan Memorial Library has a new boiler and has resumed regular hours. Thanks for being patient during the week we were closed.
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MINNEAPOLIS - After adding Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes in the offseason, the Twins expected their rotation to be better.
CHICAGO - The Cleveland Indians almost wasted a great chance to grab the lead in the seventh inning on Saturday. Then Ryan Raburn came to the plate and did what he usually does against the Chicago White Sox.
WICHITA - In a meet that was designed a precursor to the Class 6-1A State Track and Field Championships, Great Bend High School turned in nine top-6 performances in eight events.
CLEVELAND - Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-99 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks earned the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
LAWRENCE - The quarterbacks at Kansas have been hit throughout spring, from the front and from behind, hard and not so hard, in the pocket and while scrambling during their practices.
The Great Migration Rally plans for Sunday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center have changed due to the fire at Camp Aldrich. The event will end at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins needed a strong outing from a starter and Kyle Gibson delivered.
Bill Johnson McKown, 58, died March 19, at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 2, 1955 in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was the son of George Monnet and Martha Lu (Johnson) McKown. Mr. McKown was a Great Bend resident since 1965, coming from Wichita.
Martha Lu (Johnson) McKown, 84, died March 20 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born April 16,1929, in Borger, Texas, she was the daughter of Everett T. "Bill" and Pearl (Baggerly) Johnson. On Jan. 18, 1953, she married George Monnet McKown in Cherokee, Okla. He died on March 11, 2008. A Great Bend resident since 1965, she was the vice president and chief financial officer for DaMac Drilling.
YORK, Neb. - David E. Staehr, 73, of York, Neb. and Overland Park, passed away on April 8, in York, Neb. He was born July 14, 1940, to Alfred and Grace (Dey) Staehr of Waco, Neb. David was a 1958 graduate of York High School where he participated in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was recruited to attend Kearney State College in Kearney, Neb., where he competed as a stand out athlete and earned varsity letters in football and basketball with the Lopers. David then started his teaching and coaching career in Cozad, Neb. in 1962. He moved to Great ...
Donald "Skip" Bowsher Jr., 90, died March 29 at Salina Regional Health Center. Born Nov. 7, 1923 in Sandusky, Ohio, he was the son of Donald Allison and Frances (Corbeille) Bowsher. On April 5, 1953, he married Twila Ulrich in Quinter. A longtime Great Bend resident he was he was co-owner and operator for Cheyenne Hardware and owner and operator of Sentry Hardware in the Westgate Shopping Center, retiring in 1985. His Sentry Hardware store was the first in the state of Kansas.
The dining hall at Camp Aldrich caught fire early this morning. Luckily, the facility was not in use and no one was injured. It is unknown if any of the facility will be salvageable, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board will renew GBRC liability insurance and vote on health insurance when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Information items on the agenda include training, a coaches' guide for youth sports and plans for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball and softball tournament coming to Great Bend.