KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Billy Butler isn't the fastest guy on the base paths by any stretch, so the chances of him hitting into a double play are pretty good if he puts the ball on the ground.
INDIANAPOLIS - Danny Granger scored 25 points and Indiana beat Orlando 105-87 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.
McPHERSON - On a last-minute goal, the Great Bend High School girls' soccer team beat McPherson on Tuesday night 2-1.
GARDEN CITY - For the 10th staight year, the Great Bend High School girls' swim team won the WAC crown on Tuesday.
GREAT BEND -- Elizabeth Lula Rose "Betty" Straub, 79, died on May 7 at her home in Great Bend. Born Aug. 10, 1932 in Coodys Bluff, Okla. she was the daughter of Victor and Goldia (Adamson) Coker. She was a graduate of Claflin High School. On Nov. 24, 1952 she married Robert F. Hickey in Hoisington. He died on April 8, 1972. On May 31, 1974 she married Walter Joseph Straub in Hoisington. He died on Jan. 19, 2011. A lifetime resident of Barton County, she was a homemaker.
Great Bend Fire Department
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation has announced two recipients of the 2012 Becky Nicholson/Kans for Kids Scholarship.
Crime Stoppers seeks information on the theft of a 2005 Diamond T trailer. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said it was stolen April 25 or 26 from behind a residence at 3010 17th in Great Bend.
Enrollment is now open for the Summer Fun Program at Sunflower's Incredible Years Preschool where youngsters can enjoy the balance of class time and play time, Coordinator Cathy Estes said. The six-week program is available to any child age 2-and-a-half to 5 years.
Two Brown Mackie College occupational therapy assistant students spent four days in late April involved with the therapeutic-riding program at Rosewood Ranch. While the ranch has welcomed dozens of visitors to observe its award-winning program over the years, OTA students Kelley Hulteen and Barbara Berg are the first to make it part of their college curriculum by visiting April 23-26.
Oversized "birdhouses" are slowly popping up throughout town as part of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau's scene byway promotion. Now stores along K-96 have collaborated to unveil their birdhouses at the same time, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.
More than 100 people were involved in Barton Community College's EMT Field Ops Day on Saturday. Students from the EMS, Medical Assistant, and Criminal Justice programs; instructors, volunteer patients; and local law enforcement and emergency medical service personnel were on hand to create lifelike emergency scenarios designed to put the students' skills to the test and mimic the high stress situations they might encounter in the field.
The Great Migration Rally will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants start at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and "migrate" the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, stopping at three points and acquiring cards worth points along the route. Lunch will be served at the Dozier Winery.
Barton Community College, in conjunction with the Russell Arts Council, will host a second session for auditions for the upcoming summer musical production of Gilbert & Sullivan's satirical opera "Pirates of Penzance," 6 p.m. Monday, May 14 in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.
Photo by Janet Fleske
LARNED - The 2014 Pawnee County Toy Run is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
The annual celebration and meet-n-greet of Barton Athletics and the community will take place this Sunday, Sept. 21. Hosted by the Cougar Booster Club, the event will kick-off at 6 p.m. at Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend with social interaction including free refreshments.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Simply Sinatra" as its first concert of the season. The show features Steve Lippia, accompanied by a 10-piece big band, singing many of the songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. Lippia is noted for blending classic and contemporary styles in his music. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
GREAT BEND – Darlene L. Anderson, 91, died Sept. 16, 2014 at Winter Meadow Homes, Inc., Topeka.
Matthew A. "Matt" Smolik, 90, passed away on Sept. 16, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Plains Computer Service (CPCS), 608 Patton Road, Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Terry Lewis and Shawn Panzer. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Gavilon Grain, LLC today announced it has acquired a 981,000-bushel grain facility in Silica. The Silica facility primarily handles wheat, corn, milo and soybeans, with 60-car shipping capabilities on the Kansas-Oklahoma railroad.
Happy Wednesday, everybody, and God bless America.
Whither the Islamic State? That's a real double-edged question: where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and has taken off like a bat out of hell, gobbling up territory and becoming a virtual murder machine.
The number of Americans living in poverty has dropped year-over-year for the first time since 2006, and childhood poverty dropped for the first time in 13 years, according to new figures released Monday by the United States Census Bureau.
The Great Bend Madrigal Pops Singers are now selling tickets for their fall chili supper fund raiser. The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, at the high school's Jack Kilby Commons area, prior to the football homecoming game against Wichita North.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.