It's pretty hard not to notice that summer came hard and fast this year. After several years of what for Kansas were cool, wet summers, Mother Nature has reminded us of what our summers can involve. After a brief respite, we are back under drought conditions and as I write this on July 7, there is a slight chance of rain with 100° temps back by Sunday. So where are we cropwise as we enter July?
Jerry and Kaye Paden, of Macksville, will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m., July 16 with a come and go reception at the Macksville Christian Church.
Patient safety advocates say even more reforms are needed - stat!
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Neil Dougherty, who coached the TCU basketball team for six seasons, has died. He was 50.
MCPHERSON - The Great Bend Braves, a Class A American Legion baseball team, swept a doubleheader in McPherson on Friday night, taking the first game 10-2 and winning the nightcap 12-3.
There will be a sign up for all players interested in playing in the Western Kansas Football League this season on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the PAC at Great Bend High School.
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta on a drunken driving charge, sheriff's officials said.
PHEONIX - Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Shane Victorino became the latest All-Star scratches, further threatening to turn baseball's big show into the All-Scar game.
SUPER-BESSE, France (AP) - Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert in the final climb on Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall leader's yellow jersey.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone - the first New York Yankees player to reach 3,000 hits.
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They sit tall in the saddle, three feet off the ground and view the world from a different perspective – on the back of a horse. Those who live with disabilities draw upon normally untapped abilities by riding horses, caring for them, and competing on them. It's not the average regimen; it is eleven hundred pounds of highly effective, equine therapy.
LARNED - I'm still hanging on to the basketball season though the collegiate finale Monday evening signaled that, indeed, baseball season is here.
NEW YORK - Michael Pineda won while pitching with some noticeable substance on his hand, and Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single off old roommate Clay Buchholz in his first game against the Red Sox as the New York Yankees beat Boston 4-1 Thursday night.
DALLAS - Patty Mills scored 26 points starting in place of Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs moved to the brink of the top seed in the Western Conference with a 109-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
MIAMI - Three NFL players are named in a police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there, though no one has been charged with a crime, authorities said Thursday.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will hold SpiritLife classes on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Classes for the day are as follows:
Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave., announce the following special services:
Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend will show the movie "Babette's Feast" to conclude its spring Movies with a Message series. It will be shown at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Dominican Sister Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave.
MILBERGER - United Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Milberger, will celebrate its German heritage with a worship service conducted entirely in German at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.
Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave., will host the final Lenten Luncheon of 2014 at noon Wednesday, April 16. Host pastor is Dr. Joan Harrington, and the speaker will be LeRoy Keith, pastor of First Baptist Church. Serving is at noon (not earlier) and all are welcome at the ecumenical gathering for fellowship, personal reflection and spiritual growth. A freewill offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
The "Defensive Driving" course will be taught from 1-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 28-29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church, 2133 Forest Ave. Use the west doors. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and refreshments.
HUTCHINSON - Julie Ann Parks, 52, of Hutchinson, died April 10 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born on July 12, 1961, in Medicine Lodge, the daughter of Ronald K. Parks and Eleanor Joan (Gallaugher) Parks of Woodward, Okla.
Rachel Louise Dryer, 97, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City on April 7, following a brief illness. She was born on Aug. 23, 1916, in Madison, to William Aaron and Carmen Grace (Focht) Boles. Louise grew up in Madison and Emporia, attending Emporia State University. There she met Cecil Ray Dryer whom she married on May 23, 1936, in Cottonwood Falls. Their son, William Laurence Dryer, was born on June 15, 1937. Both preceded her in death; Cecil on April 1, 1989, and William on Oct. 24, 2011.
OTIS - Darlene Kay Richards, 56, died April 9 at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 22, 1958, in Colorado Springs, Colo., she was the daughter of Emil and Wanda (Berry) Vsetecka. She married Ron Richards in Larned. They later divorced. A resident of Otis since 1992, coming from Larned, she was a cook for the Larned State Hospital until retirement.