TOPEKA - Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday declared Kansas the "Cradle of Basketball" in issuing a proclamation praising the three teams from the state playing in the NCAA men's tournament.
It began as a way to introduce new associates at two medical facilities with the storied history of how the Dominican Sisters started health-care services in Great Bend and Garden City.
Florine Meister, 93, died March 20 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Jan. 2, 1921, in Loretto, she was the daughter of Jacob Joseph and Katie I. (Suppes) Urban. On Nov. 13, 1940, she married Elwyn Koochel at Loretto. He died on March 26, 1978. She then married John P. Meister on Aug. 10, 1985, in Timken. He died on June 25, 2006. A resident of Great Bend since 1985, coming from the farm in Albert, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed bingo and playing in her pitch card clubs.
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George Bergen Jr., 81, died March 19 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. He was born May 6, 1932, at Washita, Okla., the son of Gerhart and Bertha (Sawatsky) Bergen. He married "Dilly" Emma Faye Salem on Nov. 7, 1964, at Hudson. She died Dec. 30, 2004. A Great Bend resident since 1964, coming from Liberal, he was a baker for Karolee Donut Shop, was a roughneck and mud engineer, worked for Great Bend Packing, and was co-owner of Dilly's Restaurant from 1987 to 2004.
Staff at the Great Bend cemeteries are asking the public to remove all winter decorations now so they can start the spring cleanup and spraying.
The Great Bend Public Library will offer free computer classes on Tuesday, April 1. Both classes are intended for people who are unfamiliar with personal computers.
Catholic Social Service will offer some one-of-a-kind gift baskets at an upcoming fundraiser. To find volunteers to create them, the nonprofit agency has created a "Lenten Gift Basket Tree."
ORLANDO, Fla. - Billy Donovan's bench came up big, bailing out top-seeded Florida in a tight game against what was supposed to be an overmatched opponent.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Those kids from Harvard are getting a passing grade when it comes to the first game of the NCAA tournament.
MILWAUKEE - This was one sweet homecoming for Elgin Cook. The rest of the Oregon Ducks made themselves at home, too.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The zone is purring again for Syracuse - and so is Trevor Cooney.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Talib Zanna helped Pittsburgh jump out to a huge lead and the Panthers cruised the rest of the way.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Dayton is re-configuring the college basketball map in Ohio.
MILWAUKEE - A sea of fans wearing Wisconsin red roared after every stop and every score, growing more exuberant as the Badgers' NCAA opener became a historic rout.
On Tuesday, Kansas formally joined an Oklahoma-led lawsuit challenging the process by which a federal agency decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Governor Sam Brownback had announced last Friday that Kansas would be joining the suit.
TOPEKA – The Charles Hulme Foundation of Great Bend has given $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, for the Our Kansas Prairie Legacy: The Next Steps capital campaign. The donation is a lead gift in the campaign and will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats across Kansas, including at Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.
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DETROIT - With the Detroit Tigers in a jam after a close play at first base, Brad Ausmus calmly made his way onto the field.
The Barton Community College baseball team came from behind on Wednesday in Hillsboro, scoring six late runs to win 7-4 over the junior varsity squad of Tabor College.
LARNED - March Madness? Yes, and it is a whole lot more than just a basketball tournament.
MIAMI - LeBron James is dealing with a few aches and pains, which obviously is not the best news for the Miami Heat with two weeks left in the regular season.
WASHINGTON - The contrast couldn't have been greater for DeSean Jackson.
McPHERSON - The Great Bend High School boys' tennis team finished sixth in the season-opening McPherson tournament on Monday.
PORT ARANSAS PASS, Texas - Jerry Theodore Boxberger died on March 22, 2014 at his home on a beautiful rainy day in Port Aransas Pass, Texas.
GREAT BEND -- Funeral services for Willis A. Stout, 70, who passed away on March 16, 2014 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crosspoint Church, east of Harts Corner, two miles south on Highway 281.
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, died on April 1, at Diversicare of Larned. Cremation has taken place. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
LARNED - Karlene K. Meckfessel, 68, passed away April 1, 2014 at her home.
John lived in the Pratt and Sawyer area in his younger years and graduated from Moscow High School and Fort Hays State University. He served seven years in the Army Reserves out of Hays.