CHICAGO - College football has always relied on polls and bowls to crown a national championship. It is an inexact science that has left many fans frustrated and wondering why they can't settle it on the field - like every other sport - with a playoff.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. June 10 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
Lab days scheduled
Wednesday, June 20
BUSHTON -Central Plains Middle School – Bushton was honored as one of the top performing middle schools in the state at a recent Kansas Association of Middle School Administrator State Conference in May.
HOISINGTON -The Hoisington Public Library has been the place to be on Wednesday afternoons through the month of June as young readers have gathered to enjoy a special program each week during the annual Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is Dream Big: Read!
CLAFLIN -The governing body of the city of Claflin met in regular session June 11 at the city building. Present were: Mayor Michael Urban, Councilpersons Kirk Schneweis, Kelly Nixon, Dan Michaelis, Casey Hubbard and Leon Oberle, and City Attorney Bob Suelter, City Clerk Patricia Schmidt, Richard Hayes and Robert Gunder.
LARNED – A Larned man was killed Wednesday in a one-vehicle rollover accident, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
CHICAGO (AP) - The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.
HOUSTON - The Kansas City Royals figure their offense will come around sooner or later. Until then, they're happy to rely on a bullpen that keeps helping them eke out close wins.
MIAMI - Down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, history says the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't coming back.
The registration deadline for the Barton Volleyball League is Monday, June 25.
The 2012 Panther Football Camps will be held on Monday, June 25, through Wednesday, June 27, at Memorial Stadium.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is sponsoring an Amateur Softball Association 10-and-under fastpitch softball tournament on Saturday at the City of Great Bend Sports Complex.
TOPEKA - The Kansas State High School Activities Association reports a proposal to modify Class 4A, 3A and 2-1A for football classes failed to receive the 146 votes needed in favor to constitute a majority of the 290 impacted schools. The final tally indicated 101 schools voted in favor of the proposed changes.
Students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend will start with a half-day Wednesday. The school, 215 McKinley, features classes from kindergarten through eighth grade.
FORT LARNED - A free lunch will be served to help Fort Larned National Historic Site celebrating its 50th anniversary of being a national park.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Landmark National Bank, 1623 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Shawn Panzer and AJ Chrest. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Monday, Aug. 18
Tuesday, Aug. 19
Like a boulder dropped in a lake, Hillary Clinton's dissing of President Obama is still creating serious ripples. So let's stay with this story a bit longer.
Obama has failed to help defeat islamists in Syria, leading to the growth of The Islamic State (The Radical Islamist Murderers Formerly Known as ISIS) and fails to define a foreign policy for the U.S.
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AUSTIN, Texas - New Texas coach Charlie Strong wasted no time delivering fans a bit of the honesty he demands from his players.
Baylor coach Art Briles quickly dismisses the idea of his Bears defending their Big 12 championship.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jamaal Charles made it through every hit from Derrick Johnson, every shot from Eric Berry and every tackle from the rest of the Chiefs' defense during three weeks at Missouri Western.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has his way, Cam Newton won't be running as many read-option plays as he has in the past.
MINNEAPOLIS - Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.