Dear Editor, Back when the West was first settled, it was known to be a wicked and lawless place. In addition, Indian attacks made it often a perilous journey for people in wagon trains or even freight trains to cross the Great Plains unfettered on their way to places such as Oregon or California. From 1965 to 1969, there was a popular television series called "The Big Valley" which starred Miss Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Long, ...
Janis Ollson, 31, of Balmoral, Manitoba, is recovering nicely after being almost completely sawed in half in 2007 by Mayo Clinic surgeons, who concluded that they could remove her bone cancer no other way.
LAWRENCE (AP) - Is it too soon to call him the legendary Josh Selby? Flashing more poise and grit than even his most ardent admirers had a right to expect, the most heralded Kansas freshman since Danny Manning made his collegiate debut Saturday in stunning fashion, drilling a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left and lifting the third-ranked Jayhawks past a scrappy USC 70-68. "Now I think my team trusts me more and my coaches ...
No. 2 Ohio St. 79, South Carolina 57 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Freshman Jared Sullinger had 30 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead No. 2 Ohio State past South Carolina 79-57 on Saturday. William Buford added 12 points and Jon Diebler had 11 for the Buckeyes (10-0), who expected one of their biggest tests of the young season but dominated throughout. Sam Muldrow scored 14 points and Malik Cooke had 13 for South ...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A doctor will be at Matt Cassel's side in St. Louis on Sunday to provide final advice on whether Kansas City's quarterback should play 11 days after an emergency appendectomy.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Kenny Boynton rediscovered his shooting touch, while the Kansas State Wildcats misplaced theirs.
GREAT BEND - Emma E. Klima, 89, went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family Dec. 18. She was born March 28, 1921 in Barton County, the duaghter of Joseph and Hattie K. (Houska) Sulc.
CLAFLIN - Naomi E. (Pete) Soeken, 75, died at her residence Dec. 18. She was born Oct. 1, 1935 Services are pending and will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
ALINA - Walter H. Stewart "Stu" O'Brien, 64, of Salina, died Friday at the Kaye Pogue Hospice Center, Salina, KS.
Marguerite Stricker, 87, of Great Bend, died Thursday at Cherry Village Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 10, 1923 in rural aArgonia, the daughter of Ray and Gertrude(Brown) Medlam.
The annual Christmas music events at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, and at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services this Sunday.
Great Bend Police Officer Brian Dougherty helps Cole, left, and Garret pick out toys, Friday afternoon at the Walmart Supercenter. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police shopped with 40 children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program this week. Each child received a $30 gift card donated by Walmart and Great Bend Feeders. BBBS Director Stephanie Joiner said 48 children in Barton and Pawnee counties are on the waiting list for a Big ...
Across the nation, the annual "Drunk Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest" winter holiday crackdown has begun, and will continue through Jan. 3. The effort involves thousands of law enforcement agencies across the nation, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced. LaHood also highlighted the new "No Refusal" strategy that a number of states are employing to put a stop to drunk driving. Through the "No Refusal" strategy, law enforcement officers are ...
Great Bend Police Pauline Mong was making a U-turn and struck a vehicle driven by Danyon Holden that was northbound on Kansas, at 9:04 a.m. Thursday. A woman reported a forged check had been written on a closed account. On Thursday a woman was served a notice to appear in municipal court for allegedly shoplifting items from Walmart. Theft of a Blackberry cell phone from 1612 Morphy St. was reported ...
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The dream of many young farm boys and girls is to ride on a tractor. For a youngster, the mammoth tractor epitomizes raw power, responsibility and coming of age.
The theme for the 2013 Barton County Fair quilt block challenge is "Celebrate Wheat." Coordinated by members of the Central Kansas Thread Benders quilt guild, the contest is open to anyone who sews. Kits are available for pick up for $3 at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street in Great Bend. Each kit contains two fat eighths of fabric. Each of these fabrics must be used in the final block as well as ...
INDIANAPOLIS - Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Paul George had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assist to lead the Pacers past New York 82-71 Saturday night in Game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
NEW YORK - Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets 11-2.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Andy Pettitte finally stopped beating himself up long enough to look at video of his past couple of outings, subpar efforts by any stretch and certainly his own lofty standards.
The Great Bend High School girls' soccer team travels to Hays on Tuesday to play an opening-round game of a Class 5A regional tournament
HILLSBORO - Central Plains High School brought a young team, but the Oilers came through for a third-place finish at the Class 3-1A state tennis tournament on Saturday to take home some hardware.
HAYS - It was Thomas More Prep Marian that ruled Thursday's Mid-Central Activities Association track and field meet.
WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg fell apart after one of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's two errors and wound up dropping his fifth consecutive decision as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 8-2 Saturday.
In its 60th year, the drag strip at Great Bend honors not only it's anniversary but also its national publicity.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods was surrounded by four rows of fans who stood shoulder-to-shoulder, curious to see how he was going to escape from the trees on the second hole at The Players Championship. Cheers erupted when he pulled out a 5-wood, a risky shot off the pine straw through a 15-foot gap of pines.
ST. JOHN - The Central Plains High School girls' track and field team won a Central Prairie League title on Thursday.
BOSTON - Adam Lind hit a tiebreaking homer off Boston closer Junichi Tazawa leading off the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies call it grit and grind, and it got them through another ugly game.
TOPEKA-Kansas schools and school districts were honored Thursday for their support of character education as part of the Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Character Education Initiative and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.