BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School is proud to announce Lee Letourneau as the October Student of the Month. Lee is the son of Troy and Bridget Letourneau and is in the 6th grade. Lee has one older sister, Shelby, who is a sophomore at Central Plains High School, and three older brothers, Wyatt, Kavet and Tyson who are in college.
ST. JOHN - Keith D. Bieberle, 60, died Oct. 17, 2011.
Though a university study linked birth defects to the controversial mining industry practice of mountain top removal, lawyers for the National Mining Association offered a quick, industry-friendly rebuttal:
The only thing standing in the way of the most anticipated SEC game of the year is a couple of huge underdogs with quarterback issues.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Nobody is too special to play special teams at Kansas State.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Last year, Kansas City showed a knack for disrupting opponents' emergency quarterbacks. The Chiefs hope they do it again Sunday against Oakland amid speculation the Raiders will start the newly acquired Carson Palmer.
GARDEN CITY - The Barton Community College women's soccer team defeated Garden City 3-1 on Wednesday night to close its season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pinch-hitter Allen Craig singled in the go-ahead run off reliever Alexi Ogando in the sixth on a sinking line drive that dropped just in front of right fielder Nelson Cruz, and the St. Louis Cardinals led the Texas Rangers 3-2 after six innings Wednesday night in a chilly World Series opener.
NEW YORK (AP) - After another long day of negotiations, NBA players and owners hammered out plans for another meeting.
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TOPEKA – There are fewer vacant jobs in Kansas this year than last year according to the 2011 Job Vacancy Survey released Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Labor. The survey, completed by employers during the second quarter of the year, found there were an estimated 30,697 job vacancies statewide, a 4.3 percent decrease from 2010.
OLMITZ - Christine Marie Lichter, 88, died Oct. 18, 2011 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 30, 1922 in Great Bend, the daughter of Albert J. and Frances J. (Rabenseifner) Mauler.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars announces that State Service Officer, Larry Rowlison from the Wichita VA office will be at the Great Bend Post 3111, 504 Washington, at 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 to help veterans and families with V.A. claims.
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SALINA - Vernon Alvin Jantz, 91, died Nov. 14 at Windsor Estates, Salina. He was born Nov. 13, 1923, at Montezuma, the son of Marcus and Adina (Unruh) Jantz. He married Basil (Spires) Griffin on Nov. 28, 1987, at Hoisington. A Salina resident since 2000, coming from Hoisington, Vernon was a member of the Hoisington Bible Church and recently attended Salina Bible Church. Before retirement, he was a supervisor for Northern Natural Gas, Bushton.
HOISINGTON - Melba E. Maggard, 85 died Nov. 15 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Oct. 21, 1929, at Hoisington, the daughter of Henry Cordory and Maudie Elizabeth (Anglin) Spires.
CULLISON - A Hugoton man was taken to the Kiowa County Hospital with possible injuries on Friday after a semitrailer and a vehicle collided at 6:05 p.m.
Seemingly overnight, gasoline prices have plunged. Regular unleaded is approaching $3 per gallon at my local Wawa. That's the lowest price since just after the recession ended.
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy but it also can bring heartache to those who have lost loved ones.
LA CROSSE - Marie D. Reifschneider, 86, La Crosse, died, Nov. 14 at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. She was born April 5, 1928, at rural Timken, the daughter of Ralph G. and Blanche J. (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Nov. 20, 1947, she married LeRoy Reifschneider at the United Methodist Church, La Crosse. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.
Calista Marie Stuart, 88, died Nov. 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 15, 1926, at Barton County, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Theisen) Seyfert. She married Herbert Stuart in 1943, and later divorced. A lifetime Barton County resident, Calista was a bookkeeper, working for Cheyenne Drug, Van-Jo Dairy, Kottwitz Motor Company, Bob Reiter Chevrolet, Ron Miller Accounting, and most recently M & F Plumbing Heating and Air.
Sister Patricia Martinez, 89, died Nov. 14 at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. Born May 13, 1925, in Little River, as Pasquala Martinez, Sister Patricia was the daughter of Gregorio and Placida Gomez Martinez. She entered the Dominican Sisters Community in Great Bend Oct. 10, 1943, and pronounced her first vows Aug. 13, 1946. She celebrated 65 years of religious profession in 2011.
WASHINGTON – Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland.
SeaPort Airlines announced today that it will take delivery of two of three new Cessna Caravans being acquired for the company's fleet by the end of the year. SeaPort's Chief Executive Officer Rob McKinney, will accept the new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, Kansas and will pilot one of the new aircraft on a three-day tour of the carrier's Mid-South routes.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
WASHINGTON – There are likely enough votes in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline after the sweeping Republican success in Tuesday's election, an outcome that could decide the fate of one the biggest debates in decades over jobs and the environment.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
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