MIAMI (AP) - The season began with Udonis Haslem inspiring the Miami Heat with his words. He gave a passionate speech in the locker room nearly seven months ago, talking about how desperately he wanted to win a championship to honor his recently deceased mother.
ST. JOHN - Velma Deane Koelsch, 85, died Tuesday, May 17 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. She was born Nov. 23, 1925 at Stafford, the daughter of Edward Henry and Laura (Fritzemeier) Schneider. A life-long resident of St. John, she was a homemaker, graduate of Stafford High School, worked for Carr Auction and was the past deputy treasurer for Stafford County.
Wendi Sue Sineway, 42, died May 18 at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 13, 1968 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Kenneth Eugene and Charlotte (Littrell) Sineway. She was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Dolores J. Hogan, 84, died May 18 at Buhler Sunshine Home. Born Aug. 2, 1926 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Theodore R. and Isabelle M. (Radke) Lutschg. On June 25, 1946 she married Virgil Hogan in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, she was a retired bookkeeper for Suburban Laundry.
BUSHTON - Larry R. Schroeder, 71, of Bushton, died Tuesday, May 17, in Peoria, Ill. He was surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 24, 1940 in Ellsworth, he was the son of Robert Schroeder and Myrtle Weihe. He grew up in Lorraine, along with his sister Nancy, who survives. On Jan. 28, 1961 he married JoEllen Maes, who survives. They made their home in Bushton, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a farmer, who also enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending athletic events.
ST. JOHN - Joyce S. Zook , 94, died May 18, at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 7, 1916, in rural Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Leonard Snowberger and Nellie Talbott. A lifetime resident of Pawnee County, she was a homemaker. On Feb. 11, 1940, she married Daniel W. Zook, at Larned. He died Oct. 12, 1962.
SHAWNEE - Robert E. "Bob" Legleiter, 65, passed away May 14, in Shawnee, surrounded by family.
Great Bend Police
Great Bend High School will hold its 124th-annual graduation Sunday at GBHS's Memorial stadium. The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 5.
Larned Police Dept.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - On just about any other night, the 13 walks their pitchers issued would have been the most embarrassing aspect of Kansas City's 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
NJCAA Women's Golf National Championship
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.