To prevent economic stagnation, some countries with a low birth rate are offering government incentives to encourage women to have more children.
NEW YORK - With Andrew Wiggins at No. 1, it was a big night for Canada and Kansas. And it better be the right one for the Cavaliers.
RIO DE JANEIRO - As Luis Suarez flew home from the World Cup in disgrace, Americans and Algerians were celebrating their places in the knockout rounds on a dramatic final day of the group stage on Thursday.
RECIFE, Brazil - They heard about people back home watching during their lunch breaks, streaming on office computers or playing hooky with fellow fans. And then, as the bus pulled away from the hotel Thursday, the U.S. World Cup team was struck with an unusual sight.
OTIS - Richard L. "Monte" Landers, 83, died June 25 at home in Otis. He was born March 12, 1931, at Osawatomie, the son of John A. and Annie (Fouts) Landers. Monte married Marilyn Stewart Dec. 30, 1951, at Garnett. She died Feb. 9, 2010.
The 2014 Ellinwood Eagle Cal Ripken baseball team completed their season Tuesday night and ended up with an undefeated record of 10-0. Front row, from left, Gage Hosman, Cole Petz, Ryan Niles, Blake Kubick, Jaxon Christiansen, Cameron Stevenson and Caleb Robl. Middle row, Kyler Doll, Myles Menges, Woodson Corbett, David Hammeke, Luke Wondra, Keaton Erb, Tyler Knop and Caleb Bookout. Back row, Coach Mike Niles and Coach Monte Doll.
The 12-and-under Barton Bandits NBC baseball team from Great Bend recently won the Smoky Ford Annual Wood Bat Tournament in Pratt. The Bandits are riding a six-game winning streak and currently stand with a 23-6 record. They will compete in the Colby Callahan Memorial Baseball Tournament this weekend in Larned. Front row, from left, Brantley Baldwin, Miguel Martinez, Cal Kaiser, Nahum Olivas, Riley Smith and Joey Soupiset. Back row, Townshend Kurth, Coach Travis Kurth, Eduardo Bujanda, Gage Fritz, Colin Hall, Hayden Honomichl, Coach Darrin Hall and Coach Chris Smith.
LARNED - The music is playing. Don't get caught without a chair to sit down in when it stops.
First Baptist Church of Great Bend will host a Celebration of Dependence program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 at the church, 1600 19th St.
Great Bend Police
Gary E. Davis, 49, Great Bend was injured Wednesday when two vehicles collided at 1:22 p.m. on 100 NE 30 Road at Point Drive, 1.9 miles east of U.S. 281 and 2 miles north of Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Virgil Earl Hogan, 89, died June 23 at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born April 25, 1925, in Hoisington, he was the son of Dennis and Elsie (Jones) Hogan. On June 25, 1946, he married Dolores Jean Lutschg in Hoisington. She died on May 18, 2011. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, living in Buhler since 2010, he was a roughneck for Woodman-Iannitti Drilling Company.
COLDWATER - Kay Ellen Shaffner, 80, passed away on June 24 at Western Plains Regional Medical Center in Dodge City. She was born on April 21, 1934, in Russell, to Gordon Shaffner and Ruth (Griffith) Shaffner. Kay was a resident of Pioneer Lodge in Coldwater. She began living in Pioneer Lodge in 1971. She was a part of Pioneer Lodges family for over 40 years.
It's not exactly the Ali-Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla," but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch.
Willa Mae Springfeldt, 93, died July 10, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 11, 1920, in Springfield, Mo., she was the daughter of William and Ethel Mae (Renfro) Teem. On Nov. 23, 1940, she married Virgil L. Springfeldt in Cottonwood Falls. He died on June 7, 1992. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, coming from Bushton, she and her husband were owner and operator of IGA of Bushton and Kwik Shop in Great Bend. She enjoyed playing the piano and cello.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on Wednesday afternoon, July 9. Born Dec. 10, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank and Katherine (Pyles) Munoz. In 1965, he graduated from Great Bend High School.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA.- Esther Dunham, 89, died Dec. 2, 2013 at Golfcrest Health Care Center, Hollywood, Fla. Born July 16, 1924 at Scottsbluff, Neb., she was the daughter of Lee Selby and Alice Butler. She married Jack Dunham June 9, 1945 at Hays, Kan. A former resident of Great Bend before moving to Florida, she was employed at J. C. Penney and the Barton County Health Department until her retirement.
ELLINWOOD--Joyce Marie Fullbright, 83, passed away in Ellinwood on July 10. Born Oct. 1, 1930 in Georgetown, Ark., she was the daughter of Briles and Myrtle (Chambers) Andrews.
Connie Rosalie Peacock, 91, died July 11 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1923 at WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Pete and Antonia (Solowski) Gregorcyk.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.
OLATHE - Christopher James Gross, 41, passed away July 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Medical Center from complications of his battle with brain cancer.
GREAT BEND - Lloyd E. White, 81, died July 8, 2014 at Western Plains Medical Center, Dodge City.