ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - This was not the dying moment of an ugly loss. This was a feel-good charity softball game in the middle of the summer, for heaven's sake, when everybody was feeling happy and upbeat.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hours after sending a gracious yet puzzling middle-of-the-night text message to a former college coach, police say Tennessee Titans receiver O.J. Murdock died in an apparent suicide.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - With a new general manager and the status of All-Star Dwight Howard still in limbo, there's much to be resolved before the Orlando Magic take the floor next season.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin is determined not to let his return to training camp bring back bad memories.
LONDON (AP) - Their closest rivals were still on the floor competing when the Chinese whipped out five big gold stars and held them up in the shape of their flag.
LONDON (AP) - Missy Franklin stared out on the horde of reporters, suddenly sounding very much like a high school senior-to-be. "I don't like being up here alone," she said nervously.
HOISINGTON -- Shirley Ann Harrison, 76, died July 30 at Southwind Hospice Home, Pratt, Kans. Born Aug. 20, 1935 at Pratt, Kans., she was the daughter of Frank A. and Anna (Springer) Kuhn. Shirley was a lifetime Hoisington resident, and graduated from Hoisington High School in 1953. She married William F. Harrison, and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and friends.
HUTCHINSON -- Michael K. "Big Mike" Preston took to the heavenly highway on July 29. The self-proclaimed "King of the Road" was born on April 11, 1947 in Stafford, Kans., to Edgar T. and Monica [DeBusk] Preston. Mike's formative years were spent in Macksville, Kans., where his one-of-a-kind personality began to take shape. After graduating from Macksville High School in 1965, Mike volunteered to serve four years in the United States Air Force. In 1975 he enlisted in the United States Army, and served his country an additional four years.
Ruby Ideker, died July 29, 2012 at the McCrite Plaza Retirement Community, Topeka. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary, Larned.
LARNED -- Ryan Patrick McGinness, 32, died July 27, at Hays. Born Feb. 1, 1980 in Great Bend, he was the son of James J. Jr. and Sharon Elaine Lloyd May McGinness. A lifetime area resident he was a Rig Operator for Professional Pulling at Hays.He was of the Catholic faith.
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In their prime, Kansas' two legendary wetlands are about as good as any in the world.
Olympic Day at Ellinwood Pool was held Thursday morning, July 19th, in conjunction with the After Harvest Fest. Donations of $53.50 were collected for Kans for Kids.
HOISINGTON - The 29th Annual Kansas State Demolition Derby will be held Sunday, Sept. 2 of this year's four day Labor Day weekend in Hoisington. The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce hosts the event.
On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission signed another resolution extending the county-wide burn ban for another week.
As the biggest shopping days of the holiday season approach, BBB is offering a few safe shopping tips for busy consumers.
Dolores Burgardt of Great Bend was honored for three years of service; and Beverly Prescott of Larned was recognized for 11 years for their service as Senior Companions, helping adults in the area. Judi Welch of Larned was honored for four years of service as a Foster Grandparent volunteer serving children with special needs at the monthly in-service meeting held on November 19t.h
It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the 9/11 attacks gave it a new lease on life. Politicians exploited the surge in patriotism following the attack to reintroduce the bill and call it the PATRIOT Act. To oppose it at that time was, by design, to seem unpatriotic.
Nothing is less important in Washington these days than how Barack Obama's executive order on immigration will affect millions of unauthorized immigrants. Obama has turned a population roughly equal to Alabama into taxpayers who can live in America without fear of deportation, and this town yawns. All anyone really wants to talk about is whether the Republicans will completely freak out or manage to hold it together long enough for the government to function.
Roosevelt Elementary School kindergarteners enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast of soup and rolls Tuesday as they donned traditional Thanksgiving garb.
Great Bend Middle School wrestlers traveled to Salina on Saturday to test their skills against Salina Lakewood, Clay Center, and McPherson. The panther wrestlers won their first match up with Salina Lakewood 63-39.
The United Way of Central Kansas is observing Giving Tuesday this coming Monday by combining efforts with the banks in Barton and Pawnee counties, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith.
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Kaleb Tarczewski scored 18 points, Gabe York added 15 and No. 3 Arizona hung on to win its first close game of the season, beating Kansas State 72-68 Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wide receiver Jason Avant arrived in Kansas City a few days ago, a mid-season signing by the Chiefs. He was leaving his hotel Tuesday when a woman mustered up the courage to approach him.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith are meeting Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy.
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.
SALINA - On Nov. 21, four area residents participated in the 2014 Kansas Regional Powerlifting Meet held in Salina. Those taking part were Tom Beckwith of Great Bend, Kim Heinz and Art Keffer of Ellinwood and David Tudor of Bushton. There were 35 lifters who attended and participated in the meet.