GREAT BEND -- Jerome F. "Jerry" Becker, 75, died March 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1936, at Fullerton, Neb., the son of Hubert and Ann (Stavas) Becker. He married Sheila Ann Brenner, Oct. 22, 1960, at Denver, Colo. He was owner and operator of Becker Shoe Repair in Great Bend for 38 years, and Becker Shoe Repair in Denver for 14 years.
On Feb. 25, the American Legion Riders Post 180 in Great Bend hosted a "welcome home" for two soldiers, Sgt. Shawn Littrell and Spc. 4 Ben Kolas. Both were National Guard, 161st Field Artillery and 35th Military Police, from Great Bend. They recently returned from a one year deployment at Cape Horn, Africa. They were welcomed by family, friends and the Legion Riders. Pictured in the photo are American Legion Riders Director Chris Krueger, Kolas, Littrel and codirector Roy Titsworth.
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RICHMOND, Va. - Janice Flenner, 72, died March 16, 2012 in Midlothian, Va.
GREAT BEND - Crystal Colleen Shearer, 52, died March 15, 2012 at her home in Great Bend.
LARNED - Lorraine Ann Woods, 85, died March 17, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
GREAT BEND - Margaret A. Shauers, 68, died March 17, 2012 at her home in Great Bend.
GREAT BEND - Pairlee Ann Lewis, 58, Great Bend, passed away on Saturday morning, March 17, 2012 at the Hays Medical Center.
Throwing open the windows on the first warm day of the year is a great feeling. Many people also find the urge to give their house a good once over, getting rid of all the dust, dirt and clutter that have accumulated over the winter. This year, it will be easy to keep your annual scrub-down as green as possible with these tips:
Hoisington commodities to be distributed
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The messages were flying in the Kansas locker room at halftime.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - John Henson proved he was healthy again, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots in his return from a wrist injury that seemed perfectly timed for North Carolina's latest push for the Final Four.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Draymond Green scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and set up Keith Appling's crucial 3-pointer with 1:34 left, giving top-seeded Michigan State a 65-61 win over Saint Louis on Sunday and sending the Spartans to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Draymond Green grabbed a mop in the final minute and helped sweep sweat off the floor.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's been a long time since North Carolina State was mentioned in the same breath with the elite programs in the nation - let alone its own state.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Volunteers in Action, Barton Workforce Building, 1025 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Amanda Hackerott and Nancy Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Last week, twelve members of the Barton County Young Professionals group completed a proprietary leadership workshop entitled "Future in Focus", which was designed to help participants set personal and professional goals for the year 2020. The event was sponsored by The 10th Street EyeCare Center, and was facilitated by Troy Unruh with the Kansas Leadership Center.
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking. The problem is usually that no one is laughing. Such was the case recently when two candidates offered a radical solution to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border: Bomb Mexico. Serious or not, it shows how far the anti-immigrant tide has carried some politicians from realistically addressing border security and immigration reform.
Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.
Some people live for challenges.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest estimates on health insurance coverage. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 348,097 Kansans - or 12.3 percent of the population - did not have insurance coverage in 2013. This was essentially unchanged from 2012 (12.6 percent). The uninsured rate in Kansas of 12.3 percent is significantly lower than the national uninsured rate of 14.5 percent.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two racing motorcycles with a combined value of $11,525 were stolen last week from the 700 block of Washington St. in Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. The Sept. 26 theft is featured this week by Crime Stoppers.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.
ARKANSAS CITY - Some nights it just isn't there.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has been here before.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.
MANHATTAN - Many stars refuse to admit they look at the players they're passing on the slow climb through the record books. They'll speak in platitudes about focusing on the team first, the individual second, and shrug off most of their achievements.