The Securities and Exchange Commission's inspector general revealed that a $1,200 cash award was paid by the agency in 2010 to one of the very employees who had been specifically singled out for allowing Bernard Madoff to talk his way out of SEC inquiries in 2005 and 2006, before his epic Ponzi scheme was exposed in 2008.
CLEARFIELD, Pa. - Here's one more disturbing story related to the shocking Penn State child sexual abuse case: Victim #1, whose allegations about being molested by Jerry Sandusky led to legendary football coach and alleged enabler Joe Paterno's firing, has left his high school after being bullied by classmates due to his role in Paterno's dismissal.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kyle Orton finished dressing after the Kansas City Chiefs' loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and then turned to face reporters for the first time since he was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are headed in a completely new direction.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Ndamukong Suh is going back to the NFL, this time hoping for some leniency.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A Penn State trustee and the head coach of the four-time defending national champion women's volleyball team will be part of a six-person university committee that will lead the search for fired football coach Joe Paterno's replacement.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor gave men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim a vote of confidence Tuesday amid an investigation of child molestation allegations against his former longtime assistant coach.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is taking reservations for a Christmas Entertaining Meals luncheon program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick invites the public to "get into the Christmas spirit with a wonderful meal and the sounds from the Great Bend Middle School Women In Harmony group. The meal will begin at noon and entertainment will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m., followed by time to visit with your friends before you head back to work at 1 p.m."
BURDETT - Fern I. Rodebaugh, 91, died Nov. 28 at Derby.
GREAT BEND - Rosella A. "Rosie Dozie" Smith, 98, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven are Center in Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in BCC's Fine Arts Building, F-157.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth A. Pivonka, 82, died Nov. 29 at Country Place Senior Living in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss college vehicle replacement bids at its December study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Other items on the agenda include military certificates, the BCC financial statement, EduKan budget, plans to meet with legislators in the BCC service area, iPad training and the 2012 Association of Community College Trustees' Legislative Summit, Feb. 13-16 in Washington, D.C. Trustees will also discuss changing the date of the December business meeting from Dec. 15 to Dec. 13.
ELLINWOOD - Doris A. Starkey, 92, died Nov. 16 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1919 in Burlington, she was the daughter of William L. Graybeal and Mary Ann Finney Graybeal. An Ellinwood resident for nearly 50 years, formerly of Houston, Texas and Burlington, she was a bank teller and secretary.
Those of us who closely follow politics would do well to remember that most Americans are turned off and tuned out - especially in this midterm election year. And that's a symptom of a seriously sick democracy.
United Way of Central Kansas campaign co-chairs include:
Are you looking to eat healthier and lose weight but frustrated by lack of results? Type "diet articles" into Google and you'll get almost 160 million hits. With advice and scams abounding on the Internet, it can be hard to weed out truth vs. fiction when it comes to food and weight loss.
Has your family ever set out to accomplish a goal together then before you know it the goal has been put on the side, forgotten? What happened to the motivation?Later you may pick up the goal again and state "this time we are going to accomplish it." And perhaps you do or perhaps you find it in the pile of "goals to accomplish."
There is a new, trending challenge on Facebook and Instagram: Women are accepting their beauty.
HUDSON - Trinity Community Church in Hudson will celebrate its 100th anniversary this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3. The Evangelische Dreieingkeits Kirche was built in 1914.
Actors from Prince of Peace Parish will host a pageant performance of the symbolic story, "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," at 7 p.m. Friday in the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Pageant is being done in conjunction with the "Estamos Aqui" exhibit at the gallery.
HOISINGTON - Agency D3 is the Vacation Bible School theme for kids next week at New Life Baptist Church, 364 W. 12th St. in Hoisington. It is for children as young as 4 years old, through those who have completed sixth grade. It will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 4-8 at the church.
MANHATTAN - I have written several times about what the Bible states concerning judgment on nations including America, and how to forestall that judgment. America's biggest offenses are the shedding of innocent blood through abortions and opposing God's chosen people, Israel. One of the Scripture references concerning the nature of the judgments that I have used is Deuteronomy 28.
First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend, is excited to announce the launch of REVIVE worship beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. With the addition of Revive, First is intentionally reaching out to a new group of people with worship that is relevant to their lives.
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Kenneth Harold Allen, 86, Great Bend, died July 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
REDFORD, Mich. - Robert Lynn Humphrey, 71, died July 23 in Redford, Mich. Born May 18, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Henry Ray and Lenora Caroline (Ochs) Humphrey. In 1961, he graduated from Hoisington High School and then attended Kansas State University. He eventually moved to Michigan where he worked for Nielsen TV Ratings and then for a trucking company until his retirement.