I was privileged this past week to be a "involved observer" for the Christmas Bird Count at Quivira Refuge. My mentor for this event was Bob Gress, who recently retired from the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. His attributes include being a learned and very respected birder, and his photographic skills are well known to everyone who has seen the "Birds of Kansas" which he co-authored with David Seibel and Judd Patterson. They also have a web site-- "Birds in Focus" that is stunning. There is a new edition available, and it is an amazing book. I can't ...
ELLINWOOD - Star of Hope in Ellinwood is seeking donations for a Haitian four-year-old, Emmanuela, who has sickle cell anemia. She lost her parents in the earthquake and was taken in by another family with eight children.
ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - After two seasons as Notre Dame coach, Brian Kelly decided he wasn't spending enough time doing the best part of his job: coaching players.
NORMAN, Okla. - So which of the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy really has been college football's best player this season? Check back with the Oklahoma Sooners after the Cotton Bowl and they could offer an educated opinion.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown, and scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night.
MACKSVILLE - It was an offensive battle for the high school boys of Macksville and Cunningham.
MACKSVILLE - The Macksville High School girls' basketball team refused to go into the holiday break with a winless record.
To say that Jake Hofflinger's yearly candy house project just keeps getting bigger and better seems like a huge understatement. After all, half of this year's undertaking measures more than 14 feet long.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half to lead No. 5 Notre Dame to an 87-57 victory over Kansas State on Thursday night in the second round of the World Vision Classic.
Under normal circumstances, Seattle's CenturyLink Field rocks from the noise of the 12th Man.
OTIS - Magdalene T. Brack, 88, died Dec. 19 at Hays Medical Center. Born June 27, 1924, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Adolph and Minnie (Mater) Tuzicka. In 1942 she graduated from Otis High School. On Sept. 12, 1945, she married Eudale Brack at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Otis. A lifelong resident of Otis, she was the owner and operator of the Otis Cafe from 1968 to 1997. She enjoyed crocheting and flowers and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
CUMBERLAND, Md. - Paul Shook, 87, of Cumberland, Md., passed away Dec. 19 at the Western Maryland Regional Health Center. Born Dec. 4, 1925, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was the son of Casper A. and Susan (Bobo) Shook.
HOISINGTON - Mary Ann Wondra, 74, died Dec. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born Aug. 26, 1938, in rural Barton County, the daughter of Arthur F. and Mary (Busch) Maneth. She married Bernard Wondra June 8, 1959, at Olmitz. A lifelong Barton County resident, she worked as a teller at Hoisington National bank for 25 years until retirement.
OTIS Patsy Johnene Richards, 54, died April 11 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born Aug. 19, 1960 at Hereford, Texas, she was the daughter of Herman McDonald "Johnny" and Ouida (Stayton) Wray. She married Gerald "Jerry" Richards July 13, 1991 at Hereford, Texas. She was a secretary for Stanion Wholesale Electric. Mrs. Richards was an Otis, Kansas resident since 2001, moving to Kansas in 1995.
ELLINWOOD - Leona "Lonie" (Herrman) Klein, 82, passed away April 13 at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. Born Sept. 16, 1932 at Liebenthal, she was the daughter of Stephen and Anna (Kreutzer) Herrman.
WICHITA- It isn't often superstar Lydia Mato doesn't cross the finish line first. But it did happen Friday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Mato took second in the 5000m at a very competitive KT Woodman Classic on the campus of Wichita State University.
WICHITA – It was one of the largest meets of the season by sheer numbers. Several events had more than 70 entrants. The event included several junior college teams from Kansas as well as the Midwest.
PARIS (AP)- Paris took a decisive step toward a bid for the 2024 Olympics on Monday when the city council approved a resolution in favor of bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Two people from Great Bend were arrested early Sunday after a driver initially refused to stop for a Great Bend Police officer, GBPD Chief Cliff Couch reported Monday.
It was just the weekend the Barton Community College baseball team was in need of.
STERLING- The weather seemed to be the only thing that was going to stop the Barton Community College softball team Saturday – and it did.
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HOISINGTON- The Hoisington Cardinal softball team struggled to a 1-5 start this year. This past Friday, the Cardinals were able to turn it around at home. After two come-from-behind wins over the defending Class 4A Division II State Champions from Pratt, the Cardinals moved their record to 3-5.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Jordan Spieth never really suffered. Certainly not like Phil Mickelson, who came close so many times before finally winning his first major title.
HOISINGTON- The Hoisington Cardinal baseball team lost 15-2 to the Pratt Greenbacks in the first of two games at Hoisington on Friday.
Public presentation explores Kansas Culture and Archeology
Kansas Wesleyan University has received a $1M gift from Sunflower Bank for a comprehensive campus-wide technology infrastructure upgrade. The university has awarded the project to Nex-Tech, a Lenora, Kansas-based technology company.