CHASE - Lillian E. Ricker, 85, died Feb. 10th at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Feb. 14, 1927 in Bushton, she was the daughter of Edward W. Koch and Grace M. Flannery Koch. On June 8, 1947 she married Franklin F. Ricker in Bushton. A lifetime resident of Rice County, she was a valedictorian graduated from Bushton High school in 1945 and a valedictorian graduating from Sterling College in 1959. She was an English and Reading teacher at Chase Junior High School from 1947-1959 and a 4th grade teacher at Central School in Lyons from 1964-1988.
Brian Gene Mott, 32, died Feb. 7 in Kingman County. Born April 1, 1980 in Medicine Lodge he was the son of Wendell and Connie (Kimball) Mott. A resident of Great Bend since 2003, coming from Pratt, he was employed for Val-energy Rig #3. Brian loved working on the rig and being outdoors and fishing.
Editor's Note: Local historian David Clapsaddle writes about aspects about the Santa Fe Trail. The Santa Fe Trail eventually included Fort Larned and Pawnee County. "Old Dan and His Traveling Companions," profiles oxen on the Santa Fe Trail.
KANSAS CITY- The Interleague series shifted from Miller Park to Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, but the result remained the same. The Royals scored at least seven runs against Brewers pitching for the third straight night in a 10-2 win, helping Joe Blanton emerge from his first Major League start in nearly two years with a victory, while Ned Yost tied Whitey Herzog for the most managerial wins in franchise history.
The sports world is not unique to it but they are, perhaps, the best practitioners of it. I'm talking about recycling. The practice of recycling old coaches, old administrators, athletes too. Fire a coach here and he pops up as the head man somewhere else. Kick a general manager out and he becomes the brains somewhere else. The sports world is a very small fraternity. The latest example of this is the naming of Lew Perkins to the Board of Directors of USA Boxing, the governing body that oversees amateur boxing, including Gold Gloves and USA Olympic boxing.
Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition.