OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder took a big step toward sticking around as an NBA championship contender.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Jon Embree enters his second season at the University of Colorado with just eight seniors and countless questions, one of which was answered Wednesday when he named Kansas transfer Jordan Webb as his starting quarterback.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Ducks shake-off distractions the way their playmakers elude defenders - quickly and without looking back.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has hired former University of Washington and USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt to handle its on-campus recruiting, a job formerly handled by the mistress of ex-coach Bobby Petrino.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California Trojans spent the last two seasons with no reward in sight for their hard work, a bowl bid the carrot at the end of the season for everyone except them.
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WICHITA - Gaylyn Schremmer, 74, formerly of the Hoisington/Great Bend area, died Aug. 3 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Cornerstone of Wichita is in charge of arrangements.
LARNED - The Fort Larned USD 495 school board met June 11 in a regular meeting. The following minutes were submitted by Tiffany Burris, board clerk.
LARNED - Fort Larned National Historic Site introduces the last of five Civil War Trading Cards - Burning the Indian Village. The card will be launched with a program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday by Park Ranger Roy Hargadine at the Fort Larned Visitor Center.After the Civil War traffic on the Santa Fe Trail increased, bringing more traders into conflict with Indian tribes around Fort Larned. The increasing violence of these encounters eventually brought a response from the U.S. Government, who was responsible for the safety of the traders along the trail.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
LARNED - Ruth Searight, Pawnee County Clerk and Election Officer, reports the following election results from Tuesday, Aug. 7 primary after an official election canvass.
Allanah Hines, disobeyed stop sign, fine $60, court costs $55.50
The wildlife was sparse at the Bottoms this summer, largely due to the drought and the scorching heat. Doc and I gave it our all to find and photograph as many critters as we could, but I finally threw up the white flag and pursued a different type of birdie for once. Sure this birdie doesn't have any feathers, but it is a beast of its own and can get a little hairy at times. The animal of which I speak is none other than the wonderful sport of golf.
ELLINWOOD - Kayla Schartz, recent Ellinwood High School graduate, placed second in the Kansas Book Festival Youth Writing Contest. She won $250 for her 850-word essay on the topic "My Kansas Shoes Were Made for Walking." The contest was sponsored by the public television station KTWU and by Payless Shoe Source.
It has been a rugged five days for the Barton Community College women's basketball team. About as tough a 5-day stretch as any team in the nation will see this season. It came to a conclusion Wednesday night with a loss Hutchinson, 73-45 at the Barton Gym.
After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.
As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result.
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HOISINGTON - Robert Frank James, 83, died Jan. 15, 2015 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.