Speculation is running rampant about why House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out of debt ceiling talks with Democrats. Most of the speculation is credited by pundits to insider maneuvering between Speaker John Boehner and Cantor.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Equal justice under the law might just depend simply on whether a judge's stomach is growling when he pronounces sentence, according to a study of 1,000 parole decisions during 50 courtroom days observed by students from Columbia University and Israel's Ben Gurion University.
NEW YORK - Commissioner David Stern agrees with his players: NBA teams need to do a better job sharing revenues.
HAYS - Nebraska seized some early momentum during the Kansas-Nebraska 8-Man All-Star football game on Saturday evening at Fort Hays State University's Lewis Field Stadium.
LAKIN - The Great Bend Golden Belt swim squad continued its winning ways, narrowly defeating Scott City at the Lakin meet on Saturday.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Former North Carolina State basketball star Lorenzo Charles, the muscular forward whose last-second dunk gave the underdog Wolfpack the 1983 national collegiate championship, was killed Monday when a bus he was driving crashed, a company official said Monday.
BELPRE - Clifford Wesley Belt, 58, died June 17 at the home of his son in Melton, Fla. Born on Sept. 23, 1952, in Larned, he was the son of Lloyd and Leota Mead Belt. He attended school in Trousdale, Belpre and Macksville.
CHASE - Shirley Evelyn Sutton Schmidt, 91, died June 26 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Oct. 10, 1919, in Hudson, she was the daughter of Lesley Edmon and Mettie Derr Sutton. On July 6, 1938, she married Edward "Ed" Carl Schmidt in Great Bend. He died on Nov. 7, 2001. A resident of Chase since 1938, formerly of Great Bend, she was a retired cook at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons.
Gerald "Jerry" Wagnon, 67, died June 12 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1943, at Joplin, Mo., the son of Dean and Leona (Beatty) Dugan. He married Wanda Halling on Feb. 14, 1981, at Dundee. He worked for Reiter Chevrolet, Standish Motors and Jeff O'Neill Ford as a car salesman.
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ST. JOHN - The St. John Sunday Jam, an open jam session for area music lovers, is on summer break and will not be meeting this Sunday. The event, which used to be called Radium City Limits until the venue changed, meets on the first Sunday of every month, October through June, in a building located in the St. John town square.
TOPEKA – SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki announced Monday that low income Kansans will have a little extra help paying their high utility bills this summer thanks to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
GREAT BEND -- Funeral services for Willis A. Stout, 70, who passed away on March 16, 2014 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crosspoint Church, east of Harts Corner, two miles south on Highway 281.
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, died on April 1, at Diversicare of Larned. Cremation has taken place. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
LARNED - Karlene K. Meckfessel, 68, passed away April 1, 2014 at her home.
John lived in the Pratt and Sawyer area in his younger years and graduated from Moscow High School and Fort Hays State University. He served seven years in the Army Reserves out of Hays.
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Congressman Tim Huelskamp will hold his next Barton County town hall from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, in Exop III, west of Great Bend. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a concealed carry firearms safety class starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the office, 1416 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. This class is a prerequisite for application for a Kansas concealed carry handgun license.
The Renaissance Financial advisors enthusiasm for their career and master of their trade is apparent as they have been awarded for their tremendous work in 2013.
The veteran's representative from the Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs will not be making his normal second Thursday visit in April to the Kansas Works Office. Instead, he will be in Great Bend on the third Thursday, April 17th. He will return to the second Thursday schedule in May and the months following.
Next-generation technology is now providing the power behind SeaPort Airlines, the Portland, Oregon-based regional airline which recently completed its successful migration to the Amadeus Altéa portfolio of airline IT solutions. The company's first flight using the new system was operated between Memphis and Jackson, Tenn., on Sunday, March 23rd.
It's funny how loopholes are always just big enough to accommodate a lobbyist. In Texas, the legislature recently banned lobbyists for testing companies from serving on education accountability advisory boards, but Bill Hammond, a lobbyist representing Pearson's interests, is serving on an accountability panel. It may sadden you to know that Texas is messing with ethics, but fear not: It appears no one is listening to Hammond anyway.
Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.
HOUSTON (AP) - Derek Jeter began the first game of his final season by getting plunked with a pitch. The Astros then beat up on CC Sabathia even worse, ensuring the captain's farewell tour would start with a Yankees' loss.
Great Bend High School has officially hired a new head football coach.