TOPEKA - Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday declared Kansas the "Cradle of Basketball" in issuing a proclamation praising the three teams from the state playing in the NCAA men's tournament.
It began as a way to introduce new associates at two medical facilities with the storied history of how the Dominican Sisters started health-care services in Great Bend and Garden City.
Florine Meister, 93, died March 20 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Jan. 2, 1921, in Loretto, she was the daughter of Jacob Joseph and Katie I. (Suppes) Urban. On Nov. 13, 1940, she married Elwyn Koochel at Loretto. He died on March 26, 1978. She then married John P. Meister on Aug. 10, 1985, in Timken. He died on June 25, 2006. A resident of Great Bend since 1985, coming from the farm in Albert, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed bingo and playing in her pitch card clubs.
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George Bergen Jr., 81, died March 19 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. He was born May 6, 1932, at Washita, Okla., the son of Gerhart and Bertha (Sawatsky) Bergen. He married "Dilly" Emma Faye Salem on Nov. 7, 1964, at Hudson. She died Dec. 30, 2004. A Great Bend resident since 1964, coming from Liberal, he was a baker for Karolee Donut Shop, was a roughneck and mud engineer, worked for Great Bend Packing, and was co-owner of Dilly's Restaurant from 1987 to 2004.
Staff at the Great Bend cemeteries are asking the public to remove all winter decorations now so they can start the spring cleanup and spraying.
The Great Bend Public Library will offer free computer classes on Tuesday, April 1. Both classes are intended for people who are unfamiliar with personal computers.
Catholic Social Service will offer some one-of-a-kind gift baskets at an upcoming fundraiser. To find volunteers to create them, the nonprofit agency has created a "Lenten Gift Basket Tree."
ORLANDO, Fla. - Billy Donovan's bench came up big, bailing out top-seeded Florida in a tight game against what was supposed to be an overmatched opponent.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Those kids from Harvard are getting a passing grade when it comes to the first game of the NCAA tournament.
MILWAUKEE - This was one sweet homecoming for Elgin Cook. The rest of the Oregon Ducks made themselves at home, too.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The zone is purring again for Syracuse - and so is Trevor Cooney.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Talib Zanna helped Pittsburgh jump out to a huge lead and the Panthers cruised the rest of the way.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Dayton is re-configuring the college basketball map in Ohio.
MILWAUKEE - A sea of fans wearing Wisconsin red roared after every stop and every score, growing more exuberant as the Badgers' NCAA opener became a historic rout.
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.