SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Robert Traylor, the former NBA and University of Michigan big man nicknamed "Tractor" because of his hulking frame, has died. He was 34.
MIAMI (AP) - For LeBron James, Game 5 last season against Boston was horrific. A year later, Game 5 was humbling. And he and the Miami Heat are halfway to an NBA championship, having finally found a way to vanquish the Celtics. Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, James added 33 - including the game's last 10 in a spectacular closing flourish, part of Miami's 16-0 run over the final 4:15 - and the Heat beat ...
WAMEGO - Thompson Gymnastics of Great Bend recently competed in the AAU Missouri Valley Championships.
HAYS - It was a very eventful Western Athletic Conference girls' swim meet for Great Bend High School.
STAFFORD - Donald L. Nagel, 57, died May 9 at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. He was born May 31, 1953, the son of Albert and Marcena (Labbe) Nagel.
IUKA – Charles LeRoy 'Chuck' Backman, 79, died Tuesday, May 10, at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt. He was born April 9, 1932 in Cleburne, the son of Wallace Theodore and Ethel (Johnson) Backman. On Jan. 22, 1956 he married Sondra G. 'Sandy' Strait. She preceded him in death on May 4, 1997. On July 4, 2001 he married Mary Ann 'Frostie' (Frost) Russell, she survives.
John William "Papa John" Skinner, 78, died on May 10 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. He was born Oct.1, 1932, at Baxter, Mo., the son of Wesley Alexander and Thelma Irene (Reinecke) Skinner.
RUSSELL - Eugene A. Nuss, 82, died May 10 from injuries sustained in an accident. Born March 16, 1929, in Russell County, he was the son of Edward and Amelia (Karst) Nuss. On Oct. 4, 1953, he married Velda M. Keil in Milberger. A lifelong resident of Russell County, he was a farmer and former employee of Karst Construction.
HOISINGTON - Joan Nuss, 86, died May 10 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born March 18, 1925, in Bessemer, Mich., she was the daughter of Guy and Angela (Larese) Marzari. On April 10, 1948, she married Glen W. Nuss in Hoisington. He died March 21, 2006. A Hoisington resident for 50 years, she worked for USD 431 as a teachers aid.
RUSSELL - Harvey John Miller, 95, of Russell, died on Sunday at the Russell Regional Hospital Emergency Room. Born on Sept. 2, 1915, in Bushton, he was the son of George B. and Anna L. (Miller) Miller. During his childhood, he grew up in Bushton and graduated from Bushton High School in 1934. After high school he attended Wichita Business College and after graduating Business College he took correspondence courses in higher accounting. While ...
GREAT BEND - Charles Leroy "Chuck" Backman, 79, died May 10 at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt. Services are pending with Larrison Mortuary in Pratt.
Barton County Sheriff A burglary of a building at 1140 Susank Blacktop and theft of gasoline reportedly occurred sometime between 9 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. Someone broke in the back door in an attempted burglary of the 156 Lounge, 1193 NE K-156, it was discovered Tuesday morning. A one-vehicle rollover occurred on NW 200 Road and NW 60 Ave. at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured. ...
A Russell man died Tuesday after his truck crossed the center line on a Barton County highway and collided head on with a semi-trailer. Eugene Nuss, 82, was initially taken to St. Rose in Great Bend after the accident at 1:20 p.m. on U.S. 281, 13 miles northwest of Hoisington or three miles south of the Barton-Russell County line. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Online Crash Logs, officers don't know ...
Barton Community College is accepting enrollments now for its summer workshops in Quickbooks (introduction), Skype, Dreamweaver, Word, Excel, Photoshop (digital composition), Photoshop (photo retouching) and Photoshop (digital painting). To enroll contact Janet Kirmer, 620-792-9294 or 1-866-813-2460. Barton business computer management instructor Deanna Stevens will teach Word and Excel. Word is offered from 5-7 p.m. June 21. Participants will gain tips and techniques for creating professional looking documents. Excel will meet from ...
PRATT - The next Miss America could come from Barton County. The next step toward the title is the Miss Kansas Pageant, which starts today at Pratt and concludes Saturday. Twenty-five women will compete, including two from Great Bend.
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Children at the Barton Community College Child Development Center (CDC) play with some new toys, Tuesday afternoon. The toys were acquired through a $500 grant awarded by Child Care Aware of Kansas. The grant requirements focus on increased efforts to practice healthy eating habits and to include physical activity both in and outside of the classroom. CDC Director Larissa Graham said the equipment is intended to help aid in fine muscle development and encourage "active ...
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this summer, helping to ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need. Blood donations tend to decline during the summer, when many regular donors are on vacation and schools are out of session. However, the need for blood is constant. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, which is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient. Upcoming blood ...
Law enforcement professionals will have two opportunities to learn from Chicago area Police Chief Kent Williams about various forms of adversity law enforcement personnel routinely face, not only in the field, but how these events shape their personal lives after they leave the cruiser.
HOISINGTON – Marilyn J. (Korf) Davis, 65, died June 4, 2013 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
PAWNEE ROCK - Daniel J. Maes, 59, was born Aug. 12, 1953 to Joseph and Ellen (Phelan) Maes. He passed away May 26, 2013 in Topeka, with his loving family by his side. He was employed as a water well driller in the Great Bend area. Dan served in the United States Air Force. Survivors include, a daughter, Tammy Maes of Pawnee Rock; two sons, Jessie and Chance, both of Great Bend; Ginger Maes, mother ...
SAN ANTONIO - Hours away from drawing the toughest defensive assignment of his two-year career with the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard wasn't feverishly taking mental notes of how to guard LeBron James.
LAWRENCE - Kansas and Hawaii will meet on the gridiron for the first time since 1985 when the Warriors travel to Lawrence in 2016 as the first part of a home-and-home series, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.
MANHATTAN - For the first time in program history, all available public football season tickets have been sold as department officials announced Monday that Kansas State football fans have stepped up in record fashion for the Wildcats' 2013 eight-game home schedule.
Waters True Value has donated $4,000 to the Oklahoma City Red Cross. The effort to contribute to the disaster relief efforts came after an EF5 tornado left a 17-mile path of destruction and damaged 4,000 homes and businesses in the Oklahoma City area on May 20.
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody?
Washington, D.C., is in the grip of scandals, the economy is stumbling and a host of other challenges are weighing me down - which is why I prefer to dwell on more obscure subjects, such as a battle raging behind the scenes over the 2020 Olympics.