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Investigator says Chevron refinery fire ‘near disaster’ for workers

RICHMOND, Calif. – More than a dozen workers were nearly killed when the vapor cloud that sparked Monday's massive Chevron refinery fire engulfed them as they worked on a leaky, four-decades-old pipe that the oil giant had not replaced during a round of maintenance last year, federal investigators said Saturday.

August 17, 2012 | BY MATTHIAS GAFNI and SEAN MAHER Contra Costa Times (MCT) | Oil & Gas


Pair of home runs launch A's past Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes homered, and Dan Straily picked up his first major league victory as the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Thursday night.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


Wetlands center conducts third butterfly count

Humans have a soft spot for butterflies. They're more visible than most insects and are a symbol of beauty with their various colors and dancing, graceful flight.

August 16, 2012 | By Stephanie Young Tribune Correspondent | News


Iguodala says he wants to stay with Nuggets for extended time

DENVER (AP) - Andre Iguodala says he doesn't want Denver to be just a stopover. The Nuggets wholeheartedly agree.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


Roundfield drowned saving his wife

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame has posthumously inducted three-time NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


Bernard "Barney" J. Prosser 1924 - 2012

ODIN - Bernard "Barney" J. Prosser, 88, died Aug. 16 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born July 14, 1924, in Mt. Angel, Ore., he was the son of Joseph A. and Eleanor (Ficker) Prosser. In 1951 he married Gladys Utne in San Diego, Calif. A resident of Odin, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 31 years and retired as a major. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retirement he worked for a government intelligence agency in Washington, D.C., and had many Military Declarations including the Purple Heart. In 1955 he ...

August 16, 2012 | | Obituaries


Urlacher says he should be ready for NFL opener

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher sees no reason why he'll have trouble rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee in time for the team's regular-season opener.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


Bradford refutes speculation about his ankle woes

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he might need offseason ankle surgery is off-base.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


Witten hopeful he’ll be ready for first game

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is hopeful that he will be ready to play in the season opener in three weeks.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


No agreement with referees in sight as regular season looms on horizon

NEW YORK (AP) - Less than three weeks before the season kicks off, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are no closer to an agreement to end the lockout of the officials.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


Iris June (Wetz) Banaman 1926 - 2012

HESSTON - Iris June (Wetz) Banman, 86, died on Aug. 14 at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. Born May 26, 1926, at Wichita, she was adopted soon after birth by Herman and Myrtle (Ray) Wetz. Raised on a farm near Kiowa, Iris went on to graduate with a degree in music education from the Wichita University and played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. She taught in Wichita, Clearwater and Ellinwood elementary schools and for many years gave private piano and violin lessons.

August 16, 2012 | | Obituaries


LONG DROUGHTS

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Peering through heavy rain, Dexter McCluster backpedaled to catch the punt, cut left and sprinted a Kansas City team-record 94 yards for a touchdown to spark a season-opening victory over San Diego in 2010 that led to the AFC West championship.

August 16, 2012 | The Associated Press | AP Sports


Water tower vandalized

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about vandals who put paint on the Pawnee Rock water tower this past week. Great Bend Police Cheif Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said someone vandalized the tower sometime between 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, and 8 a.m. on Sunday. The cost of repairs is $1,000.

August 16, 2012 | | Area Briefs


Longhorns eye 2012 as opportunity to return to winning ways

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Longhorns spent 2011 just trying to get back to winning. With that accomplished, they figure 2012 is the time to return to their place among the nation's elite.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


Texas Tech looks to rebound after finishing with 5-7 mark

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Tommy Tuberville would just as soon forget last season. He has plenty of Texas Tech fans as company.

August 16, 2012 | | AP Sports


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Quarterbacking Congress

I'm not a huge fan of John Boehner.

January 11, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Check It Out!

The following books are among the top ten checked out at Ellinwood School/Community Library.

January 11, 2015 | | Local News


Beware of counterfeiters’ who hand off fake NFL goods

During the playoff season fans' enthusiasm often manifests itself in the form of purchases of a favorite team's merchandise. The lead up to the Super Bowl gets emotions high – and prices can seem high as well. So many go searching for bargains. Unfortunately, some of those "bargains" that can be so alluring are cheaper for a reason: they are fakes. That means the workmanship and the materials used in their manufacture will be of inferior quality, making that "great deal" quickly turn into a rip-off.

January 11, 2015 | | Sports


Toastmasters Club being formed

A new Toastmasters club is being formed in Great Bend. Newcomers are welcome. Meetings are from 6 to 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday's of each month at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2701 17th St., Great Bend. For more info contact Krystal Barnes, 620-639-4384.

January 11, 2015 | | Club News


Farmers ready to juggle acreage mix in 2015

Record crops and low prices have farmers embracing change in 2015, with acreage shifts continuing to move fields from corn to soybeans, according to the latest Farm Futures survey.

January 11, 2015 | | Agriculture


Christmas decorations were outstanding

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January 11, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Air Force Airman Cordell W. Merten graduates

Air Force Airman Cordell W. Merten graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

January 11, 2015 | | Local Life


Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


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