KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Barring some big political development that again upends the conventional wisdom, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney still seems poised to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jordan Theodore started talking about his last chance to play in an NCAA tournament in the preseason. The senior guard wants desperately to be part of the field of 68.
RANSOM - The Central Plains High School girls' basketball team put away Western Plains early on Tuesday night to close out the regular season with a 74-20 win.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Forget any talk of Kansas State as a team teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble. After yet another convincing win over a Top 20 team, the Wildcats' bubble has burst - and coach Frank Martin couldn't be happier.
LARNED - Marilyn May Phemister, 78, died Jan. 19 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born May 23, 1933 in Aledo, Ill., she was the daughter of Paul E. and Margaret Litzenberger Black. A longtime resident of Larned, she was a retired elementary school teacher. On Feb. 18, 1974, she married Charles L. Phemister in California. He survives.
ALBERT - Elda M. Schroeder, 95, died Feb. 21 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Nov. 20, 1916 at rural Pawnee County, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Gerdes) Hanken.
YUKON, Okla. - Lillian I. Hoffhaus, 91, died Feb. 20 at Integris Health Care, Yukon, Okla. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Nathan Brungardt of Great Bend has been selected by the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) to attend the Leadership through Learning program from April 22-27 in Washington, D. C. Nathan is the son of Dan Brungardt and is a junior at Great Bend High School.
Since 2002, Barton Community College has worked alongside the Kansas Department of Corrections to make the world a safer place through inmate education efforts and correction officer training programs.
Crimes Stoppers is seeking information on a daylight burglary that occurred Feb. 3 at a Great Bend residence. Police Chief Dean Akings reports that sometime between 7:30 and 11:10 a.m., someone entered the residence at 1401 Wilson St. through the garage door. A flat-screen television, computer and monitor, hand tools and many power tools were stolen, and the residence was damaged. Loss and damage will exceed $17,000.
Great Bend Community Theatre announces that auditions for "Messiah On The Frigidaire," a dramatic comedy by John Culbertson, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, and at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5 at the Crest Theater.
The Barton County Young Professionals will have a networking mixer from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the CPI Annex Building, 24th and Kansas Ave. The group is open to anyone 21-40 years old.
"Dog Care" will be the topic of a free Stop 'N Learn session, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Bill Niederee, D.V.M. will talk about vaccinations, diet, micro chips, fleas and tick prevention, and other information. There will also be time for questions.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas coach Bill Self made sure to remind his team at halftime Saturday night that Iowa State has a penchant for putting together dramatic comebacks.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has been nearly unstoppable since he charged to his first Sprint Cup championship last season.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.
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Central Plains Middle School recognizes seventh graders, Rebecca Stratmann and Jerred Bieberle, as the March Students of the Month.
WICHITA - Joseph F. Bunk, 67, passed away Feb. 28. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, to Maurice and Mary (Kaechele) Bunk of Hoisington. In 1965, Joe graduated from Hoisington High School. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Viet Nam War, he attended Kansas State University and graduated with a Master's Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.
AUGUSTA - Victor L. Shumate, 64, died on March 12, at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. Born Jan. 4, 1951, in El Dorado, he was the son of Paul Bennett and Isa Lou (Gale) Shumate. He was a graduate of El Dorado High School and Butler County Community College. He was a retired truck driver and care giver. Mr. Shumate served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era.
Leona A. Reichuber, 92, died March 13 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born Aug. 28, 1922 at rural Great Bend, she was the daughter of John and Antonia (Langer) Stoss.
BY RALPH VARTABEDIAN