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.
• Critter Ministry to host meeting - Critter Ministry will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5, in the Burnside Room of the Carol Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St., in Great Bend. There will be free refreshments and prize giveaways.
CLAY CENTER – The Gutenberg Printing Press was invented around 1440, having a huge impact on learning, communications and much more worldwide. The United States Constitution was adopted Sept. 17, 1787, establishing a new form of government the world had never witnessed before. These are two significant events in world history, but are they the greatest? Here are my top two: 1) The incarnation of Jesus of Nazareth. 2) The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Let me explain.
The next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse will be April 12 at a new location, the First Assembly of God church, 601 S. Patton Road. Coffee and social time is at 9 a.m., with the meeting getting underway at 9:30.
The annual Presbyterian Women's Rummage Sale will be held Saturday, April 5, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the sale will continue until noon.
Members of the First United Methodist Church have a heart for mission work, member Judy Turner said. Several projects have been tackled since the first of the year.
"Increase the Reach Summit," presented by the Rev. Scott Hinkle, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, at Faith Community Church. The Rev. Hinkle will also be speaking in the church's Sunday morning worship service, at 10:30 a.m. April 13. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said both services are open to the public.
For thousands of years, the Passover meal has been celebrated by the Jewish people in commemoration of the Old Testament account of their escape from Egyptian slavery, the beginning of their long trek towards "the promised land," and their hope in a Messiah who would deliver them from bondage forever.
Siblings Ed Galliart and Crystal Galliart have been chosen to administrate the Great Bend Christians ministry, said Mike Richardson of City Church Ministries.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant scored 28 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat San Antonio 106-94 on Thursday night, ending the Spurs' winning streak at 19 games.
The Great Bend High School girls' swim team hosted a swim meet on Thursday at Kirkman Activity Center.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
The invitation to this year's Final Four seemed to have specific rules: No upstarts or Cinderellas. Big boys only.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Gregg Marshall, whose Wichita State team was the first to reach the NCAA tournament undefeated in 33 years, has been selected The Associated Press' coach of the year.
It will take more than a couple of bitter, one-run defeats in Motown to make the Kansas City Royals feel any less optimistic about what could be a watershed season.