LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Russ Smith ranked Louisville's 80-77 victory over Kentucky on Saturday as one of the five favorites of his career.
DURHAM, N.C. - Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped No. 1 Duke pull away for a 90-77 victory over pesky Santa Clara on Saturday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos lead the NFL with 48 sacks, and all those crumpled quarterbacks in their wake can blame not only Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller but also Jack Del Rio and Peyton Manning.
DENVER - One team is going for the first seed in the AFC playoffs. The other is in line for the first pick in next year's NFL draft.
CENTENNIAL, COLO. - Billy Conrad Smith, 71, died Dec. 27, at his daughters home in Centennial, Colo. Born April 25, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Raymond H. and Juanita M. Woelk Smith. A longtime resident of Larned, he moved to Centennial, Colo., to be close to family. He was a retired Occupational Therapist at Larned State Hospital and was a graduate at Barton County Community College, Great Bend. He belonged to Grace Lutheran Church.
E. Wayne Vanaman, 59, died Dec. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Born Feb. 14, 1953 at Great Bend, he was the son of Ernest Junior and Marian (Davies) Vanaman.
CHICAGO, ILL. - Imogene Louise Werner, 72, died Dec. 11 in Chicago, Ill. Born Nov. 17, 1940 in Hamilton, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
HOISINGTON - Charley W. "Chief" Briggs, 88, died Dec. 28, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 26, 1924 at Bartlesville, Okla., he was the son of Ocie and Cora (Chair) Briggs.
ELLINWOOD - Carol L. Smith, 74, died Dec. 27 at her home in Ellinwood. Born Sept. 2, 1938 at Eureka, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
LARNED - Jewell H. Wood Graf, 90, died Dec. 27 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Born Aug. 10, 1922, in Augusta, she was the daughter of Bryan and Janey Lackey Chance. On Oct. 30, 1944, she married Albert Wood at Tonopah, Nev. He died on July 26, 1978. In Nov. 1994 she married Edwin Graf. He died Aug. 19, 2010. She was a homemaker.
Hoisington 'Citizen of the Year' nominations needed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Romeo Crennel joined a long list ofChiefsdealing with illness and injury on Thursday.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) game wardens and Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) troopers will conduct a joint checkpoint in south central Kansas in early December. The firearms deer season will open Dec. 3, pheasant and quail seasons opened Nov. 8, the greater prairie chicken regular season started Nov. 15, and duck and goose seasons are also underway. The checkpoint is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state's driver's licensing laws.
A Whole Hog Feed Cancer Benefit will be held for Valarie Smith-Dellrocco at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Central Baptist Church, Lakin and Harrison in Great Bend. Valarie, a resident of Great Bend, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014. She is now in remission. Funds from the feed will help pay hospital bills.
Danceography will hold their first recital since opening on Sept. 2. "Our First Christmas" recital will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $5. Dancers will be from Great Bend, Hoisington, Claflin, Ellinwood, Lyons, St. John and surrounding areas, instructed by Miss Laura Klima.
Southwest Baptist University head softball coach Jim Flora has announced the signing of three athlete's for the 2016 season, including Hunter Middleton, a senior at Great Bend High School. She is the daughter of Shari and Brett Middleton.
Unlike Barack Obama, I am not a father to teenage girls, but it must be something like being President with this obstructionist congress. No good deed for Obama goes unpunished by Republicans in Washington, and the recent climate agreement with China is a good example.
It seems nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration. The president's first two Defense Secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both complained bitterly this month about their time in the administration. The president's National Security Council staff micro-managed the Pentagon, they said at a forum last week.
Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 13.