FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Vince Wilfork was a champion as a rookie with the New England Patriots. So, he wondered, how hard could it be to win the Super Bowl every year?
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Shane Southwell saw to it that No. 18 Kansas State's winning streak would reach six games.
LARNED - Spencer Nusser led St. John-Hudson High School's boys' basketball team with 22 points during their 10th win of the season, a 67-40 romp past Larned.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Bill Self saw an unenergetic No. 6 Kansas team in the first half and he let his players hear about it.
SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick did the passing and running, and Aaron Rodgers couldn't keep up.
DENVER - Welcome to NFL immortality, Joe Flacco.
RALEIGH, N.C. - C.J. Leslie scored 25 points - including six straight during a key second-half run - to help No. 20 North Carolina State beat No. 1 Duke 84-76 on Saturday.
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LARNED - The Larned Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a special coffee hour and reception at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Pawnee County Courthouse.
The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Faith Community Church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said everyone is welcome.
Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."
Editor's Note: Local historian David Clapsaddle writes about aspects about the Santa Fe Trail. The early years before trading on the Santa Fe Trail eventually included Fort Larned and Pawnee County. The 16th installment researched the Cimarron Ranch in Gray County.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will hear the 2011-2012 audit report when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Other items on the agenda include election of officers and the second reading of proposed bylaws changes.
ALBERT – Calvin E. Brady, 96, died Jan. 11, 2013 at Rush County Memorial Hospital LTC, La Crosse.
EDMOND, Okla. - Donna Rae Smith, 65, passed away Jan. 8, 2013 at her home in Edmond, Okla.
LARNED - Two eighth-inning errors paved the way for Sterling High's softball sweep over Larned Thursday in a Central Kansas League opener. Sterling swept the Indians 4-3 in extra innings and 18-10 in the nightcap.
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THAILAND - Richard A. Poage passed away in his sleep at his home in Thailand on Jan. 23, with his companion by his side. Born on Sept. 6, 1940, in Great Bend, he was the son of Marion and Irene Poage. Born and raised in Great Bend he worked in the oilfields, like his father, from the age of 17 until retiring from offshore drilling 10 years ago in Thailand. In 1960, he married Sheryl Wheat. They divorced in 1964. In 1968, he married Vicky Campbell while working in Scotland. The divorced in 1975.
MARSHALL, MO. - Walter Ray Simonson, 88, died Feb. 24, 2015, in Marshall, Mo., after an illness of several months.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years last Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder still has high hopes for Travis Ford as Oklahoma State's basketball coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz defended the NCAA's role in policing academics and says there's no need for more involvement.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Minnesota Twins spent $55 million on Ervin Santana to bring some much-needed talent and experience to their beleaguered starting rotation.
Tiger Woods ended all that speculation about his game by letting everyone see for themselves.
NEW YORK (AP) - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. Team officials responded by saying they were surprised and disappointed.
Getting a sweep Friday was going to be an arduous task for the Barton Community College softball team. Things started good enough for the Cougars but they could not complete the sweep of the Jayhawk West leaders.
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The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the renaming of the Convention Center, Rotary Club activities and the appointment of a public lands director.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes: proclamations for County Day of Recognition for National Service, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; the county's exchange server; and Planning Commission appointments.
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