Severe winter weather across much of Kansas forced the cancellation of 50 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 1,600 blood and platelet donations through the Red Cross Central Plains Region. Now that the storm has passed, eligible donors are encouraged to give lifesaving blood and platelets to help offset the current shortfall and ensure a stable supply.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Separating satire from real news requires an advanced degree these days. When Jon Stewart becomes the most trusted newsman for millennials, the line between the evening news and The Onion gets blurry, so perhaps we shouldn't laugh so loudly at old Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Senator who's up for re-election next year. But given the circumstances-he's responsible for using the filibuster to prevent even the clocks from ticking in the Senate-maybe we should.
ST. JOHN - A last-second shot by Macksville High School senior Mindy Wood fell short as La Crosse held on for a 47-45 win in a Class 1A Division-I sub-state game on Wednesday night.
The Barton Community College women's tennis team won a dual match against Hesston on Wednesday afternoon at Club 1 Fitness.
CONCORDIA - The Barton Community College men's basketball team breezed to a 79-57 drumming of Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division foe Cloud County on Wednesday night to close the regular season.
CONCORDIA - The Barton Community College Lady Cougars held a lead for a majority of the first half, but let it slip away at the end of the first 20 minutes at Cloud County.
DALLAS - The Big 12 says officiating errors were made at the end of regulation before No. 6 Kansas outlasted Iowa State in overtime on Monday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Second-ranked Gonzaga's game at BYU today suddenly has national significance.
SAN FRANCISCO - Alex Smith quietly stayed behind the scenes after losing his job and watched from the sideline as San Francisco returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. Yet the No. 1 overall draft pick from 2005 did make one thing known: The veteran quarterback still considers himself a starter.
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Becoming an Amateur Paleontologist," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Danielle Ricklefs, education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will share her experiences in the field while becoming an amateur fossil hunter.
CLAFLIN - Michael R. "Mike" Connell, 57, peacefully passed away on Feb. 26, 2013.
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LARNED - Thirteen Quilting Bees members met on Feb. 2 in the quilting room at the First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Morris.
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As February home openers go Wednesday afternoon couldn't have gone much better for the Barton Community College softball team.
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.
With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.
In information released this week on election filings for the April 7 general election, Michael Urban was incorrectly listed as a candidate for Claflin City Council. He is in fact a candidate for Claflin mayor.
The Central Plains high school musicians are doing a Valentine Tour of area care facilities today. They will present a 25-minute program at each of the following locations: Plum Creek Plaza, Holyrood, 9:30 a.m.; Country Place Living, Hoisington, 10:30 a.m.; River Bend, Great Bend, 11:45 a.m.; Sterling House, Great Bend, 1 p.m.; Cherry Village, Great Bend, 1:45 p.m.