CLAFLIN -The governing body of the City of Claflin met in regular session, Monday, February 11, 2013 in the city building. Present were: Mayor Michael Urban, Councilpersons Kirk Schneweis, Kelly Nixon, Casey Hubbard, Dan Michaelis and Leon Oberle. Also present: City Attorney Bob Suelter, City Clerk Patricia Schmidt, Robert Gunder, Richard Hayes, Curtis Wolf, Tyler Allison, Liz Praeger and Randy Oeser.
Editor's note: This article updates and corrects Great Bend Fire Department news previously posted at "OTR for Feb. 19, 2013."
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Relax. It's not necessarily the flu making you confused and feverish. Could be spatter from that big, thick, juicy, new, improved Civil War infecting the Republican Party. Yes, again. The Rebs inside the Reds are rebooting themselves for the umpteenth time over the past few election cycles. Have to assume these self-proclaimed frugal guys purchased their huge caches of defibrillators and CPR paddles in bulk. "CLEAR!"
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Hutchinson Regional Hospital at the Chamber Boardroom, 1125 Williams at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Julie Smith and Shay Kasselman. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
MANHATTAN - Will Spradling scored 19 points and No. 14 Kansas State used a big first-half run to beat West Virginia 71-61 on Monday night, spoiling the return of Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins to the school he helped rebuild.
HOUSTON - Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers turned their attention Monday from bad basketball and trade talk to more somber matters.
GARDEN PLAIN - Hoisington High School's wrestling team claimed five individual Class 3-1A regional championships on Saturday - the highest number of regional titles in Cardinals history.
PITTSBURGH - Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley scored 13 points each and No. 25 Notre Dame overcome a horrendous shooting start and beat No. 20 Pittsburgh 51-42 on Monday night.
Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood.
Alice Jane (Kachelman) Fox, 80, died Friday, Feb. 15, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born March 7, 1932 at St. John, she was the daughter of John T. and Kathleen Birdie (Schroder) Kachelman. A resident of Great Bend since 1970, she was a Safety Deposit Manager at American State Bank in Great Bend for 20 years, Undersheriff for Stafford County, and a farmer.
TOPEKA - Laura Brown, from the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, has been recognized by a statewide domestic and sexual violence advocacy organization.
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It's Easter weekend and this past Thursday night saw some fairly severe weather in the area complete with power outages. Spring is really here, especially after the extremely warm temperatures this past week. Today is April 5, so area producers should have wrapped up side dressing the 2015 wheat crop and corn planters are being readied to begin planting shortly. Alfalfa is greening up and in some parts of the state, including some fields here, wheat producers are assessing winter survival. Since not a great deal is going on just yet, let's catch up on what is known.
The Hoisington High School forensics team placed second out of nine schools at a recent tournament at Otis-Bison. Members placed individually as follows:
Kindergarten roundup April 10
FORT LARNED - Everyone is invited to a historic program presented by the Fort Larned Old Guard on Saturday, April 25, at Fort Larned National Historic Site, funded in part by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.
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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.