I have been watching the Bottoms early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The mid-day heat is oppressive, and most critters and birds try to avoid that uncomfortable part of the day by resting in the shade. The rain last Monday was a very welcome relief.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Blake Griffin has officially withdrawn from the Olympics and Anthony Davis has been added to the U.S. basketball team's roster.
MANHATTAN – Adrian J. Polansky, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced Friday that emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acreage has been authorized in 91 Kansas Counties, effective Monday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints, with $60 million guaranteed, said a person familiar with the deal.
The second in a series of cancer-education presentations at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will focus on the subject of "Guided Imagery." The event is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose.
Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has filed for reelection to a second full term as County Treasurer. Wondra was first elected to the office in October 2007 by the Republican Precinct committee to complete the term of the retired Jan Karlin. He then won election to a full term in November 2008.
The United States women's basketball team dominated the Beijing Games, winning by close to 38 points per game while cruising to the gold medal.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Anthony Davis was seated on the court, the best players in the world towering above him.
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police officer is under investigation by his own department after allegations surfaced that he directed a racial slur at Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford last week.
Internationally known Christian artist Robin Mark will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Faith Community Church in Great Bend. This is a ticketed event and everyone must have a ticket to attend. Tickets are $10. Call 620-793-8084 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Seating is limited, so contact immediately for seat availability.
WICHITA – This week, Catholic Charities of Kansas announced the launch of a new public awareness campaign, "Love Letters from Kansas," to promote healthy marriage and relationship stability across the state.
The Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church has appointed the Rev. Lennie Maxwell to the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend.
Foundry Methodist Church, 5401 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, is offering "Mega Sports Camp: Beyond the Gold" as a fun Vacation Bible School where kids in grades 1-6 can learn more about sports and God's love.
LARNED – Sterling's girls coasted past Larned 63-30 in Friday's Central Kansas League basketball game. Andi Dowell hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points. Kylah Comley (13) and Emma Lamert (11) scored in double figures for Sterling (13-4, 6-2 CKL).
NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James doesn't take a single moment for granted. There's no time to waste. Every game, every gesture is special.
NEW YORK (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for this year's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.
LARNED – Isiah Perez started overtime with a 3-pointer and Larned converted seven free throws in the extra period for a 63-55 Central Kansas League basketball victory.
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ELLINWOOD - Frank Slade Zamarripa Jr., 45, died Feb. 13, 2015, in Ness County. He was born April 26, 1969, at Great Bend, to Frank and Gloria K. (Kincaid) Zamarripa. He married Donita Kay Morris Nov. 1, 1997, at Great Bend.
NESS COUNTY - One driver died and the other sustained possible injury on Friday morning, when a tanker truck rear-ended a semitrailer that had slowed to turn off K-96, 10 miles west of Ness City.