It's pretty hard not to notice that summer came hard and fast this year. After several years of what for Kansas were cool, wet summers, Mother Nature has reminded us of what our summers can involve. After a brief respite, we are back under drought conditions and as I write this on July 7, there is a slight chance of rain with 100° temps back by Sunday. So where are we cropwise as we enter July?
Jerry and Kaye Paden, of Macksville, will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m., July 16 with a come and go reception at the Macksville Christian Church.
Patient safety advocates say even more reforms are needed - stat!
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Neil Dougherty, who coached the TCU basketball team for six seasons, has died. He was 50.
MCPHERSON - The Great Bend Braves, a Class A American Legion baseball team, swept a doubleheader in McPherson on Friday night, taking the first game 10-2 and winning the nightcap 12-3.
There will be a sign up for all players interested in playing in the Western Kansas Football League this season on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the PAC at Great Bend High School.
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta on a drunken driving charge, sheriff's officials said.
PHEONIX - Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Shane Victorino became the latest All-Star scratches, further threatening to turn baseball's big show into the All-Scar game.
SUPER-BESSE, France (AP) - Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert in the final climb on Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall leader's yellow jersey.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone - the first New York Yankees player to reach 3,000 hits.
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They sit tall in the saddle, three feet off the ground and view the world from a different perspective – on the back of a horse. Those who live with disabilities draw upon normally untapped abilities by riding horses, caring for them, and competing on them. It's not the average regimen; it is eleven hundred pounds of highly effective, equine therapy.
O'Linda E. Orr, 99, died April 5, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
AKFIELD, Tenn. - Edward "Butch" Lee Sanders, 68, died Feb. 12. He was born in Great Bend in 1945. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1965. In 1967, he married Maggie Van Horne in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was a computer programmer at Northwestern Bell from 1970-1994.
Louise Dryer, 97, died April 7 at Scott County Hospital, Scott City. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
CLAFLIN - Lyle Kent McDermed, 78, was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Lyons, to Carvin and Wilma (Kent) McDermed. Lyle passed away April 6, 2014. Lyle spent his childhood in Kansas where he was a graduate of Claflin High School and Emporia State University.
In the coming week, the Great Bend Public Library will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week - April 13-19.
President Obama took a victory lap on Tuesday, celebrating 7 million Obamacare enrollees.
According to DC Comics, March 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman (in "Detective Comics" #27).
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