As is usually the case when Wal-Mart announces the intention to build a new store, community supporters - pushing for jobs, an enlarged tax base and shopper convenience - battle community opponents -trying to save mom-and-pop retailers.
MIAMI (AP) - Almost lost in the shuffle of Miami's series-tying win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals was the small matter of a long-awaited reunion.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points during an off night for both of the game's superstars, and the Dallas Mavericks built a huge lead early before hanging on for a 93-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
GREENSBURG - The Ellinwood High School girls' track team took second place at the Class 2A regional track and field meet at Kiowa County on Friday.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Barton Community College women's golf team overtook Bismarck State in the final round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Golf Championship for 17th place.
Macksville High School qualified in seven individual events and one relay for the Class 1A state track and field meet in Wichita on Friday and Saturday.
PHILLIPSBURG - The Hoisington High School track and field team qualified in eight individual events, as well as a relay, for the upcoming Class 3A state track and field meet in Wichita.
HUTCHINSON - The Barton Community College men's track and field team took third place at the National Junior College Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Soaked with sweat, Shackleford bucked and kicked until crewmen finally shoved him into the No. 5 gate at the Preakness.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For Jake Westbrook and the St. Louis Cardinals, beating Kansas City was as easy as 1-2-3.
Camp Hope participants can once again look forward to the "Our Kids" Golf Tournament when they gather in June for their annual, activity-filled week in Barton County. The camp is designed for children who have had or do have cancer.
Folks who attend the Fraternal Order of Eagles' Pancake Feed on Thursday will get more than just a good meal, Eagles member Corry Herrman said. It is a fundraiser for the FOE Diabetes Research Center.
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The International Spy Academy is a Vacation Bible School where kids get to be special agents for God, according to sponsors at Community Christian Church in Great Bend. This Vacation Bible School starts Sunday and will be offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 20-24 at the church, located at 253 NE 30 Road, just east of Barton Community College. It is intended for children who have completed kindergarten, through middle school.
"BARTON DYNASTY: Hunting for Bucks" is the theme for the 36th Annual Barton Foundation Big Benefit Auction, which this year's honorary co-chairs, Toby and Kristy Hogan, find rather fitting as the owners of the hunting service, "Central Kansas Whitetails." Only the "bucks" being hunted in this case are green, have presidents' faces on them and they help local students pay tuition at Barton Community College.
Two more photos from Wedsday's Glow Party at the Great Bend Public Library.
An Otis woman was injured Tuesday evening on a Barton County road, 4 miles north and 3 miles west of Galatia.
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 25 nonprofit organizations, including the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects.
An attempted fraud was reported to the Barton County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Someone called a Barton County resident saying her grandson was in trouble in New Mexico and needed help. The woman hung up before finding out what kind of "help" was wanted, and instead called her grandson, who said he was fine.
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