ST. LOUIS - About the only thing Kansas and Eastern Kentucky have in common is that they are playing each other in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
ST. LOUIS - The kids from Kentucky began the season No. 1. They sure think they can end it that way.
ST. LOUIS - Wichita State goes for the first 35-0 start in NCAA men's basketball history on the same court where the top-seeded Shockers won their last three games.
LARNED - Bracketology. Science or luck?
On Sunday, March 30, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of three pipe organs in Great Bend, with a program geared to interest people of all ages, and particularly suited to families. Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work.
Dominican Sisters of Peace spirituality centers in Great Bend and Columbus, Ohio, will offer a series of webcasts from the Institute for Maturing Spirituality.
First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington St., will host the next Lenten Luncheon at noon Wednesday, March 26. First Church of the Nazarene will cohost. Host pastor is Dr. Scott Solether, and the speaker will be John Grummon from Central Baptist Church. Serving is at noon (not earlier) and all are welcome at the weekly ecumenical gatherings for fellowship, personal reflection and spiritual growth. A freewill offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
A spaghetti benefit dinner for Saundra (Garner) Wright will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at First Baptist Church, 1601 19th St., Great Bend. Proceeds will help with medical expenses and living expenses for this single mom with no insurance who is in need of support. A $7 donation is suggested.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Adreian Payne sent Tom Izzo a text. He wants to leave a legacy.
TOPEKA - Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday declared Kansas the "Cradle of Basketball" in issuing a proclamation praising the three teams from the state playing in the NCAA men's tournament.
It began as a way to introduce new associates at two medical facilities with the storied history of how the Dominican Sisters started health-care services in Great Bend and Garden City.
Florine Meister, 93, died March 20 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Jan. 2, 1921, in Loretto, she was the daughter of Jacob Joseph and Katie I. (Suppes) Urban. On Nov. 13, 1940, she married Elwyn Koochel at Loretto. He died on March 26, 1978. She then married John P. Meister on Aug. 10, 1985, in Timken. He died on June 25, 2006. A resident of Great Bend since 1985, coming from the farm in Albert, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed bingo and playing in her pitch card clubs.
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George Bergen Jr., 81, died March 19 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. He was born May 6, 1932, at Washita, Okla., the son of Gerhart and Bertha (Sawatsky) Bergen. He married "Dilly" Emma Faye Salem on Nov. 7, 1964, at Hudson. She died Dec. 30, 2004. A Great Bend resident since 1964, coming from Liberal, he was a baker for Karolee Donut Shop, was a roughneck and mud engineer, worked for Great Bend Packing, and was co-owner of Dilly's Restaurant from 1987 to 2004.
Staff at the Great Bend cemeteries are asking the public to remove all winter decorations now so they can start the spring cleanup and spraying.