The 12-and-under Barton Bandits NBC baseball team from Great Bend recently won the Smoky Ford Annual Wood Bat Tournament in Pratt. The Bandits are riding a six-game winning streak and currently stand with a 23-6 record. They will compete in the Colby Callahan Memorial Baseball Tournament this weekend in Larned. Front row, from left, Brantley Baldwin, Miguel Martinez, Cal Kaiser, Nahum Olivas, Riley Smith and Joey Soupiset. Back row, Townshend Kurth, Coach Travis Kurth, Eduardo Bujanda, Gage Fritz, Colin Hall, Hayden Honomichl, Coach Darrin Hall and Coach Chris Smith.
LARNED - The music is playing. Don't get caught without a chair to sit down in when it stops.
First Baptist Church of Great Bend will host a Celebration of Dependence program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 at the church, 1600 19th St.
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Gary E. Davis, 49, Great Bend was injured Wednesday when two vehicles collided at 1:22 p.m. on 100 NE 30 Road at Point Drive, 1.9 miles east of U.S. 281 and 2 miles north of Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Virgil Earl Hogan, 89, died June 23 at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born April 25, 1925, in Hoisington, he was the son of Dennis and Elsie (Jones) Hogan. On June 25, 1946, he married Dolores Jean Lutschg in Hoisington. She died on May 18, 2011. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, living in Buhler since 2010, he was a roughneck for Woodman-Iannitti Drilling Company.
COLDWATER - Kay Ellen Shaffner, 80, passed away on June 24 at Western Plains Regional Medical Center in Dodge City. She was born on April 21, 1934, in Russell, to Gordon Shaffner and Ruth (Griffith) Shaffner. Kay was a resident of Pioneer Lodge in Coldwater. She began living in Pioneer Lodge in 1971. She was a part of Pioneer Lodges family for over 40 years.
It's not exactly the Ali-Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla," but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch.
When President Obama announced an unprecedented effort by the EPA to strong-arm states into adopting cap-and-trade, he made the announcement not by focusing on the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but rather on the so-called co-benefits that closing coal plants will have on particulate matter, which is already tightly regulated. These purported co-benefits are based on two secret studies that have never been publicly validated. Amazingly, the architect of this co-benefits strategy is a long-time EPA staffer named John Beale, now known as federal inmate number 33005-016 and locked up for fraud at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution.
RECIFE, Brazil - When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries tonight, he will soak in the moment.
MIAMI - Greg Oden has had years to think about the plight of his knees, and still has no good answers.
BETHESDA, Md. - Nobody has fielded more questions about Tiger Woods over his career than Ernie Els, at times to the point that it exasperates him.
CLEVELAND - The Cavaliers have had plenty of practice picking first in the NBA draft.
GREAT BEND - Joseph Jay Worcester, 48, died June 23 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
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MINNEAPOLIS - Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits.
BESANCON, France - With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.
Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he's ever known some flexibility in the coming years.
TOPEKA - Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $8.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Kansas. Globally, the company and its Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion to non-profit groups, surpassing the previous year's total by more than $244 million.
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ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot. Fresh vegetables (in season) available. All bakers, craftsmen, artisans and more are invited to come to sell and showcase.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Food Bank volunteers and board have been named as the 118th Annual Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals, the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week.
ELLINWOOD - Sentinel Gallery will present an Art Opening for the exhibition Who Knew? Art Exhibition Showcasing Art with Ellinwood Roots, taking place at 201 South Main on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School/Community Library will be closed for cleaning July 22- 25. It will reopen on July 28.
Star of Hope is proud to announce the dedication of the new church building in Hesse, Haiti. The original church building was rendered useless and unsafe by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. On June 28, more than 250 people gathered in the new mountain church to dedicate it to the use of the people in the area. The church is located next to the new Hesse School also rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake. In addition to being used for church services it will also be used by the school for assemblies.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Leonard Loraine Mullenix, 94, died July 13 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was born Dec. 9, 1919 at Chase, the son of George and Lola (Fuson) Mullenix.