Jefferson School faculty and staff scored big time, but the United Way of Central Kansas was really the big winner. Jefferson School had a whopping 78 percent participation rate in the recent United Way fund drive, up from just 25 percent last year. The school won bragging rights and the travelling trophy held by Eisenhower School last year. The school will also be the site of a dunk tank featuring Superintendent Brad Reed in May. Increased participation district wide made USD 428 one of the top businesses in the area.
Ryan Engle has been elected to the USSSA Softball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Feb. 7, at the Courtyard Marriot Old Town in Wichita.
No doubt winning at the Green House was going to be a tough task. Much like its most recent road trip to Arley Bryant Gym in Concordia, the Barton Community College women's basketball team had not won in the building since 2007.
That mid-conference grind. The time of the schedule where the early conference pep is gone and the closing excitement is still a few games away. It is the time of the year teams have to dig down and just grind.
The Hoisington Cardinal Wrestling team continued to dominate in the after Christmas part of their season. The team won the Hoisington Cardinal Classic Wrestling Tournament this past Friday to remain undefeated in tournaments and duals after the break. Fresh off the heels of their big win at the Bob Kuhn Classic just six days before, the Cardinals kept their foot on the pedal by sending eight wrestlers to the finals, and placing 12 in the top four.
Not only did the Hoisington Varsity Wrestling Team have a great weekend, but so did the Junior Varsity squad. The team took 10 wrestlers to the Larned J.V. tournament this past Saturday and placed eight in the top three. At 170 and 285 lbs., the Cardinals had both finalists.
Every Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, is pulled from a tree stump in Punxsutawney, PA. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, spring is just ahead.
What would happen if we ran Texas like a business? A big chunk of our core revenue stream-oil & gas taxes-is suddenly on shaking ground. Do you hand out shareholder dividends (tax cuts), reinvest cash reserves for unmet needs (funding for schools, roads, and water), or hunker down in the face of economic uncertainty?
Great Bend's girls (6-6) will ride the momentum of a 65-55 victory over Olathe North into Tuesday's non-league basketball game at Salina Central.
Jeff L. Gallios, 59, died Jan. 23, at his residence in Great Bend. Born March 3, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of George Christ and Jean Beatrice (Link) Gallios. On Sept. 29, 1998, he married Lavina Lowe in Pawnee Rock. A Great Bend resident for 16 years, coming from Broken Bow, Neb., he was employed at Central Kansas Medical Center in the maintenance department until becoming disabled.
STAFFORD – Wayne L. Meschberger, 88, died Jan. 31, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Born Oct. 4, 1926, in rural Stafford, he was the son of Daniel and Lena Lichte Meschberger. He was a 1944 graduate of Stafford High School. On June 21, 1949, he married Linda Myers at Lorraine. She died on March 7, 2009. He was a farmer/electrician in the Stafford area for most of his life.
HUDSON - N. Theodore "Pete" Witt Jr., 72, passed away Feb. 1, at his home in Hudson. Born on Sept. 1, 1942, in Great Bend, he was the son of Norman Theodore and Erna (Drach) Witt. On Aug. 31, 1963, he married Ardis L. (Bourbina) in Abilene. A life-long resident of Hudson, he was a retired farmer/stockman, bus driver for USD 350 and buffer coordinator for the Stafford County Conservation Service.
Abigail Rose Marie Richardson was born Jan. 26, and passed on too soon, on Jan. 31, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
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Larned's Scholar's Bowl competed at regionals at Ulysses. Team members are from left, Lauren Zerr, Josh East, Reed Russom, Kwinter Hartshorn, Wyatt Davis and Kate Schoeder. Andale, Rose Hill and Pratt qualified for state.
Larned High's Ally Aldrich won the 3-point contest at the Pratt Tournament.
Larned's Brittany Butler qualified for State Piano Festival Feb. 21 at Wichita State University.
"Boy, here's something we could use more of today: unity among the American people. Americans are so divided."
What would it look like if politics stopped at the water's edge? It wouldn't look like the mess that John Boehner created by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a session of Congress on March 3. By allowing Netanyahu to stage what is effectively a campaign event in the U.S. Capitol, congressional Republicans have not only damaged our relations with Israel but threatened our diplomatic negotiations with Iran.
They are coming out of the final turn in high school and college basketball. The stretch run is on for Sub-State and NCAA seedings. With Kansas losing at West Virginia, there might be a race once again in the Big 12 though one has to like the Jayhawks' chances.
Two local siblings wanted to donate their dad's memorial fund to a place that would do the most good for families trying to do the best for their terminally ill loved ones. They found such a place at Almost Home Inc., 1919 Van Buren.