DURHAM, N.C. - Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped No. 1 Duke pull away for a 90-77 victory over pesky Santa Clara on Saturday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tony Gonzalez is still 95 percent sure he will retire at the end of the season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos lead the NFL with 48 sacks, and all those crumpled quarterbacks in their wake can blame not only Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller but also Jack Del Rio and Peyton Manning.
DENVER - One team is going for the first seed in the AFC playoffs. The other is in line for the first pick in next year's NFL draft.
CENTENNIAL, COLO. - Billy Conrad Smith, 71, died Dec. 27, at his daughters home in Centennial, Colo. Born April 25, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Raymond H. and Juanita M. Woelk Smith. A longtime resident of Larned, he moved to Centennial, Colo., to be close to family. He was a retired Occupational Therapist at Larned State Hospital and was a graduate at Barton County Community College, Great Bend. He belonged to Grace Lutheran Church.
E. Wayne Vanaman, 59, died Dec. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Born Feb. 14, 1953 at Great Bend, he was the son of Ernest Junior and Marian (Davies) Vanaman.
CHICAGO, ILL. - Imogene Louise Werner, 72, died Dec. 11 in Chicago, Ill. Born Nov. 17, 1940 in Hamilton, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
HOISINGTON - Charley W. "Chief" Briggs, 88, died Dec. 28, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 26, 1924 at Bartlesville, Okla., he was the son of Ocie and Cora (Chair) Briggs.
ELLINWOOD - Carol L. Smith, 74, died Dec. 27 at her home in Ellinwood. Born Sept. 2, 1938 at Eureka, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
LARNED - Jewell H. Wood Graf, 90, died Dec. 27 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Born Aug. 10, 1922, in Augusta, she was the daughter of Bryan and Janey Lackey Chance. On Oct. 30, 1944, she married Albert Wood at Tonopah, Nev. He died on July 26, 1978. In Nov. 1994 she married Edwin Graf. He died Aug. 19, 2010. She was a homemaker.
Hoisington 'Citizen of the Year' nominations needed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Romeo Crennel joined a long list ofChiefsdealing with illness and injury on Thursday.
This last weekend the Great Bend Panther's JV squad competed at the Stafford JV wrestling tournament. The Panthers placed 8 of their 9 wrestlers with three 1st place finishers.
Raging Moderate by Will Durst
We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.
Inflation, deflation. No, this is not Economics 101. We will not be using the Bell Curve and doing some statistical analysis. No accounting, no spreadsheets. This is about footballs. DEFLATEGATE!
MANHATTAN (AP) - Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and West Virginia, relying on its high-pressure defense, shut down Kansas State for a 65-59 victory Tuesday night.
The third annual Charity Supply Drive held on Saturday, Jan. 24, was deemed a success. Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club teamed up to collect donations at the Walmart Supercenter in Great Bend.
NEODESHA - Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unrein died Jan. 24, 2015, at his home in Neodesha. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Abby Unrein. He attended school in La Crosse. He was employed at a packing plant, roofing and construction and was a truck driver at Airosal Inc.
HAYS - Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber, 83, died Jan. 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 19, 1931, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Margaret (Mauler) Schreiber. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Frances L. "Frankie" (Musick) in Hutchinson. She died April 3, 2012. He was director of fleet maintenance for Becker Corporation in El Dorado for 21 years. He also worked 11 years at Thompson Transport in McPherson. In 2008 he moved to Hays from Andover.
EMPORIA - Walter L. Graham, 93, of Emporia, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Walter was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Liberal, the son of Logan and Margaret (Bruce) Graham. He attended Pratt Junior College, Independence Junior College and Wichita State University.
The Barton Community College Library will celebrate "Library Lovers Month" in February by featuring a unique event each week including special library-wide themes, creative book displays, a Facebook promotion and a scavenger hunt. Events are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.
WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.