MIAMI (MCT) – U.S. Coast Guard and environmental safety officials have inspected and OK'd an offshore oil drilling platform headed to Cuba, under an unusual arrangement designed to allay concerns about a possible spill that could foul the U.S. coastline.
PHILADELPHIA (MCT) – Metaphorically speaking, the shale-gas boom was supposed to bring seismic changes to America's energy landscape.
HAYS – "World Ready for the Faces of Tomorrow" is the theme for Diverse Classrooms of the 21st Century: English for Speakers of Other Languages Conference on Monday, Jan. 30. This conference was made possible through a Kansas Board of Regents grant awarded to the Fort Hays State University Department of Teacher Education.
Maybe the news left you yawning over your nutritious breakfast, but it shouldn't.
MANHATTAN - It was the first swim meet back after the Christmas break for the Great Bend High School Panthers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Rudy Gay scored a season-high 26 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat New York 94-83 on Thursday night to end the Knicks' winning streak at four games.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady is on his usual late-season roll. He'd just like to stop his recent playoff slide.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Center Jonathan Goodwin has been going around San Francisco's locker room offering bits of veteran insight here and there. Playoff knowledge, Saints knowledge.
Former Great Bend resident Kory Brunson, leader of the Denver, Colo., Kory Brunson Band, sings at the Crest Theater, Thursday night in Great Bend. The band gave a benefit concert for the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation. The title song of the band's newest CD, "Hard Country," gives new meaning to the phrase, "more cowbell," and Brunson said he wrote the song "Take Me Home" with Great Bend in mind.
Although enrollment at Barton Community College's Great Bend campus declined by about 6 percent, the college saw an overall 6 percent enrollment increase in the summer and fall of 2011, compared to the same time in 2010, college officials announced.
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Barton Community College is offering a five-week course for people who are new to the Internet.
The first Legislative Coffee of 2012, originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, in Great Bend, has been canceled due to a conflict with Kansas Day events. Legislative coffees are still scheduled for Feb. 25 and March 24.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Zach Randolph scored 25 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-105 in overtime on Monday night and tie their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
CLEVELAND - The squirrel was fearless.
BOSTON - "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.
ELLINWOOD - Kyle Oglesbee's athletic career nearly never was.
HOISINGTON - Donald Dean Degenhardt, 72, entered into the presence of his Savior April 21 at his home, Hoisington, surrounded by his wife of nearly 50 years, his four daughters and one grandson. Don was born November 8, 1941 at home in LaCrosse, Kansas, the youngest child born to George and Anna Margaret (Meier) Degenhardt. He graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1959. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1963 to 1969. On September 7, 1964, Don married Lyrie A. "Angel" Mead in Larned, Kansas.
PRATT - Carolee Webster, 79, died April 21, in Pratt. Born April 21, 1935, in Dodge City, she was the daughter of the late Dean and Mildred Deford. A graduate of Garden City High School, Carolee married the love of her life Jim Webster on July 17, 1952, in Clayton N.M. A devoted mother and coaches' wife, she followed her husband to Munden, Macksville, Cunningham, and Pratt where she has resided since 1973. She worked at Pratt County Hospital, Foreman Pipeline Industries, Eubank Veterinary Clinic and at the Sanders Agency in Pratt.
WICHITA - Mitchell Layne Wright, 55, died April 16, at his home in Wichita. Born Nov. 24, 1958, in Great Bend, he was the son of Terry and Alpha (Delker) Wright.
GARDEN CITY - Betty Ann (Steinert) Barnes, 71, died April 9, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. Born on Oct. 8, 1942, in Barton County, she was the daughter of Reuben R. and Edna Templing Steinert. In 1960, she graduated from Russell High School. A resident of Garden City since 1988, she was a certified dietician, having worked for the Russell Care Center in Russell. On Oct. 21, 1962, she married Harlan Maier in Milberger. On May 22, 1978, she married Myron Watkins in Russell. On Sept. 25, 2005, she married Ralph Barnes in Garden City. Ralph preceded her in ...
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, passed away April 1, at Diversicare of Larned in Larned. Born July 21, 1927, in Pittsburg, he was the son of William Anderson and Hannah Laura Daykin Hays. On May 24, 1985, he married Linda Oles in Ness City. She survives. A resident of Larned, moving from Arizona in 2006, he was a grocery store manager. He was an avid hunter and loved any type of outdoor sports.
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Gun thefts reported
Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Great Bend man Monday after a burglary in progress was report at 9:18 in the 200 block of Bermuda Drive, just southwest of Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the resident at that location advised that a person was breaking in and officers were needed.
Individuals from Greensburg and Woodston died and two people from Garfield sustained possible injury Friday when two pickups collided in Ellis County.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.
Laverne Lessor of Great Bend will celebrate his 80th birthday with a family dinner followed by a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 27, at the Senior Center. No gifts are requested.