Diane Schuler, with a 0.19 blood-alcohol reading (and marijuana in her system), drove the wrong way for two miles on a New York freeway, finally crashing into another car, killing three people and herself.
Despite the fact that in America, 60 to 70 percent of people identify themselves as "Christian" to one degree or another, Christian-bashing seems to be just about as popular a pastime as watching football these days. And when a national football player commits the unpardonable sins of being both pro-life and vociferously, pro-Jesus, you end up with Monday morning pundits who cast ridiculous judgments from on top of their lofty thrones, much like the old Muppet Show characters Statler and Waldorf.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
NEW YORK (AP) - The new Big East will span four time zones, 3,000 miles from coast to coast and, eventually, have 12 teams.
Claflin native Jim Homolka, a two-time NCAA Division-II All-America selection as a defensive lineman at Fort Hays State University (1976-77), recently was inducted into the FHSU Hall of Fame on Nov. 5.
AP Top 25 College Basketball
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, including one who says he screamed in vain for help while Sandusky attacked him in a basement bedroom.
NFC East, power division. As they say from Brooklyn to the Bronx and in the other boroughs: Fuhgeddaboudit!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Houston cuts an imposing figure standing in front of his locker in the Chiefs' practice facility. The rookie linebacker is 6-foot-3, 270 pounds of muscle, his right eye a bloody red, a large scar on his chest and a tattoo inked across his right shoulder.
Barton Community College women's basketball player Dionne Harris has been named NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Ambulances were dispatched after a semitrailer loaded with bricks collided with a minivan in the 400 block of North Washington Ave. on Tuesday, but both drivers declined medical treatment at the scene.
Luisa Yoselin Alcala-Reyes, seat belts (18 and older), $10
Barton County Sheriff
Some victories can be a sign that a program that has hit hard times could be heading for better days.
LAWRENCE - It was the last sport to get the fall season underway at Barton Community College.
LARNED - When I was a kid, we played a game called "piling on."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to be vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Photo by Janet Fleske
LARNED - The 2014 Pawnee County Toy Run is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
The annual celebration and meet-n-greet of Barton Athletics and the community will take place this Sunday, Sept. 21. Hosted by the Cougar Booster Club, the event will kick-off at 6 p.m. at Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend with social interaction including free refreshments.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Simply Sinatra" as its first concert of the season. The show features Steve Lippia, accompanied by a 10-piece big band, singing many of the songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. Lippia is noted for blending classic and contemporary styles in his music. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
GREAT BEND – Darlene L. Anderson, 91, died Sept. 16, 2014 at Winter Meadow Homes, Inc., Topeka.
Matthew A. "Matt" Smolik, 90, passed away on Sept. 16, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Plains Computer Service (CPCS), 608 Patton Road, Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Terry Lewis and Shawn Panzer. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Gavilon Grain, LLC today announced it has acquired a 981,000-bushel grain facility in Silica. The Silica facility primarily handles wheat, corn, milo and soybeans, with 60-car shipping capabilities on the Kansas-Oklahoma railroad.