INDIANAPOLIS - Lance Stephenson scored nine of his playoff career-high 23 points during a late 11-2 run Saturday night, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York Knicks, 106-99 and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004.
BALTIMORE - Matt Joyce hit a big two-run double in a six-run ninth-inning rally, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 10-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday, ending Baltimore's franchise-record streak of 109 straight wins when leading after seven innings.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State outfielder Tanner Witt scored on a bases-loaded passed ball in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the 18th-ranked Wildcats to their first Big 12 Championship in school history with a 6-5 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma Friday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
WICHITA - Donors who present to give blood between May 23 and 31 in honor of Memorial Day could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, the American Red Cross announced. In addition, their donations will honor those who gave their life for our country and support those in need of care. The Red Cross serves about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including many Veterans Affairs medical centers.
The Barton Community College Foundation honored Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award during Barton's 43rd commencement on Friday. Cohen was unable to attend, but Barton Foundation Director Darnell Holopirek accepted the award on her behalf.
Kans for Kids announced its 2013 scholarship recipients. Any child who has received assistance from Kans for Kids is eligible to receive two scholarships from the organization upon graduation from high school and each year following while they pursue higher education.
Barton Community College student Terra Hull, shown with President Dr. Carl Heilman, is inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society on Thursday evening in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel at Barton Community College. Alpha Sigma Lambda is primarily for non-traditional students. Its aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Barton had 36 new members in 2013.
To say that Dr. Richard Markiewicz is animated when he talks about the procedures he performs would be an understatement. It is obvious he is eager to explain his minimally invasive procedures because they are the "wave of the future."
The Community Scholarship, Inc. of Claflin awarded scholarships to 19 graduates and 14 alumni at the Central Plains High School graduation ceremony on May 17. Many donors, alumni, and organizations made it possible to award $38,695.00 to the graduates and alumni to help with their college expenses.
The celebrations surrounding the Memorial Day weekend oftentimes include a picnic or barbecue. With warmer weather here, it is important that you consider food safety tips so none of your guests take home an unwanted foodborne illness.
This year is a special one for entomologists. The 17 year periodical cicadas are due to come out of the ground, where they have been developing, to reproduce and lay their eggs. No specimens of this particular cicada have been documented in Barton County, but they are in neighboring counties, so keep your eyes and ears open. The following piece is from the KSRE's Entomologist Bob Bauernfeind about these amazing insects and what to expect if they are found in Barton County.
A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.
One of the largest annual gatherings of Kansas high school students is set to begin next week as more than 2,000 FFA members, agricultural educators and supporters converge at Kansas State University for the 87th Kansas FFA Convention. The convention will open Wednesday, May 27, and run through Friday, May 29.
Paula Axman, Vice President and 26-year team member of Cheyenne Travel/Please Go Away™ Vacations, has been inducted as a member of the elite group of 2014 Princess Cruises top producing professional travel consultants in North America.
North Central Kansas Technical College, with campuses in Beloit and Hays announces the recipients of the Technical Honor Scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarship recipients sign a letter of intent to attend a technical program at NCK Tech and are nominated by a high school instructor. The awards are based on student's strong work ethic, good attendance, self-motivation and high quality of character. In addition, students demonstrate their technical skills with the NCK Tech instructor in the selected program area.
Wheatland Electric Cooperative recently received recognition in the 2015 "Spotlight on Excellence" national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Wheatland received a Gold Award in the Best Event Category for the Cram the Van food drive. Shawn Powelson, Manager of Member Services and Corporate Communications coordinated the award-winning event.
The approach of Memorial Day reminds thoughtful Americans of those who serve in uniform. It's a time of reflection about the sacrifice that many have made for the rest of us. The Better Business Bureau honors the memory of those who served our nation and remains mindful of the needs of the families of military members who continue to serve.
First, here's hoping everyone has a safe, enjoyable Memorial Day and takes a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. The rains of the past several weeks have greatly improved soil moisture conditions and while many have commented on the cold, the weather has been closer to the long-term average the springs of the recent past. The purpose of today's column is to kick back a bit and test your agricultural knowledge. First let's have a little fun with wheat. Answers appear at the end of the column.