First-class U.S. mail could slow even more by next spring under plans by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to eliminate more than 250 processing centers. Nearly 30,000 workers would be laid off, too, as the post office struggles to respond to a shift to online communication and bill payments.
An update of the official index for classifying medical conditions - for research and quality control, and for insurance claims - was released recently, to take effect in October, 2013.
OSBORNE - The Hoisington High School wrestling team finished in second place at the Osborne tournament on Saturday.
VALLEY CENTER - Great Bend High School's wrestling team opened the 2011-12 season by taking part in the Valley Center Dual Tournament on Saturday.
Harvard is in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time.
Kansas State was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12. It wound up eighth in the BCS.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andrew Luck entered the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is well aware that the No. 17 Hokies were one of the most controversial teams included in the BCS bowl lineup, and he has a ready defense of his program.
A Hutchinson man was flown to a Wichita hospital Monday morning after a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 56, four miles east of Great Bend.
OLMITZ - Marguerite M. Schneider, 76, died Dec. 3 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Sept. 28, 1935 in LaCrosse, she was the daughter of William O. and Clara (Busch) Maneth. On Oct. 4, 1955 she married Marvin L. Schneider in LaCrosse. They were married 56 years. A lifetime resident of Olmitz, she was a homemaker, a writer for the Hoisington Dispatch, worked for the Rush County News, and farmed in both Barton and Rush Counties. She was a "reading Grandma" at the Otis-Bison Elementary school, a blood donor, and an avid quilter and seamstress.
LARNED - Althea Shuss Vratil passed from this earth on Dec. 3. Born Sept. 23, 1922 in Larned, she recently resided in Overland Park, but had spent nearly all her life in Larned. She left school in 1943 to marry Frank before he was shipped overseas in World War II. Althea finished her degree 50 years later at the age of 71. Althea was a devoted wife, a selfless mother, and a doting grandmother. She loved her hometown of Larned and enjoyed playing golf and substitute teaching. She also loved everything KU.
LARNED - Jordaan Memorial Library has a new boiler and has resumed regular hours. Thanks for being patient during the week we were closed.
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Top-ranked Kentucky certainly made a believer of Kansas coach Bill Self last week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Marcus Foster scored 24 points and Kansas State held on to beat Purdue 88-79 after blowing most of a big early lead Monday in the opening game of the Maui Invitational.
Guns that were reportedly stolen during burglaries in Ness County and Dodge City were recovered Friday in Great Bend.
La Crosse woman pleads guilty to embezzling more than $500,000
Barton Community College will host "Kansas History Snapshot: Christmas on the Prairie," a presentation by the Director of the Barton County Historical Society Beverly Komarek at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
HUTCHINSON - Bradley J. Van Winkle, 54, passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, at his residence. Born July 13, 1960, in Great Bend, he was the son of James J. and Kathryn (Reidel) Van Winkle. He was raised and received his education in Great Bend, graduating from Great Bend High School in 1979. Brad worked many years farming and more recently running heavy equipment. He was a hard worker before his health
HESSTON - First road test of the season passed. Passed with flying colors in fact.
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Great Bend Fire Department
BROWNELL - Three people were injured Sunday evening when a sport utility vehicle went off K-4, 2 miles west of Brownell.
Barton County Sheriff's Office
Marina Benavides, battery domestic violence, failed to appear
During this season of appreciation and gratitude Wellness students in Mrs. Wilborn's classes at HMS have written letters to our Military Servicemen and Servicewomen as part of Operation Gratitude.
The "I Dare You" Leadership award was first offered in 1941 by the late William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis. He challenged young people to achieve their highest potential and to influence others through lives of service. The award is inspired by the book, I Dare You! written by Danforth, in which he commends the balanced life of mental, physical, social and spiritual development as the backbone of leadership.