My local paper carried two stories the other day that underscore the tragic state of the criminal justice system - not just here in California, but nationwide.
Convicted heinous Minnesota sex offender John Rydberg, 69 and still detained after having served his sentence because he is still a "danger," exhibited an upbeat demeanor for a three-judge panel in March, hoping for release.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Nicolas Mahut keeps a purple-and-yellow Wimbledon towel tucked away in a bathroom drawer at his home in France, a keepsake from the longest match in tennis history. Mahut occasionally steals a glance at the memento; he says he never touches it.
NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter's final push for 3,000 hits is on hold.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks have staggered home for the last time this season, exhausted and battered after one last Boston beatdown.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Jozy Altidore scored in the ninth minute off an assist from Michael Bradley, and the United States hung on to beat Guadeloupe 1-0 on Tuesday night to reach the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.
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The Barton Community College Board of Trustees could fill a vacant coaching position when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 in the Fine Arts Building. The agenda includes action on a recommendation to hire a head women's soccer coach and a custodian.
The death of a loved one is difficult any time of the year, but during the holidays, grief can be overwhelming. Instead of being "the most wonderful time of the year," it can be the most dreaded.
Contrary to earlier media reports from several sources, Pope Francis did not comfort a disconsolate little boy at a Vatican audience by saying the child's deceased puppy would be awaiting him in heaven.
Christmas is crazy. There is no getting around it. Recitals and school programs dominate our calendars. Cookie swaps and get-togethers fill our evenings. Then there's shopping and wrapping and trying to squeeze every last sugar-coated ounce of fun out of the Christmas season, because if we don't, then our children won't have blissful memories of mischievous elves on shelves or the warm glow of Christmas in their hearts to get them through the cold winter ahead.
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Barton Community College offices will close for holiday break Monday, Dec. 22. All offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 12.
A driver who was being pursued by the Russell Police Department last Friday afternoon was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, 110 1/2 Main, invites the public to help residents at Woodhaven Care Center and veterans across the state during the holidays.
The public is invited to take part in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which started Sunday and continues through the first week of January.
Editor's note: In Sunday's Great Bend Tribune, we reported how the falling price of oil will result in a lower valuation for Barton County in 2015, which will result in less tax being collected on leases. We asked the Kansas Department of Revenue - Property Value Division (PVD) to explain the process for setting the value of oil each year. The following in a summary of the response.
PRATT - Jon Travis Hartman, 74, died Dec. 13, at his home in Pratt. Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pratt, he was the son of Charles Dwight and Helen Louise (Stiles) Hartman. He earned his Master of Art from Fort Hays University and taught 35 years at Great Bend High School. He served on the Vernon Filley Art Museum Foundation Board of Directors for several years and remained as Emeritus Board Member.
Helen E. (Nickerson) Sharp, 81, died Dec. 13, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 14, 1933, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Corbin and Elizabeth (Skirvin) Nickerson. On June 1, 1942, she married Bobby Dale Howard in Pratt. They were later divorced. She then married Robert Carl Sharp on June 21, 1975, in Great Bend. They were later divorced. A longtime resident of Great Bend, also residing in Las Vegas, Nev. and Larned, she served as a librarian and bus driver for the Radium School District and was a bookkeeper for Melvin Nuss. She enjoyed reading and sewing.
TOPEKA – A driver stopped in western Kansas with more than five pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison.
MANHATTAN (AP) - With two weeks and change remaining before Big 12 play, Bruce Weber hopes his team understands the importance of the three games before the Jan. 3 date at Oklahoma State.
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