OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder took a big step toward sticking around as an NBA championship contender.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Jon Embree enters his second season at the University of Colorado with just eight seniors and countless questions, one of which was answered Wednesday when he named Kansas transfer Jordan Webb as his starting quarterback.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Ducks shake-off distractions the way their playmakers elude defenders - quickly and without looking back.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has hired former University of Washington and USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt to handle its on-campus recruiting, a job formerly handled by the mistress of ex-coach Bobby Petrino.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Southern California Trojans spent the last two seasons with no reward in sight for their hard work, a bowl bid the carrot at the end of the season for everyone except them.
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WICHITA - Gaylyn Schremmer, 74, formerly of the Hoisington/Great Bend area, died Aug. 3 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Cornerstone of Wichita is in charge of arrangements.
LARNED - The Fort Larned USD 495 school board met June 11 in a regular meeting. The following minutes were submitted by Tiffany Burris, board clerk.
LARNED - Fort Larned National Historic Site introduces the last of five Civil War Trading Cards - Burning the Indian Village. The card will be launched with a program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday by Park Ranger Roy Hargadine at the Fort Larned Visitor Center.After the Civil War traffic on the Santa Fe Trail increased, bringing more traders into conflict with Indian tribes around Fort Larned. The increasing violence of these encounters eventually brought a response from the U.S. Government, who was responsible for the safety of the traders along the trail.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
LARNED - Ruth Searight, Pawnee County Clerk and Election Officer, reports the following election results from Tuesday, Aug. 7 primary after an official election canvass.
Allanah Hines, disobeyed stop sign, fine $60, court costs $55.50
The wildlife was sparse at the Bottoms this summer, largely due to the drought and the scorching heat. Doc and I gave it our all to find and photograph as many critters as we could, but I finally threw up the white flag and pursued a different type of birdie for once. Sure this birdie doesn't have any feathers, but it is a beast of its own and can get a little hairy at times. The animal of which I speak is none other than the wonderful sport of golf.
ELLINWOOD - Kayla Schartz, recent Ellinwood High School graduate, placed second in the Kansas Book Festival Youth Writing Contest. She won $250 for her 850-word essay on the topic "My Kansas Shoes Were Made for Walking." The contest was sponsored by the public television station KTWU and by Payless Shoe Source.
At the Ace Invitational debate tournament in Bucklin the Great Bend High School Debate team placed second in sweepstakes out of 11 schools. In the open division the team of Hadley Murphy and Destiny Jackson-Milford placed 3rd with a 4-1 win/loss record. Also in the open division the team of Wesley Carter Sheffield and Ashtin Heath placed 4th with a 4-1 win/loss record. In the novice division the team of Sara Allen and Becca Kay placed 5th with a 3-2 win/loss.
Liberal billionaires reap the benefits of their XL pipeline lobbying and what do they get?
Jack Clayton's 1974 rendition of The Great Gatsby is the quintessential American epic, as well as a sophisticated blockbuster.
LAWRENCE(AP) - Brannen Greene scored 17 points off the bench, Perry Ellis also had 17 points and No. 11 Kansas rebounded from an embarrassing loss to Kentucky with an 87-60 victory over Rider on Monday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs safety Eric Berry was placed on the non-football injury list Monday after a mass was found in his chest following last week's game in Oakland. Team trainer Rick Burkholder said Berry may have lymphoma.
NEW YORK (AP) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
The Great Bend Middle School seventh and eighth grade boys and girls Panther basketball teams played Salina Lakewood Thursday evening. The boys played at GBMS and the girls played at Salina.
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