ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - This was not the dying moment of an ugly loss. This was a feel-good charity softball game in the middle of the summer, for heaven's sake, when everybody was feeling happy and upbeat.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hours after sending a gracious yet puzzling middle-of-the-night text message to a former college coach, police say Tennessee Titans receiver O.J. Murdock died in an apparent suicide.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - With a new general manager and the status of All-Star Dwight Howard still in limbo, there's much to be resolved before the Orlando Magic take the floor next season.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin is determined not to let his return to training camp bring back bad memories.
LONDON (AP) - Their closest rivals were still on the floor competing when the Chinese whipped out five big gold stars and held them up in the shape of their flag.
LONDON (AP) - Missy Franklin stared out on the horde of reporters, suddenly sounding very much like a high school senior-to-be. "I don't like being up here alone," she said nervously.
HOISINGTON -- Shirley Ann Harrison, 76, died July 30 at Southwind Hospice Home, Pratt, Kans. Born Aug. 20, 1935 at Pratt, Kans., she was the daughter of Frank A. and Anna (Springer) Kuhn. Shirley was a lifetime Hoisington resident, and graduated from Hoisington High School in 1953. She married William F. Harrison, and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and friends.
HUTCHINSON -- Michael K. "Big Mike" Preston took to the heavenly highway on July 29. The self-proclaimed "King of the Road" was born on April 11, 1947 in Stafford, Kans., to Edgar T. and Monica [DeBusk] Preston. Mike's formative years were spent in Macksville, Kans., where his one-of-a-kind personality began to take shape. After graduating from Macksville High School in 1965, Mike volunteered to serve four years in the United States Air Force. In 1975 he enlisted in the United States Army, and served his country an additional four years.
Ruby Ideker, died July 29, 2012 at the McCrite Plaza Retirement Community, Topeka. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary, Larned.
LARNED -- Ryan Patrick McGinness, 32, died July 27, at Hays. Born Feb. 1, 1980 in Great Bend, he was the son of James J. Jr. and Sharon Elaine Lloyd May McGinness. A lifetime area resident he was a Rig Operator for Professional Pulling at Hays.He was of the Catholic faith.
Great Bend Fire Department
In their prime, Kansas' two legendary wetlands are about as good as any in the world.
Olympic Day at Ellinwood Pool was held Thursday morning, July 19th, in conjunction with the After Harvest Fest. Donations of $53.50 were collected for Kans for Kids.
HOISINGTON - The 29th Annual Kansas State Demolition Derby will be held Sunday, Sept. 2 of this year's four day Labor Day weekend in Hoisington. The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce hosts the event.
On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission signed another resolution extending the county-wide burn ban for another week.
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.
The sixth-annual Great Bend Storm Special Olympics Turkey Bowl will kick off at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Great Bend High School's Memorial Stadium. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Of all that can be gained in 4-H work, none is more prestigious that of the Kansas 4-H Key Award. To earn the Key Award, candidates must be 16 years of age and must be enrolled in the leadership project for the past four years.
There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program. The 2014 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The two couples honored this year were Wayne and Terri DeWerff and Bill and Robin Niederee.
On Nov. 7, past employees of Lane-Wells Company, a Perforating and Logging Company, held a reunion in Great Bend at the American Legion. Lane-Wells left this area in the early 90's after being located in Great Bend for about 45 years. The company employed approximately 5O people. In addition to Great Bend, Lane-Wells had stations in Russell, Stockton, Atwood, Eldorado, Pratt and Liberal. They employed over 150 people, including Great Bend.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas is seeking public comments on changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) interim final rule.
On Nov. 13 and 15, Central Plains High School presented "Haphazardly Ever After" by Jeff Fluharty in the high school auditorium at Claflin.
Irv and Jeanne Gotsche will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Nov. 27, with a card shower. A family dinner was held on Nov. 22, at Colbert Hills in Manhattan.
Ann Schremmer will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 27, with a card shower. She will celebrate with family on Thanksgiving Day.