HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
The justifiable outrage over the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. should give all Americans reason for pause.
MANATTAN - Kansas State athletic director John Currie admitted to having some differences with coach Frank Martin over the years. The two men didn't always see eye to eye.
NEW YORK - Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has announced an agreement Monday night to sell the bankrupt team for $2 billion to a group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten.
McPHERSON - The Great Bend High School boys' tennis team opened the season with a fifth-place finish at the McPherson Tennis Invitational on Monday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Bruce Chen, who led the Kansas City Royals in wins the past two years, will be the opening day starter on April 6 at the Los Angeles Angels.
The Barton Community College baseball team scored an 11-1 run-rule victory in the eighth inning on Tuesday over Brown Mackie at Lawson-Biggs Field.
WICHITA - The Great Bend High School girls' soccer team fell to Wichita Southeast 2-1 in the opening round of the Wichita South Titans Classic on Monday.
RUSSELL - The Hoisington High School baseball team began the season strong, sweeping Russell in a doubleheader on Monday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - When it comes to unpredictable, game-changing performers at a Final Four, most of the time the discussion revolves around a precocious freshman.
It's going to be big boys only in the Big Easy.
Great Bend Fire Department
Tuesday, March 27
GREAT BEND - John J. Brown, 70, died March 27, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
LARNED - Mary Alice Stegman, 86, died March 25, 2012 at Hospice of Reno County in Hutchinson.
LARNED -- State Senator Mitch Holmes and Kansas Rep. John Ewy will visit the Larned Chamber of Commerce Jordaan Room for an informative legislative coffee at noon Saturday, Feb. 28. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
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Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a continuation course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis club are selling tickets to next week's Pancake Feed. The 57th annual pancake and sausage dinner will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Expo I building west of Great Bend. Tickets are $4 and will also be available at the door. Proceeds allow the Kiwanis to sponsor many of the activities for youth and needs of many individuals in the Great Bend area.
Due to the potential for winter weather, the demonstration by and reception for Joel T Dugan in the Shafer Art Gallery scheduled for Feb. 27 has been postponed until March 6. The new times for the portrait paintings demonstration are 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 6. The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 6. Dugan will be explaining the story he is telling in the cycle of narrative images and also the symbolism to be found there.
KBCA basketball rankings
The 1-5A high school boys state swim meet took place this past weekend at the Topeka-Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Great Bend swimmers results are:
The Rice County Historical Society's Coronado Quivira Museum will host a panel discussion celebrating sports and the way sports build and unite communities at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 West Lyon in Lyons. This panel discussion will be moderated by Sterling College History Professor Doug Boardman. The panel members are Junior Soeken, Jackie Rogers Schafer, Shane Cordell, and Bud Kelly.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Assembly of God, 601 South Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Matt Aycock with greeters Terry Lewis, Shawn Panzer and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered announces the promotion of Turner Polzin, CPA to manager. Polzin is a graduate of Hoisington High School.