BY SHARON STURGIS
HOUSTON (AP) - A lei draped around his neck and the Pacific Ocean crashing behind, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun sat on the dais at the Maui Invitational, joking that not only did not know what to expect from his team, he was still trying to learn their names.
It's not every day that the superintendent of schools can walk into a classroom and make teachers cry, but that's just what happened earlier this week. Fortunately, they were tears of joy springing forth from Tandi Mai and Cody Lee as they were informed by Dr. Tom Vernon that they had been named teachers of the year for USD 428. Mai, a sixth-grade teacher at Riley School, and Lee, a business teacher at Great Bend High School, are now eligible to compete for Kansas Teacher of the Year honors as elementary and secondary representatives for the local school ...
Great Bend High School instrumental students will present their solo and small ensemble contest selections at 7 p.m. on Monday, in the GBHS Band Room (#190).
There will be a Drivers Ed parent meeting in the Commons area of the high school on Wednesday Students interested in taking driver education must be age 14 by June 1. Last names starting A-M will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Last names N-Z will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Enrollment will take place after the meeting, enrollment forms will not be accepted without payment. Cost for the class is $150 ($100 for students qualifying for free/reduced lunches).
The Family Crisis Center will hold a Volunteer Training soon at the administrative office located at 2008 11th Street in Great Bend. Volunteer training consists of 24 classroom training hours, 12 on-the-job training hours, and four additional hours of training through videos, books and other sources.
The Great Bend Noon Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to earthquake/tsunami relief in Japan through the Lions Club International Foundation. The funds are part of more than $6 million LCIF has committed to the effort, including $3 million contributed by Lions in Japan.
Only once in a blue moon do Kansas farm and ranch families have an opportunity to tell their story to people half way around the world. That was the case March 23-24 when a Dutch (public broadcasting company in the Netherlands) television crew traveled to Smith and Sheridan counties to portray life on the farm in rural Kansas.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Heritage Senior Center will feature guest speaker Linda McCaffrey during a July 28 noon pot luck lunch.
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NIMES, France - Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming - their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way.
BOSTON - Jon Lester just wants to put up impressive numbers on the mound. He will worry about the figures on his next contract later.
Several Kansas State University researchers were essential in helping scientists assemble a draft of a genetic blueprint of bread wheat, also known as common wheat. The food plant is grown on more than 531 million acres around the world and produces nearly 700 million tons of food each year.
Ray and Linda Everhart of Gypsum, announce the engagement of their daughter Andrea C. Everhart, to Brad J. Birzer, son of Steve and Brenda Birzer of Ellinwood.
John and Edna Klema of Great Bend will celebrate their 65th anniversary on July 26, with a family dinner and a card shower.
Chris and Carla Emerson of Hays announce the birth of their daughter Megan Anne Emerson on Jan. 24 at Hays Medical Center. She weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long. She has a big sister, Elizabeth and two big brothers, Adam and Mason.
Keith and Carol Fieler of Schoenchen and Kevin Mauler and Sheryl Mauler of Great Bend, announce the engagement of their children, Chelsea Dawn Fieler and Trenton Scott Mauler. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Gene Karlin and Jim and Jean Fieler, all of Hays and the late Thelma Karlin. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Doyle and Gwen Cook and Gerald and Lois Mauler, all of Great Bend.
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Straub International in Great Bend has been selected as the 2014 "Best-in-Class Farm Equipment Dealership" by Farm Equipment magazine.