Happy Fourth of July, everybody, and God bless America.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has identified the state's first two cases of travel-associated chikungunya virus. The patients, both of whom are adults from Sedgwick County, reported recent, but separate, travel to the Caribbean.
SALINA - Things didn't start well for Great Bend's AAA American Legion baseball team at the Kansas Grand Slam Tournament in Salina.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the big German.
MINNEAPOLIS - Carlos Beltran gave the foundering Yankees a jolt with a three-run homer Thursday night, lifting Masahiro Tanaka to his major league-leading 12th win and helping New York end a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
LARNED - Sometimes it is better to go straight to the source.
RIO DE JANEIRO - One thing for certain on Friday is that a South American team and a European team will secure their spots in the World Cup semifinals.
NEW YORK - The New York Knicks plan to meet with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night in Los Angeles, a person with knowledge of the plans said.
Editor's note: This is the first of two articles on results of a study commissioned by Barton Community College to define the value of the college in various areas. Today's story will explain the study and the benefits provided from taxpayers' and students' perspective. The second article will continue with highlights from the perspective of businesses, and with the college's overall investment to society. Content was provided by BCC.
The "Spark a Reaction" teen summer program at the Great Bend Public Library continues this month. The following "teen" events are intended for students in grades 7-12.
HOISINGTON - New Life Baptist's fourth annual "Trike Nite" will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, on the street in front of 364 W. 12 th , Hoisington.
First United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist, King United Methodist, First Congregational United Church of Christ, and Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church invite all children to gear up at "Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God." This vacation Bible will be held from at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday, starting July 14.
"Here, there, and everywhere" may be said of members of First United Methodist Church as they embarked on two Church without Walls events this spring. Held on May 18 and June 22, members wearing red shirts displaying the logo could be seen at various locations.
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.