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HUTCHINSON - Betty L. Nairn, 84, died Feb. 17, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation is currently seeking applicants for their 2014 healthcare career scholarships. Each year the Foundation desires to present several individuals with scholarships. Scholarship amount varies with the merits of the application and funds available from the endowments. The four scholarships to be awarded are: Jonathan Witt Scholarship, Sadie Stalcup Scholarship, Verda Lane Nursing Scholarship and Dr. Robert Moore Scholarship. Application deadline for all scholarships is April 1, 2014.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann hit 3-pointers in overtime, Lonnie Jackson made four straight free throws in the final 26.2 seconds, and lowly Boston College stunned top-ranked Syracuse 62-59 on Wednesday night, ending the Orange's unbeaten season.
MANHATTAN - Thomas Gipson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Marcus Foster added 13 points and Kansas State used a big second-half run to put away TCU 65-53 on Wednesday night.
No. 2 FLORIDA 71, AUBURN 65
LIBERAL - The Barton Community College women's basketball team started off slow, but Seward County got off to a slow start as well.
LIBERAL - The usually potent shooters for the Barton Community College men's basketball team were uncharacteristically quiet from the outside against Seward County on Wednesday night.
OTIS - The Otis-Bison High School boys' basketball team put the game away down the stretch, outscoring Macksville 16-7 in the final quarter.
SOCHI, Russia - Julie Chu remembers watching the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team win the gold medal at the Nagano Games in 1998, when she was in high school.
CHICAGO - Fred VanVleet scored 22 points on perfect shooting and No. 3 Wichita State beat Loyola of Chicago 88-74 on Wednesday night to remain the only unbeaten team in major college basketball.
A man convicted of aggravated battery in Ellsworth County will be eligible for a parole hearing in April, for possible release on May 1. Curtis Lee Bentley, 53, is currently housed in the El Dorado Correctional Facility where his custody level is high-medium. He was incarcerated in 2008.
Great Bend Police
LARNED - Okay. I don't get it. Call me out of touch, racist, a bigot.
City Church Ministries, along with Great Bend Christians, will hold their second citywide Christian event at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend.
First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road will host the first in a series of Lenten Luncheons at noon Wednesday, March 12.
People choose from a variety of homemade soups and desserts during the third annual "Taste of Hoisington," March 1 at the Hoisington Activity Center. The event was sponsored by the Hoisington Ministerial Association, and the proceeds will benefit people in need in the community.
February convictions and fines
Great Bend Fire/EMS
CONCORDIA - Phyllis A. Winter, 74, died March 5 at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia. Born on Nov. 20, 1939, in Concordia, she was the daughter of James and Mary (Cote) Breen. She graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School. On Feb. 24, 1958, she married Willis "Willie" D. Winter. She was a secretary/bookkeeper for Palmquist Drug Store, Associate Financial and various other businesses.
PAWNEE ROCK - Norma Pauline Kasselman, 96, passed away March 5 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born July 17, 1917, in Columbus, she was the daughter of Emma (LeCleff) and James Argyle. She was a lifetime resident of Pawnee Rock. On June 5, 1937, she married Emmett "Johnny" Kasselman in Ellinwood. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 2001.
ELLINWOOD - Bernice Ida Koch, 99, died March 6 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born March 16, 1914, at Alden, the daughter of Claud E. and Emma Louise (Reiser) Parker. She graduated from Alden High School in 1932. On March 10, 1935, she married Harry Koch at Alden, he preceded her in death. A life-long resident of Barton and Rice counties, she was a retired secretary and agent with Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. as well as a homemaker.
The USD 112 Food Services is celebrating National School Breakfast Week, March 3-7.
Pawnee District Court
Boy oh boy, the President of the United States is such a wimp!
In the state where high-stakes testing began, a few hundred teachers, academics and activists came together last weekend to hasten what one leader called an "Education Spring." The Network for Public Education gathered in Austin to plan the resistance to the status quo of high-stakes testing and an encroaching corporate privatization movement. This first-of-its-kind convention might finally provide an effective opposition to the corporate reform movement that wants to run education like a business.