The start of August marks the one-year anniversary of when Kaiser Carlile, the bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, was accidentally struck in the head by a bat in the on-deck circle at the NBC World Series and died a day later. Kaiser’s death sent his parents spiraling, only to find the support of each other and others was enough for them to carry on.
Salina-based Sunflower Financial and Strategic Growth Bancorp of El Paso, Texas, hope to complete the merger in the first quarter of 2017, creating a single bank holding company with $4 billion in assets.
Lacerating politics, terror fears, and fatal encounters with police followed by slayings of officers have made this a joyless summer for too many Americans. Perhaps that heightens the gratitude in south-central Kansas for acts of kindness and reasons to cheer.