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.
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.
Wichita Fire Battalion Chief Sid Newby describes the fire that ensued after a lightning strike is thought to have sparked a fire at the Western Holiday Motel on Thursday. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle)
Lightning strike sparks fire at west Wichita motel
Hillary Clinton formally accepts historic nomination for president
Intern takes the wheel on a school bus
Police, eyewitness describe shooting at 13th, West