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November 21, 1993 | Associated Press
Floodwaters pushed down the White River Friday in southwestern Indiana, forcing people from their homes and sparking frantic sandbagging efforts. The river was running 9 to 12 feet above flood stage in some areas. Residents of Dodge City and Smithville were urged to evacuate. "We're told the river will reach 26 feet by Monday morning," Petersburg Mayor Randy Harris said. "That's about a half foot higher than in May, 1990, when we lost our water supply."
F rom 1955 until 1975, James Arness played the righteous, brave and gallant Matt Dillon, the marshal of Dodge City, on the landmark CBS western series "Gunsmoke." The 78-year-old actor recently completed "James Arness: An Autobiography" (McFarland & Co. Inc.). He collaborated on the book with James E. Wise Jr. and Burt Reynolds, a regular on "Gunsmoke" in the early '60s, who wrote the foreword.
March 4, 1987 | Associated Press
The National Weather Service today suspended warning tests by its local offices until officials can correct a computer problem that has resulted in several false warnings. The action came hours after a false tornado warning was issued in Dodge City, Kan., and only a few days after similar problems on Long Island, New York, and in Washington, Chicago and Brownsville, Tex.
December 5, 2005 | From the Associated Press
Kansas State has hired Virginia offensive coordinator Ron Prince to replace Bill Snyder as head coach, Athletic Director Tim Weiser said Sunday. Weiser said the school would formally announce the hiring today. The 36-year-old Prince, raised about 20 miles from Manhattan, Kan., in Junction City, will become only the fourth black head football coach in Division I-A, joining UCLA's Karl Dorrell, Washington's Tyrone Willingham and Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom.
July 20, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Arvo Ojala, a legendary Hollywood quick-draw expert and gun coach who appeared as the anonymous bad guy who loses the gun duel with James Arness' Marshal Matt Dillon in the opening of the long-running weekly TV series "Gunsmoke," has died. He was 85. Ojala died of natural causes July 1 at his home in Gresham, Ore., his family said.
May 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The wild West Side of Manhattan became Dodge City for a pair of horses turned loose in traffic when a truck collided with a 120-year-old stagecoach. The hit-and-run collision occurred as the Wells Fargo stagecoach headed to a promotional appearance in Union Square. The collision sent the coach's driver flying and flipped the coach on its side. Princess and Hero, the horses pulling the coach, escaped without injury, but continued on through traffic, police said.
August 17, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Actress Amanda Blake, the earthy Miss Kitty who ran the Longbranch Saloon on the long-running television series "Gunsmoke," died of oral and throat cancer in Sacramento's Mercy Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said late Wednesday. Blake, 58, underwent surgery for oral cancer in 1977 and afterward made appearances throughout the country on behalf of the American Cancer Society. She was once a two-pack-a-day smoker.
Jay Allen, a book publicist who enhanced the careers of such writers as Jacqueline Susann, Gore Vidal and Joseph Wambaugh, has died. He was 79. Allen, sometimes called "book publishing's Johnny Appleseed of the West," died Wednesday night of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Allen really wrote the blueprint for book plugging and promotion in this [Los Angeles] market," radio host Michael Jackson wrote for The Times when Allen retired more than 15 years ago.
March 5, 1987 | Associated Press
The National Weather Service ordered a halt to all test warnings on its national weather wire Wednesday until corrections can be made in new computer programs that have led to several false warnings. Two false warnings have been issued in the Chicago area and others occurred in Brownsville, Tex.; Long Island, N.Y.; Washington, and Dodge City, Kan., weather service spokesman Donald Witten said.
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