Kansas Hall Of Fame Announces First 2012 Honorees

By: AP (posted by Carissa Fox)
By: AP (posted by Carissa Fox)

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Hall of Fame has selected
renowned Emporia newspaper editor William Allen White to its 2012
class of laureates.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the William Allen White
House State Historic Site in Emporia. White, who died in 1944, was
widely known for his 1896 editorial ``What's the Matter with
Kansas?'' in the Emporia Gazette.

Other honorees announced Wednesday were Cyrus K. Holliday,
founder of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and the
railroad itself.

The rest of the 2012 honorees will be announced later.

The Kansas Hall of Fame opened last year at the Great Overland
Station in Topeka to coincide with the state's 150th birthday. Its
mission is to recognize outstanding Kansans.

Honorees will be inducted at a June 15 gala at the Topeka site.

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