ELLINWOOD - The 74th annual Heckel family reunion will be Aug. 28 at Immanuel United Church of Christ fellowship hall in Ellinwood.
OLYROOD - In the words of author Raymond Lindquist, "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." Central Plains School District teachers and students will find themselves letting go of the familiar as they start classes in the reorganized school district.
STERLING - Rebecca Lynn "Bec" Boyd, 36, died August 23, 2011 in rural Sterling as a result of an automobile accident.
GARDNER - Frances Ann "The Wop" Minyen, 70, of Gardner, passed away August 23, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family.
GREAT BEND -- Gary Krien, 62, died Aug. 10 at his home, the result of a heart attack. He was born Dec. 7, 1948.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its second competitive grant cycle for 2011 and awarded $18,350.23 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Trent Green knows about paying dues.
TORONTO (AP) - Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Jose Bautista added his major league-leading 37th homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
PITTSBURG - In NCAA Division-II athletics, two-sport athletes are few and far between.
Barton County Sheriff
The Citizens Watchdog Association will hold an ice cream social at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Rosewood Galleries, 1607 Main Street, Great Bend. The group is a neighborhood watch association open to burglary victims and anyone concerned about crime in the community.
Detective David Bailey at the Great Bend Police Department confirmed a report that counterfeit $100 bills have been circulated within the business community in recent days. While there is no active police case, one Great Bend bank reported that several of its business customers have accepted fake $100 bills, printed on bleached $5 bills.
Donna Belle Burns, 76, died Aug. 23, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Sept. 13, 1934 at Larned, the daughter of Merne F. and Lola Belle (Hager) Robinson.
PITTSBURGH - Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues.
INDIANAPOLIS - Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
If there was a silver lining to the weekend series at Hutchinson's Hobart-Detter Field, the Barton Community College baseball team clinched a spot in the upcoming NJCAA Region VI Tournament.
Freshman Lydia Mato shattered a 22-year-old school record as the Barton Community College women's track and field team helped christen Rock Chalk Park this past week at the 87th Annual Kansas Relays in Lawrence.
LOS ANGELES - Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.
TORONTO - The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Cory Blake Chambers, 40, died April 14, 2014 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals manager Ned Yost turned to pitching coach Dave Eiland in the fifth inning Saturday and told him that Kansas City was going to have to protect a one-run lead against Minnesota.
LAWRENCE - The Great Bend High School track and field team took athletes to compete in the 87th Annual Kansas Relays on Friday.
SALINA - The Great Bend High School girls' swim team won the Salina Invitational on Thursday evening.
HESSTON - The Central Plains High School boys' tennis team edged Conway Springs 5-4 but fell to host Hesston 8-1 on Thursday afternoon.
BOSTON - Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he'd managed to wiggle out of three straight jams.
North Dakota officials are predicting a big surge in crude oil output in the next few months as the industry emerges from a tough winter.