Eric Bortz at Sunflower Diversified Services extinguishes fire while Great Bend Fire Inspector Mark Orth observes during annual fire safety training for Sunflower's day and residential support professionals. Fire Safety 101 included instruction as well as opportunities for staff to demonstrate their expertise in the use of a fire extinguisher by putting out a class B fire.
MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat have been here before, two wins from an NBA title.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?
Leonard and Barbara Erway will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a trip to Niagra Falls, N.Y. with their children.
David and Doris Scott of Ness City and Dale and Joann George of Albert announce the engagement of their children, Berneice Rene Scott and Gary Alan George.
Catherine Seyfert, of Hunter, will celebrate her 85th birthday on June 20 with a card shower. Her children and their spouses are, Janice and Nick Kastner of Wichita, Terry and Julie Seyfert of Beloit, Sharon and Larry Dohe of Lincoln, Cherie Simmons of Beloit, and the late Shirley Beuerlein. She has 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert George of Salina announce the engagement of their daughter Holly Michelle Stockham of McPherson, to Kurtis Wade Frick of Larned, son of Kent and Karen Frick of rural Larned. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Elderidge and Hazel George of Wichita, and John and Carolyn Casey of Dallas, Texas. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Alma Frick and Mildred Fyler, both of Larned, the late Raymond Frick and the late Carlton Fyler.
Lloyd and Virginia Stroud of Great Bend will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 10 with a family gathering.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Entering the 14th inning, the New York Yankees were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position, and Washington Nationals teen sensation was Bryce Harper was 0 for 6 at the plate.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk won the battle of par Saturday at the U.S. Open.
MIAMI (AP) - Russell Westbrook leads the NBA Finals with 18 assists, which is a great sign for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Arkansas' DJ Baxendale bounced back from one of his worst starts of the year to turn in his best.
LAWRENCE (AP) - An analysis of Big 12 athletics finds its commonplace for athletes to cluster in majors, which isn't against NCAA regulations but has generated concerns among some experts.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant had the ball in his hands and LeBron James in his face.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Muriel S. Machal, 91, died April 25, at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Ray and Ida (Robbins) Stewart. On April 3, 1957, she married Joseph Anthony Machal in Great Bend, He died on Dec. 21, 1992. A resident of Colorado Springs, Colo. for seven years, coming from Great Bend, she was an insurance and financial planner for L.C. Harmon Agency.
MAPLE HILL - Richard "Brian" Reed, 38, died April 18, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, Topeka. He was born June 1, 1976, at Great Bend, the son of Richard L. Reed and Mary Denise (Keenan) Carroll. He married Smo Ortiz April 7, 1995, at Lawrence. He was a boxing promoter matchmaker for Empire Sports Management and Promotion.
ELLINWOOD - Bernita K. (Urban) Schloemer-Clair, 83, passed away April 27, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.
Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.
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Great Bend will be hosting the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) softball and baseball tournament for the second year from April 29 through May 3, 2015. The City of Great Bend and the Great Bend Recreation Commission have worked hard to help host this championship baseball and softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex.
A vehicle driven by Elias Garza was southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison St. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kenneth Gray, who reportedly had slammed on his brakes. Both vehicles fled the scene, according to the Great Bend Police Department.
ARKANSAS CITY – It was not the kind of ending that Coach Lyle Stickney had hoped for his Barton Community College men's tennis team.
ARKANSAS CITY – After a frustrating regular season at times, the Barton Community College women's tennis team put it all together – well almost all together – at the Region VI meet this past weekend. The Cougars battled to the end for a second place finish, coming up just short in third place.
ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.
CLEVELAND- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez is dropping his appeal of a five-game suspension and will begin serving the suspension Monday.
CHICAGO- The White Sox completed an unofficial sweep of the Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field with a 5-3 victory in the regularly scheduled contest. The White Sox also won the suspended game from Friday by a 3-2 margin, when Avisail Garcia delivered a walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera to score Melky Cabrera. The teams only needed to play the ninth to complete that game.
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