NEW ORLEANS - There were 100 million reasons for Saints fans to smile last week. Drew Brees signed the richest per-season contract in NFL history.
CHARTRES, France (AP) - For Bradley Wiggins, the champagne on the Champs-Elysees is about to flow.
LONDON (AP) - The Olympic torch has begun its tour of London - and to everyone's relief, the weather is cooperating.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Adam Scott has never had a better chance to end that long wait for a major championship - mostly because of that long putter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jonathan Broxton expected Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham to pull the ball. Instead, they both stroked opposite-field hits to give Minnesota the win.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County is seeking information about the theft of geothermal equipment from a work site in the 1400 block of SE 50 Road that occurred July 14 or 15. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said items taken include geo phones, a data box, cables and a battery. Loss was $3,160. "If you have information about this crime or any other crime, please call 792-1300 or 888-305-1300. Remember we don't want your name, just your information."
Great Bend Fire Department
Great Bend and Barton County Crime Stoppers recently awarded its 2012 scholarships to Lindsey Villarreal and Jonathan Lucas Brown.
Margaret "Peggy" Lee Matthews, 84, died July 21 and Hoeger House, Olathe. She was born Aug. 5, 1927, at Hoisington, the daughter of Alvin Leroy and Jeanie (Francis) Holter. Peggy married Jack Matthews July 5, 1952, at Great Bend. He survives, of the home.
Brett Middleton has been named chief financial officer for Heart of Kansas Family Health Care.
Rosewood Services Inc. has taken aggressive steps in the past six months to bolster its Employment Services Program for adults with developmental disabilities, said Vicki Schmitt, senior director. The changes have come on the heels of last year's passage of the Kansas Employment First Initiative Act.
HOISINGTON - Lonnie B. Irvin, 57, died July 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born March 2, 1955, at LaCrosse, the son of Dean and Inez (Brackney) Irvin. He was a 1973 graduate of McCracken High School, was a student at Dodge City Community College, and was a graduate of Fort Hays State University.
From store owner to author – Marilyn Ramirez published her first book this May. Ramirez was the owner of Willow Creek and Country Treasures here in Great Bend.
Michelle Jean Steinert, age 56, lost a three-year fight with cancer at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012, in her home surrounded by the pride and joy of her life – her five grown children. She was born July 22, 1955, in El Dorado, Kansas, the daughter of Darrell Bellew and Mary Pickett.
TOPEKA – "Byways of Kansas" is the title of a new travel guide from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas boasts 11 scenic and historic byways – including two national scenic byways, including the area's own Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway – that offer travelers the opportunity to get away from the more heavily-traveled highways and experience Kansas landscapes, history, attractions, culture, entertainment, and hospitality.