LAWRENCE (AP) - Tony Pierson rushed for two touchdowns, Dayne Crist connected with former Notre Dame teammate Mike Ragone on a short touchdown pass, and Kansas launched the Charlie Weis era Saturday night with a 31-17 victory over South Dakota State.
OTIS - Both the Otis-Bison High School and St. John football teams felt the difference that a safety can make on Friday night.
CLAFLIN - The Central Plains High School football team's quarterback, Bryce Steiner, was involved in all but one of the Oilers touchdowns on Friday night.
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McPHERSON - Costing the Great Bend High School varsity tennis team were near misses at the McPherson Invitational.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A white towel draped over his shoulder, the new Penn State coach in the white polo shirt donned headphones to communicate with his assistants in the press box as he paced the sideline.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Devin Smith made the catch of his life to finally light the fuse for Urban Meyer's shiny new offense.
Local businesses are invited to join in a national event called "Miracle Jeans Day," which will take place Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Miracle Jeans Day is an opportunity for local businesses and its employees to wear jeans for a $5 fee per employee. All collected proceeds are submitted following the Miracle Jeans day by the company to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 WIlliams St., will show free movies and serve free popcorn this Friday, Sept. 7.
LARNED - Imogene E. Eilers, 86, passed away Aug. 28 in Florida. Cremation has taken place. Memorial graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Larned Cemetery. Beckwith Mortuary, Larned is in charge of arrangements.
Marguerite Lila Horn, 76, died Sept. 1 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born Feb. 20, 1936 at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Walter R. and Eva (Grippin) Smith. She married William E. Horn Dec. 24, 1952 at Scott City. He survives.
AGUILAR, Colo.- Gerald Eugene Rourke, 52, died August 30, 2012, at his mountain home.
GALATIA - Roscoe John Merry, 83, died Aug. 31 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born Dec. 23, 1928 at Aurora, Ill., the son of Roscoe Cecil and Henrietta Maye (Howard) Merry.
Betty Freeman, 84, died Aug. 31 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Nov. 2, 1927 at Hutchinson, the daughter of Russell C. and Thelma L. (Lehr) Eastes.
GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a pursuit Wednesday evening in Great Bend started after a deputy saw motorist run a red light.
The 2015 Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 8, 9, and 10, 2015 in Great Bend. The show is located at the Expo Complex west of town. The show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 8th, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. on the 9th and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 10th with extended hours on Thursday.