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.
Still searching for their first victory of the season, the Barton Community College men's soccer team had to settle for their second tie of the season with a 1-1 double-overtime decision with Dodge City on Wednesday at the Cougar Soccer/Track Complex.
The Barton Community College volleyball team wrapped up their four-match home stand Wednesday night, picking up their first conference victory of the season by defeating Garden City 25-19, 24-26, 25-19 and 25-18.
LARNED - Great Bend High School football this year is getting about as much respect as the Titanic gave to icebergs.
GALATIA - St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia will host a homemade ice cream social from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Cakes, pies and cookies will be served with the ice cream and various toppings. Donations will be used for Christmas charities, including Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer, Dream Inc., Ellsworth prison, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and many others.
Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave. in Great Bend, will hold SpiritLife classes on Saturday, Sept. 20. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
River of Life Church, 1219 Main, Great Bend, will present the prophetic, healing and teaching ministry of Bill and Ida Ford, Sept. 7-10.
Mary Bieberle will be the featured speaker at the next Great Bend Aglow Lighthouse meeting, Saturday, Sept. 13 at Perkins Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begins at 9 a.m., with the program at 9:30.
The 1980 motion picture, "The Gods Must Be Crazy" will be shown on Friday, Sept. 19, as part of the Heartland Center for Spirituality's fall series of "Movies with a Message."
CTI 14:22 concert
The City of Great Bend will have its annual public auction at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, in front of the Great Bend Police Department, 1217 Williams St.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Airport Airplane/Classic Car display will be from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday. An original P-51B Mustang will perform a flyby, weather permitting, during the event.
They're going to have to get used to it.
Last week President Obama admitted that his administration has not worked out a strategy on how to deal with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a dominant force in the Middle East. However, as ISIS continues its march through Syria and Iraq, many in the US administration believe it is, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a threat "beyond anything we have ever seen."