CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - For quarterback Geno Smith, the temptation might be to watch West Virginia's pounding of Clemson in the Orange Bowl over and over. The prolific passer is doing quite the opposite in preparing for the Mountaineers' debut season in the Big 12 Conference.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - After a season when the defense just couldn't cut it in the biggest games, Oklahoma is hoping a blast from the past can return the program to a championship level.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood High School hosted a debate topic workshop on Aug. 10 for area coaches and students. The guest speaker was Tam Osgood, who presented information about the 2012-13 policy debate topic, transportation infrastructure. In the upcoming school year, high school students from all over the country will be engaging in interscholastic debates on the topic.
In Tuesday's story about the USD 428 School Board meeting, the donation of $3,000 of carpeting services for the football changing room was donated by Assistant Coach Jay Black, not Coach Bo Black. We apologize for the error.
TIMKEN - Jeanette Holopirek, 27, died Aug. 13 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. She was born June 22, 1985 at Great Bend, the daughter of Terry and Alice (Penka) Holopirek. She was a longtime resident of Timken. Ms. Holopirek was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Timken and a 2003 Otis-Bison High School graduate. She was active in Rush County 4-H.
LYONS - Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kennedy, 93, died Aug. 14 at Sunflower Estates, Lyons. She was born Sept. 6, 1918 in Guthrie Okla. the daughter of Carl and Hazel Del (Smith Madden). She lived in Lyons since 1940 and is the former owner of Porter Abstract of Lyons.
HOLYROOD - Vernon K. Bednasek, 85, died Aug. 14 in Salina. Born June 8, 1927 in Ellsworth County, he was the son of John and Rose A. (Borecky) Bednasek. A lifetime resident of the Holyrood area, he was a retired farmer and stockman. On May 20, 1956, he married Alice Wachs in Ellsworth. She survives.
EUREKA - Junior Raymond Watts, of Eureka, died at his residence on Aug. 13, at the age of 84. Born in Quincy on Feb. 3, 1928, he was the son of Charlie Otho and Ruby Marie (Crouch) Watts. Junior was raised in Quincy and attended school there. After his schooling, he went to work in the oil fields as a truck driver. His truck driving nickname was "Big Iron." He retired in 1990, due to poor health.
Muriel Belcher, 78, died Aug. 14 at her home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free program on the "DASH Diet," at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Presenter Linda Black said the DASH diet is physician-recommended because it is a balanced plan, proven to improve health.
Great Bend Fire Department
TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Monday numerous appointments to boards and commissions, and two area residents are among those named.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Darren McFadden needed one series to show he's in midseason form for Oakland following a foot injury that cut his last season short.
Winter is over! Winter is over! Excuse the jubilation, but we ink-stained wretches love the ritual excitement that occurs every spring. This spring is extra exciting, because it comes with our big quadrennial first sighting of a red nose popping out of the presidential wannabe clown car.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shelter Insurance – Trent Mermis, 1922 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Amanda and Steve. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The first scheduled household hazardous waste collection of 2015 will be held April 18 at the Barton County Landfill, said Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock. The collection will take place from 8 a.m. until noon.
Barton County Jail
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - American AgCredit, a farmer-owned financial cooperative, recently announced net income of $98.9 million for the 2014 calendar year along with a cash dividend distribution of $39 million to its shareholders. This compares to net income of $111 million and a cash dividend of $37 million in 2013. American AgCredit has returned over $250 million to its customer-owners since 2005.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet.
Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 for Easter break. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 7.
Staff at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will talk about feeding animals is a free Stop 'N Learn program Wednesday. "Food for Thought" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the zoo.
GBMS round robin tennis meet with Hays, Salina South, Sterling
IUKA - David A. Colyn Jr., 55, died March 23, 2015, at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 21, 1960, in Denver, Colo. he was the son of David A. and Faye Colyn Sr. He was a former resident of McPherson graduating from McPherson High School. On May 26, 2005 he married Lillian Galletta in Pratt. He was a fabricator for Fab-Pro of Kingman.
Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.