OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after he asked the Oakland Athletics to release him and the team granted his request on Friday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Holliday found that elusive comfort zone.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - It's been almost four months since Tom Brady lost the single biggest influence in his football life.
First-year Kansas State coach Bruce Weber is so new to the Big 12 that he called into his first league teleconference from Champaign, Ill., as movers were packing his family's belongings for the journey to Manhattan, Kan.
PRATT - The Great Bend Braves were able to avoid a rally in Game 1 against Minneola, and shut down host Pratt in the second game on Friday night.
Heavy rains forced postponement of the Dodge City baseball tournament this weekend.
Members of the Disabled American Veterans from throughout the state of Kansas will hold their annual Department Convention June 22-24 in Great Bend at the Highland Hotel.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Great Bend native Bonnie Postlethwaite has been appointed as Dean of University Libraries at University of Missouri - Kansas City for a two-year term, effective July 1. As the current associate dean of libraries with a long history of administrative service and an extensive knowledge of UMKC and its complex libraries' system, Postlethwaite is particularly well suited for this appointment, said Gail Hackett, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.
One goal of the new local partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is to provide education for the Touched by Cancer Support Group. But it goes beyond that and reaches into the entire community, said MCA Director of Outreach Brooke Groneman.
The first classes in a new Gas Measurement certificate program at Barton Community College will start Aug. 6, said Mike Baugh, instructor and coordinator of Barton's natural gas technician program. Students will attend class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can complete the 30-credit-hour program before December.
NEW STRAWN - Edwin Lee "Ed" Anderson, 66, died June 7 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Born Jan. 4, 1946, in Emporia, he was the son of Ernest Otto and Marjorie June (Garrett) Anderson. He grew up on the family farm, northeast of Burlington, and attended Martindale rural school. He graduated from Burlington High School. He then entered the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Hornet at the end of the Vietnam War.
HAYS - Jeremy Owen Johnson, 27, died Thursday, June 14, the result of a work accident in rural Ellis County. He was born Feb. 21, 1985 in Great Bend, Kansas to Howard and Carmen (Beck) Johnson. He graduated from Claflin High School in 2003.
"Malice" by Christ Wooding. Everyone's heard the rumors. If you gather the right things and say the right words, you'll be taken to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book. It's a world that few kids know about-and even fewer survive.
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Barton County 4-H Junior Leaders will have 18-19-pound boxes of Colorado peaches available for $30 on Aug. 16. The 4-H members are earning money to help pay registration fees for Kansas Youth Leadership Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at 620-793-1910 to reserve a box.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Aug. 18 through Oct. 13. It will meet each Monday (except Labor Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend.
Barton and Pawnee county employers now have access to a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center designed to help their bottom line and encourage preventive health care for their employees.
Brandi Demel, R.N., has been setting the stage for the rollout of a new program that will help local and area residents find the resources they need for a healthier life.
First United Methodist Church will offer Paws-4-Praise this Sunday, Aug. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park. It will be followed by a worship service and community picnic.
Author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teens. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
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Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.