NEW YORK - The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans.
LARNED - Rendezvous 2012, a history seminar sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Center, Fort Larned National Historic Site and the Santa Fe Trail Association.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated an accident about 5:32 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 56 and K-156. The patrol reports that a GMC 1500 pick-up operated by Tanner Cain, 20, of Beaver, Okla. had stopped at a stop sign before driving onto U.S. 56 into the path of a westbound Mack semi-tractor operated by Brian Wick, 39, of Ness City. Cain was injured and transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital. Wick was not injured. Traffic was diverted at the intersection.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bryce Harper hit his 20th homer, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki also connected and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Wednesday night to move closer toward winning their first division title since moving to Washington.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves showed no hangover from their champagne celebration, beating Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night as Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - This hasn't been the smoothest of seasons for C.C. Sabathia. He's still coming through when it counts for the New York Yankees.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Davis and Manny Machado each connected twice and the Baltimore Orioles tied a team record with seven home runs, routing Toronto 12-2 Wednesday night and staying within 1½ games of the AL East lead.
DETROIT (AP) - Jhonny Peralta brought home the go-ahead run when Andy Dirks' hard slide broke up a potential inning-ending double play in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the NFL and referees' union pressed toward a settlement Wednesday to end a three-month lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season.
OTIS - The Central Plains High School volleyball team beat defending Class 1A state champion St. John on Tuesday at the Otis-Bison Triangular.
Championship teams avoid letdowns after big wins.
Matt Barkley has slipped back into the pack and Montee Ball has fallen off the board completely. Landry Jones? You can probably take him off the list, too. Same with Tyler Wilson.
MANHATTAN - All four of K-State's remaining football games have been declared sellouts as department officials announced today that all tickets to the October 27 matchup with Texas Tech have been sold.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Tours on Oct. 13 at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will leave from the headquarter of QNWR. Participants are required to have their own transportation to the headquarters. Tours leave at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, call620-486-2393.
At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend's status as a Tree City USA.
HAYS - "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms," the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample. Meal includes dessert and drink.
Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.
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