It's pretty hard not to notice that summer came hard and fast this year. After several years of what for Kansas were cool, wet summers, Mother Nature has reminded us of what our summers can involve. After a brief respite, we are back under drought conditions and as I write this on July 7, there is a slight chance of rain with 100° temps back by Sunday. So where are we cropwise as we enter July?
Jerry and Kaye Paden, of Macksville, will celebrate their 50th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m., July 16 with a come and go reception at the Macksville Christian Church.
Patient safety advocates say even more reforms are needed - stat!
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Neil Dougherty, who coached the TCU basketball team for six seasons, has died. He was 50.
MCPHERSON - The Great Bend Braves, a Class A American Legion baseball team, swept a doubleheader in McPherson on Friday night, taking the first game 10-2 and winning the nightcap 12-3.
There will be a sign up for all players interested in playing in the Western Kansas Football League this season on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the PAC at Great Bend High School.
DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist.
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday outside Atlanta on a drunken driving charge, sheriff's officials said.
PHEONIX - Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Shane Victorino became the latest All-Star scratches, further threatening to turn baseball's big show into the All-Scar game.
SUPER-BESSE, France (AP) - Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert in the final climb on Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall leader's yellow jersey.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone - the first New York Yankees player to reach 3,000 hits.
Barton County Sheriff
They sit tall in the saddle, three feet off the ground and view the world from a different perspective – on the back of a horse. Those who live with disabilities draw upon normally untapped abilities by riding horses, caring for them, and competing on them. It's not the average regimen; it is eleven hundred pounds of highly effective, equine therapy.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the reorganization of the council, election of a council president, an economic development report and a revision to the employee handbook regarding military duty.
The monthly Shine & Show returns this month with an event from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Waters True Value, 1649 K-96 in the Westgate Shopping Center. Shine & Show is a free car show presented by Mid-America Mopars.
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred the afternoon of March 2, but was not reported.
Douglas Thurman, no proof of insurance, dismissed - proof shown
Cutberto Anaya-Ruiz, no driver's license, $326
HOISINGTON -At the recent Central Prairie League Forensics Tournament at Otis-Bison, seven Hoisington High School forensics students made it into finals, and five of them qualified for the State Championship. The team finished third out of eleven schools.
ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes proclamations for National Crime Victims' Rights Week and National Work Zone Awareness Week, the courthouse video security system and a Fairview Township Board resignation.
HOISINGTON - Superior Essex of Hoisington is announced the latest recipient of the STAR Employee Recognition Award. Kent Schremmer, scrap operator, was named the first quarter 2014 STAR Employee and will be treated to a dinner in his honor, a customized gift pack, a plaque, and STAR Employee parking privileges.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C.
In a blockbuster Associated Press story your local paper may have skipped, Kelli Kennedy reports that patients with cancer and other serious diseases all over the country are being hammered by the same problem: the one-size-fits-all structure of Obamacare plans imposes outrageously high out-of-pocket costs for their specialty drugs.
Joyce Esfeld will explain the secret to making "The Perfect Pie Crust" in a free program from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. This is a free Stop 'N Learn Session of the Great Bend Recreation Commission.