GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - As you enter this city of 58,566 two hours from the Colorado-Utah border you can swear you almost see facial images in the red rock and gorges carved and gouged by Mother Nature.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Cassel is banged up. Tight end Tony Moeaki is done for the year, and nobody knows when wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin will be back from a thumb injury. The offensive line is at turns old, inexperienced and lacking any depth.
WICHITA - The Great Bend High School soccer team opened the Titans Classic on Monday with a victory over Circle (Towanda).
Kevin Damein Gilbert, 18, died Sept. 5 at his home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 18, 1992 in Wichita, he was the son of Scott Gilbert and Betsy Murphy. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he lived with his grandparents. He was employed recently for Hendrick's Exotic Animal Farm. His passions included golfing, fishing, chess, four-wheeling, and target shooting.
CLARKSTON, Mich. - Lou Ann (Weeks) Hinze, 56, died Sept. 3 at her residence. Born Oct. 15, 1954 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Glenn E. Weeks and Beulah (Woodyard) Weeks. On June 15, 1984, she married Charles Hinze in Troy, Mich. He survives. A Clarkston, Mich. resident since 1984, she was formerly of Russell County.
EMPORIA - Jerome Joseph Younger, 77, died Sept. 4 at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Born on Sept. 30, 1933, in Hoisington, he was the son of Martin and Anna (Lauber) Younger. On Sept. 15, 1962, he married Barbara Redman at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. She survives at the home. He attended high school at Hoisington High. In 1960, he graduated from the Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business. He spent nearly 40 years as a full time accountant with Agler and Gaeddert, Bluestem Farm & Ranch Supply and EVCO Wholesale ...
A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear cases in Great Bend on Sept. 20 as part of Barton County Community College's Constitution Day activities. Oral arguments in two of the cases will be conducted in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College and in a third case at the Barton County Courthouse.
Barton County Jail
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Sept. 12 through Nov. 14. It will meet each Monday, except Oct. 31, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Thelma Faye Harms Room on the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Melanie Ryan of Great Bend and Nina Jerke of Wichita (formerly of Great Bend) will be performing together at the Kansas State Fair for the fourth year.
The trial dates for Shawn Ney were changed Tuesday to Feb. 27 through March 2, 2012. Last week, the office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced a January trial date, but that was changed because the defense counsel had a scheduling conflict. Ney is charged with the first-degree murder of Steven Calderwood, attempted first-degree murder of Sarah Ney, and aggravated burglary, all stemming from events on July 10, 2010, in Barton County.
Gary J. Christiansen, 63, died Sept. 3 at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 1, 1947 in Vallejo, Calif., he was the son of Gerald and Nadine (Amerine) Christiansen. On Dec. 1, 1992 he married Judy L. Green in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Barton County, he was a self-employed carpet layer.
EUDORA - Jared David Axman, 21, died Sept. 3 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 14, 1990, in Great Bend, he was the son of David A. and Cynthia K. Stricker Axman. In 2011, he graduated from Lawrence Free State High School. Jared had recently become involved with Cottonwood, Inc.
Activities Sept. 4-Sept. 10
Barton Community College will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in the Technical Building in room T-186, the Case New Holland Training Building. All types of blood are needed.
OKLAHOMA CITY - LeBron James scored 33 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with a bloody nose and the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-81 on Thursday night.
Great Bend Police
Auditions for the Great Bend Community Theatre production of "Becky's New Car," by Steven Dietz, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, and 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Crest Theatre, 1905 Lakin Ave. Note this is one week later than previously announced.
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend will host its annual Roast Beef Dinner"on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Church Fellowship Hall, 2101 Jackson St.
The First Baptist Church, 1600 19th St. in Great Bend, will host a women's Bible study from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7. The subject will be "Becoming a Woman of Grace."
GALATIA - St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia is hosting a Soup Supper/Bingo night on Saturday, March 1 starting at 5:30 p.m., with bingo following at 7 p.m. Chicken noodle/butterballs, green bean dumpling, chili and homemade desserts will be served.
It's anybody's game on Saturday when Great Bend High School's wrestling team opens up the postseason with a Class 5A regional tournament at Wichita Heights.
WICHITA(AP) - Pope Francis has named a priest from Illinois as the new bishop for the Roman Catholic diocese of Wichita.
MANHATTAN - We have been watching in the news as the antiquated Iranian navy sails towards American waters. The navy commander is saying this is just a training exercise for new sailors. However, their president is saying this action is being taken because the American navy is near Iran's waters. This is the first time a foreign power has openly threatened the mainland of America since the War of 1812.
The public is invited to a free memorial concert in honor of Connie Schneweis, set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at St. Patrick's Church, 4200 Broadway Ave.
The Western Athletic Conference bowling tournament that was schedule for Thursday was postponed due to high winds making it unsafe to travel.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is all about "Breaking Bad" this spring training. He has downloaded the popular cable TV series onto his iPad and plans to watch episodes as he runs on a treadmill.
SOCHI, Russia - The puck skittered the length of the ice on its way toward the empty Canadian net before clanging off the post and stopping in front of the crease.
Ingrid D. Trinka, 67, died Feb. 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 3, 1947, at Hillsboro, she was the daughter of Harold and Myrl Berg.