NEW YORK (AP) - Less than three weeks before the season kicks off, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are no closer to an agreement to end the lockout of the officials.
HESSTON - Iris June (Wetz) Banman, 86, died on Aug. 14 at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. Born May 26, 1926, at Wichita, she was adopted soon after birth by Herman and Myrtle (Ray) Wetz. Raised on a farm near Kiowa, Iris went on to graduate with a degree in music education from the Wichita University and played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. She taught in Wichita, Clearwater and Ellinwood elementary schools and for many years gave private piano and violin lessons.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Peering through heavy rain, Dexter McCluster backpedaled to catch the punt, cut left and sprinted a Kansas City team-record 94 yards for a touchdown to spark a season-opening victory over San Diego in 2010 that led to the AFC West championship.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about vandals who put paint on the Pawnee Rock water tower this past week. Great Bend Police Cheif Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said someone vandalized the tower sometime between 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, and 8 a.m. on Sunday. The cost of repairs is $1,000.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Longhorns spent 2011 just trying to get back to winning. With that accomplished, they figure 2012 is the time to return to their place among the nation's elite.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Tommy Tuberville would just as soon forget last season. He has plenty of Texas Tech fans as company.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - By all accounts, Paul Rhoads and Iowa State are thrilled to have each other.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Nick Florence was impressive filling in for eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III last season.
There will be a spaghetti feed dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2701 24th St., to raise funds for Pam and Edd Jackson. Freewill donations to help pay for Pam's medical expenses will be accepted, with matching funds provided by Thrivent Financial. This event is being coordinated by Trinity Lutheran, Central Baptist and First United Methodist churches of Great Bend.
Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to attend the GriefShare program held at Foundry Methodist Church, 5401 Broadway Ave., on Mondays at 7 p.m., beginning Aug. 27.
LA CROSSE - The Ascension Southern Gospel Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the La Crosse Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8th and Columbia.
Great Bend Fire Department
Michael Allan Wilkerson, 30, of Great Bend, was flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita via air ambulance after a rollover accident at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday in Barton County, 1.5 miles north of Great Bend.
Diana Collins, 57, died Aug. 15 at her home in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 19, 1955, at San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Richard and Eulalia (Salazar) Mendez. She married Dickey Collins on Jan. 13, 1973, at Syracuse. They later divorced.
HOISINGTON - Clara Barton Hospital Medical Clinic is participating in National Immunization Awareness month and strives year round to keep their patients protected from serious diseases by offering immunization vaccines.
Kari Bruffett, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, spent Friday morning touring the multiple locations that comprise Rosewood Services.
Barton County Historical Society will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 in the main museum. There will be a catered meal and social hour for members and potential members. Reservations must be made by Friday, Aug. 15 by calling the museum, 620-793-5125, or emiling email@example.com. The cost of the meal will be $9.50, payable at the door. It will include pulled beef and pork, potato salad, vegetables and more served by Tom Burns.
The Barton Community College Library will host "Librarypalooza" from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 on campus.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Amy Sue Russell 1966 - 2014
HUTCHINSON - Billie Louise Messick Williams, 83, died Aug. 10, at Hester Care Center. Born Dec. 27, 1930, in Winfield, she was the daughter of Lee and Sally LeRoy True. She was a 1956 graduate of Raymond High School. On Aug. 27, 1947, she married Donald F. "Pete" Messick in Tribune. He died Sept. 18, 1994. Then on Sept. 12, 1998, she married Robert Stanley Williams in Hutchinson. He died Aug. 10, 2013.
CHASE - Donald Mark Oberle Sr., 66, passed away Aug. 11, at his home in Chase. Born July 3, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of George J. and Florentine L. (Kimpler) Oberle. A lifelong resident of Chase, he was a pipe-liner in the petroleum industry. On Dec. 23, 2002, he married Debbie (Gilley) in Great Bend. She survives of the home.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the First Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Cindy Parr and Candace Moeder. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God Bless America.
It is said that Americans don't like titles.