OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - When he was signed at the end of July, giving Braylon Edwards another shot seemed like a desperate move by the Seattle Seahawks as they tried to find answers at wide receiver.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The third preseason game is when NFL coaches generally give their starters the most playing time, turning it into a de facto dress rehearsal for the regular season.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - After a life well lived, Ty Schurtz died Aug. 22 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., just 12 days past his 99th birthday.
NEWTON - Mae Etta Steckman, 98, died Aug. 22 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. Minnis Chapel, St. John, is in charge of arrangements.
LARNED - Roberta Jane Grant, 78, dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 23 in Larned surrounded by family members. On Oct. 12, 1954 she married John Richard Grant in White Lake, S. D. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 57 years, and her children, Rita O'Gwin and husband David of Larned, John Grant and wife Monica of Adams, Okla., Leonard Grant and wife Cindy of Larned, Evelyn Grant and husband Rick Morse of Portland, Ore., Pauline Hampton and husband David of Larned, Margaret Grant of Larned, Lisa Grant and ...
A "sizeable amount" of suspected methamphetamine, cash and firearms was seized Wednesday evening when law enforcement officers searched a home at 301 Chestnut St. in Great Bend.
Presbyterian Women of Great Bend are now taking orders for pecans from this season's Schermer's crop.
KANOPOLIS - Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, 127 N. Missouri St., Kanoplis, will hold its annual Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 1. Members will be selling Mexican and American food, including homemade pie, starting at 11 a.m.
Great Bend Fire Department
Members of the Barton Community College cheer squad and basketball team lead the way through the Walmart parking lot Wednesday to unload Barton's bus that was filled with donated goods collected by the college to benefit the United Way "Stuff the Bus" campaign, which aims to collect donations of goods to help supply their 21 local agencies. Barton students and athletes helped transfer items from BCC's bus to the United Way's larger school bus. Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kansas Julie Bunger-Smith said the efforts by Barton were very beneficial to the campaign.
Microsoft Word is likely the most utilized word processing software ever. Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club is offering a chance to learn all about it with a course scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 5 through Oct. 10 at the Great Bend One Stop Center, 1025 Main St. in room D-107.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Community Garden is wearing down. The last date for the Vegetable Stand to be open will be Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Ellinwood High School parents will be having an After Prom meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Iserns, 407 N. Main. With the start of the new school year, they also start planning the 2013 After Prom Party for Ellinwood Jr./Sr. Prom. Please join them on Wednesday to help plan a safe and successful event for our students. If you are unable to attend, please contact Jolene Snell, Julie Blakeslee or the high school, 620-564-3136.
HOLLYWOOD – God bless America, and how's everybody?
United Methodists in Nebraska and Kansas launched its public school partnership with an education caravan in July at three Kansas locations designed to bring attention to the importance of public schools. Three more are scheduled in Nebraska on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 2. United Methodists in the new Great Plains Conference (Nebraska and Kansas) intend to increase collaborative efforts between United Methodist congregations, schools and community partners to support local schools.
CLAFLIN - The Immaculate Conception Altar Society of Claflin is having a Roast Beef Dinner and Fun Night on Sunday, Sept. 21. Roast Beef and all the trimmings will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the Parish Center in Claflin.
First Baptist Church is having a movie night at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1600 19th St., Great Bend. Popcorn will be served.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
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The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
The three-event celebration of Heartland Cancer Center's (HCC) 11thanniversary promises to have something for everyone, said Dana Foss, facilitator of the Touched by Cancer Support Group.
Miraculously, President Obama has conjured a strategy to wipe the Islamic State from the face of the Earth!
One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It's a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies. To everyday Americans it's a lofty, largely academic concept. Yet we've been duped into caring about it.