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.
Olivia Lowry, Hoisington, Aubrey Kempke, Claflin and Tanner Woolf, Bushton, attended Kansas Association for Youth 2012 KAY Leadership Camp. Lowry is KAY Area VI president and a KAY officer at Hoisington High School. Kempke and Woolf are KAY officers at Central Plains High School.
Abend Brot or a German Evening Supper will once again be offered by the Ellinwood Community Historical Society during the Kristkindlmart in Ellinwood on Dec. 6 It will begin in late afternoon until 6 p.m.
The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir will host a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Panther Activity Center. Items include appliances, computers, household items, clothing and everything in between.
It's required reading for most high school students. It's regarded by many as the great American novel. There have been numerous film versions of the story but only one musical version. "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" based on Mark Twain's classic will be presented at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 13, 14 and 15, in the school's theatre. Director Betsy Dutton calls the show a "rewarding challenge."
It's been years since I used AOL for any kind of meaningful email but I can't bring myself to close the account. I keep thinking that somewhere in my cyber past there's an old friend about to reach out - and all he has is my AOL address.
To call the grotesque drubbing suffered by the Democratic Party in the midterms monumental, is like referring to the surface of the sun as warm. The scene was so grisly, acutely sensitive Democrats (most of them) were forced to avert their eyes or risk anaphylactic shock.
The laugh is on Neil Simon, literally.