OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is hopeful that he will be ready to play in the season opener in three weeks.
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.
A New Testament study, facilitated by Pastor Julie Shields, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st St. This study offers a look at the New Testament writings, the authors, a look at what the circumstances of the times and for what audience were they written. The ultimate goal is to understand and appreciate these books and how they apply to our lives today.
Throughout the month of September, Great Bend's Presbyterian Women will take orders for the finest pecans from Georgia, for delivery by the first of November, said Carol Woodmansee at First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend. Orders can be placed through any Presbyterian Woman or by calling the church office, 620-792-2594.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its annual Rally Sunday on Sept. 7, designating the beginning of the new Sunday School season. During all services that day, members will bless the Sunday School staff and those who will be attending Sunday School, from age 3 to age 100.
The musical ministry of CTI 14:22 will perform on the east lawn of Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St. in Great Bend, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
LARNED - Pawnee County Humane Society has scheduled a Labor of Love 5K/10K Race Monday.
LARNED - The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Aug. 18 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee County clerk Ruth Searight.
llinwood trash pickup schedule announced
In response to Kansans wanting a simple way to provide feedback on the Preliminary Discussion Draft on the Future of Water in Kansas, an online survey has been developed and can be found on the Kansas Water Office website, http://www.kwo.org/50_Year_Vision/50_Year_Vision.htm.
Did you ever have a week in which you had an impossible amount of work to complete, yet somehow got it done?
Happy Thursday, everybody, and God Bless America.
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating a shotgun round fired through the front door of the residence at 2525 11th St. The incident was reported at 6:14 a.m. Thursday.
Structural and other changes at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will result in a more convenient and modernized facility that will continue to house current and new services, Senior Vice President Leanne Irsik said. Re-construction and remodeling will begin this fall.