ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he might need offseason ankle surgery is off-base.
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.
W-2 forms are flying through the air like snowflakes these days as employers deliver that vital piece of tax information to employees. For many the arrival of that form signals the start of tax season when time ticks toward the April 15 deadline. Forbes magazine reports that around 150 million taxpayers will use a tax preparation service. A market that large guarantees that some who seek your tax preparation business will be less competent than others.
This last weekend the Great Bend Panther's JV squad competed at the Stafford JV wrestling tournament. The Panthers placed 8 of their 9 wrestlers with three 1st place finishers.
Raging Moderate by Will Durst
We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.
Inflation, deflation. No, this is not Economics 101. We will not be using the Bell Curve and doing some statistical analysis. No accounting, no spreadsheets. This is about footballs. DEFLATEGATE!
MANHATTAN (AP) - Tarik Phillip matched a career-high 12 points and West Virginia, relying on its high-pressure defense, shut down Kansas State for a 65-59 victory Tuesday night.
The third annual Charity Supply Drive held on Saturday, Jan. 24, was deemed a success. Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club teamed up to collect donations at the Walmart Supercenter in Great Bend.
NEODESHA - Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unrein died Jan. 24, 2015, at his home in Neodesha. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Abby Unrein. He attended school in La Crosse. He was employed at a packing plant, roofing and construction and was a truck driver at Airosal Inc.
HAYS - Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber, 83, died Jan. 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 19, 1931, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Margaret (Mauler) Schreiber. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Frances L. "Frankie" (Musick) in Hutchinson. She died April 3, 2012. He was director of fleet maintenance for Becker Corporation in El Dorado for 21 years. He also worked 11 years at Thompson Transport in McPherson. In 2008 he moved to Hays from Andover.
EMPORIA - Walter L. Graham, 93, of Emporia, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Walter was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Liberal, the son of Logan and Margaret (Bruce) Graham. He attended Pratt Junior College, Independence Junior College and Wichita State University.
The Barton Community College Library will celebrate "Library Lovers Month" in February by featuring a unique event each week including special library-wide themes, creative book displays, a Facebook promotion and a scavenger hunt. Events are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.
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Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.