NEW ORLEANS - There were 100 million reasons for Saints fans to smile last week. Drew Brees signed the richest per-season contract in NFL history.
CHARTRES, France (AP) - For Bradley Wiggins, the champagne on the Champs-Elysees is about to flow.
LONDON (AP) - The Olympic torch has begun its tour of London - and to everyone's relief, the weather is cooperating.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Adam Scott has never had a better chance to end that long wait for a major championship - mostly because of that long putter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jonathan Broxton expected Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham to pull the ball. Instead, they both stroked opposite-field hits to give Minnesota the win.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County is seeking information about the theft of geothermal equipment from a work site in the 1400 block of SE 50 Road that occurred July 14 or 15. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said items taken include geo phones, a data box, cables and a battery. Loss was $3,160. "If you have information about this crime or any other crime, please call 792-1300 or 888-305-1300. Remember we don't want your name, just your information."
Great Bend Fire Department
Great Bend and Barton County Crime Stoppers recently awarded its 2012 scholarships to Lindsey Villarreal and Jonathan Lucas Brown.
Margaret "Peggy" Lee Matthews, 84, died July 21 and Hoeger House, Olathe. She was born Aug. 5, 1927, at Hoisington, the daughter of Alvin Leroy and Jeanie (Francis) Holter. Peggy married Jack Matthews July 5, 1952, at Great Bend. He survives, of the home.
Brett Middleton has been named chief financial officer for Heart of Kansas Family Health Care.
Rosewood Services Inc. has taken aggressive steps in the past six months to bolster its Employment Services Program for adults with developmental disabilities, said Vicki Schmitt, senior director. The changes have come on the heels of last year's passage of the Kansas Employment First Initiative Act.
HOISINGTON - Lonnie B. Irvin, 57, died July 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born March 2, 1955, at LaCrosse, the son of Dean and Inez (Brackney) Irvin. He was a 1973 graduate of McCracken High School, was a student at Dodge City Community College, and was a graduate of Fort Hays State University.
From store owner to author – Marilyn Ramirez published her first book this May. Ramirez was the owner of Willow Creek and Country Treasures here in Great Bend.
Michelle Jean Steinert, age 56, lost a three-year fight with cancer at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012, in her home surrounded by the pride and joy of her life – her five grown children. She was born July 22, 1955, in El Dorado, Kansas, the daughter of Darrell Bellew and Mary Pickett.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - By the time the Kansas City Chiefs failed to get into the end zone on fourth down, trailing by a touchdown in Denver, they weren't just on the brink of another loss.
TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State weren't expected to do much in the Big 12 this season.
HAYS - The Great Bend High School boys' soccer team finished tied with Western Athletic Conference rival Hays on Monday.
STERLING, Colo. - Sometimes improvement can be obvious.
The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership held the "Golden Belt Glow for Life" Walk and competitive 5K Run at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Veterans Memorial Park in Great Bend. Members of the task force said the event was well attended and thanked the community for its participation and support for suicide prevention.
TIMKEN - Ernest "Ernie" Bucl, 88, died Sept. 14 at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. Born April 15, 1926 at La Crosse, he was the son of Lucian and Frances (Havelka) Bucl.
Jim S. Cain, 66, died Sept. 13 at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 27, 1947 at Great Bend, he was the son of Benjamin and Stephanie (Schenk) Cain.
Carolyn A. Sheets, 79, died Sept. 14 at her ho me in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
HUTCHINSON - Aubrey Linus Schartz, 82, died Sept. 14, at his home in Hutchinson. Born Aug. 20, 1932, in rural Ellinwood, he was the son of Edward and Frances Schartz. On Oct. 16, 1951, he married Bonnie Lou Harbaugh in Ellinwood. He retired from Marmie's Motors in Great Bend and moved to Hutchinson.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
The Great Bend Police Department continues to receive reports of counterfeit money circulating at local businesses.
An officer from the Great Bend Police Department arrested Bryce Anderson, 20, for flee and elude and other traffic infractions, at 1:16 a.m. Sunday at Burger King, 3929 10th St. He was booked for fleeing and eluding law enforcement, obstruction, driving while revoked, no insurance, reckless driving, speeding, obstructed windshield, failure to yield at stop sign and failure to use turn signal. He posted a $5,000 surety bond through Ace Bail Bonding and was released.
BY SHERI HOLMES
ELLSWORTH - A man and woman from Russell died Sunday in a two-vehicle collision at the K-14/K-156 junction, 1.5 miles south of Ellsworth.
The Great Bend Madrigal Pops Singers are now selling tickets for their fall chili supper fundraiser. The event is set for 5-7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the high school's Jack Kilby Commons area, prior to the football homecoming game against Wichita North.