WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 25 counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses of wheat and forage crops caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, and continuing. Those counties are:
KINSLEY - Rosendo Manuel Ceniceros, 60, died June 22, 2011.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Kyrie Irving traveled just a few miles down the road to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is playing host to an American Softball Association girls fast-pitch softball Region 6 Tournament on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park softball fields and Brit Spaugh South ballpark.
DODGE CITY - The Great Bend Braves Class A American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader with the Dodge City Rangers on Wednesday night.
The last time the United States won the Women's World Cup, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy were still playing, Abby Wambach had just led Florida to the NCAA title and Alex Morgan was all of 10.
HOUSTON (AP) - The United States and Mexico both turned to their stars to advance to the Gold Cup final.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Allene Wallace was on the phone with a friend when dozens of people dressed in red suddenly swarmed her property Thursday in tornado-stricken Joplin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest wants to change his name to Metta World Peace.
HOISINGTON - David Anthony Powell, 54, died June 16, 2011 at his home in Hoisington.
BURDETT - Vernon Wilbur Smith, 99, died June 22, 2011, at the Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse.
ELLINWOOD - Anneliese B. Graham, 66, died June 21, 2011 at Hays Medical Center.
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Barton Community College will offer a summer workshop for Skype from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in the Technical Building, T-117. To enroll in this workshop, contact Janet Kirmer, 620-792-9294 or 1-866-813-2460.
Barton County Historical Society will host its June meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Admission to the Historical Society museum will be free and the public is invited to hear about the Pawnee Tribe in Kansas, presented by David Clapsaddle Ph.D.
Sunflower Diversified Services will hold its first bowling tournament at 6:30 p.m. on May 13 at Walnut Bowl.
The Barton Community College Planetarium is getting a "re-boot," as the staff is calling it.
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Are hard-line Republican conservatives about to implement their own version of political entitlement reform? Are we now witnessing the beginning of the fall of the House of Bush?
Red Cross Blood Drive to be held
There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. But if Republicans define dumb down any more, soon they'll have to apply for drilling rights.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
Thursday, April 17
LARNED - Although their actual anniversary isn't until April 20, the weather was perfect for Wayne Hesher to get out and visit his lovely bride with the assistance of his nurse.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, Rep. for District 110 in the Kansas House; Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
Recently, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing next week as Community Bank Week in the Sunflower State, and local bankers are echoing the need to promote this event.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.