KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals agreed to one-year contracts with catcher Brayan Pena and second baseman Chris Getz on Monday, avoiding arbitration with both players.
A swather catching on fire in a field Saturday morning caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired will hold its January meeting at a new location at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. The meeting has been moved to Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave. People should enter using the west parking lot and the north door.
With construction well under way at its current project site, Habitat for Humanity's board of directors has hopes for raising between $10,000 and $15,000 during the upcoming "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater this Saturday, Jan. 21, at Grace Community Church.
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DODGE CITY - Lorna Deane "Nanny" Spillman, 84, died Jan. 16, 2012 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home, Dodge City.
ELLINWOOD - Janet Marie Griffin, 62, died Jan. 14, 2012 at Salina Regional Health Center.
GREAT BEND - Lena M. Wharton, 98, died Jan. 15 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.
The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for its next exhibit, "Native Witness: Indians in the Shafer," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Refreshments will be served.
Tomato spotted wilt virus can be deadly for many important plants, but have little effect on the plants' small insect hosts. Research by a Kansas State University plant pathologist and two students is examining why.
Great Bend Middle School announces that Kathy Hafner has been selected for the employee of the month. She was nominated for being a strong leader with great people skills. When she is asked to do something she gets it done to the best of her ability. She is a favorite of many parents, and is remembered far after Middle School.
Leo J. and Dorothy A. (Dreher) Schmidt celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 13. Leo is retired from Smith Tool Company. The couple's children are Dianna Koerner of Hays, George (Sallie) Schmidt of Fort Smith, Ark., Karen (Steve) Harper of Hutchinson, Michael (Debbie) Schmidt, of Greeley, Colo., Patricia Schartz of Great Bend and Joan (Jeff) Barrett of Wichita. They have 12 grandchildren, eight
Free Developmental Screenings, available to all children birth to 5, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Roosevelt Elementary School, 316 N. Vine, in Hoisington.Call 620-653-4470 to schedule an appointment.
Brian and Franci Fuller announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrea LouAnn Fuller, on Oct. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.
Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.