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.
GREAT BEND -- Funeral services for Willis A. Stout, 70, who passed away on March 16, 2014 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crosspoint Church, east of Harts Corner, two miles south on Highway 281.
LARNED - Eldon A. Hays, 86, died on April 1, at Diversicare of Larned. Cremation has taken place. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
LARNED - Karlene K. Meckfessel, 68, passed away April 1, 2014 at her home.
John lived in the Pratt and Sawyer area in his younger years and graduated from Moscow High School and Fort Hays State University. He served seven years in the Army Reserves out of Hays.
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Congressman Tim Huelskamp will hold his next Barton County town hall from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, in Exop III, west of Great Bend. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a concealed carry firearms safety class starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the office, 1416 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. This class is a prerequisite for application for a Kansas concealed carry handgun license.
The Renaissance Financial advisors enthusiasm for their career and master of their trade is apparent as they have been awarded for their tremendous work in 2013.
The veteran's representative from the Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs will not be making his normal second Thursday visit in April to the Kansas Works Office. Instead, he will be in Great Bend on the third Thursday, April 17th. He will return to the second Thursday schedule in May and the months following.
Next-generation technology is now providing the power behind SeaPort Airlines, the Portland, Oregon-based regional airline which recently completed its successful migration to the Amadeus Altéa portfolio of airline IT solutions. The company's first flight using the new system was operated between Memphis and Jackson, Tenn., on Sunday, March 23rd.
It's funny how loopholes are always just big enough to accommodate a lobbyist. In Texas, the legislature recently banned lobbyists for testing companies from serving on education accountability advisory boards, but Bill Hammond, a lobbyist representing Pearson's interests, is serving on an accountability panel. It may sadden you to know that Texas is messing with ethics, but fear not: It appears no one is listening to Hammond anyway.
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.