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.
Lester Leo Achatz, 65, died Sept. 14 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Oct. 21, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of Milton and Bertha (Birzer) Achatz. On Dec. 27, 2011, he married Kimm M. Lewis in Great Bend. He grew up in Great Bend and lived in Virginia before moving back to Great Bend. He was employed by H-2 Trucking.
ALBERT - Virginia Marie (Amerine) Bird, 91, gently journeyed from this world to a new beginning on Sept. 14th. Though she was a life-long resident of Barton County, she spent the final years of her life with her daughter providing precious companionship in Wichita and then Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ellsworth. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Lisa Riedel, and her husband, Bert, of Ellsworth and their son, Bret, of Kansas City; her son, Lynn Bird, and his wife, Pat, of Broomfield, Colo.; their children, Joshua Bird, and his wife, Alison Cashman and their daughter, Josie; Stefanie Bird Stafford and ...
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
Thousands of bikers and motocross fans will converge at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend, for two motorcycle events: The 7th Annual Big Bend Bike Rally and the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout.
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama.
There are a lot of offensive ways to observe 9/11. A yoga studio near DC offered a 20 percent off sale ("9 + 11 = 20 PERCENT OFF!"), and a sex toy company soberly tweeted remembrance of "those lost, & honor those still fighting for freedom." But the most off-putting way to remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was by Rep. Louie Gohmert, who thinks of Sep. 11 as the anniversary of Benghazi, or as he says it, "BENGHAZI!!"
The Great Bend Police Department received more reports Monday of counterfeit bills passed at local businesses.
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.