LARNED - Larned Mayor Robert C. Pivonka called a special session to order Dec. 19 with the following council members present:
LARNED - Jordaan Memorial Library will be closed over the weekend and on Monday for the New Year's Day holiday. Regular hours will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs' first three trips inside Green Bay's 20-yard line two weeks ago netted them a pair of field goals. So did their first three trips against Oakland last Sunday.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Fab Melo had 12 points and 10 blocks, both career-highs, and No. 1 Syracuse stifled Seton Hall at every turn in a 75-49 victory Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
MANHATTAN - Kansas State junior Rodney McGruder followed up his most valuable player performance at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with his first Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week award on Monday.
MANHATTAN - Jared Loomis of Macksville was honored with one of three special-teams most valuable player awards at the Kansas State football awards banquet on Saturday.
Inspired the success of the first-ever Retailer Roundtable, the City of Great Bend is extending an invitation to all retailers in the area for a second meeting.
Barton County Sheriff
RUSSELL - Herbert James Michaelis, 98, died Dec. 26, at his home. Born Aug. 31, 1913, on the family farm southeast of Russell, he was the son of Honis and Mollie (Strecker) Michaelis. In 1931 he graduated from Russell High School. On Aug. 11, 1946, he married Eva M. Milberger at the Methodist Church in Russell. He joined the staff of L. Banker Mercantile in 1933 where he was employed for 43 years until 1976, retiring as manager of the shoe department.
DURANGO, Colo. - Aiden Allen Riddle passed away Dec. 23, at the age of 2. Aiden died at The Children's Hospital in Parker, Colo. Aiden was born on Aug. 5, 2009, to Jaclynn Shaw and Ryan Riddle in Durango, Colo.
CLAFLIN - Rachael Diane Stueder, 20, died Dec. 28 in Barton County. She was born Feb. 24, 1991 at Great Bend, the daughter of William (Bill) and Patricia D. (Smith) Stueder.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Judy Reed and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Hollywood and Washington: Both entertaining, often boring and far too often irresponsible.
For all those who have spent the last couple of months shoveling out a car, you should know we're at the tail end of awards season. And best be advised to hunker in a bunker wearing a Kevlar overcoat, because gold plated statues are being tossed about like air kisses at a gown fitting. Like clouds of bathroom hair spray during Oscar nominee luncheons. Like jaded eyes at a press screening of "Transformers 4."
The Great Bend High School Speech team placed in 11 events at the Nickerson Speech Tournament. Those placing were Makinna Dykes, Kris Gieck and Ashtin Heath. Ashtin placed in both of her events. Those placing in all of their events and qualifying for the State Speech Championship Tournament in May are Malia Clark, Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield. Carter Sheffield also won the Triathlon Award by placing the highest in all three of his events. He placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st in Serious Solo Acting and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking. The team placed 3rd overall.
LAWRENCE - Naadir Tharpe had 19 points to lead five Kansas players in double figures, and the fifth-ranked Jayhawks held off Oklahoma 83-75 on Monday night to wrap up a share of their 10th consecutive Big 12 championship.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Up by 12 points with just under 6 minutes left, No. 4 Syracuse appeared poised to secure an unusually easy victory.
LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas has received a lead donation from alumni Kent and Missy McCarthy to help finance the first phase of the Fieldhouse Apartments project, which will house basketball players and other students.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the City of Great Bend are sharing in the announcement from the Kansas State High Sschool Activities Association that the 2014 Class 2-1A State Baseball and Softball State Tournaments will be played at the Great Bend Sports Complex on Thursday, May 29 to Friday, May 30.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School's wrestling team qualified seven athletes for the Class 3-1A state tournament, which will be held on Friday and Saturday at Fort Hays State University.
A passenger in a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle that went of U.S. 283 early Monday in Hodgeman County was seriously injured, Kansas Highway Patrol reports.