LARNED - A retirement reception honoring Elanna Harger and Macy Cook, employees of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility, was held recently with co-workers, friends and family in attendance.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yuniesky Betancourt is back with the Kansas City Royals after agreeing to a one-year contract.
Crime Stoppers is looking for information about the theft of tools from a pickup parked at Travelers Budget Inn, 4200 10th St., the night of Dec. 8. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said the theft occurred between 11 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 9. Items stolen were a Dewald 18 volt impact drill, a Dewald 18 volt combo drill, a 3/8 9 amp VSR drill and a Milwaukee saw. Loss was $850.
Barton County received anywhere from 3 to 9 inches of snow Monday and Tuesday, with the greatest snowfall occurring around Claflin, according to the National Weather Service. Snowfall was followed by the appearance of snowmen and other snow sculptures.
Great Bend High School's Madrigals close out the school year with a performance for the Noon Kiwanis club, Wednesday at Montana Mike's restaurant. Musical programs were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday because of snow.
Barton County Sheriff
Cletus Younger, 83, died Dec. 20 at home in Great Bend. He was born Aug. 26, 1928 at Victoria, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Mermis) Younger.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Doris E. Baker, daughter of Frank and Rose Kubat was born on May 20, 1930 in Okeene, Okla. She departed this life Dec. 18, 2011 from injuries received from an auto accident.
OTIS - Sharon "Jean" Louise Royer, 52, died Dec. 19, 2011 in Rush County.
GREAT BEND - Larry Dean Ward, 67, died Dec. 21, 2011 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
The American Eagle Club of the American State Bank & Trust Company celebrated the Christmas Season by hosting the Annual Holiday Dinner at all five locations. The Great Bend Dinner was held Dec. 15. The bank staff served the catered dinner and the Great Bend High School Madrigals provided entertainment. The dinners are open to all club members as a thank you for their loyalty and support of the bank. The annual dinners have been held yearly since the inception of the bank in 2001 and over 400 club members enjoyed the delicious meals. For more information concerning club membership please ...
ELLINWOOD -Patrick J. Schartz, 66, died suddenly Dec. 20 at Junction City. Funeral services are pending with Kimple Funeral Home.
Cletus J. Uhrich, 81, died Dec. 19 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. He was born April 26,1930 at Collyer, the son of Christian and Mariana (Waldman) Uhrich.
CLAY CENTER – Almost weekly news stories appear promoting gay rights. Currently 19 states have legalized same sex marriage while 31 states have traditional marriage laws on the books. Additionally, President Obama has issued various executive orders furthering the equality of gays. All this has made the gay issue a topic for public discussion. It is not just a religious, political or social issue anymore. It is regularly in the news and impacting many Americans on some level.
On Saturday Aug. 23 Heartland Center for Spirituality, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend, will hold its first session in its spiritual formation classes, SpiritLife, for the fall semester. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the last class will conclude at 3 p.m.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend, or immediately following the canvassing the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary ballots. The agenda includes the 2013 audit report, the introduction of the new Health Director Shelly Shneider and the booking fee for the Barton County Detention Facility.
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Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."
Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.