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.
Great Bend High School has something to crow about: The new head football coach has been named.
HOISINGTON - Three Hoisington High School students traveled to Larned for the regional solo and ensemble festival on March 29.
The Ellinwood High School Future Business Leaders of America Club recently went to Topeka for the state conference. Hannah Billinger who will compete at the national level the end of June in Nashville.
The National Labor Relations Board says college football players are not "students." Many would agree. It took the NLRB to declare them "employees."
These days, the only thing harder than making money is hanging onto it. It's easier to protect dandelion fuzz in a tornado. Everywhere you go, everyone wants a taste. Their only job is to get a grip on your money. And some of these folks are pretty darn good at their jobs.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Nex-Tech Wireless, 3705 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Matt Hiss and Ronda Sjogren. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.