DENVER - One team is going for the first seed in the AFC playoffs. The other is in line for the first pick in next year's NFL draft.
CENTENNIAL, COLO. - Billy Conrad Smith, 71, died Dec. 27, at his daughters home in Centennial, Colo. Born April 25, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Raymond H. and Juanita M. Woelk Smith. A longtime resident of Larned, he moved to Centennial, Colo., to be close to family. He was a retired Occupational Therapist at Larned State Hospital and was a graduate at Barton County Community College, Great Bend. He belonged to Grace Lutheran Church.
E. Wayne Vanaman, 59, died Dec. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Born Feb. 14, 1953 at Great Bend, he was the son of Ernest Junior and Marian (Davies) Vanaman.
CHICAGO, ILL. - Imogene Louise Werner, 72, died Dec. 11 in Chicago, Ill. Born Nov. 17, 1940 in Hamilton, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
HOISINGTON - Charley W. "Chief" Briggs, 88, died Dec. 28, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 26, 1924 at Bartlesville, Okla., he was the son of Ocie and Cora (Chair) Briggs.
ELLINWOOD - Carol L. Smith, 74, died Dec. 27 at her home in Ellinwood. Born Sept. 2, 1938 at Eureka, she was the daughter of Christopher "Harmon" Meadows and Clara "Louise" (Sanders) Meadows.
LARNED - Jewell H. Wood Graf, 90, died Dec. 27 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Born Aug. 10, 1922, in Augusta, she was the daughter of Bryan and Janey Lackey Chance. On Oct. 30, 1944, she married Albert Wood at Tonopah, Nev. He died on July 26, 1978. In Nov. 1994 she married Edwin Graf. He died Aug. 19, 2010. She was a homemaker.
Hoisington 'Citizen of the Year' nominations needed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Romeo Crennel joined a long list ofChiefsdealing with illness and injury on Thursday.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot? How 'bout the presidential campaign, the 112th Congress and Newsweek magazine? Journalists usually favor year-end recaps of news but as a public service I'm going to focus instead on the glorious months ahead, in this handy precap of 2013:
Here's my annual list looking at 2012:
The terrorist massacre in Paris was a fundamental assault on freedom of expression. Everyone who thinks freely, writes freely, draws freely, and snarks freely knows what it was about.
A funny thing happened on the way to a news story: ABC and NBC were again distracted by friendly noise from fellow leftwing travelers.
On Dec. 6, Relay for Life of Barton County's Team Hope held a Winter Wonderland Pageant at the Elk's Lodge in Great Bend. There were 25 girls and 1 boy competing from the Central Kansas Glamour Kids.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by A440 Music, 1207 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Brian Ewing with greeters Cindy Parr and Candice Moeder. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Gloria Hernandez's name is becoming synonymous with vegetarian cooking in Great Bend. After teaching classes at the Parent Resource Center and also the Great Bend Recreation Center she now is offering a one-day vegan vegetarian cooking class from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th and Patton in Great Bend.
The Central Kansas Community Choir, which is sponsored by Barton Community College will begin rehearsals next week for its 2015 concert, "God and Country."
Not often does the Golden Belt Community Concert Association feature a steel drum and marimba percussionist in concert. In fact, this month's performer is the first. Paul McDermand, Caribbean/pop performer on steel drum and marimba, will present the association's first concert of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
On Monday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received calls from individuals in rural Great Bend and rural Pawnee Rock, both reporting attempted fraud via telephone scams.
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