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:
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
Karl Lee Brack, 84, died Dec. 7, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 29, 1930, in Larned, he was the son of Sol M. and Neva M. (Toots) Brack. He was a 1948 graduate of Great Bend High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kansas State University in 1953. On Sept. 28, 1958, he married Loreta J. "Reta" Hill in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Mr. Brack began work at KCKT-TV as a sales representative until February 1956, when he started work for American State Bank and Bank IV, retiring in 1991 ...
Great Bend Fire Department
Two rural accidents Saturday resulted in minor injuries, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports.