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Royals sign Betancourt, Mijares to one-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Yuniesky Betancourt is back with the Kansas City Royals after agreeing to a one-year contract.

December 21, 2011 | | AP Sports


Tools stolen from pickup

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.

December 21, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Rec Commission seeking snow sculptures

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.

December 21, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Snow songs

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.

December 21, 2011 | | News


On the Record for Dec. 22, 2011

Barton County Sheriff

December 21, 2011 | | On the Record


Cletus Younger 1928-2011

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.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries


Doris Elizabeth Baker 1930 - 2011

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.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sharon ‘Jean’ Louise Royer 1959-2011

OTIS - Sharon "Jean" Louise Royer, 52, died Dec. 19, 2011 in Rush County.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries


Larry Dean Ward 1944 - 2011

GREAT BEND - Larry Dean Ward, 67, died Dec. 21, 2011 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries


American Eagle Club dinner

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 ...

December 21, 2011 | | Business


Patrick J. Schartz

ELLINWOOD -Patrick J. Schartz, 66, died suddenly Dec. 20 at Junction City. Funeral services are pending with Kimple Funeral Home.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries


Cletus J. Uhrich 1930-2011

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.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries


Rest in peace, Maggie

Dear Editor,

December 21, 2011 | | Letters to the Editor


Youth home needs help

Dear Editor,

December 21, 2011 | | Letters to the Editor


Cato throws 2 TD passes as Marshall beats FIU 20-10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Marshall's Rakeem Cato was back in the state of Florida, so it wasn't surprising that the freshman quarterback felt so comfortable and confident that he pushed coach Doc Holliday to give him a chance to seal the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

December 20, 2011 | | AP Sports


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Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unruh 1943 - 2015

NEODESHA - Kenneth "Tiny" Raymond Unrein died Jan. 24, 2015, at his home in Neodesha. Born Sept. 21, 1943, in La Crosse, he was the son of Jacob and Abby Unrein. He attended school in La Crosse. He was employed at a packing plant, roofing and construction and was a truck driver at Airosal Inc.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber 1931 - 2015

HAYS - Melvin J. "Mel" Schreiber, 83, died Jan. 25, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 19, 1931, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Margaret (Mauler) Schreiber. On Sept. 27, 1952, he married Frances L. "Frankie" (Musick) in Hutchinson. She died April 3, 2012. He was director of fleet maintenance for Becker Corporation in El Dorado for 21 years. He also worked 11 years at Thompson Transport in McPherson. In 2008 he moved to Hays from Andover.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter L. Graham 1921-2015

EMPORIA - Walter L. Graham, 93, of Emporia, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Walter was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Liberal, the son of Logan and Margaret (Bruce) Graham. He attended Pratt Junior College, Independence Junior College and Wichita State University.

January 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


College to feature Library Lovers Month

The Barton Community College Library will celebrate "Library Lovers Month" in February by featuring a unique event each week including special library-wide themes, creative book displays, a Facebook promotion and a scavenger hunt. Events are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Jan. 28, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

January 27, 2015 | | On the Record


Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Schridde qualifies for state

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


HHS sends wrestlers to finals at Bob Kuhn Classic

The Hoisington High School varsity wrestling team participated in the Bob Kuhn Sr. Prairie Classic Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at Hays. The team sent five wrestlers to the finals where senior Brandon Ball at 138 lbs. won the Championship match to help propel him to win the Tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Sophomore Jonathan Ball, 145 lbs.lbs.; freshman Christopher Ball, 152 lbs.; senior Chance Boor, 195 lbs.; and sophomore Landen Urban, 285 lbs., all finished second. Senior Landon Harmon, 120 lbs., and junior Austin McHenry, 182 lbs., finished in fifth place. Collectively with teammates freshman Tanner Cassity, 113 ...

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Barton Blazers place 2nd

January 27, 2015 | | Local Sports


States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

January 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ted Cruz and Climate Change

If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.

January 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Cheap Gas

January 27, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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