Elma Laughlin Lepej will celebrate her 95th birthday on June 30 with a card shower. Elma and her twin brother, Elmer Laughlin, were born on June 30, 1916 on a farm near Alexander. They attended school in LaCrosse. She married Joe Lepej on April 17, 1943. Elma has been a resident of Great Bend since 1965. She has two daughters, Patti Smith and husband George of Great Bend and Jo Kay Lepej of Topeka; three grandchildren, Tyler Mermis, currently serving in Djibouti, Africa, and wife Melissa of Marion, Taryn Mermis Baca and husband Johnny of San Diego, Calif, Tierney Mermis ...
Melissa Elizabeth Edwards and Bruce Alan Jamison were united in marriage on Dec. 12, 2010 at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas, Nev. in a ceremony officiated by Bob Burrows. Parents of the couple are Bob and Nancy Edwards of Bellevue, Wash. and Michael and Lynda Jamison of Great Bend.
Paul Wooster will celebrate his 80th birthday with a card shower. The come and go reception scheduled for today has been canceled.
Mike Corbett of Sioux Fall, S.D. and Kelly and Mary Evans of Elwood, Neb., announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Jo Corbett, to Adam Wade Behrendt, son of Jeff and Stella Behrendt of Herman, Neb. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Ruth Corbett of Ellinwood and the late Edwin Corbett, Ralph and May Vohs of Lyons and Inez Vohs of Haysville.
Pat Boor and Lori Mertens announce their marriage on May 14 near Cripple Creek, Colo.
Gabe and Amy (Madden) Roberts of Overland Park, announce the birth of their daughter, Elynn Renee Roberts on April 14, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. She was welcomed home by her big brother, Jude, age 3.
Bob and Hope Ney and Bob and Nina Ochs, announce the engagement of their children, Cassandra Ney and Zane Ochs. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ruth Axman and Margaret Ney and the late Francis Ney. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dorotha Boyce.
Tracey and Kelly Hoffman of Claflin announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie Hoffman, to Dereck Lynn Hollingshead, son of Richard and Carol Hollingshead of Wichita. Grandparents of the bride-elect are Bob and Vera Henning of Great Bend, Leroy and Donna Hoffman of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and the late Nancy Hoffman. Grandparents of the prospective groom are Elmer and Barbara Schuette of Wright, Melva Hollingshead of Wichita and the late Orie and Evedna Hollingshead.
Jared and Kacie Liebl of Wichita announce the birth of their daughter, Brynlie Jo Liebl on May 29 at Wesley Birthcare Center in Wichita. She weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long. She has a big brother, Brady Lee Liebl, who is 2 years old.
Wyatt Smith of Great Bend, son of Craig Smith, graduated from Space 301 of Kansas Adventures in Outer Space (KAOS) June 11 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Wyatt will be entering grade 10 at Ellinwood High School this fall.
Brandon and Mindy Mauler of Normal, Ill., announce the birth of their son, Easton Eugene Mauler, on May 6. He weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 27, Great Bend will hold their annual "Forget-Me-Not" fundraiser, on July 4th at local businesses in Great Bend. Chapter members will be stationed at both Dillons stores, Wal-Mart, and Waters True Value Hardware. For more information contact Terry Young, 620-793-7169.
The annual Hathaway reunion (family of the late John William and Reno Hathaway) was held June 18, at the Hudson Community Center in Hudson, with 55 people attending.
The SONIC Drive-In crew at 3909 10th Street, is one step closer to qualifying for the National Finals of the 18th annual Dr Pepper SONIC Games, the annual competition recognizing the best Sonic Drive-Ins in the country. The Great Bend Sonic is one of 300 remaining drive-ins striving to become one of the Final 12 teams to participate in the Dr Pepper SONIC Games National Finals held in Las Vegas this September.
The Soroptimists of Great Bend recently celebrated the most successful garden tour fundraiser in their club history. The tour, titled "Great Gardens & Garages," was held on Sunday, June 12th with the help of numerous individuals in the Great Bend area. "We've been holding the Soroptimist Garden Tour for several years," says event coordinator Ruth Bealer. "This year, we added an extra element of fun by expanding the event to include a man cave crawl."