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."
Liberal megadonor Tom Steyer, failing to raise any significant outside money for his global warming Super PAC, turned to one of his San Francisco neighbors for a million dollar check. It was Herb Sandler, the subprime mortgage lender at the heart of the housing crisis, and like Steyer a huge hypocrite.
During times of economic downturn, there has been an increased interest in home food preservation. Farm families have planted gardens and preserved produce for generations. During World War II, the government urged families to plant "Victory Gardens" and to can their surplus for later use. During the 60's and 70's, young women immersed in the back-to-the-land movement rediscovered home canning. Over the course of much of the past three decades, canning, as the primary method of home food preservation, faced serious competition as freezers became a common household appliance.
Teen pregnancy rates are down dramatically and American children are more likely to reach adulthood than they were 25 years ago. But more of them are growing up impoverished.
Birmingham, Alabama, is looking to make chess a fixture in its schools, in hopes that it will allow kids to stretch their minds and improve their analytical abilities.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Sacred cows were scarce when Broncos general manager John Elway dug out from the wreckage of that Super Bowl blistering by the Seahawks.
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia finally got his first stage victory in cycling's greatest race on Tuesday by leading a breakaway group to a downhill finish as the pack entered the Pyrenees.
The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.
CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
Students now have two modern options for living on the Barton County Campus as the brand-spanking new "Bluestem Hall" is ready to house students for the upcoming school year. Move-in day is scheduled for August 16 and 17. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and after-hours event hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in the lobby of the new building, which is south of the Student Union. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and tours of the new facility will be given.
'Cheyenne Bottoms During World War II' presentation to be held
Ever since upgrading software this year, staff at the Great Bend Tribune have been learning the finer points of page design using the Adobe Creative Suite products. Last week, reporter Susan Thacker traveled to Topeka, where Russell Viers led a two-day Technology Academy at the Kansas Press Association office. The seminar was partially underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Newspaper Foundation.
Dennis A. Munoz, 66, longtime resident of Great Bend, passed away at his Great Bend home on July 9. Memorial services are July 26 at 4 p.m. at Veterans' Memorial Park in Great Bend. A Life Celebration will follow at The Best Western Angus Inn of Great Bend at approximately 5:30 p.m.