More than 450 young men from across the state, all of whom will enter their senior year of high school this fall, participated in the 2015 session of the American Legion Boys State of as Leadership Academy. The event, in its 78th year, was held May 31, through June 6, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Donor support from the "Hometown Team" made fielding champions more than a possibility. A string of Kansas State American Legions titles and regional appearances would springboard the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps onto the national stage. Taking the field with the nation's best quickly advanced the understanding that the youth from a rural community in Central Kansas could compete with - and conquer – champions from every corner.
If you are out and about in Barton County right now, you will be able to spot combines rolling through the wheat fields. To me, it is one of the best sites of the year, and I can spend hours watching harvest. All of the hard work raising a crop is coming to the end for a while, and finally, the producer will be able to see a return on the long days he has spent to bring the crop full circle. Many people I have talked to are very pleased with how well the wheat has turned out this ...
Reasonable people have suggested that removing Confederate flags from capitols, symbols from license plates, and products from Walmart shelves is mere symbolism, but it's more than that. By recognizing that flying the Confederate flag is a continuation of a treasonous act motivated by racial hatred, we can end what amounts to a 150-year-long Civil War re-enactment and move the South into what Abraham Lincoln called its "proper practical relation" to the rest of the county.
Elma Laughlin Lepej will celebrate her 99th 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. On April 17, 1943, she married Joe Lepej. 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;
Michael and Pamela Perry of Great Bend and Toby Bettis of Wilsonville, Ore. announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Bettis to Cameron Cooper, son of Scott and Terri Cooper of Garnett. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gloria and Linus Schamber and Harold and Margaret Bettis, all of Hays; Vernon and Karen Hayes of Great Bend and the late Coyle and Carla Detherage, and Dale Perry; and the great-granddaughter of Norma Mounkes, all of Great Bend. The prospective groom is the grandson of Jim and June Cooper of Garnett and Rosalie Burkhead of Lawrence and the late Dean Burkhead.
Jeff and Carrie Moore of Kechi announce the engagement of their daughter Rhae Ann Moore to Chris Burt, son of Cliff and Kathy Burt of Great Bend. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dave Egan, Joyce Markley, the late Shirley Moore, the late Sonny Moore and Charles Honeyman. The prospective groom is the grandson of Patricia Schumacher, the late Duke Burt, the late Betty Lewis and the late Bruce Lewis.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.