Kelly Holden Benker, 24, died Nov. 19 in Barton County. Born April 6, 1988 in Kingman, he was the son of Keith Wayne and Susan Lynn (Bojan) Benker. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Kingman, he was an electrician.
DENVER, Colo. - Sylvia Ann Welch, 79, died Nov. 14 at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colo. Born July 18, 1933 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of J. David and Esther (Ehrlich) Marmie. On May 17, 1954, she married Charles E. Welch in Great Bend. They later divorced. A resident of Denver, Colo. since 1954, coming from Great Bend, she was employed by J.C. Penney, May D & F, Circuit City, Mountain Bell and owned and operated a Dolly Madison Creamery in the 1970s.
HOISINGTON - Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will receive $140,000 in Kansas tax credits for the tax years 2012 and 2013 through the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. The Foundation was notified by the Kansas Department of Commerce that its application was approved. Tax credit awards are distributed through a competitive application process.
The great American conservative thinker Russell Kirk once observed that some disasters are so catastrophic they require a re-examination of first principles. On Election Day, the Republican Party suffered such an existential shock.
With Hamas Rockets falling on Israel, massive layoffs decimating America's family's finances, and Barack Obama demanding massive tax increases or he will drive us over the fiscal cliff, we cannot help but day- dream about four years from now. We dream of days when Barack Obama will finally be retired, and his ignorance of economics will no longer plague our homeland.
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.
Larned High School's football team, under the direction of head coach A.B. Stokes, participated in a football camp conducted by Sterling College football coaches. The Larned football team was scheduled to compete in a team camp at Newton.
LARNED - Larned High junior Colton Massey shot 3-over-par 75 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City to qualify for the 2015 Kansas Amateur Golf Tournament July 20-26 at the Wichita Country Club. Massey tied for fifth in qualifying at Garden City.