The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966 to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality. That twister was, at the time, said to be the most costly tornado in our country's history.
Great Bend Middle School announces the February through May Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students was nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students received a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon.
Norman Klepper of Ellinwood will celebrate his 95th birthday on June 23, with a card shower. Norman was born on June 23, 1919, in Ellinwood. His children are Larry Klepper of Ellinwood, Joyce Ware of Wichita, Richard Klepper of LaVeta, Colo., Marlene Panning of Great Bend and Diane Nemnich of Ellinwood. He has nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Jim and Joan Forrest will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a card shower and reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 21 , at Glory Be in Larned. Hosts for the event will be their children, Kimberly Forrest and Kevin and Hollie Forrest; and grandchildren, Adele Forrest and James Forrest, all of Houston, Texas.
My condolences go out to the families of the victims at fill-in-the-blank. I know the gun-manufacturing industrial complex has dubbed the wake of a tragedy as an inappropriate time to talk about their product. So lets just eulogize the lives of the people lost to a fill-in-the-blank with his/her/their arsenal of fill-in-the-blank. They were innocent victims who didn't deserve this. We're all shocked.