Joe and Maryann Stites Alexander, longtime residents of Olathe, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, as well as Joe's 95th birthday this month.
Joe was born in Curlew, near Mullin, Neb., on April 11, 1922, and moved to Olathe when he was five. Maryann was born in Stratton, Neb., on Jan. 4, 1929, and moved to Delta when she was seven.
Joe and Maryann eloped and were married in Gallup, N.M., on April 21, 1947. They have four children, Dr. Jeri Jo Alexander of Montgomery, Ala., Teri Alexander of Olathe, Keli Alexander, deceased, and Mark Alexander of Grand Junction. They have two grandchildren, Arienne Hasto Huff of Delta and Craig Hasto of Olathe, and four great-granddaughters, Alexa Huff, Kylie Huff, Brianna Huff and Gwynneth Hasto.
Please come celebrate their platinum anniversary in the banquet room at Daveto's, 520 Main Street, Delta, from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
The clock is ticking. The Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) has 120 days to reach agreement with the taxing entities it's asking to help fund a gateway project near the intersection of Highways 50 and 92. Half that time has elapsed, and there is no Plan B, city manager David Torgler emphasized during a meeting with taxing entities Monday.