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Last Updated: July 13, 2017

50 years ago

After 30 years as Valley Center school superintendent, John Sward announced his retirement. He came to Valley Center in 1926 as high school coach, a position he held until he was named superintendent in 1937. Sward and his wife, Esther, and their son, Gary, were looking forward to retirement.

Many air-minded enthusiasts from the Valley Center area were at the Newton Municipal Airport to welcome Ann Pellegreno, the aviatrix who completed a globe-circling flight last week. The 30-year-old Pellegreno and a three-man crew completed the same flight used by Amelia Earhart at the time of her disappearance 30 years earlier. They completed the flight in a 30-year-old Lockheed Model 10 Electra.

45 years ago

Tracey Stover was the first Valley Center Swim Club entry to receive honors at the 17th Annual Air Capital Swim Meet. Competing in the 9- and 10-year-old division, Stover was first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 35.4 seconds and second in the 100-yard freestyle with a final time of 1:18.0.

The Kansas Jaycees were recognized at the National Jaycee Convention in Atlanta for their project, "The Kansas Jaycee Cerebral Palsy Ranch." Each Jaycee state submitted two projects for competition and only the top three were recognized.

40 years ago

Denise Miller was named to the honor roll for the spring semester at McPherson College. To qualify for the honor roll, students must complete 12 semester hours and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale.

Alan Dale Schroeder, son of Arlo E. Schroeder of Valley Center, graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor of arts in business administration.

35 years ago

Valley Center resident Lisa Berwick was crowned Miss Kansas over 25 other women competing for the title. She received a scholarship as a part of her prize.

30 years ago

Kent McEntire of Valley Center passed his national opticianry competency test to earn certified optician status. He was the manager of the Hertzler optical dispensary in Halstead.

Monica Coultis signed a letter of intent to play softball for Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City.

25 years ago

Alan Schroeder, formerly of Valley Center, and six Ithaca College students helped film a documentary about his 20th high school reunion. Schroeder was a professor at Ithaca College and the students were taking a documentary production course he taught.

Dorothy Palmer of Valley Center won $201.70 in KFDI's Lucky Number Calendar Contest.

20 years ago

Erin Wolfe portrayed Lillian in the USD 259's summer school theater production of "Cheaper by the Dozen."

Verne and Karen Baker and their daughter Christa traveled to Panama to build a church. They were sponsored by Maranatha Volunteers International.

15 years ago

Patrick Edwards of Valley Center was the recipient of an Imagine the Difference scholarship at Friends University. The scholarship, renewable for three years with a 3.6 grade point average, was worth $6,000.

Jan Fontes and Mildred Kallenbach each won a trip for two to Branson, Mo., as first place in the Leeker's Family Foods' Hot Summer Giveaway contest. Fontes registered at the Park City store, and Kallenbach registered at the Valley Center store.

10 years ago

Park City theme park Wild West World closed after a very short run with $24 million in debt. Thomas Etheredge's company left hundreds of creditors unpaid, and the Etheredges were looking for a buyer for the ailing theme park.

Isaac Hathaway of Bel Aire was awarded a five-year, $12,500 dean's scholarship at Newman University.

5 years ago

Charges were pending against a Wichita man whose homemade firework sent metal shrapnel flying in a Valley Center neighborhood. The device was a 2-inch round pipe about 12 inches long stuffed with black powder and a fuse that was being used to emit sparks like a fountain during a celebration in the 500 block of Goff. The pipe exploded and sent shrapnel into three nearby vehicles. Residents as far away as three blocks said that pieces of the pipe landed near their home.

Valley Center resident Nikki Daniels and 2008 Valley Center High School graduate Todd McKown competed in the 2012 Olympic trials. Daniels competed in the 100-meter breaststroke in swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., while McKown competed in the 110-meter hurdles at the track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. Neither athlete qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Both of them said being invited to participate in the trials was an honor.

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