January 29, 2015
    Week of Jan. 29
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    Possum night for VC?
Bel Aire
Roving Pantry spreading Chris Strunk
    Grocery delivery service expanding into Bel Aire
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Jan. 30 through Feb. 5
Brecken Ann
    Tyler and Leah Alpers are the proud parents of a baby girl, Brecken Ann, born Jan. 20.
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Take adult reading challenge
In the kitchen Lisa Strunk
    Dinner ideas while traveling for work
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Mini Hornet reunions at VCHS
Randy's Ramblings Randy Fisher
    South played like a state contender
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    There are many people to honor
    Carl E. Younts Jr., 71, died Jan. 15, 2015. He was a retired brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad.
    George Dunfee, 79, of Valley Center, died Jan. 7, 2015.
    Gregory Landis Muzzy, 47, of Wichita, formerly of Valley Center, died Jan. 24, 2015. He was self-employed in remodeling and construction work.
    Helen Jean (Conner) Cummings, 81, of Wichita, died Jan. 23, 2015. She was retired from Wesley Hospital and had also worked at Jack Smith's Shoe Repair in Wichita.
    Helen Inez (Wilson) Osburn, 97, died Jan. 22, 2015.
    Jack Eldred Greenwood, 88, died Jan. 9, 2015, at his home in Aurora, Colo. He was a retired banker and former president of the Barber County Savings and Loan.
    James Brian Leatherman, 31, of Valley Center, died Jan. 20, 2015. He was born Aug. 26, 1983.
    Jerry Jim Bainum, 72, died Jan. 22, 2015. He was a teacher and football coach at Chanute, Little River, Shawnee Mission West, Trinity Catholic, Wichita Collegiate, Centralia and Onaga high schools, and at Fort Scott Community College.  
    Joseph A. “Joe" Bilyew, 73, died Dec. 30, 2014, in Broken Arrow, Okla. He was born March 13, 1941.
    LeRoy Ralph “Leonard" Smith, 52, of El Dorado and formerly of Kechi, died Jan. 26, 2015. He was employed for 22 years by Waste Connections.
    Myron W. Mollohan, 87, died Jan. 25, 2015. He was retired from Cessna Aircraft.
    Polly Nell Mason, 55, died Jan. 21, 2015. She was the daughter of Mildred Larcade of Valley Center.
    Sue W. Christian, 77, died Jan. 19, 2015. She was an office manager for Tade Plumbing for many years.
    Vera V. Vogts, 88, of rural Madison, died Jan. 17, 2015.
    Vyrnon Edward Slaby, 80, died Jan. 17, 2015. He was a retired Beechcraft International sales representative.
Youth programs deserve oversight
    Life would be much simpler if we could trust everyone in authority, but all of us would be well-served by heeding a simple lesson in the recent case of a coach accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a junior cheerleading program:
Engagements & Weddings
Drew Johnson and Nicole Ohlde
    Ken and Carolyn Johnson of Hutchinson announce the engagement of their son, Drew Johnson, to Nicole Ohlde, daughter of Stan and Marlene Ohlde of Clay Center.
Haley Marceau and Ryan Taylor
    Tony and Lori (Manning) Marceau of Wichita announce the engagement of their daughter, Haley Marceau of Wichita, to Ryan Taylor of Valley Center. Ryan is the son of Randy Taylor of Valley Center and Laura (Moore) Taylor of Wichita.
    Week of Jan. 29
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of Jan. 29
Jury selection in begins in murder trial David Dinell
    The selection process is expected to take all day and perhaps into Tuesday before opening statements are made, court officials said. Attorneys are selecting the jurors from a pool of about 70 candidates.
Kechi council reviews finances, health insurance  David Dinell
    The City of Kechi's finances are on solid ground, especially considering the rocky situation back in 2009, according to the city's finance director and treasurer, Nicole Bailey, who presented a comprehensive view of the city's monetary health before the Jan. 22 Kechi City Council meeting.
Letters to the Editor
Former golf course north of Valley
    I had to laugh about a front page article. You stated Valley's first-ever golf course. Valley had a nine-hole golf course north of town (117th North and Meridian) on the southwest corner. Jester Creek was the north side.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of Jan. 29
Park City
City gearing up to host 4A basketball tournament The News staff
    Park City is gearing up to host the Class 4A Division II Kansas State High School Boys and Girls Basketball Championship Tournament. This is the second year for Hartman Arena to host the tournament. Games will be played March 11 through 14. In an effort to create more community involvement, the tournament host committee is inviting local businesses to participate.
Man sentenced for distributing child porn The News staff
    A Park City man was sentenced Jan. 21 to nearly 14 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography to young boys over the Internet, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Park City defers water and sewer rate increases  David Dinell
    The cost of providing water and sewer service to Park City residents and businesses is increasing. How and when that increase is going to be paid for will have to be decided soon as it's not a subject that's going away anytime soon. 
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of Jan. 29
Kechi police reports
    Jan. 19 through 25
Park City police reports
    Jan. 19 through 25
Valley Center police and fire reports
    Jan. 19 through 25
Recreation League
VCRC basketball
    Jan. 24 games
4-H report
    Valley Victors
    Week of Jan.29
Honor rolls
    Valley Center High School: First Semester 2014-15
Hornets off to McPherson for the Mid America Classic Randy Fisher
    For its January tournament last year, Valley Center's girls went east to El Dorado, where they placed second at the Lady Cat Classic. That was their best finish at an in-season tournament since back-to-back championships 10 years ago in the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazer Shootout.
Hornets take down 2 ranked teams Chris Strunk
    Valley Center 2-2 at tough Emporia duals tournament
Maize South runs to its first Jam title Randy Fisher
    After slogging their way to a win in the first round of the 32nd annual January Jam, the Maize South Mavericks kicked things up a couple of notches.
    Jan. 29 through Feb. 7
School menus
    Feb. 2 through 6
Second straight fourth-place Jam finish for Valley Center Randy Fisher
    In some respects, the 32nd annual January Jam resembled the 31st annual event for Valley Center. Both years the Hornets followed an opening win with a pair of losses and finished fourth.
VCMS boys sweep Rose Hill, fall to Derby The News staff
    The Valley Center Middle School boys' basketball teams swept Rose Hill on the road Jan. 26 and were swept by Derby at home Jan. 22.
VCMS girls split with Rose Hill and Derby The News staff
    Last week, Valley Center Middle School girls played on either two or three days. All four teams played Jan. 22 at Derby and Jan. 26 at home against Rose Hill. In between those dates, both “B" teams played Jan. 24 in a tournament at Eisenhower.
Sheriff's reports
    Jan. 18 through 24
Valley Center
Cheer coach charged with felony theft Chris Strunk
    Accused of stealing from jr. cheerleading
    Jury returns verdict
Police begin fix-it tix protocol Chris Strunk
    Cops can track repairs
Police try to determine who started grass fire Chris Strunk
    Valley Center investigators are fairly certain the grass fire near West Elementary School on North Sheridan on Jan. 24 was started by someone playing with a cigarette lighter, but they aren't sure who started it.
Race for mayor set with two hopefuls Chris Strunk
    Candidates sign up for city, school elections
Valley Center playwright reaches big stage Chris Strunk
    His “Men and Women Talking Love and Sex" is running at the Davenport Theatre Off Broadway in New York City through Valentine's Day. It opened Oct. 30 and was extended twice.
Vehicle hits city public works truck Chris Strunk
    A Valley Center public works employee was taken to the hospital for evaluation after the city truck he was in was struck from behind by another vehicle in the 1100 block of South Meridian Jan. 27.

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