February 19, 2015
    Week of Feb. 16
Bel Aire
Bel Aire council approves 37th reconstruction David Dinell
    The one-mile stretch of road between Woodlawn and Oliver will be expanded from two lanes to three, resurfaced and finished with curb and gutter. The project was given a green light from the Bel Aire City Council Feb. 17, which voted 5-0 to approve it. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Feb. 20 through 25
From Topeka Carolyn McGinn
    Compliments to House for transparency measure
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Search for new materials at library
In the kitchen Lisa Strunk
    Basketball game, lunch, shopping for Valentine's Day
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Congrats to former VC pitcher
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Kansas is bountiful, fruitful state
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    Howard Marvin Knight, 94, of Wichita, died Feb. 15, 2015. He was a retired building contractor and farmer.
    Janet Lee (Craig) Cordell, 80, died Feb. 10, 2015. She was a homemaker.
    Lee William Schlarb, 79, of Valley Center, died Feb. 12, 2015. He was a retired U.S. Air Force and food service supervisor.
Right to push forward on project
    But we applaud city leaders for not throwing up their hands and giving up. We encourage them to continue sharpening their pencils to make sure the finances work to make this project a reality.
    Week of Feb. 19
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of Feb. 19
Kechi formally adopts comprehensive plan  David Dinell
    The City of Kechi now officially has a blueprint for its future — all the way to 2040. The city council approved the 2015-2040 Kechi Comprehensive Plan at its Feb. 12 meeting. Adoption of the plan — spelled out in a 92-page, 10-chapter document — was recommended by City Administrator Bob Conger and the city's planning commission. 
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of Feb. 19
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of Feb. 19
Kechi police reports
    Feb. 9 through 15
Park City police reports
    Feb. 8 through 15
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    Feb. 9 through 15
Recreation League
VCRC basketball
    Feb. 14 games
21 cheer, dance teams compete at Rally The News staff
    Participating schools included Andale High School cheer, Andover Central High School cheer, Andover Middle School cheer, Augusta High School cheer and dance, Augusta Middle School cheer, Bishop Carroll High School cheer, Campus High School cheer, El Dorado High School cheer, Halstead High School cheer, Highland Park High School dance, Hutchinson High School cheer, Maize High School cheer, McPherson High School cheer, Mulvane Middle School cheer, Newton High School dance, Piper High School dance, Valley Center High School cheer and dance, Valley Center Middle School cheer, and Winfield High School dance.
Burks signs to play golf at Kansas City school Randy Fisher
    In buying real estate, some say the most important thing to consider is location. For Logan Burks, location was an important factor in deciding where he would play golf next year. He signed a letter of intent Feb. 13 to play at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., a place that offers a lot with its location.
Football players extend their careers Chris Strunk
    Alec Wetig committed to Garden City Community College. Zach White and Chance Sowers signed to play at Hutchinson Community College.
    Week of Feb. 19
Hornets end losing streak at home Randy Fisher
    Valley Center  4-13 overall and  3-6 in league
School menus
    Feb. 23 through 27
VCMS 7th-graders win league tourney The News staff
    Kassie Kinniburgh hit the game-winning shot with just seconds to play, as the seventh-graders eked out a 31-29 victory over top-seeded Goddard. It was Valley's 12th win of the season against four losses.
VCMS wrestlers remain perfect The News staff
    The Valley Center Middle School wrestling squad continued to roll during the past week.
Valley Center wins JV league tournament Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center High School junior varsity wrestling team won the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League tournament Feb. 14 at VCHS.
Valley downs Ark City, loses to Andover Central Randy Fisher
    Hornets improve to 7-10 overall, 4-5 in the league
West students, staff part of JAM world record The News staff
    They were part of the JAM School Program's record-setting JAM.
Sheriff's reports
    Feb. 8 through 14
Valley Center
Police looking for illegal ATV rider The News staff
    Valley Center police are looking for a person riding an ATV illegally in alleys and on city streets.
Police respond to business disputes The News staff
    It's not often that Valley Center police are called to settle disputes between local businesses and customers.
Quick fix for smell in high school gym The News staff
    A foul smell forced the evacuation of Valley Center High School's main gymnasium Feb. 13 and officials discovered a problem with the school's sewer venting system.
Residents address shared facility Chris Strunk
    Architects putting together a proposed community center sought input from Valley Center residents, and they heard several ideas.
‘Cultures of America’ The News staff
    Valley Center High School celebrates winter homecoming

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