March 19, 2015
    Week of March 19
Bel Aire
Bel Aire police adds vehicles to its fleet David Dinell
    A couple of new recruits will be joining the Bel Aire Police Department. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    March 20 through 26
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Time for March Book Madness
In the kitchen Lisa Strunk
    They're on the downhill slide to graduation
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Enjoy traveling Kansas roads
    Donald Lewis Kutilek, 89, of Wichita, died March 15, 2015. He was a retired cattle order buyer and commodity broker.
    Dorothy Amy Seibel, 94, of North Newton, died March 15, 2015.
    John Gordon Parker, 79, of Wichita, died March 16, 2015. He was a retired Welch and Four Seasons dry cleaner owner.
    Kenneth Allen Baker, 62, of Sedgwick, died March 14, 2015. He was AMG Specialty Hospital director of operations. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
    Marian May (Skaggs) Droegemeier, 90, of Russell, formerly of Valley Center, died March 20, 2015. She was an assistant librarian for 20 years at West and Abilene elementary schools in Valley Center.
    Nancy Elizabeth “Betty" Perry, 89, of Inman, died March 8, 2015.
    Phyllis RoJean (Riggs) Hainline, 86, of Newton and formerly of Park City, died March 16, 2015. She was a retired trucking company sales, bookkeeper and owner.
Patience required during roadwork
    We encourage Valley Center drivers to use caution over the next few months while construction crews work to re-do Meridian, Ramsey and Ford streets in the heart of the city.
    Week of March 19
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of March 19
Kechi OKs purchase of electronic sign  David Dinell
    Kechi will soon have a large electronic message sign on the south side of City Hall. Precise details of its size and cost have yet to be determined, but the city council made it clear at its March 12 meeting that it wants the project to happen, voting 5-0 to approve it. 
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of March 19
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of March 19
Kechi police reports
    March 6 through 15
Park City police reports
    March 9 through 11
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    March 9 through 15
Five named to all-league basketball The News staff
    Despite lackluster seasons by both the boys and girls basketball teams at Valley Center, five players were named to Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League II all-league teams.
    Week of March 19
Honor rolls
    Valley Center Middle School
Nine wrestlers named all-league Chris Strunk
    Two were named to the league's second team, while seven were given honorable mention.
School menus
    March 23 through 27
Students do well at state chess meet The News staff
    The Valley Center elementary chess team participated in state competition March 14 in Wichita.
‘Excited for this season’: spring sports to start Chris Strunk
    The first contest will be March 24, a high school soccer game at Newton.
Sheriff's reports
    March 8 through 15
Valley Center
City mulls alcohol at community building Chris Strunk
    The council — with the deciding vote cast by Mayor Mike McNown — gave first-round approval March 17 to an ordinance that would amend the city's ban on alcohol consumption on all city property.
Cyclist killed in wreck on Broadway Chris Strunk
    Park City police said Kenneth A. Baker, 62, died after his motorcycle collided with a truck in the intersection about 3:30 p.m.
Danny too shy to be in schools Chris Strunk
    After just a week on the job, Danny, Valley Center's first-ever drug dog, was replaced last week with Max, a more outgoing Czechoslovakian yellow Labrador.
Gaming machines at Spirits burglarized The News staff
    Valley Center police are investigating a burglary that took place March 15 at Spirits Pub, 231 E. Main.
Record not as easy as pi Chris Strunk
    Guiness to evaluate Valley's human chain
Road reconstruction project gets started Chris Strunk
    The $6.5 million reconstruction of Ford, Ramsey and Meridian started March 16 and is expected to end in October.
Work closes Main and Meridian intersection
    Through May

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