April 2, 2015
    Week of April 2
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    The best Easter sermon
Bel Aire
Live hand grenade found in Bel Aire house  David Dinell
    Construction workers at a Bel Aire house in the 5000 block of East Willow Point Road received a surprise during their renovation project: a live grenade fell from the ceiling after they made a hole in the sheetrock.
Man dies in crash on K-254 David Dinell
    The collision happened at 8:33 p.m. March 26 at the intersection of K-254 and Webb Road.  A 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven north on Webb by Nathaniel Watkins failed to yield and entered K-254 where it was struck by a 2013 Scion TC. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    April 2 through 9
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Easter bunny, egg hunt April 4  
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    It's time we make some lemonade
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Kansas cities, counties are unique
    Charles “Charlie" Joseph Wolken, 78, of Park City, died March 29, 2015.
    M. Helen West Andrews, 96, died Jan. 3, 2015. She was a Gold Star Mother.
    Kathleen Annette (Delk) Schmidt, 72, of Park City, died March 25, 2015. She was a retired medical records clerk.
    Ruth Lynn (Morgan) McCollom, 64, of Wichita, died March 19, 2015.
Know the candidates and then go vote
    Local city and school elections have started, and it's your turn to have a voice in what happens in your towns and in your children's schools.
Time to support your local businesses
    Over the years, we've merely suggested that you give local businesses an opportunity to earn your patronage, and then make your own decisions. We believe you'll find that most local businesses offer quality services and merchandise at fair prices in a friendly atmosphere.
    Week of April 2
Valley Center woman to oversee mental health grant The News staff
    Prairie View Inc. has appointed LeeAnne Mullen project coordinator to oversee administration of the recent grant it received from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. The $150,400 grant supports mental health screenings over two years for young children, pregnant women and new mothers in Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties in South Central Kansas.
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of April 2
Council examines Kechi’s insurance costs  David Dinell
    Insurance is a part of life, and that's no different for city government. And like individual citizens, cities often face increased cost for those premiums. That's the situation this year, as the city of Kechi's insurance went from $56,490 to $59,910, a $3,420 increase. 
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of April 2
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of April 2
Kechi police reports
    March 23 through 29
Park City police reports
    March 23 through 27
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    March 23 through 29
Recreation League
81 Speedway
    March 28 results
4-H report
    Valley Victors
Boone receives VC Wrestling Club’s Senior Scholarship Award The News staff
    Valley Center High School senior Jace Boone was given the Valley Center Wrestling Club's Senior Scholarship Award during the VCHS Hornet Wrestling banquet March 26.
Four students qualify for natonal FBLA conference The News staff
    Valley Center High School students participated in the state Future Business Leaders of America leadership conference March 24 and 25. Four qualified for national competition.
    Week of April 2
Hornet softball beats Hays, falls to Derby Chris Strunk
    In the opener March 31, Valley Center hit through the lineup and ended the game early on a 13-1 victory over the visiting Hays Indians.
Hornet tennis wins own invite, doubles teams perfect Randy Fisher
    Valley Center opened its tennis season on a successful note by winning its six-team invitational tournament March 31. Individually, the Hornets' doubles teams did not lose a match in wining both championships. Valley showed some depth as it second-string varsity finished third at both singles.
Hornets sweep pair of non-league home games Taylor Messick
    The Valley Center High School soccer team look to be gaining momentum after racking up two consecutive, emphatic wins under first-year coach, Steen Danielsen. After a season-opener that resulted in a tightly contested 1-0 loss at Newton, the girls have come alive to move to a 2-1 record.
PREVIEW: Experienced seniors, depth key for tennis Randy Fisher
    Last season was somewhat disappointing for the Valley Center High School tennis team. Despite having depth and experience, only one player — then-junior Ray Strunk — qualified for the Class 5A state meet. It was the second straight season in which only one player qualified.
PREVIEW: High expectations for Hornet baseball Randy Fisher
    Valley Center High School has not had a winning baseball season since 2008. Only once since then did it break even, going 11-11 four years ago. But after posting a 9-12 record last season, a winning year could be on the horizon.
PREVIEW: Hornet golf team looks for repeat state appearance Chris Strunk
    Golf — Front from left: Reed Pierce, Riley Johnson, Corbin Alderson, Jaxon Rush, Caleb Isaacs. Second row from left: coach Mike McCormick, Dodger Giffin, Logan Burks, Jacob Yochum, Dayne Hickey. Back from left: Joey Sears, Collin Jensen, Devin Fix, Broc Shafer, Peyton Smith.
PREVIEW: Soccer team seeks success Chris Strunk
    After a lackluster season a year ago — albeit a winning one — the Valley Center High School girls' soccer team is looking for better results in 2015 under first-year head coach Steen Danielsen.
PREVIEW: Softball coach expects growing pains Chris Strunk
    With just one senior and four juniors, the Hornets will field one of the youngest teams in at least four seasons.
PREVIEW: State qualifiers return for track team Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center High School track team will return a variety of state qualifiers and a large number of young athletes looking to jump onto the big stage this season.
School menus
    April 6 through 10
Valley Center wrestlers do well at state The News staff
    Two become state champions.
Valley opens season with split of triangular Randy Fisher
    It was a night of contrasts for the Valley Center High School baseball team, as the Hornets opened their season with a split of a triangular March 30 at Stevens Field. Valley (1-1) came from behind to defeat Hays 7-3 in the first game of the afternoon. In the nightcap, Derby High School broke away and rolled to a convincing 15-2 win.
Sheriff's reports
    March 22 through 28
Valley Center
Church to rise again Chris Strunk
    Historic building nearly closes its doors for good
Communication about road construction project improves Chris Strunk
    In response to growing criticism about the sudden change in the project's timeline on March 23, city and construction officials agreed this week to issue to the public a weekly report on road closures and the progress of the work.
Dove wins race for Valley Center mayor The News staff
    Gregory, Kerstetter win council seats
Election hopefuls answer questions Chris Strunk
    Local races to be decided
Polling location changed
    Due to damage sustained during the recent storm, the polling location at Northside Church of Christ, 4545 N. Meridian will be relocated to the Law Enforcement Training Center, 2235 W. 37th St. North.
Valley Center school building earns coveted Energy Star certification The News staff
    Wheatland Elementary School has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

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