April 16, 2015
    Week of April 16
Hope and hilarity
    Charlie  is now  famous
Bel Aire
Bel Aire refinances bonds to save $500,000 David Dinell
    Most people would jump at the chance to save money — especially more than a half million dollars. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    April 17 through 23
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Read during National Library Week
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Joyland was a magical place for kids
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    April: a time to enjoy the outdoors
    Dorothy M. Davison, 94, of Wichita, died April 8, 2015. She was retired chief deputy of the Sedgwick County Court of Common Pleas.
    Elizabeth Kay (Davis) Mumma, 50, of Goddard, died April 7, 2015. She was a homemaker.
    Lynn Claude Ranney, 75, of Wichita, died April 6, 2015. He was a retired auto mechanic with KBS Motors.
    Margaret Nan Kaegi, 83, of Derby, died April 4, 2015. She was retired from Boeing after 23 years of service. She also had worked as the executive secretary of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce from 1970-1978.
    Priscilla “Peg" Kleymann, 90, of Tribune, died April 10, 2015. She was a farm wife, having also worked for Boeing Aircraft.
    Robert Brice “Bob" Stanek, 90, of Valley Center, died April 8, 2015. He was a retired pharmacist.
    Ruth Wichman Moon, of De Soto, formerly of Valley Center, died April 18, 2015.
    Tobbie Jean (Kelley) Callaway, 43, of Valley Center, died April 10, 2015. She was a receptionist for Farmer's Insurance.
    William Ball, 66, Haysville, died April 7, 2015. He was a retired Park City police chief.
    William Curtis Hipp, 55, of Sedgwick, died April 6, 2015. He was a graduate of Sedgwick High School.
    Wilma Lucile (Moormann) Weichman, 89, of Valley Center, died April 11, 2015. She was a homemaker.
Let’s put annexing issues behind us
    The final chapter in the City of Valley Center's long and bumpy history with forced annexation has been written. Properties annexed in 2007 on the west side of Valley Center will stay in the city, the Sedgwick County Commission ruled last week.
Engagements & Weddings
Jessica Dyan Hensley and Wade Garrick Davis
    David and Cheryl Hensley of Valley Center announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Dyan Hensley, to Wade Garrick Davis, son of Gary and Lesley Davis of Park City.
    Week of April 16
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of April 16
Kechi Fair looking for fresh faces, new ideas  David Dinell
    After 30 years of being an integral part of the Kechi Fair, chairperson Naomi Fultz is ready for a break. Along with an increase in funding, she made a plea at the April 9 meeting of the Kechi City Council for more help. This will probably be the last year for the fair, she said, unless there's more volunteer help. 
Kechi sending unpaid court fines to collections  David Dinell
    The city council approved a new contract April 9 that allows an outside agency to seek money from delinquent court fines. It's part of the city's effort to watch expenses and bring in the revenue that it can. At stake is $25,887 through 127 outstanding court cases, most involving traffic tickets. Not a huge amount in the scheme of a multi-million dollar budget, but, as the city's finance director and treasurer, Nicole Bailey, pointed out, it's money that is legally the city's — and every penny counts. 
Letters to the Editor
Annexation hearing skirts issues
    Some Valley Center citizens attended a de-annexation hearing April 8 before the Sedgwick County commissioners and Mr. Pile.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of April 16
Park City
New building would mean more jobs in Park City David Dinell
    A plan by Air Capitol Delivery & Warehouse owner Lou Robelli would mean at least 25 to 30 new jobs in Park City during the next year.
Oklahoma man arrested in murder case David Dinell
    An Oklahoma man has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder in the death of Dale Childress. Childress' body was found Feb. 15 on the north side of the road in the 3900 block of East 69th North, which is between Oliver and Hillside.  
Tasty Coffee Bean opens David Dinell
    The business is a partnership between Penny Roths and her daughter, Crystal Arnold. 
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of April 16
Kechi police reports
    April 6 through 12
Park City police reports
    April 3 through 12
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    April 6 through 12
District’s first Superstars from the middle school Chris Strunk
    In a new recognition system for the Valley Center school district, teacher Carlos Marquez and custodian Brentt Busch received the awards April 13. Both work at the middle school.
Four win track titles at Pre-state Challenge Chris Strunk
    Several Hornets competed at the Wichita State University Pre-state Challenge April 10 and 11, and four of them brought home titles in five events.
    Week of April 16
Hornets enter league play on winning streak Taylor Messick
    Valley 5-1 after beating Campus and Hutchinson
Late run gives Hornets league split with Andover Central Randy Fisher
    A seventh-inning single by Zach Williams chased home Ryan Garcia with the winning run as Valley Center edged Andover Central 2-1. That gave the Hornets a split of their April 14 league doubleheader at Stevens Field after the Jaguars won the first game 6-1. Valley is now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Middle school track team competes at Augusta, Prairie Hills and Andover Central The News staff
    At Augusta, the seventh-grade boys were fourth, eighth-grade boys third, seventh-grade girls third and eighth-grade girls third.
New hoops coach has basketball in his blood Randy Fisher
    A graduate of Moundridge High School and Bethel College, Ty Unrau achieved all-state status playing high school basketball. His younger brother, Trey, also earned all-state honors and is Moundridge's all-time leading scorer. They both played for their father, Vance, a multiple state-championship coach.
School chooses new recognition for grads Chris Strunk
    The school board on April 13 approved a cum laude honor system that is based on GPA. Graduates with GPAs of 3.5 to 3.6 will be designated as cum laude, 3.7 to 3.8 magna cum laude and 3.9 and higher summa cum laude.
School menus
    April 20 through 24
Softball team sweeps Andover Central Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center High School softball team improved to 4-2 with a home double-header sweep of Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League II foe Andover Central on April 13.
Valley Center High School golf teams in full swing David Dinell
    After the varsity's performance April 14 in Newton at Sand Creek Station with a team score of 361, coach Mike McCormick is pleased with the team's progress.
Valley Center Middle School tennis splits a pair of duals The News staff
    Valley Center Middle School won its first dual meet of the year April 13 against Haysville Middle School. The Hornets won 15 of 22 total matches, including 11 of 15 singles matches and split eight doubles matches.
Valley Center tennis wins quad, places low at Andover invite Randy Fisher
    It was just another day at the office for the Valley Center High School tennis team at the Campus Varsity Quad, played April 14 at the Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita. The Hornets easily won the event, amassing a perfect 16 points by winning all four divisions.
Sheriff's reports
    April 5 through 11
Valley Center
County denies request to de-annex Chris Strunk
    Chairman calls it a sad day
District to recoup costs with fee hikes Chris Strunk
    It will cost some families more money to send their children to school in Valley Center next year.
Meridian reconstruction enters fifth week Chris Strunk
    Roadwork continued in the heart of Valley Center this week as the $6.5 million Ford and Meridian reconstruction project entered its fifth week. In its weekly update, the city said things have been progressing on the project.
Police respond to window-peeping call Chris Strunk
    Valley Center police will be keeping an eye on the Brookfield Apartments, looking for a man accused of window-peeping.
School board selects new logo Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center school district has a new Hornet logo, but it may be a while before it can be fully utilized.
Stuck truck shuts down street Chris Strunk
    A Fed Ex 18-wheeler got its back wheels stuck in a ditch at Ramsey and Ford (77th North) in Valley Center this morning (April 17), blocking traffic in an already construction-induced congested downtown area.
‘Arabian Nights’
    Valley Center High School prom
‘The Things They Carried Home’ workshop May 3 at library The News staff
    The Friends of the Valley Center Public Library, the Valley Center Historical and Cultural Society, and the Little Arkansas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a preservation workshop by Jami Frazier Tracy at 2 p.m. May 3 at the Valley Center Public Library, 321 W. First. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Valley Center Public Library at 755-7350 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

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