May 7, 2015
    Week of May 7
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    Happy day for mother
Bel Aire
Bel Aire’s housing market heats up  David Dinell
    Spring is traditionally the time of year for increased activity in the housing market — and this year is no exception in Bel Aire. April was a particularly active month as the city recorded permits for 16 new housing starts with a total value of more than $3 million, according to City Administrator Ty Lasher, who reported the figures at the May 5 city council meeting. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    May 8 through 14
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Book sale now through Saturday
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    We all have our likes and dislikes
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    Betty Jane (Girrens) Showalter, 87, died April 29, 2015. She was a retired certified nurse assistant with Via Christi St. Francis.
    Carolyn J. Barbour, 71, died April 29, 2105. She was retired from the controller's office at Wichita State University.
    Diana Jo (Thompson) Curry, 69, of Joplin, Mo., formerly of Valley Center, died May 2, 2015. She most recently worked as a secretary at The Touch Up Shop in Joplin.
    Donald “Don" I. Davis, 98, died April 29, 2015.
    Ernest Eugene Roberts, 80, of Valley Center, died May 7, 2015. He was the owner of Roberts TV & Appliance and a former Cessna Aircraft supervisor.
    Glenn “Pete" PanKratz, 73, died April 30, 2015. He had worked in the aircraft industry for both Yingling Aircraft and AirParts.
    Greg Allen Hughes, 60, died May 2, 2015. He was a retired Boeing aircraft machinist.
    Linda Sue (Kane) Gouvion, 58, died April 28, 2015.
Grads get good start in Valley
    Valley Center will send out another batch of young people into the world this weekend as students in the Class of 2015 walk across the stage, grab their diplomas, shake a few hands and turn their tassels as graduates of Valley Center High School.
    Week of May 7
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of May 7
Letters to the Editor
Great things ahead for school district
    Many readers of The Ark Valley News may have been surprised to read the headline last week, “Superintendent a finalist for Maize job." In fact, it feels a bit surreal to me even today.
Sidewalk petition appears invalid
    One article and one comment in the April 30 edition of The Ark Valley News concerned the sidewalk project for Fieldstone, Clover and Goff Road. What was not stated in either is the petition in question was taken on an Internet site and meets none of the criteria of a legitimate petition. There were no signatures, other than that of school kids, which are not valid for the petition, and not one signature nor address listed as required by state statutes.
Take a step back with sidewalk
    My wife, Diana, and I have lived at 105 W. Goff Road for nearly 27 years. We built one of the first homes in the Valley Meadows subdivision.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of May 7
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of May 7
Kechi police reports
    April 27 through May 4
Park City police reports
    April 25 through 30
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    April 27 through May 3
Golfers struggle against top talent David Dinell
    In the morning session at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Valley Center finished 14 out of 15 teams with a 386. In afternoon play, this time at Hesston Golf Park, the Hornets again placed 14th, this time with a slight improvement, recording a 372. Overall, Valley Center had a 758 for 14th place. 
    Week of May 7
Hornets second in league tennis tournament Randy Fisher
    A second-place finish in the tough Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League II tennis tournament is nothing to sneeze at. But Valley Center High School coach Dean Schulz felt the Hornets should have won it.
Hornets snap losing streak with win in extra innings Randy Fisher
    A win May 5 at Goddard snapped the Valley Center High School baseball team's losing streak, which reached eight games following a pair of losses to Maize South at home May 1. With the second game rained out against the Lions, the Hornets are now 5-10 overall and 2-7 in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League II action.
Middle school track team competes well at Prairie Hills The News staff
    The seventh-grade boys fared the best with a fourth-place team finish. The eighth-grade girls were fifth, the seventh-grade girls sixth and the eighth-grade boys seventh.
Scholarship highlights
    Valley Center High School Class of 2015
School menus
    May 11 through 15
Valley Center High School senior recognition awards
    Class of 2015
Valley Center Middle School tennis finishes home schedule with Andover Central The News staff
    It was a tough time for Valley Center as it  hosted Andover Central on April 30. The Hornets won just two matches, both singles, out of 21 total regular matches against the Jaguars.
Valley Center boys track second at Mac meet Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center High School boys' track team had its best meet of the year and fell just four points shy of capturing the McPherson Invitational May 1.
Valley Center soccer team splits league games Taylor Messick
    With four games left in the season, and one left inside Division II of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League, the Valley Center High School soccer team has fallen just short of a share of the league title. The girls performed well in their last two outings, facing a couple opponents of drastically different calibers in Ark City and Maize South.
Valley sweeps Maize South, drops game at Goddard Chris Strunk
    The Hornets are 10-5 overall and 7-2 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League II.
Vals and sals
    VCHS Class of 2015
Vocal music students recognized at final concert The News staff
    The madrigals were recognized for receiving a I rating at contests.
Sheriff's reports
    April 26 through May 2
Valley Center
City pushing to open Meridian this week Chris Strunk
    Meridian is expected to reopen to through traffic this week as the $6.5 million road reconstruction project in Valley Center entered its eighth week with promises of big changes ahead in the next several days.
Gibson staying in Valley Chris Strunk
    After a few restless nights last week, Gibson decided to withdraw from the search for the next superintendent of the Maize school district and remain superintendent in Valley Center.
Houses to be razed The News staff
    The City of Valley Center issued 20 roofing and building permits during April for a total valuation of $94,723. Of that number, one was for a swimming pool and two were for the demolition of two houses, one at 1040 S. Meridian and the other at 1050 S. Meridian. City officials said nearby Magellen purchased the properties with possible expansion plans.
Residents oppose plan for sidewalk Chris Strunk
    Three residents who live on Goff, a major road through the subdivision, told the Valley Center City Council May 5 that the project would force the removal of mature trees, disrupt underground sprinkler systems, alter driveways and shrink the size of their front yards, costing the homeowners a lot of money.
School board to meet May 11 The News staff
    The Valley Center school board will meet at 7 p.m. May 11 at the District Office.
Year ends on high note Chris Strunk
    Mass Band Concert

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