May 21, 2015
    Week of May 21
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    Children are God's gifts to us
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    May 22 through 28
    Week of May 21
From Topeka Carolyn McGinn
    Legislative session goes into extra innings
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    No fine on material returned by May 30
In the kitchen Lisa Strunk
    Busy couple of weeks before school ends
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Time of the year for goodbyes
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    School is out and kids will be busy
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    Betty J. Jackson, of Andover, died May 9, 2015.
    Ernest Thomas Clark, 98, of Valley Center, died May 12, 2015. He was a retired minister and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Valley Center.
    Jesse Allen Johnston, 76, of Newton, died May 8, 2015. He was retired from Beech Aircraft after 34 years.
    Mildred (Mills) Warner, 102, formerly of Valley Center, died May 9, 2015.
    Robert “Bob" Kennedy Truman, 82, of Valley Center, died May 15, 2015. He was a retired supervisor with KG&E. He also had delivered for Moore's Flowers and Meals on Wheels.
    Virginia Mae Youngblood, 91, died May 13, 2015. She was a retired office manager with Springdale Plumbing Company.
Good to see building activity
    In Valley Center, a new duplex complex in the city's northwest corner is one of the bright spots. We're sure those rental properties will have a lasting impact on the city's population, helping Valley Center to grow.
    Week of May 21
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of May 21
Kechi council sets goals for next year David Dinell
    With the intent of using time effectively and making progress toward mapping out the city's future, the Kechi City Council approved a set of goals for 2016 at its May 14 meeting. The goals do not stand for everything the council has requested of city staff to accomplish, but it takes into account “enhancement projects" and objectives to be tackled as time permits, according to City Administrator Bob Conger.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of May 21
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of May 21
Kechi police reports
    May 11 through 17
Park City police reports
    May 4 through 17
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    May 11 through 17
Recreation League
81 Speedway
    May 17 results
Hornet baseball postponed
    Valley Center High School baseball's regional tournament game against Maize South was postponed because of the weather. The Hornets (6-11) were scheduled to play the Mavericks on May 19. That game was rescheduled to 2 p.m. May 21, still at Maize South High School.
Hornet softball seeded seventh at state Randy Fisher
    Valley Center opens against Topeka Seaman at 5 p.m. May 28.
Hornets advance to second round of regionals Taylor Messick
    The Hornets defeated Goddard 2-0 in the first round May 19.
Hornets earn trip to state tournament Randy Fisher
    Before the season started, many folks probably thought the Valley Center High School softball team was too young and too inexperienced to make it to state. You could include coach Corey Jones in that group.
Middle school does well at league track The News staff
    The Valley Center Middle School track team finished the season at the Pioneer League Division II meet May 12 in Augusta.
Retiring teachers, employees
    Nine calling it a career in Valley Center
Senior eighth at state tennis tournament Randy Fisher
    Fellow seniors Triston Herbst and Nathan Jones missed the medal matches of the doubles draw.
Senior qualifies for state golf David Dinell
    For most of the Valley Center High School boys' golf team, the season has come to a close. But for senior Logan Burks, who has excelled in recent weeks, there's one more chance to make an impact on the links. That's because he qualified for the state tournament by shooting an 87 at 5A regional play May 18 at Salina Municipal Golf Course.
Students, staff wish counselor well Chris Strunk
    Glenn, a U.S. Navy reservist, will leave in June for a year-long military deployment to Djibouti, Africa, which will take him away from the school for the entire 2015-16 school year.
Valley wins first league track title Chris Strunk
    Boys win 5 events, get points in all areas at AVCTL
Sheriff's reports
    May 10 through 16
Valley Center
City swimming pool to open this weekend The News staff
    The Valley Center public swimming pool in Lions Park will open for the season at noon May 23 (weather permitting). Entry fee is waived on opening day.
Detective named state officer of the year Chris Strunk
    Jay Grayson, a detective with the Valley Center Police Department, was named the American Legion Kansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He received the recognition during a ceremony at the legion's state convention May 16 in Topeka.
Gang-like graffiti painted on vehicles Chris Strunk
    Officers responded to reports of vandalism May 14 in the new Ridgefield subdivision on North Redbud. Four vehicles had been tagged with spay paint. Three of the vehicles had the word “FOLK" written on them. Folk is an alliance of street gangs originating from the Chicago area.
House appears out of nowhere Chris Strunk
    City razes house behind trees
Main, Meridian intersection opens Chris Strunk
    The good news: The Main and Meridian intersection, which has been closed since March 23, re-opened on May 20, allowing northbound and southbound traffic through the construction zone. The bad: The project got more expensive, more complicated and no less inconvenient for drivers and shoppers in the city's main retail area.
Mother and son avoid death penalty David Dinell
    Schaberg, 36, and Bluml, 20, were accused of shooting and killing Melissa and Roger Bluml Nov. 15, 2013, outside their rural Valley Center home. It was an attempt to collect on assets that Anthony Bluml believed he could obtain from their estate. He is the adoptive son of the murdered couple. 

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