July 9, 2015
    Week of July 9
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    What are you teaching at home?
South Korea native to pastor local church Chris Strunk
    Ju, the new pastor at First United Methodist Church in Valley Center, started his ministry here on July 5 with a sermon series titled, “Shall We Dance?"
Valley Center Municipal Court
    June 2015 dispositions
Bel Aire
Fire heavily damages Bel Aire home  David Dinell
    An early morning fire on July 5 caused extensive damage to a house in the 5600 block of East 48th Circle North in Bel Aire. The seven occupants were able to escape the blaze, which destroyed the garage and the majority of the roof.
Fireworks rules appear to be effective David Dinell
    The Bel Aire City Council discussed fireworks during its July 7 meeting. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    July 10 through 16
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Adult reading challenges still underway
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    We need more shoppers like Mary
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Movies, TV shows mirror our lives
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    Boyd D. DuBois, 71, Valley Center, died July 2, 2015. He was a farmer and stockman.
    Rhonda Sue Bender, 51, of Halstead, died July 4, 2015. She was a paraeducator, having worked for Heartspring and the Sedgwick County Cooperative.
    Willard E. Thiessen, 94, of Whitewater, died July 5, 2015. He was a farmer and stockman.
Valley celebrated 4th safely
    Despite a few complaints, residents here celebrated the Fourth of July safely.
    Week of July 9
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of July 9
Letters to the Editor
Who is ‘older’?
    In response to The News' recent supplement in which it highlighted accomplishments of senior citizens, I have penned the following poem. I hope it is sufficiently explanatory and will reflect the adverse impression I have of the title of your feature.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of July 9
Park City
Business opens to teach Tae Kwon Do, self-confidence David Dinell
    Currently, Dahilig is holding lessons at 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. The lessons cost about $60 a month and Dahilig said he reimburses the cost of a uniform with a three-month commitment. The group uses one area of the facility, which has soft green mat-like surfaces that make it suitable for the sessions.
Park City’s Salute to Freedom
    Park City hosted its annual Fourth of July celebration Salute to Freedom July 4.
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of July 9
Kechi police reports
    June 29 through July 5
Park City police reports
    June 29 through July 2
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    June 29 through July 5
Recreation League
81 Speedway
    July 4 results
Dominics team up for tennis The News staff
    Dominic Phillips and Dominic Santiago, both seventh-graders at Valley Center Middle School, won the Valley Center Recreation Commission Tennis Camp Tournament July 2.
Heights League standings
    Updated July 5
Hornet football camp
    Keyon Saunders and other Valley Center High School football players celebrate during drills July 6 at the District Stadium.
Sheriff's reports
    June 28 through July 4
Valley Center
City balances costs with demand at splash pad Chris Strunk
    Water conservation part of city's strategy
City issues 26 permits in June The News staff
    The City of Valley Center issued 26 roofing permits in June for a valuation of $180,618.
Fire destroys family's mobile home Chris Strunk
    The blaze appeared to have started on the outside deck and spread into the home. It's unclear what caused the fire.
Roadwork continues despite the rain Chris Strunk
    Work on the reconstruction project continued in the muddy conditions. It was too early to tell this week how much the rain affected the project's overall timetable.
SaBo moves across street Chris Strunk
    The five-year-old Valley Center business moved across the street to 318 S. Meridian from the Hometown Plaza. It re-opened on July 7.
Valley’s finances in good shape, auditor says Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center City Council heard a report from the auditor during its July 7 meeting at City Hall. The auditing firm looked at the city's 2014 books.

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