August 6, 2015
    Week of Aug. 6
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    Dented trombone can go a long way
Bel Aire
Bel Aire council establishes land bank David Dinell
    The Bel Aire City Council approved the creation of a new entity called a land bank, which will hold and manage the city's raw land. The move, which is allowed under state law and came at the council's Aug. 4 meeting, is projected to save the city about $17,000, said Mayor David Austin. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Aug. 7 through 13
    Week of Aug. 6
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Summer wraps up with swim party
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Why does Ranzau act so mean?
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Enjoying coffee chats, Bible study
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    Buddy E. Miller, 70, of Pittsfield, Ill., died July 28, 2015. He was a mechanic, welder and body man in Beardstown, Ill., and Rushville, Ill.
    Kristina Kae Traylor, 53, daughter of Klint R. Traylor and Mary Churchill Saxion, was born Aug. 7, 1961, at Fredonia and died July 21, 2015, in Hazelton.
    Mary Kathryn Johnson died July 21, 2015.
    Sharon Gayle Ross, 70, died July 29, 2015, at home.
Slow growth puts burden on taxpayers
    Sure, taxable property in north Sedgwick County has continued to increase. Except for one year, assessed valuation in the Valley Center school district's boundaries, for example, has grown each year since at least 2004.
    Week of Aug. 6
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of Aug. 6
City of Kechi receives A+ rating The News staff
    In its first-ever rating application, the City of Kechi received an A+ rating by Standard and Poor's Rating Services.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of Aug. 6
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of Aug. 6
Kechi police reports
    July 27 through Aug. 1
Park City police reports
    July 27 through Aug. 1
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    July 27 through Aug. 2
Baby steps
    The Valley Center High School marching band practices footwork and timing during band camp this week at the District Stadium.
    Week of Aug. 6
School menus
    Aug. 13 through 19
Sheriff's reports
    July 26 through Aug. 1
Valley Center
City council approves budget with flat tax rate Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center City Council on Aug. 4 shot down a proposed property tax increase to support the city's 2016 budget.
City road projects underway Chris Strunk
    Crews were on McLaughlin near the park Aug. 4 completing a mill-and-overlay asphalt project, while large sections of Sheridan were receiving asphalt overlay patches as well.
Just plane good Chris Strunk
    Valley Center pilots reap awards at national show
Rain delays re-opening of Meridian Chris Strunk
    Set to fully open on Aug. 6
Residents seek seat on VCRC The News staff
    Five local residents want to serve on the Valley Center Recreation Commission board of directors.
School district proposes property tax hike Chris Strunk
    The school board on Aug. 3 voted 7-0 to publish a budget for next year that includes an overall property tax mill levy of 62.304 mills, up from 59.894 mills in 2014-15. That's an increase of 2.41 mills. If the budget is approved, the owner of a $150,000 home in the school district will pay about $43 more in taxes next year.

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