September 17, 2015
    Week of Sept. 17
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    Ready for the rapture?
Bel Aire
Bel Aire cell tower is voted down  David Dinell
    A proposal to construct a 170-foot cell phone tower west of Sunrise Christian Academy, at 5450 E. 45th North, was voted down by a 3-2 vote Sept. 15 by the Bel Aire City Council. Members Ramona Becker, Guy MacDonald and Betty Martine voted against the proposal and Peggy O'Donnell and Mayor David Austin voted for it. 
    Week of Sept. 17
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Use your library card to read an E-book
In the kitchen Lisa Strunk
    Taking advantage of a redecorating mood
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Of belated award, math that doesn't add up
The View from Sunflower Gardens
    Grandparents' Day was special
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    Darleen JoAnn Kelly, 82, Derby, died Sept. 7, 2015. She was a retired clerk from the U.S Postal Service.
    Edson Gibson, 88, Valley Center, died Sept. 9, 2015. He was the retired owner of Lee's Barbershop.
    Herman E. Youngblood, 80, died Sept. 10, 2015. He was a retired master plumber and former owner of Springdale Plumbing Company.
    Rodger B. Epley, 76, formerly of Valle Center, died Sept. 16, 2015.
    Steven Richard Gray, 59, Kechi, died Sept. 11, 2015. He was retired from the maintenance department of the Coleman Company after 27 years.
Take time for runup to vote on bond issue
    The school board this week took its first formal step toward setting a vote on a bond issue for school improvements. The vote could come as early as February 2016, but it likely will land in May or early June.
    Week of Sept. 17
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of Sept. 17
Staffing changes in store for Kechi police David Dinell
    A search is underway for a new Kechi police officer. Officer Seth Louks has submitted his resignation and his last day will be Sept. 19, chief John Blevins informed the Kechi City Council at its Sept. 10 meeting.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of Sept. 17
Park City
Variety the rule at Paak Ratz David Dinell
    Couple opens unique shop in Park City
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of Sept. 17
    Sept. 18 through 24
Kechi police reports
    Sept. 7 through 13
Park City police reports
    Sept. 5 through 13
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    Sept. 7 through 13
Recreation League
FOOTBALL PICKS: Victory takes win in first week The News staff
    Week 2 picks listed
Junior Hornet football
    Sept. 12 games
VCRC flag football
Enrollment up by 34 students Chuck Terrill
    As of Sept. 9, the 2015-16 enrollment, which won't be audited by the state until later this month, was 2,864. The 2014-15 enrollment was 2,830, making a difference of 34 students.
Girls’ cross country returns to winning ways David Dinell
    The girls are back in town — the Hornet girls, that is. That means good news for Valley Center High School cross country fans and some steep competition for their opponents.
HORNET FOOTBALL: Hornets win second straight Chris Strunk
    Valley Center 35, Newton 14
    Week of Sept. 17
Hornet golfers battle tough teams at tournament  David Dinell
    With strong winds and oppressive heat, conditions were not favorable for golf at the Valley Center tournament Sept. 15 at Hesston Golf Park. 
Hornets drop one, tie another in OT matches Taylor Messick
    The Hornets believe they have come through their latest home stand as a better team after playing two straight tough opponents down to the wire. The boys dropped a heart-breaking Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League I matchup 2-1 against Andover Sept. 10, but bounced back to earn a 2-2 tie against a talented Derby team on Sept. 15.
Local group hosts cursive contest for area students The News staff
    The Little Arkansas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is conducting a penmanship contest for area fifth- through eighth-grade students.
School menus
    Sept. 21 through 25
Scouts make benches for horse rescue The News staff
    The Girl Scouts painted benches and placed them around the training arena for folks to sit and watch horses during their activities. This was part of the scouts' Bronze Award project.
Tennis team fares well in road meets Randy Fisher
    The Valley Center Hig School tennis team played in two tournaments last week. The Hornets were at Salina Central Sept. 12 and Wichita Collegiate Sept. 10.
VCMS football takes one from Andover Central The News staff
    The Valley Center Middle School football teams competed against Andover Central during the past week.
VCMS runners start with home meet The News staff
    The Valley Center Middle School cross country team started the season at a home meet Sept. 10 at the Kansas Pavilions.
VCMS tennis team wins pair of duals The News staff
    The Valley Center Middle School tennis team competed in a dual against Maize South on the road Sept. 10. Valley Center won 17-16.
VCMS volleyball splits with Salina Randy Fisher
    In a dual Sept. 10 at Salina Lakewood, Valley Center Middle School's eighth-grade volleyball teams both won while both seventh-grade teams lost. On Sept. 12, both “A" teams played in a Pioneer League tournament. The eighth-graders were 3-2, while the seventh-graders went 1-3. Each team also played in a triangular Sept. 14, but complete results were not available at news time.
Valley Center sweeps league triangular Randy Fisher
    After starting the season 1-5, the Valley Center High School volleyball team has played a lot of up and down volleyball. In the past week, the Hornets went 6-2. They swept a league triangular Sept. 15 at Ark City and finished second in their own tournament Sept. 12. Valley is now 10-8 overall and 4-1 in AVCTL II.
Valley gets thrilling win at home Chris Strunk
    Hornets seek back-to-back wins as Newton comes to Valley
Sheriff's reports
    Sept. 6 through 12
Valley Center
Arizona woman arrested after handcuffed dispute Chris Strunk
    An Arizona woman was arrested after a domestic dispute at a Valley Center residence last week.
Behind the scenes Chris Strunk
    Most work on the city's stormwater drainage project is taking place beyond the public eye
City to purchase new holiday decorations Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center City Council on Sept. 15 approved the purchase of a couple of dozen light pole holiday decorations to be hung along Main and Meridian.
Defendant in Bluml murders enters plea David Dinell
    Smith could face 24 years in prison
District moves toward vote on bond issue Chris Strunk
    Work would focus on safety and space
Green fees set for new golf course Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center Recreation Commission board this summer approved the green fee prices for the new nine-hole golf course, which is scheduled to open in the spring.
MEDALLION HUNT: It has been found!
    In the city's industrial park
Masseuse doesn’t challenge definition of sex Chris Strunk
    She told The News this week that the manual sexual gratification of a person is considered sex.
Painting is a portrait of historical locations The News staff
    The painting, which features the former Park School as well as the historic former Methodist Church building and the museum house, was donated to the museum by Louanne (Myers) Luehrmann, sister of Pat (Myers) Postlethwait, who is president of the Valley Center Historical Society.
Student in coma after falling at stadium Chris Strunk
    A Valley Center Middle School student, who was attending the Sept. 11 Valley Center High School football game, was in a medically induced coma this week after collapsing at the stadium.

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