December 10, 2015
    Week of Dec. 10
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    Victory begins with Christmas
Bel Aire
Fire damages Bel Aire house  David Dinell
    A house fire shortly after 2 p.m. Dec. 4 in the 4400 block of North Eagle Lake Drive in Bel Aire caused about $50,000 damage, but crews were able to prevent the entire structure from being destroyed. The fire started near the open garage and rapidly spread into it and to two cars parked in the driveway.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Dec. 11 through 17
David and Joyce Moore
    David and Joyce Moore will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18.
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From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Family Fun Day will be Dec. 12
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Wedding of the decade a VCHS affair
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Traditions come from other countries
    Charles “Eddie" Jardine, 63, of Wichita, died Dec. 5, 2015. He was a retired PCA coordinator from Boeing Aircraft after 42 years.
    Linda LeAnn (Yates) Turner, 51, died Dec. 6, 2015.
    Marilyn C. “Mickey" Mitchell Sharp, 88, of Manhattan, died Dec. 2, 2015. She was retired from Kansas State University.
    Wade H. Lankford, 75, of Valley Center, died Dec. 4, 2015. He was retired from Boeing.
Senior Club spat needs to be settled
    Something needs to be done about the Valley Center Senior Club and the city's services to local senior citizens.
    Week of Dec. 10
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of Dec. 10
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of Dec. 10
Park City
City eager to get Echo Hills development started  David Dinell
    The long-awaited Echo Hills commercial development is moving closer to construction. At least that's what the Park City City Council certainly wants to happen, along with developer Michael Loveland. With that in mind, the council extended Echo Hill's Community Improvement District status at its Dec. 8 meeting until March 15. 
Skeletal remains tied to missing parolee  David Dinell
    After several days on the case, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said the remains were those of James T. Labat, 54, of Wichita. 
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of Dec. 10
Kechi police reports
    Nov. 30 through Dec. 6
Park City police reports
    Nov. 29 through Dec. 5
Park City police reports
    Nov. 24 through Dec. 6
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    Nov. 30 through Dec. 6
Recreation League
VCRC basketball
    Dec. 4 basketball games
Eighth-graders get first win, seventh grade still searching The News staff
    Opening the 2015-16 season, the Valley Center Middle School boys' basketball teams played at Salina South Dec. 1, at home against Hutchinson Dec. 3 and at Derby North Dec. 7.
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Hornets finish second at December Duals Taylor Messick
    Valley Center High School hosted the annual December Duals Dec. 5. Eight other teams competed at the tournament, including Emporia, Andover Central, Douglass, Goddard, Great Bend, Heights, Bishop Carroll and Kansas City-Turner.
Hornets open season with two losses Randy Fisher
    Despite 35 points from sophomore Tyler Brown, Valley Center could not keep pace at Wichita Collegiate on Dec. 8. The Spartans, ranked second in Clas 4A-II, had four players in double figures and ran away for a 105-82 win.
Intern of the month Lisa Williams
    Intern makes life connections
Middle school girls win five games against Hutch, Derby North The News staff
    The Valley Center Middle School girls basketball team played at Hutchinson on Dec. 3 and hosted Derby North on Dec. 7. Against Hutchinson, both eighth-grade teams lost, while both seventh-grade teams won. Against Derby North, only seventh-grade “A" lost.
School menus
    Dec. 14 through 18
Sports schedules
    Dec. 10 through 18
Valley Center girls upset Collegiate Randy Fisher
    The Valley Center High School girls basketball team opened its season with a split of its first two games, including an upset win at Wichita Collegiate. The Hornets lost to Maize last week.
Valley Center
Local officer among three recognized by VFW The News staff
    A Valley Center police officer and two Wichita Fire Department personnel have been recognized in the Veterans of Foreign Wars law enforcement, firefighter and EMT of the year program.
McGinn: State shouldn’t tie hands of local govt. Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center school board and the Valley Center City Council got together again Dec. 8 — for the second time in as many months. This time, they gathered to have a conversation with their state lawmakers.
School board to meet Dec. 14 The News staff
    The Valley Center school board will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the District Office.
Students continue tradition of decorating Chris Strunk
    Abilene Elementary's annual Christmas tree decorating party at the Public Safety Building took place without a hitch Dec. 4, despite the absence of the teacher who helped start the tradition in 2009.
The family farm David Dinell
    Award-winning farm family stresses conservation techniques 
Wichita man accused of trying to pass fake check Chris Strunk
    Valley Center police arrested a Wichita man Dec. 6 and are investigating him for allegedly counterfeiting checks.

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