March 31, 2016
    Week of March 31
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    Fortune cookie theology
Reloading season for Valley tennis Randy Fisher
    This year is different as one player — Colton Jones — returns from last year's regional team. Despite that, Dean Schulz prefers to look at his 34th season with the boys as reloading, rather than rebuilding.
Bel Aire
Bel Aire man sent to prison for fraud The News staff
    A Bel Aire man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison and ordered to pay $875,000 in restitution after being convicted of securities fraud, Kansas Securities Commissioner Josh Ney announced this week.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    April 1 through 7
    Week of March 31
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Staff pulling books for upcoming book sale
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Pedro is without a home again
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Happy to see that spring is here
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    Betty J. Morgan, 81, of Wichita, died March 25, 2016. She was retired from the Internal Revenue Service.
    Earnest A. Foster Jr. 82, of Bel Aire, died March 20, 2016. He was retired from Mobil Oil.
    Joseph “Joe" Earl Kern, 67, of Bel Aire, died March 20, 2016. He was retired from Koch-Glitsch, formerly Koch Engineering.
    Susan K. Souder, 66, of McPherson, formerly of Valley Center, died April 5, 2016. She was a nursing administrative assistant at McPherson Hospital and a Mary Kay consultant.
    Wilma “Willie" Pearl Kathka, 72, of Mount Hope, died March 22, 2016.  
Driveway debate is taking too long
    Valley Center officials and owners of the Leeker's Family Foods property have been discussing (negotiating, arguing over) what to do with the north entrance to the store's parking lot for the past three years.
Engagements & Weddings
Auna Wilbur and Matt Cantril
    Ted and Danell Wilbur, Valley Center, announce the engagement of their daughter Auna to Matt Cantril, of Leawood. Auna is the granddaughter of Bill and Rose Ditto, Wamego, and Bill Wilbur and the late Betty Wilbur, Valley Center.
    Week of March 31
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of March 31
Bold burglars strike Sunnydale area  David Dinell
    A pair of daytime burglars took items from a home in the 2200 block of East 93rd North in Sunnydale while the homeowner was on the property. The incident took place between 8:30 and 9 a.m. March 23 as the resident left the house and drove down to his barn to feed his horses, according to Kechi Police Chief John Blevins. 
Kechi street survey to identify repair, maintenance needs  David Dinell
    Roads have been a part of life in Kechi since the city was founded in 1888. But until now, there has never been a comprehensive evaluation of the streets, what needs to be fixed — and when. 
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of March 31
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of March 21
Kechi police reports
    March 21 through 27
Park City police reports
    March 21 through 26
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    March 21 through 27
Recreation League
81 Speedway
    Park City / Air Capital Shootout
4-H report
    Valley Victors
Assistant principal named best of the year Chris Strunk
    Wetig has been with the Valley Center school district since 2011, when he was hired as principal of the newly formed intermediate school for fifth and sixth grades. He has been assistant principal at the middle school for the past three years.
Chess team second in 5A The News staff
    Individually, Colton Jones was 27th and Derrick Foster was 29th. The team was coached by Jared Vogel.
    Week of March 31
Hornets relying on youth, patience Randy Fisher
Hornets split with Hays and Derby Chris Strunk
    The Hornets crushed Hays, 26-5, before falling to Derby in a close one, 7-5.
Promising season awaits Hornet golfers David Dinell
    Last year was a rebuilding one with mixed results and with the loss of only one player, Logan Burks, to graduation, McCormick sees a lot of potential with this edition of seasoned Hornets.  
School menus
    April 4 through 8
Soccer team bounces back with pair of wins Taylor Messick
    After dropping the season opener to Newton, the Valley Center High School girls' soccer team bounced back with two emphatic wins in a row. In the past week, Valley Center had games on the road against Salina South and Mulvane. The games both ended early by “mercy rule" at 10-0 and the Hornets improved to a winning record for the first time in the young season.
Softball team ready for more Chris Strunk
    This year, it's a mature and experienced squad ready to make another run and possibly get deeper in the tournament.
Track team builds on success Chris Strunk
    This year, the Hornets return six individual state qualifiers and most of one relay team.
Valley Center wrestlers and coaches honored The News staff
    Several award winners were announced.
Valley soccer looks to shine Taylor Messick
    The team only lost one senior in starter Abbie Lawrence. The Hornets return three seniors and a whopping eight juniors. A number of those upper-classmen are returning after being recognized with all-league honors last year. Senior Kennedy Weaver and juniors Bethany Reeves, Jadyn Eddy and Ariel Wolff were all members of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League II first team. Junior Mikayla Vega was second-team all-league, while junior Sammy Boese earned honorable mention.
Valley tumbles twice in season opener Randy Fisher
    It was a rocky start to the baseball season for Valley Center High School. The Hornets lost both games in a March 29 triangular at Derby. Hays run-ruled Valley 19-0 in the first game, while Derby downed the Hornets 10-3 in the nightcap.
Sheriff's reports
    March 20 through 26
Valley Center
Forum to discuss bond proposal The News staff
    The Valley Center school district will host a public forum to discuss the upcoming bond issue election.
Huebert, McGinn seeking re-election Chris Strunk
    Incumbents file as candidates
School resource officer prepares for new job Chris Strunk
    Easley, a veteran Valley Center police officer, was named school resource officer for Valley Center High School. He'll start in April.
VCHS to celebrate ‘Under the Big Top’ Chris Strunk
    Prom will be April 2 at the high school. Red carpet will roll out at 7:30 p.m. King and queen will be announced at 10. The dance will end at 11. After-prom will start at 11:30.
Vehicle strikes front of Valley Center liquor store Chris Strunk
    A driver parking her car in the Hometown Plaza shopping mall in Valley Center March 28 crashed into the building, destroying a glass door and causing dozens of liquor bottles to fall to the floor.

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