March 23, 2017
    Week of March 23
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    God has a sense of humor
Bel Aire
Bel Aire council approves pay increases for city employees Taylor Messick
    Members of the council were supportive of the increase, but council member Peggy O'Donnell had some concerns. She stated that the increases were planned and included in the 2017 budget and was displeased that employees had to wait a quarter of the way through the year to start benefitting.
Landscaper placed on probation for fraud The News staff
    A local landscaping contractor was sentenced to five years of probation for defrauding homeowners in Maize, Bel Aire and Wichita, the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office announced last week.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
    March 24 through 30
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    March continues as busy month at library
Hornet Connection Jamie Lewis
    Personalized instruction is a priority
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Schroeder was one of a kind
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    More fun facts about Kansas
What's on your mind
    Views from News readers
    John Croft, 95, of El Dorado, died March 14, 2017.
    Joseph Lester Newton, 90, of Park City, died March 20, 2017. He had lived in Park City for 58 years.
    Juanita “Jeanne" Dungan, 90, died March 17, 2017.
    Kathryn M. (Wilson) Schroeder, 94, of Valley Center, died March 20, 2017.
    Nancy Kay (Ewing) Foster, 61, of Park City, died March 17, 2017.
Park City right to weigh options with old city hall
    The city could use an event center or recreation center.
    Week of March 23
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of March 23
Kechi finalizes contract for Tigua Road engineering Taylor Messick
    PEC is 99 percent finished with the first phase of the project and the finalizing of this contract allows them to send the design so that contractors can bid on the construction.
Letters to the Editor
Regular golf carts to be allowed at Valley Point
    Although the initial intent of Valley Point Golf Course was to be a nice walkable course to help promote exercise and fitness, the staff and board of the Valley Center Recreation Commission recognized that there would be some golfers who could not walk the 1.2-mile course without the assistance of some type of cart.
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of March 23
Park City
Officers find car used in gas theft Chris Strunk
    On March 15, Park City police were called to assist Hesston police by checking an address in the 6300 block of North West Parkview, where a vehicle involved in a gas drive-off in Hesston was thought to be parked.
Park City to host disc golf tourney The News staff
    Park City Pride, Duck's Flying Discs and Innova Discs will partner with the Park City Convention & Tourism Board to host the inaugural Park City Open Disc Golf Tournament on April 8. The tourney will showcase one of the state's newest golf courses to regional and potentially national professional and amateur golfers. This tournament will also help to raise funds and awareness for the mission of Park City Pride.
Park City to host election forum The News staff
    The Park City Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon and special election candidate forum for the Kansas 4th Congressional District from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at the Best Western, 915 E. 53rd North.
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of March 23
Kechi police reports
    March 13 through 19
Park City police reports
    March 7 through 19
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    March 13 through 19
4-H group reaches out to fire victims The News staff
    MacKenzie Moldenhauer and her mother, Marcine, delivered the money as well as a turkey and dressing lunch with all of the fixings, including peach crisp and a big pan of brownies, to the Grigsby family this week.
    Week of March 23
New season of Valley Center sports underway The News staff
    The end of spring break and resumption of school signals the beginning of the spring sports season for Valley Center High School. Six teams will take to the court, pitch, diamonds, track and fairways for the first time this spring.
Novice tennis kicks off the season The News staff
    Unfortunately for the Hornets, the Eagles were just too tough, winning 29-9. Valley won three out of 10 singles matches and two out of five doubles matches.
School menus
    March 27 through 31
Sheriff's reports
    March 12 through 18
Valley Center
City set to allow carts on streets to get to Valley Point Chris Strunk
    The Valley Center City Council gave first-round approval March 21 to an ordinance that will allow the operation of golf carts on city streets, as long as they're being used to go to and from the Valley Center Recreation Commission's new golf course.
Council wrestles with real estate Chris Strunk
    City to take  ownership of unsold lots
More trucks and food for second rally The News staff
    Main Street Valley Center will host Food Trucks on Main Street from 5 to 9 p.m. April 28 in the 200 block of West Main.
Motorcycle stolen in Valley Chris Strunk
    Along with reports of six stolen vehicles in the last month, Valley Center police are investigating the theft of a Honda motorcycle from a residence in the 100 block of South Abilene. The theft was reported March 15.
Valley Point to expand options in first full year Chris Strunk
    The golf course is entering its first full season this spring, and the rec commission is rolling out a number of activities and features to entice local and outside interest and to make the golf course financially sustainable.

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