December 21, 2017
Associate minister joins Christian church staff The News staff
    Martinez has worked with teenagers for 15 years, with experiences ranging from teaching at a private Christian school, working with troubled teens at detention facilities, coaching soccer and 10 years of church ministry. He has lived in the Wichita area for most of his life, with the exception of a few years when he lived in Springfield, Mo., to attend Baptist Bible College, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in pastoral and biblical studies. He and his family moved back to Valley Center, where they have lived for a total of 14 years. His wife, Gennifer, has been a speech therapist for 12 years and is currently working with the Wichita school district.
Highlights
    Week of Dec. 21
Hope and hilarity Chuck Terrill
    More than gifts
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Celebrations
    Dec. 22 through 28
Columns
From the library Janice Sharp, director
    Library open regular hours next week
Out of the office Chris Strunk
    Garden City on VC's radar
The View from Sunflower Gardens Marilyn Bentley
    Christmas in the air at Sunflower
Deaths
ALVIN FOWLER
    Alvin Eugene Fowler, 65, of Bentley, died Dec. 5, 2017.
BILLY CROW
    Billy G. Crow, 85, of Valley Center, died Dec. 20, 2017.  
DAVID FOREMAN
    David Alan “Pop" Foreman, 68, died Dec. 8, 2017. He was the retired president of Hahner Foreman and Harness, General Contractors.
HARLEY ROBINSON
    Harley Paul Robinson, 95, of Valley Center, died Dec. 24, 2017.
HAROLD LEITNER
    Harold “Gene" Leitner, 91, of Bel Aire, died Dec. 11, 2017.
JESSE NAVARRETE
    Jesse Dylan Navarrete, 19, of Valley Center, died Dec. 23, 2017.
MABLE PRICE
    Mable Laurrina (Lewis) Price, 85, of Wichita, died Dec. 16, 2017.
General
Highlights
    Week of Dec. 21
Heard on Main Street
Heard on Main Street
    Week of Dec. 21
Kechi
Kechi police adding new weapons Taylor Messick
    Kechi can have up to two officers on duty at once and the department has been sharing its lone rifle in case of emergencies. Officers carry handguns and vehicles are equipped with shotguns. Now, the department will also have rifles in both of its patrol vehicles.
Vandals overturn outhouse, ruin books Taylor Messick
    Kechi police seek suspects
Looking Back
Looking Back
    Week of Dec. 21
Park City
Camera catches juvenile vandal The News staff
    Home surveillance video that showed a juvenile trying to get into cars in a Park City neighborhood helped police find the suspect and issue him a no-trespass notice.
Park City issues 22 building permits in Nov. The News staff
    Of that number, four were for new home construction.
Police & Fire
Blotter Buzz
    Week of Dec. 21
Park City police reports
    Dec. 9 through 16
Valley Center police reports and fire calls
    Dec. 11 through 17
Recreation League
VCRC basketball
    Dec. 16 games
School
4-H report
    Valley Victors
School
Andover holds off Valley Center in fourth Randy Fisher
    Hornets fall to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in league
Hornets win Maize South dual, place second at Carroll Jeremiah Strunk
    After winning its home dual against Maize South in convincing fashion Dec. 14, the Valley Center High School wrestling team placed second at the Bishop Carroll Invitational Dec. 16, finishing the 2017 portion of its schedule.
Middle school boys struggle against Maize South, Newton The News staff
    The eighth-grade “A" captured its second win of the season by beating Goddard at home Dec. 18.
Middle school girls sweep Newton, Goddard on the road The News staff
    It was a great way to wrap up the 2017 portion of the basketball season for the Valley Center Middle School girls. The Hornets were a combined 8-0 in sweeping Newton Dec. 14 and Goddard Dec. 18, both on the road.
Sheriff
Sheriff's reports
    Dec. 10 through 16
Valley Center
A lot like Christmas
    Some Valley Center area residents take holiday lights to a whole new unique level, such as this “Christmas Rocks" display that is part of the decorations at Zane and Diane Miller's residence at 73rd North and Ridge Road.
City preps for 85th St. upgrade
    Reconstruction planned
End to double tax in senator’s hands Chris Strunk
    Council wants cemetery tax phased out
No charges in road rage The News staff
    No charges will be filed against two people involved in what turned out to be a mini road rage incident in Valley Center Dec. 11.
Stolen vehicle
    Valley Center police investigate a car theft that occurred early Dec. 20 on the city's west side.
‘Suspicious’ person no threat The News staff
    It was a suspicious combination: A car with out-of-state plates and a person all dressed in black, asking specific questions about safety deposit boxes.




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