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Last Updated: December 06, 2018

55 years ago

James Allen Reffner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Reffner (Helen Harrington) and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sharples of Valley Center, received a master of science in economics from the University of Wisconsin and was admitted to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree. He received his bachelor's degree in economics at Wisconsin State College in June 1961.

Leola L. Wehry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wehry of Valley Center, completed her training at Vernon's School of Cosmetology. A 1963 graduate of Valley Center High School, she was employed at Zelma's Beauty Shop in Wichita.


45 years ago

The Valley Center Jaycees were working with area residents to collect canned goods for distribution in its annual Christmas basket program. Jaycee Gary Smith said this year's response was very good. The canned goods were being collected at Leeker's IGA.

Gerald Lawrence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Lawrence of Valley Center, was named to the overall all-state football team and the Class 3A All-State Team by the Wichita Eagle. He was also named honorable mention Class 3A All-State by the Kansas City Star and second team all-state by the Topeka Daily Capital. Lawrence was a senior at Valley Center High School.


40 years ago

Navy Seaman Recruit Scott Shepard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Shepard of Valley Center, completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Orlando, Fla. Shepard was a 1976 graduate of Valley Center High School. He joined the Navy in August 1978.

Dr. Robert Daniels of Valley Center planned to open a new emergency medical center at 26th North and Amidon in Wichita. The clinic would facilitate a regular practice and employ another two doctors working part time.


35 years ago

Edna Buschow, president of the Valley Center library board, traveled to Topeka to seek approval of the architect's plans for a new city library in the 300 block of West First. Buschow accompanied architect Tom Saunders to submit the plans for review by state librarian Duane Johnson. Johnson's approval is one of the provisions of a $51,000 grant the city was slated to receive to help finance construction of the library.

West PTA announced the winners in its annual citizenship essay and poetry contest. In the essay competition, Heather Jernigan, a sixth-grade student of Mitch Parker, was first; Stephanie Breaker, a fifth-grader in Mildred Patterson's class, was second; and Elizabeth Glotzbach, a fifth-grader in A.J. Koster's class, was third. First place in poetry went to Chris Nold Thompson, a student in Parker's class. Judges were Rita Herbel, Florence Kallenbach and Virginia Black.


30 years ago

Mike Houston's photography studio opened in the 200 block of West Main in Valley Center. He was largely self-taught and worked for Lawrence Photo from 1984 until opening the shop.

Rebecca Hernandez, daughter of Lawrence and Isabelle Hernandez of Valley Center, received an associate of applied science degree in court reporting from Brown Mackie College in Salina.


25 years ago

Julie Heston of Valley Center was among the dance students at Butler County Community College who presented the first dance recital in the college theatre. The recital featured ballet, jazz and tap numbers, along with individual students performing their own choreographed routines.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Weir Jr., son of Linda and Richard Weir of Valley Center, and his wife, Tanja, were stationed in Guam. Weir was a 1991 graduate of Valley Center High School and the grandson of Cletis and Vesta Stewart of Valley Center and Tom and Lois Weir of Wichita.


20 years ago

Isley Unruh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Unruh of Valley Center, was attending the University of Kansas on a National Merit Scholarship. Unruh was a 1998 graduate of Valley Center High School and a freshman in the school of engineering.

Buck Hartley, formerly of Valley Center, was named Fire Chief of the Year at the 82nd Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Great Bend. His wife was the former Charlene Thompson, daughter of Virginia Thompson of Valley Center.


15 years ago

Maj. Robert Crow, son of Mildred and Bill Crow of Valley Center, assumed command of the 3rd Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery in El Paso, Texas. Crow was the former operations officer for the 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery. He graduated from Valley Center High School in 1977.

Paul Eden, owner of Eden's Auto Service in the 400 block of West Main, moved his used car business a few blocks east to the southwest corner of Main and Meridian, where Steve's Auto Sales was previously located. He purchased the location from the estate of Steve Trimble.


10 years ago

The University of Kansas School of Law honored Karen Collier, Ashley Epperly and Mike George, all of Valley Center, as scholarship recipients.

Josh Patterson of Valley Center, a member of the Kansas State University Collegiate Crops Team, was the high individual scorer in the Center Regional Crops Contest held in Manhattan. He was a sophomore majoring in agronomy. The K-State team placed first in all phases of the contest and qualified for two national contests.


5 years ago

Midwest Hearing Aids moved into the 800 block of South Meridian after five years of looking for a location in Valley Center. Debbie Brewster would run the store. Sid Unruh, owner of the strip center, said Midwest would occupy one suite and his chiropractic business would occupy another, leaving one suite open.

Doyle and Mary Hampton of Valley Center celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 23. They were married Nov. 23, 1963. They had four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.




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