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Hats off to Valley Center’s Class of 2017
 
Graduation celebrates ‘special' group

Community center groundbreaking set
Work on facility that includes library will start in July

Deadline approaches for local elections
The new timeline for local elections is underway as candidates have until June 1 to file for city and school district offices. If a primary election is needed, it will take place Aug. 1. The general election will be Nov. 7, with advance voting beginning Oct. 25.

Murder trial continued to July 24
On May 15, a judge granted continuances to July 24 for Heidi Hillard, Jeff Hillard, Willie Morris and Alexandria Scott. A family member close to the case said he was told by a prosecutor that new evidence was potentially available and this could be the reason for the delay. The trial was originally set to begin in March.

District’s leadership team set for 2017-18
The district this week hired Mary Carpenter, an assistant elementary school principal in Wichita, to be principal at Abilene Elementary.

Family to open Breezy’s
The Scrivens are taking over Breezy's Snow Shack and plan to start serving icy treats from the trailer on May 19.

Stolen truck recovered
A person of interest was taken into custody and a stolen truck was recovered May 10.

Man arrested on lawn mower
A Valley Center man arrested on a DUI charge while driving a lawn mower in Valley Center was found hurt in front of his garage six days later.

Man in home uninvited
A man accused of entering a Valley Center house uninvited May 12 and lying down on a couch that had children on it was taken to his mother's house to sober up.

Pathway plans Valley church
Pathway Church in Wichita is planning to launch a Valley Center campus this fall.

PARK CITY
Armed robbery at Subway
An employee reported being robbed at gun point. The suspect was described as a black male with heavy build. The suspect was wearing a ski mask, all dark clothing and gloves.

Boil water advisory lifted
The advisory was issued because of an electrical failure that led to a loss of chlorine residual. Two failures occurred at the Chisholm Creek Utility Authority, which resulted in KDHE issuing the advisory. The first problem was that the injector pump for chlorine quit working. The other malfunction occurred in a computerized system that monitors the chlorine levels in the water and notifies the necessary parties if there is an issue. That system was down at the time of the injector pump issue and did not recognize or report any problems with the chlorine levels.

City issues 13 permits
The City of Park City issued 13 building permits during April for a total valuation of $701,215.29. Of that number, four were for new home or duplex construction. Permits are listed by date they were issued, address, type of work and valuation:

KECHI
Kechi council OKs Baird Street project
On May 11, the Kechi City Council unanimously approved an engineering agreement with PEC for a Baird Street improvement project.
BEL AIRE
Bel Aire hires first full-time attorney
The Bel Aire City Council on May 16 hired its first ever full-time city attorney, Jacqueline Kelly, with a 3-2 vote.
SCHOOL
Local students complete Awana
On May 7, three area students received the Citation Award from the Northside Bible Chapel Awana program in Kechi. The Citation Award is given to students who have completed all of the materials that are required in the Awana program, which is based in Streamwood, Ill.
POLICE & FIRE
Kechi police reports
May 1 through 13

Valley Center police reports and fire calls
May 8 through 14

Park City police reports
May 6 through 13

Blotter Buzz
Week of May 18

SHERIFF
Sheriff's reports
May 7 through 13
DEATHS
PATRICIA CLARK
Patricia L. Clark, 87, died May 10, 2017. She was a retired insurance commercial lines analyst.

LAURA DUNCAN
Laura M. (Day) Duncan, 86, of Clearwater, died May 13, 2017. She had lived in Valley Center for nearly 40 years.

GALEN HAZEN
Galen Edward Hazen, 66, died May 3, 2017. He grew up in Valley Center.

DAVID HENSLEY
David Gene Hensley, 64, Valley Center, died May 15, 2017. He was retired from the Boeing Aircraft Company.

SUE NELSON
Sue Nelson, 72, of Mulvane, died May 9, 2017. She grew up in Valley Center.

MERL WATKINS
Merl “Rick" Watkins, 74, died May 12, 2017. He was the senior director of employee services at Pepsi Co.

LOOKING BACK
Looking Back
Week of May 18
HEARD ON MAIN STREET
Heard on Main Street
Week of May 18




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