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  January 2003

     January 3 - Jake Graber is appointed assistant zoning director. B and H Truck Shop in Spivey has been sold to a Hutchinson couple. Deaths listed: Inez C. Arents and Mary Frances Hutchinson.

     Jan. 7 - A new organization, Kansas Outdoor Buddies, will assist handicapped hunters and fishermen to participate in their sport. Motorists and deer are still colliding. Ed and Hazel Webster celebrate 50th anniversary. Norwich teams (girls and boys) whip Pretty Prairie   Bulldogs.   Cunningham Wildcats   win   over   Fairfield Falcons.

      Jan. 10 - KHS Eagles defeat Circle in overtime, 70-68. Lady Eagles also win. Cunningham Wildcats now 6-1 for the season as they down Stafford. The girls also defeat Stafford. The only obituary was for Florence J. Denwalt.

     Jan.    14   -   Kingman Community Hospital now has state- of-the-art mammography equipment, a gift from an unnamed donor. The city announces a water rate reduction. KHS boys lose to Clearwater in late call by official. KMS 8th graders whip Harper 54-7. The freshmen win over Clearwater, 55-26. Obituaries   were   for Marguerite A. Swope and Mary E. Goble.

     Jan. 17 - USD 331 vote to ban smoking and tobacco use in the district  school  buildings. Optometrist Steve Geist and his son, Cooper, travel to Nairobi to assist in eyeglass program. Neal Slack announces retirement as high school principal at Pretty Prairie. The superintendent will take over as middle school principal and the current middle school principal will  take over as high school principal.  KHS girls and boys win over  Wellington.    Eighth graders continue to win, this time over  Medicine Lodge. The seventh graders also win. Deaths listed  were Dorothy H. Lord, Audrey K.  Hutchinson and Paul E. Goetz.

     Jan. 21 - Smoke Graber  announces retirement from Food 4  Less. Repairs begin on the former MO-PAC Depot, now the property of Kingman County Historical  Society. Richard Schott, former Kingman police officer, is now training Afghanistan Protection Officers in Afghanistan. Vemon and Helen Keeling celebrate 50th anniversary. Norwich teams win two at Attica. Eighth grade boys continue to win, this time 45-24 over Colwich. Seventh graders win over Andover Central. Obits were for Nancy S. Brown and Sheryl Childs.

     Jan. 24 - Nine candidates file for City Commission race. Ten business owners are honored for longevity of their businesses. The bloodmobile on the  way to Norwich overturns two miles east of Norwich. Freshmen girls win over Pratt, but the boys lose. Eighth graders win over Anthony making it 6-0 for the season. Cunningham boys win over Norwich 64-41. Obits were for Jeanne Shrum and Loma L. Gerber.

 Jan. 28 - KHS Alumni form a special group for those graduating before 1943. The KMS 8th graders  are still unbeaten as they rule Andale 47-36. Deaths listed were Carl Hinton, Hilda Hendly and Fern Wells.

     Jan. 31 - Ben Voran makes a bed headboard out of hedge for a bucolic look for the Leon and Diana McDaniel home. Stephen DuCharme and Eric DeWeese make all-toumament team at Chaparral  Roadrunner  Classic. KMS 8th graders over Clearwater to remain undefeated. Obituaries were Violet Williams   and  Donna Steinbrock.

February 2003

    Feb. 4 - Area man is charged with rape. Savannah House Bed & Breakfast holds  a tea  with participants naming a number of the rooms. Winners will get a night's stay at the new B&B. Kingman Knights of Columbus presents a check for $260 to KES Principal Max Clark for soecuak education classes. The 8th graders win nine in a row at Andale. KHS varsity and JV boys topple Andale. Three KHS Lady Eagles are named to all tourney team at Haven; they are Lindi Conner, Mogie Geist and Sara Ashida. Obituaries were for Lucile Showalter and Mary Lou Swingle.

     Feb. 7 - County Commissioners submit the names of Lance Dixon for the non-lawyer member of the district judicial nominating commission. Two-car train derailment blocks street traffic in Cunningham. KMS 8th graders win over St. Marks, making it win #10. Conservations awards: Kansas Bankers Association Soil and Conservation award to Monte and Edwina   Whitmer;   Windbreak  award went to Nancy and Ken  Hazen and Wildlife Habitate  Award to Ron and Martha Albers.  Cunningham boys take first in  GGPL tourney. Obits: Wilfred Dal  Wells, Harry J. Forsythe and Anna  Alice Stewart.

     Feb. 11 - KHS Basketball

 Homecoming Queen candidates are  Sarah Osbome, Trista Greiner and  Mogie Geist For the second time  in 4 months, members of Battery C. 1st Bn, 161st FA, Kingman and  Newton, have been mobilized for  Force Protection. Kingman ladies  pounce Andover Trojans 55-24,  boys lose. Jordan Taber will play  for Butler County Community  College Grizzlies. Norwich ladies  over South Barber. Obits: Athlean  Blanton and Loren E. Jones.

     Feb. 14 - Kingman County  Highway Dept. worker, Stephen A.  Watts, was struck by a passing  motorist; injuries were not serious. Methodist youth donate $3000 to Ministerial Alliance. Cunningham Wildcats season record is 15-1, this time winning over Coldwater. Norwich teams are triumphant over South Haven.

     Feb. 18 - Train derails west side of Kingman. Trista Greiner is crowned basketball homecoming queen. KMS 8th graders lose to Medicine Lodge after winning 11 straight. KHS FFA celebrates 74th anniversary. Marjorie Spears and Cecelia Fath were the obits listed.

     Feb. 21 - North Main Gifts has ribbon cutting. A Kingman man is arrested on drug charges. Rev. John and Naomi Daly celebrate 60th anniversary. The Norwich girls win over Attica Bulldogs, 70-31. KMS 7th graders win over Anthony, but 8th graders lose. The only obit was for Lloyd L. Kennedy.

     Feb. 25 - KHS sponsors bloodmobile. The Kingman Eagles win 100-69 over Wellington. The girls also win their game. Norwich girls win over Cunningham, but the boys lose to the Wildcats.

      Feb. 28 - Voting for the primary election was not too bad  considering the weather didn't  cooperate. The Presbyterian Church will once again sponsor Thursday noon Lenten services. Deaths listed were   LaVeina Davis,   Dave Ferguson and Albert J. Bachman.

           March 2003

     Mar. 4 - Kansas Wind Power seek to generate electricity to be tied in with the city power plant. Former Kingman Police Officer William McGee is charged in a sex case in Emporia. Kingman JV boys win league title. Lindsey Schwartz signs to play volleyball with Butler County Community College in El Dorado. Obituaries were for Ruth E. dark, Mary P. Dye and Rose Mary Kerschen.

     Mar. 7 - Al Joe Stemeker is seriously injured when his John Deere Gater 6x4 collides with a dump truck. Joshua Schrag is killed when his motorcycle collides with a pickup in Hutchinson. Norwich Lady Eagles are GGPL champs. KHS boys trounce Wellington in sub-state    action. Obituaries: Myrtle L. Albright, Mae K. Ryder and Joshua T. Schrag.





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