2009 in Review

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January 1

The front page is covered with looking back on the year of 2008. The entire class of Class of 1958 from Adams High School attends 50th reunion. The Leader-Courier puts in a “Customer Satisfaction Survey” in this issue. There were several accidents due to icy conditions. The 22nd Annual Alumni games were held at KHS. Deaths listed were that of Marshall Liddeke, Eleanor G. Thulin, Margaret Roberts Canman and Leo Raymond Dick.

January 8

Kingman County’s unemployment rate is 3.69 percent. Jack Meyers, Cunningham, shares thoughts and accomplishments of Cunningham. Some of Kingman’s new growth for 2008 is with Big Toy Storage, Eck Electric, Karatzis, Cannonball and construction on West Highway. 54. KHS students for the month of November are Krystal Gantz, Kyle Berschauer, Ryan Kinsler and Savannah Fairchild. KMS boys’ basketball has Zach Anderson making 10 points. Brenda Sharp is recipient of a $1,000 Healthy Habits for Life grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Area deaths were Eilene Marie Hawkins, Ruth Ann Gracey, Russell J. Wright, Scott Alan Downey and Richard Howard Turner.

January 15

Pat Maloney replaces Rep. Dennis McKinney in the House of Representatives (McKinney was elected as State Treasurer). Kingman’s Bloodmobile brought in 84 pints. A look at Kingman’s economy. PGI offers programs for employees wishing to further their formal education. Kingman’s Wheatlands Health Care Center and Hilltop Manor earn five stars rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Susan Rogers to be a board member of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation’s National Board of Directors. T.C.C.C.I. and Sumner County. have case against KDHE for issuing the permit for the Harper County. Landfill. Whispering Willow 4-H Club donates to the Food Bank. KHS basketball had Sam Clouse making 26 points against Andover. Norwich students send military boxes to Kansas soldiers. Area deaths were Wilma T. Livingston, William E. Whelan, Arthur Fischer, Mark L. McAdam and Michael Hughes.

January 22

Dr. Mark Steffen is expert on “spinal-origin” pain. Kingman Eagle boys’ BB at the top of Ark Valley - Chisholm Trail League. Kingman County Conservation District Awards are presented at annual meeting. A wind farm in Barber County is taking shape. Engaged couples Emily Dick - Aaron Miller and Nicole Hommertzheim - Michael Greczyn both plan summer weddings. Deaths listed were Edna L. Schrag, Mary Jo Huey, Sister Crescentia Peschka OP, Toby Garibay and Loren R. Collins.

January 29

Kingman Community Hospital will discontinue its contract relationship with UnitedHealth Insurance. Kingman’s electric rates most likely to increase. Kingman’s museum in need of community help. KHS debaters take home 8th place at State. Kingman High FBLA raises money for March of Dimes. Kingman’s Luke Adelhardt and Sam Clouse named All-Tournament players. Deaths reported were Eva M. Miller, Jerry L. Fowler, Wilma R. Graber and Velma M. Hesterberg.

February 5

Eight Kingman residents to run for Kingman City Commission positions. Sue Harris, a licensed acupuncturist, has practice in Kingman. Kingman Insurance receives prestigious recognition. Jon Martin hired as new city police officer. Vita Henning to retire from Kingman Insurance. Main Street Mercantile has Valentine’s Day preview. Kingman Chamber offers romantic night for two for a Valentine’s Day get-away. Obituaries were Priscilla (Petz) Eck, Randy L. Runnels, Ruth F. Bainum, Jim J. Lynch and Thomas Albrecht.

February 12

Kingman Chamber Percolator includes tour of PGI. C.E. Sinnett reveals the 2004 find of a mysterious bottle, sealed with a note, “Winner $50,000 Message In A Bottle Contest” inside. It was mentioned that the WellnessWorks program motivated county employees. Folk’s Radio Shack has grand opening. Ed Kanngiesser gives memories of early WSU basketball. Deaths listed this issue were Irene Louise (Pagenkopf) Owen, Mryl S. Campbell, Floyd F. Teegarden, William E. “Bill” Near Sr. and Keith Austin. KHS BB beat Andover Central by two points and beat Augusta by 10 points.

February 19

Former resident Garth Holder is a gifted artist and is completing work on a book of short stories. St. Patrick students begin sale of tickets for the annual St. Pat’s Dinner. KES Kindergarten Roundup is to be March 2. KHS BB royalty is pictured with King Beau Gault and Queen Kristen Wollen. Former KHS grad Sharina Schaller will travel to Africa. Deaths listed were Alvina F. Peters, Keith Land, Stanley C. Harbert, Marilyn Kay Cloud, Charles Lee Holloway, Howard Stephenson Bramwell and Sheila Harbiston.

February 26

The Heartland Youth Rodeo Association was in Kingman this weekend. This issue contained a “Get Healthy” supplement. KHS TTLT sponsors bloodmobile. Kingman Carnegie Library announces it has had a great year with programming, new materials, building improvements and support of patrons. World Day of Prayer is to be March 6. Ruth Messmer celebrates 90th birthday. MBP students for January were Cody Fairchild, Amelia Govert, Bethany Bailey and Kali Boroughs. This week is National FFA Week. Obituaries were Mary Louise Reed Harris, Paul O. Wilson and John C. Benson.

March 5

Charlus Bishop, agent with Farm Bureau Financial Services in Kingman, wins 2008 Agent of the Year award. The Silent Auction is a big draw for the St. Patrick Parish Annual Dinner. Dr. Hussam Farhoud, a cardiologist, has been caring for folks in the Kingman community for 10 years. Ed and Monta Ray Brummer’s granddaughter completes Cadet school. Kingman has a burn ban in place during dry climate. Obits were Jack D. Francis, Marie V. Underwood, Herman J. Rottering, Edna V. Johnson, Charlie Gehring, Sara Blanche Grossman and Gilbert L. Stucky.

March 12

Caden Knoblauch wins Kingman County Spelling Bee. KHS business teacher Kenna Teel will teach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates this summer. L-C writer Anita Kirkpatrick places in Kansas Press Association annual contest. Kingman’s first annual Cinderella’s Closet held at KHS. Cindy Shonk wins White’s Foodliner Food Check-Out trivia contest. Kingman’s St. Patrick Day dinner is huge success. Deaths listed were Jerry W. Watkins, Goldie Louise Richardson, Martin Dale Sheldon and Dale A. Bohrer.

March 19

Legislators were in Kingman for coffee and questions. Kingman scholars honored at Wichita State were Paige Bornholdt, Erica Witty, Paige Henry and Brittney Johnson. The Everett Flickners and Robert Thimesches celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries. KHS All-League basketball players are Sam Clouse, Beau Gault, Hunter Hageman and Luke Adelhardt. Obits listed were that of Neva J. Wangberg, Beverly Jean Bramwell Manke, Virginia G. Wiley, Lois Nadine Keen, Trudy L. Patterson, Janice Kay Hastings, Leta Marie Lackey and Donald H. Mason.

March 26

City Commissioner Myrna F. Carson is arrested and charged with felonies. The Kingman Leader-Courier has made the change from manual process to “digital” process. A biography of Betty McKnight, who administered anesthesia during surgeries for many years, is published. Travis Tetrick places first in cutting at the Kingman FFA High School Rodeo. Three KHS Lady Eagles given honorable mention: Krystal Gantz, Steph Funke and Dani Molitor. Deaths listed were Leland B. Schwartz, Peter J. Wangberg, Cheri D. Clark, Gary L. Waltner, and Ralph L. Sterling.

April 2

Kingman receives 12 inches of snow; roofs cave in at White’s Foodliner and Activity Center. KNRC’s “Biggest Losers” are Janae Wagner and Paul Hinten. Bob Oller withdraws from the Spivey mayoral election. Candidates for Board of Education were Larry Nelson, Nancy Boyer, Andrea Shipley, Allen Young, Jodi Swinehart and Bob Heimerman. Career Day at KHS welcomes Mark Johnson, retired Lieutenant Colonel and Green Beret and Master of Motivation. Mason Hewitt, NHS athlete, signed with McPherson College to play basketball. Obits were Lowell J. Potter, Frances L. Milford, Dave Gaumer, David Aloysius Bohrer and Carl Lee Ingram.

April 9

Kingman Travel and Tourism Committee purchased a merry-go-round, which gives the Carnival four rides for the ’09 County Fair. August 15 is the suspected date for a free clinic, put together by a group of volunteers. The 2nd annual Music Festival is being planned for the fall. Career Day at KHS covered a wide choice of careers. Women’s Health Gala was well attended considering the weather. Peg Theis, vice president of Kanza Bank, is a new member of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center. Hardware store in Norwich now carries groceries. Election results were: Stan Hacker wins City Commission; Nancy Boyer wins USD 331; and Andrea Shipley for USD 332. KHS Mind, Body and Pride students for February were Clint Drosselmeyer, Stephanie Funke, Larissa Rucker and Lisa Friesen. Deaths listed were that of Kenneth D. Long, Ray M. Rohlman, Barbara J. Wohlford, Florence Lorene Baumgartner, Ramsey Harmon Martin, James Ray Brownlee, Beulah Genevieve Salmans and Doris Baker.

April 16

A manhunt on Saturday in the county ends in arrest on Sunday. Former Wichita Eagle editorial cartoonist, is guest of KES students through Art Partners program. Fire on East B Ave. is under investigation. Newly-elected Kingman City Commissioners are Dick Neville, Merlin McFarland and Stan Hacker. Kingman Young Farmers Sale was held Monday. Nora Hopkins celebrates 100th birthday. Dean and Margaret Fairchild celebrate 72nd wedding anniversary. Kansas Junior Rodeo appears at the Kingman County Activity Center. Area deaths listed were Bradley Dean “Brad” Williams, Marjean Marie Scheuman Moorehouse and Isabel F. Govert.

April 23

Dr. Sara Lloyd was guest speaker for a seminar at PGI. Amedisys Home Health and Hospice offices opening in downtown Kingman. Traffic stop in Kingman results in over $10,000 recovered from vehicle. Recycling activities such as “bulky waste,” household hazardous wastes and e-waste were collected. Norwich Elementary School teacher Heidi Howard named Teacher of the Quarter. Mason Waltner wins WSU drawing contest. Jacob Milford, a 2005 KHS graduate, is honored at the WSU Senior Honor Banquet. KHS Senior Tate Henry named Academic All-State. Obituaries listed were that of Gensler Miller, Norma J. Kautzer, Marvin R. Schwartz and Raymond W. Hampel.

April 30

The newspaper warns of swine flu outbreak in country. Kingman High School Jr./Sr. Prom was “unforgettable.” Stan Hacker was selected as Mayor. Wicked lightning and winds were cause for some minor damage in area. Aidan Hill’s artwork will be on display at the new St. Patrick School. Lanny Hower, Norwich, retires as Norwich’s junior/senior principal. Kilo, drug-detector K-9 for Kingman County, dies after 11 years of service. Area couples celebrate anniversaries: Kenneth and Leita Ewing, 69 years, and Eldon and Roya Breazier, 65 years. Hunter Hageman signs letter of intent to play basketball for Friends University next fall. Requirements for immunizations for school and childcare have changed. KHS Mind, Body and Pride Eagles of the month for March were Sarah Keeny, Jessica Miller, Hayley Mertens and Jessica Duhon. Obituaries listed were Ralph DeWayne Krug, Pauline L. Sollitt and Leonard A. Dick.

May 7

KHS Haley Miller, senior, was selected to appear on KWCH – TV. The Kingman Leader-Courier Editor Connie Schoenhofer and staff member Anita Kirkpatrick received awards from the KPA’s Awards of Excellence competition. Mother’s Day special features Eleanor Hageman, mother of 17 children. Awana Awards Ceremony night was enjoyed by many who attended. Deaths listed were Leonard Liebl, Addie Ellen Burton and Orville L. Bruch.

May 14

Blood drive in Kingman brings out many donors. Bob Melton and his goats are featured in this issue. Four USD 331 teachers will retire: Dave Fath, Barb Fath, Kristi Kyle and Coni Holder. The Norwich High School SADD Chapter was awarded “Kansas SADD Chapter of the Year.” KHS senior Aric Hook signed a letter of intent to play football at Sterling College. The 65 Kingman High School candidates for graduation were pictured in this issue, with graduation exercises on Sunday. Deaths notice were Mary Kathryn Brown, Margaret Laura Butler, Sue Ann Hogenson, Frances E. Scott and Harry Walter Hart.

May 21

“Juvenile Diabetes” story features editor’s granddaughter, Leigha Schoenhofer, on how she deals with having Type I diabetes at age seven. Sandra Baldwin, math teacher at KHS, retires. Veda Campbell was Kingman’s first female pilot. Summer reading program is underway at the Kingman Carnegie Library. KHS senior Ryan Keeling signs letter of intent to play football for Highland Community College. KHS Mind, Body and Pride students for the month of April were Lauren Vanlandingham, Melanie Rainosek, Devin Kuszmaul and Samantha Ybarra. Kingman Math Olympians were Daniel Behrens, Jennifer Rainosek, Katie Messenger, Hannah Wilborn, Ashten Hall, Kenzie Klaver, Sara Rohlman, Jonathan Gooden and Brant Boswell. Four memorial pages were dedicated to those veterans who served to make our country strong and free. Community Block Party to benefit St. Gianna Health Clinic, which will offer a new program that is to help residents receive low-cost, quality health care. Obituaries in this issue were that of Ruby Hill, Bertha M. Giefer, Marie Eva Wevley, Charles E. “Gene” Gardner, Lorene Padgett McBeth, Ronald R. Klausmeyer, Jonas J. Bergkamp and Alberta M. Osner.

May 28

South Main Street railroad tracks get a much needed repair job. Several Bible camps kick off summer. KMS 6th graders raise money to purchase a park bench in memory of classmate, Wyatt Oakman, who died of cancer. Kingman Dance Center presents its 15th annual spring performances. “Green Hat Club”, is a new group for men at Wheatlands Health Care Center. Memorial Day service at Walnut Hill Cemetery well attended. Four KMS/KES teachers retiring, Dave and Barb Fath, Coni Holder and Krystie Kyle. Obituaries listed were that of Charles H. Cook, Charlene F. Dixon, Robert D. Krehbiel, Cecelia Ann Rosenhagen, Alfred J. Pickett, Carl A. “Dink” Eggert and Ervin Ernest Miller.

June 4

Martin Guichardl, Brooklyn, N.Y. native, glides his stalled airplane to safety near Rago. Rural Kingman man, Leo Ziegler, is killed while working on a combine. Fifteen-year-old Will Morris has been accepted into the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) and has chosen to attend Ft. Hays State University this fall. Kingman United Methodist Church sponsors Community Block Party to benefit St. Gianna Health Clinic of Kingman, a free clinic staffed by volunteers and financed by grants and donations. Breck Knoblauch, KHS junior, competes at the State Track and Field for discus; best throw is 148’11.’’ KHS class of 1949 and earlier have reunion in Kingman. City-wide garage sales this weekend in Kingman. Death notices in this paper were that of Florence A. Boese, Gerald L. Bonnesen, Lois J. Brewster, Leo B. Ziegler and Florence Clare Neal Zogleman.

June 11

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce Dessert Theatre fundraiser includes the “Pat, Cindy and Gayle” trio as part of its entertainment. Kingman-Norwich Biggest Loser II had four biggest losers, Justin Doll, Carla Wankum, Rhonda Doll and Randy Doll, for a total of 128 pounds lost. Downtown Kingman is getting new lights; crews are working to put up ‘‘old fashioned’’ style lights. Byron and June Walker are presented with membership pins for their 50 years of service to the Eastern Star. Obits listed were Walter C. Bayer and Edith Eleanor Long.

June 18

Capt. Shawn Lux resigns from Kingman Police Department to take a position with Goddard Police Force. Kingman County Fair button was designed by 11-year-old Tara Schwartz of Pretty Prairie. A biography of Cleland McBurney is featured this issue. Summer Baseball Camp is held in Riverside Park. Construction on St. Patrick Catholic School is moving right along. The L-C featured a Father’s Day page with several interviews of dads in the area: Greg Schriner, Tim Elliott and Ray Schonlau. Kingman County Substance Abuse Prevention signs and banner are stolen throughout town. Deaths listed were Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Smith, Joe E. Stucky and Roland “Butter” Cornelius.

June 25

Kingman County’s wheat harvest is underway in the county. Michael Winter, a missing Penalosa man, is found in Harper County. Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce Dessert Theatre is this weekend. Sister LeAnn Probst of Great Bend celebrates 50 years with the Dominican Sisters. Obituaries were that of Bonnie Jean Ashcraft, Shirley Thornton, The Rev. Canon C. Don Baugh, Guy E. Geesling, Erma E. Dixon and Leona Bell “Lee” Conn.

July 2

People of all ages enjoyed the Christian Rock Concert that was held at the softball field across from St. Patrick School. Donna Brown’s yard is “Yard of the Week.” The Wheatlands Health Care Center celebrates 20 years in service in Kingman. County receives new software, to assist with annual appraisal of properties, in the appraiser’s office. Palomino Horse Show held at Kingman’s Activity Center. Deaths were Mildred L. Morisse, Irmalee Duncan, Bernice Mable Seiler, Dwain E. Van Dolah, Flora “Rose” Shellenberger, Mary J. Hamilton, Mary F. Mathis, Marie M. Greiving and Norman L. “Pete” Sharp.

July 9

The State of Kansas awards Cleo’s the 2009 Business Appreciation Award of Merit. Twelve members of the Kingman Swim Team earn the title “Swimmers of the Year:” Payton Pickering, Brianne Garrison, Tyler Garrison, Bailey Bangert, Mikabe Erdman, Alison Knoblauch and Ben Purvis. Donna Rohlman is the new Rotary Club president. Kingman Garden Club’s 2nd Annual Garden Tour is this weekend, with 10 gardens to show. Vita Henning wins free one-year subscription through the Specs Contest. A “200th” Birthday Celebration for the John Parsons’ family: John turns 90, son Steve is 60, granddaughter Dana 30, and granddaughter Hayley is 20 years old. New Kingman Chamber member, Sonic Drive-In, has ribbon cutting and percolator. Dan Helm’s 25th Annual Junior Golf Clinic was held. Deaths were that of Jack Matthew Aistrup, Norman L. “Pete” Sharp, Edwin C. Lager, Gloria Ann Harris, and Imo Florine Patterson.

July 16

Kingman’s area musicians return from a trip to Europe. The group was Carmen Gott, Melanie Rainosek, Haley Miller, Christianna Ortiz, Nathan Siemens, Christian Maude, Meredith Voran and Chaperones David and Robin Bartley. Rita Strohl of Cunningham is one of three Kansas winners of the Kansas Lottery’s Deal or No DealTM instant ticket second-chance drawing. White’s Foodliner in Kingman is fined for labor law violation. Kingman’s blood drive collects 97 units of blood. Kingman people are gearing up for the 82nd Annual Kingman County & 4-H Fair. No obituaries were listed in this issue.

July 23

Kingman County Fair’s Carnival is set up west of the rodeo grounds. That will be its permanent location. New construction projects in downtown Kingman include a new roof on the Kingman County Historical Museum and a covered parking garage is underway at the corner of “B” and Cedar streets. Kingman’s St. Patrick School receives grant for its building project from the South Central Community Foundation. Captain Frank Miller retires from the Kingman Fire Department after 22 years of service. Volunteers are busy getting the fairgrounds and carnival ready for the weekend fair. Area deaths listed were Linda K. Robinson Halbert, Joseph Lee Bailey, Philomen “Phil” Sterling, Glenn D. Beebe, Edith M. McBurney, and Eugene E. Albright.

July 30

Linda Henning with Kingman’s Post Office will retire after nearly 30 years of carrying mail. Lonny Bauer is injured while working at Dollar General. The ice cream man, John Jones, will make his rounds in Kingman selling ice cream goodies. This year’s County/4-H Fair featured the “Idol Contest,” which drew a Junior High boys at the KHS football field. Deaths listed in this issue were Ray A. Cheely and Connie L. Denison-Dorsey.

August 6

Copa Apartments’ new owners are Jason and Holly Jones of Cheney. Doris Goetz, a resident of Wheatlands Health Care Center, is awarded the “Yard of the Week” for her flowers on the patio. The results from the recent County/4-H Fair are listed in this issue. County Fair Demo Derby had several Kingman men participating: Kyle Pickett, Cody Drosselmeyer, Jared Dick, Wyatt Henning, Andrew Westerman and Todd Swindle. The 13th Annual Kingman Community Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament raised $20,000 to benefit the hospital this year. The winners of the tourney were John Hundley, Shawn Snyder, Stan Moore and Chuck Luntsford. Obituaries were Terry T. Messick, Lenora V. Musick, Homer Allen Baker Jr., and Wendy A. Ankerholz.

August 13

The ‘Ollers’, Bob and Harriet, from Spivey are still playing and singing after 60 years. First Baptist Church has Community Family Fair. Benefit concert held at KHS is for the battle against ovarian cancer. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ronnie Fankhauser is escorted to Wichita Airport by the American Legion Riders. Three couples plan future weddings. Walter and Mary Robinson celebrate 65 years together. Kingman Carnegie Library and the Friends of the Library to host a Library Benefit Golf Scramble Sept. 26. Judy and Barbara Smith earn “Yard of the Week.” Delinquent Real Estate notices were published. Deaths listed were Gaylon K. Pankratz, Robert Charles Watson, Ray Hinderliter, Bill Orr, Joseph Edward Beisel, and SGM (RET) Daniel A. DeLaRosa.

August 20

A community support and co-owner of the Savannah House, Rick Francis dies suddenly. A tractor plowing in a field south of Rago strikes 8” natural gas line, causing leakage. A movie, “Reach,” is being filmed in and around Kingman, with director Russell Kostner. New Kingman Police Officer Martin Bell begins duty. Kingman-Norwich Recreation Department has “Moonlight Golf Tournament” with 80 players. There is a Palomino Horse Show at the Kingman Activity Center. Jaclyn Stasa, 2009 senior, is recipient of a $1,000 Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship. This week’s “Yard of the Week” went to Belinda Beck of 800 N. Coronado. The obits in this issue were that of David Bowen, John C. Baird, Richard M. “Rick” Francis and Bertha W. Jarmer.

August 27

Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) in Kingman sells its subsidiary FabPro to Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc. “Bark for Life” raises money for the American Cancer Society. Southfork Archers hosts a 3D Shoot Drawing and Feed on the Byron Walker Wildlife Area. Members of the Garden Club and Southwestern Nurseries are responsible for the Champlin Park sign. Richard C. Mason, a retired president of the State Bank of Kingman, dies. New Kingman teachers are Lisa Moore, Cindy Austin, Bobby Waldschmidt, Bill Woodward and Brandie Waldshmidt.

September 3

The Highway 54 construction east of Cunningham is in progress. Kingman Chamber of Commerce Percolator is held in Charlus and Teresa Bishop’s cabin. Music groups plan to come to Kingman’s Music Festival in October. New improvements in Kingman see St. Patrick School in progress, a downtown parking structure, downtown lights and a new Citizen Bank of Kansas sign. Kingman High’s cross country and girls tennis teams are pictured. Area deaths were Donald B. Rohlman, Matthew R. Bosley, Robert O. Knutson and Deanna Krehbiel.

September 10

The Veteran’s Memorial on Main and Hwy 54 receives eight new bricks. The Terry Quiett Band will play in Kingman at the October Festival. St. Gianna Health Clinic guidelines are provided in this issue. Kingman High’s Marching Band performs at State Fair in Hutchinson. Deaths listed were that of William H. Smarsh and Howard Dean Stucky. Local resident, Sharina M. Schaller, takes life changing trip to Ghana Africa.

September 17

Kingman High School publishes its 7th Veterans book. Benefit supper at Pretty Prairie Steakhouse is for Deb Henning, who is fighting colon cancer. Cleo’s has its annual “Good Neighbor Day” Sept. 9. Hutchinson’s The Samuel Band is coming to Kingman Music Festival. Gerald Powell becomes a “Big” by his relationship with an 8-year-old, Hawkeye Jesse James Thomas. Main Place Youth to sponsor KACC Percolator. Electric rates are again discussed at City Commission meeting.

September 24

Kingman Bloodmobile collects 95 units at recent drive. Kelly Mason, a former Kingman resident, buys the First National Bank in Pratt. Three year old Andrea Taylor, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome and many other medical problems, is now in Preschool in Cunningham. The L-C’s Willowdale correspondent, Helen Youngers, celebrates 75 birthday. The Editor Connie Schoenhofer, with daughter Ali, granddaughter Lexi, and her mother Bev McQuin take a four generation photo. Obituaries were Don R. Drosselmeyer and Kathleen R. Neville.

October 1

Kingman High School football royalty were Kyle Berschauer and Tina Molitor. The Life Chain for human life will be Sunday. KACC Ribbon Cutting welcomes Dr. Rochelle D. Harden, Audiologist, to Kingman. Andrew Hook, 24, is arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and theft by threat to a Houdini’s Pizza employee. The Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, Bishop of Wichita, attend Willowdale’s 125th celebration. Kingman County celebrates 4-H Week, Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, with 4-Hers around the world. Deaths listed were Justin M. Danahy, Floyd Olen Ravenstein, Josephine E. Ford and Ida May O’Neal.

October 8

Charlus Bishop has been an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance for 20 years. The H1N1 (swine) flu has one confirmed case in Kingman Co. Kingman Chamber Spotlight features Eck Electric; owner Travis Eck starts his own business one year out of high school. The Leader-Courier’s Publisher Bob McQuin is pictured in a four generation picture with daughter Connie Schoenhofer, grandson Jeff Schoenhofer and great-granddaughter McKenzie Schoenhofer. Kanza Bank presents Rebecca Huelskamp, KMS teacher, with the Outstanding Teacher Award. A dedication ceremony was held to lay the cornerstone for the new portion of St. Patrick School in Kingman. Obits were Ida May O’Neal, William E. “Bill” Scheffler, Deanna Vavra, Maynard P. Robertson, Larry D. Lampe, Evelyn Bebermeyer and Rachel E. Daniels.

October 15

Kingman Leader-Courier hires Nancy D. Borst, new sports editor and reporter. Kingman High School will join new athletic league, Central Kansas League, for 2010-2011. The old Cleveland Schoolhouse in Cleveland has seen its last reunion, because it has been sold and removed from its premises. KHS Debate Team members Libby Reeves and Taten Stamm place 5th at Nickerson tourney. Kingman Middle School football team runs over Bluestem, 52-0. Jeremy Farris, a 7th grader at KMS, brings home second place in the skateboard competition at Edgemoor Skate Park in Wichita. USD 331 students visit fire departments for National Fire Prevention Week. Deaths listed were Grace Mildred Woolf, Marjie Pro Bell and Lester O. Smith.

 

October 22

The H1N1 flu vaccine comes to Kingman County schools. Wheatlands Health Care Center to open thrift shop to help with raising money for needed equipment. The Kansas Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Affiliate (KFQHRA) state show, will be held for the first time in Kingman. Cunningham HS Cross Country team finishes second in the Heart of the Plains League meet at Kinsley. KHS senior Sarah Vanlandingham represented KHS at the 4A State Golf Tourney, finishing 25th out of 91 golfers. Obits published were that of Gilbert D. Endicott, Grace Mildred Woolf, Janice K. Bullard and Earl Wayne Mease.

October 29

The schedule for “what’s happening for Halloween” is featured on the front page. All Medicare beneficiaries are informed of changes to Medicare Part D for 2010. Kingman Boy Scouts hand out fliers for a fundraiser to help pay for the 2010 Summer Camp. For a haunted house experience, the cast of the “Haunted Kingman” is open from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 30-31. County Commissioners confirm their intent to issue industrial revenue bonds to fund construction of a commercial dairy facility west of Penalosa. Kingman High School’s fall recognition honors 26 seniors. Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, Nov. 1. Deaths listed were Bob Oller, Arletha L. Scovell, Melba L. Reida and Douglas Charles Erb.

November 5

Jeri’s Kitchen celebrates 20 years in business in Kingman. Local Guardsman, Ronnie Fankhauser, with 22 years of service, now adjusts to life after Iraq. KHS All School Play, “The Great All-American Musical Disaster” to be Nov. 12. Pictures of “Halloween Fun” published in this issue. Virleen Wegerer retires from Wegerer Lumber after 32 years in business. Brenda Sharp, former USD 332 teacher, is named Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) Coordinator of the Year. Obits listed were Eula Mae (Doze) Hart, Alva D. Sowers, Garland Walter Yarberry and Jerrianne Hada.

November 12

Sisters Michaela and Claire Theis play tackle football and love it. Norwich kids get the H1NI vaccine. A new dairy operation will be built west of Penalosa by Cottonwood Feeders, LLC. Kingman High School play, “The Great All American Musical Disaster” presented Nov. 12. Kingman Rotary Club hosts annual soup supper. Publisher Bob McQuin’s granddaughter, Christiana McQuin, a volleyball player at UMKC, was named The Summit League Defensive Player of the Week. VFW honors long-time members (50+ years) Carol Zerger, Charles Gerber, Bob Robinson, Gloyd Dixon, Joseph Oeding and Frank Dodge. Deaths were Mary Theil, Virginia Ann Hamlett, Helen Lewis and Vada E. Hudspeth.

November 19

KHS’s annual Veterans Day program sets record with more than 100 military personnel in attendance. The former Food-4-Less building to be razed for new Dollar General Store. The former Wegerer Lumber, now Arensdorf Lumber, purchased by Mark Arensdorf and nephews, Chris and Brian Arensdorf. St. Patrick Catholic School earns the Governor’s Award second year in a row. KMS 8th grade basketball boys get first victory of season against Andale, 37-28. These KHS football players were honored at a banquet: Scott Osner, Mikabe Erdman, Kyle Berschauer, Breck Knoblauch and Blake Bergkamp. Obits listed were Leona McComb, Ida E. “Betty” Tracy, Bobbie Jo Ralstin, Louise Delventhal, Rev. James P. Adams, Dean Fairchild, Grace Elizabeth Vierthaler, Susan L. Colby and Evelyn Joan Forrester.

November 26

Kingman’s Broadway Park gets new trees, thanks to a grant from South Central Community Foundation and Southwestern Nurseries of Kingman. Kingman Community Christmas Fund Angel Trees are up in town. Kingman County’s jail, built in 1959, is a building that is not meeting the demands required for today, says an official from the National Institute of Corrections. H1NI vaccines come to Kingman Elementary School. November is National Home Care Month. The Kingman High School men’s basketball is young and inexperienced. Obituaries this issue were Michael J. Maloney, Pearl Johnston and Marvin Robert Boyer.

December 3

Kingman’s Lighted Parade is Saturday, Dec. 5. Chinese restaurant, formerly the Ranch House, is soon to open in Kingman. The Kingman Area Ministries, Inc. (KAMI) Food Bank is in need of food items; more families in need this year. The Thrift Shop purchases resident lift for the Wheatlands Health Care Center. MBP Eagles of the Month of October were Meredith Voran, Sarah Vanlandingham, Jennifer Rainosek and Murray Heikes. Eagle Classic basketball tournament starts Tuesday at KHS. Obituaries listed were Margaret Ann Youngers, Julia Reno, Etta Mae Cooley, Sue A. Hockett-Fields, Eldon L. Watson Jr., Abraham Dustin Meyer and Mary Alice Ann Eastwood Lang.

December 10

The Kingman Leader-Courier owner and publisher, Bob McQuin, is honored at a percolator for his 43 years in business. Kingman’s Christmas Parade night was cold, but well attended. Young Janelle Belt donates her hair to Locks of Love. Holiday Open House at 346 East C, Kingman, to help benefit local Food Bank. Giefer Real Estate donate services on sale of former St. Patrick Church Rectory. KES fifth graders graduate D.A.R.E. program. Three KHS football players honored by The Wichita Eagle as some of the best athletes in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League. They were Breck Knoblauch, Blake Bergkamp and Isaac Harbert. Obituaries listed were that of Jerry Thieme, Fredrick Thomas McClaren, Virginia M. Wiard, Eva Anna Hauser, Frederick (Fritz) G. Zrubek and Richard Youngers.

December 17

Kingman’s National Guard Armory to be one of 18 to close in the State of Kansas early in 2010 because of state budget cuts. USD 331 Superintendent Scott Carter is placed on a 30-day paid leave of absence by the district, effective immediately. H1N1 flu vaccine is now available to everyone. Several local couples celebrate with 65, 60 or 50 years of marriage. Saturday night’s games at the KHS Eagle Classic tournament gave both boys and girls a win. The deaths this issue were James Linley Patton II, Roberta Alice Dellenbaugh, Donald Ray Allender, Kathryn E. Vaughn and Jack Tracy.

December 24

USD 331 Superintendent Scott Carter faces DUI charges and failure to report an accident. KHS senior Brittney Johnson designed the winning logo for the new Central Kansas League. Butch Thimesch, a USD 331 bus driver, retires Jan. 5, 2010. The Kansas Army National Guard closes the Kingman location, with the Armory going back to the city. City and county are discussing the fact that a new jail is needed. Kingman High girls and boys basketball teams lose to Rose Hill. This issue had the Christmas section included. Obituaries listed were Cathy Smith, Jerome G. Boor, Harold W. Clayton, Irene Reida, Vernon Ansel Wohlford and Gary Gastineau. Todd Mayfield of Penalosa, returns home for holiday leave, from Iraq. Wheatlands Health Care Center enjoy visits from St. Patrick PSR class, their instructor Betty Jean Patterson along with Betty’s dog Queenie. Plus Noah’s Ark students entertained the residents with holiday songs.

December 31

The old Food-4-Less store is demolished for the new building site of the Dollar General store. One car accident kills Sharon Kelty, 61, of Cheney. Kingman avoided a snowstorm Christmas, but the winds were strong and temps cold. Kingman County develops commercial wind farm (CWF) application guidelines. KHS student, Madison Boyer, wins $500 gift certificate, from a fundraiser held by Safe Harbor. The Kingman County Activity Center receives new stove for the kitchen. Mary Trollope of the Kingman County Health Department retires after 30 years. Kingman Middle School 8th grade girl’s basketball have 7-3 record. Obituaries were Gladys Olive Forrester and Sharon Kay Napier-Kelty.

 

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