2010 in Review

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2010 was the year the Kingman National Guard Armory would no longer house the guard and would be turned back over to the city of Kingman. Kingman mourned the loss of a 13 year old, Steven Tetrick, and watched as long-time auctioneer Larry Giefer had an auction at his own place following advice from his heart doctor. Kingman County was discovered by “Hollywood” as two movies, “After the Wizard” and “Terminal,” were filmed here using a few local actors.


Jan. 7

Injury accident on US-54 and K-14 has passenger trapped in vehicle for nearly two hours. Main Place Youth girls are given a sewing machine from various fundraisers by the Kingman Rotary Club. Kingman City Commission discusses the two groups interested in operating the Armory. Bill Erdman has delivered the newspapers for 30 years. Justin Notter of Pratt, pleads guilty to charges before trial starts. Don and Eileen Hawkins present program at Talk of Month with their international work team mission trip to Peru. Weekend fire destroys building northeast of Kingman, valued at $40,000 to $50,000. Obituaries listed were Pamela K. Bryant, Marion F. Manjeot, Duane Fairchild and Bertha L. Pomeroy.

Jan. 14

Kingman City Commissioner Myrna Carson is arrested on criminal felony warrant from Texas. Kingman Community Hospital sends patient Ben Oak to a Wichita hospital after a fire in the operating room. USD 331 Board of Education votes to extend a leave of absence for Superintendent Scott Carter, but it will be an unpaid leave. Frozen pipes break and flood the VFW Hall. Extreme cold temperatures have hit the area.

Spivey serviceman returns to area after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kingman teen is charged in Reno County, following an incident at a Nickerson High School dance. Little Hadley Cate Garrison is born to Todd and Lacey Garrison. Students from KES/KMS collected food for the local food bank. The new addition to the St. Patrick School is open for classes on Jan. 11. Kingman Middle School 8th grade girls win the SKL Basketball Tournament at Clearwater. Obituaries were that of Thelma Jean Walter, Joan E. (Parker) Rockwell, Jess Willard Pulliam and Paul D. “Top” Wohlford.

Jan. 21

Gun accident takes the life of 13-year-old Steven Tetrick. City Commissioner Myrna Carson resigns her post. Fabpro renews request for lower electrical rates. Several local groups express interest in running the Armory after the National Guard officially exists. Kingman’s Covenant Assembly of God Church celebrates new remodel with a dedication. Pastors Bryan and Julie Parker announce the birth of their son, Elliott Benjamin Parker. Kingman 8th grade boys take third place in Southern Kansas League Tournament in basketball. Deaths listed were Steven Tyler Tetrick, Betty A. Bartholomew, Dan Graber and Josie Mae (Huffman) Ownbey.

Jan. 28

Kingman native, Rob Boyer, is helping in Haiti after an earthquake devastated the nation. Paul and Dorothy Handkins, Kingman county residents for 61 years, decide to move to a retirement facility in Wichita. City commissioners revamp electric rates in an effort to keep Fabpro in Kingman. Kingman High School students who earned Mind, Body and Pride award for December were Blake Bergkamp, Melanie Rainosek, Maegan Osner and Jessica Duhon. The Leader-Courier presents a Valentine’s Day giveaway promotion, with prizes from area businesses. Kingman High senior Layne Klausmeyer was selected for the basketball all-tournament team. Two USD 331 teachers are honored and receive Golden Apple awards; they are KHS’s Ron Sawyer and NHS teacher Lorna Poe. Boy Scout Troop 740 attends annual Trappers Rendezvous, a winter camping trip to Harvey County Park West. Obituaries were that of Coletta Susan Soellner, Emma Jean Norton, John Joseph Ziegler, Floyd R. Krehbiel, Hazel

W. McCutchen, John E. Blasi and Robert “Bob” Berry.

Feb. 4

USD 331 funding “okay” for now; the district has been able to shift funds and delay some expenditures to offset cuts in state aid Kingman High School basketball homecoming candidates are Chris New, Dani Molitor, Christian Maude, Stephanie Funke, Blake Bergkamp, Sarah Vanlandingham, Isaac Harbert, Paige Henry, Drew Trollope, Carrie Rohlman, Matt Snyder and Jessica Miller. USD 331 to act on Superintendent Scott Carter’s unpaid leave of absence. Feb. 5 is “Go Red for Women” Day launched by the American Heart Association. Fabpro donates fiber for concrete poured at the new storage units of the Big Toy Storage. Underground gas in western Kingman County is now on tax rolls. Births announced were that of Dreyvn Andrew Ahlberg to Andy and Sherri Ahlberg of Colorado, and Brynn Ellen to Braden and Andrea Bottenberg of Wichita. First grade students from Kingman Elementary celebrate reaching 100 days of school on Jan. 25. Kingman’s Knights of Columbus participate in the “Food for Families” program, collecting food and financial support for food banks in the United States and Canada. St. Patrick School opens its new addition Jan. 9. Deaths were Lillie Maxine Robinson and Wilma Pinkerton.

Feb. 11

True tales of true love were featured this issue in conjunction with Valentine’s Day. Those couples sharing their stories were Charles and Dorothy Gerber, Daryl and Nancy Young, Ralph and Ivy Lankton, Mary and Charles Hooper, and Anita and the late Dan Cheatum. KHS Basketball Homecoming crowns Stephanie Funke and Matt Snyder. The Leader-Courier Valentine’s Day promotion had four grand winners: Dorothy Graham, Wanda Luthi, Roy Waite and Joel Bailey. The son of Marc and Toni Thimesch was listed as a new arrival; his name was Kacin James. Grandparents’ Day at St. Patrick School has around 450 guests who dined in the school’s new cafeteria. Kingman’s Covenant Assembly of God Church holds dedication of completion of its renovation. Obituary listed was that of Jim Robinson.

Feb. 18

An unidentified male breaks into Kingman Drug’s front door and gets away with a large quantity of controlled substance drugs. Charlus Bishop fills seat on city commission after Myrna Carson’s resignation. Former Kingman city commissioner Myrna Carson is discharged from a fugitive warrant issued by the state of Texas over an alleged theft. Wound care services are now available at Kingman Community Hospital from specialist, Dr. Jeremy Tamir. New arrivals making the news were twin sons, Larry David and Newt Henry, born to Eric and Jennifer Heatherman, Cheney. Curt and Brooks Wilson, McPherson, are parents of a girl, Chloe Jade, and Izak Brian was born to Paul and Roxane Grob, Newton. Kingman’s Museum to celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2010. Kingman High senior Lisa Giefer participates in the State Band at the Kansas Music Educators Association annual convention in Wichita. She is the only French horn in the KHS band program. Travis Tetrick leads the horse that belonged to his brother, Steven Tetrick, as part of a memorial service at the conclusion of the Heartland Youth Rodeo, held in Kingman. Deaths listed were that of former mayor and mail carrier, Robert “Bob” Pulliam, Stanley E. “Bud” Benson and Dr. John J. Stucky, Sr.

Feb. 25

The Kansas Armory National Guard bids a formal goodbye to a place it had called home since 1937 and returned the Kingman Armory to the city of Kingman. Stanley “Bud” Benson dies Feb. 12, leaving lasting legacies in Kingman. A balloon launch at Wheatlands Health Care Center honored Benson, who was a charter board member of the care home. Kingman County commissioners discuss whether to pave a township road in the western part of the county to benefit the Neville Built business. St. Patrick’s dinner is in a transition phase, as this will be the first year for the dinner to be in the new school and with new kitchen facilities. Bishop Michael Jackels here to celebrate dedication services for Kingman’s free clinic, St. Gianna Health Clinic. Death notices were that of Frances “Betty” Christiansen and Lola M. Skinner.

March 4

Kingman’s longtime auctioneer’s property on the auction block; Larry and Peggy Giefer auction Belgian horses, harnesses, tractors, trailers and even some household goods, after doctors tell Larry he has a bad heart. Twenty Kingman High School seniors were recognized during the Eagles’ final home basketball game of the season. First Baptist Church of Kingman hosts presentation of former pastor, the Rev. Tim and Alecia O’Byrne and their family, sharing the story of their journey to adopt four children from a Haitian orphanage. Kingman Dance Center hosts a Ballet Emmanuel Workshop with students from Friends University Ballet Department and from Ballet Emmanuel Company taking part. Obituaries listed were Cora E. Krehbiel and Verlin G. Dennis.

March 11

The DVD titled “Clyde Cessna, From the Ground Up,” is to be shown at the Kingman Theatre, thanks to Gary and Prisca Krehbiel. A Town Hall Meeting is held to alert the community to new research on the risks of underage drinking and empower the community to take action to stop it. The USD 331 Board accepts Superintendent Scott Carter’s resignation. Women’s Health Gala is to be April 10. Two local men, Chris Jett and Pat Thimesch, buy Kingman Quality Lube auto shop. The South Central Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Sale in Kingman draws a crowd. USD 331 announces that budget cuts will be made in the 2010-2011 school year but it’s unknown what those cuts will be until later this spring. The births announced in this issue were that of Cole Richard, to Darrell and Gwen Hageman of Kingman; Morgan Matthew, to Aaron and Tammy Simons of Marienthal; and twin daughters, Tally Jean and Jet Cayley, to Blaine and Carey Jones of Suffolk, Va. Records are broken for the annual St. Patrick Chicken and Sausage Dinner in Kingman; serving 1,324 people. One death was listed, that of Joe Irvin Smith.

March 18

Kingman’s FFA High School Rodeo was held at the Kingman County Activity Center. The annual rodeo attracted competitors from across Kansas. A Kingman man, Ivan Richert, was killed in a one-vehicle accident near Pretty Prairie. Local judge, Larry T. Solomon, Chief Judge of the 30th Judicial District, served on state’s Supreme Court. Two public forums are held in search of a new superintendent for USD 331. A new format change for property value notices is due to a new statewide appraisal software program this year. Eric and Crystal Andersen, Kingman, announce the birth of a son, Grayson Wayne. The Kingman Eagles have three senior girls to help lead their softball squad, but will have to rely on younger members for the team’s success. Obituaries were that of Nona J. Droegnemeier, Lois M. Fredelake Zimmerman, Evelyn F. East, Ruth Geraldine Koss Hughes and Ivan L. Richert.

March 25

Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce receives word that Kingman is being considered as a location to film the sequel to “The Wizard of Oz” book; filming to take place April 19-22. Superintendent Scott Carter admits to drunk driving last December and agrees to one-year diversion. Theme and logo contest is set for this year’s Kingman County & 4-H Fair. As a result of state budget shortfalls the Kingman County District Court will close for several Fridays in April and May. A son, Briston Randall Gordon, was born to Nicholas Gordon and Alisha Sickles. Congestive heart failure was Wayne Blumanhourst’s diagnosis, but a medical device helps him lead a fairly normal life. Cunningham’s Hilltop Manor has been honored as one of the nation’s top nursing homes by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Obituaries listed in this issue were that of Clyde W. Schreiber, Debra J. (Cross) Kropp and Marlys Mae Voran.

April 1

The 6th Annual Health Gala to be in Kingman, with the hospital conducting health screenings. A “Strengthening Families” program is scheduled again in Kingman; this program is sponsored by the Kingman County Grant to Reduce Underage Drinking to strengthen parenting skills and to help prevent teen substance abuse. Kingman City Clerk Cindy Conrardy is recognized for earning the designation of Master Municipal Clerk. Kingman postal worker, Lowell Gridley, is recognized for 30 years of service. Beatrice Ricke, Spivey, has open house to celebrate her 90th birthday. Newborn Benjamin William Cousins is the son of William Cousins and Amanda Lampe. Local resident, Emily Voran, raises money to help with a mission trip to Belize she plans to take this summer. The Kingman City Police Department hires Kirk VanDegrift to replace Officer John Martin, who left in February. Kingman High Eagles for the month of February were Blayn Youngers, Kent Girard, Ryan Kinsler and Kyle Berschauer. Deaths published were Marion A. Graber, Bonnie Fine, James E. Tilson and Rita Mary Pulliam.

April 8

Kingman Fire Department battles a house fire on North Main that was started by outdoor burning. Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce percolator was held at Folk’s Home Center to honor retiring Janice Neville after 28 years of service. Here in town for the filming of “After the Wizard, a California actor, Jermel Nakia, has been cast to play the role of the Scarecrow. Officials with British Petroleum Wind Energy NA, Inc., have been acquiring leases to land in western Kingman County in hopes to construct at least one wind farm. Leader-Courier staffer, Nancy Borst, becomes grandmother with the birth of Natasha Borst, daughter of Evan and Ellen Borst. Deaths published were that of Ruth A. Zimmerman, Eric Dean Gegner and Pearl H. Millard.

April 15

Hannah Blackburn, a 2006 Kingman High graduate, earned All-America basketball honors from Bethel College in North Newton. Kingman County Commissioners propose a one-cent increase in sales tax, to help for county roads and a new jail. The Kingman Chamber has annual meeting at the Kingman Country Club. A Chamber ribbon cutting/percolator is held at the Amedisys Home Health Systems, located on South Main. Kingman youth are participants of the Goddard Wrestling Club; they are Andrew Reed, Dottie and Dylan Houseworth, Owen Pearce and Colby Schreiner. Class 4A post-season basketball honorable mention honors go to Mikabe Erdman, Layne Klausmeyer, Hayley Mertens and Tina Molitor, all Kingman players. Obituaries were that of Edward Joe Hornbeck, Marlene R. Hawkins, Dennis M. Bohrer, Blaine Robert Rollmann, Matthew Ryan Eller and Glenn E. Collins.

April 22

Kingman’s Cannonball Engineering business made national news with CNN reporter interviewing owners Terry and Debbie Schrag. A “garden section” is included in this issue of The Kingman Leader-Courier. The filming of the “After the Wizard” takes place in Topeka and Pretty Prairie over the weekend, with local kids as orphans. Julie and Kane Brandes of Nebraska announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Rose. Dr. and Mrs. Eldon E. Breazier celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. Matt Clark is the new Kingman County Agricultural agent. The deaths included were Vincent B. Tatro, Glenn Ellis Freeland, Ruth Anne Froese, Paul A. “Pat” Ewertz, John Dean McIlrath, Joyce Ann Mayfield Crumet and Lola Hutchison Schultz.

April 29

Kingman High School Jr./Sr. Prom is “A Night in Vegas.” Ruth Ann Froese dies from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident on K-42 Highway. Mark Bogner, once a Kingman farm boy, is now a meteorologist for KSN, Channel 3 in Wichita. Cast and crew of “After the Wizard” all go home, after filming here in the past few weeks. Nancy Borst, Leader-Courier sports editor, wins a Kansas Press Association award. Local Knights of Columbus donate money from their annual Tootsie Roll drive. Kingman High “Mind, Body and Pride” students for the month of March were Jacob Kostner, Blaine Boswell, Kyle McCormack and Danny Finder. An instructor from Stinger Spike System came to Kingman to teach Kingman Police and Sheriff departments on techniques and timing of deploying spikes. Obits listed were Clemens M. “Clem” Ewy, Pearl W. Prather, Anna Louise Garst, Doris M. Munden, Wilbur R. Ingram, Mildred M. Taylor and Twila Kathryn Seiwert Visconti.

May 6

Kingman-Norwich Board of Education hires Robert Diepenbrock as new superintendent. City commissioners appoint Lorraine Leis to the library board. Arensdorf Lumber, formerly Wegerer Lumber, is torn down and site cleaned up. Merritta Williams, Wheatland’s care home resident, celebrates her 90th birthday; Clarence Burroughs celebrates 80 years. St. Patrick Catholic School dedicates new facility; Father James Weldon and the Most Rev. Michael Jackels, Bishop of Wichita, celebrate with a Thanksgiving mass. The Leader-Courier does a “wrap up” of the filming of “After the Wizard.” Kingman’s Riverside Park to be the site for a 4A high school baseball regional tournament, May 17-18. Kingman High School baseball pitcher, Austin Minor, pitches a no-hitter against Clearwater. Kingman High’s golf team wins Hesston tournament, with golfer Kade Knepper finishing with second place. Deaths listed in this issue were Jack Dixon, Betty J. Trickel-Hawkins, Fern A. Selichnow, Anna J. Cook, Kathleen Swope, Keith Foley and Doris Wardell Sheppard.

May 13

A Monday night severe thunderstorm storm leaves four homes in the Belmont area damaged. The Don and Laurie Hall home was completely destroyed by a tornado. Kingman resident, Phyllis Rowley, who is a graphic artist for the Wichita Public Schools, won awards in seven different categories in the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Kansas School Public Relations Association publications contest for her excellence in graphic design for district publications and brochures. The new Dollar General joins the Kingman Chamber of Commerce. Tim and Kim (Youngers) Hjerpe announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Idolette. Kingman high senior Paige Bornholdt is named Governor’s Scholar and Christian Maude was awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship. First Communicants of St. Patrick Catholic School and members of the Parish School of Religion are honored and pictured in this issue. The Class 4A baseball regional tournament begins Monday with seven teams besides Kingman. Baseball players Aaron and Austin Minor, who are twins, teamed for a no-hitter against Clearwater. Obituaries listed were David Alan Pettay, Catherine Theresa Stage and Al Joe Sterneker.

May 20

The Norwich community puts on a benefit soup supper for Don and Laurie Hall and their two daughters, after a tornado destroyed their home and belongings. Retirement reception will honor Leon Albert for his 40 years of service with the Unified School District 331. A farewell reception honors USD. 332 Superintendent Mr. Fortmayer, and his family, at Cunningham. Kingman City Commission names Liz Madden to city’s park board. A daughter, Aaliyah Grace McGinnis, is born to Jared McGinnis and Morgan Pittman. St. Patrick Catholic School kiss a pig for school reading achievement. Clint Dick, a student at Southgwestern College, is an intern at The Kingman Leader-Courier this summer. Kingman senior citizens know firsthand how important exercise is to their health. Jake Kaufman, KHS junior, represented Kingman at the Class 4A State Tennis Meet in Pratt. Kingman’s softball team ends season with a loss to Pratt in the regional tournament. Kingman Eagle baseball team comes up short at regionals to take 2nd place. Kingman High School’s 62 candidates for graduation are pictured in this issue. Also pictured are Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, soon-to-be-graduates. Deaths were Jason H. Denison, Gary A. Baggs and Eldon Leroy Beck. Improvements to Camp Mennoscah are made possible through Vision 2012 campaign.

May 27

Seven Kingman High School seniors girls earn Valedictorian honors: Erica Witty, Meredith Voran, Lisa Giefer, Paige Bornholdt, Paige Henry, Jessica Miller and Brittney Johnson. An Australian shepherd dog alerts resident, Sandy Hiebert, of a fire, started by lightning in her home southwest of Kingman. Five Kingman teachers retire: Ron Sawyer (38 years), Roy Wright (36 years), Jerry Livingston (34 years), Mark Bigelow (38 years) and Carmen Sowers (25 years). A mock car crash in Norwich is held at the request of Norwich Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Kingman High Eagle baseball team wins Class 4A regional baseball runner-up. Kingman High track teams qualify two for state track meet: senior Breck Knoblauch and junior Amelia Govert. Kingman Air Show is in Kingman Saturday. Memorial Day services were held at cemeteries in the Kingman area. Obituaries listed were that of Michael L. Dumond, Raymond E. Koehler, Robert Gary Schrader, Maxine Hamblin, Louise M. Smith, Greta Luciene (Cook) Marston, Edna Eva Voth Cook, Merrill Pearl Cook and Eileen Smith.

June 3, 2010

Kingman County road maintenance is challenging; increase of sales tax could help. Bill and Marguerite Wagner celebrate 50 years together. Deaths were that of Brian Martin, John B. Bogner, Cora Lou Strait and Eva May Pederson. The Kingman community helps support the Mike Hiebert family after fire destroys their home. The Kingman High School Mind, Body and Pride Eagles of the Year were freshman, Madeleine Roe; senior, Erica Witty; sophomore, Murray Heikes, and junior, Blake Bergkamp. Danny Finder, senior, has been selected as an All-State baseball pitcher and named the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League’s most valuable player in Division IV for 2010. Matt Casper, a KHS junior, designed and built a stock trailer that took two years to finish in Ron Sawyer’s shop class at Kingman High School.

June 10, 2010

Norma Shaw, a member of Della Chapter #172 Order of Eastern Star, is recognized for her 80 years of service. Others honored were Janis McIlrath, 65 years; Corrine Eller and Marjorie Wells, 60 years, and Merlynn Lantis, 50 years. Many Kingmanites are proud to fly the American flag year round. Unified School District 331 hires new superintendent, Robert Diepenbrock, who will begin his duties July 1. Many Kingman class reunions were held over Memorial Day weekend, which included the over 60 reunion, Class of 1950 and Class of 1960. The Don Young Memorial Trap Shoot at Todd Fairchild Trap Range was a fundraiser for Outdoor Buddies, Inc. The Covenant Assembly of God of Kingman is the values page featured church. Obituaries were that of Dee Ludlum Hughes. Boy Scout Troop 740 of Kingman retires flags that are no long being used.

June 17, 2010

Klaver Construction Company of Kingman celebrates 65 years in business, which was started by Bill Klaver, Sr. and Claude Wallace. Heavy rains halt the local wheat harvest. A son was born to Derrick and Dana Braxton of Mission. Ryan Mitchell and Kristina Klausmeyer announce the birth of a girl May 20. The Covenant Assembly of God Church and Kingman’s church of Christ have summer camps. People enrolled in Medicare will receive a one-time rebate to help with those that have reached the prescription drug coverage gap, known as “the donut hole.” The Kingman traveling men’s softball team, Abe’s Softball Club, wins tourney at Dodge City. Deaths listed were Leion F. Burling and Margaret Ann Hall Roberson.

June 24, 2010

Harvest is in full swing, with the Willowdale community helping the Jim Bohrer family cut their wheat. Laptop computers are coming to the Kingman High School this fall. Rebecca Faurot joins Williams & Williams Law Office. Breck Knoblauch and Tina Molitor have been named 2010 senior athletes of the year for Kingman High School. Travis Tetrick qualifies for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wy., July 18-24. Obituaries listed were Ann M. Morckel, Audrey M. Daggs, Laurine Mae Buchanan, Martha Lou Campbell, Rex D. Santee and Harold Handkins.

July 1, 2010

The family of Steven Tetrick plans a July 4th golf tournament as a memorial for him; Steven died from a fatal gunshot wound, Jan. 16, 2010. Cunningham Courier newspaper is one of five finalists for Business of the Year in the state of Kansas. Mike Gillen of Willowdale is recognized for his years as a weather observer. Margaret Albright of Pretty Prairie celebrates 90th birthday. Three births were announced in this issue, Brody Alexander Calvin, son of Derek and Angela Calvin of Topeka, and twin girls born to Kellie and Chris Jensen of Enid, Okla., Lauren Jean and Sarah Elaine. Wheatlands Health Care Center receives new tables and chairs for the dining room, from donations to the The Thrift Shop. Leon Albert, interim superintendent of schools for USD 331, retires after 40 years with the district. The Kingman High School tennis courts are getting a much needed makeover. Two new traffic laws go into effect, a motorist can be stopped for not wearing their seatbelts and a texting ban prohibits a driver from using a wireless device to write, send or read a written communication while operating a motor vehicle. A Bucklin man is killed in a car accident west of Kingman on US-54 Highway. Deaths were Frances Marguerite Shippen, Orville A. LaCore, Robert L. Bett, Viola May (Harris) Harner, Kermeth C. “KC” Jones, Kathleen Theresa Moore and Laura Lee McHenry Gregory.

July 8, 2010

Kingman Community Hospital wins $1,000 for its support of St. Gianna Health Clinic. The Kingman Chamber Fourth of July fireworks celebration in the park was cancelled due to rain. Kingman and Pratt County Animal Response Team will conduct its first mock disaster drill. Babies born recently were Sara Kaelyn, born to Clayton and Mindy Pagenkopf and Kaleigh Miranda born to Ricky and Tina Horton. Pretty Prairie is again getting ready to host historic rodeo, largest night rodeo in Kansas. United Methodist churches of Murdock and Pretty Prairie are featured on the values page. Betty A. Bartholomew is the only obituary listed.

July 15, 2010

Kingman is getting ready for this year’s County and 4-H Fair. Kingman County will vote on a threequarter cent retail sales tax Aug. 3. City commissioners voted to adopt an ordinance to regulate the posting of signs near the Veterans Memorial, at Main and Avenue D. Merven and Ruth Hageman’s son, Dennis, injured in a motorcycle accident, shows improvement. A couple of garage sales held to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Property taxes expected to go up in Unified School District 331. Brady and Andrea Shipley of Norwich announce the birth of Ella Rose. Kingman resident, Roman Kerschen, reaches the 26-gallon mark in blood donations. Wheatlands Health Care Center benefits from tax credits; awarded $4.13 million. Marion Oller’s great-grandson, Tevin Oller, chosen as 2010 MDA Chapter Goodwill Ambassador. Kingman County Commission adopts a smoke-free workplace policy that puts them in compliance with the new statewide smoking ban. Deaths were Ann M. Isaacs, John Thornbro, Deloris L. Barnes and Rose Marie Wagner. Dan Helm’s two-week annual youth golf clinic concludes with invitational tournament.

July 22, 2010

Kingman native Darrin Frye, a member of the United States Army, helps Iraq in restoring its medical system. The medallion hunt returns to the Kingman County and 4-H Fair for the fifth year. A Murdock resident, David D. Richardson, is killed in a one car accident. Citizens Bank of Kansas, N.A., announces two new officers, Ryan Quattlebaum, assistant vice president in the bookkeeping department in Kingman, and Kim Stevenson, mortgage loan specialist in the East Wichita Branch. Kingman’s fair event, Fair Idol, is showing popular results. Ryan and Cindy Schmitz, Olathe, announce the birth of a girl, Alayna Frances Schmitz. Norwich High School celebrates 100 years of graduates on July 2, 3 and 4. Kingman’s swim team competes in semi-final meet at Cunningham. Deaths listed this issue were that of David D. Richardson and Robert L. “Bo” Hoover. Kingman High School Class of 1965 has 45th reunion at the Mo/Pac Depot in Kingman.

July 29, 2010

Kingman County voters will decide whether to approve a three-quarter cent sales tax on Aug. 3. The Kingman-Norwich USD 331 Board of Education adopts budget for 2010-11 that calls for a 4.47 mill increase. Baby girls were born to Jeremy and Megan Horn and Adam and Tammy Hook. Twenty-seven teams of golfers gathered at the Kingman Country Club to play in the Kingman Community Hospital Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament. Six Kingman swimmers earn end-of-year honors: Kaitlyn Rice, Tyler Garrison, Brianne Garrison, Jayden Garrison, Marissa DeWeese and Gage Pickering. Area deaths were James W. Evans, Pauline N. Matrow and Fredrick Alan Relation. A new water system at the Kingman County Fair Grounds helps keep the animals cool during the hot days.

Aug. 5, 2010

A former Kingman City Commissioner, Myrna Carson, faces multiple criminal charges in Kingman and Texas. Bloodmobile at the Kingman County Activity Center brings in 78 units. Fifteen contestants in three different age categories showed off their vocal and musical skills at the Kingman County Fair Idol Contest this year. The three top winners were Taelor Oller (7-13 age group), Brooke Mace (14-18) and Phillip Caton (19 and up). Obituaties listed this issue were that of Rev. George Monroe Fleming, Terrance F. Ehrheart and Dorothy “Dot” Nell Lam. Sue Harris organizes Cancer Care Casino, which raised more than $2,000, with proceeds going to Relay For Life, Aug. 13-14.

Aug. 12, 2010

The Kingman County Commissioners approved the county’s 2011 budget, an $8.3-million budget which calls for a five-mill property tax increase. The recent election approved, by 69 percent of voters, a three-quarter cent countywide sales tax. Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a branding contest to come up with a special “brand” to unify Kingman’s identity. Aysha Yu-Ling Huang is the daughter born to Jenny and Wayne Huang of Boise, Idaho. Gunner Forcum, 16, a local teen, is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near the entrance to Riverside Park. Obituaries listed were Bryson N. “Butch” Miller, Ralph N. Ditgen, John E. Vermillion and Dale Leon Harper. Winners for the barbecue contest at the fair were Michelle and Chris Tucker, Jason and Susan Williams and Robert Zwierzychowski.

Aug. 19, 2010

relay2010.jpgKingman’s annual Relay for Life was one of the hottest on record, but it still raised around $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. Kingman Community Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation unit is one of a few in Southcentral Kansas. A great community member/volunteer dies, Jack Paul, 76, a former bank officer. A “back to school” fireworks display that was to be shown at The Steven Tetrick Memorial Tournament on July 4th had to cancel because of rain, so this coming weekend will have a “back to school” display at the Riverside Park. Arnold and Joyce Reida of Rago celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Cody McClendon  and Molly Watson of Cunningham announce the birth of a son, Rexley Allen McClendon. County fair and 4-H results are published. Ryan Kinsler’s market steer received highest rate of gain among entries and voted the best pie was Kim Mies, with Lynne Schreiner having the winning ice cream. More fair results had the 5-year-old Pedal Pull winners, Aiden Armour, Tayt Henning, and Dalton Leis, and 6-year old winners, Cole Watkins, Kiara Kelly and Geoffrey Holloway. Deaths listed were Jack H. Paul and Gayla M. Hurn.

Aug. 26, 2010

Kingman’s KANZA Bank Chairman and CEO, John E. Boyer IV, is new chairman of Kansas Bankers Association for 2010-2011. Unified School District 331 welcomes new teachers for Kingman schools: Amanda Jolly, Kaylee Goering, Rita Gritmacker and Stehanie Hammond and for Norwich, Ken Botzung and Les Grauberger, with Missy Molitor as the district school nurse. Lynn and Joan Boswell celebrate 40th anniversary. Senior Sarah Vanlandingham leads the three-member golf team at Kingman High School. The Abe’s Softball Club, coached by Jim Graber, placed third at the State tourney in Wamego. Two new businesses join the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, 98.3 Coyote country radio station and Country Crafts. Obituaries this issue were Carletta F. Hageman, Marion L. “ML” Ramsey, Ethel L. Borgelt, Floyd E. “Bud” Spotts and Loretta J. Ashcraft. The Mobile Shredding Services, a truck from Stuhlsatz Refuse Disposal, Inc., was here in Kingman, outside of H&R Block, so the public could bring items to be shredded.

Sept. 2, 2010

Former Jayhawk football player, Chet Hartley, comes home to Kingman to help coach the Kingman High Eagles. John and Dormie Bock celebrate 60 years of marriage on Aug. 28. Deaths listed were that of Patricia F. Fischer, Joel L. Strohl, Dorene C. Gering, Edna M. Heflin, Harold G. Hierking, Albert Dwayne “Butch” Pike, James A. “Jim” Wehkamp, Norbert Henning and Viola Ann Henning. Two local Boy Scouts receive their Eagle rank at a Scout Eagle Court of Honor. They were Alex Wing and Anthony Williams. Kingman High volleyball falls short in league preseason tourney.

Sept. 9, 2010

Kingman High varsity football team crushes Haven, 32-0, putting an end to a 23-game losing streak. Kingman’s city manager, Frank Soukup, reports that mother nature is to blame for the dry Mill Race. Dr. Stephen Grillot’s office in Kingman has new nurse practitioner, Mary Jacobs, a recent Wichita State University graduate. A former Kingmanite, meteorologist Mark Bogner, will be guest speaker at Talk of the Month. A crew resurfaces North Main Street in Kingman, from Grant north to the north end of the Kingman High School parking lot. Crews also gave West Kansas Avenue a new surface. A Kingman Leader-Courier employee, Ashlee Arensdorf, marries Andrew Mertens, Aug. 7. Babies recently born were Ava Marie Thimesch, to Paul and Jungyi Thimesch, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Maci Elizabeth, daughter of George and Tamara Blubaugh of Harper. Longtime White’s Foodliner owners and founders, Joe P. and Frances White, celebrate 60th wedding anniversary. The Kingman St. Patrick Catholic Church is featured for the “Values” page this issue. Deaths listed were Elsie M. Ward, Lynn W. “Bill” Pinkerton, Annabelle Lee Burns, Dorothy H. Gerber and Alicia Danielle DeBolt.

Sept. 16, 2010

Kingman County Sheriff Randy Hill has asked the county to consider a new Law Enforcement Center. The Fall Garden Tour will include five yards: Ted and Paula Maple at Silver Maple Camp, Loren Woodson, Mark and Irene Arensdorf, Scott and Lisa Bornholdt and Gary and Janice Smith. The Kingman State Lake has two cabins ready for renters on the east side of lake. Former Kingman High School grad, Dustin SanRomani, is selected as the Eudora Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month. A son, Grant Michael Clouse, was born to Eric and Hannah Clouse of Clearwater. Obituaries this issue were David A. Hirst, Maxine Ann Peterson and Hubert Leroy Lam. Kingman High football team stumbles against Pratt for first loss of season. Kingman Middle School football team wins over Medicine Lodge, 48-0, for season opener.

Sept. 23, 2010

Kingman’s Bloodmobile reaches its goal, with top donor Roman Kerschen giving since the early 1950s. There have been five bids submitted for the Kingman City office remodel project. Ross and Judy Kinsler, grandparents of Natalie Ann Roberts, announce her birth, July 21, 2010; her parents are Dustin and Ann (Zedrick) Roberts of Buhler. Deaths listed this issue were Mindy S. Gerber, Bonnie June Beck Fite and Alfred W. “Al” Hampel.

Sept. 30, 2010

Kingman High School to host Fall Homecoming this Friday with candidates, Travis Tetrick, Stone Hageman, Blake Bergkamp, Jake Kaufman and Shane Gault, Sarah Vanlandingham, Kirsten Robinson, Amelia Govert, Morgan Roser and Hayley Mertens. Deaths listed were that of Myrtle Esther Semsroth, Joelen Fern Johnson, Clay A. “Bus” Young, Josephine M. Strohl, Chris Wick and Harry Arden Dyche. Wichita State University freshmen football players, Bill Glassner, Tim Thissen and Allen Young, from Kingman recall the WSU plane crash 40 years later. Two local men, Chris Huhman and Chad Webster, take first place in a Walleye Tournament at Melvern Lake in July. In the St. Francis burn unit is Maverick Niedermann, the 3-year-old son of Kayla Niedermann, with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Ryan and Bethany Thimesch, Kingman, announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Elizabeth. Kingman residents, Bob and Barbara Wunsch, celebrate 50 years of marriage. Deaths in this issue were Vernon Lautherbach and Wendell Dodson. Kingman High Eagles of the month of September were Blake Bergkamp, Anthony Williams, Jonathan Gooden and Madison Bangert. Nathan Sharp is the new manager at Kingman’s Sonic. This issue has reviews of the candidates running for office in the Nov. 2 election.

Oct. 7

Six Kingman men and others in the area were among 117 veterans who took a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C., to visit those memorials dedicated to their time and sacrifice in the service. Kingman High School Football Homecoming crowned Hayley Mertens, queen, and Shane Gault, king; the Kingman Eagles lost to Hillsboro, 31-12. Kingman-Norwich USD 331 receives a grant from ONEOK, Inc., to enable the district to purchase two interactive Smart-Boards for high school science and math classrooms. A Tennessee man, Jay Poindexter, gets trophy white tail deer while hunting here with Outdoor Buddies. Kingman couples celebrate anniversaries, Dan and Angie Biggs their 60th, and Norman and Mary Youngers, 50 years. Couples having babies recently were Robert and Becky Cannon, a son, Samuel Tate Cannon, and Katherine Rose Harbert, born to Sam and Shelly Harbert. Kingman High School Eagles of the month for August were Sarah Rohlman, Kirstin Robinson, Anna Dixon and Murray Heikes. Deaths listed were Lola I. Swander, Winnona K. Jantzen, Sister Mary Jane Bohrer and Enid B. Browning Brown.

Oct. 14

Kingman kindergarten classes learn more about Fire Safety Awareness Week by visiting the local fire station. City Attorney Curt Watkins is injured in a construction accident while helping at his son’s home near Salina. Drive-thru flu vaccines scheduled for this week by the Kingman County Health Department. KAKE-TV Channel 10 news anchor Susan Peters comes to Kingman Elementary School as a part of KAKE’s Reading Caravan program. The annual Arts & Craft Festival to be this weekend at the Armory. City of Kingman employee Bill Bemis and Cemetery Sexton Lynn Boswell both retire after a combined 42 years of service. Two Kingman High School FFA members, Nathan Dick and Matthew Casper, place well at the State Fair in Hutchinson. Several couples in the area celebrate anniversaries: Alvin and Ethel Ricker, 65 years; Pat and Georgia Klaver, 60 years, and Paul and Geneva Theis, 55 years. Long-time Leader-Courier correspondent, Carol Fornwalt, celebrates her 90th birthday. Birth announcements were given by Mike Schribner and Tonya Luntsford for their son, JB Shooter, and Kylie Lannon and Scott Kyle for their daughter, Danika Chevelle. Area 4-Hers are featured, giving their thoughts on what they have gained from being a 4-H member. Kingman Middle School football team on a winning streak, winning their first four games of the season. Obituaries listed this issue were that of Rosalia O’Leary and Frank E. Williams, Sr. Noni New is now a psychotherapist at the Horizons Mental Health in Kingman. Gene Hellman, Nashville, also made Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., with other Kingman men.

Oct. 21

Several Kingman youth ask county commissioners to consider a skateboard park in Kingman. Kingman County Health Department administers 219 flu shots during a drive-through. Sue Eck, former owner and operator of Kingman Lumber for 28 years, calls it quits, with Mark and Brian Arensdorf with Arensdorf Construction purchasing the lumberyard Feb. 29, 2010. Merlin McFarland, owner of Kingman Drug, is honored for “Boss’s Day.” Wilma Martin of Kingman announces the birth of a great-granddaughter, Georgia Kate Aiken, born to Kurt and Amy Aiken, Wichita. Kingman High School cheerleaders have cheer camp for little girls, who performed at halftime at a home football game. Kingman High School Class of 1970 has reunion banquet at Kingman Country Club. KHS golfer Sarah Vanlandingham finishes the season at the State Golf Tournament with 27th place. Kingman Middle School varsity football completes season undefeated. Obituaries listed this issue were Larry Joseph Vierthaler, Anthony “Roger” Stramel, Frederick E. Vaughn Sr., Edyth C. Mavity, Makayla Marie Moore-Rankin, Rexanna Kay Cousins, Velma Kelly Welch, Dr. E. C. McCormick, M.D., Charles V. Hardesty and Frieda Graber Schrag.

Oct. 28

Prairieland Partners, Inc. in Kingman, bid farewell to Dan Hageman, who is retiring after 50 years on the job. Meals on Wheels in Kingman, began in 1975 and is still going strong, with many volunteers. In the St. Francis burn unit is Maverick Niedermann, the 3-year-old son of Kayla Niedermann, with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Ryan and Bethany Thimesch, Kingman, announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Elizabeth. Kingman residents, Bob and Barbara Wunsch, celebrate 50 years of marriage. Deaths in this issue were Vernon Lautherbach and Wendell Dodson. Kingman High Eagles of the month of September were Blake Bergkamp, Anthony Williams, Jonathan Gooden and Madison Bangert. Nathan Sharp is the new manager at Kingman’s Sonic. This issue has reviews of the candidates running for office in the Nov. 2 election.

Nov. 4

Kingman officials let the Kansas Department of Transportation know that U.S. Highway 54 is a top priority in Kingman County, but there still is no timetable for completion. The recent Trick or Treat Street down Main Street was a real success with more than 500 kids enjoying the nice weather and treats. Kingman County commissioners noted the public’s input is important in the planning of a new jail facility. Kingman’s Best Chili Cook-off held in Riverside Park, gave Sharon Reese the winning chili. The obituaries listed were Armin D. Gering, Wilma E. Rickard, Marjorie J. Thissen and Stephanie Elaine Wanager-Townley. Noah’s Ark Preschool has Fall Open House at the Kingman United Methodist Church.

Nov. 11

Seven Kingman veterans take honor flight to Washington, D.C. An interview of veteran Tom Thissen is published on his time surviving in the most savage battle of the Korean War. British Petroleum (BP) plan to have open house to discuss a wind farm in the area. Kingman County election had votes primarily for Republican candidates. Willowdale resident Eleanor Hageman is honored at a quilt show for her 92nd birthday. Ty and Kate Vanlandingham of Lenexa announce the birth of their daughter, Macy Jae Vanlandingham. Deaths in this issue were Lois Engelhardt Cerne, Emma L. Janson, Jane M. Allen and Roger Steven Patton. Kingman resident Brenda Sharp was presented the 2010 Vicki J. Worrell Service Award by the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; she teaches at Goddard Academy. Norwich schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week, being the 20th year that Kansas has participated statewide.

Nov. 18

Kingman High School presents 10th Annual Veterans Day assembly, with Col. Jack Bender, III as guest speaker. Some 240 pounds of marijuana found in vehicle of Roselia P. Lopez, 27, Colorado and Juan Carlos Castro-Lopez, 31, Mexico, who were stopped just east of Kingman on U.S. Highway 54. Community Thanksgiving dinner was held Thanksgiving Day at the St. Patrick Catholic Church. Nancy Boyer, a USD 331 Board Education member, resigns. St. Patrick Catholic School 5th grade class is visited by veteran John Parsons. Eight Kingman High School Eagle football players receive the first post-season honors from the new Central Kansas League. Memorial services for Mindy Gerber were at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Nov. 25

Virgil and Phyllis Blacker of Kingman donate their piano to the Hutchinson Piano Project, after the Kingman High School art class decorated it. Kingman Christmas Parade is in its 16th year for the lighted parade. The Chapter DG P.E.O. hangs Christmas wreaths on the 30 windows of the Kingman Museum, in hopes to get enough people interested in purchasing the wreaths in memory of a loved one. The first snow was light, but flakes were big on Nov. 17. A Kingman attorney, Curt Watkins, is showing improvement after his accident with a trencher on Oct. 10. Baby Sophie Anne is born to Justin and Nancy Heldenbrand of Windsor, Colo. Obituaries listed were Evelyn M. Dunkelberger and Joe E. Strong. New general manager at Newberry Family Motors is Alec Harnden from Medicine Lodge. City of Kingman police officer Kirk VanDegrift returns from Kiev, Ukraine where he spent a week training members of the Local Guard Force at the U.S. Embassy.

Dec. 2, 2010

The Kingman community is rallying again this holiday to bring joy to needy children through the Angel Tree project. Courthouse security is topic at the weekly Kingman County Commission meeting. A plane built by a Pretty Prairie native, Col. Marion Unruh, and named the Pretty Prairie Special III, is currently on display at Towne West in Wichita. Deaths listed were that of James A. “Jim” Roeder, Danny A. Dorsey, Austin L. Jamieson, D.O., and Ralph H. Fieser. Kingman native Kent Pulliam, with a sports writing/editing career with the Kansas City Star, writes a K-State book, which led to a second book about former KU quarterback Todd Reesing. Several grass fires are reported in the county.

Dec. 9, 2010

The Kingman Lighted Christmas Parade gave first place float winnings to the Whispering Willow 4-H Club in the youth category; the Kingman County Humane Society in the civic, churches and organizations category and the commercial/business winner went to Kanza Bank. BP Wind Energy hopes to develop the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm with land already leased in the southern portions of the county, which has stirred some interest in the area. October Mind, Body and Pride Eagles of the month are Adam Kostner, Amanda Lampe, Carlene Dick and Sarah Harbert. The formerly owned Arensdorf Lumber building, which was also known as Wegerer Lumber for years, will be torn down and the lot cleared, by the new owners, Kingman County. The birth of Cutter Joseph Willmon, son of Branden and Abby Willmon is announced. Helen Lamb of Kingman will celebrate her 90th birthday at Heritage West. Obituaries listed are Bill A. Frye, Mathilada “Tillie” Hampel and H.L. “Kid” Dennis.

Dec. 16, 2010

Jeri’s Kitchen, a popular restaurant on Main Street, burns in an early morning fire. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, with a loss of between $500,000 and $700,000; but owners indicate they will rebuild. Other downtown fires in Kingman history have been in 1967, destroying Hoover Variety and Stuart Hardware in the same location of Jeri’s restaurant. Then again in May of 1977, fire destroyed the VFW Hall, with smoke damaging neighboring offices of Radio Shack, Kansas Power and Light and Farm Bureau Insurance. Gerald Powell was named Big Brother of the Year 2010 over a seven-county region. Daryl and Nancy Young of Pretty Prairie celebrate 60 years of marriage at a private celebration. Kingman High Debate team takes 2nd place at Pratt Invitational. Deaths this issue were Leona A. (Schnittker) Hipp, James Albert Bartholomew, Katherine “Kate” Goetz Yochum and Morris “Dean” Kingery. The annual senior dinner hosted by the Kingman Norwich Recreation Commission was well attended. Theresa and Levi Ziegler have been preparing the meal of turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy for 10 years, along with Theresa’s brother and wife, Pat and Nancy Kennedy of Wichita.

Dec. 23, 2010

Kingman community put on benefit soup supper for the families of Jeri’s Kitchen restaurant, which netted $6,000. Kingman Elementary School second grade students along with their teachers, presented handmade blankets to the residents at Wheatlands Health Care Center. The Kingman Leader-Courier “Color It Merry” coloring contest winners were Allissa Mellott, 12, Savanah Shere Secrest, 10, Anniston Henning 6, and Amelia Meng, 4. Kingman Mind, Body and Pride Eagles of the Month of November were Taten Stamm, Dani Molitor, Devin Kuszmaul and Kevin Meng. Alex Miller becomes an Eagle Scout with a ceremony at Kingman United Methodist Church. Kingman High men’s junior varsity basketball team takes a 4-1 record going into holiday break. Kingman residents Erik and Kimberly DeWeese announce the birth of a daughter, Jymma Shea-Ann, born Dec. 19. Willowdale news correspondent, Helen Youngers, has a stay in the hospital because of an infection. Kingman High School boys varsity team wins against Pratt in basketball. Obituaries listed were that of Jeff S. “Beef” Shepherd, Alois J. “Boobie” Jarmer, Diana Pesina Neumayer and Dorthy “Dot Anthony. Pretty Prairie woman, Diana Pesina Neumayer, dies in rollover accident. Kingman High Class of 2000 has 10-year reunion, with 60 of the 75 classmates participating. This issue has a special 10-page Christmas greeting section.

Dec. 30, 2010

The Kingman City offices are getting a new look, with remodeling scheduled to be done soon after the new year. A new county-wide sales tax increase goes into effect Jan. 1, 2011, with an 8.05 percent for the city, 7.05 percent for the county, and 7.55 percent for Spivey. Kansas law enforcement can issue tickets for driver’s texting on the cell phones starting Jan. 1, 2011. The abandoned railroad track on the south side of town is being considered as a Rails-to-Trails project by the park board. Craig and Heather Wilson of Pratt are the parents of a daughter, Breelee Marie, born Dec. 27. St. Patrick School boys “A” and “B” basketball teams win. Eight Kingman high School football players receive post season honors from The Hutchinson News. Kimma Clark, a former Kingman police sergeant, is killed in a car accident in Mississippi as she was headed to work. Deaths listed were that of SFC (RET) Clarence L. Koon, Bessie Kruckenberg, Betty Kathleen “Bobbi’ Gillen, Lois J. Graber, Frances Helen Gilchrist, Kimma Lorett Buller Clark, Lawrence Dee Elder, Doris I. Kaufman, Leona A. Liddeke and Eloise M. Ferm.

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