2011 in Review

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January 6

Joining the staff at Kingman Community Hospital, on a rotating basis, is Dr. Paul Bassi, DPM, who specializes in conservative and surgical management of foot and ankle pain. Gloyd Dixon, a longtime businessman, recalls the devastating fire that destroyed his business, Stuart Hardware on Dec. 15, 1967. No cause determined yet for the Dec. 9 fire of popular restaurant, Jeri’s Kitchen. The 2010 Year in Review continues with Larry and Peggy Giefer, longtime auctioneer’s property on the auction block. Kingman County employees to receive salary boosts. Kingman Rotary Club plans hunger relief event with Numana, Inc., in April. Don and Karen Ward, both retired now, but taught for 75 years combined, celebrate 50 years of marriage. Kingman High School Eagles play well, but fall short against Hesston, 57-44 boys, and 50-26 girls. Deaths listed were that of Robert Roy Short, Don Shields, Waldo W. Nance, Joy L. Clements and Debra R. Henning.


January 13

The Kingman Park Board’s Rails toTrails project has homeowners in the area concerned. The Kansas State Fire Marshal has ruled the Dec. 9, 2010 fire at Jeri’s Kitchen restaurant as “undetermined.”  Kingman High School basketball homecoming candidates are: Madison Bangert, Madison Boyer, Catie Pinkerton, Melody Adcock, Allison Molitor, Miranda Brown, Kevin Meng, Nick Meng, Mike Meng, Stephen Gutierrez, Clayton Rohlman and Josh Leroux. The Kingman jail committee is being formed to help discuss a new law enforcement center. Kingman’s County Extension Agent Lisa Long is leaving after 10 years of service. Russell Collins celebrates his 100th birthday at Wheatlands Health Care Center. Births announced this week were Joseph Edward Dirks, son of Adam and Sara Dirks of Gardner, and Kenna Elizabeth Huggard, daughter of John and Kristen Huggard of Nickerson. Obituaries were that of Mildred Frances Brown, Richard Dean Bolinger, Winona Charlene Amerine, Wilfred W. Hommertzheim, Karsten Hayden, Reece Pulliam and Richard J. “Jim” Piatt. St. Patrick Catholic School girls’ basketball team takes third in tourney. Kingman Athlete of the Week was Grant Coon, a freshman.


January 20

Kingman High School basketball homecoming crowned King Clayton Rohlman and Queen Miranda Brown before Friday night’s games. The St. Patrick Catholic Church and Norwich High School earn the Governor’s Achievement Awards. The Kingman High School class of 2000 quilt, made while the students were in kindergarten, is on display at the Kingman Museum. The Kingman-Norwich school district could lose more than $350,000 in base state aid per pupil over the next two years, if Kansas Legislature enacts recommendations. Burn permits are available for Kingman County for 2011. Mary Kostner Kramer of Murdock celebrates her 90th birthday and Janis McIlrath celebrates 85 years. Obituaries published were that of Leota Burroughs, Verda Belle Base, Paul J. Bohrer, Leona M. Goetz and Phyllis M. Kostner. Kingman High varsity girls’ basketball loses by one in overtime to Medicine Lodge. The Kingman Middle School basketball finished with the 8th grade boys taking third place and the 8th grade girls bringing home fifth place.


January 27

The Kingman Christian Church announces the arrival of its new pastor, Joshua Bell, and his family, who came here from Virginia. Many candidates file for city and school board jobs. The Kingman County Historical Museum is preparing for the two-month Quilt Exhibit, which opens Jan. 29. Wheatlands Health Care residents are busy cutting the blocks and exhibit visitors may create their own designs. Spring wedding is being planned by Shanda Goetz and Jacob Knapic, both of Kingman. Joe Kaiser of Claflin, father of Gilbert and Kathy Kaiser of Kingman, will celebrate his 95th birthday with a card shower. The 60th Annual Kingman County Conservation District’s annual meeting presented the 2010 Kansas Banker Conservation Award to the Greg Molitor family. The Kingman Knights of Columbus free throw contest, which is held yearly, had 27 youth participating, with first place trophies going to John Molitor, Adam Meng, Cecil Smith III, Jacob Lampe, Braxton Bangert, Grace DeWeese, Bailey Bangert, Allie DeWeese, Sada Smith and Madison Bangert. The death listed was that of Charlene Sykes.


February 3

A bad winter snowstorm hits the area, bringing temperatures down to 3 degrees, with wind chills in the negative, and winds of 20-45 mph. with only about 2-3 inches of snow. Flat Ridge 2 Wind Energy, LLC, seeks permit for wind farm in the southern portion of the county. Kingman County hires two new officers, Jeremy Wilkerson-Rodriguez of Hutchinson as a part-time correctional officer, and Kirk Vandergrift, as a full-time deputy sheriff. A former Kingman resident, Gary Fairchild, wrecks his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 54, and is sent to a Wichita hospital in serious condition. Blake Boswell, a former Kingman High student, is named to the Dean’s Honor Roll at Newman University. He is also a member of the Newman Troubadours and will travel to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in March.


February 10

The family of Larry Giefer honored his request to ride in a horse drawn hearse to his final resting place, in Kingman’s Walnut Hill Cemetery. Giefer, an auctioneer who was well known and highly respected throughout the county and state, died Feb. 3. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranks Kansas second in the nation in wind power generation potential and second in production as of February 2010. Second snowstorm of the week cancels basketball twice. Birth announced this issue was James Andrew Sharp, son of Adam and Jennifer Soukup Sharp, and Avery Kate Harlow, daughter of Daniel and Mandy (Girard) Harlow. St. Patrick School, one of eight schools chosen, is named a Banner School of the Wichita Diocese. Grandparents Day at the St. Patrick Catholic School served 400 meals to students and family members. Obituaries listed were that of John “Cot” Edward Friesen, Charles William Prather, Clara M. Colgin, Ralph A. Graf, Lorene Verna Schrag and Larry Giefer. Kingman Leader-Courier Athlete of Week was Anna Dixon, daughter of Lance and Pat Dixon. Kingman High varsity boys’ basketball team loses to Haven, 44-35.


February 17

Leroy and Kay Miller, owners/operators of Phillips 66 service station at the corner of Main and U.S. 54 Highway in Kingman, will no longer sell gasoline, but will offer minor services. Millers owned it for 21 years. Grand prize winners of the Kingman Leader-Courier’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway were Dennis W. Riley, Terri Moore, Sue Stinson, Linda Henning and Shirley Shaddox. Improvements to U.S. Highway 54 in Kingman County did not make a short list of upcoming road projects announced recently by Governor Sam Brownback. Kingman City Commissioners were able to hold their first meeting in the newly remodeled city building since the renovation began. In the Kingman-Norwich Recreation Commission basketball tournament, Kingman 5th grade girls won for their age group. They beat the top seeded Garden Plain team, 34-28. Kenny and Gina Everett of Wichita announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Marie on Jan. 21, and Andy and Katie Westfall, Newton, announce the birth of their son, Paul Andrew on Feb. 1. Longterm marriages honored are Paul and Evelyn Schindler, 70 years; Ethel and Alvin Ricker, 65 years; John and Dormie Bock, 60 years; Don and Elvira “Sis” Rinke, 60 years; and Dan and Angie Biggs, 60 years. Deaths listed were Clifford Swingle, Wilma O. Tustin and Ralph D. Schroeder. KHS Athlete of the Week is Austin Taylor, son of Curt and JD Taylor.


February 24

The bridge over the mill race west of Main Street was finally put in place. Kingman Rotary Club organizes event to package meals for Haiti. Bloodmobile recently in Kingman resulted in 81 donations. The USD 331 Board meeting discussed removal of some bleachers in the KHS old gym, adding 900 square feet of space to the upper deck. This space is currently being used for an indoor batting cage and three hitting stations. Coach Toby Munz also hopes to add an indoor pitching mound if the extra space is added. Kingman resident Eleanor Brady celebrates 90th birthday. Kingman’s Citizens Bank announces promotions for Corey Krehbiel to Senior Vice President, Kelly Simon, Vice President, Jennifer Reed, Vice President – Compliance; and Deb Ashida, Assistant Vice President/Retail Manager. Obituaries in this issue are Vendel Lee Hohensee Jr., Jessie Russell Myers, Inez F. Luthi, Veda V. Campbell and Michael Eugene Shay. St. Patrick boys win Valley 9 League Basketball Tournament as the number one seed. Four people are running to fill an unexpired term on Kingman-Norwich USD 331 Board of Education; they are Jenny Campbell, Nancy Milford, Larry Nelson and Tammy Schrag.


March 3

The Board of Zoning Appeals uncovered more questions than answers to build a wind farm in Kingman. Four new tornado sirens are being put up in Kingman County: at Cheney Reservoir, Penalosa, Spivey and Kingman County State Lake. A benefit trapshoot was held for the Outdoor Buddies of Kansas. The Teacher of the Quarter was presented to Jesse Adcock by Tom Ziegler, Kanza Bank retail manager. The Kingman High School freshmen boys’ basketball team had a winning season, with a 15-2 record. January Eagles of the month are Paul Witty, Lisa Friesen, Madeleine Roe and Josh Leroux. Heartland Youth Rodeo holds finals in Kingman, with several area youths placing in events and earning belt buckles, including Kayla Belt, Hayley Belt, Kael McBeth and Travis Tetrick. Douglas and Kelli Bradley marry in Pratt, Nov. 6, 2010. Deaths in this issue: Jay Douglas Saner, Clara Elizabeth Day, Clarence W. “Bill” Drake, DDS, Alvin A. Klausmeyer, Edna B. Boyd and Hermie E. Keller.


March 10

Two separate controlled burns lead to one injury and the death of a rural Harper man, Guy E. Washburn. Doris Closson makes Underground Railroad sampler quilt that tells the story of how slaves found safe passage north by following messages in certain quilt patterns. KHS senior Haley Mertens, daughter of Steve Mertens and Cindy Mack, signs letter of intent to play volleyball at Allen Community College, Iola. Pretty Prairie High School to perform “Grease.” Paul Handkins, Wichita, a longtime former resident, turns 90. Grandparents Tom and Barbara Tatro of Kingman announce the birth of a granddaughter, to Sean and Tina (Tatro) Hartung of Haven.


March 17

Buyers of the Keeling Tractor “Plow Capital of Kansas” were: Abe Erdman Jr., who purchased the land buildings; the Kingman County Conservation District, which purchased the tract south of the buildings for its recycling effort, and Terry Schrag of Cannonball Manufacturing, who bought the east tract. Members of The Kingman Leader-Courier staff are honored by the Kansas Press Association. Editor Connie Schoenhofer won third place for her feature photo of retired auctioneer Larry Giefer and his grandson, Sam Vogel. Sports editor/reporter Nancy D. Borst won second for her series of articles about Kingman County’s proposed threequarter cent sales tax, plus a second place for her sports feature story about former KU Jayhawk Chet Hartley. The paper also won a second place for overall evaluation of the newspaper’s news and writing ability. Belva Patterson celebrates 93rd birthday. Norwich grandparents Mark and Julie Turner announce the birth of a granddaughter, Elinor (Ellie) Rose Turner of Solomon, and grandparents Stan and Mary Parsons, Kingman, announce the birth of a grandson, Dane Robert Parsons of Wichita. Obituaries listed were James A. Bartholomew, Mildred E. Vogt, Emma H. Bayer, Anne M. Bohrer and Breckin Nichole Naillieux.


March 24

Drosselmeyer Construction will demolish the remains of the former Jeri’s Kitchen building. Faraway subscribers share memories of the stone house that sits at the intersection of N. Marquette and Northeast 10th Ave,, northeast of Kingman. Millie “Mildred” Boswell has open house to celebrate her 80th birthday. Connor Joseph Stiles, son of Tevor and Rachael (Clouse) Stiles, Mission, is born March 9; Hudson Strohl Klocke, son of Andy and Jessica (Strohl) Klocke, Leawood, is born March 9, and Drake Owen is born Feb. 22, to Dr. Ekwensi and Angela (Hageman) Griffith of Topeka. St. Patrick’s students hold talent show on St. Patrick’s Day. Obituaries in this issue were Irma Hopkins, Marcia Dawn McGuire Koeppen, Willard “Bill” Graber, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Jones, Sharon Kay Williams, Clarence E. Bair and Norman Baker.


March 31

The Kingman County Board of Zoning Appeals approves a special use permit that would allow a commercial wind farm to be built in the county. Numerous grass fires have caused major concern, one at NW 10th St. and NW 10th Ave. burns 350 acres and came close to two homes. The U.S. 54 Highway bypass near Cunningham is to open within next two weeks. Abe’s Softball Club wins the championship trophy at the March Madness Softball Tournament in Wichita. KHS Mind, Body & Pride Eagles of the Month for February were Zane Heminway, Madison Heminway, Adam Schonlau and Nathan Dick. Kingman High School graduate Melanie Rainosek makes Dean’s List at Briar Cliff University at Sioux City, Iowa. A Nov. 13 wedding at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church marries Tyler and Caty Phelps. Karla Nicole Campbell, granddaughter of Kingman residents Jane Imel and Lela Mae Campbell, will marry Kyle Bryce Wilcox in May 2011. Shane and Jessica (Blackwill) McGreevy, Pratt, announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Paige, on March 27. Deaths: Lucille Mall Williams, Dale E. DeWeese and Elbert Hayes.


April 7

The local VFW Auxiliary celebrates 70 years in Kingman. Klaver Construction is making repairs to the bottom of the Kingman swimming pool. Unofficial election results are published. USD 331 position winners were Tammy Schrag, Matthew Ricke, David Lux and Allen Young. Kingman City Commission winners were Charlus Bishop, Elizabeth Madden and Bruce Sterneker. St. Patrick’s 5th through 8th grade display their artwork downtown. KHS senior Amelia Govert takes first in shot put at Andale Relays. Helen Conley Reiter celebrates 98th birthday. Levi and Larissa Hansard of Kingman are the parents of a daughter, Addison Dawn, born April 1. Obituaries were Daniel Biggs, Jr., Anna Elizabeth Dafforn, Leonard O. Richardson, Urban Joseph “T” Tiemeyer, Amy Louise Buehler-Scaglione, Gerald A. Bahr, Esther N. Goering, Doris Irene Hurcomb and Merlynn Buntemeyer.


April 14

The annual Kingman Norwich Recreation Commission Easter Egg Hunt will be April 16. Election error changes outcome of a school board race. David Lux found out a day later he had actually won the  Position 4 seat. A Steven Tetrick Memorial Team Roping event was held before the FFA High School Rodeo. Patty Zoeller, who is with Aflac, was named Number One Associate in the State of Kansas for the fourth consecutive year. Kingman resident Brenda Sharp is one of two Kansas Physical Education teachers who were honored with an award. The Kingman Museum plans grand opening for a new exhibit, “Polio’s Past & Presence.” The Kingman VFW Auxiliary celebrated 70 years in Kingman with an open house. Obituaries listed in this issue were that of Edith M. “Edie” Colvin, Dr. Eldon Earl Breazier and John W. Thyme Sr.


April 21

Kingman High School Prom, “Candy Land,” was Saturday evening, with many students arriving in various automobiles, toys, etc. Wicked winds caused a large tree branch to fall and damage a Kingman  home. Dick Neville was named mayor by the city commission. Several burn violations go to court. The resolution states that anyone convicted of an illegal burn that resulted in a response by a fire department “shall be required to reimburse any governmental entity for firefighting costs associated with any illegal open burning.” Kingman High School National Honor Society raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Kingman Middle School track teams go to Kiowa. The girls took first place and the boys took second place. Kingman High School athlete of the week was Anna-Marie Ortiz. Births: Theodore Odin Woodruff, son of Ted and Liz Woodruff, and Kennedy Ryann Mitchell, daughter of Ryan Mitchell and Kristina Klausmeyer. Frances Marie Showalter was the only death listed.


April 28

Kingman’s Rotary Club and area volunteers package nearly 65,000 meals for Haiti through Numana, a non-profit organization for hunger relief. The Kingman Public Transportation Service gets a 2011 van to replace a 2005 van. Four Norwich veterans take Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Stan and Debbie Goetz’s’ daughter, Brooke, marries Gregory Moore in Missouri. Two births were announced, Cruze Anthony Garcia to Bronson Garcia and Desiree Cline, and Charlotte Brianne Stites to Brian and Michele Stites. The Boyts triplets celebrate their 75th birthdays, Donna VanOrden and Donnis Land, both of Kingman, and Don Boyts of Pawhuska, Okla. Obituaries listed were that of Barbara E. Welch, Dale Crouch and Barbara A. Glascock.


May 5

Vashti Seacat, 34, dies in a house fire at her home April 30 at 255 E. B Ave. in Kingman. Her husband, Brett, and the couple’s two sons escaped injury. Seven people have been charged in rash of county burglaries. Mayor Dick Neville is surprised by the condition of Kingman’s Law Enforcement Center. Neville indicated that the prisoners have more room than the employees. Two local boys, Andrew Reed and Colby Schreiner, compete in wrestling with the Goddard Club for the second straight year. Schreiner placed 2nd at the State Wrestling in Topeka and was honored as the Most Outstanding Wrestler in his age. Reed took 5th place at the Brute Adidas Nationals Wrestling Tournament in Independence, Mo. A KHS graduate, Sarah Finder, starts her own dance studio business while still in high school and continues to run it while attending college. Deaths listed were Cletus L. Henning, Alice Marie Ray and Glen W. Zerger.


May 12

Investigation continues following the April 30 house fire and death of 34-year-old Vashti Seacat of Kingman. Kingman Police Department and County Attorney Matt Ricke are an active part of investigation. The Kingman Airport Board schedules 2011 Fly-In event for May 21. Kingman-Norwich USD 331 enrollment fees and lunches will cost more for the upcoming year and there will be cuts made, as a result of action taken by the school board. Two guilty of open burn violations. Family and friends hold candlelight vigil in remembrance of Vashti Seacat at the site of the home. Larry and Melissa Thimesch announce the birth of their son, Joseph Lee Thimesch. A KHS senior, Sarah Vanlandingham, is named Governor’s Scholar. Simon Hill, a local resident and student at Hutchinson Trinity Catholic High School, earns Fine Arts Scholarship from Friends University. Norwich Community Christian Women host annual senior girls’ breakfast May 5. Death notices in this issue: Benny L. Bock, Harold L. Coleman and Julie Faye Young.


May 19

The 58 candidates for 2011 Kingman High School graduation are listed in this issue. Kingman Community Hospital’s courtyard gets a makeover, coordinated by Loretta Clouse, Home Health director and several other volunteers. Ellen McDonald, ARNP, receives Outstanding Graduate Clinical Mentor of the year award from Wichita State University. Jack and June Routh, Kingman, celebrate 70 years together with a come and go open house. Piano students of instructor Joan Robinson put on their annual spring concert May 15. Anna-Marie Ortiz won gold in the CKL triple and long jumps and Kade Knepper goes to Class 4A State Golf Tournament. Travis Tetrick, senior at KHS, signs with Dodge City Community College rodeo team. Obituaries in this issue: John E. Noblit, Betty J. Rueb, full obit of Benny L. Bock, and Tucker Thissen.


May 26

Kingman High School Class of 2011 graduation was well attended with Sarah Vanlandingham as class Valedictorian and Amelia Govert and Kirstin Robinson as Salutatorians. Kingman County Executive Recycle Committee meets with Kingman County Commissioners to discuss the future of the program. State surveyors conduct annual survey and find Wheatlands Health Care Center deficiency-free. Local residents Maynard Lee and Lynette Carrick are the proud grandparents of a son born to Brian and Kristi Korando of Denton, Texas. Students making the news were Charissee Symmonds, graduating from medical school, Beau Gault, receiving first place award from  Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Madison Benjamin, a two-time national cheerleading champion, and Lisa Cromer-Miller, graduating with her M.B.A., and her daughter, Jacquelyn Miller, Valedictorian at Oxford High School. Obituaries listed were Carolyn E. Henning, Mary Ann Brown, Helen M. Crile and June Marie High. Danny McDorman joins the Kingman police force as full-time officer. This issue lists the veterans (men and women) who served our country through past wars.


June 2

Memorial Day services at Kingman’s Walnut Hill Cemetery were well attended despite the brisk wind. City Commissioners discuss putting public restrooms downtown. Local couples celebrate anniversaries. Wilbur and Doris Sloan celebrate their 70th, Everett and Virginia Cloyd celebrate 69 years, and Dave and Sandie Hayes, 40 years. Raynee Jo Dick is the newborn daughter of Lucas and Nacona Dick. Four KHS Eagle tracksters go to State Track meet, with two bringing home medals. Abe’s softball team takes first at Hutchinson’s Fun Valley. Teenage driver, Alex Fairchild, hits tree and rolls car. Kingman’s 2011 Garden Tour to be June 11-12. US-54 upgrades west of Kingman scheduled for letting next year. Deaths listed were that of Endia Lee Ingram Cates, Frieda C. Dick, Monty G. Williams, Jessie Lee Warnberg and Dr. Perry Eugene (Gene) Hundley.


June 9

Kingman’s Relay For Life held June 4 in Riverside Park. Kingman County Commissioners passed a resolution that pledges help to repay students’ college loans. This program is part of Gov. Sam rownback’s Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) program. The 2011 wheat harvest is under way, with weight per bushel at 61 pounds. Kingman’s Citizens Bank of Kansas, N.A., celebrates 125th anniversary. Kingman High School’s over 60 class reunion (Alumni Reunion) was well attended May 28. The KHS Class of 1951 reunion was also held that weekend, with some attending the Alumni Reunion. Andrew Williams of the Murdock area graduates from West Point U.S. Military Academy. Jessica Albers, Cunningham graduate, completes physician’s assistant program, and Kristen Friess, RN, B.S.N, C.W.S., a 2000 graduate of KHS, completed her board certification in wound management. A Kingman online graduate, Lauren Herman, receives $500 Insight School of Kansas Faculty Scholarship. Five Kingman High Eagles selected to the All Central Kansas League baseball team: Trey Johnson, Mikabe Erdman, Austin Massey, Will Cousins and Kirk Riepe. Sara Rohlman, sophomore at KHS, was named an All Central Kansas League softball player. Deaths listed were that of Marilyn Jean Boyer Shocklee and Mary A. Biggs.


June 16

A large fire south of Kingman destroys more than 1,000 acres. Of those acres, 175 to 200 acres were uncut wheat. No homes were damaged, but some people were evacuated from their homes. The Kingman County & 4-H Fair Guide is in this issue. The Kingman’s 2010 Fair Idol winner, Phillip Caton of Kingman, is a finalist in Texaco Country Showdown in Wilmore June 25. The movie “After the Wizard” premieres at the Kingman Theatre July 2 and 3. The Kansas Department of Revenue closed Kingman Flower Shop on June 8 and seized the business’s assets because the shop owes $26,588 in state sales and withholding taxes. Twin girls were born to Casey Shankle and Samantha Fox of Cunningham. The offiice of Dr. Steve Geist, a Kingman optometrist, has Dr. Seth Thibault of Pratt now taking appointments there. Obituaries this issue include LaVerne Ray Fiedler, Max H. Davis, Archie E. “Tiger” Jones, Phillis Ann Schomacker and John Paul VanHaverbeke.


June 23

Kingman’s Swimming Pool opened June 11 after several renovations were completed. Kingman’s Mayor, Dick Neville, proclaims July 2 as a day in celebration of The World Premiere of “After the Wizard.” Four members of the Kingman-Norwich USD 331 Board of Education completed their terms. They have given 24 years of service to the district. They are Jon Wollen, Mike Maloney, Joyce Miller and Don Ward. Outdoor patio furniture is donated to Wheatlands Health Care Center by the Kingman Country Club ladies. Wilbur and Elaine Koon of Kingman are the grandparents of Nicholas Koon, who was adopted by Ken and Roxann Koon of Jefferson City, Mo. Obituaries listed in this issue were that of Inez Birdie (Yoder) Hockett, Catherine E. Lauener, Rosetta May Rixse, Kristin Ann Heminway and Lewis “Dale” Hoskins.


June 30

Wayne Mastin and Andy Miller are working to form a new non-profi t association to buy and manage the Kingman Theatre. White’s Foodliner is a family business and a way of life for Pat White, who has been involved since he was a little boy. Attorney Mandi J. Stephenson joins the law fi rm of Williams & Williams. Two August weddings planned by local residents: Greg Clouse to Whitney Swank, and Josh Adelhardt to Shiyrah Ramsey. A March 2012 wedding is planned by Aaron Goerlich to Faith Davis. Kingman High School hires new football coach, Curtis Albin, who hopes to turn the program around. Local farmer, Wayne Simons, loses tractor and baler in fire. Obituaries in this issue were that of Laurine M. Dreiling, Frances C. Anderson, Eunice Adel Moody, Alfred Ray “Butch” Hawkey, Pauline Blackburn and Virgil W. Ruthrauff.


July 7

Kingman County’s first full-time director of economic development, Jane Wallace, is moving to Kansas City. The Kingman County & 4-H Fair is fast approaching, with a new concession stand/ticket booth being built in the carnival area. Fourth of July fireworks display postponed because of bad weather. Two local couples celebrate 50 years of marriage, Neal and Mitzi Slack and Robert and Mary Lou Taylor. A Sept. 10, 2011 wedding is planned by Katie Govert and Kelvin May. Deaths published were Helen Jane Anderson, Esther Nadine Pifer, Carolyn B. Hodson and Esther Helen Goering Krehbiel.


July 14

Beverly “Bev” McQuin, wife of Kingman Leader-Courier publisher Bob Mc-Quin and mother of editor Connie Schoenhofer, passes away July 7 after a brief illness at the age of 83. She was a retired teacher/coach, loved her sports, family, playing bridge, and worked as a proofreader for the paper in recent years. Richard R. Melton, 36, Kingman, is killed in one-vehicle accident east of town. Kingman County 4-Her Ryan Kinsler honored at the 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet in Manhattan. A card shower is requested for James A. and Leta Beth Wheeler for their 60th anniversary. Bruce and Mary Lannon celebrate their 50th anniversary with an open house.  Kingman United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor, Rev. Aaron Madondo, who comes here from Graham County. Deaths in this issue were Richard R. “Richie” Melton, Wayne L. Huxman,  John D. Winchester, Max W. Kernohan, J. Harold Ricker, Sr., Elaine Schwartz and Robert B. “Bob” Crow.


July 21

Kingman and surrounding areas have had 100+ temperatures and no rain. Rainfall to date in the county is 9.11 inches. Last year during this time the county had received 25.21 inches. Kingman City Commissioners talk about paving 3rd and 4th Streets in town and possibly the road to the Kingman Country Club. The Kingman Mennonite and United Methodist churches teamed up to offer a Vacation Bible School for children pre-K to 5, with nearly 60 children attending. Leonard and Rosalyn Henning celebrate 60 years together. Adrian and Amanda Harrel announce the birth of a son, Bragg Adrian, July 12. Eileen Danahy celebrates her 80th birthday with a card shower. The Larry Giefer Memorial Community Service Scholarship has been established with South Central Community Foundation to benefit Kingman High School seniors who make community service a priority in their daily lives. Kingman Lions Club honored two Kingman High School seniors as athletes of the year. Hayley Mertens and Blake Bergkamp were given plaques and $500 scholarships. Father Jim Weldon of Kingman St. Patrick Church has been appointed Pastor of Resurrection Parish in Wichita. Deaths: Ernest “Ernie” Dean and Beverly I. Reavis.


July 28

The Kingman County & 4-H Fair starts today through Aug. 1. The 100 degree weather is still here, with no rain. Lance Miller, son of Frank and Karen Miller of Kingman, will marry Alysson Jones of Rose Hill, Sept. 24. Volunteers from Covenant Assembly of God spruced up Riverside Park recently, with paint to the park’s gazebo and pruning of bushes. Kingman Swim team closes season at Pratt with league finals. Nine recognized as “swimmers of the year”:  Kaityln Rice, Bailey Bangert, Tyler Garrison, Keegan O’Shea, Anna Livingston, Gage Pickering, Marissa DeWeese, Jayden Garrison and Brianne Garrison. Obituaries in this issue were Larry D. Grotelueschen, Faye Finfrock, Doris E. Garten and Sister Louise Hageman, OP.


Aug. 4

The Kingman County 2011 Fair is hot but well attended. Kingman’s recent bloodmobile had 86 pints donated, which surpassed the goal of 78. Free bread is being offered by Darren Butcher, a non-denominational pastor, and his wife, Stepheny, every morning in front of Kingman Theatre. The Kingman Area Ministries and the Kansas Food Bank hold a free fresh produce distribution at the First Presbyterian Church. Howard and Joyce Silvey celebrate their 50th anniversary at Red River, N.M., where they took their honeymoon 50 years ago. Two births were announced, Tegan Grace  Sidebottom, daughter of Brian and Kristen Sidebottom, and Autry Jo Young, daughter of Cody and Danielle Young. Mark Knoblauch and Denise Nichols marry in Florida and a Missouri wedding is planned by Vanessa Ricaurte and Garret Holder. The fair medallion was found on the first day by Stacy Webster and Jenny Fairchild in Broadway Park. Deaths were Patricia A. Larkin, Laura Ann Oeding, Louise Elaine Greiner and Lynn Bickley.


Aug. 11

Kingman High School parents state concerns about a KHS teacher and the district adds online course options for students. Jeri’s Kitchen restaurant opens in a new building and location, after 2010 fire destroyed the former restaurant. Longhorn cattle will join Kansas’ sesquicentennial celebration with 400 head coming from the Oklahoma border Sept. 3. Stops along the way will include Kingman. Relay for Life raises $14,833. Outdoor wedding planned Sept. 3 by Chris Rohling and Lori Albers. Deaths: Carol Lee Cooper, Larry Borgelt, MS, CSP, PE, Carl W. Dickerson, Elmer (Bill) Graber, Lawrence (Larry) Frances Werner, Helen Dolly Rose and Lee E. Van Gieson.


Aug. 18

The Kingman County Historical Museum features an aviation exhibit that includes a flight simulator, offering the taste of flight without ever leaving the ground. Southern Kingman County experiences strong winds, leaving a lot of damage to homes, buildings, trees, power lines and irrigation systems. Residents of Cunningham to vote on Sunday liquor sales. Liz Shepherd, along with her husband, Jeff, created a “No Entry Latch Guard” that prevents intruders from breaking into a garage with an electric garage door opener installed. Members and friends of Boy Scout Troop 740 attend Scuba Camp at Beaver Lake, Ark. Family requests card shower for their parents, Joe and Rosann Depenbusch’s 60th wedding anniversary. Lane Michael Helm is the newborn son of Mike “Bubba” Helm and Michi Loesch. Doris Howell, longtime Kingman resident, moves to Windsor, Colo., to be near one of her sons and to start a new chapter in her life. Kingman FBLA officers attend State Leadership Seminar in Lawrence. Greg and Lynn Schreiner’s children camp out in front of new Jeri’s Kitchen to be the first to get donuts. Proud Dad Darby Jones brings his 11-year-old son, Kadin Harris, to the paper office after he caught two catfish measuring 24 and 23 inches, respectively. Obituaries listed in this issue were that of Lynn Wayne Riley, Margaret Louise Fairchild and Russell H. Collins.


Aug. 25

Three Kingman County post offices are being studied for possible closure: Murdock, Nashville and Zenda. Sunday liquor sales approved in Cunningham by a vote of 106-24 with a 53.82 percent voter turnout. Kingman County Planning Commission voted unanimously not to make changes to the county’s commercial wind farm application guidelines. The three-week cattle drive from Caldwell to Ellsworth is being headed by Trail Boss and Kingman resident Mike Clover. A Kingman aviator, Jack Routh, shows his planes at the Kingman County Museum’s aviation exhibit. Breck Knoblauch, son of Gary and Kelly Knoblauch, graduated from Marine Corps basic training and Army Spec. Alex T. McPhillips, son of Brian McPhillips of Murdock, graduates from Basic Combat Training. Local couples celebrate anniversaries: Tim and Eileen Danahy celebrate 60 years; Chuck and Connie Gehring take cruise for 50th; Don and Eileen Naasz celebrate 50 years; and Jack and Nancy Jackson celebrate 40th. Kingman resident, Don Rinke, celebrates 85th birthday. Announcing the births of their babies were Travis and Savannah Thimesch, a girl, Lux Marie; and Dr. Louis and Amy Meng, a boy, Matthew Devoe. Kingman County approves its 2012 budget without public comment. It calls for a .346 mill increase. Deaths: Doneta Ann Beasley, Vincent F. Keiter and Willie V. Bowman.


Sept. 1

The Kingman Country Club re-opened in mid May after an extensive renovation and now has a full service restaurant that is open to the public. Pretty Prairie native Kerrie Brewer manages the restaurant and her daughter, Megan Alley, works on the wait staff. Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts comes to Kingman County for a drought bus tour of farm ground with temperatures still in the 100s. The county is in a drought emergency, the worst designation. Four new teachers join USD 331 staff: Nathan Bonham, Troy Skinner, Curtis Albin and Joel Wagoner. Kingman County Commissioners call special meeting to discuss county’s commercial wind farm (CWF) guidelines. Kingman Carnegie Library has end of summer reading program party. Former residents Chuck and Paula Vecchiarelli have a daughter, Kayla, to marry in July 2012. A daughter, Faith Ann, was born to Robert and Kristi Wells, and a son, Jordy Aaron Keimig, to Ashley Roser and Grady Keimig. The Leader-Courier’s Athlete of the Week is Christine Wendling, daughter of Scott and Tammy Wending. Irene Bergkamp donates a handmade quilt to the Kingman County Historical Society, which will be given away as part of its special activities to coincide with the Kansas Cattle Drive and the museum’s new Cowboy and Cowgirl Exhibit. Deaths were Irene L. Hartley, Velma B. Yarberry Schnittker, Doris M. Dye Near, Dottie Ingersoll, Gloryanne Simons, Betty A. Ziegler, John D. Birkenbaugh and Rev. James R. Conger.


Sept. 8

Senator Jerry Moran stops at Kingman City Hall to listen to frustrated Kingman constituents. One of his comments was that the nation has to do things to get America back where it should be, to turn things around. Kingman County Commission spends more time in deliberation and discussion, but still does not come to a decision on whether to amend the county’s commercial wind farm application guidelines. Newberry Family Motors and Land Title of Kingman are sponsoring a Hole In One Contest at the Kingman Community Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament Sept. 17. Those who sign up have a chance to win a new Ford Mustang, if they get a “hole in one” on the third hole. Land Title is giving away a Panasonic LCD TV, a set of Nike Golf Clubs and a $500 Visa Card. All kids in grades one through six could win a bike, if they bring their bikes and come to the Kingman City Parking Garage for a demonstration on bike safety, etc., sponsored by the staff of the Kingman County Health Department, Kingman area law enforcement agencies and other volunteers. The Kansas Cattle Drive 2011 comes through Kingman this Friday, Sept. 9. Young girls run a lemonade stand downtown to help raise money for new mammography equipment at the Kingman Community Hospital. A baby girl, Ellesyn Ann, was born to Ron and Christi Beat. Kingman High Eagles win first football game of season at Haven, 31-12. Deaths were that of Don W. Clark, Merven H. Hageman, Herman Lee Swafford and Maxine T. Beckerman.


Sept. 15

The 2011 Kansas Cattle Drive, which was a part of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration, had approximately 100 cattle go through downtown on Main Street Friday, Sept. 9. Kingman County Commissioners vote unanimously to change the county’s commercial wind farm guidelines. Roy and Meritta Williams celebrate 67 years of marriage. Jay and Jessica Bainum announce the birth of a son, Luke David Bainum, born May 26. A barn at Helms Farm, near Penalosa, was destroyed by fire. The Barber County Sheriff’s office reported a Kingman man, Kennies C. Fountain, dies while working on an oil rig in the area. Two former Kingman ladies are featured this issue as both plan to celebrate their 100th birthdays later this month. Florence Kaufman Barber of Harper County will be 100 on Sept. 21, and Inez Beat Hilger, Michigan, formerly of the Waterloo and Murdock area, will celebrate on the 27th. Wheatlands Health Care Center resident Thomas Holloway, along with his son, Marc, won tickets to go see Kenny Rogers at the State Fair in Hutchinson. A three generation picture of the Ray Hawkins family of Kingman was published. All have been or are firefighters. Obituaries listed were that of Raymond Phillip “Sonny” Hageman, Dorthy Ingersoll, Marvin L. Birkenbaugh, Shirley Corabell Shevette, Kennies C. Fountain and memorial service for Winona C. (Geist) Amerine.


Sept. 22

Norma Shaw, retired owner of Shaw Studio, turned 103 on Sept. 17. She was honored with a party hosted by the Mary Quilters group of the Christian Church.Committee recommends new Law Enforcement Center for Kingman. Flu shots are now available at the Kingman County Health Department. The death of David Govert leaves a void in the community, as he was an advocate for community involvement. He died Sept. 14 after battling cancer. More than 80 descendants of John and Mary Henning gather at the activity center for a reunion. Aiden James was the name chosen for the son of Geoff and JoAnna Wooten of Kingman. Several Kingman County 4-Hers do well at the State Fair in Hutchinson. Two bikes are given away after Bike Rodeo in Kingman; recipients were Caleb Panek and Garrett Willert. Kingman High Eagles win five medals in cross country. Kingman Fire Department receives a $250 grant from ONEOK to use as the department sees fit. A Legislative luncheon was held at the Kingman Senior Center discussing issues pertaining to senior citizens. Deaths in this issue were Rev. Ralph J. Jones, Floyd J. Dicke, David L. Govert and John Thomas Kirby Jr.


Sept. 29

Dottie Freeman retires from Main Place Youth after 24 years as administrator. David Govert is featured in a story of his life. A benefit to help Haley Brooke Manthe and her family will be Oct. 15 at Riverside Park. Kingman Lanes is now offering an expanded menu and snack bar, calling it Café 300. Activities related to the cattle drive earlier this month raised much-needed funds for the Kingman Historical Society. It raised close to $1,000 to put in a lift providing access to the upstairs exhibits. October 2-8 is National 4-H Week. The Kingman County 4-H Ambassador Team consists of Tyler McAndrews, Angela Hobbs, Carlene Dick, Thadd Robison and Gus Henry. Last Friday night’s high school football game was the Game of the Week, with KSN-TV Channel 3 landing a helicopter on the field and broadcasting live at 6 p.m. Obituaries this issue were that of Dorothy A. Dix, Inez H. Hilger (not making it to her 100th birthday), Paul B. Schnidler and Merritta J. Williams.


Oct. 6

Kingman High School football homecoming candidates are Dani Molitor, Blaine Boswell, Breanna Roberts, Mike Meng, Catie Pinkerton, Kent Girard, Bryan Suenram, Sami Ybarra, Ryan Smith and Christine Wendling. Some 60 residents of the Zenda area packed their community center to give the U.S. Postal Service a message: keep our local post office open. Other post offices that might close are Murdock and Nashville. It’s official: wind turbine towers are coming to Kingman County soon, with construction set to begin in November. This month’s Talk of the Month program featured the group “50 Years Late”  (Larry Welch, Neal Slack and the latest addition, Tom Colahan). The City of Norwich names the Kingman Leader-Courier as the official city newspaper. Joseph Greathouse, 20, escapes from the Kingman County Jail Sept. 27 but was captured within 20 minutes. Rita Goertz of Willowdale celebrates her 90th birthday with a reception. Plans are being made for an October wedding by Colleen Messenger and Kelsey Knowles. Caitlin Watts, daughter of Steve and Tina Watts, Kingman, is captain of the Fort Hays State University Shooting team. The Kansas State High School Activities Association has reclassified Kingman as a 3A school. The Kingman Eagle volleyball players donned pink for their invitational tournament and raised money for breast cancer research. National 4-H Week is celebrated in the county Oct. 2-8. Former Kingman City Commissioner Myrna Carson is being charged with theft by deception in five criminal cases. One obituary this issue was that of a former resident, Bonnie Mae Hageman, 47, of Georgetown, Texas.


Oct. 13

Last week’s Chamber percolator at the Geisert, Wunsch, Watkins and Graffman lawyer’s office celebrated the return of Curt Watkins, after an accident last fall that took most of his right leg. It has been a terrible year, said Watkins, who has been with the firm 30 years. He now feels good and is awaiting the arrival of a new bionic leg. Kingman High School football royalty were King Blaine Boswell and Queen Catie Pinkerton. Unified School District 331 votes to refinance bonds at an interest rate of 2.3 percent, which will save the district more than $300,000. The Fall Arts and Crafts Festival is this weekend at the Kingman Armory. The annual Walk in the Woods at Riggs Arboretum in Waterloo is in its 15th year. Bill and Helen Coon of Kingman were excited to have a five generation picture taken with their daughter, Nicki; her daughter, Michele and her daughter, Kristine, with her son, Bryson Owen Emmons. Noah’s Ark classes have Fall Open House with 32 students and a full house of family and friends. Kingman junior varsity volleyball took third in a Chaparral tournament. The Kingman High School class of 1981 gathers for its 30 year reunion at the Clarion Hotel in Wichita. A 2008 graduate of KHS, Army Pfc. Jared Z. Adcock graduates from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Jesse J. and Margaret J. Adcock of Kingman. Obituaries in the issue were Edna Bernadine Sitts and Jean Marie Miller.


Oct. 20

The Farmers Coop, located at the corner of Main Street and West Sherman in Kingman, is coming down. Older residents may still refer to it as Collingwood Grain. A company out of Hutchinson,  Consolidated Recycling, Inc., is collecting and cleaning the brick for resale. Local skateboard and BMX bike enthusiasts raised more than $7,000 for a proposed skate park in Riverside Park. The local theater is now owned by the Kingman Community Theatre Association. Thanks to a city-county effort, the south bleachers at the outdoor arena at the Kingman County fairgrounds have undergone a much-needed facelift. Former Zenda residents Dietrick and Elenor Helmke celebrate 65 years of marriage. Norwich Community Christian Women gather at the Rowan’s Honey Shop in Norwich for meeting. Norwich High volleyball girls second in league. The Wheatlands Health Care Center Auction and Dinner event raised more than $6,000 to benefit a tornado shelter building fund. Two Kingman Eagles, Chris Harbert and Jenny Boroughs, earned all-league honors at Central Kansas League meet at Halstead for cross country. Kingman High football boys go 1-0 in District play. Fire Prevention Week brings many school age students to the local fire department and Norwich’s fire station. A pink fire truck was at the Kingman High School football game to show their support for breast cancer awareness month. Obituaries listed this issue were Yvonne Eloise (Sharits) Amerine, Rita Mae Weibert, Velma E. Lauterbach, Wilma A. Henderson, Jean Marnell and Robert G. Vogt.


Oct. 27

Main Street in Kingman was once again the place to be from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday for Trick or Treat Street, which was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The Kingman Leader-Courier collected food items for the food bank. Kingman County 4-Her Jarod Duwe was selected to receive a 2011 Kansas 4-H Key Award. He belongs to the Whispering Willow Club. The 4-Hers of the Year are Kodie Dopps, Norwich Boosters; Tyler McAndrew, Vinita; Jarod Duwe, Whispering Willow; Annika Panek, Cunningham; and Elizabeth Holloway, Hawk. They received awards at the Annual 4-H Achievement Celebration sponsored by American AgCredit. Norwich Lady Eagles’ volleyball team is headed to the Class 1A, Div. II State Volleyball Tournament as the number two seed. Two Norwich cross country runners also qualified for the Class 1A, Div. II State meet. Kingman High debate teams of Blayn Youngers/ Jonathan Gooden and Alex Wing/Connick Roe take second at league. The obituaries in this issue were Manuel L. Bruch, Robert G. Vogt, Eugene J. Wohletz, and Brynle K. Teeters.


Nov. 3

A scholarship has been established in honor of Robert and Jean Pulliam. The scholarship will go to a Kingman graduate who plans to become a teacher. The 11th Kingman High School Veterans Day Assembly will take place on the 11th month and 11th day. Winner of the merchant Halloween costume contest was Security First. Main Place Youth gets new staff: Shawna Fitz, Carrie Schoneweis, Julie Schell, Angela Aubrey and Executive Director Laura Hicks. Butch and Jackie Meng of Kingman celebrate 50 years together. An open house for Marcelene Frey Henning’s 80th birthday was Nov. 12. Kingman High School Class of 1961 celebrates its 50th reunion. A son, Lane Matthew, was born to Hiel and Jamie Smith of Hutchinson. Grandparents are Pat and Jana Eller of Kingman. A group of Kingman Elementary fifth grade girls held their fourth bake sale to raise money for the new digital mammography equipment at Kingman Community Hospital. Deaths in this issue were Patricia “Trish” Leeann Jarmer, Anita C. Ohler and Buddy Ray Messick.


Nov. 10

Kingman High School Principal Rick Henry is honored as the area principal of the year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Norwich High girls’ volleyball team takes second at State. Earl Reno resigns as county commissioner. Edith and Cleo Wise, Norwich, and Frank and Karen Bohrer, Andover, both celebrate 50 years of marriage. A son, Quentin Michael, was born to Lawrence and Sarah Meng, Kingman. Card showers were requested for Paul Baker’s 70th birthday, and Donna Dee Vanlandingham Tarbutton’s 80th. Kingman High School debaters Taten Stamm, Alex Wing, Tony Williams and April Watkins place first at Collegiate. Obituaries in this issue were that of Elisa E. Engel, Beatrice E. Jayne and Vera (Yarberry) Wallace.


Nov. 17

Kingman community loses a wildlife management pioneer, Byron Walker. The Byron Walker Wildlife Management area west of Kingman along Highway 54 is named for him.Walker was 89. Kingman High School Veterans Assembly is featured on front with pictures and story. Joan Boswell, Kingman Elementary/Middle School kitchen manager, retires after 31 years of service. The Thrift Shop in Kingman has raised more than $73,000 to help Wheatlands Health Care Center purchase numerous items in the past two years. Kingman High senior Dani Molitor was named to the all-Central Kansas League volleyball team as honorable mention outside hitter. Kingman High football players receiving all-Central Kansas League or team awards were Ryan Boroughs, Brant Boswell, Braxton Bangert, Zach Andersen, Will Cousins, Mikabe Erdman and Blaine Boswell. Kingman High School Class of 1971 had 40th reunion with around 55 attending. Steven Zupko, a former Kingman High graduate, is a special operations recruit for the Navy. Byron Walker was the only death.


Nov. 24

The Kingman-Norwich 331 school district is target of federal civil lawsuit. Kingman High School teacher Chad Williams was placed on administrative leave as a result of the suit, which was filed by a former KHS student alleging “sexual harassment” by Williams. Norwich High School’s school play is “CSI: Neverland.” Crews are still working on tearing down the old Collingwood Grain Elevator building, also known as the Kingman Mill. Obituaries were Irene Graber and Jack H. Hatfield.


Dec. 1

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce plans a fun day Saturday, Dec. 3, in conjunction with the “Come Home for Christmas” parade. The recent bloodmobile held in Kingman brings in 80 donors. Sharon James is the new local chairman for the American Red Cross. A family gathering for Alvin Ricker’s 90th birthday is held at the Nashville Community Senior Center. Jim and Cindy Schaller’s son, Shawn, announces engagement to Heather Hauskins of Emporia, and grandson, Leyton Schaller, makes for a four generation picture. A card shower is requested for Ida Payne, who will be 80. The Kingman High Future Business Leaders of America go to Little Rock to the National Fall Leadership Conference. The local Boy Scout Troop Court of Honor was held with a potluck dinner and presentation of awards. Obituaries listed were Wayne Edward Kohler, Loren Geneal Woodson, Carl A. Conners, D. Marie Morris, Marlene Mae McCowan, Bettie J. Sitts and Kandi Trini Sherven-Harris.


Dec. 8

Kingman County Recycling takes first place in floats in Kingman’s 17th annual lighted Christmas Parade Dec. 3. District Court Judge Larry Solomon ordered Brett Seacat to stand trial for the murder of his wife. Kanza Bank announces “Teacher of the Quarter,” Kyle Meireis, who teaches in the business department at Kingman High School and is also the head golf coach. Brad and Sarah McCormick of Garden Plain, announce the birth of a son, Brock Allen, Nov. 6. A card shower requested for Mildred Ely, Kingman, for her 90th birthday. Events celebrate the “Spirit of Christmas in Zenda” with annual parade Dec. 3. The Kingman High Athlete of the Week is Mike Meng, son of John and Mary Meng. A Pretty Prairie woman, Debbie Lawrence, 57, dies in car accident on U.S. Highway 54. The wreck also involved Murdock resident, Nancy Diepenbrock, wife of USD 331 Superintendent Bob Diepenbrock. She suffered only minor injuries. One death listed in this issue was that of David R. Hodges of Lawrence.


Dec. 15

Holiday wreaths decorate the outside of the Kingman County Historical Museum, thanks to donors. A Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) chapter is started in Kingman. The KNRC Christmas dinner was enjoyed by many and included music by the Kingman High School Madrigals. Births announced this issue were that of Cooper Wayne, born to Keith and Kandi Neufeld of Cunningham, and a son, Staley William, born to Sherri and Andy Ahlberg of Fort Collins, Colo. Saturday, Dec. 10, was Cunningham’s Christmas Parade, with Cunningham 4-H Club taking 2nd place in their floats and God’s Kids  preschool winning the murder of his wife. Kanza Bank first. Kingman Department of Transportation (KDOT) will expand US-54 to four lanes from approximately six miles east of Kingman-Pratt county line 8.3 miles east, which will begin in the spring 2012. Obituaries in this issue were for Raymond Osner, Conway Springs, and Debbie Lee (Moyer) Lawrence, Pretty Prairie.


Dec. 22

Three local post offices - Murdock, Nashville and Zenda – got a temporary reprieve from possible closure when the USPS announced in November that due to the annual crush of holiday mail, all closing had been suspended. A gas drive off at Casey’s in the early morning hours of Dec. 19 resulted in an arrest of Martin Andes of McPherson hours later on Blueberry Road, west of Kingman. The Kingman Leader-Courier “Color It Merry” coloring contest announces winners: Holly DeWeese, Sukesh Kamesh, Raegan Gooden and Jordyn DeWeese. Their coloring pictures are in the paper. Winners received a movie pass and concession combo to the Kingman Community Theatre. Local churches’ holiday schedules are listed on the front page. An open house for Marge Osner’s 90th birthday will be Dec. 31 at St. Patrick School. The Extension Appreciation Award recipients for 2011 are the Panek family, Travis, Gene, Connie, Jamie and Nick. Seven pages of Christmas greetings are included in this issue, with businesses wishing all of their customers a “Merry Christmas” and thanking them for their patronage. Kingman High Lady Eagles get fifth victory of their basketball season. The KHS Athlete of the Week is Hunter Noblit, son of Jim and Carol Noblit. The back page includes many letters to Santa Claus, wishing for that most favorite gift. Deaths in this issue were Ruth A. Ramsey and Gwendolyn Marie Roderick.


Dec. 29

Amber Helm, a family friend of Byron and June Walker of Kingman, writes a tribute to Byron after his passing Nov. 10. Part one of his story is featured in this issue with photos of his younger years. The 2011 Year in Review begins in this issue. Judy and Jim Branden, former Kingman residents, are married 50 years. Sydney Barnes, a member of the Norwich Boosters 4-H Club, earns state award for her outstanding writing abilities. Laverne Westerman will celebrate his 90th birthday with family and friends. A Christmas baby, Turner Boon, was born to Jonas Stucky and Kate Clouse of Kingman. A Christmas dinner was enjoyed by 36 Kingman Community Hospital Auxiliary volunteers. A Norwich senior, Michelle VanGieson, signs a letter of intent to play basketball next year at Southwestern College in Winfield. The Kingman Lady Eagles take third in the Eagle Classic. The boys finish fifth. The Kansas Department of Transportation will replace two bridges on K-42, west of the junction with K-14, starting with one bridge on Jan. 3, 2012. City commissioners are looking for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Board members; three members are not interested in serving another term. A collage of pictures of the demolition of the Kingman Mill (Collinwood Grain) is featured on the back page in color. Kingman resident Byron Reida sums up the mill and its history with a poem, also published in this issue. Obituaries listed in this issue were that of Anna L. Smithhisler, Rita Lohkamp, Donald Steward Kleiman, Dorothy Probst and Ruth Wohler.

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