2012 in Review

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Jan. 5

Kingman Community Historic Theatre will go from film to digital by September. Second part of “Remembering Byron Walker” published in this issue. He was wildlife pioneer in Kingman County. Kingman High debate team advances to State. The team consists of Blayn Youngers, Tony Williams, April Watkins, Jonathan Gooden and Alex Wing, with Coach Darryl Mannebach. Kingman Community Hospital Auxiliary is proof that group of volunteers can be effective in making a difference. Nu-2-U donations to hospital have amounted to over a half million dollars since the 1970s. Pink Ladies also save hospital 15 hours of salaries. Birth: Lauren Annabelle to Nicholas and Korinne Armour of Lenexa. Ben Dixon, senior at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, named Daktronics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athlete. He is son of Lance and Pat Dixon. Deaths: Cassandra Albers, Angeline M. Ingram, Paul E. Conrardy, Carlene J. Ziegler, Ida Ann Thieme, and William Wayne “Bill” Billau.

Leader-Courier’s Holiday Coloring Contest winners: Jordyn DeWeese, Raegan Gooden, Sukesh Kamesh and Holly DeWeese.


Jan. 12

Kingman Garden Club adds another attraction to Champlin Park. Walking bridge, located over small creek near park, was designed and constructed by Janice and Richard Neville. It was made possible by Kingman Tourism and Convention Committee and grant from H.H. Champlin Foundation and Garden Club. April 23 trial set for Brett Seacat, being charged with murdering his wife and setting their house afire, endangering his small children. Beginning Jan. 22, it will cost a penny more to mail letters to any location in United States. Former resident Justin Knapic undergoes treatment for rare disease called Moyamoya, which causes certain arteries in brain to constrict. Mildred Sexton will celebrate 90th birthday with open house Jan. 22. Angela Keeling and Bret Keler plan wedding at Wichita Botanica Gardens. Deaths: Leon W. Hendrixson, Betty M. Reed-Wheatley, Larry Dale Clark, Charles M. “Chuck” Harbert, Shirley Ingram Naasz, Vanessa A. Buess, Bessie J. Carothers, Jon Weston Puls and Nancy L. Young. Paul Conrardy remembered for being “Santa Claus” for 50 years. KHS Athlete of the Week is Sada Smith, daughter of April Smith.

Jan. 19

Kingman’s Champlin Park came to being in 1960s when Champlin Oil deeded land to city of Kingman. KHS teacher Chad Williams placed on indefinite paid administrative leave after woman claims Williams frequently made inappropriate comments to her while she was student at KHS. Kingman High debaters Taten Stamm, Connie Roe, Blayne Youngers, Cheyenne Pulliam, Tony Williams, Alex Wing and Jonathan Gooden qualify for State competition. Inge Lunsford, county clerk, swears in new First District Kingman County Commissioner Fred Foley. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran talks to Kingman Lions Club about current nature of things in nation’s capital.

Births: Ethan Christopher, born to Bryan and Julie Parker; Declan Louise, born to Dustin and Cami SanRomani. Former Kingman resident Justin Knapic awaits second surgery for moyamoya at Stanford Moyamoya Center in California. Norwich High girls’ basketball team remains unbeaten with 9-0 record. Kingman city building inspector Tom Archer will turn over his position as secretary/treasurer for Firemen Relief Association as of May 1.

Jan. 26

First fatality of year is Murdock woman, Mary E. Green, 73, who was killed in one-vehicle accident several miles west of  Murdock. The 61st annual meeting for Kingman County Conservation District held with John Kuszmaul receiving Kansas Banker Conservation Award. Kevin Warner won Kansas Banker Windbreak Award, Bob and Rettalou Massey were given Grassland

Award and placing first in 2011 State Limerick contest was Samantha Rohlman, freshman at Kingman High School. Shell Oil plans to drill at least one exploration well in county this year. December students of month for Kingman High School are Samantha Ybara, senior; Sara Rohlman, junior; Mitchell Wortham, sophomore; Samantha Rohlman, freshman. Now in second

year, six Kingman County communities have joined with Public Square, LLC, to work for betterment of all the communities.

Fundraiser held in Penalosa for this effort. Six communities are Cunningham, Zenda, Nashville, St. Leo, Willowdale and Penalosa. Construction crews begin work on one of two bridges on K-42 to be replaced. Merle (J.R.) and Virginia Heldenbrand have card shower to celebrate 60th anniversary. Local couple Keith Baringer and Shannon Rohlman plan May 12 wedding.

Blake Boswell makes Dean’s List at Newman University and Travis Tetrick named to President’s Honor Roll at Dodge City Community College.

Deaths: Esther Katherine Bentson, Mary Louise Aleman, Mary Elizabeth Green, Joe M. Gomez and Leta Beth Wheeler.

Kingman Eagles winless at Chaparral Roadrunner Classic basketball tournament. Senior Mikabe Erdman named to all-tournament team, Lyle Adelhardt second in three-point shot contest and Nick Meng third in free throw contest.

Feb. 2

St. Patrick Catholic School hosts American Red Cross Bloodmobile, with 65 units of blood donated. A 14-year-old Norwich boy accidentally shoots himself in right foot with 12 gauge shotgun while hunting. Veterinarian Larry Bush adds former Kingman resident, Dr. Lacey Tiesmeyer, to his clinic as small animal veterinarian. Kingman County Commission discusses new Law Enforcement Center. Questions include how many cells county jail needs and where it would be located. Vacant former

Dollar General store in downtown Kingman to open Feb. 7 as Helm Fitness, operated by Sarah Helm of Penalosa. She will offer classes that are high intensity and hopes to find instructor to teach yoga and pilates. K-West for Growth fundraiser in Penalosa nets $4,400. Kingman city commissioners make plans to have Koch building in Industrial Park renovated, bringing more jobs

to Kingman. Kingman Area Ministries, Inc. is recipient of $1,000 grant from South Central Community Foundation to help support local food bank. Matt Clark, agricultural agent, voices concerns for native pastures after last year’s drought.

Births: Caleb Owen Rawson, born to John and Janet (Harbert) Rawson. Deaths: Betty Louise Klaver Fieser, Timothy “Tim” Patrick Danahy, Marvin W. Henning, Carol Jean Bell and Virginia Albers.

Kingman Lady Eagles take home sixth place at Wildcat Classic in Haven. Values page features First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor John Barkett writing about how times will always define priorities of church’s ministries.

Feb. 9

Kingman’s St. Patrick Catholic School receives two awards: Governor’s Achievement Award for Educational Excellence for scoring in top 5 percent of elementary schools (fourth year in a row); and designated as Banner School, also awarded to school in 2010 and 2002. Kingman High School basketball homecoming candidates: seniors Ashton Wagner, Alex Wing, Emily Voran, Anthony Williams, Kaitlyn Sterneker and Ben Clark; juniors Sierra Pinkston and Brant Boswell; sophomores Maggie Adelhardt and Troy Daugherty; and freshmen Sada Smith and BJ Boswell.

Editor Connie Schoenhofer interviews three couples, who share ups and downs of life and how love has made marriages last 50 plus years. Leader-Courier Business Premiere is Charlus Bishop of Farm Bureau Financial Services. Area Chamber of Commerce will host Winter Arts & Crafts Festival March 17 at the Kingman Christian Church. Ron Pulsifer, volunteer at Kingman Museum, injured after falling 20 feet off ladder while working at museum. Robert Winkel, charged with aggravated kidnapping, fires attorney to defend himself. Jaime Blank and Justin Spackman announce engagement and approaching wedding in October in Hawaii. Jackie Rowan and James Goff plan to wed in April at Milton. Talk of the Month presents program about Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard. Norwich CCW program is how to preserve flowers.

Deaths: Ruby Glea Johnston, Dolores Ann Weber, Betty McKnight, Carol Faye Johnson, Kent Alan McCaslin and Marvin William Henning.

Leader-Courier “Color It With Love” coloring contest winners: 4-year-old Blake Bowmaker; 5-year-old Amelia Meng, and

6-year-old Sukesh Kamesh. Two men roll ATV after losing control. Driver Mark Meng not injured, but passenger Sam Osner transported to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. The USD 331 Technology Rich Classroom grant facilitator and librarian explains how keeping up with technology benefits KES students.

Feb. 16

An 18-hour search for a missing Kingman man, W. Gene Fairchild, 89, ends when Harper County Sheriff’s officer finds his body near Danville. Early morning fire Feb. 10 damages Marvin Miller home at 1625 S. Main, Kingman. Home receives heavy smoke and water damage but fire contained primarily to the roof. Kingman High School’s basketball homecoming royalty are King Ben Clark and Queen Ashton Wagner. Leader-Courier Business Premiere is Rick’s Hobby and Gift Shop, owned by Rick Sinnett.

Outdoor Club one of Kingman-Norwich USD 331’s newest clubs. Purpose is to promote hunting, fishing and shooting sports for young Kansans. Hair Plus owner Sharon Reese to celebrate 25th year in business. Jenna Simmons and Justin Giefer plan May 12 wedding in Wichita. Local VFW Auxiliary members receive special award of health and happiness in recognition of exceeding the quote for the VFW National Home for Children. Kingman Senior Center offers activities such as exercise classes, China painting classes, pool playing and a hot meal at noon.

Deaths: Carol Faye Johnson, W. Gene Fairchild, Roya Pauline Bush Breazier, Elmo Eugene Nossaman, Gerald G. Stucky and Doreen Louise Gramly.

Wheatlands Health Care Center has Valentine dance with residents, staff and family members. Renard Rosenhagen, Kingman, selected as winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives farmers opportunity to win $2,500 for favorite local nonprofit organizations. Rosenhagen donates it to the Norwich Park Fund. Kingman Eagles basketball team suffers tough

homecoming loss. Kingman Lady Eagles pick up 7th win of season.


Local attorney Francis Meisenheimer one of two nominees to fill District Judge vacancy in the 30th Judicial District. Kingman County Spelling Bee has students from Kingman Elementary/Middle School, St. Patrick’s, Cunningham and Norwich. Winners in Division A: Andrea Vierthaler, CMS 8th grader, 1st; Logan Payne, NMS 7th grader, 2nd; Annika Panek, CMS 8th grader, 3rd. Division B winners are all from KES: Gavin Aumiller, 5th grader, 1st; Cameron Boydston, 5th grader, 2nd ; Alyson Knoblauch, 3rd grader, 3rd. Many local offices up for vote this year, with primary in August. Second Sunday in March marks annual St. Patrick Day Dinner, with silent auction featuring donated gifts and “Sunflower Showdown” featuring opportunity to win either KU basketball signed by coach Bill Self and two tickets for a game during the 2012-13 season or KSU football autographed by coach Bill Snyder and two tickets for a 2012 game. Leader-Courier Business Premiere is Jan Voran with Kanza Bank, who is Customer Service Representative. Residents of Wheatlands Health Care Center enjoy lunch at the Kingman Senior Center. Kingman USD 331 discusses longer school days for next year. Birth: Xander Scott, born to Darryl and Kara Mannebach. Amanda McQuin of Chicago, Ill., and Bryan Kluener of Cincinnati, Ohio plan a June 9 wedding in Chicago. Amanda is the daughter of Scott and Lorene McQuin, Wellington, and granddaughter of L-C publisher Bob McQuin, Kingman, and the late Beverly McQuin. Ruth Messmer of Norwich celebrates 93rd birthday. Employees of Strong’s Insurance of Kingman recognized for changes in office in past few months. Company now offers financial planning, with Chris Huhman as broker for Waddell and Reed, Tiffany Koehler as his account manager; new employee Kelly Wood handling the commercial and crop insurance; Jana Rice doing the bookkeeping for all five Strong’s Insurance offices; and Tracy Hansard, receptionist in Kingman, also handling home and auto insurance.

Deaths: Alvin L. Ricker, Evelyn L. “Peggy” Patton, Lillian B. Sterling, Larry T. Shoemaker, Lester L. Beck, Julie Ann Decker, Marlene (Batt) Dreiling and Elmo Eugene Nossaman.

Kingman County Club Days help 4-Hers with confidence in speaking and lets them flex their creativity in the arts. Kingman Lady Eagles lose home finale to talented Hillsboro team. Trey Johnson, Norwich senior, signs letter of intent to play baseball with Butler County Community College next year. He is son of Rusty and Patsy Johnson. Pretty Prairie man rolls his car in town after falling asleep. Heartland Youth Rodeo Association holds finals in Kingman.

March 1

Nurse practitioner Jennifer Cox will be new medical provider at Kingman Medical Arts Center starting March 12. Janette Stauffer of Pretty Prairie will manage the clinic. Kingman County commissioners decide to go ahead and spend sales tax revenue on three miles of roads. Kingman city commissioners approve airport taxiway if grant is received. Three Angus producers honored by American Angus Association in its 2012 Pathfinder Report: Richard Molitor and Mike Molitor of Zenda; Gordon D. Stucky of Kingman. Lester and Kathy Ziegler celebrate 55 years of marriage.

Deaths: Sister Loretta Jacobs, Paula Joan Maple and Marie M. Seidl.

Kingman Lady Eagles advance at substate after beating Douglass, 55-35. Norwich girls (18-2) are top seed and Cunningham boys are number 2 seed in substate. Kingman Eagle boys fall by two to Conway Springs in 3A substate play. K-West for Growth Chili Cook-Off at Nashville won by Randy McKinney, Carol Voyles and Phil Theis.

March 8

Longtime Kingman attorney Francis Meisenheimer appointed to serve as District Judge for 30th Judicial District. Alice Wieser Clouse, Kingman, to celebrate 90th birthday. Fred and Dianna Simon’s daughter, Sydney Simon, receives “Teacher of Promise” award from Kansas State Board of Education. Pretty Prairie High School presents musical “Annie.” Deaths: William Clyde Murphey, Hazel Foster and Kenneth Joe Scripsick. Kingman Lady Eagles lose in substate semi to Conway Springs. Cunningham boys, Norwich girls qualify for State Class 1A Division II basketball tournament in Hays. A Feb. 22 fire on Orrin and Renee Westerman farm results in total loss of shed and contents. Kingman High Stuco, Norwich High School SADD hold “Steppin’ Up” conference at Kingman.

March 15

Joe Meng of Kingman receives 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award from Leading Age Kansas as part of annual Quality First Awards of Excellence Ceremony. Winter Arts & Crafts Festival, Small Business Expo held at Kingman Elementary School gym. Kingman man, William Lueder, 37, charged with making criminal threats against two Kingman County District Court judges. Kingman County Board of Zoning Appeals awards special use permit to Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to drill appraisal oil well in Valley Township. Norwich Lady Eagles fall early at State basketball.

Deaths: Ethel Elizabeth Struble, Iris E. Zerger, Darlene Sue Boor, Bertha J. Sauber, Maryann Carter and Robert E. Rinke.

March 22

British Petroleum (BP) to give Kingman County one-time payment of $300,000 to assist in acquisition of fire and emergency services equipment for local first responder agencies. St. Patrick Catholic School recognized in Kansas House of Representatives for receiving Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Kingman County Health Department launches new clinic for low-income residents who lack health insurance. Kingman County residents Ross and Judy Kinsler honored as Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemakers for 2011.

Deaths: Father John C. Reinkemeyer, June Routh, Andrew L. Detmer, Delsa C. Hays, John N. Demmer, Stephen W. Miller and Mary Jo “Jody” Gatens-McKenna. Three Kingman Eagles honored by Central Kansas League for basketball: senior Mikabe Erdman, junior Katelynn Martine and senior Dani Molitor.

March 29

New Aug. 20 trial date set for Brett Seacat, Kingman man charged with murder of his wife, Vashti. Kingman County commissioners hire Rich Associates to plan new Law Enforcement Center/Kingman County Jail. The 42nd annual Kingman County Young Farmers Consignment Sale gathers big crowd. Sgt. Travis Sowers raising money to purchase K-9 unit for Kingman Police Department.

Deaths: Ellen L. Wells, Margaret Helen Brown, Gary Vavra, John Richard Hill and Dorothy E. Gonser.

Early morning wreck south of Kingman puts milk semi in wet ditch.

April 5

Farewell reception at Kingman County Courthouse honors Kingman attorney Frank Meisenheimer, who will serve as a District Court Judge for Pratt and Barber counties. Local attorney Greg Graffman agrees to accept position as Municipal Judge. New boundaries for state’s four congressional districts approved by Kansas House would split Kingman County between 1st and 4th Districts. The entire county has long been part of the 4th District. Kingman Leader-Courier Premiere is Davina Hutchinson, who works part time at H & R Block during tax season as a tax associate, besides having a full time job with Wheatlands Health Care Center. Kingman’s annual Health Gala to be April 14 with health providers as speakers. Furloughs possible for Kansas courts again this year due to shortage of funds. Two Kingman residents celebrate birthdays: Helen Reiter, 99; Corrine Eller, 80. Birth: Paisley Jo Linscheid to Kayla Westerman and Mike Linscheid of Newton. Willis and Thelma Kauffman plan family trip to Branson, Mo., for 50th wedding anniversary. Renae Helm and Chris McQueen plan to marry May 19. Values page features Cornerstone Baptist Church with Pastor Michael L. Paulson.

Deaths: Rosemary Boyts, Jean Collins Landwehr, John M. Ringler, Markus W. Jordan, James C. Fairchild, Dorothy Dix, Evelyn McHenry, Ross “Dean” Irby, Eugene “Shep” Allen Shepherd, Richard Arensdorf and Charles J. “Chuck” Osner.

Kingman FFA High School Rodeo packs arena and is huge success. Kingman High School carpentry class, with six boys, completes garage for Bruce Sterneker. Voran sisters, Emily and Rebekah, lead KHS Eagle tracksters in Andale Relays. Emily takes home two 2nd places; Rebekah takes 2nd and 4th in hurdles. Sloane Lewis, graduate of Norwich High School, is competing for Miss Kansas 2012 in Pratt. Students making Norwich and Kingman honor rolls listed. Annual KNRC Easter Egg Hunt has perfect weather and good crowd of youngsters.

April 12

Flat Ridge 2, commercial wind farm in southern Kingman County, offi cially in full construction. That milestone celebrated with BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power hosting luncheon at Harper County fairgrounds. 8th Annual Women’s Health Gala scheduled this weekend at Kingman Christian Church. Contest under way for Kingman County Fair Button design. Two prizes to be given: $100 for winning logo and $100 for winning design. City and county commissioners discuss more housing in Kingman because of wind farm and oil drilling companies. Kingman County jury convicts Cleveland man, Robert Winkel, 27, of aggravated kidnapping in 2010 abduction of his adopted sister. Engagement of Dallas Hageman and Melinda Stucky announced. Card shower requested for Lewis Rueb’s 90th birthday. Births: Michael Joseph, born to Heath and Dana Weninger; Alyssa Marie, born to Jason and Megan Osner, Cunningham. TOPS group has “no-gain meeting” with many awards given.

Deaths: Norma Lee Salmans, Donald R. Melton, Dorothy Jones.

The Kingman-Norwich Eagles baseball team plays double-header against Hillsboro. Senior pitcher Trey Johnson throws no-hitter and still takes 1-0 loss. KHS tracksters travel to Conway Springs, bring home nine topsix fi nishes in fi eld, fi ve in relays, 11 on track. Abe’s Softball Club gets big win at Manhattan. Six Kingman County employees honored for years of service by the Kansas Association of Counties: County Treasurer Donna Rohlman, 24 years; County Clerk Inge Luntsford, 24 years; Carol Noblit, 16 years; Barb Henning, eight years; Michelle Dick, eight years, Jamie Hillman, 16 years. Cunningham High School to host Community Service Day. Cunningham man, Cody McClendon, 25, sent back to jail for violating Leader-Courier Easter coloring contest winners: Lauren Danahy, Garden Plain; Claire Meng, Pretty Prairie, Lexi Miller, Kingman.

April 19

Fabpro of Kingman in process of closing plant in Clearfield, Utah; will bring equipment to Kingman plant; should also bring employment opportunities for 20-25 people. The Kingman-Norwich USD 331 Board of Education votes unanimously not to renew contract of Kingman High School teacher Chad Williams for 2012-13 school year. Sexual harassment federal civil lawsuit filed against district by former KHS student of Williams. Kingman Medical Arts Center soon to have doctors from “Docs Who Care,” organization that provides doctors to clinics until permanent doctors can be hired. Leader-Courier Business Premiere is Chad Webster, owner of “The Bug Guys” pesticide business. Weekend’s stormy weather leaves Kingman area untouched; more than 100 tornadoes spotted in Kansas. Kingman Middle School students may work on Apple iPad tablet computers in classroom next year. Kingman High School students of month for March: Mike Meng, Katy Messenger, Daniel Padilla, Ryan Gray. City commissioner Charlus Bishop elected mayor. Kingman Home Health nurses to offer monthly health programs at Kingman Senior Center.

Deaths: Victor J. Hageman, Eldon “Lonny” Leon Wood Jr., Julia Oleeta Bolinger.

Eight records set at Kingman Invitational track meet. KHS track team shines at WSU pre-state; several Eagles set personal bests: Kent Girard (javelin), Rebekah Voran (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Chris Harbert (800, 1600), Madison Olf (100), Jenny Boroughs (1600, 3200).

April 26

Kingman High School Prom theme “Escape to Wonderland” has students arriving in big green bus. Wind farm expansion, oil drilling in neighboring counties to the south gives area real estate agents jump start needed to resurrect stale housing market. Kingman County Bar Association hosts free legal clinic to help individuals with specifi c legal questions. Zenda Telephone Company to embark on fiber construction project to continue to provide customers with excellent telecommunication offerings. Business Premiere is Amber Helm of Silver Grove Photography. Some of her photos appear in Leader-Courier. David Holloway, diagnosed with stage 4 small cell lung cancer, goes to Nascar thanks to “Dream Foundation.” Champion Tool leases space and is remodeling offi ces of the former Koch building in the Industrial Park. Two new rides, “Swings” and “Octopus,” will join Kingman County Carnival this year. Kingman Community Hospital welcomes pain management specialist Dr. R. J. Ain, M.D. Gene and Eunice Hellman celebrate 65 years together. Two Kingman locals celebrate birthdays: Marjorie Buscher, 90; Lawrence Mertens, 80. Kingman County Extension Agent Matt Clark teaches 6th graders about safety on farm and in town.

Deaths: Lawrence J. Oeding, Ray G. Hawkins.

KMS 6th grader Madison Benjamin and cheer team, The Northwest Storm, place first and earn title of International Champions in UCA/UDA International youth Cheerleading and Dance Competition at Orlando, Fla. Kingman United Methodist Children’s Choir presents musical, “Rescue in the Night.” Kingman High School’s Rebekah Voran sets school record in 300 hurdles (47.82). Previous record (48.07) was set by Hayley Mertens. Kingman golfers Josh Wehling, Kyle Stewart, Blaine Boswell, Brandon Bradshaw, Adam Kostner and Kevin Rogers win Medicine Lodge Invitational. Tyler Bock, Kingman High School graduate, student at Pratt Community College and member of the PCC shooting club, competes in national shooting competition, placing 20th.

May 3

Bret Belden, Pretty Prairie, makes hole-in-one at Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament held at Kingman Country Club. Nashville woman, Jennifer Goetz, 44, convicted of battery,  obstruction. City of Kingman receives more than $9,000 in dividends from city’s insurance coverage. Leader-Courier Business Premiere is Sandy Hiebert of “Crazy Woman” Ranch, owner and operator of C & W Embroidery. Free Bicycle Rodeo to be held in Kingman for all kids grades 1-6. St. Patrick School second graders tour Citizens Bank of Kansas. Citizens Bank celebrates “Community Bank Week” with open house. Randy Schaller and Tanya Horan, Park City, announce engagement and approaching marriage on June 24, 2012. Wichita Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management Scholarship Fund and Wichita Chapter SHRM announce 2012 recipient of annual scholarship award as Paige Bornholdt, Kingman.

Deaths: Patrick “Pat” Hampel, Robert Ellis Christensen, Anna Mae Keller, Lori Lynn Schindler.

Andrea Taylor, 6, formerly of Cunningham, loses service dog “Millie” in the Hutchinson area. Dog returns April 12 to happy reunion. Kingman Dance Center “Tot” class presents “Candyland” at the center’s 18th annual spring performance. KHS tracksters compete at Medicine Lodge, with boys scoring 54 points and the girls 122. Two Kingman high students participate in Art Festival at McPherson; Madeleine Roe submits “Zebra” and Adam Schonlau’s work is “Colorful Sower.” Both earned honorable mention.

May 10

Kingman-Norwich Eagles baseball wins 2nd Annual South Central Shootout in Riverside Park. Kingman resident Bradley Saens places in USA Duathlon Championship in Arizona, wins invitation to world competition in Nancy, France in September. Dr. Meredith Woolley coming to Kingman through Docs Who Care. Leader-Courier Business Premiere is Gary and Sophie Sawyer, owners of G & S Catering. Historic Santa Fe Depot in Kingman to be sold to highest bidder through United Country – Theurer Auction/Realty, LLC of Wellington. Kingman County Area Recycle Committee tells Kingman County Commissioners program needs upgrades. Joan Robinson’s piano students perform two recitals. Fred and Patsy Lindenmeyer, former Kingman residents, celebrate 60th anniversary. Maureen Bogner announces arrival of 21st grandchild, Elijah Patrick, born to Josh and Sarah Holthusen of Wichita. Norwich students attend Art Festival in Burrton.

Deaths: Walter Otto Wegner, Vanetta Irene Matthews, Leon E. Cotton, Phyllis W. (Culver) Bogle.

Kingman Elementary School teacher Sharon Watkins to retire. Traci D. Shepherd, daughter of Gary and Nancy Shepherd of Penalosa, receives master of education degree in special education at Southwestern College, Winfield. Pretty Prairie student Shelby Schrag, daughter of Katie Belden and Stuart Schrag, signs letter of intent to play golf at Kansas Wesleyan University. Don Dye, Kingman, critically injured in traffic accident at U.S. 50 Highway and K-14 Highway; taken to the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Lloyd Patterson, 71, Kingman, killed in one-vehicle accident west of Arlington.

May 17

Cunningham schools locked down because of bomb threat May 11. Law enforcement calls situation a hoax. Dr. Anthony Wittman of Olathe part of rotating group of physicians practicing at Kingman Medical Arts Center from “Docs Who Care.” KHS Senior Class announce its Commencement Exercises, Sunday, May 20 with 61 candidates. Leader-Courier Business Premiere is Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce; president Tom Ziegler and executive director Wanda Kelsey. New housing tract approved by city of Kingman to be developed by Nancy Furr. New street named Memory Lane to run south from

Copeland to Washington and just east of Sugar Street. Three Kingman County post offices to keep doors open, according to new strategy announced by the U.S. Postal Service. Martin and Pat Hampel celebrate 50 years of marriage. Birth: BrynAn Marie to Jarold and Jamie (Yoder) Richardson, Owasso, Okla. Kingman Boy Scout Troop 740 holds semi-annual Court of Honor, awarding 10 rank advancements and 62 merit badges. Special guest David Hill with One Spark shares stories and words of encouragement for scouts and families. Silent auction fundraiser held for Wheatlands Health Care Center with proceeds going to the WHCC Tornado Shelter Building Fund.

Deaths: Otis Leon Coon, Teri J Dick.

First Annual Tea Party – Touching Lives for Main Place Youth, Inc. - held with 90 people attending. Four local women graduate from Pratt Community College with associate degree in nursing: Sue Harris, Stacy McDorman, Shondra Kostner and Nikki Schmitz. Kingman High Eagles baseball team advances in regional after beating Hoisington 12-2. Nick Meng competes at State tennis tournament at Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita. Four Kingman Middle School tracksters set new school records this season: 7th graders Payton Pickering and Justin Harbert; 8th graders Luke Powell and Claire Theis.

May 24

Two Kingman High School students honored at graduation ceremonies for having top two grade point averages: Valedictorian Michael Meng, Salutatorian Jessica Duhon. Dr. Gary Frederick coming to Medical Arts Center on rotating basis. Multiple tornadoes sighted in county; several tracked on the ground south and west of Kingman. Kingman postal workers collected 1,682 pounds of food for local food bank. Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce hosts benefit concert featuring Josh and Sarah Holthusen, former Kingman residents, and Allen Krehbiel, former Pretty Prairie resident. USD 331 buys iPads for Kingman Elementary School. Three local residents celebrate 80th birthdays: Leon Winter, Naomi Foster, Naomi (Belcher) Schuchman. Norwich High SADD students have mock crash event.

Deaths: Fred R. Hauser, Patricia “Pat” Joanne Utz, Lawrence J. Wieser, Owen V. Harper, Ruth Virginia Allison, Maretta J. Piatt, Harley Wallace Cross, Edwin A. Brummer, Viola P. Shelton.

Four KHS tracksters qualify for State: Rebekah Voran, Michaela Theis, Madison Olf and Emily Voran. Memorial Day tribute to men and women who served our country in this issue. Back page features 2012 KHS graduating class celebrating after ceremony.

May 31

Memorial Day service at Walnut Hill Cemetery remembers the fallen. Color guard all members of Wing family (father and three sons), PFC Alex Wing, MSG Les Wing, SPC Tyler Wing and SPC Sean Wing. Dr. Paul Jaster joins rotation of Docs Who Care physicians at Kingman Medical Arts Center. Kingman Chamber of Commerce will not sponsor fireworks display on July 4th or at Christmas Parade because of insurance technicalities. Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis comes to Kingman to give a motivational speech and lead swim clinic for local youth. Former Kingman residents, Kenny and Karlene Roberts of Pratt, announce the engagement of daughter, Karly Roberts, to Steven Little. Birth: Clay Michael, born to Josh and Ann Brooks, Hutchinson. Ralph Westerman celebrates 80th birthday with come and go reception. April Mind, Body & Pride Eagles are Bre Roberts, Adam Schonlau, Kaitlyn Rice, Caitlin Burenheide. KHS graduate Kristin Kay Lacio graduates from the University of Kansas School of Business. She receives Beta Gamma Sigma Frank T. Stockton Key Award and is one of three students to earn Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award.

Deaths: Ruth E. Messmer, Edward (Whitey) C. Racicky, Cody Hart, Henry N. and Rosamond M. Dick, Donald Lee Boyts.

Kingman Middle School eighth grade promotion ceremony honors 51 students. Cmdr. Brent Strong, son of Mike and Colleen Strong of Kingman, becomes commanding officer of Patrol Squadron Four at Change of Command Ceremony, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneoha Bay. Attending ceremony are his parents; siblings, April Strong and Andy Strong; Brent’s wife, Denise, children, Caleb, Evan, Abigail and Sophie Strong; and Denise’s parents, Dick and Ellen Jones. Becky Tetrick, daughter of Bill and Melissa Tetrick, Kingman, was a winner at 2012 NAIA National Championship Tournament and was named to All-Tournament Team. Kingman’s City Wide Garage Sale is this weekend. Memorial Day accident in Wichita takes life of 21-year-old Kingman man, Cody Hart. Annual fly-in at Kingman airport to be June 9. Clyde Cessna Airport undergoes improvements and additions of hangars and other upgrades.

June 7

Wheat harvest in full swing in the area earlier than usual this year. Kingman County voters will go to the polls in August for primary election in two local races. Recent changes with employees in Kingman’s EMS department cause some shortage of employees but Frank Soukup, city manager, assures it is operating normally. Leader-Courier features trio “Grace Notes,” Pat Dixon, Cindy Baker and Gayle Hamblin. Recent Red Cross blood drive yields 71 units donated. Newberry Family Motors in Kingman welcomes new service manager, Dan Meng. Boy Scout Troop 740 retires 91 American flags on Memorial Day. After serving 25 years in four southwest and western county Catholic churches, Father John Miller leaves the community. Everett and Virginia Cloyd observe 70th wedding anniversary. Chuck Crouch, retiree of State Bank of Kingman, celebrates 80th birthday. Leader-Courier Values page features Church of Christ with Pastor Wayne Mastin.

Deaths: Letha Mae Poland, Joseph H. Oeding.

Kristen Powell, student at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, signs with Benedictine College for track and field. She is the daughter of Cindy and Lloyd Powell. St. Patrick Catholic School, Kingman, has eighth grade promotion. Five St. Patrick 8th grade students named Msgr. McNeill Scholars for 2012: Allison De-Weese, Rileigh Kaufman, Jacob Messenger, Luke Powell and Jordan Thimesch. Loaded semi truck /trailer collapses concrete culvert in county.

June 14

Kingman County & 4-H Fair book in this issue. Kingman’s Fly-in well attended at Kingman Airport. Kingman High School Principal Rick Henry leaves for new position with Lawrence public school district. Leader-Courier business premiere is Jeri’s Kitchen, which reopened the business after it burned Dec. 9, 2011. Kingman County guaranteed to have all new representation in Kansas Legislature next year; redistricting affects county. Cleveland man convicted in April sentenced for kidnapping. Norwich native Sloane Lewis crowned Miss Kansas 2012 at Pratt.

Deaths: Benjamin “Ben” L. Owen, John Marvin “Mike” Maple, James E. Payne, Sue A. Henning.

Kingman MAYB 9th/10th graders win Derby basketball tournament. Leola Osner of Kingman has grandson, Brock Oler, sign with Friends University to play soccer. Abe’s Softball Club takes 4th at Wichita River Festival Softball Tournament. Several rural fires in fields keep firefighters busy.

June 21

Jason Jump and his wife, Stephanie of Humble, Texas, purchase Kingman Leader-Courier newspaper from Connie Schoenhofer, editor, and her father, Bob McQuin, publisher. New Kansas law requires voters to present photo ID to vote Aug. 7. Olympic swimming gold medalist Josh Davis visits with crowd of 250, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Kingman. Davis also conducts four hour swim clinic at Kingman pool for Kingman Swim Club members. Business premiere is freelance artist Catherine “Cat” Pinkerton, now living in Nashville, Tenn., who came back to Kingman for fundraiser with proceeds going to research for her disease, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome. Lions Clubs International to insure July 4th fireworks show. Kansas Department of Transportation resurfaces 17 miles of K-14 west of Kingman. Kingman County & 4-H Fair button design winner is Vicky Keller; Bailey Osborn wins theme contest for, “Round ‘em up and come on down to the County Fair.”

Deaths: Ruth H. (Hampel) Heithaus, Tony Lee Parson.

Andrew M. Cox, son of former resident Marvin and Barbara Cox of Wichita, and Alyx M. Kaizerman to wed in July. Birth: Nicholas Archer to Tom and Susan Archer, Kingman.

June 28

One-car accident on east Highway 54 sends Kingman driver to Wichita hospital by Eagle Med. Kingman Christian Church hosts city-wide dinner to celebrate mortgage burning and thank community for its support. Bill Vanlandingham’s horse, “Wally Van,” a 4-yearold gray gelding, wins five straight races at Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Colo. Civil Theatre of Pretty Prairie presents “Arsenic & Old Lace.” Loose dogs in city pose problem for postal employees. Richard and Angela Molitor, Willowdale, and Harold and Maryann (Molitor) Poss, Aurora, Ill., celebrate 60th wedding anniversaries together. Longtime Willowdale resident Julius Govert celebrates 85th birthday. Brandon Rogers and Andi Hernandez, former Kingman residents, plan wedding vows July 7. December 15 wedding planned by Stephanie Russell and Scott Simon; Simon is grandson of Paul and Geneva Theis.

Deaths: Gayle Evonne Asbury, Mervlyn J. Rinke, Holly G. Potelle.

KHS grad Savannah Fairchild, daughter of Tricia and Jason Fairchild, to play basketball for Central Christian College in McPherson. House fire near Norwich injures teenage girl. Area youngsters ages 5-6 have opportunity to participate in 4-H events through Cloverbud program, hosted by the Kingman County Extension Office  Agents Andrea Wood, Matt Clark and program assistant Stephanie McKennon.

July 5

The 3rd Annual Steven Tetrick Memorial Golf Tournament ends with fireworks show at Kingman Country Club. Tournament champions: Scott Adelhardt, Chet Hartley, Brian Kirby, Seth Adlehardt. Pre-trial motions in Brett T. Seacat murder case set for July 10-11. Kingman County Economic Development Council back to ground zero in search for new executive director after candidate withdraws. Leader-Courier announces new web home: kcnonline.com. Kingman Lions Club honors outgoing president Corey Minor and welcomes new president Sam Graham. Kingman Home Health presents monthly home safety programs at Kingman Senior Center. Former Willowdale resident John (Babe) Bock celebrates 90th birthday with open house. Values page features Kingman Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Paul Jackson.

Deaths: Dian Lynn Perkins, Levi Hiram Krehbiel, Lucy H. Rohling, Zoella Mae Davis, Gerald W. Silke, Evelyn Schnidler.

Kingman High School Athletes of the Year are Dani Molitor and Mikabe Erdman. Fatality accident east of Kingman involves several cars, kills 30-year-old Jennifer Reiling, Belle Plaine. Danny Mason, grandson of Barb Mason and late Dick Mason of Kingman, hired as credit analyst for Community National Bank in Tonganoxie. Dick also was in banking business.

July 12

New Dec. 3 trial date set for Brett Seacat, charged with murdering his wife and burning their Kingman home. Kingman-Norwich school district hires three new principals: Andy Albright, KHS; Wayne Morrow, Norwich, and Adrian Howie, KES. Article about history of newspapers in Kingman County for past 94 years published in this issue, written by freelance writer Amber Helm. Kingman County & 4-H Fair carnival volunteers, Fair Idol entrants needed. Jennifer Goetz, Nashville, sentenced to six months with secretary of corrections on felony conviction and six months each on three misdemeanors, with all sentences running consecutively. November wedding planned by Jaclyn Stasa and Mike Branham. KHS graduate Tiffany Koehler graduates Magna Cum Laude from Friends University with bachelor of science in business administration.

Deaths: Rose Ann Adelhardt, Marie R. Ast, Sharon Rae Claphan, Catherine Cuddy, Cortlandt Lloyd Dixon, Marsha Jean Hansen Harper, Donna Ruth Wilcox.

Casey Bock, 15-year-old son of Nancy and Kenny Bock of Kingman, makes record books as youngest person to win Kansas State Handicap trap shoot and do it with perfect score. Kingman swimmers place first in 23 races at Pratt Regional Swim Meet. Medicine Lodge woman, Jami Danielle Romine, 35, dies west of Kingman at Cunningham exit on Highway 54. Leader-Courier will host public forums for voters to meet candidates and hear positions on issues of interest to Kingman County.

July 19

The Kingman County & 4-H Fair kicks off July 26. Volunteers install new carnival rides and paint old ones. Judge Larry Solomon rules Brett Seacat’s statements made to law enforcement officers prior to his arrest admissible at trial. Kingman Mayor Charlus Bishop signs proclamation declaring Aug. 10-12 as “After the Wizard” Celebration Weekend in Kingman. Annual Kingman Lions Club Medallion Hunt during Fair gives first of five clues for $500 prize in Chamber of Commerce Bucks. The city moves forward with Memory Lane Addition, to provide property lots for new homes located on land east of Sugar Street, north of Washington and south of Copeland. Redistricting has placed southern Kingman County in Kansas Senate District 32. John Parsons of Kingman celebrates 93rd birthday with free coffee. Community Worship Service at Pretty Prairie Grade School prior to Pretty Prairie Rodeo Days, with special guest speaker, bullfighter Dusty Tuckness. Birth: Riley Gregory Alan Fizer, born to Tiffany Fizer, Zenda.

Deaths: Kenneth Leroy “Roy” Jones, Gloria Jean Rinke.

Kingman swim team finishes season with four local swimmers named Swimmers of the Year: Marissa DeWeese (7-8 girls), Brianna Garrison (11-12 girls), Kaitlyn Rice (15-up girls), Jayden Garrison (9-10 boys). Cheney and Pretty Prairie fire departments hose down remains of vacant house and tow abandoned mobile homes in far eastern part of county. City accident involves commercial truck hit by a passenger car driven by Jennifer A. Landreth, 30, cited for driving under the influence, failure to yield, no seatbelt. Four adults arrested for theft of copper wire from downtown business after trying to sell it to local salvage business. Annual Norwich Days weekend kicks off with ping-pong ball drop onto Main Street. Parade includes appearance by Miss Kansas 2012 Sloane Lewis.

July 26

Consultant tells Kingman County commissioners that new law enforcement center/Kingman County Jail likely to require two acres of land, making site near downtown unlikely. Officers on lookout for Kansas Highway Patrol trooper impersonator that stopped Kingman County man near Zenda July 16. Brett Seacat, charged with murdering his wife in April 2011, files motion to close pre-trial hearing. Kingman County 4-H Fair & Carnival brings 4-Hers and county volunteers together for one of the best fairs yet, with exception of hot weather. Miss K-State Danielle Hill and Mrs. USA Kathy Bond come to Fair. Unified School District 331 announces fall enrollment dates. Four fires this week, one in Zenda, one at a residence SE of Kingman, and two grass fires east and west of Kingman. May 19 wedding in Wichita unites former resident Sara Ashida and David Augustine. Jerrime Lee Steele and Cynthia Marie Swope marry June 16 in Zenda. Kingman County Family Medicine clinic opens again with Mary Jacobs, APRN, and staff members Jaylene Reed and Mary Koch. KHS 2012 grad Mike Meng receives Global Aftermarket Symposium Scholarship. Claire Theis will participate in 46th USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship July 25-28. Willowdale resident Eleanor Hageman’s great-grandson, Derek Norris of Goddard, plays for Oakland Athletics. Kingman County Basketball Camp this week. KNRC girls fast pitch team, Kingman Bombers (9-10 year olds), go 3-0 in Twin Rivers League Tournament at Norwich.

Deaths: James “Jim” Becker, Genevieve C. Melton, Jerome H. “Spike” Schaller, Barbara Smith.

Kingman police officer forced to shoot and kill loose dog in city limits. Aug. 2 - Kingman County & 4-H Fair a great success. Four Republicans vying for two seats on county commission: Carol Voran, Abe Erdman Jr., John Steffen and Alan Albers. Bloodmobile here July 26, hosted by Kingman Christian Church with 84 units given. Kingman city commissioners approved 2013 budget with another full-time EMS position, pay raise for police officers. Kayla Vecchiarelli, daughter of former residents Chuck and Polly Vecchiarelli, marries Jordan Wiens in Wichita. KHS student Mitchell Wortham performs in East-West Shrine Bowl Band in Emporia. Values page features Covenant Assembly of God Church in Kingman. Numerous fires in county, with drought, high temperatures contributing factors. Rash of burglaries and thefts reported. City police indicate a big problem with illegal prescription drug usage. Deaths: Daniel Joseph Kampling, Robert Allen “Bobby” Cole, David Jean (Dean) Mantooth. Texas Hold-em Tournament held at Livingston Family Center with proceeds going to Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dave and Gayle Oller’s grandson, Tevin, has the disease. Winners of library’s summer reading program announced. Incoming KHS freshman Claire Theis, daughter of Tom and Stacey Theis, Kingman, brings back pair of 6th place medals from 2012 USATF Junior Olympics in Baltimore, Md. She broke Kansas Flyers team record with time of 2.16.64, which was 13th best in the nation and earned her National Elite Youth All-American status.

Aug. 9

Zenda to celebrate 125th anniversary with day of events Sept. 1. Delinquent tax sale at Kingman County Courthouse auctioned 17 properties and raised $58,975. Unofficial Primary Election results re-elect county commissioners Carol Voran and John Steffen. CrossPoint Church is new congregation in Kingman, meeting in former KISS Studio at 201 N. Main St. Several local women have birthdays, including Virginia VanDolah, 90, and Maudene Goebel, 80. Former residents Roxy Henning and Alex Schonlau to wed Oct. 13 in Wichita. Birth: Trenton Hunter Teel to Chance and Carrie at Wesley Medical Center. Wichita medical malpractice attorney presents Wheatlands Health Care Center with $3,750 check to aid in fundraising for tornado shelter.

Deaths: Opal Mae Specht, Fredrick W. Westerman, Melvin Lee “Bucky” White, Virginia Elaine Coon, Linda L. Coykendall, Marcia D. Panek.

Kingman Lions Club Fair Medallion Hunt prompts extra research by quartet of co-workers who found it in Riverside Park. The foursome were Kyle Finder, Aric Hook, Darrin SanRomani and Brandon Davidson. Kite boarding accident at Cheney Lake ends in death of Wichita man, Bruce Eric Matthews, 42.

Aug. 16

Kingman State Lake to be drained and renovated in effort to improve fishing and eliminate white perch population. Kingman police officer Travis Sowers is city’s new K-9 Officer. Sowers and dog “Bak” to attend 10 weeks of training in Topeka. Kingman County receives $275,000 grant from HOME program from Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to rehabilitate 10 owner-occupied homes. Kingman County will match grant with $25,000. Final Kingman County Primary Election results in this issue. Wheatlands Health Care Center holds dinner, auction event to raise money for tornado shelter building project. Dr. Frank and Sally Depenbusch, agriculture instructor; Stacey Walters, English; Leah Oswald, Spanish. Ed (Jr.) and Corliss Mies of Pretty Prairie celebrate 45 years of marriage. Lela Santee celebrates 88th birthday. Rick and Jaymi Henry, Kingman, announce engagement and approaching marriage of son, Shayne, to Katherine Sachs of Overland Park. Wheatlands Health Care Center benefit auction, dinner raise estimated $9,719 for tornado shelter project. Kingman County 4-H and Open Class Fair results published in this issue.

Deaths: Geneva I. Mattal, Margaret Osner, Clora Marie Hartnell.

Kingman County Learning Center, an adult high school diploma completion program, opens its doors at 109 North Main St., Kingman.

Aug. 30

Kingman’s District Magistrate Judge James “Butch” Mathis to retire in October after 20 years hearing cases in Kingman and Pratt counties. ATV driven by Dennis Neville strikes metal guard on gas meter and rolls; passenger Jesse Henning pronounced dead at scene. Kingman city commissioners vote to purchase high-tech electric, water meters at cost of $703,869.18. System will allow City Hall employees to read meters with touch of a button. New Kingman Elementary School principal Adrian Howie supports creative ideas that better use technology at KES. Kingman County District Judge Larry Solomon closes pre-trial hearing for Brett Seacat,, citing concerns that media coverage might prejudice future jurors. Kingman County commissioners get first look at new law enforcement center/jail facility costs. Former Kingman residents Curtis Burroughs and Traci Ashida plan September wedding in Wichita.

Deaths: Duane Byers, Victor J. Ortiz Sr., Jesse Lee Henning, Robert Newman Cheatum, Kurt O. Stauffer.

KHS head football coach Curtis Albin states Eagles more physical and faster this season. KNRC Punt, Pass and Kick winners: (8-9) Alex Schreiner and Keegan O’Shea; (10-11) Cassidy Blank and Owen Pearce; (12 & up) Abby Fairchild and Hunter Mark. KHS volleyball season opens with league tournament at Kingman. Kingman County Sheriff reports more thefts and burglaries in county. Several new teachers join staff at KMS/KES: Kali Stein, Joni Watkins, Hannah Jacobs, Jon Spexarth, Michael Wilmott, Krista Clover.

Sept. 6

Daniel Shea, formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., is new economic development executive director. Former Kingman County resident Blaine Jones to return to Kansas Sept. 29 & 30 as Opposing Solo for Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, during performance at “Wings Over McConnell” in Wichita. He is the son of Jay and Diann Jones and Donna Hughes. American Legion Post 414 to honor veterans who served in military from Feb. 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975, the Vietnam War era. Allen and Beverely Stucky retire, close Word of Life Bookstore after 31 years. Their other business, H&R Block, sold to Condi Starks in 2010. The 2012 Beef and Range Tour was northwest of Kingman at Cottonwood Feeders facility owned by Greg Bergkamp family. Values page features Murdock and Pretty Prairie United Methodist churches, served by Rev. Marilyn Christmore. Kale Langley and Brooke Smars of Los Angeles, Calif., announce upcoming marriage. Miss Kansas Sloane Lewis speaks and models at Norwich’s Community Christian Women meeting. Son of former resident Marvin and Barbara Cox married July 21 in Boston. Birth: son to Randy Horn and Payton Patterson of  Medicine Lodge. Brett and Vashti Seacat home to be auctioned Sept. 27 at Kingman County Courthouse. Kingman Carnival Committee has to replace all electrical cable to rides before start of Fair because of thieves. Kingman Eagles football team starts season with 52-34 win over Sunrise Christian Academy, Wichita. KMS football squad crushes Cheney Cardinals 36-0 in opener. Jackie Stiles, Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee for basketball, to host basketball clinic for USD 331 4th-8th graders Oct. 24 at KHS. Athlete of the Week spotlight is Carrie Rohlman, a KHS senior/ libero in volleyball.

Deaths: Leah Jean Jones, Gene Philip Risley.

Winner of Wyatt Oakman 4-Her of the Year is Abby Flickner.

Sept. 13

New Kingman Emergency Medical Services director is Zach Bieghler, formerly of Lyons. Kingman County moves into Phase 2 in efforts to construct new Law Enforcement Center and jail. Phase I generated project development report with some insight into what new facility could include. The Kingman Community Hospital Foundation charity golf tournament won by Marvin Miller and his team: son Nick Miller, Kevin Miller and Bill Osner. Folk’s Homecenter new UPS, FEDEX drop-off location. Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Fall Festival at B Street Barn. Seth Krehbiel, son of Corey and Leslie Krehbiel, Kingman, wins purple ribbon for frosted ginger-ale cake in 4-H Foods at Fair. Former Kingman resident Joan McConnell,  Louisburg, celebrates 80th birthday. Athlete of the Week features three cross country runners: Rebekah Voran, KHS junior; Tim Farris, KHS senior; Alecia Henson, NHS senior. Madison Bangert named to All-Tournament team following 17th Annual Beth Coleman Classic basketball tourney. KHS freshman Claire Theis, junior Chris Harbert win second straight top 10 finish in cross country.

Deaths: Betty Jay Frisbie, Clyde William McClaflin Jr., Marcella Margaret Ford, Carolyn Jean Bloesser.

Kingman EMS receives new ambulance.

Sept. 20

Kingman City Commission OKs second floor residential apartments in downtown Kingman. A 46-year-old Kingman woman is second traffic fatality this year. Rebecca Knapp apparently had medical problem, causing her vehicle to leave roadway and strike unoccupied vehicle on North Main. Sebastian Acevedo, 7 year old from Brooklyn, N.Y., gets 15-point buck near Penalosa. Federal Lunch Program makes nutritious makeover to school lunch menus, thanks to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Flu shots now available at Kingman County Health Department. Yosiah Smith, 10, gets final  cancer-related bloodwork. In 2006 he received a castle from Make A Wish Foundation. Anniversaries: Bernard and Mary Soellner, 50 years; Robert and Kathleen Knowles, 40 years. Susan Wollen, daughter of Jon and Julie Wollen, engaged to Matthew Thomas, Orlando, Fla. Pratt Greenbacks spoil Kingman Eagles home football opener, 21-6. Kingman first responders honored prior to game; one player carries young son of former firefighter Jesse Henning, who died recently in traffic accident. Norwich High wins district football opener against Argonia. Kingman Middle School volleyball wins Garden Plain tournament.

Deaths: Dale T. Lackey, Rebecca M. “Reba” Pulliam, Fredrick “Fred” L. Reno, Margaret M. Settle.

Kingman resident Stan Campbell lucky after swerving motorcycle to miss deer. Riggs Arboretum at Waterloo loses 110-year-old Coleseum Maple tree planted by John Riggs’ grandfather.

Sept. 27

Norwich High football homecoming court: Noel Poe and Brandon DePriest, Queen Ashten Hall, King Calvin Colquette, Sydney Payne and Joe Balzer. Corsage and crown bearers were Ashlynn Fieser and Max Wineinger. Kingman County Board of Zoning Appeals approves permit that will allow development of Flat Ridge 3, the next phase of British Petroleum’s commercial wind farm project in the county. Leader-Courier to host pair of candidate forums Oct. 4 and 18. Kingman County 4-H teams judge well at State Fair; 4-H photographers place well. Births: Bentley Allen to Andrew and Ashlee Mertens, Kingman; Krete David May to Kelvin and Katie (Govert) May, Tipton. Ernest and Charlotte Beat, Murdock, celebrate 50th anniversary. Angela Keeling, Alan and Cinda Keeling’s daughter, marries Bret Alan Keeler in Wichita. Robert “Bob” Peitz celebrates 80th birthday. Claire Theis breaks KHS girls’ cross country record with time of 16:29, 29 seconds faster than record set in 2008 by Carrie Phelps. Kingman Middle School Eagles move to 3-0 with a 14-0 win over Liberty. Kingman/Norwich Recreation Commission flag football season opens Sept. 22. Mike Miller, Kingman, wins week 3 of L-C Gridiron contest.

Deaths: Dexter Cain, Leslie J. Shawn Brewer, Karen S. Moore, Alvin D. Zerger.

Two-vehicle accident south of Kingman leaves one driver, Debra J. Cocherell, 55, Spivey, in critical condition at Wichita hospital. Horizon Mental Health hires new therapist, Emma Cott. Nineteen golf teams participate in Kingman Community Hospital Foundation’s annual charity golf tournament. Tournament raises $16,029.25 to support hospital in physician recruiting efforts.  

Oct. 18

After Magistrate Judge James “Butch” Mathis’ retirement, 13 people have submitted their applications for his position. The Kingman Theatre has digital emergency. Board members are concerned with the future of the theatre, which has been in existence since the 1950s. Kingman Sheriff Randy Hill honored by Kansas Emergency Managers for his quick action to relay information to the 911 center, which helped maximize warning time for residents. The Norwich Christian Church Women (CCW) monthly program was sharing the experience of two military wives in the area. Lucas and Nacona Dick of Kingman announce birth of son, Brody Alan, onSept. 20. Bill and Ruth Shippen of rural Pretty Prairie celebrate 50 years of marriage. Many Main Street residents upset with traditional throwing of toilet tissue throughout the trees, lawns, etc. Superintendent Dr. Bob Diepenbrock believes new tradition could be just as spirit-filled and fun, writing in letter to editor, “We have nearly a year to start a new tradition, so let’s try to work together.” Kingman Leader-Courier makes changes starting the first issue in November, including new press day with new deadlines for material for the paper. Kingman High School cross country members Claire Theis and Chris Harbert claim All-League honors. Kingman Middle School remains unbeaten with a 52-0 win over Medicine Lodge. A $250 reward is being offered by AJ Tire & Repair for information on who broke into the business and stole a bag of checks and cash.

Deaths: Letitia Palmer Mandle Ralstin, Ruth Bane, Darryl Eugene “Buzz” Colby, Dennis L. Clark, Mildred F. Ely, Brian Joseph Henning. Memorials services announced for Ruth Virginia Allison and Larry Morisse.

November 14 auction scheduled for 4,200+ acres Flying Diamond Ranch, which is along the South Fork Ninnescah River. Fire in Kingman destroys detached garage at 120 W. Copeland Ave. Norwich woman accidentally shot while she and her husband were out shooting. The gun malfunctioned and shot her in the arm. Benefit trap shoot to help the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) in honor of late Dale A. Bohrer. Handicapped access to upper floor of the museum is completed. Change may be coming in the designation of K-14 Highway in Kingman County, with the new route following U.S. Highway 54 east through Kingman and connecting with K-17. Vietnam War veterans recognized for their service with Kansas Vietnam War era medallion, medal and certificate of appreciation at the Kingman VFW Hall.

Oct. 25

Kingman Leader-Courier sponsors forum for the candidates vying to represent Kingman County in the Kansas Legislature at City Hall. The 12th Annual Veterans Day program at Kingman High School set for Nov. 8. Kingman High School debate team competed at Valley Center, with all members competing. Three members join Kingman Sheriff’s Office. They are Marion Williams and Michael French, both as sheriff deputys; and Jamie Hower as communications officer. Births: Shay Paul Simon, born to Kelly and Sarah Simon, and Lawson Thomas Schaller, born to Chris and Erica Schaller. The Norwich Community Library students enjoy Halloween theme at storytime. City of Cunningham has city-wide garage sale Oct. 27. Floyd Auction & Real Estate, LLC, to auction off the Green Acres Ranch, Inc., located 8 miles northeast of  Kingman.  

Deaths: Janice K. Courtney and Shirley A. Kampling.

Norwich man, Jeffery Coleman, falls while target shooting and rifle strikes him in the shoulder. The KEMSA presents Norwich EMS team the Type II Service of the Year Award. Kingman. Cunningham High School cross country runners qualify for State Meet: Luke Panek, Isaiah McAdam and Bryce McKennon; also qualifying from Kingman High is Chris Harbert. The Norwich High School volleyball team falls 2-1 in Sub-state to No. 2 Argonia. Kingman senior Lauren Moon closed out prep volleyball career after her team loses to Cheney in Class 3A Substate.

Nov. 1

A new pre-trial schedule for the murder case of Brett Seacat is pushed back from Dec. 3, 2012 to May 20, 2013. The trial is expected to take 14 days. Basketball great Jackie Stiles, a Claflin High School graduate, took time away from her duties as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Loyola Marymount University to host basketball camp for area youth in Kingman. Republican Senator Terry Bruce of  Nickerson, an incumbent trying to hold his Kansas Senate District 34 seat, is top spender among state candidates. The 2012 Voter’s Guide is published in this issue. Wichita man, Garry Davis, charged in Kingman County District Court with commercial gambling, a level 8 non-person felony, and with unlawful possession of a gambling device, a class B misdemeanor. Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce has ribbon cutting ceremony at new Champion Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast, owned by Dave and Nancy Stucky. Kingman High School Class of 1977 reunites for 35-year reunion. Values page features First  Baptist Church of Kingman. Kingman football season ends with Garden Plain overpowering the Eagles. Kingman High’s Chris Harbert finishes 32nd out of 104 3A runners at State Meet in Lawrence.

Deaths: Leroy J. Stucky, Verna Siemens and Emelia (Schnittker) Spade.

Nov. 8

Dr. Robert Ullom, M.D., has joined staff at Kingman Medical Arts Center as a full-time family physician. Two Kingman World War II veterans, Lewis Rueb and Harold Wilson, join group of their peers for Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to relive history and make new memories. Former district magistrate judge Roseanna Mathis becomes new district magistrate judge in Kingman for the 30th Judicial District. She follows her husband, Judge James Mathis, who retired after 20 years. Santa Fe Depot in Kingman sold to company that owns the K&O Railroad. Depot had been owned by nonprofit Santa Fe Depot Foundation since 1999. Kingman High debate squad places first, second and third in tournament at Chaparral and wins first place in school sweepstakes. Kingman resident Tom Thissen celebrates 85th birthday with vets of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in 1950. Engagement of Katie Kirby to Phillip Hellman is announced in this issue.

Deaths: Eva H. “Granny B” Bridgeman, Anna Marie Bergkamp, Doris J. Sloan, Sister Mary Rose Engel OP, Bryce V. Hedrick, Mary Elizabeth (Sue) Burket, Clarence H. Ward.

September Students of Month at KHS: Carlene Dick, senior; Joseph Paul Witty, junior; Janessa Rinke, sophomore; Claire Theis, freshman. New Future Farmers of America (FFA) sponsor at Kingman High is Chessica Rizley. Kingman Middle School basketball starts off with 8th grade boys and 7th grade girls getting wins. First nine weeks honor roll announced for Kingman High and Cunningham High schools. KHS all-school play is “It’s Murder in the Wing!” Kingman alumnus Blake Boswell acts and sings in the Newman University Theatre and Music Department’s presentation of “Something’s Afoot.”  Kingman’s Trick or Treat Street featured in this issue, with many interesting costumes.

Nov. 15

Closing of local Food Mart makes purchase of diesel even more difficult in Kingman. KAMI volunteers to serve community Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW Hall. Kingman County voters turn out in solid  numbers for 2012 General Election; 60 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. Rotary Club sponsors annual soup supper. Andrea Nicholson brings new fitness craze to Kingman, called “intenSati,”  described as “moving meditation” and “life changing.” Kingman couple, Cecil and Noni New, wed 20 years, renew vows Halloween style. HOPL announces All-League volleyball players: Cunningham’s Brooke Kerschen, and Norwich’s Haley Rust. Honorable mention all Central Kansas League goes to Kingman’s Sada Smith. Norwich students observe Red Ribbon Week with theme “The Best Me is Drug Free.”

Death: Sara Marie Ratzenberger.

Kingman Middle School announces first semester honor rolls. Complete listing of 2012 Kingman County vote totals printed in this issue. Kingman High annual Veterans Day assembly featured on back page of  this issue.

Nov. 22

Board members for Kingman-Norwich USD 331 discuss how to expedite collection of more than $36,000 in outstanding fees as of Nov. 1; $22,339.41 is owed by Kingman High School students,  KES/KMS students owe $12,156.20 and Norwich students owe $1,668. Veterans Day extra special for Max Ramsey of Kingman, who received four medals for his service during World War II in ceremony that included U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo and Air Force Major General at Central Christian Church in Wichita, where 66 years after Ramsey’s discharge he received the Asiatic Pacific  Campaign, the Army II Army of Occupation Service and the WW II Victory medals. He also received a Marksmanship Badge. Kingman Fire Department gets 12 new Airpacks and gear that goes with them from Weis Fire and Safety in Salina for $66,964.64. Monica Hill and Jake Henning, both of Kingman County, plan Dec. 29, 2012 wedding. Births: Bryce Kenneth to Matt and Heidi Simon of Nashville;  Aubrey Elizabeth to Tom and Megan (Swingle) Resch of Wichita. Hawk 4-H Club has 10 new members.

Deaths: Daniel G. “Red” Cowart and Teresa Y. Powers.

Nine Kingman High Eagles receive post-season honors in football. First year principal at Kingman Elementary School, Adrian Howie, spends whole day reading to students as part of Pizza Hut Book It program’s Read Your Heart out Principal Challenge.

Nov. 29

Historic Kingman Theatre will rock to music by Knocknasheega band for a free concert on parade night. Kingman County resident Ralph Lankton shows off his handiwork at his workshop. He sells handmade oak products, which range from table and chair sets to potty seats. Search is on for architect to design new law enforcement center and Kingman County jail. The 2012 Eagle Classic scheduled for next week. Kingman Chamber of Commerce email account hit by hackers. Thirty-one Kingman High FBLA members attend National Leadership Conference in Denver, Colo. Employees or former employees of Boeing encouraged to donate to help save the Historic Theatre in Kingman; Boeing will match funds donated. First edition of Gunslinger Rodeo Series held in Kingman, deemed a success. There will be one rodeo every month through March 2013. Rodeos are organized by Tyler Garten, local rodeo contestant of Kingman.

Deaths: Lena M. Williams, Anacleto “Casey” Gonzales, Kelly Holden Benker, Richard L. Weidal Jr. and Charles L. “Chuck” Cokely.

Kingman High Class of 1962 holds 50th reunion, starting with casual get together at newly built home of classmate Ron Young.

Dec. 6

Kingman County Historical Museum displays 50 Santas of all sizes and styles in glass cases. Weather unseasonably warm for 19th Annual Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade;  “Boot Scootin’ Christmas” is theme. Parade Day ends with Knocknasheega group playing Celtic sounds concert as fundraiser for Kingman Community Theatre’s digital conversion campaign. New Kingman  County Learning Center makes diploma dreams a reality. Kingman Community Hospital Home Health named a 2012 HHCAHPS Honors recipient for providing best patient experience. Kingman Home Health completes KDHE state survey with no deficiencies. Kingman City Commissioners approve spending up to $32,100 to erect clock in Santa Fe Park. Jonathan Bough and Amber Gray announce engagement and upcoming Dec. 8 wedding. Birth: Brody Wayne Bough Sept. 18 to Jonathan Bough and Amber Gray of Arlington. Marvin and Willa Cox Memorial Scholarship goes to Benjamin M. Whitlow, Hutchinson High School graduate. St. Leo’s “Spike’s Place” donates $267 to Ronald McDonald House Charities in Wichita, with 582,800 pull-tabs collected over past 22 years by owner Jerome “Spike” Schaller. Schaller passed away July 20, 2012. Values page features Kingman Mennonite Church. St. Patrick’s Church (School), Kingman Church of Christ ask for clothing/toy donations for those in need. Semi-trailer loaded with cattle overturns west of Kingman on Highway 54, killing several cattle.

Deaths: John Wilford White, Jerome Joseph Gerber, Helen Wells.

Kingman High School hosts annual Red-NBlack scrimmage; Tyler Albright is stand out for boys team; Darrian Pickering will be key for Lady Eagles on defense. Norwich High senior Mackenzie Klaver named to Kansas Volleyball Association’s 2012 All-State first team as outside hitter for third consecutive year. Kingman Middle School 6th grade boys come from behind to win against Garden Plain. Kingman 4th grader Jayden Garrison shreds Cheney defense for 17 points in 25-11 Eagle victory. Legislative Round Table hosted for those who will represent Kingman County starting in January.

Dec. 13

Kingman High School boys’ basketball takes third in Eagle Classic played in Kingman. Tragic accident in Midland, Texas, kills Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers, 43. Lubbers was son of former Cunningham residents, Mike and Karen (Mertens) Lubbers. Second former high school student joins federal civil lawsuit against Kingman-Norwich USD 331, claiming she suffered sexual abuse from former KHS teacher Chad Williams. Kingman County Commissioners consider upgrade for Activity Center sign. Kingman Elementary School Christmas concerts include third, fourth, fifth grades and band. Kingman Rotary Club partners with Kingman High School Mind, Body and Pride Eagle of the Month program; October students: Jacob Kostner, senior; Madison Banger, junior; Connick Roe, sophomore; Jordan Thimesch, freshman. Birth: Cade Austin to Cactus and Ang Dodge of Kingman Nov. 5. Kingman High graduate Nick Kostner assists award-winning designer Robert Perdziola with remake of Boston Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” Nick is son of Tom and Sharon Kostner of Murdock. Kingman High School Madrigals perform at KNRC annual Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner at activity center.

Deaths: Beulah E. Graber, Sister Sibyllina Mueller, Jack Jackson, Jay D. Dutton, Roy Fluke.

Norwich Lady Eagles capture title in Border Queen Tournament hosted by Caldwell.

Dec. 20

This issue included a 20-page Christmas tabloid with recipes, stories, and pictures of past Christmases. Kingman Elementary School exceeds holiday food drive expectations for KAMI Food Bank. USD 331 Board of Education discusses process to collect unpaid fees. Outstanding fees total more than $36,000 as of Nov. 1. Kingman jury finds Aaron Michael Salyer, 33, guilty of failing to register as required by Kansas Offender Registration Act. New business in town at 1014 W. D Ave. is H&H Drive-Thru Liquor, owned by James and Tammy Henning family. KHS debaters sweep regional event at Bishop Carroll; team members: Connick Roe (alternate), Taten Stamm, Troy Daugherty, Jonathan Gooden and Blayne Youngers, with Coach Darryl Mannebach. Barbara Fischer, Cunningham, honored at come and go reception for 80th birthday. Norwich Christian Church Women (CCW) enjoy musical merriment from a Kingman trio Pat Dixon, Cindy Baker and Gayle Hamblin.

Deaths: Lila Ann Hatfield, Robert Froese.

City commissioners consider purchasing radio remote-read meters for electric and water services. Norwich High School Lady Eagles remain unbeaten at 5-0. Kingman High Eagle boys outlast Halstead in 47-46 thriller. Kingman Lady Eagles hold off hot-handed Halstead in 41-37 win. Sophomore forward Sada Smith makes 11 of 14 free throws and finishes with team high 13 points. St. Patrick’s Catholic School Christmas concert features Pre-K (3 and 4 year olds); kindergarten and first grade classes; second and third grade classes; fourth and fifth grade classes; and upper grades. Coloring contest sponsored by Leader-Courier won by Adrianne Noblit of Cheney, first grader, and Madison Warner of Kingman, third grader.

Dec. 27

Rain turned to snow overnight Dec. 20 and dusts Kingman with light covering for the first time this season. Kingman County leaders to hear from possible architects for new law enforcement center on Jan. 8 at Kingman County Activity Center. Kingman police Sgt. Travis Sowers now works alongside police dog named Bak, which can sniff for drugs and assist in police work. Bak is a 2-year-old Belgain Mainois; his first day on the job was Nov. 29. Kingman Rotary Club hosts first ever Christmas Gala for foster children from Kingman County area who are in placements outside of the home. Event held at St. Patrick Catholic School cafeteria, decorated for the holiday season. Leah Williams and Sean Borst, son of Nancy D. Borst and grandson of Jane Van Rheen, to wed in Wichita Feb. 23, 2013. Kingman Head Start carolers sing at L-C office Dec. 12. Kingman High boys win first road game at Pratt; girls lose. Norwich Lady Eagles remain unbeaten. KHS Christmas Concert features band, choir and Madrigals. KHS November Eagles of the Month are senior, Jennifer Rainosek; junior, Troy Daugherty; sophomore, Krayton Williams; and freshman, Kathlynn Carter.

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