2002 in Review
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Kingman Leader-Courier

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          January 1

    Kingman Community Hospital plans expansion including new roof, new oncology department, enlargement of emergency room and changes in lobby/reception area. A Dodge City driver hits horse on east 54 Hwy. The horse died at the vets. The Kingman airport project is nearing completion. Plans are underway for grand opening, hopefully this summer. Rogers Rollout LLC Racquetball Club bring pro, Peter Duarte to help promote the club. Deaths listed were Loren Loeppke, Mabel Burton and Rose Koehler.

             January 4

  Kacy Fieser, Norwich, dies as the result of an accident on SE 150 St. December 31. Obituaries were for William Leis and Louise A. Heimerman.

            January 8

     Johnny Metzen of Great Bend and Robert Hauser, Nashville, collide on K-42 in Nashville. Several deer are still being hit in the area. State Rep. Richard Aldritt of Harper resigns to become Harper City Administrator. Bob and Genevieve Melton celebrate 50th anniversary. Paul and Dorothy Handkins are wed 57 years. KMS 7th and 8 graders take two games from Clearwater. Obituaries: Kacy L. Fieser, Sister M. Flora Mayer, Bob Robinson, J., Rebecca L. Hilber and Betty J. Dobbin.

            January 11

Doyle "Tux" Tuxhom announces his retirement and sells his service station to Jerry Henning. He had been in business over 37 years. Norwich girls are off to winning season. Their latest win was over Macksville. KHS boys and girls lose to Circle. Cunningham Wildcats win over Attica. Oxford boys over Norwich in overtime. The only obituary was for Maynard T. Amerine, Jr.

           January 15

A gas blowout at Skellyville, NW of Cunningham spews for 20 hrs. A 1998 Windstar is stolen from Cecil New residence. KHS boys and girls win over Rose Hill, as do JV teams and frosh boys. Norwich teams win over Attica. Middle school teams win over Medicine Lodge. Deaths listed were Naomi Shrout, Wilma Barker, Carol Holloway and Donald C. Young.

           January 18

    Alton Smith becomes first Kingman County Big Brother for Joseph Duncan. Travis Morisse has photo selected for MSNBC web site. Allan Goering of Medicine Lodge replaces Richard Aldritt as state representative. KHS boys win over Halstead in tourney play. Norwich boys beat Wildcats 53-50. Pansie L. Boyer was the onlyobituary listed.

           January 22

    Larry Hatteberg of KAKE, Channel 10, is main speaker at Kingman County Economic Development Council Inc. Awards Banquet. Deputy Sheriff John Daly is injured when a deer comes through his window. A probation violator leads police and sheriffs officers on a foot chase. Nellie Yoder celebrates her 100th birthday. Norwich boys knock off Skyline in overtime. Norwich girls are undefeated thus far in the season. KJHS. girls score 31 points in final qu^ter to beat Andale. KMS teams power Anthony.

           January 25

     The county will reconsider funding aid to 54 Highway improvements. KHS Entrepreneurs  class opens store before school and  during lunchtime. KHS Eagles take 3rd in Adolph Rupp tournament at  Halstead. There were several obituaries: Victor Breneman, Clyde G. Wiens, Mathilda "Tillie" Dick,  Thelma Townsend, Iris Pepper, George Tator and Elsie Krehbiel.

            January 29

     Kanza bank of Kingman plans to buy Anthony Citizens National Bank. County Commissioners finally agree to fund $64,000 to U.S. 54 enhancement over the next eight years. Freezing rain, sleet and some snow hit area. A skydiver breaks his leg when wind blows him off course. J.R. and Virginia Heldenbrand celebrate 50th anniversary. The only death listed was Marlow R. Graber.

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