Player Of The Week: Karter Alvord

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. As the McPherson Middle School girls basketball team completed another successful season, our player of the week goes to Karter Alvord, presented by the National Compliance Group. Alvord has been the top scorer for the A-team all season, averaging 13.3 points a game. Last Thursday,  Alvord dropped 19 points in McPherson’s 38-9 win over Hutchison. Most of her points came from her free throws as she shot  11 for 11 at the line.  The A-Team ended their season with a 12-1 record, winning the Pioneer League championship. Do you want to nominate your child as

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Missed the Mark: Player of the Week Discussion

Local news is changing. Newspapers are cutting back and closing their doors, or selling to large corporations that lack ties to the towns they are reporting on. In my opinion, this hurts smaller communities. Keeping connected with each other is vital and a shared news source is a key part of that. I am thankful that McPherson has welcomed the McPherson Buzz and that our readership has exceeded my expectations so soon. We do our best to have open lines of communication, listen to feedback, and engage with the community. I know we can’t please everyone all the time, but

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McPherson Police Department Incident Responses Jan. 16-17

McPherson Police Department officers responded to multiple calls Jan. 16 and 17. Here is what you need to know: At 9:21 p.m. on Jan. 16 officers responded to a business in the 1300 block of North Main Street for a call of theft. “A clerk at the business reported a white female, driving a white in color SUV, drove away without paying for fuel, valued at $16.50. Investigation continues,” McPherson Police Department Administrative Captain/Public Information Officer Mark Brinck said. At 1:48 p.m. on Jan. 17, officers responded to a call of vandalism on a residence on East Skancke Street. A

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Gatelys Enjoy Wooded Retreat

By Cindy Baldwin WINDOM – Eleven years ago Bill and Gwen Gately just missed out on purchasing the wooded tract southwest of Windom to a higher bid from an Oklahoma oil speculator. There was no oil and four years later the property came up for sale again. The Gatelys made an offer and are now enjoying their rural woodland in the heart of Kansas, turning it into a haven for wildlife. The Gatelys are the recipients of this year’s Pheasants for Ever Wildlife award for the work they have done on their property to develop wildlife habitat. They will be

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Enrollment Surpassed 500 in McPherson County

Dolly Parton turned 74 years old Sunday. And United Way of McPherson County celebrated her birthday with the announcement that enrollment in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has reached more than 500 children in the first three months of the program. “I am so excited to announce that 519 children have now been registered to receive books through United Way of McPherson County and the Imagination Library,” Chair of United Way’s Community Impact Committee Lara Vanderhoof said. “Reading is a gift. Reading opens up the imagination, creativity, learning, communication, and bonding between the young child and reader. No child is too

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Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities Jan. 22-29

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.

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Les Mason: The 2020 Legislative Session begins

As is typical, the first week of session started slowly. No floor debate, committees were largely reorganizing and reviewing what bills were in play from last year, and a bit of waiting to hear what Governor Kelly’s state-of-the-state address might call for. KPERS The governor unveiled another attempt to balance the budget by reamortizing KPERS.  In 2019 she proposed a plan to to do this, which would have freed up $150 million a year, but increased taxpayer debt by $7.4 billion.  The Legislature rejected that bill (HB 2197) on a vote of 36-87. This year’s proposal is much the same…an

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