Obituary: Richard Kent (Rick) Johnson

Richard Kent “Rick” Johnson, 60, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 11:32 a.m., Sunday, January 26th, 2020 while in the company of family members, at McPherson Hospital. Richard was born in Oxnard, California on April 28, 1959, the son of John Richard and Harriet Joan (Larson) Johnson. He was baptized at Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette, Kansas and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, Kansas. Rick attended McPherson grade schools and graduated from McPherson High School in 1977. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982 from the University of Kansas. Rick enjoyed working for N.C.R.A./C.H.S for

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Obituary: Rutha (Hunter, Spinden) Teter

Rutha (Hunter, Spinden) Teter, age 79, formerly of El Dorado, KS, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 26, 2020, in McPherson, KS due to complications associated with a long battle with Coronary Artery Disease.  Rutha, affectionately known a “Granny”, will forever be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and neighbor. Rutha was born Rutha Hunter on August 25, 1940, to Lemeul LeeRoy Hunter and Rutha Florence (Howard) Hunter in a small cabin in Fairland, OK, a rural community on the north side of The Grand Lake of the Cherokee.  Rutha’s twin brother, Robert (Bob), was born first,

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Player of the Week: Kassidy Beam

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. Kassidy Beam had another strong performance for the McPherson High School girls basketball team. The junior has been named the McPherson Buzz’s Player of the Week presented by the National Compliance Group. In a make-up game at Circle High School, Beam tied her career-high of 22 points as McPherson took down now the Thunderbirds, 45-34, in an AVCTL Division-III matchup. Beam set the tone by knocking back-to-back three-pointers and would later shoot five three-pointers on that Friday night. Beam has been a break-out star for the Lady Pups, stepping up in her first starting role

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ICU at McPherson Hospital Receives Funds

Through its annual auction last fall, the McPherson Healthcare Foundation recently provided a portion of those funds to upgrade the Intensive Care Unit at McPherson Hospital. Community members in attendance pledged financial support for the hospital, of which $48,000 was earmarked to improve the appearance of the ICU. New flooring and paint are the primary needs that will be addressed. “Our ICU is seeing increased patient use with the recent addition of outpatient infusion treatments in that space,” said Terri Gehring, president and CEO of McPherson Hospital. “With seven treatment rooms, the nurses station and other areas in the unit

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McPherson Police Department Incident Responses Jan. 23-25

McPherson Police Department officers responded to multiple calls Jan. 23-25. Here is what you need to know: At 1:13 p.m. on Jan. 23, McPherson Police officers responded to a residence on East Elizabeth Street for a call of assault. This turned out to be an unruly juvenile. A report was taken. At 1:32 p.m. on Jan. 24, officers were dispatched to a residence on North Walnut Street in reference to a burglary. “The victims reported the residence broken into and property stolen,” McPherson Police Department Administrative Captain/Public Information Officer Mark Brinck said. “Damage to the residence is estimated at $90

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Tigers Stun 19th-ranked Texas Wesleyan

Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. FORT WORTH, TX — Likely the highlight of the season, the Central Christian College men’s basketball team pulled off a stunning upset over 19th ranked Texas Wesleyan University, 78-75 on Saturday. The Tigers improve to 9-9 on the season and 2-8 in the SAC conference. “(I’m) Very proud of our team,” Head coach Tony Romero said. “We could have made a lot of excuses to not compete this weekend. We were missing four of our tops guys due to the flu, they couldn’t travel with us. We have been fighting but coming up short for

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Craig victorious at Hays; Marbut, Skytte take home first in Wichita

Sports Editor  Peter Holland Jr. HAYS—  The McPherson High School boys wrestling competed in the Bob Kuhn Prairie Classic, while the girls and junior varsity team were in the Wichita Heights tournament on Saturday. It was Kourtney Craig’s time to shine for the Bullpup wrestlers as he was only Bullpup to win in his weight class at 182, finishing 3-0, including pinning Charlie Frisch of Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School. Rhett Edmonson (145), Landon Frantz ( 195) and Mason Thrash (220) all fell in the finals, placing second in their weight class. Landon Crews took third at 138, Jonah Clark

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