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October 29, 2019

Alternative Christmas Gift Market Nov. 9

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By Teri L. Hansen Managing Editor The annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 9 at the Cedars Conference Center 1021 Cedars Drive in McPherson. This is the market’s 15th year running and is sponsored by the McPherson Church of the Brethren. The alternative portion is that those in attendance won’t be doing so for material gain. The booths at the event are from local non-profit organizations. Representatives from each organization will educate attendees about their non-profit and encourage donations as an alternative Christmas gift. “Each charitable organization will have volunteers to explain the
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October 28, 2019

McPherson man arrested on charge of rape

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Christopher Hennings, 29, of McPherson was arrested Sunday evening on charges of rape, domestic battery; knowing or reckless bodily harm to a family member, distribution of marijuana; <450 grams, possession of certain hallucinogenic drugs, use/possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia into the human body. Hennings was booked into the McPherson County Jail at 6:15 p.m. by McPherson Police Department officers. He is being held on a $250 bond for the domestic battery charge and no bond on the other charges. Bond will be determined by a judicial proceeding. He is scheduled to appear in court at 10:05 a.m. on
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Michael Yates is running for McPherson Commissioner of Finance. The Buzz sent out a questionnaire to the candidates for city commission. Here are his responses: Please give a biography of yourself so the voters can get to know you on a personal and professional level. I am a husband, father, business owner, and landlord here in McPherson. I have started eight businesses over the last eleven years, and I have spent over $1.2 million renovating six different buildings in our downtown district. I enjoy working on new projects, tackling new challenges, and making a difference in this community. Do you
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October 28, 2019

City commission recap Oct. 28

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By Teri L. Hansen Managing Editor The McPherson City Commission met Monday morning for regular session and here is what you need to know: Fire Department The McPherson Fire Department accepted a donation of $1,820 from Treasure Chest Gun Shop to go towards the restoration of the 1928 American LaFrance Fire Truck Restoration. Police Department Detective Sgt. Stacy Snyder has been promoted to administrative lieutenant at the McPherson Police Department as of Nov. 4. The position was left vacant after W. Jason Cummins was promoted to patrol captain. The commission approved the job descriptions for police patrol sergeant, police detective
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With fire suppression operations finally stopped at the McPherson landfill, the main focus is now air quality in and around McPherson. “At 7 a.m. air monitoring of the north end of the City of McPherson still shows air quality to be within normal ranges,” McPherson Fire Department Chief TJ Wyssmann said. “We feel that fire ground operations into the morning hours has dramatically reduced the amount of smoke leaving the landfill fire. Strong winds however may still push the smoke into McPherson, so Air quality monitoring will continue throughout the morning to ensure public safety.” Firefighters from multiple agencies, fought
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Richard E. Keim (Left) Richard E. Keim is running for McPherson Commissioner of Public Works. The Buzz sent out a questionnaire to the candidates for city commission. Here are his responses: Please give a biography of yourself so the voters can get to know you on a personal and professional level. I was born and raised in New Jersey; I have lived in New Jersey, Texas, South Carolina, California, and Hawaii before moving to McPherson in 1997. I served 10 years in the United States Navy and 21.5 years with the McPherson Police Department. I have four daughters and two
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October 25, 2019

McPherson City Commission to meet Monday

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The McPherson City Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday at 400 E. Kansas Ave. Here is what is planned for the agenda: Fire Departmental Matters Donation for 1928 American LaFrance Police Departmental Matters Approval of Administrative Lieutenant Promotion Approval of Police Patrol Sergeant, Police Detective Sergeant, and Police Detective Job Descriptions Approval of Hiring Process for Police Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Police Detective Blue Santa Program Planning and Zoning Matters  Ordinance No. 3326 – Special Use 116 N. Main Street Public Works Report Street Department: YMCA Entrance Street Department: YMCA Entrance Bollards Street Department: Street Sweeper Brooms WWTF: Replacement
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Anne Hassler Heidel Anne Hassler Heidel is running for McPherson Commissioner of Public Works. The Buzz sent out a questionnaire to the candidates for city commission. Here are her responses: Please give a biography of yourself so the voters can get to know you on a personal and professional level. Heidel moved to McPherson with her family, including kids Emma, Matt and Jake, in 2006. Her work experience includes working as a reporter and later editor of the McPherson Sentinel. She served as director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the City of McPherson from 2009 to 2015 and
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October 25, 2019

Bratcher pleads ‘not guilty’

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Noah Bratcher By Teri L. Hansen Managing Editor Noah Bratcher, 19, pleaded not guilty this morning during a preliminary hearing in shooting death of 22-year-old Jordan Krell. On June 11, 2018 at 12:25 a.m., emergency personnel responded to Mustang Mobile Park for a report of shots fired. The body of Krell was found in a vacant lot in the 400 block of Dale’s Draw. Krell was pronounced dead at the scene, the result of a gunshot wound, which was ruled a homicide. Bratcher at the time of the incident was 17 years old, though he will be tried as an
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