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4-H Fair closes Thursday
A big thanks to all who helped with the McPherson 4-H Fair whether that be parents who supervised and encouraged children as they worked on their projects or volunteers who braved 100-degree heat to put time in at the fair itself.
Congratulations to all those 4-H youth who participated in the fair no matter what ribbon color they received.
Finally, thanks to all the buyers who particated Thursday night in the livestock auction, which help supports the 4-H mission.

Public packs the house for lively candidate forum
The Business and Membership Committee of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce sponsored a lively candidates forum Tuesday night at the American Legion. Thank you to the Chamber for giving the public this important opportunity to interact with the candidates. Thank you to members of the public who filled the Legion Tuesday night. Thank you to the candidates who attended the event.
Thank you to the Legion that offered its air-conditioned building for this event, which had traditionally been conducted in the Community Building, which has no AC.
Remember advance voting ends at noon Monday at the courthouse.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday throughout the county for the primary.

County OKs plans for Central athletic fields
We applaud the McPherson County Commission for its approval of the Central Christian College athletic fields this week.
It has taken the better part of  a year for the college to bring together plans on the $4 million project.
By approving the plan for the baseball and softball fields now, the college can pursue negotiations with the railroad to secure access to the proposed fields and begin to fundraise for the project.
We hope the railroad will see fit to move swiftly and favorably to allow the college to gain the access rights it needs for the project.
We also encourage anyone with an interest in the future development of the college to donate to this project.
Challenges lie ahead, but we wish Central luck on bringing this project to fruition.

Area athletes stand out in summer play
It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean area athletes are sitting on their laurels.
McPherson High’s Cody Cape was a member of the winning White team Thursday in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Washburn’s Lee Arena.
Cape scored six points, as the White team outscored the Blues, 112-101.
In football, McPherson High graduate Jordan Hart played a key role July 28 in the West defeating the East 14-7 in the 39th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl at Welch Stadium.
Hart, who will play for Washburn University this fall, came up with two key plays, as the West team now has triumphed seven years in a row.
Congratulations to these fine young athletes.

Local martial arts competitor honored nationally
Sandra Price-Byrd was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame in late July. She also was recognized as being a top promoter, instructor, master black belt competitor and distinguished female master.
Her work for the past 28 years with McPherson youth has helped them channel their physical abilities and achieve their goals. Her passion for making a difference should be commended and her success honored.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board