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ID law causes   few problems             in primary
The McPherson County election canvass conducted this week revealed few voting problems during the Aug. 7 primary. This was the first countywide election during which ID was required to vote.
Only 35 of the 4,687 ballots cast were set aside for not meeting certain criteria to be counted.
Only five of those were because the voter did not present ID.
The clerk’s office should be congratulated on its work to inform voters about the election regulation changes and a nod should be given to all the voters who showed up at the polls and properly presented ID.
Let us work toward a repeat performance during the general election.

Residents donate blood during Battle of the Badges
The McPherson Battle of the Badges drew in many local residents to donate blood for the Red Cross Thursday and Friday.
Unofficial totals indicate the drive exceeded its goal both days.
Thank you to all who donated. Watch the Sentinel next week to find out which department received the most votes.

Hoopla a hit
The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored Hoopla Aug. 10 and 11 to celebrate the rich McPherson basketball history. The highlight of the weekend was the premiere of the documentary “Oil and Gold,” which portrays the McPherson Globe Refiners’ journey to the 1936 Olympics, where the team won the first Olympic gold medal in basketball.
The 15-minute film opened to rave reviews.
The weekend also included a show from the Acrodunk show basketball group from Houston and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Students receive school supplies
Hundreds of students who began at McPherson USD 418 schools this week did so with confidence, thanks to the School Supply Train.
The annual program raises funds from local donors, purchases necessary supplies, and offers them to elementary school families who qualify for free and reduced-cost lunches before the year begins. About 38 percent of district students receive free and reduced-cost lunches, and this year 280 students were served through the Supply Train.
Hats off to organizers and donors who gave students a fair chance at starting off the school year on the right foot.

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MCDS meets gaming standards; restrictions need relaxation
The Kansas Gaming Commission recently ruled some poker runs are illegal. Local non-profit MCDS has been planning a poker run, which will take place today, for some time.
The MCDS poker run organizers stepped up at the last minute to make sure the run was legal. MCDS did a great job in making adjustments to its run.
However, the Kansas Legislature should relax the rules for non-profits so they can continue to use these popular events as fundraising opportunities.  

EMS purchases new ambulance
The McPherson EMS Department recently purchased a new ambulance, which officials hope will provide improved performance.
The purchase of the ambulance was made possible as part of a community settlement from the National Cooperative Refinery Association stemming from an alleged 2005 federal Clean Air Act violation.
Although we are thankful for the new ambulance, it’s regrettable it had to be purchased from funds that came to the community through a clean air violation.
NCRA has been an important and responsible member of the McPherson community for years. This event is not indicative of NCRA’s history in the community, and we hope it will not be a part of its future.

— Cristina Janney and Jenae Pauls on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board