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    Peters retires from MIDC
    We congratulate Marvin Peters on his retirement after 16 years as executive director of McPherson Industrial Development Company Inc.
    Peters was recognized at the annual McPherson Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday with the President’s Award.
    Peters has been a valued resource to industry in McPherson and has worked diligently to bring quality, high-paying jobs to the community.
    We wish him well in his retirement.
    Brad Eilts of Independence joined MIDC as the new director Wednesday.
    Volleyball, soccer ranked No. 1
    Congratulations to the McPherson High School soccer and volleyball teams for both being ranked No. 1 in the state this week.
    This is the first time both teams have been ranked No. 1 at the same time.
    We applaud these students for all their hard work.
    Please continue to support the teams, as volleyball is at Wamego today for regionals and soccer will be at home Tuesday for regionals.
    Bethany College donates to Brown family
    Bethany College donated gate receipts from its homecoming football game last Saturday to a fund to benefit the family of former Tabor football player Brandon Brown. Brown, of California, was found unconscious outside of an off-campus party in McPherson.
    Two former McPherson College football players have been arrested on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the case.
    Community honors fallen Mac College student
    McPherson College student Paul Ziegler will never reach his goal of cycling 2,000 miles in a year. Ziegler was 797 miles into his goal when he was struck while riding his bike and killed by vehicle in rural McPherson.
    Ziegler’s peers, McPherson College faculty, staff and alumni, and members of the public will gather today to help Ziegler complete his goal.
    Riders are joining at McPherson College today to cycle a 20-mile stretch to be counted toward Ziegler’s goal.
    There also will be stationary bikes set up in the small gym of the McPherson Sport Center to allow riders to participate who can’t bike the 20-mile ride.
    Finally, out-of-state alumni will report their bike miles to be counted toward Ziegler’s goal.
    This is a fine way to honor the life of a student who touched many lives in the McPherson community.
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    Food act leaves some kids hungry
    The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed in attempts to bring more healthy foods into school breakfasts and lunches.
    This has included severing smaller portions and adding more fruits and vegetables to meals.
    Although these goals are laudable, the program has left some active students, especially those involved in athletics, hungry at the end of the day.
    Page 2 of 2 - Healthy and fit children should be our goal, but a one-size-fits-all approach to child nutrition is not working.
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    City denied moderate-income housing grant
    We were disappointed to learn the city of McPherson recently was denied a moderate income housing grant by Kansas Housing Resource Corporation.
    The $400,000 grant would have gone toward a proposed sixplex from the McPherson Housing Coalition on the southwest corner of Skancke and South Oak.
    Although the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation had limited funds and many applications, the need for moderate income housing is great in McPherson.
    We hope the city and McPherson Housing Coalition will continue to work to provide low and moderate-income housing in the community.
    — Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board
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