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Bullpups win Mac Invitational

The McPherson High School Bullpup boys took down Shawnee Mission East 53-40 to win the McPherson Invitational Tournament Jan. 19.

Shawnee Mission was ranked fourth in 6A in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll going into the tournament.

This is the 20th invitational win for the Bullpups.

Congratulations also to Kyler Kinnamon who was honored as the tournament MVP.

Mac honors MLK

Thank you to the organizers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration that was conducted Monday at McPherson High School.

The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of King’s “I had a Dream” speech.

People of all races and nations can learn much from King’s struggle for peace and equality.

Food bank makes initial capital fundraising goal

As of Jan. 7, the McPherson County Food Bank announced it had met its $200,000 capital fundraising goal for its renovation and expansion.

Thank you to all who donated or volunteered on the fundraising committee.

The food bank is an important resource for many in our community.

The food bank will need our continued support as it moves forward with the renovation project.

The date for the formal ground breaking of the expansion project is anticipated for early this year and will be announced at a later date.

Swedish Crown reopens

Congratulations to co-owners Eric Lundstrom and Shana Everhart on the reopening of the Swedish Crown.

The Crown is important to Lindsborg’s economy  and cultural.

We wish them luck on their new endeavor.

Main Street remains strong in McPherson

Despite the closure of the state Main Street organization by the Kansas Department of Commerce, McPherson Main Street is still going strong.

As other organizations work to regroup, McPherson Main Street has emerged as a leader.

Main Street sponsored several successful events in 2012 and looks to repeat events, such as Mini Main, Shop the Night Away and Burnin’ Down Main in 2013.

Congratulations on a strong 2012 and our best wishes in 2013.

Farm families honored with awards; Farm Forum a success

Thank you to all the 2012 Conservation Award winners for their contributions to the environmental sustainability of McPherson County.

Norlan Ferguson also was given the Friend of Agriculture Award, and Todd and Janell Harmen were honored with the Farm Family of the Year Award.

We also would like to thank the McPherson Agriculture Committee for the sponsorship of another successful Farm Forum Wednesday.

Mac College helps efforts to reopen Mount Hope school

McPherson College’s Education Department gets a thumbs up this week for the assistance it has lent to Mount Hope.

Professor Mark Malaby and his education graduate students along with others in the state, are perusing an initiative for a new charter school in Mount Hope.

The Mount Hope school closed recently due to budget cuts.

Schools are the cultural center of many small communities.

Malaby and the Mac College students are trying to offer Mount Hope some interesting new options in education.

We wish Mount Hope and the McPherson volunteers success in their efforts.

— Cristina Janney for The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board