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New mural to grace downtown

The Sentinel was excited to report the McPherson City Commission approved money for the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau to commission another mural at 220 S. Main St. in downtown McPherson.

The city already has two murals on display — the Oil Refiners mural and the McPherson College Auto Restoration Program mural.

A third mural will be unveiled this spring depicting an All Schools Day parade in honor of the centennial of the event.

These murals tell the story of our city and set our community apart. We applaud the CVB and commission in their work to improve the aesthetics of our community.

Ulster Project raises funds to bring Irish youth to Mac

The Ulster Project brings Protestant and Catholic youth to the United States in attempts to promote understanding between the two cultures.

Thank you all who turned out Thursday night for the Ulster Project’s March Madness fundraiser.
In this small way, McPherson can promote peace in a far away place.

Mac College students donate pedal car to fundraiser

Students from McPherson College’s Auto Restoration Program were a part of a unique fundraiser Friday in Amelia Island, Fla.

Students created a custom pedal car that was auctioned off by the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Money raised will help bring children from underserved schools in Los Angeles to the Petersen Automotive Museum for field trips.

Congrats to the Mac College students on their generosity and fine workmanship.

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Join the amazing Opera House volunteers

This week we would like to give a standing ovation to all the local residents who have volunteered their time at the McPherson Opera House during the last few years. The Opera House is a great asset to this community and it could not operate propopery without your assistance.

The Opera House needs more community members to volunteer during events. We encourage you to check out this great volunteer opportunity.

There is an informational meeting for potential volunteers at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Opera House, followed by a showing of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Boy Scouts end era; leader honored

We are sad to announce the final chapter for Boy Scout Troop 107 in Inman. A service March 3 at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ marked the end of an era for the troop.

The service included retiring the troop’s flag and honoring its long-time leader, Scout Master Leon Heidebrecht.

Heidebrecht helped many boys in their journey to manhood, including presiding over a handful of boys who were honored with the Scouts highest honor — Eagle Scout.

We honor Heidebrecht for his service to the community and hope Inman will be able to organize another troop soon.

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Kan. Legislature debated expansion of concealed carry

The Kansas Legislature is considering a change to Kansas law that would allow residents to carry concealed guns into many government buildings.

Although we generally support the right for Kansans to bear arms, we have concerns about the expansion of concealed carry into government buildings. Exchanges in these buildings can become heated, and taking guns out of this equation is the best course of action for the safety of the government employees who work in those buildings.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board