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McPherson area teams battle it out at state

Congratulations to all the area basketball teams that made state this season. The McPherson High School girls lost a hard-fought battle to Wamego in the girls’ 4A state championship.

The Moundridge boys won third place in the 2A state tourney in Manhattan. The Moundridge girls made it to the third-place game of the 2A tourney but lost to the Sterling Black Bears.

The Inman boys made it to the first round of state, but lost to their local rivals — Moundridge.

The local teams may have not been able to bring home championship trophies, but we are proud of their grit and effort. In our eyes, they are all champs.

Omega Project receives city funding

We give the McPherson City Commission a thumbs up this week for its approval of $7,500 for the Omega Project.

The faith-based Omega Project helps men struggling with addiction and is being funded from the city’s special alcohol and drug program’s fund.

Gerry Bley, a McPherson resident, expressed concerns during the city commission meeting about the use of the funds, saying the city should be careful regarding the funding of  faith-based organizations with taxpayer dollars.

Bley concerns should be noted. However, the funds going to the Omega Project will support a training program for Omega Project leaders and not specifically religious courses or materials.

This voluntary program should not be excluded from funding because the men at the Omega Project have chosen to include a spiritual component in their recovery.

Betzer retires as Canton police chief

We would like to congratulate Canton Police Chief John Betzer on his impending retirement.

Betzer’s career in law enforcement spans more than 40 years. He became chief in Canton in 2008.

We honor you for your dedicated service to the safety of the residents of Kansas and Missouri.

Circles helps reduce poverty in McPherson

We would like to thumbs up Circles of McPherson County for its dedication to end poverty in our community.

Since Circles began three years ago, its participants have seen a 26 percent increase in income; a 38 percent decrease in personal debt; a 11.3 percent increase in assets and a 54 percent decrease in the use of public funds.

Kansas now has the second highest number of Circles groups in the United States with eight of the nation’s 74 groups.

If you would like to find out more about taking the Circle’s Getting Ahead class or becoming a volunteer, contact Brenda Sales at Circles of McPherson County/STEPMC, 620-242-2015, 1200 E. Kansas, Ave., McPherson; or

ASD button design announced

Congratulations to Brenda Wilson and Jennifer Bonham who created the winning design for the 2013 All Schools Day button. The button looks great, and we are looking forward to all the special events the All Schools Day committee has scheduled for our community.

CertainTeed’s parent company honored by EPA

We would like to congratulate Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest manufacturer of building products, for winning the EPA’s The Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award.

McPherson’s CertainTeed plant, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, was a significant contributor to the award.
In order to receive the award, a corporation must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and utilize energy efficient solutions.

Energy improvements were made at the McPherson siding plant by installing energy efficient equipment, including motion sensors, programmable thermostats and high-efficiency motors.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board