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Couple creates fund to assist with medical travel

Thank you to Mark and Melissa Tipton for their generous contribution to the McPherson Healthcare Foundation.

They have sponsored an endowed fund that will assist McPherson area residents in transportation to medical treatment.

We urge others to donate in order to grow the fund.

For more information on applying for funds or donating to the endowment, contact the foundation at 245-0130.

Food bank breaks ground on expansion

Congratulations to the McPherson County Food Bank on the groundbreaking on its new 2,000-square-foot, $200,000 addition.

Thank you to all those who donated time and money to make the new addition possible.

The addition will allow food bank volunteers to better serve the growing population of McPherson residents who need to utilize the food bank’s services.

Ulster project promotes peace

We applaud Mario Gribbon and Keith Neill for their leadership within the Ulster Project. The two men were on the first Ulster project exchange between northern Ireland and the United States in 1975.

Since then the Ulster project has fostered peace between Catholics and Protestants living in northern Ireland.

We also thank all the McPherson County residents who have volunteered their time, money and homes to make the Ulster project exchanges possible.

According to the two men, the project has made a meaningful difference in breaking down culture barrier in their home country.

Mac College’s master’s program OK’d

Congratulations to McPherson College on receiving approval from the Higher Learning Commission for its master’s of education program.

The college is offering an innovative hands-on approach to advanced learning in education.

This already is apparent in the college’s work with the residents of Mt. Hope to open a charter school in that community after the town’s grade school was closed.

Elyria students volunteer in New Orleans during spring break

We give a thumbs up to seniors, parents and sponsors at Elyria Christian School who traveled to New Orleans for the senior service trip March 9 to 17. The students volunteered at the New Orleans Salvation Army and worked with homeless men and women in the area.

Softball tourney brings thousands to Mac

We welcome all the who will attend the Central Christian College crossover tournament, which began Friday and will continue today at Wall Park.

The tourney will generate an estimated $70,000 in revenue for the area. We thank Chad Kerr, Central athletics director, and the McPherson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for their efforts to get the tourney here and hopefully keep it here for years to come.

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Thanks to those who voted, but turnout sadly low

Thank you to all the McPherson County residents who voted in the local election on Tuesday.

Also thank you to all the local candidates for city government who put their names on the ballot.

Congratulations to those who were elected to positions. We wish them luck in their upcoming terms.

We also applaud the McPherson County Clerk’s staff for providing speedy and accurate election results.

We are sad to report, however, only 17 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this election.

Local government is an important component of our daily lives, and we need to support the democratic process even when the big names are not on the ballot.

— Cristina Janney for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board