A look at the things we liked - and didn't like - over the last week here at the McPherson Sentinel.

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MHS girls’ tennis wins state
Congratulations go to the McPherson High School girls’ tennis team on their 4-A state title.
Katlyn Reifschneider, Ellea Ediger, Brooke Bate, Taylor Swartzendruber, Emily Ediger and Camry Holle earned their trophy at the state tournament Oct. 19 in Topeka.
This is the first time since 1999 and the second time in school history the girls’ tennis team has captured a state title.

MHS names homecoming royalty
Congratulations go to  Kyler Jost and Maren Hansen for being named the McPherson High School Homecoming king and queen on Oct. 18.

Volunteers package food for people in Africa
We thank McPherson County Feeds the Starving and its volunteers for packing food for the El Dorado-based hunger relief organization Numana on Oct. 19 in McPherson.  
Volunteers packaged about 70,000 meals, which include rice and beans. The meals are destined to be shipped to ZwaZulu-Natal, a center in South Africa helping children whose parents have died or have HIV/AIDS.

New mural in works for Main Street building
We appreciate the efforts of the city, McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau and artist Matthew Richter for making a new McPherson mural possible.
Richter is in the process of painting a prairie scene titled “Battle Hill Bison” on the wall of 216 S. Main St.
Richter will be working on the mural during the next few weeks.

Housing coalition pursues development of new units
The McPherson Housing Coalition is fundraising to build new moderate-income housing units in McPherson.
McPherson’s tight housing market means quality affordable housing is sorely needed.
The housing coalition plans to keep the rent on these units at reasonable prices.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to or helped fundraise for this project.

Downtown Halloween events a success
We give everyone who participated in the Trick or Treat on Main Street and the annual Halloween Carnival a thumbs up this week.
We appreciate all the spooks and goblins who visited the Sentinel staff at our table at the corner of Main and Marlin streets.
McPherson Main Street Inc. and its businesses have graciously provided candy and other treats, as well as volunteers, to make this Main Street event a staple of the Halloween holiday in McPherson.
Volunteers with Beta Sigma Phi also offered treats, games and a costume contest at the McPherson Community Center Thursday night.

U.S. Cellular awards teachers grants
We also give a thumbs up this week to U.S. Cellular for its donation to nine teachers in McPherson, Moundridge and Newton.
Grants ranged from $100 to $1,000 and were used to purchase supplies for area classroom. Some of these items included math manipulatives and an iPad.

Inman students to donate socks to, raise money for homeless
Some fifth-graders at Inman Elementary School are concluding a month-long sock drive for the homeless.
The students’ goals are to collect at least 175 pairs of socks and raise at least 25 cents per pair of socks that will be donated to a homeless shelter in Arkansas.
The children have almost reached their goal.
We applaud the children for thinking of others above themselves.