A look at the things we liked - and didn't like - this week in the McPherson area.

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Secret Santa helps children at Christmas
We give a thumbs up to the Canton-Galva Secret Santa program for helping children in need at Christmas time.
The Secret Santa program is now in its third year and helps more than 50 Canton-Galva kids get something for Christmas.
Angel Trees are placed at three participating banks — Farmers State Bank in Galva, Citizens State Bank in Canton, and The State Bank of Canton in Canton — as well as Canton-Galva High School. The trees are covered with angel-shaped pieces of paper with a number corresponding to a student in need and an item the child wants or needs.
Community members take these papers, purchase the items and deliver the items to a local school. The school district packages the items and delivers them to those who need them.
The district also accepts monetary donations to cover leftover tags.

Christmas dinner a success
Thank you to all the volunteers who made the Community Christmas Dinner possible this year.
The food and holiday atmosphere was wonderful.
The fact that McPherson can come together and celebrate Christmas is a testament to strong community bonds in our city.

Pine Village organizes bell choir
Residents at Moundridge’s Pine Village Continuing Care Retirement Community have formed a bell choir. The activity  gives residents a positive activity in which to participate, and it’s also very good brain and arm exercise.
Look for more upcoming concert for the Village’s Golden Bells.

Ball handlers spread positive message at Elyria
Tanya Crevier, champion ball handler, and her nephew, Caleb Crevier of Champions Forever, brought a program of ball handling to an all-school assembly on Nov. 19 at Elyria Christian School.
Along with the impressive feats of skill, both performers brought a message of setting goals, personal morals and never giving up because of the hope Jesus Christ gives to everyone.
We give the ball handlers and Elyria thumbs up for promoting positive attitudes among children.

Kessinger named to S.C. Sports Hall of Fame
Congratulations to former Bethany College head football coach Ted Kessinger, who has been chosen to be inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.
Kessinger, a current resident of Lindsborg, is a native of Sioux Falls.
 He spent 28 seasons at Bethany College, from 1976-2003. Kessinger recorded a 219-57-1 record, a .792 win percentage and never had a losing season.
He led the Swedes to 16 conference championships and was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 11 times.
During Kessinger’s tenure, the Swedes earned 20 national rankings in the season-ending NAIA Top 25, and made 13 NAIA playoff appearances.
Almost 400 of Kessinger’s players earned All-KCAC honors and 43 were named NAIA All-Americans. Additionally, 49 players were named NAIA Scholar Athletes.

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City moves to ban guns in court
The city of McPherson is considering an ordinance that would ban concealed carry in municipal court. Court can be a volatile environment. With the exception of law enforcement officers, guns do not need to be a part of the courts.
We support the city’s move to eliminate guns from the courts. However, we do not support the state law that will allow concealed carry in many state, county and city buildings as of Jan. 1. We feel this is an infringement of the government workers’ and the public’s safety rather than a protection.