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City approves 2 new housing projects
We give a thumbs up this week to the city of McPherson and developer Ross Vogel for their work on two new housing developments coming to McPherson. Both will take advantage of  the city’s new Rural Housing Incentive Districts.
Both districts are in the Barnstormer Addition near the corner of Genesis Drive and Calvary Street, which is south of Avenue A.
The first RHID is called Light Capital House and will be comprised of four market-rate 16 plexes for a total of 64 units.
The second development called Genesis Drive Single Family RHID will be comprised of seven single-family homes, which will be three bedrooms with two baths, basements and two-car garages. Vogel said he estimated the 1,400-square-foot homes will sell for about $170,000.
This housing is greatly needed in our city, and we appreciate the city and developer both working together to get this project on track so quickly.

Congratulations state champs
We congratulate the McPherson High School boys’ basketball team for taking the 4A Division I state title March 15 in Salina.
McPherson beat Topeka Hayden 57-40 to claim the title.
This is the 12th state boys’ basketball title for McPherson and fifth for head coach Kurt Kinnamon.
Kurt Kinnamon was named the AVCTL Division III’s Coach of the Year.
Kinnamon led his team to a 23-1 season and an undefeated 10-0 mark in the league.
Kyler Kinnamon, Kurt’s son, was named to the AVCTL Division III first team and was the league’s Player of the Year.

Cordell retires after more than 600 wins
After 600-plus wins, Little River girls’ basketball coach Shane Cordell has decided to retire.
Cordell’s retirement after more than 30 years was announced by Little River School officials along with the Wheat State League postseason honors, which included one last Coach of the Year honor for Cordell.
He shuts the door on his career with a record of 604-217, which includes a 91-game winning streak in the mid-’90s that remains a state record.
Cordell won four straight Class 1A state titles.

Pedersen earns girls’ honor
Abby Pedersen closed out her Bullpup career as the AVCTL Division III Player of the Year.
Pedersen helped lead MHS to a 10-0 league record and a 17-6 overall mark, with MHS’ 18th appearance in the state tournament in 20 years.

ASD button design winner  announced
Congratulations to Stephanie Schultz who won the McPherson County All Schools Day Button Design Contest.

Central Christian seeks to grow child care
Central Christian College is moving forward with its plan to grow child care in McPherson.
CCC purchased Kids Kampus Daycare. CCC has begun a remodeling project of the Alleman building on South Main Street to house Kids Kampus. The new facility will be more than 13,000 square feet and have capacity to care for 202 young people.
For more information, contact Kids Kampus at 620-241-8499.

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McPherson employers in search of labor
McPherson has a good problem.
The employment rate is low, and businesses are competing for workers.
McPherson’s unemployment rate as of August was 4.3 percent, compared to the national average of 7.2 percent.
McPherson needs to continue to work with employers to fill open positions.
This includes helping residents gain proper qualifications to work in the local manufacturing sector and provide housing and the amenities so workers can live in the city.

— Cristina Janney for The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.