1. McPherson Mayor Tom Brown presented a proclamation naming September 2017 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in McPherson. The proclamation notes that childhood cancer remains the number one disease killer of children. Every year, more than 15,700 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer.

As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, an awareness walk will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 starting at Genesis Health Club and ending at the Downtown Plaza.

2. Commissioners approved a 10-year tax abatement for Cereal Food Processors, Inc., or Grain Craft after a public hearing was held Monday. Grain Craft, located at 416 N. Main St. in McPherson, applied for the property tax abatement for an expansion to their existing plant. 

3. McPherson Fire Department Chief,Jeff Deal, presented information about the 9/11 memorial ceremony to be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the station, 312 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson.

The community is invited to honor all those that gave their lives on that day, including the many service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice to their communities.

4. McPherson Police Department Chief Robert McClarty presented information about the appointment of Greg Benefiel as the new McPherson County Attorney.

Benefiel was selected Aug. 31 to replace Torrance Parkins, as Parkins tenured his resignation effective Sept. 15 after accepting a position with Gilliland and Hayes, a civil litigation law firm in Hutchinson.

Benefiel has nearly 15 years of prosecutorial experience.

"With Mr. Benefiel’s experience, I believe he will be a great asset to McPherson County, our Law Enforcement and the Community as a whole," McClarty said.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to approve the appointment early next week allowing Benefiel to move forward with his plans to purchase a home and move both he and his family to McPherson.

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