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Business is booming
The city of McPherson is experiencing some positive movement in the industrial world. With multiple expansions already in the works and new businesses like Invista moving to town, Mac is seeing some fine times in business.
McPherson is also still among the highest in Kansas for average wages earned. Way to go Mac!
Now if we could only find the housing to support our growing economy!

Incentives to participate in All Schools Day
The McPherson County All Schools Day committee is accepting parade registrations at the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau, 306 N. Main St., McPherson.
While it may seem like a lot of time and money to build a float to be used for just one parade, the committee is offering some incentives to help people get involved.
Each float registered can receive $150 start-up money right away and then another $250 can be reimbursed for additional expenses.
This doesn’t even include the money organizations can win for winning in a particular category.

Mac PD thinks outside the box to solve problem
The McPherson Police Department recently solved a personnel problem by putting in a little leg work. Lack of workers in crossing guard positions has been a common problem in the city.
Traditionally those roles have been filled by McPherson’s older residents; however the force now has two new guards of the younger generation. In an effort to fill some positions, the PD hit up the colleges to find students in need of a little extra cash. They got some hits with two students form Central Christian College.
Crossing guards are important parts of safety in our community. It’s imperative that children and their families feel safe when going to and from school. It’s wonderful that the police department took this problem seriously and thought up a way to solve it.
Way to go Mac PD and a big thanks to the crossing guards for the work they do! You are appreciated.

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Elder abuse a common trend
Unfortunately the practice of conning elderly people out of money or goods is growing. With the population of elderly people in need of care growing, so do the opportunities for the unsavory sort of folk who take advantage of others.
Between 1950 and 2000, the number of seniors in the population has increased 87 percent. By 2030, the number of people age 65 or older in the United States will triple, to exceed 70 million.
These numbers look good to con artists who prey on more trusting people. In addition to elderly people, young people or those with physical or mental disabilities are also targeted.
Shame on those who take advantage of peoples’ trust and honesty

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Westar Energy rebates over charges money
Westar Energy will be sending rebates to customers after collecting $38 million too much last year.
The rebates, which will average about $1.26 a month, come from Westar's Retail Energy Cost Adjustment rider, which pays for fuel for Westar's generating plants.
The rebates were de- tailed in filings with the Kansas Corporation Commission.
While unfortunate that the company overcharged its customers, at least they caught it and are making things right.

—Teri L. Hansen for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.