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Legislators hear resident concerns

We give a thumbs up to everyone who participated in last Saturday’s legislative coffee.

Sen. Rick Wilborn and Reps. Les Mason and Don Schroeder visited McPherson to explain their stances on various issues and hear the issues McPherson County residents are concerned about.

Residents had a chance to speak directly with their elected officials on what they would like to see done at the state level.

We applaud our congressmen for taking the time to listen to their constituents, and hope McPherson County residents will continue to take advantage of any opportunity to speak with those we elected.

Little free libraries coming to Mac

We give a thumbs up to the McPherson County Community Foundation, their Youth Advisory Council and the McPherson Education Association for their efforts to bring little free libraries to McPherson.

These small structures allow people to share books with others in the area. McPherson elementary schools each have their own, and this project will bring this service to other parts of the community.

We hope readers young and old appreciate this resource, and that improved accessibility will, in turn, boost literacy and a love of reading in McPherson.

Mohn named superintendent

We give a thumbs up to Gordon Mohn for being voted the new superintendent of USD 418.

Mohn has worked for the district since 2007, following 15 years as superintendent of Hillsboro School District.

He took on the role of interim superintendent after Mark Crawford was dismissed, and has a good working relationship with the current school board and administration.

We wish Mohn the best of luck in this role and look forward to great things for our schools.

Witte honored for job well done

We give a thumbs up to McPherson County Administrator Rick Witte for his recent recognition for exemplary financial reporting.

The award comes from the national Government of Finance Officers Association, and Witte has received this award every year since 1988. We’re glad to see our local officials recognized for a job well done.

Goering shares story of pilgrimage

We give a thumbs up to Jay Goering for sharing the story of his 140-mile walk from Lisbon, Portugal to Porta, Portugal.

His route followed the path of a traditional pilgrimage that ends in Santiago, Spain. He recently shared stories from his adventure, including the people he met and the cultural experience he had.

It’s great to hear stories from others and learn about people outside our communities. We applaud Goering for helping others to broaden their horizons and bring the people of the world closer together.

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Darrah sentenced

Sam Darrah, the final defendant in a 2014 murder case, has been sentenced.

Darrah will receive life in prison with a minimum of 25 years served after pleading no contest to charges of first degree felony murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Though Darrah can appeal the sentence, it is hoped that this will be the end of a long court process in a tragic murder case.

— Josh Arnett for the McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board.