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Mar. 11 - KHS senior Kelsey McCabe  serves  as  Secretary General of Model UN. KHS boys end season with loss to Smoky Valley, but the girls triumph over them. Deaths listed were Clarence A. Henning, Ray Wells and Vera L. Woodson.

     Mar. 14 - County Commssioners support the anti landfill group in Harper Co. PGI announces they are emerging from bankruptcy. Norwich ladies down Lebo and Thayer and earn trip to State. Obits  were  for  Wayne  A. Zimmerman  and  Berneice  I. McArthur.

     Mar. 18 - The high school carpentry class  constructed  a garden shed for the OWLS project. Former   Cunningham   resident, Mary Leither Swick, is elected to the Board of Directors of the Cunningham First National Bank. Stephen DuCharme is named to Division II first team. Honorable mention goes to Andy Strong and Erik DeWeese. Lindi Conner was named to the girls' All League team. Sara Ashida made the 2nd team and Sara Geesling was honorable mention.

     Mar. 21 - A political forum will be held highlighting the city commission candidates. St. Patrick Church serves over 1300 in annual St. Patrick Dinner.  Harry J. Krehbiel and Helen A. Brooks were the deaths listed.

     Mar. 25 - Cheney Pharmacy, owned by Merlin McFarland, is destroyed in gas explosion. The millrace is running full due to heavy rains in the area. Farmers Cooperative Elevator of Garden Plain purchases Collingwood Grain facilities in Pretty Prairie, Vamer and Kingman. Deaths; James M. Duffin and George C. Lantis.

Mar.   28   -   The   city commission candidate forum is  well received. Steve Rockers of KDOT gives an update on Highway 54 project. Obits listed were Viola E. Albrecht, Lila Mae Tuxhom, Lida Mae Brown and Merlin "Curly" Jackson.

April 2003

     April 1 - The Kingman hospital   addition   is   nearing completion the waste water plant is also taking shape. The Norwich Christian Church makes plans for 100th birthday. Several Tae Kwan Do students do well in Goddard tournament. The only deaths listed were Bryce G. West.

     April 4 - The city will be sending out new city bills. Liz Madden, Brad Frisbie and Pat Conner win commission seats. Dr. Stephen   Grillot   will   begin practicing   here   April    15. Obituaries: Lowell H. McShane, Margaret A. Brown and Michael Patrick McGuire.

April 8 - Norris Garrison dies as a result of a freak accident. The Headrick sextuplets begin their second year. A

 Black Hawk helicopter lands at the Kingman airport. KMS 7th graders win Kingman track meet. Obits were for Norris W. Garrison, Frank Warren Bryan and Dorothy M. McBumey.

     April 11 - KHS student council members will put yellow ribbons on trees north of Highway 54 on North Main. The county will purchase digital cameras from drug seizure funds. The six Headrick babies celebrate their first birthday with the Discovery channel on hand to record the event. Warren H. Smith and David Frost were the deaths listed.

     April 15 - Sarah Babson is Kingmari's first female mayor. Law enforcement   officers   discover $312,050 after a routine traffic stop. The money is believed to be intended for drug purchases. Cliff and Ardith Hansen of Penalosa are wed 60 years. Cunningham girls win Bucklin track meet. The boys tie for first with Jetmore. KMS 7th grade boys take first at Garden Plain. Bowl for Kids' Sake takes in almost $10,000. Obits were for Gilma Howard and Joseph F. Raida.

     April 18 - K-14 reconstruction at Rago includes two new bridges. It's turkey not deer that caused recent accidents. Kingman softball   team   wins   Colwich tournament. KHS students shadow business people for a day. KHS golfers place 2nd in Kingman tourney.

     April 22 - Plans are underway for the airport grand opening. Cheney Pharmacy reopens across the street from former store that was destroyed in gas explosion. KARE will hold their 2nd Antique Roadshow. Dan and Lola Thomas will   celebrate   79th  wedding anniversary. The Cunningham boys take first in the Kiowa track meet.

     April 25 - Glenn Stark is erecting cement buffalo on bluff just east of Kingman. Nancy Stucky receives award from the Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association. A hay barn belonging to Pat Maloney burns. Cheney couple, Gail and Wanda Wulf, will be wed 50 years. Seventh grade boys tracksters win at Kiowa. The girls also take first. Marion "Hap" Nelson was the only obit listed.

     April 29 - Calvin Clark receives Federal Aviation Award. City Commissioners vote not to raise the city taxi service rates at this time. Cunningham track boys win at Kingman meet. John L. Weber was the death listed.


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