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   May 2003

     May 2 - The Kingman Grain Elevator will reopen in time for wheat   harvest.   The   County Commissioners hope to get grants for courfhouse renovation. Patrick Stasa wins pole vault at Kingman meet. Deaths listed were Daryl Hanson, Veria D. Miller, Patricia Helm, Vemon Flickner and Jim Nomiandin.  

    May 6 - Kingman receives a U.S. flag that flew over the U.S. Embassy in Kabal, Afghanistan. The former Kingman policeman Richard Schott who helps train antiterrorists  in Afghanistan presented the flag. Edward and Janice Kanngiesser celebrate 50th anniversary. KMS 7th graders win at Cheney meet. Carl L. Loesch and Matilda "Tillie" Morris were the deaths listed.

     May 9 - The KHS FBLA Chapter establishes a scholarship fund in Ruth Miller's name. Ruth was sponsor of the organization for several years. A bull belonging to Lyie and Nancy Dodge wins the MoBetta Bull Bash in Apache Okla. The Kingman airport is dedicated in full day of activities. The only obit was for Barthel G. Schoenecker.

     May 13 - Bodies Elite donates  multi-purpose  exercise machine to Kingman Community Hospital. The hospital has also received  accreditation  in mammography. A truck driver takes a wrong turn and knocks down a power pole in Riverside Park, causing power outage on the south side. Cassie Pinkerton sets new school record in 75 meter hurdles. KMS 7th grade boys win five medals at league meet. Obituaries were for Lauren M. Harris, Daryl J. Hanson and Anton Joseph Schafer.

     May 16 - The passer of computer generated bogus checks is now in jail. A two-car accident at G Avenue and Broadway sends one to the hospital. The Kingman Dance Studio will present their 9th spring recital. The Revolution, a new clothing store, opens in Kingman. One obit was for William Taylor. .

      May 20 - Bob D. Rickett of Hutchinson was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle at K- 17 and NE 50 St. It was determined  that death was from natural causes. Ted Batt of Zenda will be 95, The Cunningham boys and girls are  league winners.

      May 23 - KHS valedictorians are Vicky Girard and Megan Herman.  Kale  Langley   is salutatorian. Jessica Blackwill and Kelly Wallace win gold for javelin at CTL track meet. Cunningham Wildcat boys win GGPL title.

     May 27 - Tracy Sewell and Wife Kelli land in jail after passing bogus checks. St. Patricks 5th graders clean-up Riverside Park Kingman golfers defeat Pratt to claim Ninnescah Cup. Obituaries were for Emelia E. Elsen and Theron Fred Sturdy.

     May 30 - Russian bankers will intern at Kanza Bank in June. KHS alumni group hold first annual reunion. Vincent Schonlau is honored on 80th birthday. Jessica Blackwill and Lindi Conner win gold in Javelin and shot put at Scott City. The deaths listed were Henry R. Lampe.

            June 2003

     June 3 County storage building on Spruce and A  Ave. is broken into. Four seventh grade girls show off their track skills by breaking six school records; They are Andi Miller, Bethany Molitor, Cassie Pinkerton and Emily Boyer.

     June 6 - Alvin and Pat Thimesch are wed 50 years. Eric Kerschen of Cunningham is state javelin champ with a throw of 184'  Abe's Oilfield/Mizuno win Derby  tourney.  

      June 10 - Vandalism occurs  at Kingman Elementary. Ronald Klausmeyer of Cunningham is  injured when his gun explodes.  Eastern Star members, Norma  Shaw and Lucille Woodson, are  honored   for   75   years of  membership. Kingman County Dog  Project to host Agility Trail. There were several obits listed:  Jessie  Andres, Gilbert A. Harris, Robert E. Allison, Wayne Moody and Frank Norton.

      June 13 - Fertilizer spills when truck overturns in NE part of county. Waste Connections, Inc. is new waste carrier for the city.Whites  Foodliner drops  IGA affiliation and joins Affiliated Foods. The Prather barn NW of Kingman receives a National  Historic Register plaque. Abe's softball team continues its winning ways, this time in Wichita. Obits  listed   were   Agnes   "Trudy"  Herman, Blanch Thomas and Edna  Overstreet.

      June 17 - Kingman Humane Society hires Devon FreiSinger as director. Fire destroys storage shed at Wilma and Whitey Hovan's home near Penalosa.  Stephen  DuCharme is invited to attend Mid- America Basketball Academy. The only obituary was for Cindy Lyime  Shelton Marker.

      June 20 - Wheat farmers should have bumper wheat crop. The    county  health   nurse recommends clean-up of Nashville property.   The   60th  wedding anniversary is celebrated by Albert  and Alice Clouse. Several obits  were listed for Roy H. Gering,  Charles R. Pomeroy, Mary E.  Tatro, Blanche Bergkamp, Vivian  D. Bowen and Debbie Powell.

      June 24 - The courthouse is picketed in protest of judicial  decision. The bulbouts around  Citizens Bank of Kansas now have  new plantmgs. Richard A. Webster,  John Branden and Anna P. Duham  were the deaths listed.

July 2003

      July 1 - Members of the 1st  Battalion, 161st Field Artillery  Kansas Army National Guard  return  home  from  providing  security at Fort Leavenworth and  Fort Riley. Leon and Diana  McDaniels open Prairie Crossings,  a new bed and breakfast between  Pretty Prairie and Kingman. Brent  Parsons wins in his age division at  the Kansas Junior amateur Golf Tournament. LaVeta Craig was the  only obituary.

      July 4 - Marijuana is  discovered after police stop vehicle  on east edge of Kingman. Bikers  raise over $32,000 for muscular  Dystrophy. Tim McGinnis wins  Kingman men's tourney. Charles  W. Pearce was the only obit.

      July 8 - Chris Heminway is  named Honorary Chairman of  Relay for Life. A house located at  234 West A is destroyed by fire.  Tony and Pat Mans celebrate 50th ''anniversary. Ab'e*s ''softball team  wins fifth tourney of the summer.  Lou Ann Deimey was the .death  listed.

     July 11 - Gehring Studio has  been in business for 30 years.  Kanza Bank promotes Jan L. Lamie  to Sr. Vice President, managing  branch bank tellers. Earl Williams  wins grounds cruiser at Freedom  Fest. Kingman Swim Team places  high in area meets. Obits listed  were Warren L.  Pfalser, C.  Benjamine Gracey, Dora B. Blue  and Kenneth D. McQueen.

     July 15 - Audrey Smith,  daughter of Garry and Betty Smith,  receives Insight Scholarship award  sponsored by Iowa Pharmacy  Foundation.   Several  tornadoes  threaten the area. Some damage is  done on farms southwest of  Kingman. Ally Underwood and  Tucker Neal receive top swimmer  award for their winning effort on  the Kingman Swim Team. Herman  E. Hammerbacher was the only  obit.

      July 18 - Preschool kids build  igloo out of milk jugs. Driver hits  horse on county road. Abe's  softball team wins again, this time  at Sedgwick County Fair. Curtis  Mertens of Kingman wins first in  golf tourney in the 12-13 age  group. Deaths were Laurine M.  Dick and Bradley R. Hawkins.


         July 22 - Michael Hille of  Garden City was killed in head-on  crash east of Cunningham. Tate  Henry wins junior golf competition  at Medicine Lodge. Barry and  Charlotte Shartz study volcanoes in  Italy. The obituary was for Lavina Kahmeyer Soffner.


     July 25 - Lions and Rotary clubs plan Veterans Memorial at Main and Hwy 54. Abe's softball team wins Halstead "Dogfight" tourney. Jody Goetz and Shirlene Peitz win doubles at State bowling tournament. Carol Noblit and Joyce Mitchell tie for 2nd. Obituaries were for Christina M. Miller, Eveline Nichols, Yes Alarius Mancinas and Jerry Schulte.


     July 29 - Liz Owen is new director of KARE. City commissioners vote for 10 St. and Hwy 54 interchange. An all Kingman team wins MAYB tourney at Enid. Obits were for Raymon Hecox and Beulah Wohlford.


           August 2003

     Aug. 1 - Kayla Vecciarell does well in the Millie Lewis American Modeling and Talent Competition in Orlando, Fla. New change   takes   place   at  the intersection of K-42 and K-2 Highways. The death listed was Betty Louise Skaggs.

     Aug. 5 - City budget is increased 2 mills. The house at 130 West C is featured in the September issue of Country Living Magazine. 50th anniversaries are celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stillwell and John and Verna Kantner. Dan Helm and son Tim win 2-man low-ball golf tourney. Patsy Lockard was the obituary listed.

     Aug. 8 - Larry Nelson is now director of the Kingman Learning Center. Jim Boingolf of Harper is killed in accident on K-2 Highway. Obituaries were Daisy J. Cheatum, Maynard Harner and John F. Hoover.

     Aug. 12 - Yoder Sales & Service will close; Stan has taken a sales/service position with Medart Engine of St. Louis. KHS Varsity cheerleaders attend cheer camp at Emporia. Fred R. Brown was the obit listed.


     Aug. 15 - Kingman's new wastewater plant is on schedule and should be completed by the end of the year. Norwich has a new girls' basketball coach, Tabitha Barker. Abe's Oilfield Softball team is 2nd at State. Deaths listed were Kenneth W. Amerine and Robert B. "Red" Gangwere.

     Aug. 19 - Leon and Diana McDaniel open a bed & breakfast in their rural home between Pretty Prairie and Kingman. Marvin and Marjorie Campbell celebrate 60 years of marriage. The only obit was for William A. Robinson.

     Aug. 22 - Andy Watkins has taken a position with Commerce bank in Independence. A 17 year old youth is charged with damaging the courthouse elevators. Several obituaries were listed for Isabel M.Schreiber, Marie Mindt, David J. McComb, George Shaw and M. Arlene Bradley.

     Aug. 26 - Kingman Processing is purchased by All Well Ventures. They will do custom processing - not for sale to the public- Sherry Jones is appointed postmaster  at; Murdock.  The Kingman City budget is approved after a heated public hearing. Obits were for Mary Elizabeth Spade and Guy W. Rogers.

     Aug. 29 - Bill Ogden of Cunningham is awarded achievement medal for his duty in the Middle East. Wind damages shed at Robert Henning's place south of Kingman. The Lyie Greenfields of Pretty Prairie are wed 68 years. Deaths  listed  were  Elizabeth Gillen, Opal Kaufman and Irene Schauf.

         September 2003

     Sept. 2 - Former Kingman teacher, Lois Maple, is celebrating her 90th birthday. Former resident, Sue McVay, received certification as community bank compliance officer in McPherson and Wichita. Kathy L. Woodson was the only obit listed.

     Sept. 5 - After a long dry spell, we finally got heavy rains over a 36 hour period. Hilda Doze Taber of Murdock has 90th birthday. Obituaries were for Lois Louise Ingram, Landon and Jaydon Winter and Harry O. Wingate.

     Sept. 9 - Former KHS graduate, Navy Lt. Brian Stites, receives Frederick B. Warder award  for Outstanding Achievement. Vera Wallace sues the city and Policie Officer David Lux for $75,000. KHS football players win over Clearwater, 21-0. The only death listed was Mildred A. Cain.

     Sept.   12  -  USD  332 enrollment is down by 19 from last year. Kingman County Farm Bureau and Kansas Corn growers give 2-hour discount to motorists who purchase ethanol. Rebecca E. Thiel was the only obit.

     Sept. 16 - City Commissioners start discussions for Sunday liquor sales. They also discussed the   possibility   of   televising  commission meetings. Everett and Virginia Cloyd of Pretty Prairie will   celebrate   61st   wedding anniversary and 80th birthdays. KMS 7th grade wins over Medicine Lodge. Kingman Eagles lose to Wellington. Norwich wins over Cunningham 26-14.

     Sept.   19   -   Kingman Community Hospital gets new flagpole donated by VFW Post  164.  The  weather  Saturday  postponed aviation events at the  airport until Sunday. KHS lady  golfers place 3rd at Pratt. Obituaries  were for Kent Laurence, Merlin L.  Lampe, Ruth M. VanGieson, Betty  J. Martin and Leo M. Burke.

      Sept. 23 - The City is seeking sponsors for the street bulbouts.  High speed Internet service may be  available soon from SBC. A  missing 2 year old is found four blocks from home. The County  makes drug bust in Cumiingham, a  father,  son  operation.  Eighth  graders defeat Clearwater, 16-8.  KHS over Andover Trojans, 50-7.  Cunningham upsets Attica.

      Sept.  26  - Dr.  Moots  purchases the former Kingman  Manor. She hopes to convert it into  a  fitness  and  rehab  center,  Cunningham teacher Brenda Sharp  is honored as one of Kansas' finest.  Leonard and Lois Lindholm of  Cheney celebrate 50 years together.  Lady golfers take 2nd at Cheney.  Obits were for Glenna Miller,  Shawn D. Harkness and Ray  MeCaslm.

      Sept. 30 - Sheepdog trials are coming to Kingman County in Nov. City Commissioners table Sunday liquor sales. Donald and Rowena Albright are wed 60 years. The high school volleyball team  wins their own tournament. Eighth graders win over Sunrise Academy 24-8.


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