Signs of Change marked in 2011 Winfield Achievement Edition
published on 02/27/2011
We live in a world of change.
It wasn’t that long ago that you could see signs around town that said things like “Boogaarts,” “Binney & Smith,” “Burger King,” “Sweetland Hinson” and “The State Bank.”
Many of us remember the time when a couple of area churches were Pleasant Valley and South Vernon elementary schools. And until just recently, the Cedar Vale Broncos and Fillies competed against the Dexter Cardinals in sports.
They are all signs of change. Like it or not, change is inevitable.
Today’s Achievement Edition, “Signs of Change,” focuses on some of the changes that have affected Cowley and surrounding counties in recent months.
A lot of new businesses have popped up around town over the past year, including RCB Bank, Home on the Range and Initially Yours. You can learn more about these, among others, in our Business, Industry and Agriculture section.
At West Elk High School, a sad story has brought on a new change. The school, that several years ago won a state title, lost head track coach Pat Simmons to a heart attack. His best friend, Jim Madison, who was the head coach at the middle school, has stepped up to fill his shoes. That story appears in our Sports section.
Randy Langford has just completed his first year as the administrator of the Winfield Good Samaritan Society. That facility, highlighted in our Health and Fitness section, has undergone some structural changes and is adding new programs.
Many of us are aware of the outstanding music programs at Winfield High School. The hard work that goes into the music classes has produced results. The Vikings recently qualified 15 students — more than any other school in the state — to the Kansas Music Educators Association state choir. You can learn about that in our Youth and Education section.
Everyone has a talent, and some have those that are not particularly common. Angie Krepps of Cambridge has proven to be a very skilled leatherworker, and she has turned that talent into a business. Krepps’ story appears in the “Our Good Neighbors” section.
Most of us are aware that Kansas has been a state for 150 years now. History is important, whether it is world, national, state or local history. Several local historians have shared their works with us. A special thanks goes out to Roland Mueller, who helped gather some of these pieces you should certainly find interesting.
The Courier thanks its staff and correspondents for helping put together and deliver to your home a nice, comprehensive Courier Achievement Edition.
We hope you enjoy it.
— Roy Graber