What were the biggest stories from this year?

A lot happened in El Dorado and the surrounding communities in 2012. As the new year approaches, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the bigger stories of the past year. Here are 15 notable events from 2012.

Sports complex opens

A crowd filled the new BG Products Veterans Sports Complex for the dedication ceremony and first Butler football game Saturday evening.

The evening included speakers, a performance by the EHS drum line and a ribbon cutting by the El Dorado School District and Butler Community College, as well as a variety of other activities and an appearance by Miss Teen Kansas.

~ Story appeared on Sept. 4, 2012

YMCA celebrates 10th anniversary

In honor of the El Dorado YMCA’s 10th anniversary, there have been special events all month. On Friday evening, the Y hosted a reception for members.

Tim Connell thanked staff members and volunteers for their efforts and gave a brief history of how the YMCA came to be in El Dorado.

~ Story appeared on July 28, 2012

El Dorado gets new fire sub-station

The new fire sub-station is nearing completion on West Sixth Avenue.

“They are putting the finishing touches on the things inside,” said Chief Ken Nakaten.

There are such things left to do as some minor wiring and installing light fixtures and speakers.

“They hope to turn the building over to us on the eighth of November,” Nakaten said. ~ Story appeared on Oct. 27, 2012

Retirement reception held for Dr. Jackie Vietti

For 17 years Dr. Jackie Vietti has led Butler Community College as its president. During those years, she has touched numerous lives and made a tremendous impact not just on the college, but also the community.

Community members had an opportunity to offer their thanks and wish Vietti well on her retirement during a special reception for her Monday evening.

~ Story appeared on Dec. 18, 2012

New Skelly Elementary School opens

Past and current students, parents and community members packed the gym at the new Skelly Elementary School Monday evening for the dedication of the building.

The ceremony opened with music by the El Dorado High School orchestra ensemble, followed by the welcome and introduction of the Board of Education by BOE President Deb Wheeler.

~ Story appeared on Aug. 21, 2012

Groundbreaking held for new middle school

After a lot of work, planning and dedicated volunteers, a ground breaking ceremony kicked off the start of the second of two new schools in USD 490. The middle school, which will be located at the northeast corner of Highway 77 and 30th Street, officially got underway Wednesday afternoon. Superintendent Sue Givens welcomed everyone to the event and then quoted George Bernard Shaw, saying, “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”

~ Story appeared on April 19, 2012

Sunday liquor sales approved in El Dorado

In March, the El Dorado City Commission approved an ordinance to allow Sunday liquor sales.

On June 3, area businesses will be able to sell liquor on a Sunday for the first time.

El Dorado residents will be now be able to purchase liquor at local establishments from noon through 8 p.m. on Sundays, except on Easter, when no Sunday sales will be allowed.

~ Story appeared on June 2, 2012

Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion gets permanent stage

Just in time for its 25th year, the Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion will have a new, permanent stage for this year’s reunion. A stage has been a dream for the organizers for some time, with the first drawings for it being done last year. The materials for the stage were delivered to the site at Veterans Point at El Dorado Lake in June. On Friday and Saturday, workers put the finishing touches on the stage.

~ Story appeared on July 10, 2012

Butler County gets new commission districts

After several weeks of lengthy discussions and two public hearings, the commissioners voted for changes that will help keep the county's population as evenly distributed among the five districts as possible. A total of 5,055 residents will be affected by the commission district changes. ~ Story appeared on Dec. 20, 2012

El Dorado Senior Center gets new director

With a background in community development, Jennifer Zimmermann decided working at the El Dorado Senior Center sounded like a good idea.

Zimmermann, who previously ran a community center in Wichita, started working as the Senior Center Director on Nov. 13.

She encourages anyone 50 or older to come check out the senior center.

~ Story appeared on Nov. 24, 2012

Dedication ceremony held for wind turbine

Five years ago the city of El Dorado dedicated the El Dorado Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility. On Tuesday, they celebrated the continued efforts to conserve energy and benefit the environment with the ribbon cutting for the new wind turbine. The 1 megawatt wind turbine will produce enough electricity throughout the year to run the facility.

~ Story appeared on Oct. 25, 2012

McKibban not running for re-election as mayor

Tom McKibban is throwing his hat in a different ring this election.

After serving as mayor of El Dorado for the past six years, he has filed to run for the Butler County Board of Trustees in the spring election.

~ Story appeared on Dec. 20, 2012

Downtown historic district approved

The El Dorado City Commission approved a resolution in support of proceeding with the development of a downtown historic district during their meeting Tuesday evening.

They had previously given Main Street the go-ahead to proceed with the application process, but wanted input from the Planning Commission before making their approval official.

~ Story appeared on Sept. 6, 2012

Home Lumber closes after 42 years in business

After serving this area for more than 42 years, Home Lumber in El Dorado will be closing its doors soon. The store announced its closing a couple of weeks ago and began store-wide sales last Thursday. John Humphreys, Home Lumber president, said they want to express their appreciation of businesses and their loyal customers.

~ Story appeared on Aug. 7, 2012

Hunting Heroes Program added to Turkey Hunt

For several years, Kansas Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt CEO Becky Wolfe and the Hunt board members have talked about how they could honor those who serve our country and our communities. After several years of discussion, the time seemed right and the Hunting Heroes Program was added to the 2012 Hunt. The program is designed to promote morale by providing a life enriching opportunity for military, law enforcement, firefighting and paramedic/rescue personnel with service-related injuries. Wolfe wanted to find out if Marine Sgt. Jonathon Blank, who is from Augusta, had any interest in the Hunt. Blank did, and will be traveling to El Dorado with Marine Cpl. Kenneth Kalish to participate in the Hunt. Blank and Kalish, who are both currently stationed in San Antonio, will have a Combat Marine Outdoors escort,

~ Story appeared on March 31, 2012