This is the second of four stories on the events of 2017.
In June, despite some opposition and heated discussions, city officials approved an amendment to the Star Bonds project, an incentive available statutorily every 5 years for community improvements, with a unanimous vote of 5-0.
The plan will be for Sutherland's, a 75,000-square-foot home improvement store along with a 35,000-square-foot garden center, to come to Dodge City.
The Power Center as it is being called by the city, will be the property west of 14th Avenue near Soule Street.
The land owned by Farm Credit, First Assembly of God and 3.1 acres owned by the Dodge City Community College, were sold to the city by the owners and the DCCC Board of Trustees leading up to the public hearing and eventual vote on the development project.
There will also be three out lots in front of the home improvement store available for other retailers.
The Skills USA State Championships were held this April at Hutchinson Community College and Dodge City High School seniors Jayden Miller and Nila Khan became state champions in 3D Visualization and Animation.
The win marked the fourth straight year students from DCHS won the state championship in the visualization and animation field.
"The fact is that this is the fourth straight year we’ve won this title, so of course, we are very proud," said team sponsor and DCHS instructor, Christopher Spindler in a press release at the time. "Winning this competition 4 years in a row shows the quality of students we have at Dodge City."
The team of Miller and Khan are no strangers to winning.
Last year the team won the state title however this year they showed a lot more improvement according to their coach.
Miller and Khan had the highest totals scored ever by a DCHS team in the competition far exceeding any total achieved before by a team representing DCHS.
The Dodge Charger Roundup Car Show also returned to Dodge City in the parking lot of the Visitors Center on June 17.
The cars featured will be Dodge Charger Daytona's from 2006 through 2009 that all have the same body but have a limited production number that is on the dash so you can see how many were made.
With moving forward with the car show in the future, event organizer Klint Edwards said he extended invitations to owners of 2013 chargers that came in only four colors as well as 2017 owners.
"I know the show will be bigger next year because I am going to promote a lot earlier for the newer models," Edwards said. "But they were extended an invite this year, so you never know who may show up."
In late June, Anthony Becker was sentenced to 25 years to life for the shooting death of Christopher Boyd in April 2015 in Ford County.
Becker was found guilty of murder in the first degree after a 3-day trial that took place from October to November 2016.
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