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A New Resource

Posted 12/19/2014

The Independent Staff

The Harvey County Independent has released a special publication that promotes Halstead.

The Halstead Resource Guide appears in today’s issue and is available for free in high traffic areas around town and at city hall. The Independent’s parent company, Reeves Media, has produced similar guides for other area towns.

“This guide is something we have wanted to do for a while and we started on it back in the summer,” said Independent Publisher Robb Reeves. “It is being produced at a time when Halstead is welcoming some new business and offering incentives to new residents, and we think the timing is right. The idea is to be able to hand this to someone and tell them this is why they should move to, or visit Halstead.”

The entire magazine was produced in Harvey County. The magazine was written and designed at the Independent’s office at 220 Main and it was printed at Mennonite Press in Newton. The pages of the guide are made available on the internet by Craig Sooter’s Biggest Little City Media company of Halstead.

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Bentley Christmas Celebration Is 67 Years Old

Posted 12/19/2014

By Pilar Martin

BENTLEY – Last Saturday, Bentley’s City Hall building was packed for the city’s annual Christmas celebration.

Children eagerly waited for their turn for gifts to be handed out. Velocity Church provided drinks, cookies and candy canes for all in attendance.

It was the 67th year for the annual Santa Claus Day Celebration. The idea was started in 1946 by Gladys Wolfe. She wanted to bring Christmas to Bentley. In 1947 merchants got together to put the event in place. They donated money to have gifts, oranges and candy for residents young and old. Santa even flew in for the first event.

Saturday, due to heavy fog in the area, Santa had help from Bentley’s fire department, and was brought to the party on a fire truck. A crowd of children greeted him.

Then it was time for the presents. As each name was called, the children came up one by one to receive their wrapped Christmas gift. This year, children, some as young as one month old, received gifts.

There were looks of excitement and joy as each child accepted their gift, adding to the Christmas atmosphere. After all the gifts were handed out, children received goodie bags filled with treats to take home.

Residents were invited to go caroling, another Bentley tradition started in 1978. Carolers visit the homes of elderly residents, singing songs of the season and giving gift baskets to those who have given so much of themselves over the years.

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Gas Prices Hard To Predict, But Big Increases Not Likely

Posted 12/19/2014

By Frederick Bader

HALSTEAD – With winter looming but seemingly not quite ready to arrive, many local residents are beginning to brace for the impact of what seems to be an inevitable spike in natural gas prices.

Due to the nature of the market, it can be extremely difficult to estimate what the prices will look like once it gets really cold and demand starts to pick up, but Halstead has a secret weapon in the war on wildly fluctuating gas prices.

Halstead is a member of the Kansas Municipal Gas Agency, a cooperative of about 40 communities that maintains a natural gas reserve and attempts to control some of the spikes in price that tend to happen in the winter months.  Hesston is also a member of the KMGA. And the KMGA’s president is a very familiar face: Halstead City Administrator J.R. Hatfield.

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