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August 18, 2016
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BREAKING NEWS: Halstead City Administrator Arrested

Posted 8/22/2016

Halstead City Administrator J.R. Hatfield was arrested Monday morning and charged with felony perjury, according to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton. The arrest took place in front of Halstead City Hall at around 10 a.m.

Hatfield's bond has been set at $2,500.

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New Sedgwick EMS Station Voted Down Again

Posted 8/18/2016

SEDGWICK – Tempers flared once again at Sedgwick’s City Council meeting Monday night when council member Lynne Vigil interrupted Mayor Rodney Eggleston as he spoke of the insults he felt over comments by Vigil and council member Kirby Stucky. Vigil and Stucky said a recent survey regarding expansion of the EMS department was not done correctly.  The survey indicated 72 percent of respondents wanted to expand EMS in Sedgwick and construct a new building.

Stucky said he would not have approved the survey if he had seen it before it was sent out. Vigil said there was no fidelity and that the survey wasn’t valid. Eggleston said, “As a citizen I find it insulting that you think I cannot make my own decisions on my own taxes.”

Ten people attended the council meeting and three addressed the council in favor of a new EMS station.  Levi Maxson, a current EMS/firefighter volunteer told the council, “I  volunteer so I can get the experience and work with good equipment. I don’t care about the money, that’s not why I do this.”

 Maxson went on to say that to draw young people right out of college they need a good facility. “I have talked to several buddies about coming here and they want to go to towns where the facilities are nice and shiny.  If you build the new station on the corner of 125th, everyone will see a shiny new building and all of the nice equipment we have. I think this is the way to go to bring more people, and especially more EMS people to Sedgwick. It would be something we could be proud of.”

Shannon Catlin spoke as a supporter of the project. “We really need to build up the community and the elders in the community rely on the ambulance service. We have a broken down building that houses our equipment and sometimes the doors won’t even open. I don’t see how we can continue to rely on other agencies. Why aren’t we getting behind this? Let’s make our community grow,” Catlin said.

Assistant Fire Chief Sam Enterkin offered his thoughts to the council. Enterkin told council that one of their tankers was housed in a city building other than the fire station, and the foam equipment was locked in a building out with Unruh Fabrication. “We have the keys to those trucks but it takes time to get to them and get them out. We have been working on this for six years and things may change if we don’t approve this. We have six volunteers who have started training, now we need to move forward and build the new station,” he said.

Stucky said he wasn’t very confident that the new station was going to be built. “This city already owes $4 million and our valuation is only $900,000. I don’t feel comfortable taking on another $1 million in debt,” Stucky said.

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Three Years After Accident, Young Child Happy, Healthy

Posted 8/18/2016

THREE years following an accident in which a stone wall collapsed on her, Traleigh Humphries, 5, is doing well and will soon start kindergarten. THREE years following an accident in which a stone wall collapsed on her, Traleigh Humphries, 5, is doing well and will soon start kindergarten. HALSTEAD—It’s been three years since a young girl was severely injured in Halstead when a stone wall she was playing on collapsed on her in August of 2013. Traleigh Humphries, two-and-a-half years old at the time, suffered from a broken femur and fractured skull that punctured her brain.

Her injuries were initially deemed critical, but within four days of the accident she was in good enough condition to be released from the hospital in what was considered a miraculous recovery.

In the years since, Traleigh has continued to do well, according to her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Kilbourn of Hutchinson.

“Although she has had some complications that may be related to the accident, all in all she is healthy, happy and full of energy,” Kilbourn. 

Traleigh’s mother, Darcy Humphries, said that Traleigh does have some eye problems.

“We are unsure at this point if it is related to the head injury and can’t do further testing for about three months, but other than that she is perfectly healthy and a normal 5-year-old girl,” Darcy said.

Traleigh is preparing to start kindergarten this month at Morgan Elementary in her hometown of Hutchinson.

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Burrton Area Couple To Open Special Events Center In Moundridge

Posted 8/18/2016

BURRTON residents, Phil and Denise Neubauer, plan to open a special events center in Moundridge, using the former Avenue A Auto Body and Parts building at 205 S. Avenue A. BURRTON residents, Phil and Denise Neubauer, plan to open a special events center in Moundridge, using the former Avenue A Auto Body and Parts building at 205 S. Avenue A. MOUNDRIDGE – Phil and Denise Neubauer of rural Burrton plan to open a special events center called Cloud Nine Venue in Moundridge.

The Neubauers said they have an agreement to purchase the building at 205 S. Avenue A in Moundridge – the former Avenue A Auto Body and Parts building. They said they would need the lot – 150 feet by 200 feet – to the south in order to expand the building to the size they need.

The Neubauers talked to the Moundridge City Council during the council meeting Monday, Aug. 1, at the city office.

“I’ve been doing wedding cakes for a while,” Denise Neubauer said. “I felt a need for a wedding reception facility in this area.

“We have everything in line on what we want to do,” she noted.

The Neubauers have visited with Koehn Construction representatives on how to renovate the existing building.

Neubauer said they planned to change the front of the building to “make it look like a venue.”

Economic Development Director Murray McGee said the Neubauers have provided the city with everything they have asked for, including a business plan and financing for the project.

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