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May 26, 2016 Harvey County Independent


Memorial Weekend: Traditional Memorial Day Celebrations Happening

Posted 5/26/2016

Independent Staff


The annual flag rising at Pleasant Valley Cemetery will take place at 8 a.m. Monday. The color guard will arrive at 9 a.m. and there will be a short ceremony after that.


The annual memorial service will be at the Burrton Cemetery starting at 10:30 a.m. A message will be delivered and Taps will be played. There will be a cannon firing.


The Sedgwick American Legion and Auxiliary have planned two services for Monday, May 28. 

• Honoring those that served at sea: A wreath service will be held at the bridge west of town on Fourth Street, at 9:30 a.m.  This service is a tribute to those that served at sea.  It will include playing taps and throwing a wreath in the water. Avenue of Flags

• Avenue of flags ceremony: This will be held at Hillside Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 28.  The program will include members of the American Legion Post 268, Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion and American Legion Riders.  The program will consist of patriotic music, decoration of the memorial, gun salute and reading of the flag names. 

This year Sedgwick will raise 261 flags, volunteers are always welcome to help.  American Legion members will meet at the cemetery at 6 a.m. on Monday morning.  Breakfast will be served at the post after the flags have been raised.  Members will meet again at the cemetery at 6 p.m. to take the flags down. The flags are then taken to the post for folding, and put into storage.  There will be a meal at the post after the flags are folded and put away.  The Legion will provide the main dish, others are encouraged to bring a side dish.

For questions, you may contact Linda Johnson (flag chair) at 316-992-7056.


Volunteers will raise and lower flags at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 and at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, May 30. Services will be held at Pine Park Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. on Monday and at Halstead Cemetery at 10 a.m.

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Community Pool Opens Saturday

Posted 5/26/2016

For the Independent

SEDGWICK – Sedgwick’s Community Pool opens this Saturday, May 28.

The pool will be open daily from 1-6 p.m. Family swim has beet set for 7-9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Adults can enjoy lap swim from noon to 1 p.m, Monday through Thursdays.

Admission for swimming daily is $1.50 for children 12 and under, $2.50 for teen ages 13-17, and adults is $3.00. You can purchase a single pass for $30.00, for children up to age 17, or adults is $60.00 A family seasonal pass costs $150.00 which includes two adults and up to four children.

The pool is available to rent for parties and swimming lessons will begin soon. FOr more information on lessons you can check at the pool once it is open or check with City Hall, 772-5151.

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Reported In Bentley Dogs

Posted 5/26/2016

By Pilar Martin

 BENTLEY – Tick-borne diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever have popped up in the area as tick populations are rampant this season. With a mild winter, ticks were not killed off and their numbers are crazy this year.

“We got our first report of ticks back in February,” Sedgwick veterinarian Kate Jacob said. Ticks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Brown ticks, deer ticks and seed ticks can all carry diseases. “They are nasty little bugs,” Jacob added.

Sofie, the six year old family dog of Darren and Jennifer Bagby, became very lethargic on May 7. “She was just not her bouncy, happy self,” Jennifer said.

Darren took Sofie to their veterinarian in Wichita. Sofie had a temperature of 105 degrees and was put on IV fluids. Sofie also suffered from immobility and immense pain.

According to Jennifer, after Sofie’s fever came down, the Bagbys were able to bring her back home. Sofie was in the hospital for three days.

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