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Sedgwick Group Hopes To Create Meeting Place

Posted 8/21/2014

 By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – A group of Sedgwick residents has an eye on the future for Sedgwick youth and made their plans known Monday night.
Damon Young presented the Sedgwick City Council with the idea of turning 507 Commercial into The Meeting Place. Young has been thinking about opening a venue in Sedgwick that is modeled after Mead’s Corner in Wichita, or Norm’s Coffee House in Newton.

Young, who has lived in Sedgwick for four years, said he looks at the downtown and “sees what it could be.” He wants to turn an existing empty building into a downtown hot spot. He sees a place where youth can congregate, have snacks, and present their artisitic side, all in a Christian atmosphere. He wants a “safe place for kids to hang out.”

The venue will not be affiliated with any one church, although it has the support of the local Council of Churches.

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Do You Remember Camp Burrows?

Posted 8/21/2014

By Pilar Martin

If you lived in Halstead in the mid-60s through the early 1970s, you just might remember Camp Burrows. Youth who participated in Boys Scouts or Girls Scouts at that time, fondly remember spending time there.

Camp Burrows was a Boy Scout dream for many years. Local Scout leaders wanted a place close to town where Scouts could go and camp. The five-acre camp was leased from the Burrows estate.

A Nov. 12, 1965 issue of the Independent, describes the camp as, “Rugged in its natural beauty, the campsite affords and ideal place for young boys to learn and practice camping skills, as well as learning to know and appreciate the wonders and beauty of nature and how to overcome hardships.”

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McGinn To Be Our Senator For At Least 2 More Years

Posted 8/21/2014

By Frederick Bader

After a nine-percentage points loss to Richard Ranzau in the Sedgwick County District Four Commissioner’s race, State Senator Carolyn McGinn’s career will continue to move in much the same direction as it has been for the last few years.

For the moment, McGinn’s plan is simple. “I’m going to continue to serve as the state senator for the 31st District,” McGinn said. As for what happens after the remaining two years of her term expire, McGinn says she has not even begun to think about that.

“I never make those decisions until the time comes,” McGinn said. “Some people are called to serve and they try to make a positive difference, and some people are climbing a ladder to the next political step. I enjoy my constituency and trying to solve problems for them.”

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Charges Filed In June Vandalism Case

Posted 8/21/2014

By the Independent Staff

HALSTEAD – The Harvey County Attorney’s office can confirm that it has filed charges against Halstead resident Sean Wallace related to vandalism incidents in June.

Wallace has been charged in four cases, ranging from June 12 to June 17, of criminal damage and criminal trespass. The charges were filed on Friday, Aug. 15, according to the attorney’s office.

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