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Bentley Staff Take Part In Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted 8/29/2014

By Pilar Martin

BENTLEY – Teachers and staff at Bentley Primary School participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday, Aug. 22.

Five BPS students challenged their teachers to get doused with a bucket of ice water to raise awareness for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The group of 20 invited the Bentley Fire Department to come and spray them with water instead of using individual buckets.

All the students were out on the playground to watch the event.

They were thrilled to see their teachers and principal getting wet. Screams of “do it again” rang through the group.

Teachers also plan on donating to ALS. BPS teachers and staff then challenged the teachers and staff at Halstead Middle School, Halstead High School and the central office to take the challenge or donate as well.

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Vermillion Up For Pharmaceutical Scholarship

Posted 8/29/2014

By Frederick Bader

HALSTEAD – Matthew Vermillion has overcome a lot in his lifetime, but now he needs your help. AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company, is sponsoring a scholarship, worth $19,500, available to students with Cystic Fibrosis who are pursuing higher education. Vermillion is one of 40 individuals selected for the scholarship, but only seven of them are graduate students. The scholarship winner will be decided by a vote.

Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic lung disease. Vermillion, the son of local teachers Brenda and Curtis Vermillion, was diagnosed when he was 2 years old. “I have to take pills to help digest food, and I have a vest that vibrates and loosens the mucus that builds up in my lungs,” Vermillion said.

After securing his Bachelor’s Degree from Wichita State University, Vermillion is back at WSU for the third and final year of his doctorate in physical therapy. “I’m finally on clinical rotations, where I get hands-on experience instead of just books,” Vermillion said.

To read more, see this week's print edition.

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Halstead Could Get Crime Stoppers Unit

Posted 8/29/2014

By the Independent Staff

HALSTEAD – Halstead City Councilman Dennis Travis is hoping to form a Halstead Crime Stoppers USA unit to help combat local crime and vandalism.

Travis was out talking to city officials and business owners Tuesday afternoon to gauge support. He said Halstead Police Chief Steve Lewis is on board with a Halstead chapter.

Travis said the unit will require a volunteer board of directors and he has gotten good response so far.

If you would like to be involved or just want more information, call Travis at 316-655-6801.


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