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Berger Inducted Into PBR Ring Of Honor

Posted 9/18/2014

HALSTEAD – Native son Bobby Berger will inducted into the Professional Bull Riders Ring of Honor in October. The Ring of Honor was created in 1996 to recognize those who have had the most profound impact on the sport of bull riding.

Berger was inducted into the Halstead High School Hall of Fame in 2013. He now lives in Pearsall, Texas.

Each member is presented a ring featuring the PBR logo along with their name and the year of their induction during the annual Heroes and Legends ceremony preceding the World Finals in October. Berger said, “I’m just surprised they’re recognizing me, really,” Berger said in an interview with Keith Ryan Cartwright.

Berger, 69, grew up on a farm in Halstead, where his father, Marlon, operated a fulltime farm business, raising wheat and milo. He also traded cows and horses. Berger was the fifth of six kids, with two older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister. His brothers were 10 and 11 years older than Berger and he “tagged along to watch and mimic” as they rode bulls and broncs, roped, and steer-wrestled locally.

After graduating from Halstead High School, Berger attended junior college in Lamar, Colo., where he was a member of the rodeo team and the livestock judging team.

After competing in a rodeo at the California State Fair, Berger was awarded a full scholarship to California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Calif.

He spent the next two yeas competing with the rodeo team and professionally, while he earned an undergraduate degree in animal Science.

He first qualified for the NFR in 1966. Having twice qualified in the bronc riding, Berger qualified in the bull riding for the first time in 1969. He won the average at the NFR that year, finished second in the world standings a year later, and then won the average again in 1971, when he finished second in the standings for the second straight year.

Berger went to the NFR seven times as a bull rider and three of those times he rode more bulls than anyone else in the world.

There are only 38 other riders who have been inducted into the Ring of Honor.

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Ride A Horse At Fall Fest Event

Posted 9/18/2014

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – Part of this weekend’s Fall Festival fun, will be the Bit and Spur Saddle club’s Third Annual Fun Show.

For those who do not know what a Fun Show is, it’s a series of timed fun races for all ages. This year, horses will be available for anyone to ride, so if you don’t own a horse you can still participate. Those under 5 can ride a horse all day for $10 or $1 per event. All other ages can ride all day for $20 or $2 per event. In the Open Lead Class, you can ride all day for $10 or $2 per event.

The different events sound like a lot of fun, if you can stay on a horse. In the keg-bending event, a rider will weave in and out of five-gallon buckets set up on a course. The Rescue Ride event features a rider on horseback, who has to run down, pick up another person, throw the person on back of the horse and run back. The Half Eight race has the rider racing down between two poles, placed six feet apart.

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Bean Leads Dragon Band To Outstanding Rating

Posted 9/18/2014

By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD – There is a new leader for this year’s Dragons Marching Band.

Sixteen-year-old Zoe Bean is the new Drum Major. She has been a part of the band since the fifth grade, when she started out playing clarinet.

Band Director Derrick Hibler remembers Bean as a quiet clarinet player. He said he “had to draw her out to find her sound and strength.” Today she plays both clarinet and also saxophone. And last year at the KSHAA Music Contest, she received a I rating for her clarinet solo. Zoe loves playing but decided two years ago she wanted to try something more.

She auditioned with Hibler to be the Drum Major. Auditions consist of directing the band,  playing the Star Spangled Banner and the Dragon fight song. The candidates also showed their style in drill downs and marching technique. Their grades and confidence count too.

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Neighbors Store Asking For Money, Donations

Posted 9/18/2014

By Frederick Bader


HALSTEAD – It can be easy to take for granted thrift stores, even the church-sponsored location at the Neighbors Store. But as the season changes and the summer clothes are swapped out for warmer attire, there is also need for change within the store itself.

“We’re a little low on money right now, which is not usual,” manager Alice Page said. “Usually when the churches ask how we’re doing, we can tell them we have a little bit of money in the bank to keep things going, but that’s not really the case right now.”

Volunteers are currently working on swapping out the summer clothes on display with winter clothes. All the summer clothes will be shipped off to the Mennonite Relief Group, which will resell them or use them to make insulation.

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