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Deputies Led On High-Speed Chase Across County

Posted 5/21/2015

By Frederick Bader

 

HARVEY COUNTY – Harvey County Sheriff’s deputies were led on a merry chase last Saturday, May 16, when a fleeing subject instigated pursuit that passed through the communities of Sedgwick, Halstead and Burrton.

The chase began in Sedgwick, where Harvey County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over Austin Hensley, 24, of Sedgwick. Hensley fled on a motorcycle and made his way across the county while deputies tried to parallel him, according to Harvey County sheriff T. Walton.

After zooming through Halstead on Sixth Street, Hensley made his way into Burrton. While traveling eastbound on Adams, he attempted to turn south on Burmac but crashed and was thrown from the vehicle, where deputies were finally able to make the arrest. “He appeared to be OK but we took him to the hospital anyway for some minor injuries,” Walton said.

Hensley was charged with attempting to elude arrest, DUI, driving while a habitual violator, reckless driving and driving without liability insurance.

“When you elude arrest, your vehicle becomes subject to asset forfeiture,” Walton said. “Legal process determines if we have a right to the vehicle, in this case a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It will most likely go up for police auction.”

 

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HMS Says Goodbye To Principal McKee

Posted 5/21/2015

By Frederick Bader

HALSTEAD – In 2003, the war in Iraq started, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were a good team, and Matt McKee was starting work at Halstead Middle School.

McKee announced his retirement on March 9 of this year and is now finishing up his last year as a principal. Although he is retiring as an educator, he will start work as an assistant superintendent at the Wichita Diocese of Schools next year, helping Catholic schools in southeast Kansas with the “challenge of education.”

McKee arrived at Halstead Middle School in 2003 with the intention of helping the school to better meet the needs of its students. Always humble, he refuses to acknowledge any of the many improvements and advances at the school as a personal accomplishment: everything is down to teamwork within the HMS “family,” he says.

“Something you always hear schools say is, ‘the student comes first,’ but that’s not the whole picture,” McKee said. “The family comes first. You have a successful school when the kids are happy and the staff is happy.”

What McKee says he is proudest of is “maximizing” the space available at the school. “I think the stage is a good example. When I got here, our space was so limited that we were using the stage as a weight room,” McKee said. “We do a ton with the stage now. We have plays, celebrations, a talent show … I think we’ve got people in the right place now, where we can get the maximum amount of use out of every inch of this building. And I think if I were in here as a taxpayer, I couldn’t complain that we weren’t using the people’s money wisely.”

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Time To Grill Some Burgers

Posted 5/21/2015

By Blake Spurney

Grilling season is upon us, based upon the scents one can smell walking around town.

To maximize  efforts in cooking the most popular and basic entree, the good ol’ cheeseburger, Tom Basore, executive chef at Water's Edge, offers the following tips.

First, start out with an 80-20 blend of ground beef to fat. Lean beef is good for other dishes, but the fat content in 80-20 beef provides more flavor.

Basore cooks on a wood pellet grill with a pecan combination. He said it was important to have the cooking surface be at least 450 degrees. The high temperature sears in the juices and keeps it juicy.

What to do with the meat once it is on the grill has been a topic of recent debate among those in the food preparation industry. Basore said the conventional wisdom used to be that one should wait until a burger was fully cooked on one side before flipping it over to cook the other side. Science has altered that philosophy by recommending for one to flip the burger every 15 seconds to maximize the juiciness of a burger. That frequency is not practical, but Basore said cooks now were flipping burgers more frequently. What that does is prevents a burger's juices from seeping out.

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No Bentley Homes Added To Floodplain

Posted 5/21/2015

By Glenn Koster

BENTLEY – The Bentley City Council meeting on May 14 was punctuated by praise for the Bentley emergency responders during the tornado which swept through the area on May 6.  During the course of the evening's lengthy agenda, they covered a litany of items ranging parks and recreation concerns to the purchase of new city financial software.

The accolades for the Fire Department were first mentioned during the public forum by City Engineer Harlan Foraker, who not only thanked them for their leadership that Wednesday evening, but for their volunteering to help clean up the family farmstead on May 9, an act which went well beyond the call of duty.

Fire Chief Donnie Bean said he was impressed with the generosity of folks and the support for the Foraker farm, noting that at one point there were six Bobcats and 100 volunteers helping on that Saturday.

Satterthwaite reported that in recent discussions with FEMA, he has received verbal notification from the state that no additional homes will be added to flood plain areas.  The State of Kansas has stated that the insurance companies will be trained on how to rate those areas in the flood plains, with a focus on trying to be a liberal as possible to avoid undue hardships.

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