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December 21, 2017
Harvey County IndependentDecember 21, 2017 Harvey County Independent

SALs Provide A Merry Christmas To 88 Children

Posted 12/21/2017

By Jared JanzenSEVERAL dozen volunteers helped wrap Christmas gifts for children in need Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Post in Halstead. This is one of the main projects the Sons of the American Legion fundraises for throughout the year, and this Christmas they were able to provide presents for 88 children in the community. SEVERAL dozen volunteers helped wrap Christmas gifts for children in need Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Post in Halstead. This is one of the main projects the Sons of the American Legion fundraises for throughout the year, and this Christmas they were able to provide presents for 88 children in the community.

HALSTEAD—Santa’s helpers don’t just work at the North Pole—last Saturday several dozen of his finest assistants were hard at work at Halstead’s American Legion post wrapping tablefuls of presents to be distributed to families in need this Christmas.

This is the 17th year the Sons of the American Legion have organized this event, and this Christmas they were able to benefit 88 children representing 30 families in the Halstead-Bentley school district.

“It’s a pretty big undertaking,” SAL President Cory Harrington said.

SALs members work with school counselors to determine which families could use a little extra help during the holiday season. Parents are then given a form to fill out to personalize the gifts.

“They fill out a sheet that kind of gives us an idea of the child’s sizes and their clothing and some of their interests that they have so we can shop for each kid individually,” Harrington said. 

These gifts aren’t just toys—SALs also make sure to address some of the practical needs students might have.

“Generally speaking, we make sure everyone gets a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks and underwear, pajamas for the smaller kids,” Harrington said. “We try to do a mix between everyone gets a few clothes items and everyone gets a few toy items.”

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Adriona Heck Locates First Place At Geography Bee

Posted 12/21/2017

By Jared JanzenADRIONA Heck, center, was the winner of this year’s geography bee at Halstead Middle School last Thursday. Pictured with Heck are runner-up Jacob Romine and teacher Amy Hiebert.ADRIONA Heck, center, was the winner of this year’s geography bee at Halstead Middle School last Thursday. Pictured with Heck are runner-up Jacob Romine and teacher Amy Hiebert.

HALSTEAD—Eighth-grader Adriona Heck was crowned champion of the Halstead Middle School Geography Bee last week.

The winning question was, “Starting in San Francisco California, if you traveled on I-80 east you will enter the Great Basin just before crossing into what state?” Heck said Nevada, and she was right.

“I felt shocked,” she said about her reaction to winning. “I’ve never done this and I don’t know anything about geography.”

She said she had studied for two-and-a-half hours the night before to prepare for the competition.

Heck beat 17 of her fellow students, grades fourth through eighth, in the competition last Thursday morning.

All 18 contenders began competition with seven preliminary rounds, which got progressively harder. During the two opening rounds most students correctly answered questions about the United States and state birds.

Topics in the next three rounds were forces of nature, weird but true, and history, with 11 or 12 students managing to answer correctly in each of these rounds. Only half of the students had the right response in round six, and in round seven about cultures, every student guessed incorrectly.

Eight finalists were determined based on scores in the preliminary rounds. These were fourth-graders Thea Boese and Harrison Wilson, fifth-grader Caden Harmon, sixth-grader Jacob Romine, seventh-grader Clara Myers, and eighth-graders Alex Schulte, Elena Flask and Adriona Heck.

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Burrton Moving Forward With House Demolition

Posted 12/21/2017

CITY council passed a resolution Monday night calling for the house at 322 S. Reno to be demolished. The house was deemed unsafe after a fire last year.CITY council passed a resolution Monday night calling for the house at 322 S. Reno to be demolished. The house was deemed unsafe after a fire last year.BURRTON—The City of Burrton took a step forward Monday night to demolish the house at 322 S. Reno that was damaged in a house fire last fall. Its owner perished in the fire, and since then the house has sat vacant.

In October of this year, the property was deemed unsafe and dangerous by a building inspector.

City council held a public forum on the property Monday night to give interested parties an opportunity to speak against the house’s condemnation. After no one spoke at the hearing, the council passed a resolution stating the property owner has until Feb. 2 to demolish the house. This deadline may be extended if the property owner requests so with good cause, as determined at the discretion of the governing body.

If the property owner fails to take any action by Feb. 2, the city may proceed with razing the building.

According to the Harvey County Appraiser’s website, the property is owned by CitiFinancial Inc.

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