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December 7, 2017
Harvey County IndependentDecember 7, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Burrton Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Mascot

Posted 12/7/2017

By Jared JanzenHANNAH Watson and Brian Meyers are among the journalism students at Burrton High School who have been researching the 50-year anniversary of the school’s Charger mascot. Here they’re holding yearbooks from 1978, 1979, 1982 and 2014 that depict some of the different designs the Charger has had over the years.HANNAH Watson and Brian Meyers are among the journalism students at Burrton High School who have been researching the 50-year anniversary of the school’s Charger mascot. Here they’re holding yearbooks from 1978, 1979, 1982 and 2014 that depict some of the different designs the Charger has had over the years.

BURRTON—Burrton hasn’t always been home to the Chargers. This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Burrton High School having the Charger mascot. Before that they were the Eagles. 

Since September, students in Kelli Zehr’s journalism class have researched the interesting history of how Burrton came to be the home of the Chargers.

“I didn’t even know that we switched, and that’s what surprised me,” said senior Brian Meyers, one of Zehr’s students.

The journalism students were able to find documentation of the Eagles mascot as far back as the 1940s up until 1967.

The switch from Eagles to Chargers resulted from Burrton School District’s short-lived merger with Mount Hope School District that year. Mount Hope was known as the Mustangs, and neither school wanted to use the other’s mascot.

“We had the discussion of whether we should be an Eagle or a Mustang, and I guess the Mustang and Eagle both just got thrown out of the way for the Chargers,” Meyers said. 

Meyers interviewed several former students and teachers during the research process and wrote about his findings in the November edition of the Charger Courier, the school newspaper.

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Farmer Retiring, Thankful For 28 Years At Shear Image

Posted 12/7/2017

By Pilar MartinBRENDA Farmer closed the doors of Shear Image last Friday after 28 years of running the salon in Halstead.BRENDA Farmer closed the doors of Shear Image last Friday after 28 years of running the salon in Halstead.

HALSTEAD—Brenda Farmer has put down her scissors and closed the door on Shear Image. Farmer began her business at the shop located at 261 Main 28 years ago.

Farmer didn’t have dreams as a young girl of being a hairdresser.

“I had a sister-in-law that got me started,” she said.

She learned her craft at Vernon’s beauty school in Wichita before taking over the shop on Halstead’s Main Street.

She and her husband, Sam, have lived in Halstead since 1979 so their three daughters could attend a smaller school district. She waited until her daughters were in school before she started learning her new career.

Farmer took over the shop—then named Katie’s—in 1990.

“I changed the name because Katie wasn’t my name,” Farmer said with a chuckle. Farmer and her husband had updated the Shear Image shop a couple of times since they have owned it.

She said not that much has changed in all her years of doing hair.

“Perms, especially spiral perms were big when I started,” she said. “In the past few years, it’s been more about color. You can see trends coming from watching television and movies. Kansas is usually a couple of years behind the coasts.”

Farmer said she is retiring now because she can, not because she has to. She and her husband of 43 years plan to do a little traveling.

“It’s hard leaving,” she said. “My girls felt like they grew up in this space. And some of my customers I have had for 28 years. It’s hard to let them go.”

Farmer was at the shop until 5 p.m. last Friday, when her reign ended. She has been talking to prospective buyers, and hopes someone will move into the spot.

“I just want to thank everyone for their years of service, and more importantly the opportunity to be a part of their lives,” Farmer said.

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Halstead Police Challenge Bentley Students

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By Jared JanzenHALSTEAD Police Officer Shawn Robinson helps distribute the department’s challenge coins to students at Bentley Primary School last week. The coins are meant to remind students to live with integrity.HALSTEAD Police Officer Shawn Robinson helps distribute the department’s challenge coins to students at Bentley Primary School last week. The coins are meant to remind students to live with integrity.

BENTLEY—Students at Bentley Primary School were given a challenge by the Halstead Police Department last Wednesday during a school assembly, a challenge to be the best person they can be every day.

As a reminder of this challenge, Chief Josh Orem and Officer Shawn Robinson gave one of the department’s challenge coins to every student. Halstead PD’s patch and badge appear on either side of the coins, which are about the size of a poker chip, along with the motto “Professional service through courtesy and integrity.”

Orem recommended students carry the coins around in their pockets as a reminder to always be their best, adding that he tells his officers to do the same with their coins.

Orem tied the presentation in with a concept students have been working on this semester, Dragon PRIDE, which stand for Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability and Empathy.

“Practicing all these things are going to help you be the best person you can be,” he said.

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