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January 18, 2018 
Harvey County IndependentJanuary 18, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Halstead Schools Grieving Loss Of Student

Posted 1/18/2018

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School brought in a group of extra counselors last week to help students and staff process their grief after a student attempted suicide off-campus last Wednesday morning, later dying from his injuries.

“Everyone deals with crises differently, but we have to provide these opportunities,” Halstead Superintendent Tom Alstrom said about the district’s response to the tragedy.

The student was a high school senior. The Independent is not releasing his name.

Alstrom said students, teachers and administrators had all been hit hard emotionally by the loss.

“It’s been a tough deal,” he said.

Seven counselors from surrounding towns like Newton, Sedgwick and Cheney were at both the high school and middle school throughout Wednesday. Four extra counselors came in on Thursday and two on Friday.

Alstrom explained that USD 440 belongs to a counselor’s network to provide support in situations like this. Along with Halstead’s own three counselors, these additional counselors met with students and staff to help them process their emotions.

The district informed parents of the tragedy using its alert system, telling them their student may be affected by it.

“We know how social media just goes crazy,” Alstrom said. “We wanted to get some information out there ahead of it.”

Alstrom said some students had gone home early last Wednesday, with the school making personal communication with these parents.

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Heritage Inn Under New Ownership

Posted 1/18/2018

THE Heritage Inn at 300 Main Street in Halstead was recently sold to a group of area investors. It will continue offering apartments and nightly rooms. THE Heritage Inn at 300 Main Street in Halstead was recently sold to a group of area investors. It will continue offering apartments and nightly rooms. HALSTEAD— ALD Holdings, a group of area investors, has purchased Halstead’s Heritage Inn from long-time owner, Geraldine Hartong.  It had been on the market since September 2016.

The Heritage Inn at 300 Main Street will remain open. The building has been a part of Halstead’s history, first opening as the Murat Hotel in 1920.

The members of ALD own and manage properties in Halstead, Sedgwick, Moundridge, Newton, Haven and Wichita. 

Kelley DeGraffenreid, who worked for many years as a writer and photographer for the Harvey County Independent, is one of the new owners. 

“We have great friends and family in Halstead and are excited to be involved with this project,” she said. “Mrs. Hartong dedicated many years to this amazing property and we look forward to carrying on her hard work and dedication.” 

“Our first priority is to find great tenants for the studio and one-bedroom apartments we have available.  Because we pay all utilities, including cable, these rooms are an amazing bargain in a beautiful, historic building.” 

The group will also be updating and refreshing several rooms, including those available to rent on a nightly basis, which are currently available to rent on Airbnb. 

“We have some design ideas for these beautiful old rooms that we think will help make them a destination,” DeGraffenreid said. 

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New Mayor Chapman Hoping To Give Sense Of Direction

Posted 1/18/2018

By Pilar MartinSEDGWICK’S new mayor, Bryan Chapman, presided over his first meeting Monday night.SEDGWICK’S new mayor, Bryan Chapman, presided over his first meeting Monday night.

SEDGWICK—Sedgwick swore in a new mayor Monday night. Bryan Chapman was elected last November in an un-contested race. Chapman decided to run to bring some calm to Sedgwick.

“When I heard all the negativity, it’s like a personal attack on all the good things that have been accomplished through the years and the quality of life here,” Chapman said.

Bryan and his wife Linda have raised three sons in Sedgwick—Chad, Shane and Shawn—and have 10 grandchildren.

The Chapmans owned and operated the Country Café for about 10 years, before starting a construction company. Bryan retired from Southwestern Bell in 2002 after 33 years of service.

Chapman is no stranger to serving the community. He has called Sedgwick home for the past 42 years and has served on USD 439 School Board and the Planning Commission. Chapman has been active in youth sports including basketball, baseball, soccer and scouting. He has served on local boards for Jaycees, Booster Club, and the Christian Church. He currently serves on boards for the Harvey County Builders Association, Harvey County Economic Development and the Quantum Credit Union.

Chapman has served on the city council twice in the past. His first term was in the 1980s, with his latest term from 2006-2012.

“I believe the city needs a sense of direction,” Chapman said. “Everyone is working hard to accomplish what they believe should be done. However, it seems like everyone is going in a different direction. We need someone to bring everyone together and going in the same direction.”

Chapman’s mayoral term is for four years.

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Gas Line Now Five Feet Deep

Posted 1/18/2018

By Jared JanzenLAST November, crews from Southern Star completed work to replace 2,700 feet of pipeline through this field northeast of Bentley to a new depth of five feet. The previous pipe was 18 inches deep.LAST November, crews from Southern Star completed work to replace 2,700 feet of pipeline through this field northeast of Bentley to a new depth of five feet. The previous pipe was 18 inches deep.

HALSTEAD—It’s been just over a year since Bentley’s main gas line was ruptured by a farmer discing his field on Jan. 10, 2017, leaving residents without gas service for about a day as crews worked to repair the damage.

As a response to this incident and to prevent future ruptures, last fall Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc. replaced 2,700 feet of pipeline deeper into the ground northeast of Bentley underneath the field where the incident occurred. The new pipe is five feet below the surface, compared to the previous pipeline’s depth of 18 inches.

The project lasted two months without any customer interruptions, and the new pipeline has been in service since Nov. 15.

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