HALSTEAD – Halstead Citywide Garage Sales are set for Friday and Saturday, May 31 to June 1. The Independent will publish a listing of sales the Thursday prior on May 30. The listings will be in that week’s newspaper and posted on The Independent’s website. The Independent will also place advertising in other area newspapers to promote the event. The deadline to be in the garage sale promotion is Friday at 5 p.m. See inside this issue for details and a form for listing your sale.
HALSTEAD – The Ruth-Wilson Post No. 231 of the American Legion is working toward this year's Memorial Day celebration.
Sunday, May 26, members and volunteers are asked to meet at the Halstead Cemetery at 6 p.m. to place the flagpoles.
The Post members and volunteers are asked to meet at the cemetery at 6 a.m., Monday, May 27 to assist in putting up the flags. A breakfast will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary at the Post Home following the placing of the flags.
Members of the Post will begin Memorial Day activities at the Bentley Cemetery at 9 a.m. where a short service will be held. They will then travel to Pine Park, due to arrive at 9:30 a.m.
Following a short program, the group will move to the Halstead Cemetery at 10 a.m. where final activities will be held.
The members and volunteers are asked to report to the cemetery at 6 p.m. Monday evening to recover the flags and flagpoles.
The Ruth/Wilson Post No. 231 members wish to thank all the volunteers in advance for their help in making this year’s Memorial Day a success.
The annual flag rising at Pleasant Valley Cemetery will take place at 8 a.m. Monday. The color guard will arrive at 9 a.m.
By Karen Jacobs
HARVEY COUNTY – What does a deputy sheriff do while they are on duty?
That depends on the night and last week I got to observe what a Friday night on the beat is like. With the help of Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton and other officers, I was able to set up a ride along with Sergeant Scott Motes and Deputy Colt Pfautz last Friday.
I started out the evening with Sergeant Motes at 8 p.m. We made our way to the station, only to quickly be out on the road to locate a reported reckless driver.
It turned out the reporting party had lost sight of the driver and we were unable to locate the vehicle.
Quickly, another call came in, taking us to check on a person reported to be walking along a railroad in the country. We saw a person running down the road, and after stopping the individual, it was found that he had an outstanding warrant and he was arrested.
On our way back to Newton, we assisted with a driver who was unable to maintain his lane of traffic. The driver had a suspended license and was arrested.
In an hour we had two arrests.
Motes said I may have picked a busy night to ride along. He said when the weather warms up people start to get out and many are drinking, which leads to problems. He said the seasons and weather affects how busy deputies are on patrol.
He said Friday night people had spring fever and when it’s nice, they are ready to get out of the house. He said winter can be bad, too, as people are cooped up in the house because of the cold and tempers start to flair.
SEDGWICK – The Sedgwick city pool opens Saturday, May 25.
This year the pool will be offering the opportunity to join a competitive swim team this summer that will be participating in meets. The team is for kids age 8 to 18. Anyone interested needs to contact Amy Watkins, pool manager, or come into city hall to sign up. There is no fee to join.