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2013 Archived News for Harvey County Independent

Goats Found In Western Harvey County

Posted 5/16/2013

HALSTEAD-The Harvey County Sheriff’s office is trying to locate the owner of 12 goats have been located in the area of NW 12th and N River Park Road.

There are 8 adult goats, brown and white in color and 4 young goats mostly white in color. All the goats have yellow or white ear tags. No one in the area is aware who the goats belong to.

If you are the owner or know who the owner may be, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 284-6960 so we can get them returned to you. If no one takes possession of the goats, The Sheriff's Office will put them up for auction.

“The Sheriff's Office really doesn't want to get your goat,” said Sheriff Walton. 

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Groundbreaking Set For New Learning Center Addition

Posted 5/14/2013

A graphic of the future Bailey Learning Annex at the Kansas Learning Center for Health
By Karen Jacobs

HALSTEAD – A ground breaking will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. for the Bailey Learning Annex at the Kansas Learning Center for Health.

The annex will add a classroom, board room, kitchenette, garage and storage area for the outreach program.

The funds to build the project came from a five-year capital campaign project. A grant from the Big Challenge J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation will provide $150,000 toward the $500,000 project. The challenge grant required the Learning Center to meet their fundraising goals of $756,000 in order to receive the grant.

Almost half of the project will be paid by 2013 Kansas Community Tax Credit dollars equaling $260,000.

The Annex is named in honor of the Bailey Family, Dr. Collin Bailey, his wife Joan, of Halstead and son Michael of Spring Port, Ind., and daughters, Fiona Bailey and Emma Bailey of Silver Creek, N.M. The Baileys were the lead gift contributor in the overall campaign “Honor Our Past for a Healthy Future.”

Preferred Builders out of Hesston was awarded the building contract. PKHLS Architects of Newton is the architect for the project as well as the project manager.

Completion of construction is expected by Oct. 1. 

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Making A Milk Run

Posted 5/14/2013

By Karen Jacobs

SEDGWICK – Ever wondered what it is like to be a dairy farmer?

I decided to find out and pondered if I have what it takes to milk a cow.  Last week I found out when I visited the Carmichael Dairy in rural Sedgwick.

Not being much of a morning person, I opted for the chance to observe the afternoon milking with Mike Carmichael. He and his brother, Rex, take turns milking. Mike said one week he will milk the 4 a.m. shift and his brother the 4 p.m., then they switch the following week. But one thing never changes: The cows always have to be milked, every day including holidays, twice a day without fail.

Carmichael said no matter how tired or sick he is or what holiday it is, including Christmas morning, you have to milk the cows.

Mike and Rex are the third generation to work in their family dairy farm. The dairy is located on their father’s (Duane Carmichael) property in rural Sedgwick County. Duane’s wife’s family started the dairy.  Dolores Hege Carmichael was the daughter of Harold Hege, who started the dairy.

The Carmichaels are one of the few family-owned dairy operations still left. As corporate dairies take over the industry, small farms are disappearing. In the 1970s there were over 100 dairies in Sedgwick County, according to Carmichael, by 1991 it had dwindled down to 70. Now Carmichael says there are just 22 dairies in Sedgwick County.

The Carmichaels milk 54 head of cows twice per day. They can milk six at a time and it takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete the milking process. Carmichael said their top cow is producing 139 pounds of milk per day. Most of us buy our milk by the gallon,  and he said the average cow produces about 100 pounds per day or somewhere around 7 1/2 gallons. In the old days of milking by hand, that amount was only about 20 to 30 pounds per day. 

To read more, see this week's print edition.

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Bentley Mulling Whether Or Not To Keep Police Department

Posted 5/14/2013

By Shelly WatkinsCAPTAIN Haga explains the crime patterns around the area based on the map the Sheriffs office provided.

BENTLEY– The role of the police department in Bentley was discussed last Thursday at city hall.

Mayor Rex Satterthwaite had urged community involvement and participation on the issue of whether Bentley needs, and can afford, a police department.

The number one question on people’s mind was response time. Randy Bargill is the director of emergency 911 services for Sedgwick County and was  on hand to answer questions. He explained how the calls are prioritized and how many calls were made in Bentley. In 2012, there were 331 total calls. Of those 331, calls Bentley police responded to 102 of them. Two hundred and two of those calls were traffic stops made by Bentley police.

That left only 27 calls that were responded to by outside units. The audience then asked about the failed pager calls.

“We have had some issues with the paging systems; we are fixing those issues and have not had many problems as of late,” said Bargill. As people pressed him about response times and who would be in the area when needed, Bargill turned the floor over to Sedgwick County Sheriff Department patrol Captain Haga.

She handed out beat maps for the council and public to view. Haga explained where the beat boundaries are and how they are patrolled.

“There is always an officer on duty but the officer that patrols this area has an area of a little over 200 miles to cover, so sometimes the officer may be five minutes away when a call comes in, other times the officer may by 30 minutes away,” said Captain Haga. She also presented the city council with crime maps. Haga explained the maps and how they showed crime. “We haven’t noticed much of an increase in the area, but there is 24 hour coverage on the beat,” said Haga. After some more discussion about the coverage and response time, Captain Haga turned the floor over to part-time Bentley police officer Matt Ayres.

Mayor Satterthwaite gave Ayres the task of coming up with some proposals for the police department to continue. As soon as Ayres took the floor he was bombarded with questions, which he handled with help from Steve Symonds, Bentley’s other part-time officer.

A question from the audience was if the department had considered grants. “We have looked into grants and there are some available; they are not a guaranteed option though,” replied Symonds. The employment of reserves was mentioned and Ayres explained the dangers of hiring reserves and putting them in the position of a fully trained officer. Although it is an option, they ideal candidate to fill such a position would need to be very competent. Captain Haga mentioned the success of their reserve program and that anyone hired by Bentley could attend the program free.

To read more, see this week's print edition.

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EMS Open House Includes Mock Wreck Demonstration

Posted 5/14/2013

By Karen Jacobs

HALSTEAD – Halstead Emergency Services will be hosting a special event and open house on Monday, May 20.

Citizens can see up close how the fire and EMS departments respond to emergency situations, view equipment, and meet the local staff.

The event is in celebration of EMS Appreciation Day. Halstead EMS is made of volunteers from the community, who all have other fulltime jobs and responsibilities but take the time to service their community by being on call for emergencies.

The evening begins with the open house and displays at 5 p.m. A cardiac arrest scenario will be held inside the station at 6:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., see the departments in action with a mock car accident that will include an extrication.

LifeTeam will be landing a helicopter air ambulance at the hospital parking lot.

Kids and adults will get a chance to get up close and see the trucks and equipment used by both the EMS and Fire Departments.

Other agencies involved with the event include Harvey County Mobile 911, Newton Medical Center ER, and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Refreshments will also be offered. 

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