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November 16, 2017
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Sedgwick Third-Graders Receive New Dictionaries

Posted 11/16/2017

By Pilar MartinROD Kreie, left and Leroy Koehn, right, representing the Newton Rotary Club, handed out dictionaries to third-grade students in Sedgwick Tuesday.ROD Kreie, left and Leroy Koehn, right, representing the Newton Rotary Club, handed out dictionaries to third-grade students in Sedgwick Tuesday.

SEDGWICK—On Tuesday, third-grade students at R.L. Wright Elementary each received their very own Scholastic Children’s Dictionary. The dictionaries were presented to students by the Newton Rotary Club.

Rod Kreie and Leroy Koehn came to present the dictionaries. Kreie told the students that the Rotary Club is a team of people working to make the world a better place.

“We decided as an international group, Rotarians wanted to make it so no kids your age would die from Polio,” Kreie said. “There were 350,000 children who died from polio in 1987. We vaccinate between two and three million people each year. This year only 12 cases of polio have been reported, and none of those children died. That is what a group of people working together can do.”

Koehn told the students that locally, they wanted to do something for students in Harvey County. “Every child needs to know how to use a dictionary, and how to look things up. We raise money every year so we can give a brand new dictionary to each third-grader,” Koehn said.

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Students Thank, Honor Veterans

Posted 11/16/2017

By Jared JanzenGLENN Mueller, Sam Griffin and Eugene Wendling stand as the Halstead Middle School choir sings the armed forces medley during the middle school Veterans Day program last Friday. GLENN Mueller, Sam Griffin and Eugene Wendling stand as the Halstead Middle School choir sings the armed forces medley during the middle school Veterans Day program last Friday.

HALSTEAD—In keeping with Halstead Middle School’s annual Veteran’s Day tradition, students once again welcomed local veterans to a special ceremony last Friday morning honoring the bravery, dedication and sacrifice of those who have served our nation’s military.MAKAYLA Ediger, left, and Tyner Horn demonstrate the folding of the flag. MAKAYLA Ediger, left, and Tyner Horn demonstrate the folding of the flag.

At least 42 veterans were the special guests of the program, joined by their families, community members and students.

“Throughout our nation’s history, loyal citizens have assumed the duty of military life and built a great tradition of courage and faithful service,” Principal Ron Barry said during the ceremony. “They have given their devotion to the American people, and it is our duty to remember them.”

He noted that our nation continues to rely on its armed forces today.

“They protect our country, advance the spread of liberty and lay the foundation for a better tomorrow,” Barry said. “They’ve been brave in battle, unwavering in loyalty, and unmatched in honor. America’s veterans deserve our deepest respect and appreciation, and that is why we’re here today.”

Several middle school students spoke during the ceremony. Fourth-grader Daynica Euwer said she had asked her three grandfathers who served in the military about the importance of Veterans Day, and they had told her it was a time to remember, honor and thank those who had protected this nation.

“By the service and example set by my grandfathers and many other brave men and women, it inspires me,” she said.

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Moving Local Election To November May Have Boosted Turnout

Posted 11/16/2017

HARVEY COUNTY—In 2015 the State of Kansas decided to move local elections from April to November in hopes of boosting voter turnout. Last week was the first test of that hypothesis, and in Harvey County, voter turnout did increase compared to the springtime local elections of 2015.

About 29 percent of Harvey County voters cast ballots in this election, up from 21 percent two years ago.

Harvey County Election Officer Rick Piepho said he didn’t know if moving elections to November was solely responsible for the increase. He also attributed the ballot measures of the Camp Hawk sale and the Newton USD 373 bond as factors that probably drove more people to the polls.

“Anytime you have contested races that always drives voter turnout,” Piepho said.

Voters overwhelmingly shot down the proposed sale of Camp Hawk, with about 77 percent of voters against the idea. The USD 373 bond also failed.

Piepho said he thinks in coming years moving local elections to November will continue to help voter turnout.

“In the future, as people start knowing they’ll vote every November, I think it’s going to increase turnout,” he said.

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