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June 14, 2018
Harvey County IndependentJune 14, 2018 Harvey County Independent

New Mural Welcomes Visitors To Halstead

Posted 6/14/2018

SCOUT Park is sporting a new Halstead-themed mural thanks to a project by the local Youth as Resources group. Helping paint the mural were Ethan Harvey, Maggie Mendez, Kayla Newman, Mary Lee McDonald, Jennifer Swift and Racheal Miner. SCOUT Park is sporting a new Halstead-themed mural thanks to a project by the local Youth as Resources group. Helping paint the mural were Ethan Harvey, Maggie Mendez, Kayla Newman, Mary Lee McDonald, Jennifer Swift and Racheal Miner. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Scout Park now features its very own Halstead-themed mural thanks to the work students in the high school’s Youth As Resources (YAR) club, along with help from Halstead artist Mary Lee-McDonald.

Lee-McDonald, who designed the mural, said it was inspired by vintage postcards, and she had gone online to find examples of these.

“A long time ago, cities had those postcards, and it was kind of fun to go back and look at them,” she said.

The mural says “Greetings from Halstead,” with an image of the swinging bridge at Riverside Park superimposed behind the city’s name, with heads of wheat growing up from the bottom.

“All of those postcards had tourism-type images in them, like what makes the town special,” Lee-McDonald said, adding that it had been a little difficult to work the bridge in but that it had been the most iconic Halstead landmark she could think of.

YAR students had given her input on the design, and it was also approved by the city.

Lee-McDonald and her husband had traced an outline of her design onto the wall using a projector, and then last Thursday a group met to fill the outline with color. The handful of volunteers started painting about 10 a.m., and by 3:30 they were filling in the final few areas with paint.

The hope behind the new mural is to make the park more welcoming to those visiting Halstead. Scout Park is often used by schools attending field trips at the Kansas Learning Center for Health.

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Asbestos Found In Two Buildings On Burrton Avenue

Posted 6/14/2018

By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—The Burrton City Council received some answers Monday night on how to proceed with addressing the deteriorating buildings on 100 block of Burrton Avenue’s east side.

Rosemary Saunders reported an asbestos study done on these buildings had discovered asbestos in two of them: 108 N. Burrton Ave., a vacant barbershop south of the Hair Hut, which has about 400 square feet of asbestos floor tile that needs to be removed, and 118 N. Burrton Ave., the city council chambers, which has about 25 square feet of asbestos floor tile. 

“It isn’t an extravagant amount, but it’s still an amount that needs to be removed,” Saunders said.

The next step for the city will be to contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment about the asbestos removal. Saunders said KDHE may have funding to do the removal at no cost to the city.

The asbestos removal will be mandatory if the city wants to receive funding from a Community Development Block Grant to demolish some of the deteriorating buildings on this block.

“If you’re going to use any type of federal funding at all, the asbestos will have to be removed,” Saunders said. “It’s just when, and if we can get it done now, that’s the way to do it.”

Council President Craig Lang noted that he would hate to miss the block grant deadline because of failure to address the asbestos.

The grant has a Nov. 1 application deadline, and a public hearing would be held prior to this.

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Venomous Snakes Not Known To Be In Area

Posted 6/14/2018

By Pilar MartinSEVERAL of these small Diamond Back Water snakes were seen at the Little Arkansas River in Halstead.SEVERAL of these small Diamond Back Water snakes were seen at the Little Arkansas River in Halstead.

HARVEY COUNTY—After hearing about a Hutchinson man who was recently bitten by a poisonous snake at Cheney Lake, The Independent decided to look into whether or not the snakes in the Harvey County area lakes and rivers could pose a threat.

Many people in and around Halstead claim there are copperhead snakes (which contain venom) in the Little Arkansas River that flows through town. While there are venomous snakes in Kansas, there are probably not any in Harvey County.

Harvey County Parks Director Kass Miller said he has never seen a venomous snake in the county in his tenure here.

“I am not aware of any,” Miller said.

But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

“Look at the mountain lion. Their territory is expanding,” Miller said. “Snakes could do the same thing and move to areas where they may not have lived before.”

Those snakes seen in the local lakes and rivers around the county are usually the non-venomous kind.

The Northern Water snake bears an uncanny resemblance to the copperhead and likely is the snake seen near the river in Halstead. It is important to remember any snakebite needs medical attention.

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