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11.2011.20

 

2009 Halstead Graduate Wins State Congress Seat

Posted 11/20/2014

By Frederick Bader

 HALSTEAD – From the halls of Halstead High School to the hall of the Kansas House of Representatives in six years. That’s the story of 2009 Dragon graduate Blake Carpenter, who defeated Democratic opponent Lynn Wells in the general election on Nov. 4 to win the District 81 (Derby) seat in the Kansas legislature.

A “combination of things” got Carpenter into politics. “When I turned 20 or so I started listening and getting active in politics,” Carpenter said. “About a year or two down the road, I joined the College Republicans at Wichita State University.”

The club gave him the opportunity to get a better view of politics and to meet with local political figures like U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo.

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The 1980 Team: Halstead's Last Substate Run

Posted 11/20/2014

By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD – The year was 1980. Halstead had a different look and feel to it when compared to now, but one thing happening then is happening now – the Dragons were deep in the football playoffs that year.

Businesses that lined downtown were The Clothing Store, Ember’s Grill, First Federal, Pizza Hut, Kozy Kitchen, The Office Club and Sunderland’s Grocery, to name a few. On television, Knott’s Landing, Starsky and Hutch, Dukes of Hazzard and Charlie’s Angels were being broadcast. There was even a Teen Center in town. This was the last time a Dragons football team made it to sub-state. That was 34 years ago, but now Halstead will play Saturday in a sub-state game against Scott City.

The 1980 team of Dragons, coached by Bill Krehbiel and assistant Ron Chronister, were undefeated. It was the second successive year that the Dragons were the Mid-Kansas League Champions and the second successive year the team played at the sub-state level, according to the Nov. 27, 1980 Harvey County Independent.  The Adult Booster Club arranged for three Winfield busses to take fans to Plainville for the game. Around 500 fans made the trip either by car or bus to cheer the Dragons on to victory.

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Road Assault Has County Rethinking Construction Detours

Posted 11/20/2014

By Frederick Bader

 

HARVEY COUNTY – An assault on a road crew worker last week has led to an arrest and possible policy changes in the way that Harvey County road repairs will go in the future.

The incident occurred on Nov. 6 at the corner of West Dutch Ave. and Halstead Road, north of the city of Halstead. A road crew was attempting to slow traffic while they laid tar on Halstead Road. The vehicle of Loren Schmidt went through the intersection without slowing, prompting road crews to flag him down, according to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton.

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Quake Near Conway Springs Felt In County

Posted 11/20/2014

By Frederick Bader

HARVEY COUNTY – One question was on the lips of many Harvey County residents last Wednesday afternoon: “Did you feel that?”

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Conway Springs at 3:40 p.m. last Wednesday, Nov. 12, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed. It occurred at a depth of two kilometers (or about 1.25 miles) below the earth’s surface. The quake was the strongest of a series that began in the autumn of 2013. There have been almost 100 earthquakes in Kansas in 2014, according to the Kansas Geological Survey.

For the majority of people within the affected range, the quake registered as Intensity III on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale. An Intensity III quake is, according to the USGS, “felt quite noticeably by persons indoors, especially on upper floors of buildings. Many people do not recognize it as an earthquake. Standing motor cars may rock slightly. Vibrations similar to the passing of a truck.”

The USGS suggested that aftershocks would be possible. No major damage has been reported.

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