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The Cotton Pioneer

Posted 12/11/2014

By Pilar Martin

RURAL BURRTON – At this time of year, when most area farmers have harvested fall crops or planted their wheat, Duane Regier is still farming.

It takes Regier a little bit longer. Since 1990, Regier has planted a cotton crop around Burrton and Patterson. He works and farms for Pardue Farms.

Cotton seeds are planted in mid-May and the crop is not harvested until late October or November. Regier planted around 500 acres of cotton for 2014. This year, the cotton harvest just finished up after Thanksgiving. 

“The cotton crop fits in rotation well with wheat or milo,” Regier said. This is dryland farming. The crop does not have to be irrigated and is drought tolerant. Regier might be on to something.

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Keeping A Digital Eye On Crime

Posted 12/11/2014

By Frederick Bader


HALSTEAD – While recent news items have put the relationship between police and the public into the spotlight, Halstead’s police department has been quietly pushing forward with a new system to increase accountability and provide protection for both themselves and Halstead residents.

The department purchased two body cameras and have had them in action since “either the end of September or the beginning of October,” officer Josh Orem said. Every officer on duty must wear a camera while they are on the job.

“We elected to move away from car cameras – you get about a third of what actually happens,” Orem said. “If I go inside someone’s house, you might get audio but you won’t get any video from a car camera. With the body camera, everything’s recorded. Plus, we can get six or eight body cameras for the price of one car camera.”

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Save Your Receipts To Win Chamber Bucks

Posted 12/11/2014

By Frederick Bader


HALSTEAD – A new holiday tradition is kicking off in Halstead, thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and its participating members: Saving receipts could win you a windfall of Chamber Bucks.

Residents are encouraged to save receipts from Halstead Chamber businesses during the holiday shopping season and turn them in to Halstead Bank, City Hall or Halstead Market. All receipts through the month of December are valid, and each receipt counts as one “ticket” in the drawing. In January, the Chamber will draw tickets and distribute prizes.

There will be six winners overall:

• One grand prize winner, $75

• Two second-place winners, $50

• Three third-place winners, $25

Although the promotion is still in its infancy – especially with serial Christmas procrastinators yet to make their purchases – there is still some enthusiasm among local business owners.

“I think this will generate a lot of buzz and it should get people to shop local, which is what we need,” Rizza Retail Liquor owner Steve Rizza said. “I think it’s a really neat idea.”

The promotion is an attempt to get Halstead residents to shop local and support Chamber businesses. “The Chamber’s job is to support the community and we wanted to offer an incentive for people to buy as many things in town as they can,” Chamber president Tom Alstrom said. “This way, we can give something back to people who share their business with the town.”

The promotion is valid for purchases made through Dec. 31, so start keeping track of your receipts now.

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