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Rogue Swimmers Invade Sedgwick Pool

Posted 7/24/2014

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – Sedgwick’s park has been the site of troubling activities in recent weeks. Rogue swimmers are scaling the fence at the Community Pool and swimming in the wee hours of the morning.

Police Chief Ray Huff said, “There have been a half-dozen reports on the swimmers in the past month.”  And they are not just swimming. Every chair, every table, and even the lifeguard stand have been set up at the bottom of the pool, twice. While it may sound humourous, city leaders are fearful that someone is going to get hurt.

City Administrator Jaci Reimer said, “all it takes is for one person to slip and get hurt or even drown, then we have real trouble.”

On the other end of the park, vandalism has closed the public restrooms. Vandals hit the men’s restroom last week, tearing the sink from the wall and shattering it on the floor.

The very next night, the women’s restroom met the same fate. The restrooms are locked and closed for the foreseeable future, which is an inconvenience all residents. The city is not in a hurry to repair the damage, fearing the vandals will return.

Reimer said the costs to repair the damage will fall upon the city and cannot be claimed on insurance without rates going up. Each incident will cost the city about $1,000.

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Halstead Schools Get New Gym Floors, Speakers

Posted 7/24/2014

By Frederick Bader

 

HALSTEAD – While the time has nearly come for Halstead students to start preparing to go back to school, maintenance crews have been in school all summer to make improvements on USD 440’s property.

Athletes will be the first to experience the most obvious changes. Both gyms have been refinished and rewaxed, with the middle school gym now bearing the name “Adolph Rupp Court.” Both locker rooms have been improved as well, with lockers being moved for a cleaner look and more storage space. Additionally, the high school gym has a new sound system.

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Shearon Introduces Potential Projects For Burrton Schools

Posted 7/24/2014

By Glenn Koster

BURRTON – The Burrton Board of Education met Monday evening with the absolute minimum number of board members present for a quorum, operating on a lengthy agenda punctuated by annual reorganization efforts and the spectrum of an upcoming bond issue.

With a vacant seat as the result of the recent resignation of John Pohlman, the Board of Education continues to search for residents willing to serve the students and the community.  As of Monday’s meeting, the vacancy remained open, with Superintendent Jeff Shearon reporting very little interest so far.

Last year’s Vice President of the Board was Karl Matlack, which made him the de facto temporary chair during the reorganization.  It was only a matter of minutes before Karl was unanimously elected to serve as the Board President of the coming year.

With some hesitation, Aaron Hurst was nominated and unanimously elected to serve as the new Vice-President of the Board.

The greatest amount of discussion during the course of the evening centered on a proposed bond issue, which Shearon reiterated is desperately needed to address many delayed maintenance items.

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Sedgwick Men Help Bring Hope To Troubled Teens

Posted 7/24/2014

By Frederick Bader

 

SEDGWICK – A charity cause has hit the ground running in Sedgwick.

House of Hope Wichita is an organization dedicated to counseling and rehabilitating at-risk youth and their families. It is a Christian-based ministry that focuses on teenagers from 13 to 18 years old. There are four main branches in most House of Hope locations: nonresidential counseling, teen leadership classes, prayer ministry and residential counseling. For the Wichita chapter, though, a residential counseling location does not yet exist.

Enter Sedgwick resident Damon Young. Introduced to the organization through his aunt and uncle, Young’s interest really took off after he met with the director and founder, Kim Snapp.

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