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August 16, 2018
Harvey County IndependentAugust 16, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Many Old Settlers Events See Increased Attendance

Posted 8/16/2018

ABOUT 70 kids participated in Sunday’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Here, Dominique Schutte, Kaleigh O’Brien, Dalaina Schutte, Evyn Moore and Drihanna Schutte as Toto make plans to journey to the Emerald City. ABOUT 70 kids participated in Sunday’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Here, Dominique Schutte, Kaleigh O’Brien, Dalaina Schutte, Evyn Moore and Drihanna Schutte as Toto make plans to journey to the Emerald City. THE Campbell family got into the “Wizard of Oz” theme during the parade. Ed Campbell drove the truck and Denise Campbell played Dorothy, with their daughter Tiffany Griffin playing Glinda the Good Witch, son-in-law John Griffin playing the Tin Man, granddaughter Emma as the Wicked Witch, grandson Blake as the Lion and granddaughter Hannah as the Scarecrow.THE Campbell family got into the “Wizard of Oz” theme during the parade. Ed Campbell drove the truck and Denise Campbell played Dorothy, with their daughter Tiffany Griffin playing Glinda the Good Witch, son-in-law John Griffin playing the Tin Man, granddaughter Emma as the Wicked Witch, grandson Blake as the Lion and granddaughter Hannah as the Scarecrow.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD— The 131st Old Settlers festival has come and gone, leaving the thousands of attendees with fun memories from the jam-packed weekend.

Old Settlers committee member Linsey Farmer said many events like the Great Race, horseshoe tournament, superhero boot camp and turtle races had seen very high turnouts.

Events for kids kicked off Thursday evening with the Lego Competition at the library, which 30 kids participated in. This was up from 28 last year, and librarian Joleen Ross said that interest is high enough in the event that they could easily include another 12-15 kids if they had space to accommodate them.

Right after the Lego competition was a sidewalk chalk contest back for its second year and sponsored by Harrington and Company. Unlike a year ago, this time around the young artists didn’t have to doodle in the rain.

Activities on Friday continued to see big turnouts, with 89 kids attending the Super Hero Boot Camp in memory of Dyron Schutte.

In the afternoon, the fun was centered at the Kansas Learning Center for Health. Forty-two kids signed up for the bike rodeo, and then a huge crowd turned out for one of the main additions to Old Settlers this year: the gaga ball tournament.

Eighteen teams of three competed, with three or four teams in the pit at a time. First were two rounds of pool play, and then a single-elimination tournament. Whoever was the last player left standing, his or her team got credit for the win.

“I was surprised by the turnout,” organizer Diana Schutte said. “We were hoping for at least 12 teams, so 18 was great.”

The Freedom Fighters dominated the championship round, with teammates Joey, Keaston and Kyree being the last three standing.

The ever-popular Great Race saw an increase in participation, with 15 teams signed up compared to 11 last year. Several teams from Wichita and Newton competed, as well as a strong Halstead representation. The Mueller Family took first for the third-straight year, as did the Hot Shots during the Little Great Race.

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Vet Clinic Now Home To Three-Legged Kitten

Posted 8/16/2018

THE latest cat to join the Sedgwick Vet Clinic staff is a three-legged tortoise shell lovingly dubbed I-Lean.THE latest cat to join the Sedgwick Vet Clinic staff is a three-legged tortoise shell lovingly dubbed I-Lean.By Casey Jacob

SEDGWICK—The newest mascot to join the staff in the Sedgwick/Halstead Veterinary Clinic is a sweet little kitten with black tortoise shell coloring. Her loving temperament solidified her mascot status as much as her tenacity: She is navigating the world on three legs. 


The kitten, dubbed I-Lean, lost a hind leg in an injury early in life that also left the remaining hind leg weak. To give her some support while she learned to walk again, veterinarian Dr. Kate Jacob built I-Lean a kitten-sized wheelchair. 


Jacob encourages anyone who wants to try a wheelchair for a feline friend with a disability to check out the YouTube videos. There are several models available from online retailers for $80 or more, but she preferred a DIY approach and quickly found what she was looking for on YouTube.  


With some help from her brother, who made the wooden wheels on his lathe, Jacob assembled a sling-style kitten wheelchair from PVC pipe.

“I picked up all the supplies for less than $20,” she said.

Unfortunately, attempts at using the wheelchair were met with significant resistance from the patient.

“She has figured out how to go limp on the front half and slip out of the little body suit that I made for it,” Jacob said of I-Lean. “The next attempt was to use a sling to lift her hind end slightly to help support her, but to force her to use the back leg more.”

Did the human-supported sling work any better than the pipe wheelchair? “Nope!” said Jacob, “She goes limp and then grabs hold of it and plays with it.”

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Halstead To Get Muddy Saturday

Posted 8/16/2018

By Blake Spurney

HALSTEAD—The days of mud bogging are returning to Halstead for the second straight year.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, drivers from all over the Midwest will ply their skills in navigating an 18-inches-deep mud pit north of the railroad tracks on Halstead Road. Weather forced the cancellation of the two years ago, and the event was held during Old Settlers Festival weekend last year.

“It’s funny because it was too muddy,” said organizer Scott Church about 2016. “We wouldn’t have been able to get anybody down there. It rained all night the night before, and it rained up to the event.”

Church said the Hooterville Mud Run used to be a big deal when it was held a couple of times a year 12-15 years ago.

“I was in charge of it all those years, and they decided they didn’t want to do it anymore,” he said. He got a call about restarting the event two years ago.

Church said he heard some folks didn’t like the name Hooterville being associated with it back in the heyday. This year, the event is being held a week after Old Settlers in hopes of drawing a bigger crowd.

Church said the number of entries wouldn’t be known until the day of the event. Each vehicle must be inspected beforehand. Trucks, Jeeps and four-wheelers will fall into one of 10 classes.

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