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Sedgwick Baseball Going To State

Posted 5/28/2015

Sedgwick High School’s baseball team begins their celebration as they defeated SE Saline to take the Regional Crown on Thursday, May 21.  Sedgwick will make their very first appearance in the state baseball tournament in Manhattan, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. They will take on Lakin High School. See more in this week's sports coverage.

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More Police On Streets For 'Click It Or Ticket'

Posted 5/28/2015

By Frederick Bader

HALSTEAD – If you think you’ve been seeing more police around lately, you’re right.

Halstead police are participating in “Click It Or Ticket,” a national program intended to raise awareness of seatbelt use and vehicle safety. Halstead residents have taken notice as police have stopped numerous motorists for not wearing their seatbelts.

At $10, the fine isn’t terribly costly if you are an adult. If your child is not properly secured, the fine is $60 and can include court costs of  $80, according to the Halstead Police Department.

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, seat belts saved an estimated 12,584 lives among passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older. Historically, seat belts saved nearly 62,468 lives from 2009 to 2013.

“It’s been proven time and time again that you’re safer with your seatbelt on,” Halstead police chief Steve Lewis said. “You’re less likely to be thrown from your vehicle and it reduces injuries.”

Lewis said that the Halstead Police Department will have more officers out than usual for the duration of the event. “It doesn’t cost taxpayers anything,” Lewis added. “The state is reimbursing us for the hours our officers are out there. The only thing it costs is your time and money paying a fine if you get caught without your seatbelt.”

To read more, see this week's print edition.

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Wheat Forecast Looking Better Than Expected

Posted 5/28/2015

By Pilar Martin

 

HARVEY COUNTY – The potential for a good wheat harvest is looking a lot better than originally thought.

Early this year a lack of snow and rain had the crop looking poor.

Yet, spring rain has brought the crop around, and it looks to be an above average harvest, says Farmer’s Cooperative Agronomist Andy Floyd on Tuesday after a weekend of heavy rain.

Floyd added the main concern at this time is if the wheat will be able to stand up in the drenched ground, in order for it to be harvested. And the rains could return this week.

Harvest will be delayed because of the muddy conditions. Floyd said expectations are for the harvest to begin mid-June, which is about normal in this area.

“It won’t be a matter of if the wheat is ripe to harvest, but when farmers can get in the fields,” Floyd said.

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Ticks, Mosquitoes Thriving After Recent Rains

Posted 5/28/2015

By Pilar Martin

With all the rain lately, one summer pest is really thriving, and another looks to be bothering you soon.

Ticks love the wet weather and are already a problem, mainly for pets, and for people, too. Pets can bring ticks into your home after being outside in the tall grass and around trees. “We have a variety of products that can help keep ticks and fleas off your pets,” local veterinarian Kate Jacobs said.

For people, the best thing to do is shower and check yourself for ticks if you think you have been exposed. If you find one, be sure and keep it until you know you aren’t sick. Circle the area on your body where the tick was removed, and clean the area with soap and water.

To read more, see this week's print edition.

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