Your browser version is outdated. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version.

Contact Us:
The Harvey County Independent
220 Main St.
Halstead, KS 67056
316-835-2235

Search this site:

December 1, 2016
Harvey County IndependentDecember 1, 2016 Harvey County Independent

Popcorn Lessons A Big Hit In Burrton

Posted 12/1/2016

A full farm scene is being created with participation from all classes.
A full farm scene is being created with participation from all classes. By Pilar Martin

BURRTON—Things are really poppin’ at Burrton High School. Dana Kreie’s Family and Consumer Science (FACS) class is on a mission to teach younger students about grains, nutrition, and especially popcorn.

Kreie said she received information in the mail about a contest sponsored by Popcorn.org. Schools enter the Popcorn Pep Club for a chance to win $500-$2,500 for their school. Kreie showed a video to the students and they thought it was something to try for.

Kreie and the FACS students had to come up with a theme, plan what their entries would be, and who they could teach different ages all about popcorn and nutrition. The class targeted pre-school through fifth grade students at Burrton.FACS students teach preschoolers all about popcorn.FACS students teach preschoolers all about popcorn.

 “We really had to come up with age-appropriate lessons for each class,” FACS student Marissa Hurst said. “Counting kernels would work for kindergarteners but would be really boring for fourth graders.”

Each grade has learned about how and where popcorn grows. And that very special lesson of the science, what makes kernels pop into that fluffy, nutritious snack. Each class popped popcorn. Some of the popcorn was used to make a farm scene that would

be entered as part of the contest.

First graders made a pumpkin vine patch. Second grade students made the barn and trees. Third graders made the sheep, cows and fencing. Fourth graders built the windmill and crops. And fifth graders will finish off the scenery with a tornado and silo.

Besides learning about how popcorn is made, students also got to eat some of the popped corn. Older classes made popcorn balls or added flavoring to the popped corn.

“It was important to teach them how much flavoring the could use and the snack still be nutritious,” FACS student Mia Sims said.

Kreie and her class are excited about the contest.

“This has been such a wonderful learning experience,” Kreie said. “My students have to learn what works and what doesn’t for different age levels. And they have created some real bonding with the younger students.”

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

Read the rest of this entry »

Halstead Council Learns It Must Have Four Members To Meet

Posted 12/1/2016

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—When Halstead city council members Jere Dean and Roger Lowery both unexpectedly resigned at the Nov. 14 meeting, the council continued to conduct the business of the meeting, assuming they could do so with a quorum of three. Actually, the remaining members could have packed it up for the evening and been OK.

They later learned that under a Halstead charter ordinance passed in 1997, the city council’s quorum is set at four members, not three.

Until the city appoints a fourth member, it can’t hold a meeting.

City Clerk Ethan Reimer said he thought the charter ordinance was most likely made in response to a Kansas law that has since been changed. Under the old law, any time the majority of a quorum was gathered, notice had to be given, even if city business wasn’t being discussed. A quorum is the minimum number of members that must be present at a meeting to make the proceedings valid. If the quorum was three, then the majority of a quorum was two.

The City of Halstead therefore set its quorum at four, as did other cities, Reimer said, because in small cities like Halstead, two council members could easily meet at church, a social gathering, or just around town.

“It’s hard for a city to police what governing bodies are doing in their spare time,” Reimer said.

A quorum of four made the majority of quorum three, and it is less likely for three council members to happen to be in the same place at the same time.

Kansas law has since changed so that notice only has to be given when a quorum meets, not the majority of a quorum. In Halstead, however, no subsequent charter ordinance has repealed this quorum requirement, so quorum is still four in Halstead.

City staff made this discovery later in the week following the Monday night meeting as they were researching how to move forward with filling the empty council seats. 

As a result, the city council meeting scheduled for Nov. 28 was canceled because the council did not have the four persons required for a quorum.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

Read the rest of this entry »

Lollar Brings Much Experience As New Dragon Coach

Posted 12/1/2016

LONNIE Lollar, the new boys basketball head coach at Halstead High School, works on a drill with his players during practice earlier this week. This is Lollar’s first year coaching at Halstead although he has won 236 games over his career.
LONNIE Lollar, the new boys basketball head coach at Halstead High School, works on a drill with his players during practice earlier this week. This is Lollar’s first year coaching at Halstead although he has won 236 games over his career. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—As a new season of basketball gets underway this week, Halstead fans will notice a new face on the sidelines. Lonnie Lollar is starting his first season as head coach of the Halstead boys’ basketball team.

Lollar said the decision to come to Halstead wasn’t one that just came out of the blue. He had first talked with the Halstead administration a few years ago about the possibility.

He already had connections here because his wife, Patricia (Krehbiel) Lollar is originally from Halstead and still has family here.

“I’m pretty familiar with Halstead and the community,” he said.

Lollar brings 19 seasons of experience as head coach to his new position, with a career record of 236-187. Most recently he was the head coach at Bishop Carroll for 11 years, and before that he was head coach at Derby High School for eight.

He has also served as an assistant coach at Derby for one season, Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School for six seasons and Newman University for one season.

While at Bishop Carroll and Derby, he also taught social studies and world history. Now in his first year teaching at Halstead, he’s made a switch to teaching P.E. and Health and Intro to Nursing at the high school and serving as the Athletic Chairperson.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

Read the rest of this entry »