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September 29, 2016
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Owner Of Old Hardware Store Finds Presidential Prediction

Posted 9/29/2016

THE words “Benjamin Harrison will be the next President” were recently found penciled on a wall of the Old Hardware Store.THE words “Benjamin Harrison will be the next President” were recently found penciled on a wall of the Old Hardware Store.By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—With the 2016 presidential election just 41 days away, a Halstead business owner discovered a political scribbling more than 100 years old in her building.

Margaret Kraisinger, owner of the Old Hardware Store, found a political message written on the wall in one of the upstairs rooms above The Old Hardware Store last week.

Kraisinger said the discovery happened when she had to move some shelving for repair work to be done on the ceiling.

“The store was built from 1878-1879 and there were two apartments upstairs that we know of,” she said.

Here is what she found: “Benjamin Harrison will be the next President.” The message was written on a wall in pencil. Someone named Miller signed it.

The forecast, if written before the election, was right. Harrison, a Republican, was elected the twenty-third president of the United States, taking office March 4, 1889. He defeated Democrat incumbent Grover Cleveland but Cleveland would come back and defeat Harrison four years later.

No date was written with the inscription, so it is unknown whether it was written before or after Harrison was elected.

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New Restaurant Twisted Joe's Coming To Halstead

Posted 9/29/2016

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—A new restaurant is expected to come to Halstead in late October. Twisted Joe’s will soon be dishing out sloppy joes in the building that formerly housed Al’s Place.

Owner Kristi Van Horn of Halstead has been involved in the restaurant business for many years, but this will be her first experience as an owner. Before this, she was a staff manager at the Applebee’s in Newton.

She said opening a restaurant of her own has been a dream that she and her husband have talked about for several years now. When Al’s Place left Halstead late last month, Van Horn saw it as an opportunity to put her dream into action.

“We wanted to offer a different option,” Van Horn said. “Everyone loves D’Angelos, but we wanted to offer something a little different.”

Van Horn said she is really excited about it.

Twisted Joe’s menu will feature six different kinds of sloppy joes as well as smoked turkey and smoked pork sandwiches.

They will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and will reopen from 5-10 p.m. for supper, except on Fridays, when Van Horn expects to stay open until midnight to give people a place to gather after football games.

She said she hopes to create a fun atmosphere and plans to add a couple TVs inside for sports to be watched on.

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No Injuries In Mobile Home Fire

Posted 9/29/2016

A mobile home northwest of Bentley caught fire last Wednesday night. The structure was a complete loss, according to officials.A mobile home northwest of Bentley caught fire last Wednesday night. The structure was a complete loss, according to officials.By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—A mobile home near Bentley caught fire late last Wednesday night. No one was home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Sedgwick County Deputy Fire Marshal Bill Hinkle. He said the structure was considered a total loss.

The mobile home was located at 15420 117th St., about half a mile northwest of Bentley.

A passerby on the road made the 911 call, which was dispatched at 10:38 p.m., and firefighters were en route to the scene by 10:40, Hinkle said. The first truck to arrive on scene was Sedgwick County Fire Engine 33 at 10:52 p.m.

Altogether 13 vehicles were on-scene, including two from Bentley, two from Wichita’s fire department and the rest from Sedgwick County Fire Department.

Hinkle said it took crews about 25-30 minutes to put the blaze under control. Crews left the scene at 12:30 a.m.

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