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December 6, 2018
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Mark's Meats keeping busy during deer season

Posted 12/6/2018

Deer season is in full swing and Mark’s Meats is a popular destination for successful hunters. They process around twenty deer a day, seven days a week, in order to keep up with customer orders.Deer season is in full swing and Mark’s Meats is a popular destination for successful hunters. They process around twenty deer a day, seven days a week, in order to keep up with customer orders.By Bill Bush

HALSTEAD—For Mark’s Meats, this is one of the busiest times of the year, and it has nothing to do with the holidays.

Deer hunting season is at its peak, and according to employee Halle Post, they can receive as many as 35 deer in a day to process.

Firearms season runs from Nov. 28 through Dec. 9, but Post said they’ve been busy since September.

“We started taking deer in on Sept. 8, which is the start of youth deer season,” Post said. “And then, we’ll take deer up until January or February of next year.”

According to the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website, archery season for hunting deer ends on Dec. 31, but some specific extended hunting is allowed into January.

Post said their goal is to process about 20 deer a day.

“Mark and two other guys skin the deer at night. The deer that came in the day before, we work on the next day,” she said.

She said it takes about 35 minutes from the time they start skinning the deer until they throw it on the freezer, but that can depend on the types of cut the customer wants. And that doesn’t take into account the time helping customers, receiving and tagging the deer and loading up the meat for pickup.

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Halstead Scholars' Bowl off to strong start

Posted 12/6/2018

By Bill BushScholars' Bowl students practice for an upcoming tournament. Pictured from left to right are Kaleb Black, Julia Jozsa, Josh Loucks, Blake Bush, and John Newman.Scholars' Bowl students practice for an upcoming tournament. Pictured from left to right are Kaleb Black, Julia Jozsa, Josh Loucks, Blake Bush, and John Newman.

HALSTEAD—The Halstead Scholars' Bowl team is off to a good start this season.

Coach T.J. Warsnak said the combined record in rounds for JV and varsity is 45-25.

“That’s strong,” Warsnak said. “What we’ve found that at almost every tournament except one we’ve been able to advance out of our pool into the finals bracket. And that’s where we’ve then run into some trouble. We’ve yet to be in the top two of any of these tournaments.”

Halstead’s tournament schedule includes meets at Wichita West, Wichita North, Bishop Carroll, and Winfield.

“At those tournaments you’re looking at 48 teams competing there, maybe even 54,” Warsnak said. “Broken down into like nine different pools that you’re playing out of. They usually try to do it so there are big schools, middle schools, and small schools in each pool.”

“I was very happy, particularly against Bishop Carroll,” Warsnak said about their last meet. “We came very close to beating them. That would have been awesome. We were up on them and actually had opportunities on some of the end questions.”

He said they have 14 out for Scholars' Bowl this year, including five seniors.

“We have some good underclassmen, as well. We have John Newman and Kaleb Black as juniors who both have a really interesting array of knowledge. Blake Bush is wonderful for math. Some of our freshmen are going to be very strong as they come along.”

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Food for Fines a success

Posted 12/6/2018

Halstead Library collected about 100 cans of food during the month of November in exchange for waiving library fines. The food is being donated to the Neighbors Store to distribute to those in need. Halstead Library collected about 100 cans of food during the month of November in exchange for waiving library fines. The food is being donated to the Neighbors Store to distribute to those in need. HALSTEAD—Halstead Public Library’s first-ever Food for Fines program was a success, according to Library Director Joleen Ross. She estimated about 100 cans had been donated to the library during the month of November in exchange for waiving library fines.

Each can donated redeemed $1 in fines, and there was no limit on how many cans a person could bring in. One person had $20 in fines waived through the program.

Library fines are 10 cents a day for overdue books or a dollar a day for movies. Ross said overdue movies are responsible for most of the larger fines people owe since they may only be checked out for three days at a time.

The donated cans of food were given to the Neighbors Store to distribute to families in need.

Ross said the Food for Fines program had been fun and she thought the library would bring it back next year.

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