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January 11, 2018
Harvey County IndependentJanuary 11, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Sedgwick Library Cuts Hours, Still Seeking Permanent Location

Posted 1/11/2018

By Pilar MartinLIBRARY board members have held several fundraisers to help the library stay in business. LIBRARY board members have held several fundraisers to help the library stay in business.

SEDGWICK—The Lillian Tear Library has had yet another setback. Sedgwick’s city council has reduced the library’s budget by 20 percent for 2018.

The library board has taken the notice in stride and has moved to cut the hours that the library will be open.

The library will be closed on Mondays, with new hours Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The new library hours went into effect Jan. 2.

Trouble began for the library almost two years ago, when a crack was discovered in the building that housed the library at 501 N. Main in February 2016. The crack was on the top floor of the north wall. Then City Administrator Jaci Reimer said the city had been watching a crack for some time. The library was closed immediately.

In March of 2016, Shaun Karlin with MKEC came and evaluated the situation. He recommended the building remain closed, citing major structural damage in portions of the north wall. Karlin added that moisture had gotten in to the building through the crack. Karlin gave city council three options: repair both the library building and the real estate office next door, repair the library building and demo real estate building, or demolish both buildings.

In April 2016, 90 people came to a town hall meeting and expressed their desire to keep a library in town. Jerry Alderson offered his building at 423 N. Commercial for lease to re-house the library. Alderson would make some small modifications inside and lease to the city for $500 per month, with an additional $500 tax credit per month.

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Kanza Co-Op Renovations Begin

Posted 1/11/2018

By Pilar MartinCONSTRUCTION workers are drilling pilings for the new grain storage bins.CONSTRUCTION workers are drilling pilings for the new grain storage bins.

SEDGWICK – Work has started on renovations at the Kanza Co-op property. Plans have changed since the project was given the go-ahead by Sedgwick’s City Council in April of 2017.

The journey has not been without hiccups.

Kanza Cooperative, based in Iuka, first approached the Sedgwick Planning and Zoning boards to approve expansion on their property on Fourth Street, between Washington and Jackson.

Kanza first applied for a zoning change to change the existing zoning to heavy industrial.

That effort stalled and it took several months before it was discovered Kanza did not need the planning committee’s approval to move forward with the project.

City council finally approved the project in April of 2017, too late for Kanza to begin construction because of harvest. The project has been on hold since that time.

The revised plans have the new four concrete storage bins being erected on the east side of the property. Originally the new structures were going up on the west side of the property close to Washington Street.

Construction crews tore down an old fertilizer building and have done some dirt work.

Now they are digging pilings that will hold the new concrete bins in place.

Gary Head, Location Manager at Sedgwick, said he has not heard a definite completion date but construction will go on from now through the summer. The new bins will be ready for the 2018 fall harvest.

The $6 million dollar project is expected to bring around $75,000 in new tax revenue to the city.

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Reece Brantley Wins HMS Spelling Bee With 'Translucent'

Posted 1/11/2018

By Jared JanzenREECE Brantley, center, was the winner of this year’s spelling bee at Halstead Middle School. Runners-up were, from left, Jae Peterson, Ona Heck, Carly Zrubek and Maliha Maknojia. REECE Brantley, center, was the winner of this year’s spelling bee at Halstead Middle School. Runners-up were, from left, Jae Peterson, Ona Heck, Carly Zrubek and Maliha Maknojia.

HALSTEAD—If you need help spelling a word, just ask seventh-grader Reece Brantley.

He correctly spelled 10 words during Halstead Middle School’s spelling bee last Thursday to win.

“It wasn’t too difficult because I studied a lot,” Brantley said, adding that he felt prepared going in. He said his most difficult word of the day was “boroughs,” the second-to-last word he was given.

The next step for Brantley will be to compete in the Harvey County Spelling Bee against the winners from other middle schools in the county.

A total of 17 students took part in Halstead Middle School’s spelling bee this year. After six rounds, only five of the original competitors remained, which were fourth-graders Carly Zrubek and Maliha Maknojia, fifth-grader Jae Peterson, eighth-grader Ona Heck plus Brantley.

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