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Halstead Grad Hasan Named To White House Council

Posted 10/2/2015

 By Frederick Bader

HALSTEAD – A Halstead High School and Bethel College graduate is among the 18 individuals appointed by President Obama to the Third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Aziza Hasan graduated from Halstead High School in 1999 and from Bethel College in 2003 with a degree in history and a certificate in conflict resolution. She is currently the executive director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, an organization she co-founded in 2006.

At NewGround, Hasan worked with government officials and law enforcement agencies, often responding to events of national significance, such as the shootings at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas, in November 2009.

Hasan is remembered fondly in the place where she began her education. “Aziza, when she was here, was a very accomplished young lady,” Halstead High School principal Joe Gerber said. “We are so proud of everything she’s accomplished since leaving Halstead High School. She’s a very giving person, somebody who will serve the president well.”

She has spoken to audiences across the country on topics such as women’s rights in Islam, forgiveness and peace in Islamic tradition and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. She is scheduled to speak at Halstead High School later this month.

The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations.

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Crumrine Already Involved In Sports Journalism

Posted 10/1/2015

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – He’s not your typical seventh grader. Twelve-year-old Nolan Crumrine is a sports fanatic and part of the media.

“I watch whatever game is on ESPN or ABC,” Crumrine said. He has been a sports enthusiast since he was about 6. “I love statistics. When I have free time I make lists – the top 20 college football teams, the 10 best college quarterbacks, things like that,” he said.

He loves all sports but baseball is his favorite. Crumrine is an expert on the Kansas City Royals, too. Sedgwick activities director Diane Davison said, “He can tell you anything about the Royals.”

She asked him when their first playoff game would be, and Crumrine rattled off, “Oct. 8, it’s a Thursday.”

Davison asked Crumrine if he would like to write sports stories this year. He covers football games and more and is now published weekly in the Harvey County Independent.

He is getting a jump start on a future career. He said, “Realistically, I want to be a commentator or a reporter for sports.”

For now, he submits stories and pictures each week. When not writing, he plays basketball at school, and is on a traveling baseball team in the summer.

Crumrine is son of Darren and Sarah Crumrine, and grandson of Mike and Mary Hull.

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A Peek Into Halstead's Limestone Past

Posted 10/1/2015

By Velda Kuhlman


HALSTEAD – We, the citizens of Halstead, have the rare opportunity to visually peek into Halstead’s past. As you travel Second and Main, you will notice stucco cracking on the north side of the building at the corner (200 Main). Upon further investigation, a small opening in the stucco divulges the original limestone wall.

A bit of history we learned from Norma Wendling and Margaret Kraisinger was that originally, the buildings on Main Street were constructed out of wood. Unfortunately, many of the businesses on the east side of Main Street were destroyed by the fire around 1876. Therefore, after the fire, many new buildings were not made of wood.

Three new buildings in the 200 block of East Main were built from limestone and were known as “the Stone Block Buildings.” Construction of those buildings began in approximately 1878.

Now with the condition of the stucco, Dr. Brandon Ward, present owner, is planning to have the stucco removed on the front portion of that wall, which is the original building. Years later, an addition was added to the back, which is believed to be made from concrete blocks. The plan is to cover the limestone again.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some product to apply to the original limestone wall to preserve it without another cover? It would add to our city’s historical value, with our brick streets, other original buildings, homes, the Depot and the churches that make our city unique.

As you travel on Second Street, glance at the north side of 200 Main to see the limestone as the stucco is removed.

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