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Getting There In Time

Posted 8/27/2015

By Frederick Bader

 

HARVEY COUNTY – When you call for an ambulance, you expect help to come quickly.

Harvey County residents are lucky in that they can receive emergency care on average much faster than the national average, and it's all thanks to the EMS volunteers in the many stations across the county.

Halstead boasts the fastest response time of any department in the county, responding inside the city limits at an average of three minutes, 19 seconds. 

In Burrton, responses within the city have an average of about five minutes, while Sedgwick comes in at around eight minutes in town, according to county records. According to the National Emergency Medical Service Information System, the average response time nationwide is 9.2 minutes.

"People have this misconception that we require our EMS people to be there in five minutes. That's not exactly the case. It's an average," Lowe said.

For Halstead's EMS department, the goal is five minutes between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., though this is contingent upon a number of factors, such as location of EMS volunteers at the time of the call, traffic, and if there's a train separating the volunteer from the station.

At night, Lowe says the target response time is more like eight minutes. "People have to get their clothes on and get out the door. Nobody sleeps in their gear," Lowe said. "Sometimes we go a little slower than I'd like but we generally beat our goal."

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John Will Building Woodworkers Of Tomorrow

Posted 8/27/2015

By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD – John Will has helped build Halstead with his construction company, and now has taken his love of building to a new generation. Will recently donated a set of notched logs for building a log cabin to several grade schools.

Will learned carpentry from his Uncle Gilbert in Wichita. He worked for a time at the Wiens Construction Company in Newton, learning more about building houses. When Wiens closed its doors, Will decided to start his own construction company.

He starting building homes in Halstead in 1963. He estimates he has built 30-40 of the homes in Halstead. He would develop an area at a time, building several homes, before moving to a different part of town.

“I remember when we wanted to start construction on the High Plains area. It was a big controversy because no one wanted us to go south of the slough.”

There is even a cul-de-sac named Wills Court just south and west of that slough.

When he retired from building houses, Will kept his warehouse on Halstead road. He sold some things and bought new equipment. He wanted to make things on his own.

Will has a love of wood. So much so that all of his creations are made from trees he cuts into lumber on his own. He bought a saw that would cut down trees into usable lumber. His warehouse is full of all types and sizes of wood.

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Burrton Schools Ask State For Additional Aid

Posted 8/27/2015

By Frederick Bader

BURRTON – A trip to the state legislature has helped USD 369 save its taxpayers some money.

Superintendent Jeff Shearon traveled to Topeka on Monday to ask the state for supplemental funds. The district was forced to raise taxes due in part to a decrease of over $2 million in the district's total valuation, meaning the district collects less revenue from taxes.

A portion of the school district's funding comes from the local option budget (LOB), which is comprised of tax revenue. Various assets – land, property, oil and gas –are assessed, and the total valuation of those assets affects the percentage of tax dollars that the district can collect. "Basically, a decrease in valuation means that it takes more collected taxes to generate the same amount of revenue," Shearon said.

Part of Burrton's financial trouble stems from the fact that the school district sits in three counties. Valuations in Harvey and Sedgwick Counties went up slightly, but Reno County saw a significant decrease in oil valuation – about 53 percent.

"Add that drop [in Reno County] to the increase in valuation from the other two counties, and that adds up to about a 13 percent loss across the board," Shearon said.

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Four-Day Manhunt Leads To Arrest

Posted 8/27/2015

By Frederick Bader

NEWTON – The City of Newton was thrown into turmoil after an attempted murder turned into a four-day manhunt.
Newton Police responded to a stabbing incident at the 100 block of W. 2nd on Aug. 20, where a domestic dispute spilled out in front of the home and a female victim was stabbed multiple times, according to a release by the Newton Police Department. The victim was taken to a Wichita hospital and was in stable condition as of press time.
The suspect was identified as Gregory P. Moseley, 40, of Newton. After nearly half a week of searching, Moseley was sighted by the Towne East Mall staff in Wichita. He was arrested by Wichita Police on warrant out of Harvey County District Court and was delivered to the Newton Police Station for further investigation.
"The members of the Newton Police Department would like to thank all of the members in our community who have shared tips, forwarded posts through social media, and have shown support to the victim and her family in this case," Newton Police Chief Eric Murphy said in a statement. "We would also like to thank the news media for helping us get the information out which helped lead to this suspect being apprehended. It was through the cooperation and partnership with all involved that Moseley was apprehended. We also want to thank the members of the Eastborough Police Department and the Wichita Police Department for their rapid and professional response, it is greatly appreciated."

 

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