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April 27, 2017
Harvey County IndependentApril 27, 2017 Harvey County Independent

New HMS Principal Already Familiar With Halstead

Posted 4/27/2017

RON Barry will be taking over as principal of Halstead Middle School next year. He said his family is already very familiar with the community since his wife, Amy (Bryant) Barry is native to Halstead. RON Barry will be taking over as principal of Halstead Middle School next year. He said his family is already very familiar with the community since his wife, Amy (Bryant) Barry is native to Halstead. HALSTEAD—When the new school year begins in August, Halstead Middle School will have Ron Barry as its new principal, who was hired for the role about two weeks ago.

But while this position may be new to him, Barry is not unfamiliar with the Halstead community. His wife, Amy, is native to Halstead and still has family here, and Barry said Halstead has always been like a second home to them as they’ve visited to see family and attend community events like Old Settlers.

“Ever since I met her we’ve been coming back to Halstead, for about 14 years now,” Barry said. “I know the community, I know many of the people, and I know it’s a great place. I’ve always joked with her that one day we’re going to end up back here in this town, and it’s kind of coming to fruition now,” Barry said.

Barry comes to Halstead from the Valley Center School District, where he has held a number of different roles over the past nine years. When he first started there, he spent five years as a high school social studies teacher and coach. He then served as the high school’s assistant principal and athletic director for three years before becoming principal at the middle school a year ago.

While most of his administration background is at the high school level, Barry said he is looking forward to furthering his experience with the fourth-through-eighth-grade age range here in Halstead.

“It provides some unique challenges and opportunities, but I think that’s what excites me; that’s what interests me, ” Barry said.

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Former Sedgwick Resident At Home In Africa

Posted 4/27/2017

LISA Willoughby-McArtor is a Sedgwick native with her heart and business on Africa. LISA Willoughby-McArtor is a Sedgwick native with her heart and business on Africa. By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – How does a small-town girl from Sedgwick end up with a Safari business in Africa? “Marry someone who likes to hunt,” Lisa Willoughby-McArtor said. He husband, Wes has always liked to hunt. Willoughby-McArtor grew up in Sedgwick and graduated from the high school in 1978. Her parents still live there. They were not a hunting family

When their two sons, Josh and Dakota were old enough, Wes started taking them hunting.  Lisa did not hunt.

“They would go on these awesome trips and come with all of these incredible stories. I got to thinking, they are having some really great family time, so I said, OK, teach me,” Willoughby-McArtor added. 

Her first hunt was a black bear hunt in Canada. The tree stand was about 2-foot by 3-foot, barely wide enough for two people, let alone Lisa, Wes, and son Dakota.

After a short time in the stand, Dakota was sure there was a bear in the very tree the stand was located.  Lisa had food in a backpack on her back, and they only had one rifle between the three of them.

“After the third time Dakota told us he thought there was a bear, we looked up and saw the bottom of a little cinnamon bear cub,” Willoughby-McArtor said. Her first thought was to get out of the tree, but Wes, said it would be safer to stay. They eventually climbed down slowly, and the bear cub moved down, too. They made it to the ground, when the cub slipped and let out a bark.

“When the momma bear answered, luckily she was in the opposite direction of the four-wheelers. We ran as fast as we could to get to the four-wheelers and got out of there,” Willoughby-McArtor remembered.

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Chestnut Street Reconstruction Going To Bid

Posted 4/27/2017

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Engineer Harlan Foraker told Halstead city council Monday night that he has completed plans for reconstruction of the 400 and 500 blocks of Chestnut Street. He said he is ready to send the project out to bid and will have these collected for the council to review at their May 22 meeting.

Foraker said contractors would have the option of bidding in asphalt or concrete, as well as additional alternate bid options for water line replacement and sidewalk replacement on the east side of Chestnut.

Council member Dennis Travis asked Foraker what the difference would be between concrete and asphalt. Foraker replied that concrete would cost 5-10 percent more initially, but if properly maintained, it could last 30 or 40 years compared to a 20-year life expectancy for asphalt.

Foraker said that part of the bid requirement would be a tentative completion date of July 28.

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