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SHS Students Display Artwork At League

Posted 4/18/2014

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – Sedgwick High School art students recently displayed some of their work at the Heart of America Art Festival in Inman.

Several of the students won ribbons for their work. The award winning art is displayed in the windows outside of the art room.  Art Teacher Nancy Todhunter said, “several of the students are immensely talented.” Following are students who won awards: Paige Griggs, Merit award for her white pastel on black paper ballerina, Merit award on her pencil drawing;  Lora Bebermeyer, merit award on her pencil drawing; Allison Davis, first place with her mosaic; Emma Hoffman, 3rd place for her mosaic; Kami Olson, second place on her mosaic, second place on her pencil drawing; Jessica Swenson, merit on her mosaic.

Other students who have work displayed in the commons are Ally Wright, Hannah Zimmerman, Gabby Birney, Brice Horsley, Evynn McGinn, Summer Hersh, Sydney Lagergren, Morgan Sullivan, Andrea Schale, Madison McBee, Quinn Noone, Ben Rowley, and Cynthya Guerrero.

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Halstead Will Get Medical Clinic

Posted 4/18/2014

By Karen Jacobs

NEWTON – Newton Medical Center, Health Ministries Clinic, and Diane Steeves, APRN, have signed a letter of intent to develop plans to collaborate and operate a primary care clinic in Halstead.

The future medical clinic will be operated by HMC, and Steeves will continue to treat patients in the new clinic, she said. In addition, an NMC physician will also be available. 

Halstead Mayor Bill Ewert said the City of Halstead has been fortunate to have New Medical Clinic and Steeves to provide medical care to the community when other health providers left. He said Steeves has been looking forward to this collaboration.

Steeves said she has wanted more services in Halstead since the doctors she first worked with left Halstead years ago. She said at that time she approached Health Ministries and that organization is ready to come to Halstead.

It was announced in late March that Newton Medical Center would not be building its proposed clinic in Halstead. The cancellation came as a disappointment but in the light of the new collaboration, city leaders now feel they know why that cancellation came about.

“I’m assuming this is why they didn’t go through with building the clinic they had proposed,” said Ewert. He said they knew this was a possibility and he said it was mostly the best option for Newton Medical Center to provide the best medical care to Halstead residents.

NMC has explored several options for expanding primary care in Halstead, said President and CEO Steve Kelly.

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Apple BlossomFestival Is April 25 In Newton

Posted 4/18/2014

For the Independent

NEWTON — Newton’s first outdoor celebration of spring, the Apple Blossom Festival, is set for Friday, April 25, at Newton Presbyterian Manor.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Manor lawn at 1200 E. Seventh St. in Newton.

 “Every local family should consider adding this fun event to their weekend calendar,” said Noelle Dickinson, marketing director. “Children love all the carnival fun planned just for them while their parents and grandparents can relax and enjoy the food, vendors and local entertainers.”

 Dinner is a pork barbecue with potato salad, baked beans and apple pie. Kids’ meal packs include pork barbecue, hot dog or hamburger with chips, a drink and a cookie. A drive-thru is also available off of the Broadway Apartments entrance for those unable to stay for the evening. Proceeds of the meal benefit Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Fund.

 Live entertainment begins at 4:45 p.m. and includes the Midian Shrine Hillbilly Band, followed by the Manor’s on-campus Apple-A-Day Preschool at 5:50 p.m.

 At 6:05, Presbyterian Manor’s own Senior Players, a readers’ theater troupe, will perform one piece followed by the Newton Community Children’s Choir.  Bethel College Academy Suzuki Strings are featured at 6:35, followed by the Azteca Dancers.  The Great Plains Jazz Orchestra will cap off the evening at 7:15.

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Council Rejects Request For Tax Abatement On Old HospitalBuilding

Posted 4/18/2014

By Robb  Reeves

HALSTEAD – Monday evening Halstead City Council rejected a request from Azzy Reckess, owner of the old Halstead Hospital building, for tax abatement.

Reckess sent an email to Halstead City administrator J.R. Hatfield April 3 asking for a 10-year abatement on the property. Reckess said in the email that if the city would grant the abatement he would repair the roof of the hospital and pay back taxes owed. The county is threatening foreclosure on properties owned by Reckess, including the hospital. County officials say about $440,000 is owed in back taxes.

“Given the current circumstances, the City of Halstead could not currently approve the establishment of a tax abatement as outlined in your communication,” Hatfield wrote in a letter to Reckess that was approved by council.

In his email to Hatfield, Reckess wrote about the need “to fix one of the hospital roofs that is about to collapse.” In the email he attached a bid proposal to fix the roof for $46,000.

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