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April 20, 2017
Harvey County IndependentApril 20, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Sedgwick Historical Society Looking To Purchase Train Depot

Posted 4/20/2017

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—The Sedgwick Historical Society may be getting a new breath of life. Monty Leonard with the historical society appeared before city council to apprise them of a current expansion project and ask permission to move forward.

“We’ve had an opportunity come up for us,” Leonard said. “We’ve had a bad problem with space for a long time. We don’t have enough space to display items that we do have and have to turn down donations because we have no place to store them.”

THE former Sedgwick train depot could become part of the Sedgwick Historical Society. THE former Sedgwick train depot could become part of the Sedgwick Historical Society. The opportunity is to purchase the former Sedgwick train depot or have it donated to the historical society. The building is listed in the Gerald Mosiman Trust. “Our plan is to buy the building and move it behind the current historical society. For that we need your blessing. AT&T would have to give up about 12 feet in order to make this work,” Leonard said.

Leonard has been in talks with the AT&T land acquisition representatives to try and purchase the needed footage or have it donated.

“The building itself is in really great shape,” he said. “When Mosiman moved the building to its current location, they didn’t take anything out of it. There’s a lot of history in there, a lot of neat items. Some of those artifacts will be sold off.”

Once the depot building is moved, it would be occupied as needed. There are three main parts to the depot. The front part of the building was a passenger waiting area, and the middle part was for the conductor and manager. The back part of the building was used for freight.

“We would connect the two buildings with a board sidewalk and move items into the front part first,” Leonard said. “As money becomes available, we could move into the middle part, and eventually the back area.”

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Sedgwick Eighth Graders Take First At League Scholar's Bowl

Posted 4/20/2017

SEDGWICK’S junior high scholar’s bowl team recently took first place in the league tournament. Pictured are from left, Cora Harper, Kalin Rowley, Lauryn Wilkinson, Austin Wilkes and Nolan Crumrine. SEDGWICK’S junior high scholar’s bowl team recently took first place in the league tournament. Pictured are from left, Cora Harper, Kalin Rowley, Lauryn Wilkinson, Austin Wilkes and Nolan Crumrine. SEDGWICK—Sedgwick’s junior high scholars bowl team recently brought home first place from the Heart of America Junior High League Scholars Bowl Tournament.

The tournament was held at the Remington Middle School in Whitewater and had a round robin format since the league has 10 schools. There were nine rounds of competition.

Sedgwick’s eighth grade team finished with a record of eight wins and one loss to earn the title of league champs. Remington’s team earned runner-up honors with a record of 7-2.

Members of Sedgwick’s scholars bowl team are Cora Harper, Kalin Rowley, Lauryn Wilkinson, Austin Wilkes, Nolan Crumrine and Andrea Perkins.

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Family Fun Night Deemed Success

Posted 4/20/2017

HALSTEAD—Halstead’s first-ever Community Family Fun Night last Friday was a success, according to organizer Mary Wilson. Wilson estimated that 400 to 500 people attended. Families had a broad range of activities to choose from, including face painting, a bouncy obstacle course, a touch-a-truck event and various other games and contests.

One of the popular events was a demonstration by the Newton Police Department’s K-9 Unit by Corporal Tony Hawpe and Bella. Bella showed off her ability to track scents, locate drSARA Lee and Emily Gerhardt paint a tiger’s face onto a child’s face at the very popular face-painting booth. SARA Lee and Emily Gerhardt paint a tiger’s face onto a child’s face at the very popular face-painting booth. ugs and apprehend fugitives.

All these activities were free, and the event brought in its money through a silent auction, a bake sale and donations.

Wilson said she was very pleased with the amount of money that was raised this year. Proceeds go to the Dragon Kids Summer Program to help defray costs for children since many of the weeks include a field trip.

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