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December 28, 2017
Harvey County IndependentDecember 28, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Halstead Continues Push To Improve Worn Streets

Posted 12/28/2017

By Jared JanzenTHE next street project on tap for Halstead will be renovating the 100 block of West Third, expected to take place in the spring of 2018. The brick street will be replaced with either concrete or asphalt. THE next street project on tap for Halstead will be renovating the 100 block of West Third, expected to take place in the spring of 2018. The brick street will be replaced with either concrete or asphalt.

HALSTEAD—After several weeks of drivers avoiding orange cones and barricades, street repairs in Halstead have been completed for the time being, but residents can expect more roadwork in 2018.

The city’s next major street project will be the 100 block of West Third Street between Main and Chestnut streets, possibly including the intersection of Third and Chestnut as well, City Administrator Ethan Reimer said.

As of the last discussions by the city council, the plan is to replace the street entirely in either concrete or asphalt, removing the current brick.

City Engineer Harlan Foraker has already begun working on plans for this project. Reimer said the council would likely take bids in the first quarter of 2018, and then work would take place in the spring.

The city chose Third Street as its next project to create a smoother route for Fire/EMS vehicles that always use it coming and going from the station.

“It’s causing wear on emergency services vehicles, and those aren’t cheap to repair,” Reimer said.

Also in 2018, Harvey County is planning an overlay of 36th Street from Burmac Road to Hertzler Road, which includes a mile of Sixth Street within Halstead.

The county is only responsible for the middle 24 feet of the four-lane stretch between Main Street and Halstead Road, leaving the two outer lanes for the city to pay for if it chooses. Reimer said the city would tag along with the county as long as the bid was within the city’s budget.

“Usually it’s better to get a street worked on all at the same time, as opposed to just two lanes in the middle,” he said.

The timing of this project will depend on the county, but Reimer predicted it would take place in the summer.

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Learning Center Gearing Up For Second-Annual O-Slim-Pics

Posted 12/28/2017

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—As athletes from around the world prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea this February, many residents of Halstead will be taking part in a fitness challenge of their own. The Kansas Learning Center for Health’s second-annual O-Slim-Pics is back and begins Jan. 8.

The O-Slim-Pics is an eight-week fitness challenge where teams of four log how much time they exercise, with the goal of having the most minutes built up over the course of the competition. It’s an opportunity to lose weight, increase strength and stamina, and develop healthy habits.

Registration will remain open through Friday, Jan. 12 even though the competition officially starts Jan. 8. The entry fee is $40 for a team of four, or $25 for an individual.

The O-Slim-Pics wrap up March 5, and the team that has logged the most minutes of exercise will receive a cash prize. The top three teams will also be refunded their entry fee.

Organizer Diana Schutte said this year’s O-Slim-Pics will be more focused on minutes exercised rather than pounds lost. The weigh-ins at the beginning and end of the program will be optional, yet participants will still have an opportunity to earn bonus minutes for losing weight or losing inches from their waistline.

Last winter the O-Slim-Pics had 138 participants in its inaugural year. Schutte said she is hoping for another big turnout this time around.

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Officially, County Not Touched By By Flu Bug Yet

Posted 12/28/2017

By Pilar Martin

With kids out of school and relatives getting together for the holidays, it’s the perfect opportunity to spread colds and the flu. Cold temperatures will also keep people indoors where germs can easily be spread.

Harvey County has no official reports of influenza, yet that does not mean the virus isn’t in the area. Harvey County Public Information Officer Kyle McCaskey said, “We know cases are growing around the region. And influenza is not a mandatory reporting illness.”

Sedgwick County reported three influenza outbreaks just last week.

There is still time to get a flu shot, with the peak flu season still a couple of months away. There are also some preventative measures you can take. The main preventative action, say experts, is hand washing.

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