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February 16, 2017
Harvey County IndependentFebruary 16, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Adam Conard Hired As New BPS Principal

Posted 2/16/2017

HALSTEAD—The Halstead-Bentley School Board hired Adam Conard to be the new principal at Bentley Primary School next year during their meeting Monday night. Current BPS Principal Larry Hobbs is retiring at the end of this year after 28 years in that position.

Conard is a native to Howard, Kansas. He received a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College and a master’s degree from Fort Hayes State University. In 2005 he began teaching math at Kingman at the upper elementary and middle school levels until two years ago when he took the role of assistant principal at Kingman Elementary School.

Conard has a young family with a couple of kids who will be attending Bentley Primary School next year.

Superintendent Tom Alstrom said Conard would be a good fit for the Primary School.

“He’s got a pretty good demeanor for lower elementary kids,” Alstrom said.

Conard was selected out of 20 candidates. Alstrom said it had been hard to narrow this field down, but he and school administrators had chosen eight candidates to conduct pre-interviews with. From there they selected three finalists, and Conard was selected for the position.

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Burrton FD, County Working Together For Wildfire Prevention

Posted 2/16/2017

SEVERAL miles of ditches along North Burmac Road have been cleared of grass and brush to hinder the spread of wildfires this spring. SEVERAL miles of ditches along North Burmac Road have been cleared of grass and brush to hinder the spread of wildfires this spring. By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—It’s been 11 months since a large wildfire north of Burrton burned 12,000 acres in what was the largest fire the area has seen in the past decade. Now as another wildfire season gets underway, Burrton’s Assistant Fire Chief Jim Redinger says the threat is there that the area could see another large-scale wildfire this year.

“The fuel load is still large,” Redinger said.

Thousands of acres in Kansas burn every spring in a normal year, Redinger said. To prepare for the fire season, joint meetings between Reno and Harvey Counties have been taking place for the past three months.

Through cooperation between the Harvey County Road and Bridge Department, County Commissioners and local fire departments, five miles of brush, tall grasses and trees have been trimmed and cleared along both sides North Burmac Road to reduce fuel load and minimize the spread of wildfires.

“What the difference hopefully that makes is when that fire comes up out of the sand hills, when it hits the large fuel load, you have sometimes a minimum of 20-foot (high) flames, sometimes 60-foot flames coming at you,” Redinger said. “If we can lower the fuel load, get the height of the fuel load down, where you have fuel or flames a couple feet tall versus 60-feet tall, then you have a chance to stop it.”

Jim Meier, Harvey County Roads and Bridges Superintendent, said his crews have spent five days so far clearing brush along the five-mile stretch, and after that crews from the Noxious Weed Department went through the area clearing out cedar trees.

“It’s a big deal what we’ve done so far,” Meier said.

Meier said they were not quite done yet because some areas were too wet to be cleared during the first pass through. This is the first year that this preventative measure has been made.

“Obviously we mow it every year, but this is the first year that we’ve made a comprehensive effort to clear timber and brush back all the way to the fence line,” Meier said.

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Harrington and Co. Sees Successful First Few Months

Posted 2/16/2017

CORY Harrington has opened a new property management company, Harrington and Co., based in Halstead.CORY Harrington has opened a new property management company, Harrington and Co., based in Halstead.By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—When Cory Harrington first graduated from college, he went to work for a property management company in Wichita. Harrington recently turned that experience into a property management company of his own, Harrington and Co.

Harrington said he had a few rental properties around the area. He would talk to other landlords and they were tired of managing their own properties.  So six months ago, Harrington started offering his services.

“We go through rental applications, do the billing, and take care of the maintenance calls for them,” Harrington said. He has gone from 10 units to managing 130 units in the past six months. “We are the sole contact for the tenant,” he said.

“We are seeing home ownership decline. Baby boomers are giving up their homes for a rental property. When you own a home it costs a lot more than just that monthly mortgage payment. You spend as much in maintenance and upkeep as you do on the mortgage. And when you rent if something goes wrong or breaks, the management company takes care of it. So you don’t have to worry about that either,” Harrington said.

Harrington said younger generations are more interested in renting, too. “They generally do not have the money to get into a house,” he said. “There again, they pay a small monthly fee and all the maintenance and upkeep are handled by the landlord.”

Harrington & Co. manages units in Halstead, Moundridge, Newton, Bentley, Sedgwick and some rural areas.

Harrington & Co. has one property manager who works for him and a part-time maintenance staff of about 10. Harrington and Co. has an office at 309 Main Street in Halstead. You can contact them at 316-308-7022 or @harringtonandcopm.

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