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Six Students Artwork Selected For Prestigious Show

Posted 1/19/2017

MICHAELA Fisher with her watercolor painting "Meggie" which is one of four pieces of artwork she got into the show.MICHAELA Fisher with her watercolor painting "Meggie" which is one of four pieces of artwork she got into the show.HALSTEAD—Halstead High School artists recently submitted works to be judged in the prestigious Scholastics Art Show. 

The competition is about the equivalent to state track but for art. Local colleges also give out scholarships to deserving students however the recipients will not be announced until the show opens Jan. 27.  Students and artworks selected include:  

Isabelle Caldwell - Honorable Mention for her sculpture "Dreds"

Kaytlynn Millspaugh - Honorable Mention for her drawing "Magdalena"

Austin Milton - Silver Key for his drawing "Droppin' Bombs"

Layke Heimerman - Honorable Mention for his "Watts Goin' On?"  and a Silver Key for his painting "Grampa Jim In Color"

Michaela Fisher - Honorable Mention for her drawing "Waiting", a Silver Key for her painting "Meggie", a Silver Key for her painting "Mouse", and a Silver Key for her Sculpture "The Fallen"

Jessica Casella - Gold Key for her drawing "Road Trip"

"This is the most works my program has ever had selected for this show,” Art Teacher James Caldwell said. “I'm proud of all the hard work and dedication each of my students have put into their art."  

The artwork will be on display Jan. 27 - March 5 at Mark Arts (formerly the Wichita Center for the Arts) on East Central Street in Wichita.

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Halstead Senior Appears In International FCA Magazine

Posted 1/19/2017

JARED JANZEN PHOTO BIANCA Gutierrez shows off the FCA magazine she was featured in this month. With Gutierrez are (left to right) Halstead FCA Coordinator Josh Johnson, Western Kansas FCA Area Director Aaron Glendening and her parents Gwyleyma and Hugo Gutierrez.JARED JANZEN PHOTO BIANCA Gutierrez shows off the FCA magazine she was featured in this month. With Gutierrez are (left to right) Halstead FCA Coordinator Josh Johnson, Western Kansas FCA Area Director Aaron Glendening and her parents Gwyleyma and Hugo Gutierrez.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School senior Bianca Gutierrez was spotlighted in the most recent edition of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ magazine. The magazine, published bimonthly, is distributed across the U.S. and around the world.

Gutierrez is one of four people profiled on the TeamFCA page, which is a regular feature of the magazine. In the profile, Gutierrez shares her favorite biblical story, favorite thing about FCA and her reason for following Jesus.

The opportunity to be in the magazine came through Aaron Glendening, who is the FCA Area Director for Western Kansas. The magazine editors had asked Glendening for students in his region to feature, and he passed that request along to high school FCA coaches, including Halstead’s FCA coach, Josh Johnson. Gutierrez filled out and submitted a questionnaire, and according to Glendening, the magazine editors loved her responses.

Halstead High School held a small recognition ceremony for Gutierrez last Wednesday afternoon.

 “As much as she doesn’t want it to be a big deal, it really is, because it’s highlighting someone who’s in the ministry of FCA and has done some great things,” Glendening said.

Glendening said this is the first time a student from his Western Kansas region has been featured in the magazine.

Gutierrez has been involved with FCA for two years. This year she is serving as one of the group’s leaders. As an athlete, she’s been on Halstead’s cross country team two years, volleyball team two years and track team three years.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

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Farmer Ruptures Bentley's Main Gas Line

Posted 1/19/2017

By Pilar Martin

BENTLEY – A farmer using a disc to turn over his field accidentally nicked the main gas service line that feeds the town of Bentley late Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 10, causing a major outage.

Kansas Gas Service Manager of Communications Dawn Tripp said, “We were notified about 6 p.m. of a third party damage to a Southern Star Gas line that feeds the City of Bentley.”

The gas in town was turned off to the main line and kept residents out of gas service through the night.  Gas had to be turned off at each home and business. City Hall was set up as a shelter for anyone needing to keep warm throughout the night. Red Cross Disaster Team brought in bottled water, coffee, and snacks.

City personnel along with police and fire crews set up a command post at city hall. Kevin Canada and Dan Bliss manned phones during the night at City Hall. “We notified media outlets and social media to let everyone know what was happening,” Canada said.

Across the hall in the conference room, employees of Kansas Gas Service set up their command post. A recovery plan was put in place.

“We wanted to make sure the elderly and those disabled residents were served first,” Canada said. “Businesses and Bentley Primary (School) were top priorities as well.”

City Hall was set up as a shelter for anyone needing to keep warm throughout the night. The Red Cross Disaster Team brought in bottled water, coffee, and snacks.

Tanker trucks were brought in first thing Wednesday morning to provide a gas feed to Bentley Primary School so it could stay heated and open for students and staff. Another tanker served the Bentley Corner Café so it could open and serve breakfast.

Around 30 Kansas Gas Service employees were brought in to help get gas turned back on to homes.  At the KGS command station, paper turn-on tickets were made for each customer. Technicians would come in, get something to drink or get a bite to eat before heading out with a handful of tickets.

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