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June 8, 2017
Harvey County IndependentJune 8, 2017 Harvey County Independent

McPherson Residents Collide With Semi On Highway 50

Posted 6/9/2017

Editor's Note: The following is an updated version of the story that appeared in this week's print edition.

HALSTEAD— A collision on June 4 between a minivan and semi tractor-trailer on Highway 50 near Halstead Cemetery injured two people and caused heavy damage at the scene.

The incident occurred at about 6:40 p.m., when according to Harvey County Sheriff’s reports, for unknown reasoA semi ended up on the east edge of Halstead Cemetery after colliding with a van along Highway 50 on June 4. The semi driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition while the passenger of the van received critical injuries. A semi ended up on the east edge of Halstead Cemetery after colliding with a van along Highway 50 on June 4. The semi driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition while the passenger of the van received critical injuries. ns, the eastbound van left the roadway and entered the south ditch, striking a sign before returning to the highway and crossing the center line.

An oncoming semi tried to take evasive action by swerving to the left but struck the front of the van and left the road on the south side. The semi traveled through a fence and came to rest on its passenger side against a tree row on the east side of Halstead Cemetery, damaging several trees and a power line.

The van, a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, was driven by Deborah Gates, 34, of McPherson with passenger Matthew Pettey, 38, also of McPherson. Pettey was transported to Wesley Medical Center for critical injuries. Gates was uninjured.

The semi was driven by Wei Hai Xie, 46, of Arcadia, California, who had been transporting general freight for D&E Transport, Inc. He was taken to Wesley in stable condition.

The Independent’s previous report on this accident mistakenly identified the driver of the semi as uninjured and the driver of the van in stable condition.

The sheriff’s report said neither driver was tested for drugs or alcohol, nor was there any evidence of impairment.

Both vehicles were destroyed completely and towed from the scene.

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COLUMN: Got Email From Pinky; Molly Hatchet Tries To Board KC Flight

Posted 6/9/2017

ROBB REEVESROBB REEVESBy Robb Reeves

Folks, Pinky is back. For those of you new to the column, Pinky is the Chinese Communist printing salesperson who emails me from time to time.

Over the years, Pinky and I have had some fun conversations. Pinky wants me to print our products in China with his or her company. I tell Pinky that I buy American first and don’t want to send my printing on a slow boat to China.

Pinky, who goes by Kimmi most of the time now, hasn’t contacted me in a few years. Kimme reached out last week:

Hi Robb,

Good day! Hope everything goes better in the new year.

 Are there any new products needed recently, such as books, magazines, catalogs, stickers, boxes, etc? If yes, please tell me details, we hope to quote with seeking a chance to cooperate in 2017. Attached are some products we’ve printed for you  (sic) reference.

 Thank you~

 Best regards,

Kimmi

I responded:

Kimmi,

Thanks for reaching out. I haven't heard from you in several years. How are things going at the Phillip Cheng company? Glad you are still there and doing well.

Please tell Pinky I said hello. I hope Pinky is continuing to advance in your company and doing well also.

We are still printing with a great company here in America just right down the road from us and we are very satisfied. They do very good work and we will not be exporting any of our work overseas. I remain a big believer in Made in America.

Thank you and have a great day.

If we have further conversations, I will let you know.

• I took four days off last week and went to New York City. It was a fun trip. If you go, make sure you go to the 9/11 Memorial. I almost didn’t go. For me, visiting was tough at times. It’s like going to a funeral; they even have boxes of tissues out. It brought out sadness and anger but we can’t forget what happened.

On Sept 11, 2001, I was publishing a daily paper in Alabama and I made the call that morning during the attacks that we would have an extra edition on the streets by that afternoon. I was so engrossed in the news that day and I have strong memories of it all.

The displays in the museum are very true to what happened. They are not sanitized or politically correct. When you go through that museum you know what led to the attack and why they did it.

• On the trip, we were swapping security checkpoint stories and some folks we were traveling with told us the person in front of them got the TSA agents’ attention in Kansas City.

Apparently a woman tried to board a plane in Kansas City carrying a hatchet. The agents asked her if she had anything metal in her bag and she said no. Then they found a hatchet in her bag.

Apparently, the lady carries around a hatchet. She told everyone that could hear that this was her favorite hatchet. I could understand a pocket knife or even a pistol since so many people in Kansas carry a gun now, but a hatchet?

I think police need to go check out this lady’s backyard and freezer.

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King Steps Up As Burrton EMS Director

Posted 6/8/2017

CHERIE King has been hired as Burrton’s new EMS director, having volunteered with the department since 2000. CHERIE King has been hired as Burrton’s new EMS director, having volunteered with the department since 2000. By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Burrton’s new EMS director is one who is already familiar with the community and the EMS department.

Cherie King, who has lived in Burrton for 30 years and volunteered with EMS for 17, was hired last week for the position.

King said she decided to do it because the need was there and she thought she could give it a try.

“It needed to be done,” she said. “I’d rather keep it here with somebody that knows what goes on with our department.”

King has EMT certification and has volunteered with Burrton’s EMS department since 2000.

“It just makes more sense to hire somebody that everybody already knows,” King said. “I think it’ll be easier. Everybody’s willing to help and do whatever they need to do.”

King was hired during the fire district’s board meeting last Tuesday, and she had her first day on the job two days later on June 1. She will be working 15-20 office hours per week in addition to the hours she is on-call.

Her job description is still being worked out, but responsibilities will include overseeing scheduling, filing reports, coordinating training classes and managing billing. King has already been coordinating volunteer schedules for the past three months.

She said she expects to attend workshops this year to receive more training in her new responsibilities.

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'Big Fit' Free To All Kids Thanks To Donors

Posted 6/8/2017

SIENNA Belshi and Olivia Nightingale concentrate on assembling their butterflies wings and body.SIENNA Belshi and Olivia Nightingale concentrate on assembling their butterflies wings and body.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD— This week kids in Halstead have had the chance to step away from their video games and focus instead on all that the great outdoors has to offer. The opportunity comes through the Big Fit, an annual, weeklong summer camp organized by the Kansas Learning Center for Health that encourages kids with total fitness physically, mentally and socially by providing a variety of fun activities and crafts.

This year for the first time, all 42 kids signed up for the program got to attend for free because admission prices were covered by generous sponsors.

“We’re very fortunate to have a supportive board and area businesses to make this happen,” said Carrie Herman, KLCH Executive Director.

This year’s theme for the Big Fit is Camp Compass. The Learning Center has been decorated with colorful kids’ tents and folding chairs, which will be raffled off at the end of the week.

Instructor Layla Nightingale said the camping theme has been popular with the kids.

“I can’t tell you how many kids have told me they love to camp because they get to spend time with their family—without cell phones,” Nightingale said.

She and Herman estimated that about half the kids in the morning group said they had been camping, and about three-fourths of the kids in the afternoon group had.

Each day has different activities, crafts and snacks related to outdoor themes.

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Rain Causing Erosion Problems

Posted 6/8/2017

BARRICADES block off a consider hole on the south side of the bridge on North Golden Prairie Road.BARRICADES block off a consider hole on the south side of the bridge on North Golden Prairie Road.By Pilar Martin

HARVEY COUNTY – With so much rain falling in the last couple of months, a hole has opened on the south side of a bridge over the Little Arkansas River on North Golden Prairie Road.

“We really don’t understand what the river is doing. It only take a two-inch rain event for the water to move in a different direction these days,” Harvey County Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Meier said.

Meier says they have a plan and materials are ordered.  “Supporting the abutment is the most critical part right now. We have to get machines in under the bridge and it’s just too wet. We need three weeks of dry weather,” Meier added.

Water continues to run off of nearby fields through the ditch to the south and has carved out the river bank. Barricades have been placed around the washed out area on the south side of the bridge. The bridge is between NW 12th and NW 24th on Golden Prairie Road.

Meier added that once the abutment is shored up, crews will go back in with rip wrap and then possibly cement to fix the problem for the long term.

Some areas of the county have received 18 inches of rain this year.  “There are a couple of places in the county where the river is not following its natural path. We are not real sure what is causing it at this point,” Meier said.

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