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March 9, 2017
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Oslimpians Wrap Up Fitness Challenge

Posted 3/8/2017

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Residents in Halstead have been on the move for the last two months. They’ve been exercising, lifting weights, doing yoga, drinking more water and eating nutritious meals. This burst of healthy lifestyle choices has all been part of the first annual Oslimpics, organized by the Kansas Learning Center for Health.

The eight-week competition, which started in early January, wrapped up on Monday with the final weigh-in for participants. The program had 34 four-person teams enrolled, plus two individuals, making a grand total of 138 participants.

Diana Schutte, coordinator of the Oslimpics, said a lot of participants had told her it was a rewarding experience. No matter what shape people were in at the start, they all had the common goal of trying to become healthier, whether by losing weight, building lean muscle or building healthy nutrition habits.

Oslimpians logged how many minutes of exercise they did each week, and they could also earn bonus minutes by completing various challenges. The top three teams were reimbursed for their registration fee, plus the each member of the first-place team received $100.

The overall team winner was Hustle4Muscle, made up of members Jamie Lonnberg, Candace Ruff, Denise Schroeder and Jennifer Shiew, all of Jetmore.

Claiming second place was the Waddlers, with members being Melanie Beckett, Kari Heimerman, Kristen Williams and Renee Ediger.

Coming in third was BAMS, made up of Paula Detweiler, Trish King, Lesa Albin and Michelle Phipps.

The individual who lost the most weight was Xannie Quiring from Code Lean, the Halstead Fire/EMS team.

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Area Firefighters Battling Blazes In Reno County

Posted 3/8/2017

By Pilar Martin

HARVEY COUNTY—Local firefighters from across Harvey County have been heavily involved in the raging wildfires north and east of Hutchinson since last Saturday, March 4.

Sedgwick’s Fire Chief Sam Enterkin said the call came in about just about 3:31 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. “We sent a tanker and Engine 33 and three guys over there and they were on site for 12 hours,” Enterkin said.

Sunday saw Engine 36 and two members of the team back in Reno County. Monday evening another crew of five along with an engine and rescue truck headed back out to help protect homes in the area. They got back in around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Burrton EMS Director Rusty Walter said they had crews back and forth all weekend.

Tuesday morning, Walter said a crew had just headed back out.

Halstead crews have been out since Saturday as well. Squads 24 and 25 went to Hutchinson Sunday afternoon, and S25 was sent to keep watch overnight.  On Monday evening, Medic 23 and the DMSU (Disaster Medical Support Unit) trailer were taken over to a staging area near the fire. Halstead’s EMS Director Anderson Lowe said they were called over in case nursing homes had to be evacuated. “There were 16 ambulances and the DMSU brought in but we stayed on standby,” Lowe said. “The evacuations were not necessary.”

“We have three levels or statuses,” Lowe added. “The first one is alert, where there is a slight potential for something to happen. Then there is stand-by, when we start reassembling our teams. This gives those working an opportunity to get back closer to the area in case we have to leave. If a deployment status is issued, we have only 30 minutes to move out.” Halstead’s DMSU was still on standby status Tuesday afternoon.

Bentley’s volunteer firefighters also made the trip to Reno County to help out.

The first fire called Juniper Hills started on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, another fire started by the Highlands subdivision. Approximately 4,500 acres have burned in the Highlands area.

At a press conference late Tuesday morning, Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said 230 responders representing 116 agencies from across the state were on site in Hutchinson. The fire had been stopped one mile from the northern Hutchinson City limits.

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Seatbelt Crackdown Yields No Citations

Posted 3/8/2017

By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Burrton Police just wrapped up a two-week campaign focusing on driver safety in school zones. Police were on the lookout for people not wearing seatbelts, texting while driving or speeding around the schools from Feb. 20 to March 5.

Police Chief David Becker said his department spent about 20 hours altogether on lookout in school zones during the campaign. This broke down to two hours each school day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

No citations were issued during the campaign, although Becker said police did stop several drivers for minor infractions like driving the wrong direction on a one-way street and having a burnt-out taillight.

Becker said he believes having events like this re-enforces safe driving habits.

“I think it’s helped out a lot already in the past few years we’ve been doing this,” he said.

The campaign was part of a larger effort by law enforcement agencies across Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to educate drivers and passengers about the importance of wearing seatbelts.

Police had sent word out to the schools in advance of the campaign, and the schools had passed the message along to parents.

Burrton Police will be holding a similar crackdown across the entire city in May and June.

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