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May 4, 2017
Harvey County IndependentMay 4, 2017 Harvey County Independent

Sips Coffee Shop Showcases Local Music Talent

Posted 5/4/2017

HALSTEAD—For almost a year now, Sips Coffee Shop has been provided the Halstead community with a place to gather on Saturday nights to enjoy a good hot beverage and live music performed by local artists.SIPS Coffee Shop in Halstead has been providing live entertainment by local artists every Saturday night for 11 months now. Laverne Darnell, left, and Justin Freeman were last Saturday’s musicians. SIPS Coffee Shop in Halstead has been providing live entertainment by local artists every Saturday night for 11 months now. Laverne Darnell, left, and Justin Freeman were last Saturday’s musicians.

Located in the front portion of Crossroads Church at 225 Main, Sips was the brainchild of Pastor Terry Ullum and church member Boyce Ingram as a way to reach out to people who might not normally go to church.

“We were just thinking about what does it look like in today’s world, as far as the church is concerned, what does it look like for people who would not normally go to church, either because they don’t care to go or they’re intimidated by it or they feel unworthy,” Ingram said. “And so we decided, ‘You know what—what if we open a coffee shop?’”

They turned to the Internet to create a plan on opening the coffee shop. Ingram said they wanted to center the coffee shop on good coffee, music and fellowship.

“We’re not a Christian coffee shop; we’re a coffee shop run by Christians,” Ullum said.

The coffee shop is now approaching its one-year anniversary, having opened in June of last year.

Sips is open from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 6-8 p.m. on Saturdays, with live music every Saturday night. During the past 11 months, Ingram said some nights have been packed with 30-40 people squeezing into the small shop, while other nights only a few have people turned up.

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Students Grow Plants, Selling Them Friday

Posted 5/4/2017

CHRISTY Jones stands next to the greenhouse where the garden plants and flowers are growing.CHRISTY Jones stands next to the greenhouse where the garden plants and flowers are growing.By Pilar Martin

BURRTON – Burrton Elementary students are busy growing vegetables and flowers. They will sell the collection of small plants this Friday, May 5, from 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Each grade, pre-k through fifth, have grown a different type of plant. The plants will were grown in such to emulate the colors of a rainbow. The plants were all started from seed in individual milk cartons, and are being carefully nurtured by students.

“Each day, the students want to go out to the greenhouse and see how much the plants have grown. They really like to water the plants, too. That’s what they want to do at recess,” said Kindergarten teacher Christy Jones.

The greenhouse was purchased with money raised in an online plant sale earlier in the school year. Burrton High School students helped put the greenhouse, which is right outside the Kindergarten room.

A farmer donated some rain barrels and Jones tapped into the school’s downspout to create an easy watering station next to the greenhouse.

Plants on sale this Friday are a colorful variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. You will find peppers, tomatoes, marigolds, snap peas, sunflowers, dahlia, zinnia, green onions, cucumbers, cilantro, morning glory, hyacinth bean, basil and even some blue potatoes. The potatoes are grown apart from the greenhouse in tubs.

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Accounting Class Donates To Red Cross

Posted 5/4/2017

HHS Accounting students donated $300 to the American Red Cross using proceeds from their Market Day sales. Back row (left to right): Dylan Goodman, Keaton O’Neal, Justin McMurry, Sidney Chapple, Randi Pugh, Devin Hughes and Dominique Williams. Middle row (left to right): John Jewett, Samantha Schroeder, Caileen Walters, Carter Zongker, Guad Zamora, Baylor Bohling, Front: Jennifer Sanders and Peyton Carr. 
HHS Accounting students donated $300 to the American Red Cross using proceeds from their Market Day sales. Back row (left to right): Dylan Goodman, Keaton O’Neal, Justin McMurry, Sidney Chapple, Randi Pugh, Devin Hughes and Dominique Williams. Middle row (left to right): John Jewett, Samantha Schroeder, Caileen Walters, Carter Zongker, Guad Zamora, Baylor Bohling, Front: Jennifer Sanders and Peyton Carr. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Halstead High School’s Accounting I and II class made a $300 donation to the American Red Cross on Tuesday. This was money raised during the class’s sales on Market Day, April 10.

The class was divided into two groups, which each created a Jell-O-based item to sell to students and staff during lunchtime. One group made Jell-O slushies and the other made strawberry Jell-O cupcakes. Both groups’ sales were extremely successful, with the cupcakes selling out before second lunch period even started, and the slushies also selling out.

The Accounting class, taught by Carla Warner, chooses a charity to donate its Market Day proceeds to each year. In past years, they’ve given to Victory in the Valley of Wichita, which provides support to cancer patients, and the year before that the money went toward buying turkeys for a community Thanksgiving meal.

This year students chose to give their proceeds the Red Cross to help their response to the wildfires across Kansas earlier this year. Jennifer Sanders, American Red Cross executive director of the south central southeast Kansas region, visited the class Tuesday morning to tell students about the Red Cross’s efforts assisting those affected by the wildfires.

The fires started in early March and burned 700,000 acres across 19 counties. Approximately 40 homes were destroyed, and there was one fatality. Sanders said that during a three-day period, the Red Cross provided 5,640 meals to responders and those affected, plus an additional 3,888 snacks. The Red Cross also had overnight shelters set up.

Sanders said nearly $25,000 has been donated to the Red Cross so far in response to the recent Kansas wildfires, including high school classes like Halstead.

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