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November 9, 2017 
Harvey County IndependentNovember 9, 2017 Harvey County Independent

HHS Filled With Sound Of Music

Posted 11/9/2017

By Jared JanzenAUSTYN White, center, as Maria offers comfort during a thunderstorm to the von Trapp children, played by Drihanna Schutte, Dalaina Schutte, Karenna Gerber, Christian Wiedeman and Max Cubbage. AUSTYN White, center, as Maria offers comfort during a thunderstorm to the von Trapp children, played by Drihanna Schutte, Dalaina Schutte, Karenna Gerber, Christian Wiedeman and Max Cubbage.

HALSTEAD—The halls are alive with the sound of music at Halstead High School as students have been rehearsing for their fall musical performance. “The Sound of Music” will be onstage this weekend.

The cast is led by senior Austyn White in the role of Maria, a strong-willed, independent nun who becomes a governess to the von Trapp family, transforming their lives through music and laughter.

“I love her,” White said about her character. “She has a different kind of personality than some of the vulnerable roles I’ve played in the past.”

A fan of “The Sound of Music” beforehand, being part of the show has increased White’s love of the musical.

“It makes me love it even more,” she said. “What a play to do my senior year.”

Sophomore Josh Loucks serves as Captain von Trapp, the strict widowed father to seven children, who are played by junior Kaitlyn Thomas, freshman Karenna Gerber, freshman Max Cubbage, junior Christian Wiedeman, freshman Thomas Porch, and Dalaina and Drihanna Schutte.

Altogether, about 60 students are involved in the cast and crew.

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Sedgwick Property Owner Estimates Loss At $150,000

Posted 11/9/2017

By Pilar MartinDAVID Tarhini, owner of the salvage lot in Sedgwick that went up in flames two weeks ago, said he was shocked when he heard the news. DAVID Tarhini, owner of the salvage lot in Sedgwick that went up in flames two weeks ago, said he was shocked when he heard the news.

SEDGWICK—The owner of the property at 216 Washington St. that went up in flames Oct. 26 didn’t have a chance to visit the property until almost a week later, Nov. 1.

David Tarhini, who doesn’t live in Sedgwick, bought the property 10 years ago to store his collection of approximately 50 cars there. “Mostly BMWs and Porsches,” he said. Tarhini estimates the loss at a minimum of $150,000.

The fire broke out on Tarhini’s property after a small grassfire was reported south of the Sedgwick Fire Department by Tarhini’s property. High winds sent the fire through the vehicles stored there. It took crews from Sedgwick, Newton, Halstead, Hesston, and Sedgwick County two hours to get the blaze under control.

Tarhini was shocked when he received the call from Newton Fire /EMS Chief Scott Metzler. “He told me David, I have some bad news,” Tarhini said.

Tarhini does not understand how the fire could have happened.

“There is nothing alive in there to burn, no grass or anything,” he said.

The cause of the fire will likely remain undetermined according to Metzler.

In the past, Tarhini has donated vehicles to the fire and EMS departments so they can practice with jaws-of-life.

Fire Chief Sam Enterkin said at Monday night’s city council meeting that Tarhini had contacted him to let the fire department know they could use the burned vehicles for training.

“We have scheduled a training on Nov. 18,” Enterkin said. “Once we are finished with the cars, Mr. Tarhini has arranged for a contractor to come in smash the cars, and dispose of them. Mark Jacob has been hired to clean up the lot after the cars are removed.”

 

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Burrton Church To Offer Free Thanksgiving Meal

Posted 11/9/2017

BURRTON—Thanksgiving is a time for good food and fellowship with friends and family, a time to give thanks to God with a grateful heart for all He has blessed us with. But not everyone has the means of celebrating or loved ones to celebrate with.

That’s why Faith Community Bible Church in Burrton is offering a free Thanksgiving lunch to anyone in the community who wouldn’t otherwise have a place to go for the holiday or the ability to prepare a meal themselves.

“It’s a way for us to reach out into the community and fulfill a need we’ve seen,” said Toyia Bulla, one of the organizers.

The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Faith Community Bible Church, 219 N. Harvey Ave. A traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and all the fixings will be on the menu. All the food is being donated and prepared by the congregation of the church.

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