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September 28, 2017
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Horn Opens Real Estate Office In Halstead

Posted 9/28/2017

By Pilar MartinSHASTA Horn has opened Shasta Horn and Co. Real Estate office at 123 Main in Halstead.SHASTA Horn has opened Shasta Horn and Co. Real Estate office at 123 Main in Halstead.

HALSTEAD—There is a new real estate office up and running in Halstead at 123 Main. Shasta Horn officially opened her door on Monday, Sept. 25. Horn is a partner with Keller Williams Hometown Partners.

Her decision to open an office in Halstead comes after thriving in her first two years of her career in real estate. She celebrated her second anniversary in the business on Sept. 2 this year.

She has been very successful, earning the ranking of Rookie of the Year with Keller Williams in her first year. She has received other recognition, as her sales have been the best of the month a few times since she began. Her broker approached her about opening a satellite office, telling her this was something she really needed to do.

Horn and her husband Aaron have been busy remodeling her new office space. She plans a grand opening on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4-7 p.m. There will be food, drinks, and raffle prizes.

Horn is originally from Anthony, Kansas, where she graduated from Chaparral High School. She went to college at Texas A&M she get her teaching degree. While at school she met her husband Aaron.

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Burrton Fall Fest Adds Softball Throw, Puppet Show

Posted 9/28/2017

By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—From kid’s games to craft vendors to the car show and more—there’s going to be a lot to do in Burrton this Saturday at the annual fall festival.

No button or wristband is required, and only food and crafts purchases have a cost. This leaves a long list of free, family-oriented activities. Organizer Carol Kirk with the Burrton Community Development Committee said it’ll be an opportunity for people to enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

“It’s a great, fun day for the family,” Kirk said. “We invite everybody to come.”

Several new events have been added to this year’s schedule. Burrton Community Church is giving a puppet show in the afternoon, following which the police department is sponsoring a fast softball throw. The competition is open for sixth- through twelfth-graders, and the police will use their radar gun to measure speeds of pitches. Small prizes will be awarded to the top throwers.

Another first-time event will be a simulation by Kohl’s Safety Town, an outreach sponsored by Via Christi Health and Kohl’s Cares. According to the organization’s website, the simulation is an interactive way for children to learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Performing the afternoon entertainment this year is Lauren Thompson of Newton, who was first runner-up in the Kansas Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant. According to Kirk, Thompson will be singing a mix of secular and contemporary Christian songs, accompanied by her father on guitar.

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Police Dog Makes Stop At Halstead Middle School

Posted 9/28/2017

OFFICER Jacob Garver with the Hesston Police Department leads Atlas around Halstead Middle School’s gym last week during a demonstration. OFFICER Jacob Garver with the Hesston Police Department leads Atlas around Halstead Middle School’s gym last week during a demonstration. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—A police dog discovered a stash of illegal drugs at Halstead Middle School last week, but the drugs had been planted there by police to show students a drug detection dog’s capabilities.

Atlas and his handler, Officer Jacob Garver, both of the Hesston Police Department, gave the demonstration. During a school-wide assembly, four boxes were set up in intervals along the far side of the gym, one of which contained a quantity of illegal drugs. Atlas was able to identify which box the drugs were in and was rewarded with a chew toy.

After Atlas found the drugs once, Officer Garver took him out of the gym so the boxes could be rearranged and the experiment repeated. The second time around, Atlas was just as quick in identifying the correct box.

Atlas has been with the Hesston Police Department since earlier this year.

Along with the K9 Unit demonstration, Halstead Police Chief Josh Orem also reviewed online safety tips with the middle school students.

Orem showed students a list of popular social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, and asked how many of them had an account with at least one of these sites. Almost every student raised his or her hand.

These sites all encourage people to share personal information about where they are, who they’re with and what they’re doing. Orem warned students of six things they should never share online: their full name, address, phone number, passwords or their plans.

He cautioned students to only add someone as a friend online if it is someone they know in person. He also recommended students adjust privacy settings so that apps do not show their location to others.

“Make sure you’re using those things that you have to keep yourself safe,” Orem said.

He reminded students that things they post online today may have consequences in the future, such as when they begin hunting for a job.

“Something you post today can be looked up forever,” he said.

Orem closed by telling students if they question or problem with something online or relating to social media, they should ask a trusted adult.

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