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April 5, 2018
Harvey County IndependentApril 5, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Larry Williams To Present KU With 60-Year-Old Letter Intended For Wilt Chamberlain

Posted 4/5/2018

LARRY Williams with a note written to Wilt Chamberlain that Williams found in 1958 in a hotel room.LARRY Williams with a note written to Wilt Chamberlain that Williams found in 1958 in a hotel room.By Robb Reeves

HALSTEAD – Banker Larry Williams is a Kansas State University grad but he will soon be heading up to Lawrence with something to give to the university there.

Williams is bringing a letter the Jayhawks should be interested in reading.

In March of 1958, when Williams was a sophomore attending K-State, his parents drove up to Manhattan to see K-State take on Wilt Chamberlain and the University of Kansas in what would be the last regular-season game that year and Chamberlain’s final college game.

Williams met his parents at the Wareham Hotel and once his parents had their room assignment, he ran upstairs. Williams had heard the KU basketball players had stayed on that floor the night before.

Upon entering the room, Williams opened drawers. “I don’t know why I did that,” he said chuckling. “I guess I was curious at that age.”

Pulling open the nightstand drawer he saw an envelope. There was one word on the outside, “Wilt.” The envelope had a prepaid 2-cent stamp on it but no address. It was never mailed.

Williams opened the envelope and found a note composed on a typewriter. It was to Chamberlain and signed by someone named Bob.

“It meant nothing to me when I read it. I couldn’t figure it out until two weeks later,” Williams said.

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Backyard Chickens Make For Rewarding Experience

Posted 4/5/2018

THESE Buff Orpington chicks are about three weeks old and will lay brown eggs.THESE Buff Orpington chicks are about three weeks old and will lay brown eggs.By Pilar Martin

HARVEY COUNTY—If you ever wanted to have chickens in your backyard, now is the time to get started. Baby chicks are available at area farm stores, some even on sale or with special pricing.

Backyard chickens have become a trend in the past few years.

Chickens are allowed in Sedgwick, Bentley, Burrton and Halstead, but check with city administration to find out what restrictions are in the city limits. Most places allow female birds, but no roosters.

Chickens can be a great addition to your family or yard. Mike Weber at Chisholm Trail Ace Hardware in Newton gave some excellent tips to get started.

Baby female chickens are called pullets. You can purchase a chicken starter kit that comes with items you need for the baby chicks. They will need a heat lamp while still young to keep warm, 95 degrees at first. Decrease the heat by five degrees each week until all their feathers have come in.

They will need a feeder, a water source, feed and bedding. You can put them in just about any type of container at first, such as a box, storage tote or a pet carrier. Bedding needs to be dry and changed every couple of days. Water has to be changed at least every other day.

“Don’t get too big of a water source so it will be easier to change it,” Weber said.

Once the chicks are old enough, you can put them in a coop. They will still need bedding, such as straw or wood shavings.

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Burrton Firefighters Assist At Controlled Garage Fire

Posted 4/5/2018

BURRTON fire crews responded to a controlled structure burn of an old garage last Thursday after the homeowners grew concerned the flames might reach a nearby power pole.BURRTON fire crews responded to a controlled structure burn of an old garage last Thursday after the homeowners grew concerned the flames might reach a nearby power pole.BURRTON—Burrton fire crews were dispatched to assist at the scene of a controlled structure fire that got out-of-hand last Thursday in Reno County.

The fire happened at the property of Jim and Tina Casey at 13709 E. Blanchard Ave. (Highway 50), just over a mile west of the Harvey County line.

The Caseys had been burning down an old garage on the property, and when the flames reached the roof they flared up bigger than expected, Tina said. She added that they grew concerned about a power pole several feet away and so had called for backup.

“We don’t have a hose like they do,” Tina said. “We just have a little garden hose.”

Crews were able to keep the blaze under control and make sure it didn’t spread to an adjacent shed.

“It was a fire hazard just sitting there,” Tina said about the old garage.

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