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July 26, 2018
Harvey County IndependentJuly 26, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Sedgwick Officer Arrested

Posted 7/26/2018

In a special Council Meeting held Wednesday night, the Sedgwick City Council voted to terminate the employment of Lt. Brilan Marks. 

Lt. Marks has been accused of the theft of city property, valued at over $1,000, which makes the theft a felony.  City Administrator Ed Patton told the Independent he discovered theft about six days ago. Marks was arrested by the Harvey County Sheriff's office Wednesday afternoon. Harvey County Attorney David Yoder spoke at a news conference WEdnesday evening, saying the case is still under investigation.

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Fish Take The Bait At Police's Fishing Derby

Posted 7/24/2018

By Jared JanzenCOUNTLESS fish were caught at the Halstead Police Department’s first-annual fishing derby last Saturday. Ninety-six kids came to the event, and most all of them caught at least one fish. COUNTLESS fish were caught at the Halstead Police Department’s first-annual fishing derby last Saturday. Ninety-six kids came to the event, and most all of them caught at least one fish.

HALSTEAD—It was a bad day to be a fish last Saturday. That morning nearly 100 kids descended on the pond at Spring Lake RV Resort, armed with fishing poles and bait, and throughout the morning they reeled in quite the haul of fish.

It was all part of the Halstead Police Department’s first-annual fishing derby, which officer Shawn Robinson, who organized it, said was a hit.

“I think people were very happy to see a community event for kids,” Robinson said.

The official number of participants was 96 children, although Robinson noted others had registered and then not been able to make it.

“It know of at least five families that were supposed to come that had more than two kids that ended up not making it,” he said.

His break-down of the numbers showed 41 kids had come from Halstead, 18 from Newton, seven from Burrton, two from Bentley, and one each from Sedgwick and Hesston.

Other cities represented were Benton, Hutchinson, Turon, Gypsum, Mulvane, Wichita and Derby. There were even five children participating from out-of-state, with Robinson speculating that these may have been kids staying at the RV campgrounds.

Altogether, Robinson estimated 200-250 people had come out for the fishing derby, with many parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents joining in the fun.

“It was like family to the core,” he said.

Even with 96 fishing poles in the pond, Robinson said there was plenty of space for everybody. Some of the kids had never been fishing before, Robinson said. The department provided about 15 loaner poles to children who didn’t have their own.

“There were a few kids that didn’t catch a fish, but the big, vast majority caught more than one fish,” Robinson said. He noted that Carson Chapple had reeled in a whopping 19 fish plus a bullfrog.

Employees from Mill Creek Truss helped officers keep track of who caught what. The fish were then released back into the pond.

The derby had five age divisions with a boy and girl in each one being awarded a prize for biggest and smallest fishes by length and the most fish caught.

Some prizes were fishing related, liking fishing poles, but they also gave away things like drones, gift cards, pocket kites, a kitchen set and a train set.

Robinson said he expects the fishing derby to return to Spring Lake RV Resort again next year.

“Overall it was a great event,” he said. “Everybody’s looking forward to it again.”

For a complete list of winners, please see this week's print edition.

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Residents Mixed On Merits Of Adding New Tax In Sedgwick

Posted 7/24/2018

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—A proposal for a new city sales tax was recently brought before the Sedgwick City Council. Tammy Croxton asked the council to consider a half percent or 1 percent city tax.

Croxton said she had spoken to several people in town and most people thought the city already had a city tax, but Sedgwick does not.

At the council meeting on July 2, City Attorney Brad Jantz told council, “Most cities do have one specific purpose, such as street improvement or general enhancements. And there has to be a specified time period.”

City Administrator Ed Patton said, “With Dollar General coming in, sales tax should go up.”

Croxton wants the sales tax added so that people buying goods and services in Sedgwick would help fund services, without raising property taxes. But the tax increase would also affect anyone living in Sedgwick.

Mary McGinn thinks a sales tax would be OK if it helps the city. “I would be afraid it might drive people somewhere else, though.”

Jim Sharbutt, owner of Sharbutt Remodelling said, “The tax would be across the board. Taxes at the Meeting House, Jump Start, and the vet would add costs to citizens in town too.”

Cindy Hoyt said, “It depends on what the tax is used for.”

Some people want to see if the school district will raise property taxes. Sedgwick’s City Council voted to keep taxes flat for 2019.

If council agrees, the addition of a city sales tax would go on the November ballot for voters to decide.

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Huge Cast Preparing For Old Settlers Musical

Posted 7/24/2018

By Jared JanzenCHILDREN have been busy this summer rehearsing for the upcoming performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” Here, Evyn Moore (far left) as Dorothy, along with Drihanna Schutte (seated) as Toto, meet Glinda the Good Witch, played by Isabelle Loucks, upon arriving in Oz. CHILDREN have been busy this summer rehearsing for the upcoming performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” Here, Evyn Moore (far left) as Dorothy, along with Drihanna Schutte (seated) as Toto, meet Glinda the Good Witch, played by Isabelle Loucks, upon arriving in Oz.

HALSTEAD—In perfect synergy with this year’s “Get It Twisted” Old Settlers theme, the summer children’s theater production will be a rendition of Kansas’s favorite musical, “The Wizard of Oz, Young Performer’s Edition.”

Director Claire Clifford, who is in her fifth year running the summer theater program, said she chose this play because she likes to stick with classics and felt “The Wizard of Oz” would be a great option.

“It offers a variety of characters, great repertoire of music, and numerous opportunities to grow as character development and acting,” she said. “It also easily lends itself to showcasing a large cast.”

About 70 cast and crewmembers are involved in the production, up from previous years.

Evyn Moore will lead the cast as Dorothy as she is whisked away from her home in Kansas to the wonderful land of Oz, accompanied by her pet dog Toto, played by Drihanna Schutte.

In Oz, Dorothy will meet many interesting people as she tries to find her way home, including Glinda the Good Witch played by Isabelle Loucks; the Wicked Witch of the West played by Leia Cubbage; a brainless scarecrow played by Kaleigh O’Brien, a tin man in need of a heart played by Dominique Schutte; and a cowardly lion played by Dalaina Schutte.

Finally she’ll meet the Wizard of Oz, played by Harrison Wilson.

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