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June 21, 2018
Harvey County IndependentJune 21, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Halstead Woman Embarks On Nomadic Adventure

Posted 6/21/2018

By Jared JanzenAUDRA Crebs of Halstead left home this week in this bus-converted-RV. She plans to travel across the country visiting friends, sightseeing and promoting her work as an author and illustrator.AUDRA Crebs of Halstead left home this week in this bus-converted-RV. She plans to travel across the country visiting friends, sightseeing and promoting her work as an author and illustrator.

HALSTEAD— Audra Crebs has lived in Halstead almost all her life and says she has done little traveling. But that all changed Tuesday when she left her hometown behind her in a converted bus to begin an epic journey across the United States, with no set date of return. 

“I’ve always loved the idea of mini INSIDE Audra Crebs’s bus is a living area with a couch and desk, a full kitchen, a queen-sized bed and a bathroom with a compost toilet and shower. INSIDE Audra Crebs’s bus is a living area with a couch and desk, a full kitchen, a queen-sized bed and a bathroom with a compost toilet and shower. houses and bus conversions,” Crebs said. “What really inspired me to follow through with this was the need to grow my business, pay off debt and enjoy the world I never got to see.”

Crebs, a 2005 graduate of Halstead High School, is an author and freelance designer. She said life on the road would give her artistic and business opportunities that she lacked in a small town.

“I have friends all over the U.S.,” she said. “I plan on, once the bus is complete, visiting my friends and taking the opportunity to hit up events, network and sightsee.”

Destinations she has in mind include New Mexico, Virginia and South Carolina. For the most part, Crebs will be flying solo, but she may be joined from time to time by one of her friends.

She plans to blog about her experiences on her Facebook page, A.R. Crebs, and on her website, www.ARCrebs.com. She also plans to set up a Patreon account for people to follow her adventure and support her.

Her first stop is the Smallville ComicCon in Hutchinson this weekend. She attends events like this to promote her work as an author and illustrator of the sci-fi/fantasy novel series Esoteric Design.

“I also network with other creatives and work freelance as a graphic designer, illustrator, editor and formatter,” she said about her ComicCon plans.

After Hutchinson, she’ll be bound for New Mexico to finish alterations to her bus. She’ll be staying at a friend’s guesthouse while the friend’s husband helps her install solar panels on the bus and finish other renovations.

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Burrton Firing Up For Fourth Of July

Posted 6/21/2018

By Jared JanzenHEAD to Burrton on June 30 for some patriotic fun, including a parade and fireworks, during the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.HEAD to Burrton on June 30 for some patriotic fun, including a parade and fireworks, during the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

BURRTON—Burrton will be the place to be next weekend as the community puts on its annual Fourth of July bash, set for Saturday, June 30 this year.

Jody Rivers, one of the organizers with the Burrton Boot Committee, said they’ve got all kinds of fun activities planned throughout the day. This is the Boot Committee’s first year in charge of the event.

“We’ve had the attitude that if it’s something that’s a favorite event and people liked it, there’s no need to change what’s not broken,” Rivers said.

The celebration will kick of with a parade at 9 a.m. on Burrton Avenue featuring a surprise appearance that the Boot Committee is lining up.

Events will take place both downtown and at Milburn Stone Park. The agenda includes water activities, inflatables, three-on-three basketball, four-on-four volleyball, barrel train rides and more.

The Boot Committee will also be hosting an artist and vendor event on Burrton Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. High school groups will also have fundraising booths set up.

Festival buttons are for sale to get your name in a drawing for prizes donated by area businesses. Buttons may be purchased at city hall or the library for $3 prior to the event or $4 on the day of.

Food for sale during the event will include hamburgers, hot dogs, Mexican food, snow cones, ice cream and popcorn.

“There will be all kinds of yummies,” Rivers said.

A fireworks show accompanied by patriotic music at the park will round out the evening.

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Nominations Open For Old Settlers Awards

Posted 6/21/2018

GET It Twisted is this year’s Old Settlers theme.GET It Twisted is this year’s Old Settlers theme.By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—Get it Twisted is the theme for the 131st annual Old Settlers celebration, scheduled for Aug. 10-12. 

The Old Settlers Committee is currently looking for 2018 award nominations.  Each year four awards are given out: Good Neighbor, Harold Rea, Lifetime Achievement, and King and Queen.

Nomination forms are available at city hall and the Harvey County Independent office. Master lists of all previous award winners are also at both locations.

The Good Neighbor Award began in 1971. The award is given to those who have helped someone in a special way or spent a great deal of time in service of others or the community.

The Harold Rea Award was established in 1968 in honor of the late Harold Rea, a longtime publisher of the Halstead Independent. This award is given to an individual or a group for promoting the city in the past year by contributing to community progress through a special project or policies that creates community recognition.

The Lifetime Achievement began in 1991 and recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual. 

The King and Queen reign over Old Settlers and can be a married couple or a pair of individuals. The first royalty was crowned in 1973.

The Old Settler Committee selects the King, Queen and Good Neighbor award winner. The city and Chamber of Commerce select the Harold Rea and Lifetime Achievement award winners. Nomination forms are due by July 15. Forms are also located at halsteadoldsettlers.com.

The summer theatre group will even be performing the Wizard of Oz in keeping to this year’s theme. Look for more information in the Independent as the dates draw closer.

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