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March 15, 2018
Harvey County IndependentMarch 15, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Makin' Bacon: Farmers Near Halstead Raise Pigs By The Thousand

Posted 3/15/2018

By Pilar MartinPIGLETS are brought to the farm at 10 days of age.PIGLETS are brought to the farm at 10 days of age.JOSH Bohrn, left, and Jerry Morris, run a pig-farm operation south of Halstead.JOSH Bohrn, left, and Jerry Morris, run a pig-farm operation south of Halstead.

HALSTEAD—It all started with 10 little pigs back in 1969. Jerry Morris of rural Halstead decided he wanted to get in the business of raising pigs.

“I got 10 little runt pigs from a friend east of Newton and have been raising pigs ever since,” Morris said.

At M&B Pork LLC south of Halstead, Morris and his grandson, Josh Bohrn, now run a bio-security pig operation.

“The bio-security is for the health of the pigs,” Bohrn said. No one from outside the farm is allowed in any of the five barns.

“We don’t want anyone giving their germs to the pigs,” Morris added.

Borhn has been helping his grandfather since he was a young boy. He used to raise a few pigs at his parents’ house, which used to be just next door to Morris. He served in Iraq, and then came back to help on the farm.

Each day Bohrn has to check the pigs twice, once in the morning and once in the evening.

“When they first come in we have to hand-feed them until they get used to eating the pellets; it usually doesn’t take much,” Bohrn said.  Bohrn and Morris make sure the pigs are healthy, and the food or water hasn’t been knocked over.

The farm today uses an isolated or iso-wean operation, where the food and water is dispensed automatically. When the operation was smaller, feeding was more a hands-on operation.

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Halstead May Get Sunday Alcohol Sales

Posted 3/15/2018

By Robb Reeves

HALSTEAD – City council voted Monday night to allow Sunday alcohol sales and the measure will go through a waiting period before possibly becoming law later this year.

The request for Sunday sales was made by JumpStart convenience store located at Main and Second Streets. The council discussed the issue for a few minutes and then voted unanimously to approve Sunday sales.  Council member Mike Wallace was absent from the meeting.

Council member Phil Adams asked Police Chief Josh Orem if Sunday alcohol sales would necessitate more police work. Orem said he did not expect it to.

Sunday sales could be halted if there is a petition filed that would put the issue to a vote. If that does not occur, Sunday sales will become legal on May 22.

Halstead would join Sedgwick in allowing Sunday sales. Rizza Liquor Store owner Steve Rizza said Tuesday he did not plan to change his hours if Sunday sales are allowed.

The Sunday sales measure was passed under Ordinance 1277, which is published in this edition.

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Sedgwick Schools May Add Resource Officer

Posted 3/15/2018

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—School security was a main topic at Monday night’s regular school board meeting. Superintendent Larry Roth presented the National School Shield program as an option to assess the needs of the district.

“This is a program sponsored by the NRA,” Roth said. “If schools want to participate the Shield program will send out  team to provide an assessment. They can tell us what we are doing well, where we need improvements, and make recommendations. I think the board should approve them coming in before we move forward.”

BOE member Beth Fields said “I think we should not only focus on security, but also on educating kids to feel comfortable speaking up, reporting things they see.”

Roth responded that there were other programs out there. “The Sandy Hook Promise promotes the Say Something campaign,” he said. “We have posters up all over the school. They also have a different curriculum we can use.”

Roth added “It’s a curious balance we have to maintain. Having active shooter drills versus traumatizing students. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle.”

Roth has had meetings with Mayor Bryan Chapman and Police Chief Larry Alexander about the possibility of adding a full-time School Resource Officer for the school. The position would cost approximately $25,000 to $30,000 each year.

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