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May 24, 2018
Harvey County IndependentMay 24, 2018 Harvey County Independent

Burrton Bus Driver Retiring After 28 Years

Posted 5/24/2018

By Jared JanzenMARVIN Miller turned in his bus keys last week after 28 years of busing Burrton students to and from school and activities. MARVIN Miller turned in his bus keys last week after 28 years of busing Burrton students to and from school and activities.

BURRTON—Marvin Miller has driven hundreds of thousands of miles inside Burrton school buses. After 28 years of safely driving students from three different generations to and from school and activities, Miller is retiring.

His bus-driving career actually spans a 39-year period. Born and raised in Burrton, he moved back in 1969 after his grandfather passed away. He first took the job as bus driver in 1979 after retiring from a 20-year career with the Wichita Police Department. A few weeks into his retirement, he was approached about becoming a substitute bus driver, and that quickly turned into a full-time role.

“I hadn’t even thought about it, but I told her I probably could, and from that point on I was a bus driver,” he said.

During Miller’s first stint as a bus driver, he was both a route and activity driver. His route was 48 miles long, and he drove it both morning and afternoon for a total of 96 miles a day.

He stopped driving buses in 1991 to work for the Marshall Service at the Federal Courthouse in Wichita, but then resumed the job in 2002. He had already been planning to leave the Marshall Service when he got a call from the school asking him to fill an open position.

For the last 14 years, Miller has only been an activity driver, taking students to sporting events, field trips, music festivals and other extracurricular activities.

“I’ve put over 800 miles a week on a bus, just on activities,” he said. Once during a basketball tournament at South Barber High School, he made four 210-mile trips back and forth to Kiowa in a week’s time.

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Kinglsey Ending Long Career As Teacher, Coach

Posted 5/24/2018

By Pilar MartinED Kingsley is retiring as a coach and teacher at Sedgwick Junior High School after 31 years. ED Kingsley is retiring as a coach and teacher at Sedgwick Junior High School after 31 years.

SEDGWICK—Ed Kingsley, a Sedgwick native and graduate, is hanging up his whistle and leaving the classroom at Sedgwick Junior High School after 31 years as a teacher and coach.

Kingsley began his teaching career at Moscow, Kansas.  He has taught physical education, junior high science and biology classes over the years, and he has also coached.

Kingsley has at one time been a high school football head coach, head junior high football coach, assistant high school basketball coach, junior high track coach, junior high boys basketball ocach, junior high football coach, head and assistant girls high school basketball coach, junior high boys and assistant basketball coach, junior high girls head basketball coach, junior high and high school cross country coach, and high school golf coach.

Kingsley said he will miss coaching the most, especially cross country.

“I measure success by getting kids to state individually and as a team,” Kingsley said.

Kingsley coached Sedgwick’s junior high girls basketball team that were this year’s graduating seniors. Kingsley had promised to stay around until they were finished with school.

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Tire Tracks Discovered On Dike

Posted 5/24/2018

THESE tracks were discovered along the dike east of Martin Machine and Welding last Sunday afternoon. Driving on the dike is prohibited.THESE tracks were discovered along the dike east of Martin Machine and Welding last Sunday afternoon. Driving on the dike is prohibited.HALSTEAD—Following a rainy weekend, muddy tire tracks were discovered up and down the sides of the Halstead dike Sunday afternoon east of Martin Machine and Welding. The tracks appeared to have been made by a full-sized vehicle.

Driving on the dike is illegal and could damage to the embankment. Bicycles are allowed on the dike’s walking path, but no motorized vehicles are.

“Driving on the levy is prohibited at all times unless it’s by a city maintenance or public works vehicle,” Police Chief Josh Orem said.

Orem said the penalty for driving on the dike would depend on the extent of the damage caused. If caught, someone illegally driving on the dike would be assessed a fee determined by the judge, which would also come with a $95 court cost.

Orem explained vehicles are prohibited on the dike because it is inspected annually by the Army Corps of Engineers, and so the city must keep it up to their standards.

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