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November 22, 2018
Harvey County IndependentNovember 22, 2018 Harvey County Independent

New barber bringing classic feel to Halstead

Posted 11/21/2018

Shawn Wilson of Halstead will be opening a barbershop at 257 Main St. this Friday. His shop will aim to create an old-fashioned vibe with its vintage chair and Elvis décor. Shawn Wilson of Halstead will be opening a barbershop at 257 Main St. this Friday. His shop will aim to create an old-fashioned vibe with its vintage chair and Elvis décor. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Men and boys in Halstead will no longer have to travel out of town to get their hair trimmed. After more than a year without a barbershop in town, one is set to open this Friday, with hours that day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shawn Wilson, the new owner of Halstead Barbershop at 257 Main St., said he takes a traditional approach to barbering.

“It’s to make a man feel like a man,” he said.

In addition to haircuts, Wilson will offer straight-razor shaves.

“Straight-razor shaves is the kind of thing that’s not too often found anymore, so I get told often I’m kind of a rarity,” he said. “It’s kind of a lost art.”

Wilson has lived in Halstead since April 2015, and his decision to open a barbershop here has been several months in the making. He said the idea has been well received so far.

“I’ve had people stop by, visit, wonder when we’re opening and mention the need for one,” he said.

He’s hoping to also attract clientele from surrounding towns.

“For many years this town’s had a shop, so it’s been able to support it,” he said.

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Halstead Health and Rehab to host holiday market

Posted 11/21/2018

By Bill Bush

HALSTEAD—Halstead Health and Rehab is preparing for their annual holiday market for its residents, and they could use some help.

“To help, people can go out and buy something or donate money.” Tammy Weber, one of the volunteer organizers of the event, said that they need a wide variety of gifts because residents will shop for family members of all ages.

In addition to gifts, they need wrapping paper, bows, gift bags, tissue paper, and other wrapping items. Weber said they are going to try to do more gift bags this year because they don’t have many boxes, and some of the items can be challenging to wrap.

Donations of gifts, wrapping items, and money may be dropped off at The Real Estate Company at 227 N. Main in Halstead, preferably by Monday, Dec. 10.

Another way to help support the event, too, is to attend their dinner fundraiser at the American Legion on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. They will serve chili and cinnamon rolls and will provide a potato bar for a suggested donation of $5.

Weber said that they also need a lot of volunteers the day of the bazaar.

“We really have to take each resident one on one and help them shop,” Weber said. “They need help reaching stuff; then once they pick something out, we run it to the wrapping table. Once it’s wrapped, we run it to their rooms. We need wrappers and we need shopping helpers. If people want to come help us set up the store, that’s a lot of work. We try to organize gifts for easy shopping.”

This year, the holiday market will take place on Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Please contact Weber at 316-215-1760 if you can help out that day.

Weber calls it the Viola Jantz Christmas Bazaar.

“I never would have done it if it hadn’t been for her,” Weber said.

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Cranford wins chili cook-off

Posted 11/21/2018

This chicken ranch chili made by Angee Cranford garnered first place in Bentley’s chili cook-off over the weekend.This chicken ranch chili made by Angee Cranford garnered first place in Bentley’s chili cook-off over the weekend.By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY–Bentley residents of all ages enjoyed hot bowls of chili on a cold November night last Saturday at the Bentley Eagle Senior Center.

This was the first year the senior center has partnered with the Bentley Community Improvement Association for its annual cook-off, and the result was a well balanced representation of different age demographics.

“Everyone had an awesome time, and it was wonderful to people talking to each other,” CIA member Shannon Koehn said. “This is what community is about.”

Five residents donned their chef’s hats and entered in this year’s competition.

Angee Cranford’s chicken ranch chili was declared the Best in Bentley. Of the 31 votes cast, Cranford claimed nine of them.

While she’s never entered a chili contest before, Cranford said she uses that recipe often for her family.

In second place was another newcomer to chili competitions, Darren Woodson, with a thick, spicy concoction.

“It’s a recipe I’ve worked on and progressed over the years,” he said. “It’s never exactly the same twice.”

His chili starts with ground beef, sausage and six types of beans.

“Then I open the fridge up and just start putting stuff in there,” he said.

Woodson added that he decided to enter the chili cook-off this year because Bentley has grown close to his heart and he wanted to show his support for the CIA.

Third-place was awarded to a heat-packing chili by Shannon Koehn, while fourth went to Jared Hill’s extra meaty recipe and fifth went to Kevin Canada’s Montana Mountain Chili.

For dessert, people enjoyed a number of options, which were donated by the Bentley United Methodist Church and other residents.

The chili cook-off raised $210, before expenses. These proceeds will be split between the senior center and the CIA, and the CIA plans to donate its portion to the city to help repair and replace the city’s Christmas lights.

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