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October 11, 2018
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Chili feed, silent auction to benefit Burrton family Saturday

Posted 10/11/2018

A chili feed and silent auction on Saturday in Burrton will benefit the family of the late Mike Thiemann, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Sept. 13.A chili feed and silent auction on Saturday in Burrton will benefit the family of the late Mike Thiemann, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Sept. 13.BURRTON—Mike Thiemann would have given anyone the shirt off his back.

“Mike was the kind of guy you could call at any time of the day or night and he would be there to help you regardless of the need or situation,” his widow, Sno Thiemann, said. “He did everything without judgment or expectations.”

She described her husband as a simple man, but also a happy one who loved life, loved his family and loved his dog.

Mike died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Sept. 13 while at work. He was 53 and had lived in Burrton since January 2007.

This Saturday the Burrton community is rallying behind the Thiemann family with a chili feed and silent auction. Mike also leaves behind a 19-year-old daughter, Jackee De, and an 11-month-old grandson, Daxton Lee.

Chili will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at the Burrton City Auditorium, or until the food runs out. Local businesses have donated items for the silent auction, which will close at 2:30 p.m.

Silent auction items include a statue from Yoder Concrete, a Burrton Chargers gift basket, 9 mm Beretta, a camp stove from Troy’s TrueValue, gift baskets from The Barn, Scentsy, and Pam’s Sugar Shack, a sunflower candle gift basket, gift cards from Paradise Liquor and Halstead IGA, a pedicure package from Nails by Sparkle, as well as items from Kat’s Sweet Shoppe, Sara Mac Photograph, MaryKay, Thirty-One and Norwex.

Those feeling led to help the family who cannot attend the chili feed Saturday may mail checks to Sno at 615 N. Kansas, Burrton, KS 67020 or to her bank, C/O State Bank of Burrton, P.O. Box 219, Burrton.

Sno said the only insurance she and Mike had barely covered paying off their car, and she added she’s been in a daze trying to make ends meet since she hadn’t been working a full-time job.

“Mike finally convinced me after six years of nagging to quit working and stay home,” Sno said. She had kept a part-time job but has now found herself job hunting and trying to figure out what to do next.

“I know I will persevere; it just looks really bleak right now,” she said.

Mike had worked for RedGuard as a transportation specialist driving semis for nearly five years. Sno said her husband had been a dedicated, hard-working and loyal employee to his company from day one. He had been at the Holly Refinery in El Dorado the day he passed away.

“He was in great health, so this came as a complete shock,” Sno said.

Just 13 days before her husband’s passing, Sno’s mother had also died of a heart attack. Because of this, the two of them had begun discussing the need to go through their end-of-life plans and purchase insurance, but they never got that chance before Mike’s untimely death.

Mike and Sno had been together for 12 years and were approaching their 10-year anniversary on Oct. 2. The two were inseparable except when he was on the road, she said, and when he was, they were in constant contact with each other. She said his dream had been to work until retirement and then for the two of them to grow old together in their home.

“Mike loved me more than anything in this world and treated me like a queen,” she said.

Sno said she’d always remember Mike for his smile and his unwavering kindness toward others.

“In 12 years of being with him, I cannot remember him ever saying an unkind word about or to anyone,” Sno said. “It just wasn’t who he was. He was a simple man. A man among men. He was devoted to me and our family and gave me the best 12 years of my life.”

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Students get hooked on fly-fishing

Posted 10/11/2018

By Jared JanzenBradley Chege and Braden Logan follow instructions from Kevin Canada on how to tie a five-inch knot. Canada has been teaching students in Lonnie Lollar’s Lifetime Sports and Fitness class the ins and outs of fly-fishing the past two weeks. Bradley Chege and Braden Logan follow instructions from Kevin Canada on how to tie a five-inch knot. Canada has been teaching students in Lonnie Lollar’s Lifetime Sports and Fitness class the ins and outs of fly-fishing the past two weeks.

HALSTEAD—A group of students at Halstead Middle School have been delving into this form of art for the past two week, learning some of the secrets to becoming a successful fly-fisherman.

The class is Lifetime Skills and Fitness, taught by Lonnie Lollar. Last week and this week, Kevin Canada of Bentley has been joining the class to share his expertise in fly-fishing with students.

Canada said he was blown away by how quickly the boys were picking up on fly-fishing skills.

“I hope these young boys, at least one of them, wants to become a solid outdoor enthusiast,” Canada said.

All of the boys in the class said they were brand new to fly-fishing, but some of them had fished with bait before. Bradley Chege said fly-fishing is harder than what he’s used to, especially learning how to tie the knots. He classmates unanimously agreed that the knots were the hardest part.

Casting the line, though, is a different story.

“That was pretty easy,” Chege said.

Canada taught the students the basics of fly-fishing. They’ve practiced casting a fishing line in the auxiliary gym, aiming for a hula hoop.

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New school resource officer building good relationships

Posted 10/11/2018

By Bill Bush

SEDGWICK–As the first quarter of the school year comes to a close, so ends the school’s first nine weeks with a School Resource Officer (SRO).

According to Superintendent Larry Roth, the transition has been a success.

“Anything new, you never can predict quite what everyone’s response is going to be,” he said. “So far I’ve heard nothing but good things about having an officer here.”

Police Chief Larry Alexander agreed.

“I’ve had parents come up to me and tell me how much they appreciate having a police officer there,” he said.

One of the challenges for Sedgwick’s new SRO is that she works for both the police department and the school district.

“The school has an agenda and law enforcement has an agenda, and we want to make sure that they mesh together,” Alexander said. “And Nancy’s doing an excellent job at doing that.”

The Nancy that Alexander refers to is the new SRO, Nancy Jiminez.

Both Roth and Alexander said that the Jiminez has quickly developed good relationships with the students, staff and parents.

“I talk to Larry [Roth] once a week just to get a recap of the week and see if we need to change anything, rearrange schedules or anything, and every weeks it’s, ‘Larry, she’s doing a super job,'” Alexander said.

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Halstead debate aims to return to state

Posted 10/11/2018

From left to right, sophomore Kaitlyne Page, junior Olivia Seibel and senior Christian Wiedeman practice their debate techniques.From left to right, sophomore Kaitlyne Page, junior Olivia Seibel and senior Christian Wiedeman practice their debate techniques.By Bill Bush

HALSTEAD—On Sept. 15, Halstead opened the debate season by hosting the first meet. The hosting team works to put on the event and doesn’t get to compete. This means that several of the fourteen students competing in debate this year, haven’t yet competed.

“The season is young for us,” Coach Andrew Bauer said. “We haven’t had a chance to go out and take out our top teams, yet.”

But he’s been pleased with the students, who have competed.

Olivia Siebel took third overall, at Hutchinson. She was paired with a novice (first-year debater) to help teach. The pair finished at 2-3.

“Because it was an experienced student with a novice, really they shouldn’t have won any rounds, but they did pretty well,” Bauer said.

Last week, Bauer took four students to Hays, including three novices. The two teams went 3-2 and 2-3.

Last year’s debate team took fourth at state in the four-speaker competition. Bauer said he couldn’t find a record of the last time Halstead qualified for four-speaker debate.

Two students who participated in state return this year are four-year debater Christian Wiedeman and junior Olivia Seibel.

“There’s been a few days I’ve had to be gone and I just write in my sub plans, ‘Olivia and Christian will run the class.’ That’s one of the nice things about having experienced kids in the class,” Bauer said. “They can be the leaders; they can take ownership of things. They make the novices feel really comfortable and really good about where they’re at.”

Bauer hopes for a return trip to state.

“With Ye Gang, Blake, Patrick and Kaitlyne, we should have some pretty good two-speaker kids that I think should be able to qualify for state this year,” he said.

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