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2014 Archived News for Harvey County Independent

Man Hopes To Get Track Legally Zoned

Posted 3/27/2014

EDITORS NOTE: During the editing process a mistake was made and the word no was removed from the sentence that reads “No organized gambling is taking place.” In the printed edition it reads “organized gambling is taking place.” That is incorrect. We apologize to Mr. Guevara for the error and will make every effort to get the correct information out in public.

By Karen Jacobs

HALSTEAD  – Racing is part of his culture, his job and his past. Espiridion “Speedy” Guevara grew up watching his father train race horses.

When he moved to America and came to Halstead, he started training race horses. Guevara has worked for John Stutzman, helping with his farm and trailers, since Guevara was 26.

Guevara is known as quite a cowboy. When a bull got loose in the City of Halstead, Guevara was called in to help capture it. Guevara’s neighbor, Ruth Jacob, recalls a story about Guevara from her husband, Terry. Jacob said Speedy was called in to help with some cattle that got out. She said that he roped two cattle at once. She laughed and said everyone was amazed. She said she wasn’t sure if he meant to do that but they just went with it and figured he did. Guevara just smiled and kept his intentions of whether he was roping one or two to himself.

While training horses is something he enjoyed, he needed a way to get the horses ready for the big tracks such as Emporia, Anthony and Oklahoma City. He and his brother-in law built a starting gate and a quarter mile track set up for training was born.

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Dairy Farm Starts At 4 In The Morning Each Day

Posted 3/27/2014

By Pilar Martin

HARVEY COUNTY – The Prairie Flower Dairy sits on Highway 50, just west of Halstead. The homestead and dairy farm have been in the family since the late 1920s.  Chuck Mueller is the third generation working the dairy. The Muellers’ son, Jesse, also helps on the farm, making for the fourth generation.

Days start early on the farm. Someone, usually Ruth, gets up at 4 a.m. for the morning milking of 43 cows.

The cows are milked eight at a time and then let out to feed and rest. The Muellers try and give their cows a 12-hour interval between milking, which Ruth says, helps in their production. The milking routine is repeated each afternoon at 3 p.m.

It only takes about five minutes for the cow to be completely milked, once the cows are cleaned and the apparatus is attached. The cows produce roughly 300 gallons of milk a day. 

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City Restrictions On Raising Your Own Eggs Vary

Posted 3/27/2014

By Pilar Martin

HARVEY COUNTY – Residential chicken farming has been on the upswing in the past several years. With the price of food going up, consumers are adopting a grow-your-own attitude that started with vegetable gardens and has now moved on to producing eggs in their back yards.

Chicks are relatively inexpensive from around $1.49 to over $3 each, depending on the variety. A coop, pen, or henhouse is required. Kits are readily available with everything cut and measured for you.

Then you need feed, water, nesting material, and lighting for warmth to keep the chicks growing. It is important to buy pullet or female chicks because roosters are not allowed in most cities.

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Award-Winning Neff Farm Uses All Resources In a ProductiveWay

Posted 3/27/2014

By Pilar Martin

RURAL SEDGWICK – The Neff Family Farm sits north of Sedgwick and grows all types of local fruits and vegetables.

The farm has been in operation since 1990, although Kay Neff is a sixth generation farmer. The farm raises 150 different kinds of herbs, 20 varieties of tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce, peppers, onions, edible flower varieties, and other vegetables. They are also known for their incredible strawberries. They have planted 1,000 strawberries starts in hopes of a bumper crop this year.

The Neffs take their herbs, veggies and other produce to the Kansas Grown Farmers Market at 21st and Ridge in Wichita. The market opens April 5.

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Sheriff Department Considers School Presence

Posted 3/27/2014

By Karen Jacobs

HARVEY COUNTY – Keeping kids safe is a priority for Harvey County Sheriff Investigator Shawn Chapman.

Chapman recently visited Harvey County Schools to get intelligence on what their crisis plans are so that if a crisis would happen, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Department would be ready to respond and help out.

Chapman and Sgt. Scott Motes visited Harvey County Schools including Burrton, Halstead, Hesston and Sedgwick to get a copy of their crisis plans and a blueprint of the layout of their schools. Chapman said they are not trying to take over, they just want to be ready and informed in case a crisis such as an active shooter or tornado would hit one of the schools.

Chapman said he was very pleased with the plans the schools have in place. He said the schools are working hard to keep the kids safe. He said from what he has seen so far, he has no concerns and has not seen any flaws in the schools’ plans.

Chapman said he wants to meet with all the superintendents and administrators to have an open discussion, about safety. Chapman said they can all sit down together and bounce ideas off each other to see where areas of weakness and strengths are in the plans.

Currently Halstead holds drills for crisis that would put the school in lockdown as well as severe weather drills. Chapman was not sure if other schools in the area also had drills for lockdown situations or not. But he said in a case like an active shooter it would be chaos no matter what. But having a plan and knowing what the school is supposed to do will help.

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