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Thanks for sharing this, KLCH!Tis the season for illness! Here is a helpful tool on how to properly clean your home after sickness has knocked on your door. ... See moreSee less

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Check this out...broadband survey. Let's get all of us covered!If your region/area of Kansas is light blue, we need you to take a survey on your access to broadband. We're helping the Institute for Policy & Social Research with their broadband survey and the areas in light blue don't have much data. Help use bridge the digital divide in Kansas! Take survey: ipsr.ku.edu/broadband/kansas.shtml ... See moreSee less

Check this out...broadband survey.  Lets get all of us covered!

Head to vaccines.gov for a provider near you.It's flu season, which means the time is now to get your flu shot. If you're eligible to get a COVID-19 booster dose, you can get the booster and the flu shot on the same day. It's safe, effective and efficient. Find your vaccination destination:
🔍 Search vaccines.gov | vacunas.gov
📱 Text your ZIP code to 438829
📞 Call 1-800-232-0233
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Timeline PhotosThere's no "bicycle culture" in the Netherlands, just like there's no "shoe culture" for people who walk where you live.

It's just another option you can use if it's more convenient (and it often is, due to properly designed road infrastructure).

WATCH: youtube.com/watch?v=vMed1qceJ_Q
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If your region/area of Kansas is light blue, we need you to take a survey on your access to broadband. We're helping the Institute for Policy & Social Research with their broadband survey and the areas in light blue don't have much data. Help use bridge the digital divide in Kansas! Take survey: ipsr.ku.edu/broadband/kansas.shtml ... See moreSee less

In observation of the Thanksgiving holiday Harvey County Parks office will be closed on Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26. We will resume regular office hours on Monday, November 29, 2021.
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
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In observation of the Thanksgiving holiday Harvey County Parks office will be closed on Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26.  We will resume regular office hours on Monday, November 29, 2021.
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

5 days ago

Harvey County

The Harvey County Courthouse will be closed Nov. 25-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday break. The Courthouse will reopen Nov. 29 at 8 a.m.

The next holiday closing is Christmas Eve (observed), Dec. 23, at noon.
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The Harvey County Courthouse will be closed Nov. 25-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday break. The Courthouse will reopen Nov. 29 at 8 a.m.

The next holiday closing is Christmas Eve (observed), Dec. 23, at noon.

6 days ago

Harvey County

Some exciting news many of you have been eagerly awaiting ...

The Harvey County Commission approved an improvement project for Hesston Road at its meeting today, with work anticipated to begin in the spring of next year. Hesston Road - or Old Highway 81 - is the most traveled road the County maintains.

The project was awarded to Pearson Construction for about $3.6 million, pending the engineer's review. That was the lowest of three bids, and came in below the engineer's estimate.

The project includes road resurfacing of Hesston Road from the Newton city limit to the Harvey County line at Northwest 108th Street. It also includes the addition of paved three-foot-wide shoulders. At 22 feet, Hesston Road is currently the narrowest pavement the County maintains. The improvements are expected to make for a safer road to travel and reduce maintenance needs in coming years.

With road improvements come temporary road closures. We'll have more specifics on that as the project gets closer to beginning, but the intent is to close the road in increments, and residents will have continued access to their properties.

The project will be financed through multiple funding sources. The Road and Bridge budget earmarked $2,005,000 for Hesston Road. Remaining costs will be paid through American Rescue Plan Act funding, the County's general fund reserves, and the issuance of bonds, if needed.Some exciting news many of you have been eagerly awaiting ...

The Harvey County Commission approved an improvement project for Hesston Road at its meeting today, with work anticipated to begin in the spring of next year. Hesston Road - or Old Highway 81 - is the most traveled road the County maintains.

The project was awarded to Pearson Construction for about $3.6 million, pending the engineer's review. That was the lowest of three bids, and came in below the engineer's estimate.

The project includes road resurfacing of Hesston Road from the Newton city limit to the Harvey County line at Northwest 108th Street. It also includes the addition of paved three-foot-wide shoulders. At 22 feet, Hesston Road is currently the narrowest pavement the County maintains. The improvements are expected to make for a safer road to travel and reduce maintenance needs in coming years.

With road improvements come temporary road closures. We'll have more specifics on that as the project gets closer to beginning, but the intent is to close the road in increments, and residents will have continued access to their properties.

The project will be financed through multiple funding sources. The Road and Bridge budget earmarked $2,005,000 for Hesston Road. Remaining costs will be paid through American Rescue Plan Act funding, the County's general fund reserves, and the issuance of bonds, if needed.
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Some exciting news many of you have been eagerly awaiting ...  

The Harvey County Commission approved an improvement project for Hesston Road at its meeting today, with work anticipated to begin in the spring of next year. Hesston Road - or Old Highway 81 - is the most traveled road the County maintains.

The project was awarded to Pearson Construction for about $3.6 million, pending the engineers review. That was the lowest of three bids, and came in below the engineers estimate.

The project includes road resurfacing of Hesston Road from the Newton city limit to the Harvey County line at Northwest 108th Street. It also includes the addition of paved three-foot-wide shoulders. At 22 feet, Hesston Road is currently the narrowest pavement the County maintains. The improvements are expected to make for a safer road to travel and reduce maintenance needs in coming years.

With road improvements come temporary road closures. Well have more specifics on that as the project gets closer to beginning, but the intent is to close the road in increments, and residents will have continued access to their properties.

The project will be financed through multiple funding sources. The Road and Bridge budget earmarked $2,005,000 for Hesston Road. Remaining costs will be paid through American Rescue Plan Act funding, the Countys general fund reserves, and the issuance of bonds, if needed.

Here's another new(er) deputy we've yet to introduce here, though he's pretty familiar to this area. Austin Gronau is from Newton, graduated from Newton High School, and previously was an officer for the Newton Police Department.

After a stint with Hesston Fire/EMS, Austin followed his interest in law enforcement. With the encouragement of Levi Minkevitch, Austin applied with the NPD, where he was before joining the Sheriff's Office this past December.

Austin is married. He and his wife have two daughters. He enjoys talking about sports, including K-State, and is busy doing some home remodeling projects.

Austin grew up on a farm, and as a deputy, is making a concerted effort to get out into the agricultural areas of the county.

"I like going out and talking to farmers, and letting them know we're still out there for them," Gronau said. "I like really going out there and being a face in the community. That's really my goal, is just to humanize us and be there for them."Here's another new(er) deputy we've yet to introduce here, though he's pretty familiar to this area. Austin Gronau is from Newton, graduated from Newton High School, and previously was an officer for the Newton Police Department.

After a stint with Hesston Fire/EMS, Austin followed his interest in law enforcement. With the encouragement of Levi Minkevitch, Austin applied with the NPD, where he was before joining the Sheriff's Office this past December.

Austin is married. He and his wife have two daughters. He enjoys talking about sports, including K-State, and is busy doing some home remodeling projects.

Austin grew up on a farm, and as a deputy, is making a concerted effort to get out into the agricultural areas of the county.

"I like going out and talking to farmers, and letting them know we're still out there for them," Gronau said. "I like really going out there and being a face in the community. That's really my goal, is just to humanize us and be there for them."
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Heres another new(er) deputy weve yet to introduce here, though hes pretty familiar to this area. Austin Gronau is from Newton, graduated from Newton High School, and previously was an officer for the Newton Police Department.

After a stint with Hesston Fire/EMS, Austin followed his interest in law enforcement. With the encouragement of Levi Minkevitch, Austin applied with the NPD, where he was before joining the Sheriffs Office this past December.

Austin is married. He and his wife have two daughters. He enjoys talking about sports, including K-State, and is busy doing some home remodeling projects.

Austin grew up on a farm, and as a deputy, is making a concerted effort to get out into the agricultural areas of the county.

I like going out and talking to farmers, and letting them know were still out there for them, Gronau said. I like really going out there and being a face in the community. Thats really my goal, is just to humanize us and be there for them.

The U.S. Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency has this really useful list of quick reminders for those cooking during the holidays:

🔥 Stand by your pan (if you leave the kitchen, turn the burners off)
🔥 Keep an eye on what you fry
🔥 Roll up your sleeves
🔥 Supervise children and pets
🔥 Watch what you're cooking
🔥 If there's an oven fire, keep the oven door closed and turn the oven off
🔥 Move things that can burn away from the stove
🔥 Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent getting bumped into by accident
🔥 Only use a turkey fryer outdoors
🔥 Check smoke alarms.

Home fires drastically increase this time of year. Be careful!

www.fema.gov/blog/10-ways-prevent-home-fires-thanksgivingThe U.S. Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency has this really useful list of quick reminders for those cooking during the holidays:

🔥 Stand by your pan (if you leave the kitchen, turn the burners off)
🔥 Keep an eye on what you fry
🔥 Roll up your sleeves
🔥 Supervise children and pets
🔥 Watch what you're cooking
🔥 If there's an oven fire, keep the oven door closed and turn the oven off
🔥 Move things that can burn away from the stove
🔥 Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent getting bumped into by accident
🔥 Only use a turkey fryer outdoors
🔥 Check smoke alarms.

Home fires drastically increase this time of year. Be careful!

www.fema.gov/blog/10-ways-prevent-home-fires-thanksgiving
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The U.S. Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency has this really useful list of quick reminders for those cooking during the holidays: 

🔥 Stand by your pan (if you leave the kitchen, turn the burners off)
🔥 Keep an eye on what you fry
🔥 Roll up your sleeves
🔥 Supervise children and pets
🔥 Watch what youre cooking
🔥 If theres an oven fire, keep the oven door closed and turn the oven off
🔥 Move things that can burn away from the stove
🔥 Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent getting bumped into by accident
🔥 Only use a turkey fryer outdoors
🔥 Check smoke alarms.

Home fires drastically increase this time of year. Be careful!

https://www.fema.gov/blog/10-ways-prevent-home-fires-thanksgiving

North Newton may not have made it to the finals, but Kansas did - and won!WINNERS' VIDEO!
Last month, The Turner Diagonal project took home American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) America’s Transportation People’s Choice award. Check out this video which highlights the impact this project will have on Kansas and more than $30,000 dollars in matching scholarship funds, which will help students in the transportation industry.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2vsOe0kWUA
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North Newton may not have made it to the finals, but Kansas did - and won!

7 days ago

Harvey County

Here is the weekly update from the Harvey County Health Department regarding COVID-19 cases in Harvey County:

Cases
◾ Cases to date: 5,402 (120 new cases since Nov. 15)
◾ Recovered to date: 5,200 (84 recovered since Nov. 15)
◾ Known active cases: 112 (Up 36 since Nov. 15)
◾ Deaths to date: 90
◾ Current hospitalizations: 4

Testing
🔹 Two-week percent positivity: 9.5% (Up 2.7% since Nov. 15)
🔹 People tested to date: 22,564 (244 new people tested since Nov. 15)
🔹 Total PCR tests to date: 50,134 (683 new tests since Nov. 15)

Vaccinations
🔸 Residents vaccinated with at least one dose: 586.0 per 1,000 people
🔸 Residents 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose: 621.1 per 1,000 people

This past week, COVID-19 vaccine booster doses were approved to expand eligibility to anyone 18 and older that is six months past their completed Moderna or Pfizer vaccine series, or two months past their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Your booster dose can be any of the three authorized vaccines, regardless of your previous completed series. The Health Department has Moderna available, while other local health providers have Pfizer and J&J. You can make an appointment with the Health Department by calling 316-283-1637, or find other providers at www.vaccines.gov.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also updated its county vaccination rate graphs to reflect vaccines being available to people 5 and older. Harvey County has the sixth-best rate in the state for people 5 and older that have received at least one dose of vaccine. That's great to see!

Additional local statistics can be found at any time on our COVID-19 dashboard: www.harveycounty.com/covid19statsHere is the weekly update from the Harvey County Health Department regarding COVID-19 cases in Harvey County:

Cases
◾ Cases to date: 5,402 (120 new cases since Nov. 15)
◾ Recovered to date: 5,200 (84 recovered since Nov. 15)
◾ Known active cases: 112 (Up 36 since Nov. 15)
◾ Deaths to date: 90
◾ Current hospitalizations: 4

Testing
🔹 Two-week percent positivity: 9.5% (Up 2.7% since Nov. 15)
🔹 People tested to date: 22,564 (244 new people tested since Nov. 15)
🔹 Total PCR tests to date: 50,134 (683 new tests since Nov. 15)

Vaccinations
🔸 Residents vaccinated with at least one dose: 586.0 per 1,000 people
🔸 Residents 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose: 621.1 per 1,000 people

This past week, COVID-19 vaccine booster doses were approved to expand eligibility to anyone 18 and older that is six months past their completed Moderna or Pfizer vaccine series, or two months past their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Your booster dose can be any of the three authorized vaccines, regardless of your previous completed series. The Health Department has Moderna available, while other local health providers have Pfizer and J&J. You can make an appointment with the Health Department by calling 316-283-1637, or find other providers at www.vaccines.gov.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also updated its county vaccination rate graphs to reflect vaccines being available to people 5 and older. Harvey County has the sixth-best rate in the state for people 5 and older that have received at least one dose of vaccine. That's great to see!

Additional local statistics can be found at any time on our COVID-19 dashboard: www.harveycounty.com/covid19stats
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Here is the weekly update from the Harvey County Health Department regarding COVID-19 cases in Harvey County: 

Cases
◾ Cases to date: 5,402 (120 new cases since Nov. 15)
◾ Recovered to date: 5,200 (84 recovered since Nov. 15)
◾ Known active cases: 112 (Up 36 since Nov. 15)
◾ Deaths to date: 90
◾ Current hospitalizations: 4

Testing
🔹 Two-week percent positivity: 9.5% (Up 2.7% since Nov. 15)
🔹 People tested to date: 22,564 (244 new people tested since Nov. 15)
🔹 Total PCR tests to date: 50,134 (683 new tests since Nov. 15)

Vaccinations
🔸 Residents vaccinated with at least one dose: 586.0 per 1,000 people
🔸 Residents 5+ vaccinated with at least one dose: 621.1 per 1,000 people

This past week, COVID-19 vaccine booster doses were approved to expand eligibility to anyone 18 and older that is six months past their completed Moderna or Pfizer vaccine series, or two months past their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Your booster dose can be any of the three authorized vaccines, regardless of your previous completed series. The Health Department has Moderna available, while other local health providers have Pfizer and J&J. You can make an appointment with the Health Department by calling 316-283-1637, or find other providers at www.vaccines.gov.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also updated its county vaccination rate graphs to reflect vaccines being available to people 5 and older. Harvey County has the sixth-best rate in the state for people 5 and older that have received at least one dose of vaccine. Thats great to see! 

Additional local statistics can be found at any time on our COVID-19 dashboard: www.harveycounty.com/covid19stats

1 week ago

Harvey County

Leaves are awesome for our compost operation at our Solid Waste facility (3205 SW 24th St. in Newton). Harvey County residents can bring them by and we'll be glad to take them, completely free! 🍂🍁 ... See moreSee less

The Sheriff's Office will join the Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies from across the state Nov. 20-29 for the Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign.

The campaign enforces all traffic laws, but puts additional emphasis on individuals not wearing or incorrectly wearing a seatbelt. It's also an opportunity for us to educate people on the importance of buckling up, because it saves lives. We hope people will travel safely during the holidays.

This campaign is supported through a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.The Sheriff's Office will join the Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies from across the state Nov. 20-29 for the Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign.

The campaign enforces all traffic laws, but puts additional emphasis on individuals not wearing or incorrectly wearing a seatbelt. It's also an opportunity for us to educate people on the importance of buckling up, because it saves lives. We hope people will travel safely during the holidays.

This campaign is supported through a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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The Sheriffs Office will join the Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies from across the state Nov. 20-29 for the Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign. 

The campaign enforces all traffic laws, but puts additional emphasis on individuals not wearing or incorrectly wearing a seatbelt. Its also an opportunity for us to educate people on the importance of buckling up, because it saves lives. We hope people will travel safely during the holidays. 

This campaign is supported through a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

That made for an interesting morning in communications... considering multiple agencies in 2 counties involved, it couldn't have gone much smoother! Great job everyone!!! ... See moreSee less

Oof. Rough day for us. Congrats to Josh on the W, and thanks for having us be a part of this.

Time to get back in the training room. That trophy comes back to our side again in a year.Photos from Newton Schools's post
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Local multi-time cup stacking champ Chad Gay getting some practice reps in before his showdown with Newton Police Department at Slate Creek Elementary today 💪

Chad Gay stacking cups
Chad Gay stacking cups
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Commission approves Hesston Road improvement project

2021/11/23

The Harvey County Commission has approved an improvement project for...

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Kelly begins tenure as Department on Aging director

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Lona Kelly has begun her new role as the director...

Hitschmann sworn in as treasurer

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County sets tax foreclosure sale for Nov. 19

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A tax foreclosure sale has been scheduled for Nov. 19...

Voting information in Harvey County for the 2021 general election

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Welcome to Harvey County

Nearly 35,000 residents call Harvey County home. The county landscape pairs picturesque country living with vibrant downtown shopping centers. Harvey County serves the cities of Burrton, Halstead, Hesston, Newton, North Newton, Sedgwick, and Walton, as well as 15 townships.

Harvey County is home to a bustling airport and train service, innovative economic leaders, sprawling parks, and welcoming school districts. Food and entertainment opportunities abound, with even more amenities within a short driving distance to our friendly neighboring counties.

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