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22 hours ago

Harvey County

This week we're saying goodbye to Cathy Rankin after serving the people of Harvey County as a dispatcher for 41 years. Not a typo. Forty. One. Years. It's extremely rare we get to put that on a plaque. We're humbled and grateful for Cathy's time on staff. She will be missed.

Fun fact: Though Cathy worked in Harvey County Communications, she is actually a Newton, KS City Government employee. When the dispatch teams merged in the 80s, city dispatchers had the option to work under the county but remain city employees. Three did, and Cathy is the last one with that distinction.
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This week were saying goodbye to Cathy Rankin after serving the people of Harvey County as a dispatcher for 41 years. Not a typo. Forty. One. Years. Its extremely rare we get to put that on a plaque. Were humbled and grateful for Cathys time on staff. She will be missed.

Fun fact: Though Cathy worked in Harvey County Communications, she is actually a Newton, KS City Government employee. When the dispatch teams merged in the 80s, city dispatchers had the option to work under the county but remain city employees. Three did, and Cathy is the last one with that distinction.

 

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That is awesome!!! Enjoy retirement

Thanks Cathy

Learned so much from that lady. Congrats and enjoy retirement.

We appreciate your time Cathy!

2 days ago

Harvey County

😳🤡🎃We're getting excited! Are you getting excited?! Here is a sneak peek of one of the new "scares" for this years Haunted Forest. Happening Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20 at west park.
Kids trick-or-treat from 5pm to 6:30pm and scary walk from 7pm to 10pm both nights.
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We're getting excited! Are you getting excited?! Here is a sneak peek of one of the new "scares" for this years Haunted Forest. Happening Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20 at west park.
Kids trick-or-treat from 5pm to 6:30pm and scary walk from 7pm to 10pm both nights.
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Were getting excited!  Are you getting excited?!  Here is a sneak peek of one of the new scares for this years Haunted Forest.  Happening Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20 at west park. 
Kids trick-or-treat from 5pm to 6:30pm and scary walk from 7pm to 10pm both nights.

 

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How scary is the trick or treat walk? We have some K-5th graders that are interested.

That's the Scariest PORTAPOTTY I've ever seen!

What's the cost?

Stacy Marie Rounds look

We need go to this again this year Tyler Arrington Chloee A Arrington Crystal Jones

Harley Delgado Amiyah Combs John Hughes We should go

Christine Montano

Amanda Sue Brannan Hein and Kadyn Hein Dalyn Brannan

Jose Valle maybe take Vance?

Jake Anderson

Taylor Terry

Sophia Kilznite

Ryan Loffland

Stephanie Dickson

Joshua Timmons

Bradley Vincent Haynes

Erin Nicole

Sydney Fernandez

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2 days ago

Harvey County

Still need to get your hunting license? You can purchase most common hunting licenses in the clerk's office at the Courthouse. Fishing licenses, federal duck stamps - we've got those, too. ... See moreSee less

Still need to get your hunting license? You can purchase most common hunting licenses in the clerks office at the Courthouse. Fishing licenses, federal duck stamps - weve got those, too.

2 days ago

Harvey County Parks

Critter of the Week:

Double-crested Cormorant
Scientific name: Phalacrocorax auritusss

The double-crested cormorant adult has a long black body with an orange skin pouch just below a long hook-tipped bill. The cormorant is a type of diving sea bird that can reach up to 35 inches in length. Juvenile birds are brownish with a whitish breast. The double crest from the name refers to a pair of white tufts behind the eyes that are only acquired during breeding season.
The double-crested cormorant is the most generally distributed cormorant in North America. In most areas, it is the only cormorant that is likely to be seen inland. These birds are seen in large numbers sitting upright on snags over water, flying, or swimming. They are very adaptable, and are found near; coasts, bays, rivers, lakes, swamps and reservoirs. They also thrive on northern rocky coasts or small inland ponds.
The cormorant diet consists of fish and other aquatic life, and can change depending on the season and their location. They eat a wide variety of fish, crabs, shrimp, crayfish, frogs, salamanders, eels, mollusks, plant material, and sometimes snakes. Cormorants forage mostly by diving from the surface of the water and swimming underwater. They use their feet and sometimes their wings to propel themselves through the water. They may forage alone or in groups.
Some individuals in Florida and on the Pacific coast are permanent residents, but most are migratory they migrate in flocks, usually following coastlines or rivers. In early spring through May they travel northward to breeding colonies along ocean, Great lake coasts, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Most of their summer breeding grounds are in the central northern United States and Canada. These birds fly mostly by day, but sometimes at night. They can be seen migrating in a v- shaped flocks, usually containing under 200 individuals. However, flocks having over 1000 individuals have been documented. In October and November the migrating cormorants leave their summer breeding grounds and spend the winter along the Pacific coast from temperate Alaska to Mexico, and also along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from North Carolina to the West Indies. They also travel to inland sites along rivers and lakes northward to Indiana.
Cormorants first breed around the age of 3. The male displays to a potential female mate on the water by splashing with his wings and swimming in zig-zags. He also dives and brings up pieces of weeds to present to the female. The nest is mostly built by the female with some materials provided by the male. Near the nest, the male will display himself by crouching and vibrating his wings while calling. The nest is built near water on a cliff ledge on the ground or in a tree. The nest is mostly made of a platform of sticks and debris lined with finer materials. The eggs are a bluish-white color and are incubated by both parents. The number of eggs can vary between 3-4 or 1-7. The eggs take 25-30 days to hatch and then both parents fed the young. After 3-4 weeks the young may leave the nest and explore the colony, but will return to be fed. They can usually fly by week 6 and are mostly independent by week 10.
The double-crested cormorant can be observed on the water or flying above Harvey County East lake. Visit East lake to do some bird watching, and catch sight or the cormorants, pelicans, gulls and bald eagles.
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Critter of the Week:

Double-crested Cormorant
Scientific name: Phalacrocorax auritusss

The double-crested cormorant adult has a long black body with an orange skin pouch just below a long hook-tipped bill. The cormorant is a type of diving sea bird that can reach up to 35 inches in length. Juvenile birds are brownish with a whitish breast. The double crest from the name refers to a pair of white tufts behind the eyes that are only acquired during breeding season. 
 The double-crested cormorant is the most generally distributed cormorant in North America. In most areas, it is the only cormorant that is likely to be seen inland. These birds are seen in large numbers sitting upright on snags over water, flying, or swimming. They are very adaptable, and are found near; coasts, bays, rivers, lakes, swamps and reservoirs. They also thrive on northern rocky coasts or small inland ponds.
 The cormorant diet consists of fish and other aquatic life, and can change depending on the season and their location. They eat a wide variety of fish, crabs, shrimp, crayfish, frogs, salamanders, eels, mollusks, plant material, and sometimes snakes. Cormorants forage mostly by diving from the surface of the water and swimming underwater. They use their feet and sometimes their wings to propel themselves through the water. They may forage alone or in groups. 
 Some individuals in Florida and on the Pacific coast are permanent residents, but most are migratory they migrate in flocks, usually following coastlines or rivers. In early spring through May they travel northward to breeding colonies along ocean, Great lake coasts, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Most of their summer breeding grounds are in the central northern United States and Canada. These birds fly mostly by day, but sometimes at night. They can be seen migrating in a v- shaped flocks, usually containing under 200 individuals. However, flocks having over 1000 individuals have been documented. In October and November the migrating cormorants leave their summer breeding grounds and spend the winter along the Pacific coast from temperate Alaska to Mexico, and also along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from North Carolina to the West Indies. They also travel to inland sites along rivers and lakes northward to Indiana. 
 Cormorants first breed around the age of 3. The male displays to a potential female mate on the water by splashing with his wings and swimming in zig-zags. He also dives and brings up pieces of weeds to present to the female. The nest is mostly built by the female with some materials provided by the male. Near the nest, the male will display himself by crouching and vibrating his wings while calling. The nest is built near water on a cliff ledge on the ground or in a tree. The nest is mostly made of a platform of sticks and debris lined with finer materials. The eggs are a bluish-white color and are incubated by both parents. The number of eggs can vary between 3-4 or 1-7. The eggs take 25-30 days to hatch and then both parents fed the young. After 3-4 weeks the young may leave the nest and explore the colony, but will return to be fed. They can usually fly by week 6 and are mostly independent by week 10. 
  The double-crested cormorant can be observed on the water or flying above Harvey County East lake. Visit East lake to do some bird watching, and catch sight or the cormorants, pelicans, gulls and bald eagles.Image attachmentImage attachment

Yesterday we asked the question: What is social engineering and why should you care? Here is the answer:

Sometimes bad actors don’t need computers to gain access to your information. Social Engineering is when bad actors gather commonly available information about you and things you care about in order to trick you into revealing information or giving unauthorized access to information systems. Social Engineering attacks can be quite sophisticated, and are not always easy to recognize. This includes attacks such as Phishing, Swatting, and more.

Social engineering attacks don’t require super powered programming skills to be successful. The information you post on social media and other sharing platforms may make you vulnerable to this attack vector, and it may be difficult to tell when you are being targeted.
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As we continue to have some fun this month and do some questions and answers about Cybersecurity here is our next question.

What is social engineering and why should you care?

Check back tomorrow for the answer.
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As we continue to have some fun this month and do some questions and answers about Cybersecurity here is our next question. 

What is social engineering and why should you care?

Check back tomorrow for the answer.

4 days ago

Harvey County Health Department

Great post on Cyber Safety.This is Week 3 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this weeks theme is "It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work."

When you are on the job – whether it’s at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency ‒ your organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two.

Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience. NCSA’s CyberSecure My Business™ will shed light on how small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most prevalent threats.
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Great post on Cyber Safety.

Health Department will be closed Noon - 6:00PM today, Tuesday, October 16. ... See moreSee less

This is Week 3 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this weeks theme is "It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work."

When you are on the job – whether it’s at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency ‒ your organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two.

Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience. NCSA’s CyberSecure My Business™ will shed light on how small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most prevalent threats.
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This is Week 3 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this weeks theme is It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work.

When you are on the job – whether it’s at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency ‒ your organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two. 

Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience. NCSA’s CyberSecure My Business™ will shed light on how small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most prevalent threats.

Health Department will be closed on Tuesday, October 16 at
noon - 6:00PM.
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We are once again experience phone issues at the Parks Department Office. If you would like to contact us please send us a message on here. We will update this post when the phones are back in working order. We apologize for any inconvenience.
*******UPDATE*****
Phone are back up and operating properly.
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Is there any schedule for upgrades for more water connections at the sites, and communication services at east

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5 days ago

Harvey County

Our Department on Aging Director Robert Carlton will be one of several presenters at an elder care seminar this Tuesday at 7 p.m. Anyone can attend, and it's free. It will cover several topics, including what to do if you or a loved one needs caregiver support, legal documents, government assistance programs and more. It can be difficult to try to do this all on your own. Come to this seminar and let us help get you on the right path. The seminar will be held in the St. Mary Catholic School gym, 101 E. Ninth St. in Newton. ... See moreSee less

 

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Are there any Medicare informational meetings being planned?

6 days ago

Harvey County

A couple scheduling notes ...

Our driver's license office is closed the Mondays of Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 for state training. The driver's license office will still be open Tuesday through Friday. The rest of the treasurer's office functions, like vehicle tags and property taxes, are available all week.

As a reminder, there is no commission meeting this week. We'll be back on schedule with a meeting Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse.
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7 days ago

Harvey County

**Update: Unfortunately, we had to cancel this exercise. The flu clinic for Kidron Bethel patrons that was scheduled prior to this will still go as planned. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.**

If you haven't received a flu shot yet and were thinking that this Tuesday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. sounded like a really convenient time to get one, we'd love to have your help with something. The Harvey County Health Department often does exercises to test its response capabilities. We'll be doing just that Tuesday at Kidron Bethel Village, located at 3001 Ivy Dr. in North Newton.

We're looking for as many people as possible to come get their flu shot so we can try out the Dispense Assist system, which we'd use to provide vaccinations quicker if there ever was an emergency. We'll do the tough part. All you do is come in, register and get a flu shot like normal, easy peasy.
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**Update: Unfortunately, we had to cancel this exercise. The flu clinic for Kidron Bethel patrons that was scheduled prior to this will still go as planned. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.**

If you havent received a flu shot yet and were thinking that this Tuesday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. sounded like a really convenient time to get one, wed love to have your help with something. The Harvey County Health Department often does exercises to test its response capabilities. Well be doing just that Tuesday at Kidron Bethel Village, located at 3001 Ivy Dr. in North Newton.

Were looking for as many people as possible to come get their flu shot so we can try out the Dispense Assist system, which wed use to provide vaccinations quicker if there ever was an emergency. Well do the tough part. All you do is come in, register and get a flu shot like normal, easy peasy.

 

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Janet Soukup

Come visit us at the Hesston Health Fair (in the Middle School gym) this morning! Take the Harvey County Health Perception Survey #BCBSKSPathways ... See moreSee less

Come visit us at the Hesston Health Fair (in the Middle School gym) this morning!  Take the Harvey County Health Perception Survey #BCBSKSPathways
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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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