County Facilities Closed Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Healthy Harvey Coalition

ENGAGING YOUR VILLAGE
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Calling all Harvey county mamas! We are launching the Connected Moms group on Tuesday! As we begin to initiate this community of women, talking about establishing and engaging your motherhood village seems more than fitting.
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Join us for a discussion on the importance of creating a postpartum village, who the pillars in your motherhood journey are, and ways to communicate expectations with all the lovely people in your life.
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Our meeting space is downstairs at the Newton Public Library near the children's area. Welcome to anyone and everyone who identifies as Mom.
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See you soon!
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#harveycounty #newtonks #connectedmoms #connection #healthandhealing #postpartum #motherhood #kbc #umhmf #swayharvey #buildingacultureofbreastfeeding #fourthtrimester
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County facilities are closed Monday, Jan. 20 in honor and recognition of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Courthouse will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m.
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County facilities are closed Monday, Jan. 20 in honor and recognition of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Courthouse will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m.

3 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

New moms...Put this on your calendar!
Tuesday, January 21, 4:00PM at Newton Public Library.ENGAGING YOUR VILLAGE
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Calling all Harvey county mamas! We are launching the Connected Moms group on Tuesday! As we begin to initiate this community of women, talking about establishing and engaging your motherhood village seems more than fitting.
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Join us for a discussion on the importance of creating a postpartum village, who the pillars in your motherhood journey are, and ways to communicate expectations with all the lovely people in your life.
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Our meeting space is downstairs at the Newton Public Library near the children's area. Welcome to anyone and everyone who identifies as Mom.
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See you soon!
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#harveycounty #newtonks #connectedmoms #connection #healthandhealing #postpartum #motherhood #kbc #umhmf #swayharvey #buildingacultureofbreastfeeding #fourthtrimester
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New moms...Put this on your calendar!
Tuesday, January 21, 4:00PM at Newton Public Library.

After 2 years of effort, our new Command/Communications bus is completed. This new vehicle gives us more room and capabilities in support of major incidents or planned events. The bus comes with 2 mounted dual head 800 radios, 2 transportable 800 radios, a VHF, UHF and 800 that can be patched together, dual band ham radio, computers, 2 dedicated cell phones, wireless internet and a charger and extra batteries for our portable radio cache. There are 2 dispatch workstations and a separate command conference room. It will be a great asset to our service to the community, and first responders. Future additions will be 2 TVs for media and drone video reception. ... See moreSee less

After 2 years of effort, our new Command/Communications bus is completed. This new vehicle gives us more room and capabilities in support of major incidents or planned events. The bus comes with 2 mounted dual head 800 radios, 2 transportable 800 radios, a VHF, UHF and 800 that can be patched together, dual band ham radio, computers, 2 dedicated cell phones, wireless internet and a charger and extra batteries for our portable radio cache. There are 2 dispatch workstations and a separate command conference room. It will be a great asset to our service to the community, and first responders. Future additions will be 2 TVs for media and drone video reception.

 

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Whoops I forgot the exterior photo...

Sweet!! Congrats Harvey County!!

Can't stand scammers? Neither can we. So we want to pass along a scam attempt we heard today to help you be on the lookout.

One of our citizens received a call from someone purporting to be a representative from Evergy (formerly Westar). The scammer said the citizen's bill was past due, and that they were going to shut off their power ... unless the citizen shared their financial information. Yeah, that old trick. Our citizen was wise. They hung up on the caller.

We know these scammers can sound convincing. You'll hear about scams similar to this here and there, but it's important to remain diligent and consider whether what they're asking for from you is appropriate. If you're suspicious, give us a call.
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Evergy has compiled examples of some utility scams, with descriptions of how to tell. You can check it out here: www.evergy.com/community/safety/utility-scams

They called our office too...the recording said they were going to turn off the electricity in 30 minutes. 🤣🤣 we still have lights lol

They called our business and I said I would meet them in the alley with a payment when they came to shut us off. Needless to say no one showed up

Had one today from "social security". Smh

Scammers hitting hard today! Check out my latest post on my wall 😂

Nancy Fry Stahl you and many others got this call.

Rhonda Osburn

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Health Department will be closed on MONDAY,
January 20.

We're open at 8:00AM on Tuesday, January 21.

316-283-1637
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Enjoy a much-needed break to celebrate MLK, Jr. and all those fighting for civil rights

9 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

DCF OFFICE CLOSURE UPDATE: Manhattan, Junction City, Ottawa, and Osawatomie DCF offices are also closed Friday because of inclement weather.
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DCF offices in Topeka, Marysville, Hiawatha, Lawrence, Overland Park, Kansas City, Kan., Atchison and Leavenworth are closed Friday due to inclement weather.

DCF offices in the agency's West Region (Colby, Concordia, Dodge City, Emporia. Garden City, Goodland, Great Bend, Hays, Hutchinson, Liberal, McPherson, Newton, Phillipsburg, and Salina) have a delayed start until 10 a m.
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9 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

Loneliness can make it easier to slip into unhealthy habits, such as overeating, not exercising and substance use. It can also shorten your life by 15 years.

If you feel lonely and stressed, anxious or depressed, reach out to Prairie View and our community of mental health professionals for help. Call us at 800-992-6292 to start a life-transforming relationship - and a healthier you.

#mentalhealth #mentalwellness #loneliness #strongertogether #PrairieView #transforminglives
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Critter of the Week
Western Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta bellii

The western painted turtle is a bright and intricately marked species that can be found throughout the state of Kansas. They have an oval, olive to black carapace (top shell) that is smooth and somewhat flattened. They do not have a ridge on their carapace like other turtles do. The plastron (lower shell) is covered with bright orange and yellow designs. This reptile has webbed feet that are striped with bold yellow lines which are also seen on the head. Western painted turtles are one of the most common types of turtle in the United States. They are the largest of the four subspecies of painted turtle, sometimes growing to be more than 7 inches in length. Mature males are smaller than females, and have elongated claws on their forefeet.
Painted turtles are an adaptable species of reptile, and can be found in many types of freshwater environments. They prefer areas with slow moving water and soft sandy or muddy bottoms with vegetation and partially submerged objects. Lakes, prairie wetlands, rivers, and floodplains are all places where you could find this animal. They are frequently seen basking in the sun on logs and other partly sunken objects. This species is found from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans. Introduction by humans may be why populations have reached as far as Washington and British Columbia.
The western painted turtle is mostly carnivorous, but as they mature they will eat more vegetation. Insects, crayfish, worms, minnows, small mollusks and aquatic plants make up their diet. Turtles do not have teeth so they swallow their food whole or use their beak and claws to tear it. These turtles are also scavengers and have been known to eat carrion and organic waste in ponds, helping keep the water fresh.
Painted turtles mate from May to July and may have 2 clutches per year. After mating, the female has a strong desire to lay her eggs in a certain location. These nesting areas are used for generations and individuals will travel long distances, through fences and across roadways to reach them. The mother will use her hind legs to dig a nest 4 to 6 inches deep. She will then lay 5 to 15 eggs, and then cover and pack the soil on top of them. She leaves the nest and returns to the water. Incubation takes ten weeks and the sex of the young turtles is determined by temperature. Lower incubating temperatures will produce males and higher temperatures produce females. Hatchlings are about the size of a quarter and once they are out of their shells, they climb through the soil and make their way to water. Males will reach maturity in 2 to 5 years and females in 4 to 8 years. In captivity, the western painted turtle has been known to live up to 20 years. The individual pictured here was found in a residential yard early in June.
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Critter of the Week
Western Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta bellii

 The western painted turtle is a bright and intricately marked species that can be found throughout the state of Kansas. They have an oval, olive to black carapace (top shell) that is smooth and somewhat flattened. They do not have a ridge on their carapace like other turtles do. The plastron (lower shell) is covered with bright orange and yellow designs. This reptile has webbed feet that are striped with bold yellow lines which are also seen on the head. Western painted turtles are one of the most common types of turtle in the United States. They are the largest of the four subspecies of painted turtle, sometimes growing to be more than 7 inches in length. Mature males are smaller than females, and have elongated claws on their forefeet. 
 Painted turtles are an adaptable species of reptile, and can be found in many types of freshwater environments. They prefer areas with slow moving water and soft sandy or muddy bottoms with vegetation and partially submerged objects. Lakes, prairie wetlands, rivers, and floodplains are all places where you could find this animal.  They are frequently seen basking in the sun on logs and other partly sunken objects. This species is found from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans. Introduction by humans may be why populations have reached as far as Washington and British Columbia. 
 The western painted turtle is mostly carnivorous, but as they mature they will eat more vegetation. Insects, crayfish, worms, minnows, small mollusks and aquatic plants make up their diet. Turtles do not have teeth so they swallow their food whole or use their beak and claws to tear it. These turtles are also scavengers and have been known to eat carrion and organic waste in ponds, helping keep the water fresh.
 Painted turtles mate from May to July and may have 2 clutches per year. After mating, the female has a strong desire to lay her eggs in a certain location. These nesting areas are used for generations and individuals will travel long distances, through fences and across roadways to reach them. The mother will use her hind legs to dig a nest 4 to 6 inches deep. She will then lay 5 to 15 eggs, and then cover and pack the soil on top of them. She leaves the nest and returns to the water. Incubation takes ten weeks and the sex of the young turtles is determined by temperature. Lower incubating temperatures will produce males and higher temperatures produce females. Hatchlings are about the size of a quarter and once they are out of their shells, they climb through the soil and make their way to water. Males will reach maturity in 2 to 5 years and females in 4 to 8 years. In captivity, the western painted turtle has been known to live up to 20 years. The individual pictured here was found in a residential yard early in June.

1 day ago

Harvey County Health Department

Have you seen the great things we've been doing in Harvey County with partners and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant??

#bcbskspathways

Healthy Harvey Coalition
See what has been happening in Harvey County with the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Initiative
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Healthy Harvey Coalition

1 day ago

Harvey County Health Department

Friendly Reminder...take the survey to let your voice be heard in Harvey County.Your VOICE counts!

Give 10 minutes to make Harvey County better. Complete the Health Needs Survey.

Share this post! #bcbskspathways

English link- www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHNA2020

Spanish link- es.surveymonkey.com/r/CHNA2020ES
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Friendly Reminder...take the survey to let your voice be heard in Harvey County.

1 day ago

Harvey County Health Department

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Good words for Harvey County residents too.

1 day ago

Healthy Harvey Coalition

U.S. Surgeon General just dropped and did 20 push ups at today’s #ActivePeople briefing. What are you going to do today to move more? ... See moreSee less

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Healthy Harvey Coalition

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2 days ago

Harvey County Communications

Sleet, freezing rain, snow Thu evening thru Fri morning, changing to all rain Fri morning. Light ice, snow, sleet accumulations likely. Hazardous travel likely. Still uncertainty regarding precipitation type and associated amounts. Stay tuned for updates. ... See moreSee less

2 days ago

Harvey County Health Department

Stalking is intentionally or recklessly engaging in a course of conduct targeted at a specific person which would cause that person to fear for their or their family member’s safety. Stalking is a crime in Kansas. ... See moreSee less

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What we did in 2019

2020/01/2

Harvey County Administrator Anthony Swartzendruber presented a document filled with...

Airport to receive $7.2 million grant for taxiway

2019/11/27

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of...

Commission removes county recycling mandate

2019/11/26

The Harvey County Commission voted Nov. 26 to amend its...

Commission sets public holidays for 2020

2019/11/19

The Harvey County Commission set its public holidays for 2020...

Board finishes canvass for 2019 general election

2019/11/14

Harvey County completed its canvass for the 2019 general election...

County to hold tax foreclosure sale in December

2019/11/12

Harvey County will hold a tax foreclosure sale for specified...

Improvements for River Park, Halstead roads begin Aug. 27

2019/08/23

Harvey County will begin a hot-mix asphalt program Aug. 27...

Commission adopts 2020 budget

2019/08/13

Harvey County's 2020 fiscal year budget was adopted Aug. 13...

Road work will limit travel on South West Road in August

2019/08/1

A road improvement project will limit a short stretch of...

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