Harvey County News

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23 hours ago

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Happy trails to Robert Carlton, our Department on Aging director, who is retiring today. He's worked for Harvey County for five years (and one week!), and was an active community leader long before coming here, too. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran.

Here at the County, Robert helped lead initiatives to improve our transportation services, provide meal services at senior centers, and advocate for helping seniors with their Medicare Part D enrollment.

We hope Robert will take some time to relax, but we know he'll keep busy, too. As he said, "I just want to continue helping people. I know that's in the future somewhere."

Congrats on your retirement, Robert!Photos from Harvey County's post
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We're hiring for a full-time deputy position at our Detention Center. It's a good opportunity for someone looking to get their start in law enforcement, or for someone interested in making a change in their career path.

If you'd like to join our team, you can find out more about the position, or submit an application, at ksgovjobs.com/Vacancies/VacancyDetail/484We're hiring for a full-time deputy position at our Detention Center. It's a good opportunity for someone looking to get their start in law enforcement, or for someone interested in making a change in their career path.

If you'd like to join our team, you can find out more about the position, or submit an application, at ksgovjobs.com/Vacancies/VacancyDetail/484
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Were hiring for a full-time deputy position at our Detention Center. Its a good opportunity for someone looking to get their start in law enforcement, or for someone interested in making a change in their career path. 

If youd like to join our team, you can find out more about the position, or submit an application, at https://ksgovjobs.com/Vacancies/VacancyDetail/484

You'll have to use your imagination a little bit right now, but you're lookin' at the new bait shop for East Park!

The concrete started to get poured yesterday for the facility. We're super excited to get this going. This will bring a convenient, local bait shop back to East Park, something we've missed having around lately. This will become an easy stop for live bait, tackle, and other supplies you might need on your visit.

Coming to you for the spring of 2022!Photos from Harvey County Parks's post
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Youll have to use your imagination a little bit right now, but youre lookin at the new bait shop for East Park! 

The concrete started to get poured yesterday for the facility. Were super excited to get this going. This will bring a convenient, local bait shop back to East Park, something weve missed having around lately. This will become an easy stop for live bait, tackle, and other supplies you might need on your visit. 

Coming to you for the spring of 2022!Image attachmentImage attachment

1 day ago

Harvey County

Medicare Part D enrollment starts today and continues through Dec. 7. The Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program can help seniors review and discuss their options for prescription plans for the upcoming coverage year. SHICK annually identifies thousands of dollars in combined savings for seniors.

Give Kansas State Research and Extension - Harvey County a call to set up an appointment!Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is October 15-December 7. Make an appointment for a volunteer to compare plans with you. www.harvey.k-state.edu/family-and-consumer-sciences/
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Medicare Part D enrollment starts today and continues through Dec. 7. The Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program can help seniors review and discuss their options for prescription plans for the upcoming coverage year. SHICK annually identifies thousands of dollars in combined savings for seniors. 

Give Kansas State Research and Extension - Harvey County a call to set up an appointment!

We are so glad to be able to play a part in getting this program going! This is a great opportunity to help individuals get back to a healthy lifestyle.This week marked the culmination of several months of planning, networking and communication, leading to our first participants in drug court at the Harvey County Courthouse.

The drug court program is a big community partnership that brings together law enforcement, the judicial system, healthcare and treatment providers, and more in an effort to provide a pathway to rehabilitation for offenders with a history of drug use.

Participants are individuals that have been or will soon be placed into probation. They apply to participate, and after having done so, must adhere to stringent oversight. They regularly must come back to the court to provide an update, ensuring they have remained clean from drug use and are attending probation meetings. If not, there can be repercussions.

The drug court provides accountability, while also establishing an opportunity for individuals to get back on track with a support system around them. More than half of the cases filed in Harvey County in 2019 were led with a drug-related charge. The goal is to reduce recidivism, which in turn would reduce the strain on law enforcement and judicial resources.

The program is financially offset through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We're just getting started! We're hopeful to extend our network of community partners and leaders to expand the program in the future. A big thank you to everyone that has made this program possible.
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We are so glad to be able to play a part in getting this program going! This is a great opportunity to help individuals get back to a healthy lifestyle.

2 days ago

Harvey County

This week marked the culmination of several months of planning, networking and communication, leading to our first participants in drug court at the Harvey County Courthouse.

The drug court program is a big community partnership that brings together law enforcement, the judicial system, healthcare and treatment providers, and more in an effort to provide a pathway to rehabilitation for offenders with a history of drug use.

Participants are individuals that have been or will soon be placed into probation. They apply to participate, and after having done so, must adhere to stringent oversight. They regularly must come back to the court to provide an update, ensuring they have remained clean from drug use and are attending probation meetings. If not, there can be repercussions.

The drug court provides accountability, while also establishing an opportunity for individuals to get back on track with a support system around them. More than half of the cases filed in Harvey County in 2019 were led with a drug-related charge. The goal is to reduce recidivism, which in turn would reduce the strain on law enforcement and judicial resources.

The program is financially offset through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We're just getting started! We're hopeful to extend our network of community partners and leaders to expand the program in the future. A big thank you to everyone that has made this program possible.This week marked the culmination of several months of planning, networking and communication, leading to our first participants in drug court at the Harvey County Courthouse.

The drug court program is a big community partnership that brings together law enforcement, the judicial system, healthcare and treatment providers, and more in an effort to provide a pathway to rehabilitation for offenders with a history of drug use.

Participants are individuals that have been or will soon be placed into probation. They apply to participate, and after having done so, must adhere to stringent oversight. They regularly must come back to the court to provide an update, ensuring they have remained clean from drug use and are attending probation meetings. If not, there can be repercussions.

The drug court provides accountability, while also establishing an opportunity for individuals to get back on track with a support system around them. More than half of the cases filed in Harvey County in 2019 were led with a drug-related charge. The goal is to reduce recidivism, which in turn would reduce the strain on law enforcement and judicial resources.

The program is financially offset through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We're just getting started! We're hopeful to extend our network of community partners and leaders to expand the program in the future. A big thank you to everyone that has made this program possible.
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This week marked the culmination of several months of planning, networking and communication, leading to our first participants in drug court at the Harvey County Courthouse. 

The drug court program is a big community partnership that brings together law enforcement, the judicial system, healthcare and treatment providers, and more in an effort to provide a pathway to rehabilitation for offenders with a history of drug use. 

Participants are individuals that have been or will soon be placed into probation. They apply to participate, and after having done so, must adhere to stringent oversight. They regularly must come back to the court to provide an update, ensuring they have remained clean from drug use and are attending probation meetings. If not, there can be repercussions. 

The drug court provides accountability, while also establishing an opportunity for individuals to get back on track with a support system around them. More than half of the cases filed in Harvey County in 2019 were led with a drug-related charge. The goal is to reduce recidivism, which in turn would reduce the strain on law enforcement and judicial resources.

The program is financially offset through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Were just getting started! Were hopeful to extend our network of community partners and leaders to expand the program in the future. A big thank you to everyone that has made this program possible.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is October 15-December 7. Make an appointment for a volunteer to compare plans with you. www.harvey.k-state.edu/family-and-consumer-sciences/ ... See moreSee less

Here's something to just be aware of (as if any of us need any more spam calls) ...

The Kansas Peace Officers Association was notified of some phone calls soliciting donations, allegedly to benefit the KPOA. The KPOA doesn't make phone calls soliciting for donations, so this is a scam.

The KPOA does some great work, and if you ever did want to donate to the KPOA, the best way to find out more about the organization is at kpoa.org/Donate.

We haven't heard of any of these particular phone calls in Harvey County yet, but there's always various phone scams out there at any time. A good reminder to stay vigilant!Here's something to just be aware of (as if any of us need any more spam calls) ...

The Kansas Peace Officers Association was notified of some phone calls soliciting donations, allegedly to benefit the KPOA. The KPOA doesn't make phone calls soliciting for donations, so this is a scam.

The KPOA does some great work, and if you ever did want to donate to the KPOA, the best way to find out more about the organization is at kpoa.org/Donate.

We haven't heard of any of these particular phone calls in Harvey County yet, but there's always various phone scams out there at any time. A good reminder to stay vigilant!
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Heres something to just be aware of (as if any of us need any more spam calls) ...

The Kansas Peace Officers Association was notified of some phone calls soliciting donations, allegedly to benefit the KPOA. The KPOA doesnt make phone calls soliciting for donations, so this is a scam. 

The KPOA does some great work, and if you ever did want to donate to the KPOA, the best way to find out more about the organization is at https://kpoa.org/Donate.

We havent heard of any of these particular phone calls in Harvey County yet, but theres always various phone scams out there at any time. A good reminder to stay vigilant!

Make sure to stay aware of the weather into the overnight hours. Take a minute or two to ensure you have multiple ways to stay up-to-date - phone, weather radio, local news, etc.Chances for thunderstorms increase through evening and overnight. Severe weather threat also increases with the overnight period having the highest chances for severe weather. The large hail and tornado threat will be more restricted to the western areas tonight. The severe weather threat in general will start to diminish after 2 AM. ... See moreSee less

Make sure to stay aware of the weather into the overnight hours. Take a minute or two to ensure you have multiple ways to stay up-to-date - phone, weather radio, local news, etc.

We have taken into custody a man wanted for previously fleeing his court appearance and attempting to evade law enforcement.

Joshua Harris, 47, of Wichita, was set to appear in court at the Harvey County Courthouse this past Thursday for a preliminary hearing on a felony drug charge. Separately, Harris was wanted on a Harvey County warrant for aggravated kidnapping. A deputy attempted to detain Harris on the warrant, but Harris evaded the deputy and fled the Courthouse.

Monday afternoon, law enforcement were notified Harris had been seen at a convenience store in the 3500 block of S. Duncan St. in Newton. As law enforcement arrived at the location, Harris again fled in his vehicle.

Harris was pursued by law enforcement as he drove south into Sedgwick County. He later exited his vehicle and continued to run away.

Law enforcement utilized a drone and a K-9 unit to help locate Harris. Harris was found by drone footage attempting to hide in the yard of a residence in the 8100 block of N. Hillside St. in Valley Center. Harris turned himself over to law enforcement when the K-9 unit began to be deployed.

Harris is being held on charges of aggravated kidnapping, failure to appear, possession of opiates, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. He is being held without bond at the Harvey County Detention Center.

Our thanks to multiple law enforcement agencies that assisted in the arrest, including the Newton Police Department, Valley Center Police Department, Bel Aire Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

Joshua Harris drone footage
Joshua Harris drone footage
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The Kansas Tobacco Quitline has launched a brand new incentive this month specifically for pregnant women! The Quitline will now offer a $20 Mastercard gift card for each coaching call completed for individuals who enroll in the Pregnancy and Post-Partum Cessation Program. This free, tailored program offers 5 coaching calls during pregnancy and 4 coaching calls post-partum. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to learn more and enroll today. ... See moreSee less

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Neighbors to the south, be aware! As of October 7, 2021.We are issuing a boil water advisory at this time for Wichita water users. A video feed with information about the water advisory and current water break information can be found here: www.facebook.com/cityofwichita/videos/2548024728676693

The City of Wichita has issued a Boil Water Advisory.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
• Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
• Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
• Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
• Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
The advisory took effect on October 7, 2021 and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. City of Wichita officials issued the advisory as a precautionary measure due to system-wide low pressure.

Regardless of whether the public water supplier or Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced a boil water advisory, only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

For consumer questions, City of Wichita at 316-265-1300, or KDHE at (785) 296-5514. For consumer information please visit KDHE’s PWS Consumer Information webpage: www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm

Restaurants and other food establishments that have questions about the impact of the boil water advisory on their business can contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety & lodging program at [email protected] or call (785) 564-6767.

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Aviso Para Hervir El Agua Emitido Para El Agua De Wichita

Estamos emitiendo un aviso de hervir el agua en este momento para los usuarios de agua de Wichita. Puede encontrar un video con información sobre el aviso de agua y la información actual sobre la ruptura de agua aquí: www.facebook.com/cityofwichita/videos/2548024728676693

La ciudad de Wichita ha emitido un aviso de hervir el agua.

Los clientes deben observar las siguientes precauciones hasta nuevo aviso:
• Hierva agua durante un minuto antes de beber o preparar alimentos o use agua embotellada.
• Deseche los cubitos de hielo y no use hielo de una máquina de hielo automática doméstica.
• Desinfecte los platos y otras superficies en contacto con los alimentos sumergiéndolos durante al menos un minuto en agua limpia del la llave que contenga una cucharadita de blanqueador doméstico sin perfume por galón de agua.
• El agua que se usa para bañarse generalmente no necesita hervirse. Es necesaria la supervisión de los niños durante el baño para que no se ingiera agua. Las personas con cortes o erupciones cutáneas graves tal vez deseen consultar a sus médicos.
El aviso entró en vigencia el 7 de octubre de 2021 y permanecerá vigente hasta que se resuelvan las condiciones que colocaron al sistema en riesgo de contaminación bacteriana. Los funcionarios de la ciudad de Wichita emitieron el aviso como medida de precaución debido a la baja presión en todo el sistema.

Independientemente de si el proveedor público de agua o el Departamento de Salud y Medio Ambiente de Kansas (KDHE) anunciaron un aviso de hervir el agua, solo KDHE puede emitir la orden de rescisión después de la prueba en un laboratorio certificado.

Para preguntas de los consumidores, llame a la ciudad de Wichita al 316-265-1300 o al KDHE al (785) 296-5514. Para obtener información para el consumidor, visite la página web de información para el consumidor de PWS de KDHE: www.kdheks.gov/pws/emergencyresponse/water_disruption.htm

Los restaurantes y otros establecimientos de alimentos que tengan preguntas sobre el impacto del aviso de hervir el agua en sus negocios pueden comunicarse con el programa de alojamiento y seguridad alimentaria del Departamento de Agricultura de Kansas en [email protected] o llamar al (785) 564-6767.

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Neighbors to the south, be aware!  As of October 7, 2021.

As the weather turns cooler and comfortable, we encourage you to explore the outdoors. We're a little partial to Harvey County Parks, and in particular, the Osage Nature Trail at East Park.

Just a short trip up the trail head, you'll find this monument. It's particularly meaningful to us.

The memorial pays tribute to individuals that have passed away, but don't have known family to claim their remains. In these unfortunate instances, their ashes are stored with the Sheriff's Office. A handful of years ago, Sheriff T. Walton and the Community Chaplain Response Team led a project to establish this memorial, where those individuals can have a beautiful resting place in nature.

If you're out on the trail, we hope you'll take a moment to reflect - maybe to be grateful for your friends and family, or maybe to pay respect to the people that were not as fortunate to have their family with them in their final days. Their story may not be known, but they were still family to someone.As the weather turns cooler and comfortable, we encourage you to explore the outdoors. We're a little partial to Harvey County Parks, and in particular, the Osage Nature Trail at East Park.

Just a short trip up the trail head, you'll find this monument. It's particularly meaningful to us.

The memorial pays tribute to individuals that have passed away, but don't have known family to claim their remains. In these unfortunate instances, their ashes are stored with the Sheriff's Office. A handful of years ago, Sheriff T. Walton and the Community Chaplain Response Team led a project to establish this memorial, where those individuals can have a beautiful resting place in nature.

If you're out on the trail, we hope you'll take a moment to reflect - maybe to be grateful for your friends and family, or maybe to pay respect to the people that were not as fortunate to have their family with them in their final days. Their story may not be known, but they were still family to someone.
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As the weather turns cooler and comfortable, we encourage you to explore the outdoors. Were a little partial to Harvey County Parks, and in particular, the Osage Nature Trail at East Park. 

Just a short trip up the trail head, youll find this monument. Its particularly meaningful to us. 

The memorial pays tribute to individuals that have passed away, but dont have known family to claim their remains. In these unfortunate instances, their ashes are stored with the Sheriffs Office. A handful of years ago, Sheriff T. Walton and the Community Chaplain Response Team led a project to establish this memorial, where those individuals can have a beautiful resting place in nature.

If youre out on the trail, we hope youll take a moment to reflect - maybe to be grateful for your friends and family, or maybe to pay respect to the people that were not as fortunate to have their family with them in their final days. Their story may not be known, but they were still family to someone.

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Here's a list of several important dates to keep in mind for the upcoming general election:

🗳 Oct. 12: Voter registration deadline for this election
🗳 Oct. 13: Mail ballots begin to be mailed to those that have requested them
🗳 Oct. 19: Advanced in-person voting begins at the Harvey County Courthouse
🗳 Oct. 26: Last day to request a mail ballot
🗳 Nov. 1: Last day to vote in advance at the Courthouse (advanced voting ends at noon)
🗳 Nov. 2: Election Day
🗳 Nov. 9: Election canvass
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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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