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It is time to start slowing down while driving. Roads are becoming slick!

Be safe.
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This how I tryna be. Don’t ruin the fun tho

Redneck Road Rule: On Icy/Snowy/Wet/Slick Roads, drive only as fast as you want to be moving when you hit the ditch.

4 hours ago

Harvey County

Careful on the way home, everyone. 🌨

Harvey County Sheriff's Office
Starting to stick out there. Be safe on the drive home!
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Harvey County Sheriff's Office

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Snowfall Jan. 28, 2020

 

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I-135 is slick.. Daughter spun out doing around 50 mph

Car just ended up in the ditch outside our house on Ridge Rd. north of Sedgwick about 30 minutes ago. No injuries.

Parking lots slippery

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4 hours ago

Harvey County Parks

Critter of the Week:

Ouachita map turtle
Graptemys ouachitensis

The Ouachita map turtle is a distinctively marked, medium to large sized turtle. Females can grow up to 10 inches in Kansas. This type of map turtle is sometimes referred to as a saw back, because of the points on its back. The carapace is dark brown to olive with yellow lined markings and dark borders on the sides. There is a keeled ridge down the middle of the carapace with prominent black knobs, and serrated edges are at the back of the carapace. Like other map turtles, the males are much smaller than the females. The head is narrow with a nose that does not protrude from the head. The plastron is usually unmarked and a cream to light yellow color. The head, limbs and tail are dark brown or olive with yellow stripes. Stripes on the neck are sometimes orange. This species prefers rivers and large creeks with a moderate current.
The genus Graptemys (includes all map turtles), is endemic to North America. Each species has its own distribution, and some populations overlap. It is common to find false and Ouachita map turtles in Harvey County, KS. In a few eastern Kansas counties, you might see the Northern map turtle. Markings on these turtles are unique, and can be used to tell each species apart. The Ouachita map turtle can be identified by the three yellow spots on its head. One spot is behind the eye, one below the eye, and one on the lower jaw. In northern populations the first and second spots may be enlarged to form a crescent (crescent is wider than that of the false map turtle). The size of each species range is variable. Some live across thousands of square miles and others live in only one small region. These turtles rarely travel overland. The southeastern part of the United States is recognized as one of the two areas of greatest turtle diversity globally (the other is the Ganges-Brahmaputra River basin in eastern India and Bangladesh). This is in part due to the high diversity of map turtles. Researchers recognize 14 separate species of map turtle. When the weather is warm, you can observe these turtles basking in the sun. Binoculars help in identifying the different species. A good place to observe different species of map turtle year round, is at the Sedgwick County Zoo.
The Ouachita map turtle can be found from Texas to Louisiana, north to eastern Kansas and Kentucky, throughout central Missouri and north along the Mississippi River to Southern Wisconsin and northern Iowa. They can be found east on the Ohio River to eastern Indiana. The species is found throughout the Midwest, except in Michigan and Minnesota.
Ouachita map turtles are good swimmer and are commonly seen in rivers and creeks. They are comfortable in deep and fast moving water, and may be found in oxbow lakes and sloughs. Usually, they are not seen in smaller lakes and ponds. They prefer areas with aquatic vegetation, and snags or floating logs. Basking and hiding spots are important to this species. These turtles are omnivores. Their prey may include: freshwater mussels, crayfish, insects, snails, fish, carrion, and assorted vegetation. After mating, a female will find a sandy area near water, dig a hole and lay her eggs. These eggs may take 2-3 months to hatch. After emerging, the young turtles make their way to water without parental care. It takes several years before they reach sexual maturity and are able to reproduce. During the winter months, these reptiles will go into a dormancy state. Their heart rate will slow and they can overwinter beneath a submerged log or other object.
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Critter of the Week: 

Ouachita map turtle
Graptemys ouachitensis

The Ouachita map turtle is a distinctively marked, medium to large sized turtle. Females can grow up to 10 inches in Kansas. This type of map turtle is sometimes referred to as a saw back, because of the points on its back. The carapace is dark brown to olive with yellow lined markings and dark borders on the sides. There is a keeled ridge down the middle of the carapace with prominent black knobs, and serrated edges are at the back of the carapace. Like other map turtles, the males are much smaller than the females. The head is narrow with a nose that does not protrude from the head. The plastron is usually unmarked and a cream to light yellow color. The head, limbs and tail are dark brown or olive with yellow stripes. Stripes on the neck are sometimes orange. This species prefers rivers and large creeks with a moderate current.
The genus Graptemys (includes all map turtles), is endemic to North America. Each species has its own distribution, and some populations overlap. It is common to find false and Ouachita map turtles in Harvey County, KS. In a few eastern Kansas counties, you might see the Northern map turtle. Markings on these turtles are unique, and can be used to tell each species apart. The Ouachita map turtle can be identified by the three yellow spots on its head. One spot is behind the eye, one below the eye, and one on the lower jaw. In northern populations the first and second spots may be enlarged to form a crescent (crescent is wider than that of the false map turtle). The size of each species range is variable. Some live across thousands of square miles and others live in only one small region. These turtles rarely travel overland. The southeastern part of the United States is recognized as one of the two areas of greatest turtle diversity globally (the other is the Ganges-Brahmaputra River basin in eastern India and Bangladesh). This is in part due to the high diversity of map turtles. Researchers recognize 14 separate species of map turtle. When the weather is warm, you can observe these turtles basking in the sun. Binoculars help in identifying the different species. A good place to observe different species of map turtle year round, is at the Sedgwick County Zoo. 
The Ouachita map turtle can be found from Texas to Louisiana, north to eastern Kansas and Kentucky, throughout central Missouri and north along the Mississippi River to Southern Wisconsin and northern Iowa. They can be found east on the Ohio River to eastern Indiana. The species is found throughout the Midwest, except in Michigan and Minnesota. 
Ouachita map turtles are good swimmer and are commonly seen in rivers and creeks. They are comfortable in deep and fast moving water, and may be found in oxbow lakes and sloughs. Usually, they are not seen in smaller lakes and ponds. They prefer areas with aquatic vegetation, and snags or floating logs. Basking and hiding spots are important to this species. These turtles are omnivores. Their prey may include: freshwater mussels, crayfish, insects, snails, fish, carrion, and assorted vegetation. After mating, a female will find a sandy area near water, dig a hole and lay her eggs. These eggs may take 2-3 months to hatch. After emerging, the young turtles make their way to water without parental care. It takes several years before they reach sexual maturity and are able to reproduce. During the winter months, these reptiles will go into a dormancy state. Their heart rate will slow and they can overwinter beneath a submerged log or other object.

5 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

While CDC considers 2019-nCoV a serious situation and is taking preparedness measures, the immediate risk in the U.S. is considered low, based on what we know. Everyone should always take simple daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.

To learn more about prevention, see bit.ly/37Ay6Cm.
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7 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

Watch the roads...be aware of the weather...Through 3pm: Snow will continue to slowly spread into south central Kansas. Temperatures will hold steady throughout the afternoon. ... See moreSee less

Watch the roads...be aware of the weather...

7 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

Concerned about novel coronavirus? Dr. Norman shares more...

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, M.D. delivers message regarding possible case of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Read more: bit.ly/2019-nCoV_Jan28

Find the latest information from KDHE: bit.ly/2019-nCoV_KDHE

Find the latest information from CDC: bit.ly/2019-nCoV_CDC
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Kansas Department of Health and Environment

7 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

TODAY at 4:00! (January 28)

FREE and bring the baby!Breastfeeding Basics
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Alice will be shedding light on the ins and outs of breastfeeding next week! Whether you started breastfeeding last week or a year ago, we hope you join us for this time of education and support.
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And for those mamas not currently breastfeeding, come out and join us for a time of community and togetherness. You are welcome and wanted.
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Come with questions or come to listen and learn! See you Tuesday!
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#connectedmoms #breastfeeding #culture #connection #pregnancy #postpartum #motherhoodtransition #motherhood #swayharvey #newtonks #harveycounty
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TODAY at 4:00!   (January 28)

FREE and bring the baby!

1 day ago

Harvey County

As usual, your generosity was AMAZING this weekend for RSVP's annual Martin Luther King Jr. service project. That's the annual donation drive conducted by our group of local volunteers 55 and older.

RSVP gathered more than 900 pounds of food and personal hygiene items Saturday at the Dillons locations in Newton. Those products will be passed on to local need organizations here in Harvey County. Again, thanks to everyone for chipping in. 👏👏
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As usual, your generosity was AMAZING this weekend for RSVPs annual Martin Luther King Jr. service project. Thats the annual donation drive conducted by our group of local volunteers 55 and older.

RSVP gathered more than 900 pounds of food and personal hygiene items Saturday at the Dillons locations in Newton. Those products will be passed on to local need organizations here in Harvey County. Again, thanks to everyone for chipping in. 👏👏

In this episode of The Bachelor - whoops, Know Your Deputy - we're hanging out with Brendan Crawley, a deputy who works in our Detention Center. Brendan was born and raised in Newton. He joined the Army reserves out of high school, and is still active. Also a big Chiefs fan, so this is an important weekend for him.

Sheriff Chad Gay talks to Brendan about Brendan's interest in the military and law enforcement (0:40), hitting the gym and favorite cheat meals (5:30, with a plug for Arby's), and Chad tries to play matchmaker for Brendan (7:09). Enjoy!
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Know-Your-Deputy: Chad Gay talking to Brendan Crawley

 

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Great interview congratulations what a great young man!!!!!

This is awesome! Congratulations Brendan! Warms my heart to see you doing so well!

Good job, Brendan! So proud of you.

Isn't my grandson awesome.

Love that you are continuing these for 2020, Sheriff Chad! Yes, what a wonderful young man. I am pretty sure he is going to have some inquiries on his dating status after this! 😉

I remember this kiddo. I feel old he’s all grown up. Glad he’s doing so good

Glad he is doing something Good!

Brendan....teriyaki chicken, rice and asparagus...hmm??? I believe that was your request a few months ago.. lol 🤣. I'm so proud of the young man you've become! 😘🤗

Congratulations Brendan

Wow, so cool

Jen Penner ❤

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1 day ago

Harvey County Health Department

Good reminder! Share with others.Please reserve Walk-In Care and Convenient Care locations for things like cold & flu symptoms, sprains, earaches or minor cuts and burns that cannot wait for an appointment with your doctor.

Head to the ER if you're experiencing:
☑️Chest pains or trouble breathing
☑️Broken bones
☑️Head or eye injuries
☑️Deep cuts and serious burns
☑️Severe abdominal pain
☑️Loss of consciousness

For routine preventative care, vaccines and checkups - please make an appointment with your primary care doctor.
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Good reminder! Share with others.

1 day ago

Harvey County Health Department

Tomorrow at 4:00 - Newton Public LIbrary. FREE and bring your babies.Breastfeeding Basics
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Alice will be shedding light on the ins and outs of breastfeeding next week! Whether you started breastfeeding last week or a year ago, we hope you join us for this time of education and support.
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And for those mamas not currently breastfeeding, come out and join us for a time of community and togetherness. You are welcome and wanted.
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Come with questions or come to listen and learn! See you Tuesday!
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#connectedmoms #breastfeeding #culture #connection #pregnancy #postpartum #motherhoodtransition #motherhood #swayharvey #newtonks #harveycounty
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Tomorrow at 4:00 - Newton Public LIbrary.  FREE and bring your babies.

1 day ago

Harvey County Health Department

And with more winter weather predicted tonight, be aware and slow down!Two days ago, we pleaded with the public to drive safely after a Trooper was hit by a car while performing duties roadside. Sadly, last night it happened again. Both the Trooper and the other driver were injured.

We're begging you, all of you, to slow down and pay attention and to urge your loved ones to do the same. This is a terrifying trend.
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And with more winter weather predicted tonight, be aware and slow down!

Coming down to the wire...we need as many in Harvey County to complete the survey as possible.

Take 10 minutes to tell us what you think are Harvey County's health needs.

Already completed? Tag a friend and share the post. Thanks!

Your VOICE counts!

Help make Harvey County better. Complete the Health Needs Survey.

Share this post! #bcbskspathways

www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHNA2020
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Coming down to the wire...we need as many in Harvey County to complete the survey as possible.

Take 10 minutes to tell us what you think are Harvey Countys health needs. 

Already completed?  Tag a friend and share the post. Thanks!

Your VOICE counts!

Help make Harvey County better. Complete the Health Needs Survey.

Share this post! #bcbskspathways

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHNA2020

3 days ago

Healthy Harvey Coalition

Breastfeeding Basics
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Alice will be shedding light on the ins and outs of breastfeeding next week! Whether you started breastfeeding last week or a year ago, we hope you join us for this time of education and support.
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And for those mamas not currently breastfeeding, come out and join us for a time of community and togetherness. You are welcome and wanted.
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Come with questions or come to listen and learn! See you Tuesday!
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#connectedmoms #breastfeeding #culture #connection #pregnancy #postpartum #motherhoodtransition #motherhood #swayharvey #newtonks #harveycounty
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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...

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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