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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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September 24, 2015September 24, 2015

Make A Dart For Art On Oct. 10

Posted 10/2/2015



Date: Oct. 10

Time: 9:30 a.m. 

Cost: Adults - $21, Children, 13 and under - $15

Location: Franz Plaza Sports Complex, Bethel College 

Distance: 2 miles 

Registration: Mojos Oct. 9, 5-7 p.m. 


Pick-up: BCAPA Office - 400 S. Main, Newton 

Day-Of: 8:30 a.m. at Joe W. Goering Field 


Runners, walkers, dancers, skippers and cartwheelers are all invited to take part in the second annual Dart For Art, to benefit the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts scholarship fund.  The two-mile run will be held during the Bethel College Fall Fest on Oct. 10.

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New Metering System Coming This Month

Posted 10/2/2015

Recently, the City Council approved a proposal to upgrade our failing automated metering system used for gas and water utilities. The failing system is being replaced with a more advanced, technological and smarter system than was available years ago when our first system was put into operation.  

According to the Kansas Water Plan, Municipal water use (primarily residential) accounts for a little over 11 percent of the total water consumed in Kansas. So you can see why conservation of the resource is important to us as a city and a state. The lion’s share of our water, approximately 80 percent, is used by agriculture. The remaining is used by recreation, industrial and all other uses. 

Kansans have historically been great stewards of our water, employing strategic management and development activities. Because of that most Kansas cities, towns, and industries generally enjoy an adequate supply of water.

 However, as our population grows, business and industry grows, and agriculture continues to lead our economy, it is estimated that future demands for water may exceed presently developed water supplies available for municipal and industrial purposes in some areas. 

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HCHD Gearing Up For Flu Season

Posted 10/2/2015

Flu season is coming and it’s time to get vaccinated. Last years flu shots didn’t do such a good job preventing the widespread illness, but according to Toby Harkins, Assistant Director of Nursing for the Harvey County Health Department, the CDC made some changes to better prepare people.

“The CDC does analysis each year to determine what strains might be prevalent. They have changed two of the strains in the vaccinations for this flu season”. The last two years flu vaccines have had two of the same components. 

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H.A.S. Hosting Flu Vaccination Clinic, Providing Vouchers

Posted 10/2/2015

Flu season is fast approaching. Free flu shot vouchers are available for the Oct. 7 flu vaccination clinic hosted at Hesston Area Senior Center (H.A.S.) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 

H.A.S. Director Marla Sharp said the center is providing 20 vouchers for free flu shots for residents who cannot afford the shot.
“These are for anyone who has no means of covering the flu shots. This means anyone without Medicaid, Medicare or insurance could pick up one of these vouchers from H.A.S. and get their flu shot that day,” she said. 

The clinic is open to anyone in the Hesston community and is a walk-in clinic - no appointments are necessary.  

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Fire Destroys Barn, Kills 3 Horses

Posted 9/24/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston Emergency Services Director Russ Buller said Newton Fire Department took the lead on the fire.

Newton Fire Marshal Randall McBee said in the initial investigation the fire was accidental.

“We’re looking at electrical. That’s the only ignition source so far. We don’t know what insurance is or any losses,” he said.

Buller said Hesston Fire Department had six firefighters on scene to support Newton.

“Newton chose to approach it defensivley, which is the correct approach since it was too fully involved when they arrived to do anything else,” he said.

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Attempted Theft Ends In Cross-County Police Chase

Posted 9/24/2015

By Hesston Record

HESSTON – Hesston police and Harvey County sheriff deputy Nate Regier responded to a theft-in-progress call in Country Village Mobile Home Park at 7:40 a.m. Monday that led to an injured deputy and a chase.

Three people were apprehended by police: Matthew Barnes, of Wichita - the driver of the vehicle - and two women, Cassie Tyner of Hesston and Athena Goddard of Newton.

According to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder, Barnes is facing the following charges: aggrivated battery of a law enforcement officer; flee or attempt to elude (felony); attempted felony theft; felony interference with a law enforcement officer; multiple traffic moving violations; arrested on warrants from Park City.

Also according to Schroeder, Goddard faces charges of attempted felony theft; felony interference with a law enforcement officer and arrested on a warrant from Harvey County.

Schroeder said Tyner faces charges of flee or attempt to elude (felony); attempted felony theft and felony interference with a law enforcement officer. “This was initially just thought to be a misunderstanding. It still could have been. They thought they were there to [repossess] a vehicle.

They were under the assumption it was someone else’s and they were there to reclaim it,” said Regier.

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Hesston College Set To Dedicate New Campus Spaces

Posted 9/24/2015

For The Record

Hesston College invites the community to join the dedication of its two newest on-campus spaces – a north campus entry way and renovations to the Northlawn Center for Performing Arts Education – during the Homecoming Weekend celebration Sept. 25 to 27.

“The new campus entry way and the renovations to Northlawn are exciting additions to campus this year, and they are also added value to the wider Hesston community,” said Tonya Detweiler, vice president of Advancement. “Northlawn’s upgraded facilities improve the performing art students’ experience as well as those who come to see Hesston College performances, and the campus entry way offers improved parking availability and much improved campus aesthetics along Main Street and for visitors to campus.”

The annual Homecoming Weekend kicks off at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25, with a celebration and ribbon cutting for the new campus entry.

The campus entry, which is along Main Street on the north end of campus, has been under construction since May. It consists of two brick and stone signs boldly marking the entrance to campus, a parking lot that doubled available parking spaces and a Green Gables historical marker, commemorating the college’s first building and visual marker.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will include speaker Roger Yoder (Goshen, Ind.), Hesston College Alumni Association President and American Airlines captain, the first official chiming of the new carillon bells and an aerial photo capturing the historic moment.

A dedication program for both the campus entry way and renovations to the Northlawn Performing Arts building will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. Northlawn, which was built in 1971, underwent a full renovation to update and modernize the space and improve efficiency starting in December 2014 and completed in August.

Dedication Program

• 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. – Northlawn and Campus Entry Dedication Program in the Campus Entry turning circle.

• 10:15 to 11 a.m. – Open House and reception in Northlawn.

• 10:30 a.m. – presentation of 1/24th scale Green Gables replica by architect and Hesston Academy and College alumnus Mel Diller (Hesston), historical Green Gables re-enactors and a presentation of Green Gables history and model construction plaques in the Marion Bontrager Campus Worship Center in Northlawn.

• 11 a.m. – Hymn sing and Northlawn blessing in the Helmuth Studio Theatre in Northlawn.


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Hesston Plant Company Partners With Whole Foods, Wichita

Posted 9/24/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Plant Company, founded in 1992, has been picked up by Whole Foods as a contractor to distribute plants at their Wichita store on Webb Road.

Joel Hicks, owner of Hesston Plant Company since 2014, said the contract with Whole Foods has been very beneficial to the business.

“Right when we were buying the business, Whole Foods was opening in Wichita. They sent emails to growers all over.  At the time I was working as an apprentice with an organic grower in McPherson, knowing we were trying to buy this business. The owner let me know about the email,” said Hicks.

Nicole Lane, Marketing Specialist for the Wichita Whole Foods branch said when the business is looking to open a new store, local growers are contacted for potential partnerships.

“We looked to find local vendors that met our quality standards and bring them in-house. That’s how we met Hesston Plant Company,” she said.

Hicks said after the initial contact with Whole Foods, he was excited to move forward with a partnership.

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