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Hesston Record 4.17


Hesston Record 4.17

Early Deadline Coming Soon

Posted 12/17/2013

Record staff

The Hesston Record will have early deadlines for upcoming holiday publications.

The Dec. 26 edition will have an advertising deadline of Friday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. The paper will be delivered to the post office and in racks on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Readers will receive their copy Dec. 26.

The Jan. 2, 2014 edition of the Hesston Record will have a deadline of Friday, Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. It will be delivered to post offices and news racks on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and reach readers Jan. 2.

The Jan. 2 edition will be something different for readers this year. It will be a combined paper that will include all of our sister publications, The Harvey County Independent, Hesston Record and The Ledger. This combination newspaper is for that week only, so staff can take time off during the holidays.

Normal publication will resume Jan. 9.

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A Personal LookAt John Carder

Posted 12/17/2013

By Jackie Nelson

John Carder has been an influential community leader in Hesston. However, through his career, he has maintained his professionalism and coveted his privacy.

The Record wanted to know, who is John Carder off-the-clock.

As a child, Carder was born and raised in Chanute a small community in south-east Kansas.

Carder became involved in  the family business before he was even old enough to drive.

“My family owned a local business and I started working in it after school and on weekends starting at age 12.  This helped me to develop a work ethic that has served me well in my entire career,” he said.

Following high school, Carder set his sights on higher education.

“I went on to Chanute Junior College and finally to Kansas University where I earned a degree in psychology,” he said.

Following graduation, Carder applied the knowledge from his family’s business and operated his own chain of stores.

“I ran a business that had locations in five Southeast Kansas communities for 25 years,” he said.

Carder first became involved in city government in Iola and quickly threw himself into many facets of local governance.

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The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive Keeping 49 Kids WarmThis Winter

Posted 12/17/2013

Record Staff

The children at the Hesston Childcare Center are keeping kids have a good night and sleep tight this holiday season through the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.

The program has partnered with Scholastic Book Clubs to create a special holiday package of new pajamas and a book to be wrapped and distributed to children in need.

The drive came to an end on Dec. 12.

Pre-school educator Linda Janzen turned the final collection day into a lesson on colors and numbers.

Children were asked to sort pajamas by color and then counted the piles of PJs.

In all, 49 pairs of pajamas, ranging from newborn to sizes for pre-school children, were donated. 

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Carder: City Administrator’s 15-Year Tenure Ends

Posted 12/17/2013

By Jackie Nelson

City Administrator John Carder has stepped down after a 15-year stint as one of Hesston’s most influential leaders.

Carder has been a fixture in the Hesston community, working to increase Hesston’s population and business base.

 City Administrators Praise Carder’s Wisdom

He said one of the most cherished moments of his city administration career was receiving an award from the Hesston Chamber of Commerce nearly a decade ago. 

“One of the most memorable experiences was being recognized by the Hesston Chamber of Commerce as the member of the year in 2004.  Since my services are part of my job it is rare for a community to give such an award to a city administrator,” he said.

While Carder was formally recognized for his performance in 2004, fellow city administrators said he has been a reliable source of information and support throughout the years.

Halstead’s J.R.  Hatfield leaned on Carder a lot when he became an administrator.

“When I became administrator, it was a position that I had never been in. I was a cop and paramedic and fireman. And John and Jim Heineke and Jaci Reimer were instrumental in being able to help me do my job as an administrator.  I could call John at any time and he was always there to help me. I couldn’t have made it without him or any of those people. John was always there; he didn’t laugh at me for a question,” said Hatfield.

Randy Frazer, City Administrator for Moundridge, said he and Carder have established a strong professional relationship throughout the years. 

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Schowalter Villa Granted ApprovalFor Prairie Lakes Benefit District

Posted 12/17/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Schowalter Villa has been granted the final approval from City Council to move forward with the construction of a new independent living neighborhood, Praire Lakes, with the creation of an unusual benefit district.

At the November City Council meeting, Councilors discussed the benefit district at length but were unable to vote on the issue due to lack of a quorum.

City Bond Council J.T. led the discussion with Council regarding the unusual circumstances surrounding the benefit district.

“This one is a little bit unique in that the property being assessed is all owned by one land-owner. With developers, that is not always the case.  In developments, we re-name the landowners as properties are purchased. In this case, we have one landowner throughout,” he said. 

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