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BREAKING NEWS: Gas Leak Sends Three To Hospital

Posted 7/13/2013

Friday evening three residents - one adult and two children - were transported to Newton Medical Center, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Emergency crews responded to a call at The Wash Line in OleTown Square around 6:30 p.m. where they found an adult and two children nearly unconscious on a sidewalk near the entrance.

“They had symptoms of being exposed to carbon monoxide. The adult got the two children out, but they were still experiencing symptoms. They were taken to Newton Medical Center and the Laundromat has been ventilated,” said Emergency Services Director Russ Buller.

Peter Kaufman, who called 911, said his wife first realized there was a problem.

“She was on the phone, and she said they didn’t sound right, something was wrong. They got out of the building. So we came over here and called 911. If my wife hadn’t been on the phone, this would have taken a very different turn. But it went well,” he said.

Buller said symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure include headaches, lower levels of consciousness, dizziness, redness of the face and, if exposed long enough, death.

While emergency responders were on scene, high levels of carbon monoxide were found in businesses adjoining The Wash Line - First Bank and The Hesston Record.

Both businesses were cleared to open on Saturday morning.

According to Kim Richtig of First Bank, the ATM remained open throughout the evening on Friday.

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Home Damaged In Accidental Fire

Posted 7/12/2013

Firefighters clear the scene at 220 E. Knott on Sunday.On Sunday, Hesston Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 220 E. Knott in Hesston.

A home had caught fire after a resident placed a cigarette in a plastic coffee container on  the front porch being used for cigarette disposal.

“It was an accidental fire. The waste cigarette container was a plastic three-pound coffee can. The cigarette was insulated with other combustible materials and the heat caused the materials to ignite. The fire spread upward and outward and involved the structure,” said Fire Marshal Bob Maier.

Maier said the majority of the damage was done to the exterior of the structure.

“The vinyl siding was melted, some damage was done in the soffit area and got into the attic and did a little electrical wiring damage. They will have to put new siding on part of the front, some siding on the ceiling area of the porch. As far as damage in the house, there was none. There might be a little smoke damage, but no fire,” he said.

Maier said responders were on the scene almost immediately.

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Final Showing of Finn & Co. Saturday

Posted 7/12/2013

The final screening of Finn & Co., a movie created by five Hesston High students, will be shown at Mojo's Coffee Bar in Newton on Saturday evening at 7:30.

Don't miss your last chance to see this all-original time-travel comedy!

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Blood Donations Down About 10 Percent In June

Posted 7/10/2013

For The Record

 The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

Hesston residents can help ease the need by donating at the Hesston Blood Drive July 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church (309 S. Main Street).

 “We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO for the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer.  In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.

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How To Join The Ranks of Hesston Heros

Posted 7/10/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston residents wanting to make a difference are invited to help save lives with the Hesston Emergency Department.

Director Russ Buller said the Emergency Services Department has opportunities for volunteers.

“One of the advantages of Hesston, we have the opportunity, if you want to be just EMS or just Fire, you can do that. I have many people that do cross-over.  It is an advantage that you have the opportunity to pick one, the other or both. There are departments that have only one option. We have the opportunity to do anything you want,” he said.

Buller said volunteers who choose a specific department will still be working closely with the other.

“While they are very different specialties, we do tandem respond in a lot of different situations. We have different functions on each scene, but we do end up on the same scene,” he said.

For volunteers looking for more opportunities to be in the field, Buller said ambulance services make many more runs.

“EMS has a lot more responses, which means they are busier, which means running night, weekend and holiday calls isn’t unusual. Fire has the same possibility of running daytime or night. But, because of the lower frequency of calls, it isn’t quite as intensive,” he said. 

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H.F.D Fighting More Than Flames

Posted 7/10/2013

Some people say they spend much of their work-week putting out –metaphorical- fires. The Hesston Fire Department, however, has spent the last very busy week keeping the whole of Hesston, and surrounding areas, from going up in flames.

Russ Buller, Emergency Services Director, said the Fire Department is one of the most flexible city crews.

Under the Emergency Services Department, the Fire Department is the partner to the Emergency Medical Service.

“There are a lot of EMS assist calls because, depending on staffing needs, we often use fire response to facilitate the EMS call.  But, we are an all-hazards department. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, we are the ones you call and we evaluate, look at and see if we can handle it or if we need to bring in specialty teams, special rescue or hazard teams,” said Buller.

Buller said in the weekly public record Fire reports, residents see many of the same types of calls.

“We do lots of strange odor calls, smoke calls, lots of smell of gas responses.  Between us and City Utilities, we assess who needs called and what needs to be done to mitigate the hazard,” he said.

Buller said these seemingly insignificant calls can be a critical part of avoiding a major disaster.

“What seems benign can be a near-miss kind of call. A “hot smell” or, “Why does my CO detector keep going off?” Those kinds of calls we run a lot and many times it is discovering a situation that, at this moment, is very manageable because we discovered the source. But, given another five minutes or another hour or another three hours, the outcome would be much different,” he said. 

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Artist Has New Take On Spray Paint

Posted 7/10/2013

By Jackie Nelson

                                                             Hesston Artist Sadie Webb is this month’s Walkabout Gallery Artist.

Webb’s spray paint art takes a medium typically associated with graffiti and creates unique and more traditional paintings.

“Usually people see spray paint and they think graffiti. It’s nice to show people something that can be a little more creative. This isn’t graffiti art at all. They look like paintings – nothing graffiti about it,” she said.

Webb said she became interested in spray paint as a medium as a way to expand her art.

“I’ve been an artist forever and wanted to try something different and thought it would be fun,” she said.

Webb has been working with spray paint for less than a year.
“It’s been about six months now that I’ve been working with spray paint. It is kind of a new thing,” she said.

While researching new artistic styles, Webb turned to the internet.

“I saw it on Youtube. That’s how I got started. It was really cool how they can go from nothing to something beautiful in five minutes,” she said.

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Winner of Emma Creek 5K logo contest could win $50

Posted 7/10/2013

By Christine Wyrick

Special to the Record


In honor of the 25th-anniversary of the Emma Creek Classic 5K in 2014, the Emma Creek 5K committee is sponsoring a contest to come up with a special 25th-anniversary logo for the 2014 race.

The 25th-anniversary of the women-only 5K will be celebrated at the 2014 race on Saturday, April 26.

The logo competition is open to anyone of any age.

The winner will receive $50 and have their name announced at the awards ceremony following the race.

“We thought this was a great opportunity to get the community ­– both the community of Hesston and the Emma Creek community - involved in the 25th anniversary of the 5K,” said John Earl, director of Hesston Recreation & Community Education, which sponsors the race. “We hope we have a lot of people use their creativity and try to win the $50.”

The logo must be on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white paper and be black & white. It can be computer-generated or hand-drawn. A likeness of the image will be used - not an exact representation.

The words “2014 Emma Creek Classic” “Women’s 5K Walk/Run” and “25th” need to appear somewhere in the logo.

Entries must include the artist’s name, age, email address and cell phone number. Entries will not be returned.

Images must be original and not taken from the Internet to avoid copyright issues. Entries become the property of Hesston Recreation & Community Education.

Entries are due Aug. 31, 2013. The winner will be notified by email or phone.

Send your logo to or mail to Hesston Recreation at 303 Park Road, Hesston, KS 67062.

For more information, contact Christine Wyrick at 620-327-7128 or

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