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Hesston Record 7.24


Hesston Record 7.24

5 Students Finally Complete 1-Hour Film

Posted 7/1/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Five Hesston High students, Jon Geidel, Alex Meier, Malachi Wallace, Micha Wallace, and Scott Yutzy, undertook the making of a feature-length film, Finn & Co.

The film will run its final screening at Mojo’s Coffee in Newton on July 13.

“Budget money, we would estimate about 10 bucks. We estimated over 2,000 man-hours just as the five-man crew,” said Yutzy.

The project started as a basic screenplay.

“It was a really simple idea when we started writing it. We knew we couldn’t do anything outlandish. We had no budget, little experience and no time. We wanted to make something simple. It is a relatable story about guys that we can relate to and have fun.  It’s winter and they want to build a time machine and go to summer,” said Yutzy

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Big Fit Camp Kicks Off Soon

Posted 7/1/2013

Record Staff

Hesston kids are getting in shape this summer during The Big Fit camp.

Coordinator Susan Lamb said last year’s program was such a success, the Kansas Learning Center for Health decided to host it a second year.

“We have 30 kids registered for the BIG FIT. About 11 kids who are past participants,” said Lamb.

With the popularity of the camp, it has been relocated from the Hesston Public Library to the Hesston Wellness Center. 

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H-Town Camp Kicks Off Next Week

Posted 7/1/2013

Record Staff

This year’s Lovin’ The Real H-Town camp is bigger and better than ever.

According to coordinator Susan Lamb, a record 16 Hesston youth have signed up for the week-long camp.

“Each year I am excited about so many different things.  I am excited to get to know the kids better.  It is also fun to see how they react to all the information they learn,” she said.

Lamb said she will be getting help once again this year from Hesston High grad Megan Klassen.

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Mike Brown’s Actions Save Girl; Award Given

Posted 7/1/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston resident Mike Brown was recently awarded the Good Samaritan Hero Award by the Central Kansas American Red Cross.

According to Megan Hammersmith, Director of the Central Kansas American Red Cross, Brown was nominated for his quick, life-saving actions when a student collapsed during a school function.

“He was chosen for the Good Samaritan Hero Award because this past school year, during a school bee, a student from another school collapsed.  Mike quickly jumped into action, notifying EMTs and beginning CPR.  The girl was unresponsive and, had Mike not helped in the manner that he did, circumstances would have been much different,” she said.

Brown’s actions not only saved the girl’s life, but were critical in her making a full recovery.

“I guess where the award comes in.  They said if I hadn’t done CPR, she would have major damage, or she wouldn’t have survived,” he said.

As a former emergency responder, Brown said years of training and conditioning took over.

“Years ago, I was a volunteer fireman for about seven years. The training and experiences there just kicked in and I knew she was in a lot of trouble. They only thing I could do was CPR until the experts got there,” he said.

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New Business Will Give Hesston At Least 20 Jobs

Posted 7/1/2013

By Jackie Nelson

GVL Poly, a plastic rotational molding company that specializes in agricultural applications will be opening its second facility in Hesston in early 2014.

GVL Poly, in partnership with Silverstone, plan on investing a combined total of $4.6 to $6 million in capital investments, it was announced last Thursday.

The company is not a supplier for AGCO or Excel.

City Administrator John Carder said the proposal for GVL Poly’s Hesston location began early in the year and has moved quickly. 

“We got together in January and put together a deal.   This is excellent to bring in out-of-state business. They will be a good utility user, which benefits the city. We are very excited to welcome them to the community,” he said.

GVL Poly is partnering with Silverstone in a lease agreement for a 50,000 square-foot facility.

“We do custom rotational molding for commercial, industrial and agricultural use. We do a lot of corn head snouts and some water storage tanks,” said Nathan Hulstein, Vice-President of Product Development.

Not only will GVL Poly bring in additional utility revenue, there are plans for dozens of jobs to be created.

“We are looking at creating 40 jobs in the next two to three years.  In the first year, there will be 20 to 25 jobs.  These will be basic manufacturing jobs, quality technicians, plant managers, our product development will be in Minnesota, but if the base changes, we may need a team here,” said Hulstein.

Allan Cronen, President/CEO of GVL Poly, said Hesston plant employees will be looking at mid-range salary and hourly pay rates.

“We are looking at $13 to $15 per hour for manufacturing employees. Management, engineers will be looking at the $50,000 to $100,000 salary range,” he said.

Carder said GVL Poly’s Hesston branch is a huge success for the community.

“We spend hours recruiting businesses, and they called us. A satellite industry is good for them and it is good fur us. We have been working with Silverstone and they have been excellent to work with. They have, effectively, supplied the City with a small industrial park.”

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