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Council Discusses Clean-Up Of Country Village

Posted 6/18/2013

By Jacquelyn Nelson

During the Monday, June 10 City Council meeting, the Council was presented with information regarding an inspection of the Country Villages mobile home park.

Mayor Dave Kauffman proposed council to look into purchasing part of the property.

“I would really encourage council to look into buying this. It sets the wheels in motion. They had six homes that were vacant. If we look at buying half, the community sees progress. Tear out some of the streets and start making it a greener place. It doesn’t kick out where they are. It gives owners a little money to put back into.  Looking at $150,000 that’s a reasonable price.” he said.

Carder presented the findings of the inspection to Council and said when owner Bob Tonge learned of many of the violations to City ordinances, action was taken to clean p the park. 

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Hesston P.D. Handeling Thousands Of Calls Per Year

Posted 6/18/2013

By Jaquelyn Nelson


1: Traffic Stop – 540

2: Follow-up – 241

3: Suspicious Vehicle – 128

4: 911 Disconnect – 127

4: Alarm Test/Out Of Service – 127

5: Information Report – 117

6: Disabled Vehicle – 88

7: Open Door – 76

8: Alarm Other – 74

9: Suspicious Activity – 73

10: Alarm Entry –  62


Hesston is not known as a hotbed of crime, but the Hesston Police Department remains busy.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said the department responds to approximately 2,600 calls each year. In 2012, according to police records, Hesston Police responded to 2,802 calls.

“Those are just the calls routed through the 911 dispatch. That does not include the people who call our department directly,” he said.

Schroeder said the department can average nearly two cases per day.

“We will pull 500 to 600 criminal cases per year,” he said.

The Hesston Police Department has a fairly small coverage area, due to the size of  the town and the nearness to the Harvey County, McPherson County line.

“Our jurisdiction is city limits. We have a couple miles on the interstate. The County will run two deputies and ask that we provide backup,” he said.

Schroeder said officers frequently find themselves trying to keep on step ahead of both crime and paperwork. 

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Health Fair A Bust

Posted 6/18/2013

Eunice Banning is tested for P.A.D.

Record Staff

The Hesston Area Senior Center hosted the annual Community Health Fair on Saturday, June 15.

Health care providers from three communities came to the Fair, setting up 15 booths. Health Fair attendees had access to 48 different medical tests.

“We had 247 people visit the health fair, and those 247 people made 442 total visits to the 15 booths,” said coordinator Eunice Banning.

According to Banning, the Health Fair is bringing medical issues to light and attendees are more informed on their health.

“From the 442 people that visited the 15 booths, 58 problems were found,” said Banning.

Hesston Wellness Center Director Jason Jones said the event was well-worth the effort.

“It is a tremendous event that is unique to the community. I love to talk to people and make suggestions for how they can live a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

Retired nurse Diane White said she enjoys volunteering at the Health Fair.

“I’m just helping Eunice in getting ready and then blood glucose testing.  I’m a retired nurse  and I think it’s fun to keep my fingers in healthcare. I’m interested in health issues and caring for people,” she said.

The Free Health Fair was underwritten by Hesston City Grant, Dr. Hall and Mid Kansas Family Practice, Hesston Community Foundation, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Participating Organizations.


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Prisoners Putting On Drama

Posted 6/18/2013

For The Record

The public is invited to join First Mennonite Church, Halstead and Burrton Mennonite Church, Burrton, as they are led in worship by the Drama Team from Ellsworth Correctional Facility on Sunday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at Harvey County Park West. The performance will take place in the new shelter house on the south-west are of the park.

The Drama Team is composed of approximately eight minimum-security inmates who dramatically present Christian truth both on the Ellsworth Campus and in public settings in Central Kansas.

A noon meal is available for all guests.

Contact Jim Dunn at 316-217-1257 for additional information. 

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AGCO Launching The Hesston Way

Posted 6/18/2013

By Jackie

 In recent weeks, AGCO has launched a new program at its Hesston facility – The Hesston Way.

The program, which will be implemented at all levels of employment, is hailed as a way to establish a more personal connection between the company, its products and employees.

Robert Ciecko, Vice President of Operations and David Disberger, Vice President of Product Engineering in Hesston and Beloit Operations, have high hopes for positive change.

“What Robert and I are discussing with the local operations is creating a culture that brings to live the  pride and the elements Hesston has here, not just with employees and pride not just of customers, but the collective pride in what we do and what we produce,” said Disberger.

“It is an evolution, not a revolution. We looked into the past and saw a different way of thinking. We talked to people who have been here a long time. There are some employees here with 51 years of service. We met with people with over 40 years of service. There are nearly 100 people here with 40 years of employment here. We reached out and learned that things are always changing. Mr. Lyle Yost made quick decisions and changes. Hesston has changed since 1947 with the community,” said Ciecko.  

Ciecko said for the launch of The Hesston Way, it is to be an un-cluttered message. 

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