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This Week's Issue:August 25, 2016 August 25, 2016


Ag Week Special: Getting To Know A Kansas Staple

Posted 3/14/2013

One of the staples of the Kansas agricultural economy is wheat.  Found in nearly all everyday products, wheat is a major part of the American diet.

Sowing, growing and harvest are cycles familiar to many Kansans.

However, farmer Craig Ewe said while wheat is found all around Kansas, there seems to b a disconnect between consumers and producers.

“One thing I would want people to realize, that ends up on your table eventually.  If it doesn’t come in, eventually you’re not going to eat,” he said.

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Arboretum Hosts Prairie Artists

Posted 3/14/2013

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains hosted the first Art symposium featuring local artists and artwork centered around Kansas and the prairies. 

Symposium coordinator Brad Guhr was very pleased with the event and the opportunities it presented artists and vistitors.

“I thought one would stand out but every exhibit and presentation was interesting, professional, and engaging.  The 12 presentations gave a nice review of each artist's work, some of the processes they apply to create their art, and a summary of why and how the prairie inspires them.  They were each efficient with the 20 minutes they had and left time for questions,” said Gurh.

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Arboretum Race Kicks Off Running Season

Posted 3/14/2013

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is hosting the annual Leprechaun Chase this Saturday at 10 a.m. with race registration beginning at 9:15 a.m.

For registration information, contact the Arboretum at 620-327-8127 or email at

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H.A.S. Potato Bar To Benefit Health Fair

Posted 3/14/2013

Hesston Area Senior Center is hosting their annual Potato Bar on Friday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

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Hesston High Cheerleaders Winter Dance

Deborah Raney Hosting Book Signing In Moundridge

Posted 3/5/2013

Raney will host a book signing and presentation March 7 at 2 p.m. at the Pine Village Wellness Center.

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Arboretum Host Local Artisan Expo

Posted 3/5/2013

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is hosting an Art Symposium on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.  The event will feature local artists displaying Kansas-inspired work.

Coordinator of the symposium, Brad Guhr said the event was a very unique opportunity for Hesston residents to see several local artisans gathered and displaying their work in one place.

“Kansas, and especially South Central Kansas is home to a number of very important and talented artists that Hesston residents will have the opportunity to congregate with in one space, on one day.  Attendees will also be fed well with a continental breakfast and a soup lunch. Don't miss this unique event,” he said.

Guhr said the Arboretum was naturally suited to this kind of event.

“I felt that the Arboretum would be the perfect place to explore further the rich connection that prairie and art share in Kansas,” he said.

The event will feature a dozen Kansas artisans and a wide variety of artistic mediums.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with high-caliber artists sharing there stories, inspirations, and even trade secrets in a beautiful prairie garden setting,” said Guhr.

Throughout the day, artists will be hosting lectures as well as demonstrations for attendees. 

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Driver Made Up Story Of Bomb Threat

Posted 3/5/2013

By Jackie Nelson

HARVEY COUNTY –  Many area residents had to take an alternate route on  Monday when they discovered all lanes of traffic for I-135 were closed.

According to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton, at around 7:45 p.m. Harvey County Communications received a call from a truck driver hauling goods for Hobby Lobby reporting he had gotten a call on his cell phone.  The caller told the truck driver there was an explosive hooked to his truck. 

The driver was somewhat confused to his location, believing he had just gotten off I-135 and was now on I-70.

“He called 911 and said to dispatch he didn’t know where he was. He thought he was on I-70 on the first call.  Dispatch thought it was bizarre. If he was in Saline County and called 911, he would have gone to their dispatch,” said Walton. 

The Harvey County dispatchers routed Highway Patrol to find the rig.

“They linked him to Highway Patrol, and that allowed him to figure out where he was,” said Walton. 

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Youth Collecting Cans

Posted 3/5/2013

Hesston youth are taking a pro-active role in the Hesston community and collecting non-perishable food items for the Hesston Resource Center.

Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church Pastor of Children and Family, J.L. Martin said fifth and sixth grade youth group members will be canvassing neighborhoods near Hesston Middle School collecting food.

“The plan is that on Wednesday, March 13, between 7 and 8 p.m. we will break the group.  If we have a decent number, we will break into five groups and go into neighborhoods around the middle school. The kids will be walking.

“One group will go to Crown Point, behind high school on Park and Sunset, another group will be behind the golf course to Parkview, one group will go north of the elementary school and the other group south of elementary school,” said Martin.

Youth will be encouraged to waste no time in collecting food.

“There will be a little competition to see who can get the most canned food or items,” said Martin.

The group has been working on projects for several months, but this is the first to benefit the Resource Center.

“I’m looking forward to it.  We’ve never done a service project with the Resource Center before just because, with the number of kids, we can’t go to the center and have all 30 of them. But we are really looking forward to helping out the Resource Center,” said Martin.

The food drive is at a time when the Resource Center is typically running out of resources after the Holiday donation drives.

“We want to be able to stock shelves at a time when shelves are a little more sparse after all the other drives,” said Martin.

Martin said the message designed for this group is one of empowerment for youth.

“They get to come every Wednesday night and have ministry done to them.  And now they get to have a say in how to give back to the community and to others who might be in need,” he said. 

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Dance For Hunger

Posted 3/5/2013

By Jackie

At Hesston High on March 9 at 7 p.m. Hesston residents will have the opportunity to take in an evening of culture and music. 

Bethel Academy of Performing Arts of Newton and Angel Feet Studios in Moundridge will be hosting an evening of dance performances to benefit the Hesston Resource Center.

Admission cost to the performance is at least one canned food item per guest.

Bethel Academy Director Danika Bielek said being socially conscious is one of the messages she works to send her dancers.

“I hope the dancers realize their dancing and their art can really change the world, if they put their mind to it and concentrate on a goal.  They realize that, yes, they might be training to have fun with dance or be professionals, but it is something that can bring positive and good change to the world. Many of them are starting to figure out that art can build a better world,” said Bielek.

Bielek coordinated with Mimi Leo of Hesston to look for ways to help Bethel Academy Performers further the cause of social justice.

“One of the mothers, who is very socially conscious, her daughter goes to the middle school in Hesston and thought we should do more charity work. We have worked with MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) with global charity, but we haven’t done anything more centered in local community,” she said.

Leo, whose daughter, Emily Blaine, performs with Bethel Academy, said the Bethel dancers have been looking for ways to reach out to the community.

“We were looking for ideas for the girls. I volunteer at the Resource Center once per month,” she said.

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