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Hesston Record 8.21


Hesston Record 8.21

Smoother, Safer Railroad Crossings Coming To Hesston

Posted 11/19/2013

Record Staff

After several years of rough roads, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the railroad companies will be smoothing feathers, and crossings, with the help of federal funds.

According to Kim Stich at KDOT in the Office of Public Affairs the state is poised to receive significant federal funding for railroad crossings.

“KDOT receives about $10 million a year of federal safety funds to improve rail crossings in Kansas. KDOT has a priority list that annually ranks all public at-grade railroad crossings in the state. These crossings ranked high enough to receive funds,” she said.

Stich said the Hesston crossings have been on KDOT’s radar for several years.

“These crossings ranked high enough on the previous priority lists to be selected for funding for safety improvements.  The railroad schedules the construction after the agreements for the projects were completed and KDOT authorized them to order materials and begin work,” she said.

While the projects have been approved by KDOT, actual change may take months.

“The railroad is responsible for the schedule of each project. Once the railroad is authorized to order materials and begin work, it can take up to a year to acquire materials, schedule labor and begin construction.  The current estimated starting date is April 2014 to August 2014. Once construction begins, the signal portion of the project should take approximately three to four weeks. The crossing surface portion of the project should take approximately two to four days,” she said.

Four sets of tracks have been selected for improvement.

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Working Off All The Extra Stuffing At Howard Hustle

Posted 11/19/2013

By Rusty Whitcher

 Thanksgiving is a time for many traditions whether it’s eating, gathering with family and friends, football, even shopping on Black Friday. 

For those people who want to get out and enjoy the post-feast morning with a little competition or even a brisk walk, Hesston College is hosting the 22nd Annual Howard Hustle Two Mile Walk, Jog, or Run on Friday, Nov. 29.
Beginning at 11 a.m., the race starts in front of the Hesston College arch on Main Street. From there, the route winds through the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains and back to campus.
“The best part about it is that anybody can do it,” Organizer Clay Stauffer said. “If people want to be competitive and run, they can sprint it or race it. There are people in the past who have brought kids in a stroller and they have walked it. It’s a great opportunity to get out and be involved.”
Registration is ongoing with early registration ending on Nov. 21 costing $20. Late registration costs $25 after November 21. Walk-ins are also welcome up to the time when registration closes. Last year, 427 people participated with the high being 492 people in 2011.

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Kansas Man Charged In $3 Million Scheme To Sell Foreign Versions Of Botox

Posted 11/19/2013

By Don Ledford, Public Affairs

U.S. Attorney's Office - Western District of MO

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Hesston, Kan., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury alongside an Alton, Ill., business owner and his company who were charged earlier this year for distributing more than $3 million worth of foreign Botox and Juvederm in the United States.

Christopher Tozier, 43, of Hesston, was charged in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces an April 3, 2013, indictment that charged Christopher Carstens, 48, of Alton, and his company, Orthopaedic Solutions, Inc., with violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The federal indictment alleges that Carstens and Orthopaedic Solutions distributed approximately 5,879 units of a foreign version of the prescription drug Botox and a foreign version of the prescription device Juvederm through their sales representatives to doctors or other health care professionals in the United States between 2008 and 2011, at a retail value of approximately $3,058,183.

Juvederm is a clear, biodegradable gel implant that is injected into the skin to correct wrinkles and folds.

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Hesston High Students Seeing Red

Posted 11/19/2013

Record Staff

Hesston High School students rolled up their sleeves and got to work at saving lives on Friday, Nov. 18. 

Over two dozen students took part in the annual Hesston High Blood Drive, sponsored by Student Council and held by the Red Cross.

For many students, it was a first-time experience giving blood.

“I have wanted to give blood since I was a freshman.  I have been telling myself, ‘I have to do this!’  I like the fact that it is something really simple I can do to help people that need it,” said 16-year-old Allison Zielke.

Zielke said while she was initially nervous about her first donation, it went smoothly.

“I think I’ll make it a regular thing. I’ll definitely come back next year.  It hurt about as much as I thought it would – just a pinch and sting,” she said.

Caylee Richardson, also 16, said she was ready to donate.

“I can help someone and it’s a good thing to do,” she said.

Richardson admitted to being apprehensive about her first-time donation.

“I was nervous to start, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I thought the needle would hurt, but the finger-prick actually hurt more than the needle.  I’ll be back next year,” she said.

Patrick Deegan found donating blood was an altruistic way to fight though his own fears.

“This is my first time.  I thought it would be a good thing to do.  I’ve had a few needles before like this and I still don’t like it.  I don’t like needles and I want to get over it,” he said. 

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Council Issues $900,000 In Bonds To Excel

Posted 11/19/2013

Record Staff

On Monday, Nov. 11, the Hesston City Council moved to approve their intent to issue $900,000 in industrial revenue bonds to Excel Industries for the construction of a 12,000 square-foot warehouse, which will add 26 new jobs.

According to City Bond Attorney J.T. Klaus with Triplett, Woolf, and Garretson, the cost-benefit analysis came heavily in the City’s favor.

“Based on the information provided by the City, County, school district and State, the cost-benefit ratios are 1:2.26 for the city; 1:3.08 for the county; 1:0 for the school and 1:84.93 for the state.  We will be adding 26 employees with the addition. We estimate this will mean .5 children per employee,” he said. 

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