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


Hesston Public Library Celebrating 75th Anniversary

Posted 10/16/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston Public Library will be celebrating its 75th anniversary as a fixture in the Hesston community this Saturday with an all-day family-fun event.

Cari Cusick, event coordinator, said the celebration is a way to get residents of all ages engaged with the library.

“Basically, we want to celebrate our anniversary and we felt like the best way to do that was to have a fun, family-oriented event, something people of all ages could be a part of,” she said.

Cusick said the event will not be a formal celebration, but a time to just have fun.

“It will be a low-key event. We are taking a similar concept as the Dr. Seuss Family Fun Night – since we weren’t able ot have that back in March – and have some of the games and activities,” she said.

In addition to family fun, there will be food for all.

“We are adding the Hot Dog Feed and the Lions Club is doing the grilling for us,” she said.

For kids wanting to burn off a little extra energy, an inflatable play rig will be part of the festivities. 

“We have a bouncy house rented and we are going to have a place that encourages people to sign up for library cards if they don’t already have one,” he said.

For those with more mature interests, included in the festivities will be a history of Hesston Public Library. 

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Dodgy New Idea Takes Off For Fifth Quarter

Posted 10/16/2013

By Jackie Nelson

The Ratchets flung their way to victory in the first-ever Fifth Quarter Dodge Ball Tournament on Friday evening, following the home football game and fireworks show.

Whitestone Mennonite Church Youth Minister Isaac Landis said he was incredibly pleased with the event

“We were blown away by the turn out and response by the students,” he said.

With over two-thirds of the Hesston High student body in attendance, it was one of the most successful Fifth Quarter events to date.

“I think we had about 150 students, not all were playing, there were also a good number watching and hanging out. There were 11 teams that participated, including a team of the high school faculty and staff,” he said.

Landis said students were not shy about competing with the staff team.

“One of the highlights of the night was when the faculty team got beat and knocked out of the tournament,” he said.

Landis said the overwhelmingly positive response created the only glitch of the evening’s festivities.

“The biggest challenge was running out of pizza pretty early on!” he said.

Landis said there were many volunteers and donors who made the Dodge Ball tournament a success. 

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Adult ESL Class Beginning Oct. 22

Posted 10/16/2013

By Jackie Nelson

A consortium of educators and former business professionals is hosting an English as a Second Language (ESL) class beginning Oct. 22 at the Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church.  Cost for the class is a $10 registation fee and $10 to cover material costs after thee weeks of class.

To register or for more information call Susan Moore at 620-327-6565 or email 

The class will be a nine-week course on conversational English, focusing on communicating with physicians, teachers and business professionals.

Susan Moore, one of the instructors and coordinators of the class, said it will be focused on communication skills in different settings.  Moore has a number of professionals assisting with the class.

“We have a pretty diverse group.  There is a retired pastor and educator, four additional retired educators, a businessperson, an engineer, a surgical nurse, a manager, and an avid quilter and people person,” she said.

In addition, Moore said several of the educators are fluent in Spanish.

“We are going to be speaking in English, but we have several individuals and several staff members who are fluent Spanish speakers.  So far, we have people from five different languages interested in the class,” she said. 

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Hesston Announces New City Administrator

Posted 10/16/2013

By Jackie Nelson

The City of Hesston will have a new Administrator at the helm beginning in December. 

On Monday evening Mayor Dave Kauffman appointed Gary Emry as the incoming City Administrator after a search process and interviews with the City Council.

Mayor Dave Kauffman said Emry stood out from a pool of 25 to 30 candidates.

“We probably had 25 to 30 applications for the position.  Jason Thrasher did a great job of helping us narrow down the candidates by looking at their experience, background, strengths and weaknesses, etc.  We invited our top 4 candidates to visit Hesston and spend the day with John Carder, before the council interviewed them that evening,” said Kauffman. 

Kauffman said Emry stood out based on his experience as an administrator and diverse work-history.  

“Gary had a broad range of experiences that make him uniquely qualified. He interviewed extremely well.  He came across as being very personable, smart and organized.  His background includes many years in the military, experience as a chamber of commerce director and an excellent record as a city administrator,” said Kauffman.

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