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Hesston Record 10.30



Hesston Record 10.30

25 Years Running The Memories And Miles Of The Emma Creek Classic

Posted 4/18/2014

Compiled by Christine Wyrick

Special to the Record

The amazing woman who

ran the fastest Emma ever!

The year was 1995, and it was the fastest Emma Creek Classic ever run. The winning time was 17:02, and 10th-place time was 19:46, the fastest time ever for the coveted Top 10. But the real story was of the winner that day, Lisa Weidenbach – certainly the most decorated runner to ever run the race.

Lisa first graced the national stage as a swimmer where, while still in high school, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1980. Switching to running, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984 and just missed making the team by finishing fourth. She came back in 1985 to win the Boston Marathon (the last American woman to do that) and was voted USAT&F Runner of the Year.

Then in 1988, at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials she once again finished in the agonizing fourth spot, again getting the alternate spot. But again she came back, this time with wins in the Chicago Marathon in 1988 and 1989, winning the Hokkaido Marathon (a major international marathon in Japan) in 1990 and again being voted USAT&F Runner of the Year in 1989.

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Pig Roast

Posted 4/18/2014

Record Staff

The Hesston Child Care Center raised $6,700 at its annual Pig Roast on Saturday, April 12 said Director Judy Friesen.

“We served 380 people, including 55 carry outs,” she said.

Despite Prom and the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale falling on the same day as the Pig Roast, attendance was not adversely impacted.

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Schroeder Sees Dangerous Precedent Set In Passing EducationBill

Posted 4/18/2014

Record Staff

Representative Don Schroeder said legislators may need to take a long, hard look at the handling of the most recent education bill to pass through the House and Senate and the potentially dangerous precedent it can set for circumventing due process and constitutional checks.

“I'm not an attorney but rather just an old farm boy. So, the thoughts below are mine and not necessarily from a lawyer or constitutional authority. I will try to avoid the politics as much as possible,” he said.

Schroeder said there is a section of the Kansas Constitution, Article 2, subsection 16, which limits the contents of a bill to keep legislation concise and on-target.

“It states, in part, "No bill shall contain more than one subject, except appropriations bills and bills for recodification of statutes. The subject of each bill shall be expressed in its title." The legislative members informally refer to this as the 'one subject rule'. That has been in the Kansas Constitution for years, perhaps since Kansas statehood. So it is much more than a rule that can be easily changed by the legislature, as a change would require a vote of the people in Kansas,” said Schroeder.

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Legislators, Board Discuss Impact Of Education Bill

Posted 4/18/2014

Record Staff

At the school board's April 14 meeting, Senator Carolyn McGinn and Representative Don Schroeder gave a legislative update, highlighting a school finance and policy bill. They also congratulated the HMS on being Middle School the Year in Kansas and the Hesston boys and girls basketball teams.

Senator McGinn discussed how this is not a budget bill, as it has policy statements. “We are deciding policy that the State Board of Education should be doing. It's changed so much in the last couple of years.” She voted against the bill. “A lot of my school districts are at risk. I agree with equalization. But it went from that to policy revision to get votes.”

Representative Schroeder said he has received various figures on how much tax relief and new money the bill would provide—however, he is concerned it will actually mean less money for schools.

Superintendent Paul Becker discussed how the bill would affect the district's Local Option Budget (LOB) and the Capital Outlay. He explained how the LOB could be increased to 33 percent, increasing state aid and the money available to the district by roughly $65,000 without raising local taxes.

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