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BREAKING NEWS: Attempted Robbery At Lincoln Perk Thursday Afternoon

Posted 4/30/2015

An attempted robbery took place Thursday at the Lincoln Perk.  Owner Holly Nickel was alone in the coffee shop when a man attempted to rob the business according to Nickel. 

Nickel said, “I’m fine, just shaken up.”  According to Nickel, nothing was stolen.

Officers were dispatched to the scene at 1:36 p.m. Hesston Police Officer Cameron Kamlitz responded to the call. 

As of Thursday afternoon, Kamlitz said there was “no indication if the suspect was on foot or in a vehicle.”

Kamlitz said officers will continue investigating the attempted robbery and are “still interviewing people from surrounding businesses.”

Officers from Hesston, The Harvey County Sheriff’s office and North Newton responded to the scene.

Hesston Emergency Services was called to the scene for a victim assessment at 2:43 for, “a female holdup victim with a strike to the head.”   Nickel was treated on the scene and refuse transport at 3:14 p.m.

Harvey County Investigator Shawn Chapman said there could be useful evidence on the scene.

“We have to get it back to the lab and under a microscope. Yes, no, it’s a possibility,” he said.

Office Chris Carter said Nickel “reacted very well and did everything right.” 

Carter said incidents like this could be a “wakeup call” for small communities like Hesston.

“We are not exempt from this kind of incident and criminal activity.  This is a small town,” he said. 

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Posted 4/30/2015
The Record is checking out reports of an armed robbery Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Perk.
A reader tipped The Record that an unusual amount of police were patrolling Hesston streets and questioning people on foot.  Hesston PD told The Record that there was an attempted robbery at Lincoln Perk. 
The alleged robber is said to be a white male, ages 30-40, wearing a plaid shirt and may be on foot. According to Jackie Nelson who is on scene, a worker at Lincoln Perk was struck in the head by the robber but is not seriously hurt.
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Becker Leaving USD 460

Posted 4/30/2015

By Jackie Nelson

USD 460 Superintendent Paul Becker’s resignation was accepted by the School Board during the Monday evening meeting. 

Becker will be leaving the district for the Superintendent position in Clearwater, southwest of Wichita. 

Becker said the new position presents a “new opportunity.”  

According to Becker, the USD 460 school board posted the position on Tuesday, April 28.  The deadline for applications will be May 11. 

“The board will review applicants and made a decision on who they will interview,” he said. 

Becker joined USD 460 in July of 2011, taking the place of Superintendent Darrel Kellerman – an interim Superintendent after the Board ended the contract of Steve Woolf early in 2009.  Vern Minor was the previous long-serving Superintendent, spending 12 yeas with the district, according to District Administrative Assistant Judy Reimer. 

Prior to joining USD 460, Becker had been a Superintendent for five years at Jackson Heights.  

Becker said he is leaving the district having had a positive experience.

“The highlight were working with terrific educators, staff and board in the district; implementing the Apple lease initiative that has expanded learning opportunities for students; and increased the number of career and tech-ed pathways for students,” he said. 

However, his tenure has not been without challenges.

“The greatest challenge has been maintaining and improving educational opportunities in the midst of fiscal challenges because of state cuts,” he said. 

With his departure, Becker said, “The district is in great shape.  There is excellent staff, super community support and a solid foundation for continued success.” 

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Speedy Topham Leads Pack At 26th Emma Creek Classic

Posted 4/30/2015

By Robb  Reeves

Amy Topham of Whitewater didn’t expect to win the Emma Creek Classic when she woke up Saturday morning yet out of a group of over 800 entrants, none could run the course faster than she could.

“It felt great today,” said Topham after running the 5K in 19:03, 23 seconds ahead of second place. “I want to thank the good Lord.”

Topham ran behind second-place finisher Nancy Rusanowsky of Wichita for much of the race. She made her move for first fairly late in the Classic, kicking past Rusanowsky near the Hesston Golf Course parking lot.

“I tried picking it up a little. I should have maybe waited a bit longer after hitting that wind,” Topham said.

The runners faced into a brisk north wind over the last part of the race. 

Topham, 25, said she ran in college at Southwest College, running track and cross country. She still runs 20-30 miles a week and does 6-10 races a year. Topham said she last raced in February.

This was her first Emma Creek Classic and she may come back. “I might as well bring some friends along next year,” she said.

Last year’s race winner was Emma Huskey of Pittsburg. Huskey was back on the course Saturday, earning sixth place in a time of 20:57. That was 37 seconds slower than her time in 2014.

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Over 10,000 Native PlantsSold Last Weekend

Posted 4/30/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Some people could barely control themselves Saturday at the native plant sale at Dyck Arboretum.

"You just go crazy seeing all those flowers," said Charlotte Milne of Halstead. "You say, 'I want my yard to look like that.'"

Even though she earlier had spent $200 at the greenhouse, she left Saturday with another $100 in plants. Her friend, Jane Fitch of Sedgwick, took home a box of red, white and blue plants that she's going to put around her flagpole. Milne said the drought-resistant plants were good for the bees and butterflies.

"It's really, really important. I bought a lot of milkweed for the monarchs," Milne said. "I want them to survive."

Sharon DeBliek-Anderson of Hesston explained her philosophy of first buying a bunch of plants, and then she tries to find a place for them.

"I've been a longtime supporter of the arboretum, and I love plants," she said. "This is a great resource for us as a community. I think I've come here almost every year. My husband cringes, but I have fun."

About 10,000 plants were sold at the sale, which ran from Friday-Monday, making it comparable to last year’s event, said Scott Vogt, executive director of the arboretum. He saw lots of repeat customers and lots of new faces at what is the biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Hesston Intergenerational Child Care Center 10th Anniversary Party Is May 3

Posted 4/30/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston community is invited to join in the 10th anniversary celebration of Hesston Intergenerational Child Development Center and its growth. The come-and-go party for all ages is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the center, 441 Neufeld, Hesston, on the campus of Schowalter Villa continuing-care retirement community.

Current and former and students and their parents, teachers and friends throughout the community are invited to enjoy an ice cream social, activity stations, a photo booth, tours and a 2:30 tree-planting ceremony.

Hesston Intergenerational Child Development Center began as the collaborative brainchild of Hesston Community Child Care Director Judy Friesen and Schowalter Villa President and CEO James Krehbiel. Since its 2005 opening, the center has attracted the interest of visitors from across the country, as an example of how innovative architectural design features can encourage intergenerational interaction.


1961 -   Schowalter Villa establishes its 80-acre campus

1976 -   Whitestone Mennonite Church adult Sunday school class opens Hesston Community Child Care at the church

1979 -   HCC purchases the Inter-Mennonite Church building on North Weaver to serve as an attendance center for older children

1991 -   HCC expands into space offered by Hay & Forage Industries on West Lincoln Boulevard and maintains three locations:

• Hay and Forage Industries - ages 6 weeks to kindergarten.

• 224 N. Weaver - toddlers to kindergarten.

• Hesston Elementary - before- and after-school care for kindergarten through fourth-grades.

2001 -   25-year celebration of Hesston Community Child Care, with plans to join forces with Schowalter Villa to form Hesston Intergenerational Child Development Center.

• Architect Sandy Limon draws plans for the new HICDC building adjacent to Schowalter Villa.

• Generations Hand-in-Hand campaign is launched to fund construction.

• Children temporarily relocated from Hay & Forage Industries are housed at Hesston Mennonite Church while the new building is being built.

2004 -   Construction is underway on the $1.48 million HICDC project

2005 -   Grand opening of 8,000 sq. ft. HICDC at Schowalter Villa campus, housing infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  224 N. Weaver location houses ages 3 through kindergarten.

2007 -   224 N. Weaver location closes and the last two groups of children move to the annex located directly behind the new HICDC building. Now, all children ages 6 weeks through 5 years are at the intergenerational site.

2008 -   Generations United names HICDC a top 10 national finalist for intergenerational shared sites

2015 -   10-year celebration of HICDC, the partnership between the child care center and Schowalter Villa.

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