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Hesston Resident Killed In Single-Vehicle Accident

Posted 4/9/2015

John Douglas Schrock,48, of Hesston was killed when the semi he was driving on Wednesday afternoon rolled over. 

According to Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs, Schrock was southbound on K153, just south of McPherson.  His vehicle was traveling too fast to negotiate curve in the roadway causing it to strike the median. The vehicle rolled across the North bound lanes into the East ditch catching fire.

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Hesston PD Adds K-9 Unit Beginning May 1

Posted 4/9/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Police Department will have a new officer, Remo, a four-year-old Dutch Shepard, joining the force beginning May 1. Remo, and his handler, Steven Drzymalla, have begun a three-week training program in Longford.  

According to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder he, along with several other area departments, received word from Hillsboro Police Department they had a k-9 unit available. 

“Hillsboro’s k-9 handler was leaving, but they still had the dog and they needed to find him a new home.  The timing was perfect. We are using drug seizure money.  It feels good to use money that was seized from drug sales for a resource to combat drugs,” said Schroeder. 

In the coming days the Hesston Police Department will outfit their Tahoe with supplies and a kennel for the dog. 

Putting Remo to work, Q said he hopes to make use of the dogs training as frequently as possible.  

“I’d like to use him as much as possible.  It is good for the dogs to work and keep their skills sharp,” he said. 

Schroeder said Hesston High principal Ty Rhodes could request the police department to run a sweep of the school with the dog. 

According to Schroeder, the dog is trained to detect methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and cocaine as well as tracking.  

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USW 11228, AGCO Reach Five-Year Contract Agreement

Posted 4/9/2015

By Jackie Nelson

AGCO and United Steel Workers 11228 reached a contract agreement on Tuesday, March 31.  The contract was ratified by a 281 to 117 vote.  

According to a release issued by AGCO, “This new contract covers approximately 850 employees.”  

According to Union President Brian Lansaw negotiations for the five-year contract took a turn following the rejection of a proposal in mid-March as well as the Union overwhelmingly affirming the option to call a strike. 

“It was a lot different.  They were still negotiating tough but I think they took the threat of a strike seriously.  I could tell because they gave a little more, and they brought in more security guards,” he said. 

The AGCO release said, “The new five-year agreement includes wage increases in each year of the agreement and language that enhances intent on improved product quality, productivity and product avaiablility.” 

Lansaw said Union members were pleased with some aspects of the contract

“We were assured there would be a cap on insurance – an eight percent increase. So we know what we will be paying for our insurance.  We took the average increase and projected it over the five years,” he said. 

In addition, he noted unpaid and unannounced time off was cut dramatically.  

“We got limits on furloughs outside seniority. With the current language, it was up to 150 days.  Now they are limited to 50 days,” he said. 

Lansaw said there were other improvements made to help give employees a better work-life balance. 

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Hesston Celebrates 30 Years As Tree City

Posted 4/9/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Despite tornados and being planted on the notoriously treeless prairie, Hesston is celebrating its 30th year as a Tree City USA. 

Hesston Tree Board President Ken Schwanke said Hesston is one of a handful of Kansas communities to carry the distinction. 

“Tree City USA gives special recognition to 10, 20, 30 and 40-year cities.  Other cities have tried a few years and didn’t meet the qualifications,” he said. 

To qualify as a Tree City USA, there must be a community Tree Board, an Arbor Day proclamation, and $2 per capita invested in trees within the community.   

“Hesston is unique for being able to absorb that cost.  Through the city budget there is $5,000 allocated for the Tree Board that lets us do educational programs and give away trees on Arbor Day, books to the library, tree maintenance of what the Tree Board has planted, and along with the Park department

“The tree vouchers are part of the Park budget. We have expenditures on street trees – pruning and takedown.  Education for tree board members. We’ve had no problem spending $10,000 to $14,000 each year on the city’s forest,” he said.

As a Tree City, Hesston residents have access to resources on which trees to plant and vouchers to help purchase trees off the city’s Preferred Tree List, which can be found on the city’s web page. 

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Taking On The Emma Creek 75 Pounds Lighter

Posted 4/9/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Donata Gillen is one-third the woman she used to be in 2013.  Gillen endeavored on a weightloss mission that helped her shed 75 pounds in 18 months. 

This year she will take part in her third Emma Creek Classic with her daughter, Courtney Reynold. 

“I have only walked it twice – once the first year of the race and then last year, the 25th anniversary. In between, I gained a lot of weight,” she said. 

Gillen said in 2013, she had three experiences that prompted her to reclaim her health. 

“I was having knee pain. It was arthritis. The extra weight messes with that.  The second was I was diagnosed with high cholesterol.  And the third was really what did it.  A friend, Jason, took a photo of me when I wasn’t expecting it and looking at it, it hit me; I have to do something,” she said. 

Gillen headed for Via Christy’s weightloss center and in mid-August snagged the one of the last openings for the fall class, which began Sept. 3. 

“I did the classes for a total of 15 months.  By the time I got out, I’d lost 80 pounds – which was over 1/3 of my body,” she said. 

Emboldened by her success, Gillen registered for her second-ever Emma Creek Classic in 2014. 

“I really did want to walk it. There were people in my class that were walking. But what really did it for me, my daughter said she would walk with me,” she said. 

Gillen said crossing the finish line with her daughter was a profound experience and accomplishment. 

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Delays Expected On Highway 50

Posted 4/9/2015

For The Record 

Starting around Monday, April 13, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a concrete patching project on US-50 Highway in Harvey County, from the north I-135/US-50 interchange continuing east to the west city limits of Walton.  

Traffic through this work zone will be controlled by flagmen and pilot car, so drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.  

There will be an 11 foot width restriction in the work zone, so vehicles with widths wider than 11 feet will need to use an alternate route. This project is scheduled to be completed by late July, depending on delays caused by adverse weather conditions.

Chester Bross Construction Co. from Hannibal, Missouri is the prime contractor for this $1,590,098.94project, which is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010.

 For more information about T-WORKS projects and funding visit the website,

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