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Larry R. Martin, 77

Posted 8/18/2015

Larry R. Martin, Hesston, was born Dec. 31, 1937, and passed away on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. 

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Bontrager) Martin; daughter Torrie Martin and grandson Holden Brubaker of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; son Kendall and daughter-in-law Deborah (Maust) Martin of Glendale, Arizona; son Kirby and daughter-in-law Darcie (Messerli) Martin of Hesston, and grandsons Chase Martin and Brock Martin, Kansas City, Missouri.  

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Christopher Leon Horn, 20

Posted 8/18/2015

Christopher Horn died on Saturday, Aug. 15 in Manzanita, Oregon. Christopher was born on June 18, 1995, to Merle Horn and Darcy Eason Plenert.

Christopher was a young man full of life and adventure. He was deeply committed to whatever he did.  One of his loves was long boarding with his friends.  He loved music, especially “Dub Step”, collected vinyl records, had a fetish for shoes, gave great hugs and truly loved his family.

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Eleanor Ailene Jeanette Niemela Beachy, 81

Posted 8/18/2015

Eleanor Ailene Jeanette Niemela Beachy was born in Menahga, Minnesota, Oct. 6, 1933.  Her parents were Andrew and Selma (Ohlgren) Niemela.  She was the youngest of 11 siblings.  

Eleanor attended the District 16 Grade School, a one-room schoolhouse, and Menahga High School.  She attended Eastern Mennonite College and graduated from Goshen College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  

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Art In The Park, Coming To Heritage Park Aug 22

Posted 8/14/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Brittni Rhodes, through Giggle This Studio, is out to paint the town on Satruday, Aug. 22 at Heritage Park with the second annual Art in The Park. The event is free and open to the public.

“I don’t want money to get in the way of the message,” said Rhodes.

Craft events will begin at 9 a.m. and be open until 11 a.m., or until supplies last.

Andy Rains, the Passion Painter will be performing again this year with his larger-than-life Christian themed paintings. And, once again the event will culminate in a paint fight.

“We’re also having musical performances by Lauren Thompson and Diana Funk putting together a fourth and fifth grade ensemble. Darrin Entz is heading up the worship team from [Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church],” she said.

Like last year, each station will have an accompanying Bible verse for participants to read.

Last year’s event drew hundreds of Hesston children and their families. This year, Rhodes is looking forward to another strong turnout.

“When I started it last year, I entered it with the intention of it being an annual event for kids. So  there wasn’t any deciding if I was going to do it again - I felt like it was a natural thing to do,” she said.

While last year’s event was a success, Rhodes said she learned a great deal and there will be some minor changes this year.

“The paint fight will look a little different. I think we will be doing the paint fight for different age levels. Last year might have been a little overwhelming for little kids. We want to make it more accessible for everyone who wants to participate,” she said.

This year, Rhodes added, there will be wash stations throughout the park for quick clean-ups. 

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Hesston EMS Still Wrestling With Response Times

Posted 8/14/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Russ Buller approached City Council once again on Monday evening to discuss the challenges faced by Hesston EMS’s response time and volunteer levels.

Last mont, Buller had proposed moving the department to a schedule and stipend model for volunteers to receive a small, hourly stipend for being on-call. 

At the July meeting, Council tabled the issue to be investigated and revisited.

This month, Buller said the challenges continue.

City Attorney, JT Klaus said the stipend model may open the City of Hesston up to liability. 

“It is a scary position if you don’t [offer minimum wage.] They may take that $2 per hour for five or six years and then they’ll sue you for a class action suit in six years,” he said.

City Administrator Gary Emry said, in the Monday evening meeting, there are two primary causes for response time challenges.

“He’s [Buller] at an all-time low on volunteer status. We’re all over the chart on the run volume, but the trend line is escalating,” he said.

There are currently nine active volunteers on Hesston EMS who have been compensated to run calls in 2015. 

Klaus said there are several complicating factors that make Hesston EMS a poor candidate for a small hourly stipend for volunteers to be on call. 

“If you do something that, under federal wage and hour laws, is compensible time, you must be paid minimum wage.  On call, compensible time is primarily a case-by-case as to where or not they are able to enjoy their personal productivity during the time they are able to respond,” he said.

The five-minute response time restriction - a mandate by the state that responders must be to the station within five minutes of a page for service - in Klaus’s opinion, was restrictive enough to now allow on-call personnel to enjoy the personal products of their own time.

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Mythbusters Hesston Record Edition

Posted 8/14/2015

By Jackie Nelson

This week, The Hesston Record is rolling out its third Myth Busters edition. 

Editor Jackie Nelson and sports writer Rusty Whitcher will be taking on 21 more Hesston myths.  This week, we are giving readers a sneak-peak at the myths will be busting, or confirming, in the Aug. 20 edition of The Record. If some of these myths look familiar, we are revisiting a few of our most popular myths from our original series run in 2013.

Readers will have the opportunity to weigh in on myths, speculate on if a myth is Confirmed, Busted or Plausable. But, all the answers will be revealed in next week’s edition.

How much do you know about Hesston? Take a look at this week’s MythBusters and see if you know then answers. Check back next week to find out if you, too, could join the Hesston MythBusters. 

• You have to pay to walk the arboretum.

• You cannot sell alcoholic drinks by the glass in city limits.

• There was a pond at Emma Creek Park

• You can purchase liquor by the bottle in Hesston

• There was a pond on Hesston college campus

• There are no yield signs in Hesston 

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Students Return To HC For Opening Weekend Kickoff

Posted 8/14/2015

By Rachel McMaster

Just as the buzz of construction slowed a bit on the Hesston College campus with the completion of the Northlawn renovation, the buzz of students returning took its place. 

Hesston College is gearing up for the start of another academic year with the annual Opening Weekend beginning Friday, and classes starting Monday, Aug. 17.

Students have been arriving a few dozen at a time since last Thursday when resident assistants moved in for a weekend of training.

Fall athletes arrived Sunday evening and jumped right into training and getting to know one another Monday morning. International students, aviation students, ministry assistants and Jumpstart participants arrived Tuesday evening to get a head start on classes and training for their roles for the year.

The dorms will open for all remaining students Friday afternoon.

Registration has also been happening for different groups of students throughout the week with the bulk of it to take place Saturday morning, followed by orientation for new students.

Several annual Opening Weekend events are free and open to the public.

• Opening Celebration, the first campus community event for the year will be at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14, in the Hesston Mennonite Church Sanctuary. 

• The volleyball team, under the leadership of head coach Jessica Cleveland, will give a team season preview with a Maroon and Gold scrimmage at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, in Yost Center. 

• Sunday’s schedule features a 10:30 a.m., worship service with Hesston Mennonite Church. The apex event of the weekend – Mod Olympics – will be at 7:30 p.m., on the soccer field. 

For a full Opening Weekend schedule, see the Upcoming Events calendar at

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