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Mutual Aid Keeps Communities Covered During Emergencies

Posted 1/2/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Over the last few weeks, Hesston Emergency Services has been running calls across Harvey County and into McPherson County as part of an area-wide mutual aid agreement. 

Hesston responders have spent plenty of time outside their home station at City Hall and at Newton Station 1, Zimmerdale and Moundridge. 

Hesston Emergency Services Director Russ Buller said the cities of Newton and Moundridge have been calling on Hesston to help provide coverage to their communities in the case of an emergency. 

Newton Emergency Services Director Mark Willis said Newton has been experiencing high call volumes throughout 2014. 

“We have had a record-setting year for number of calls.  We have had 3,500 calls. It’s been a busy year and we’ve had to call on Hesston frequently,” he said. 

Willis said having the Hesston department as a standby resource keeps Newton residents covered. 

“The way I regard Hesston is as a force multiplier for us. We are all trying to do more with less – that’s the buzz term these days.  Our staffing levels haven’t changed in seven years and I don’t see them changing anytime soon,” he said. 

Buller added the relationship with Newton is beneficial to Hesston as well. 

“There are times we don’t have advanced life support and we use Newton to provide that higher level of care to come and help us out,” he said. 

Angie Vickrey, Director of Moundridge Emergency Services, said Hesston serves a similar purpose for her department. 

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Save Your Receipts Down To the Final Week

Posted 1/2/2015

Record Staff

The Hesston Chamber Save Your Receipts program is winding down for 2014. 

Receipts dated Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 are eligible to be turned in for a chance to win up to $250 in Chamber Bucks. 

Receipts from all chamber businesses as well as chamber-affiliated non-profit organizations are eligible to be turned in.  Tickets are issued for ever $20 in local purchases.  Recipes may be compounded to reach $20.  

Hesston Chamber Director Becky Galloway said she is awaiting the post-holiday rush. 

“Usually, what happens, people bring them in after the holidays.  They’ll see a reminder in the paper and remember to bring them in,” she said. 

Throughout the two months of the Save Your Receipts program, Galloway said there are about 450 tickets in the pot. 

“We’re pretty close to $9,000.  They’ve been coming in pretty steadily,” she said. 

With the addition of chamber-affiliated charity receipts eligible for the program, Galloway added she has seen a number of local donations. 

“The Hesston Community Foundation has bumped it up. We definitely got some receipts from Giving Tuesday after Thanksgiving,” she said. 

Receipts can be turned in to the Hesston Chamber located in City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Jan. 7. 

The prize drawing will take place at the January 15 Chamber Luncheon. 

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Hesston Offering $1,000 To Homebuilders In 2015

Posted 1/2/2015

Record Staff

Homebuilders in Hesston for 2015 can expect a $1,000 helping hand from the City.  The Council has once again approved the Housing Grant Program, an offering of $1,000 to homebuilders to incentivize residents to build in the community. 

Hesston City Administrator Gary Emry said he had conversations with the Hesston Area Economic Development Council (HAEDC) on housing trends in Hesston. 

“We got into a dialoged when we went through the budgeting process and incentivize programs in different ways in other areas of town.  Its is all happening in West Embers.  If we incentivized South Meadows, it might stimulate some movement there and help redirect growth,” he said. 

Councilman Brad Unruh was concerned with two different contractors heavily invested in Hesston there would be the perception of “playing favorites.”  

Councilman Lee Birch asked if it was necessary or beneficial to redirect growth. 

“It might be managed because we are doing it all in one spot.  When I was building my house I could have chosen the builder and they can all build where they want.  There aren’t territories,” said Emry. 

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Community Calendar

Posted 1/2/2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 1 

• Happy New Year

• Hesston Wellness Center Membership Drive kickoff  

FRIDAY, JAN. 2  

• Hesston Area Senior Center Closed 

SATURDAY, JAN. 3

• 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Hesston Area Senior Center New Year’s Breakfast 

MONDAY, JAN. 5 

• USD 460 Back in session 

• 6:30 p.m. Lions Club meeting at Hesston Area Senior Center 

THURSDAY, JAN. 8 

• ACT Registration deadline for Feb. 7 test date 

• 4:30 p.m. Hesston Middle School Basketball V. Sterling at Hesston High 

• 7 p.m. Hesston Area Senior Center Movie Night 

FRIDAY, JAN. 9 

• 4:30 p.m. Hesston High Basketball V. Halstead 

• 6 p.m. Hesston High Varsity Girls Basketball V. Halstead 

• 7:30 p.m. Hesston High Varsity Boys Basketball V. Halstead  

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