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10 File For Local Elections

Posted 1/29/2015

For The Record

Local elections are coming in two months on April 7.  With four USD 460 school board seats up for election and three city council seats opening, several candidates have declared their interest in the position. 

Five candidates will be on the ballot for City Council: incumbent Lee Birch, Larry E. Fuqua, F.C. “Clare” Moore, Randall J. Morell and Gary Pauls. 

Six residents have filed for the USD 460 school board: incumbent appointments Michael Weber and Delvin Wohlgemuth, incumbent Brenda Nebel, Susan Lamb, Annette Lamp and Susan Rostetter. 

All city council and school board seats are at-large seats.  A primary election will not be needed this year.  

Voting will take place at Kingdom Life Church on Tuesday, April 7.  

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Excel Reports 60 Percent Growth Over Two Years

Posted 1/29/2015

By Record Staff

In light of recent changes at Hesston Golf Park and the request by Blue Tee Management, an Excel Industries subsidiary, to relinquish management responsibilities of the park, Excel Industries President, Paul Mullet, gave The Hesston Record an update on the manufacturer’s growth in the last 24 months. 

“Since Oct. 1 of 2014, we have hired 147 people directly and contracted with 243 people. We have directly or contracted with 309 people since Oct. 1.  We are now at a total, including contracted employees, of 758 people.  Last year we were at 583,” he said. 

Residents noticing more activity at Excel have witnessed a major boom in the last two years.  

“In the last two years, we have grown 30 percent each year and we are on track to grow that much again,” said Mullet. 

The growth is on tract to continue into the future. 

“In our five year plan, our first two exceeded the plan.  The weather patterns look good,” he said. 

Mullet said the manufacturing side of Excel Industries continues to grow and more shifts have been added to accommodate increased demand. 

“Two months ago, we added second shift in assembly, welding and paint; we haven’t had that since the 1970s. We run 24-seven in fabrication,” he said. 

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Pancake Feed To Finance Carbon Monoxide Detector

Posted 1/29/2015

By Record Staff

This Saturday, the Hesston Lions Club will be flipping pancakes to help Hesston EMS save lives by helping finance a new equipment purchase. 

Hesston Emergency Services Director Russ Buller said the proceeds from the Lions Club Pancake Feed, this Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be used to purchase a “RAD 57.” 

“This is a carbon monoxide (CO) sensor that measures the amount of CO found in a patient's blood stream,” said Buller. 

The cost of this piece of equipment is about $4,500, according to Buller. 

“It is a sensor that looks very similar to an oximeter but instead of measuring the oxygen in the blood stream it measures carbon monoxide,” said Buller. 

Buller said having equipment to help narrow down diagnoses for patients allows emergency responders to administer the correct treatment quicker to patients. 

“We frequently respond to emergencies where the patient presents with signs and symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning. Unfortunately those signs and symptoms are the same for many other medical problems. By having this device we can diagnose a carbon monoxide emergency and treat it appropriately,” he said. 

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Chamber Awards Bucks To Receipt Winners

Posted 1/29/2015

By Jackie Nelson

At the January Chamber Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 15 the Hesston Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the annual Save Your Reciepts program for 2014. This year’s grand prizewinner of $250 Chamber Bucks was Nyla Hobbs of Hesston. Becky Galloway, Hesston Chamber Director, said Hobbs was excited to win the drawing and plans to share her winnings. “Nyla said she entered contest because she believes in spending her money locally and supporting our community.  She is taking her daughter and granddaughter out to lunch today [Tuesday, Jan. 27],” said Galloway. Second place $50 Chamber Buck Winners were Arline Bachman and Dalyn Diercks. Third place, $25 Chamber Buck winners were Marlene Harbegger and Bill and Jerilyn Ediger. According to Galloway, this year just under $40,000 in receipts were submitted for the contest.

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State Lawmakers Talk About Budget During Coffee

Posted 1/29/2015

By Randy Fogg

Special To The Record

MOUNDRIDGE - State Rep. Don Schroeder talked about the state budget in his opening comments during the Legislative Coffee Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Pine Village Wellness Center.

Schroeder’s district includes the City of Moundridge.

Also attending the coffee were Rep. Les Mason, whose district includes all of McPherson County except for Moundridge and Lindsborg, and State Sen. Rick Wilborn, whose district includes all of McPherson County.

There were 45 to 50 people attending the event.

“That is a big issue,” Schroeder said of the budget. “There are a lot of things happening with the budget.”

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed cutting 4 percent out of each state department and agency.

He is also suggesting that the state withhold $40 million in employer contributions to Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).

In addition, the governor would like to take a total of $413 million from the Kanas Department of Transportation budget for 2015.

“That’s quite a lot of money,” Schroeder said.

Overall, the governor has proposed taking money away from KDOT in the 2016 and 2017 budgets as well. Through a three-year period, Brownback is planning a total of $1.139 billion in transfers from KDOT.

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