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Girls Play Galena Wednesday At State; Boys Play Collegiate Thursday

Posted 3/8/2015

HUTCHINSON – The undefeated Hesston Lady Swathers play Galena Wednesday night at 6:30 to start the state tournament in Hutchinson. Hesston has earned the No. 1 seed and Galena at 14-8 is the No. 8 seed

The Hesston boys play Thursday night against Collegiate. Hesston (21-2) is the No. 4 seed and Collegiate at 20-3 is the No. 5 seed. Game time is 8:15.

The Swather defeated Collegiate last season in the first round at state.

 

Boys Defeat Tough SE Saline Squad

It may not be a traditional courtship, but longtime basketball court partners Tyler McCartney and Grant Raleigh took turns Saturday night carrying their basketball family on their backs.

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SUBSTATE: Hesston Girls To Play Lyons Saturday; Boys Play Hutch Trinity Friday Night

Posted 3/6/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

The Hesston Lady Swathers held off undersized but scrappy Southeast of Saline 52-37 on Thursday.

They will play Lyons (19-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday with a berth to the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson on the line. The Lady Lions outlasted Sterling 82-78 in an overtime thriller in the first game Thursday at Hesston.

The Swather boys (19-2) play Hutch-Trinity (11-9) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The winner plays the winner of the Halstead (7-14) vs. SE Saline (13-8) game at 6 p.m. Friday. All games in the main Hesston gym.

The Lady Swathers (22-0) overcame a cold shooting night and many turnovers forced by the quick guards of Southeast of Saline. Hesston held a 38-34 advantage before Cami Richardson drained a three-pointer at the top of the key with 5:40 left to play. It was her only field goal of the game. She admitted to struggling with her shot lately, and she's been spending extra time in the gym working on it.

"Whatever we were doing on offense wasn't working, and I got an open look," she said about the crucial three. "I just had to have the confidence to put it up."

Kelsey Unruh set up the shot with an assist from the right baseline. She scored four early points, but spent most of the night on the bench with foul trouble before fouling out.

Katelyn Hageman filled the breach by aggressively looking to score. She made two 15-foot jumpers in the second quarter when Hesston went on a 11-3 run to finally take the lead. She scored six points in the second half and put in a good defensive effort.

"I think it was just I want to make it to state so bad," she explained. "I was going to do whatever it took to get us there, or at least to the next game."

Head coach Matt Richardson said it was a nice "luxury" to have Hageman come off the bench.

"We're deep enough," Hageman said. "If one person is having an off night, another person can step up, and we can be just as good."

All hands will be needed for the rematch against Lyons, who Hesston defeated 48-40 on Feb. 10. The Lady Lions appeared as if they were going to lose their fourth meeting with Sterling when Brenna McClure made a three-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to tie the game at 73-73 in regulation.

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Painting The Past

Posted 3/5/2015

By Jackie Nelson

Sherry Dreier began working with watercolors when she was in high school, but said she recently picked up painting again after a decades-long hiatus. “I just kind of let it go. But I started up again when I moved back to Hesston. A group of us meets at the Waters Edge and started to get together,” she said. Dreier specializes in watercolors, but is branching out to ceramic tile paintings as well. “With watercolors, you can never know what it’s going to do. You can guide but it turns out not like you think. But, you can guide it,” she said. Within the last two years, Dreier has been pushing herself as an artist to explore new styles. “My paintings are more realistic. I’m trying to loosen up a little,” she said. However, while finding new ways to create works of art, Dreier said, particularly with watercolor, it is easy to get carried away. “Sometimes you can over-paint and it ends up being muddy ad not like you had imagined.” Dreier, a native to the area, frequently finds artistic inspiration in her upbringing. “I grew up on a dairy farm outside of town. I like to do paintings that are reminiscent of old times,” she said.

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Lions Rabies Clinic Coming March 14

Posted 3/5/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Lions Club is hosting the annual Rabies and Registration clinic on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Lions Club will be issuing City registration tags for dogs and cats. 

Registration fees for spayed or neutered dogs and cats are $3 at the clinic. 

Registration for non-spayed and non-neutered pets is $15 

March 31 marks the end of the grace-period for City pet registration. Fees for registration increase $.50 per month registration has lapsed. 

Rabies vaccinations will also be available at the clinic. A one-year vaccination is $12 for dogs and cats.  A two-year vaccination will be $18.  

In addition to rabies vaccinations Hesston Vet Clinic will be offering parvo vaccinations for $18; kennel cough vaccinations for $12; a feline booster shot for feline distemper for $18 and feline leukemia booster for $18.   The clinic will also be offering a check of intestinal worms for $8 and heartworm testing for $18. 

Lions Club member Ken Schwanke said the annual clinic is a good way to serve all of Hesston’s residents, and provide opportunities to vaccinate pets at a discounted rate. 

“This is one of the annual ways the Lions Club helps serve the community and is a reminder for residents with cats and dogs to get them tagged and registered within the City,” said Schwanke. 

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Ad Hoc Committee To Decide What To Do About Amos

Posted 3/5/2015

By Record Staff

After Earl’s update concluded (for the full Rec update, see “Rec Budget ‘To The Bone’) the discussion turned to how the City, USD 460 and the Rec could collaborate to make best use of the property on Amos Street adjacent to Hesston Elementary School.  

City Administrator Gary Emry said it was the intention of the City to partner with the School to create a parking lot for Hesston Elementary School to improve traffic flow.  The preliminary estimates on the project were $250,000.

Councilman Pat Moore inquired what the ultimate expectation is for the Amos property. 

“What should it look like, simply to relieve off street parking on Amos or a more formal turnaround or a place to let kids off or pick up.  Possibly a parking lot that would complement a rec area to the north?  All of these present different aspects and support different groups’ needs.  I’m not sure, from a council standpoint, what the goal is for that property and how it might be financed,” he said. 

Superintendent Paul Becker said a careful assessment of traffic flow would be needed to ease congestion on Amos and not back parents and children up onto Ridge Road during a busy time of day with Hesston Elementary School, Hesston Middle School Hesston High School and AGCO releasing at the same time. 

Emry said the preliminary estimate and plan was for a hard-surface lot without traffic studies or counts, which were time-consuming processes.  

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City, Rec, USD 460 Moving Toward Unified Capital Project

Posted 3/5/2015

By Jackie Nelson

On Thursday evening, leaders from USD 460, the City of Hesston and the Hesston Recreation Department came together for the annual collaboration meeting for updates and possible community projects. 

A major topic of discussion was the challenges faced by the Hesston Rec and how the three entities could collaborate to improve programming and facilities.  

“The board and I spent a lot of time talking about limiting kids in what [activates] they are able to do and limiting what they can do. You really can’t offer much in the way of growth or improvement in some of our programs.  And, without growth and improvement, you have to be satisfied with the status quo. We don’t have enough variety in programming,” said Earl. 

Earl said he had also approached USD 460 for an additional mill for the Rec Commission.  The Rec cannot levy mills but must go through USD 460 School Board for a mill rate increase. The requested one mill increase – which costs taxpayers less than $12 per year on a $100,000 valuated home – Earl said, would be used to partner with the City and USD 460 for smaller projects.  Because the Rec cannot own property, Earl said, it is dependent upon the City or USD 460 for useable recreation space. 

After Earl’s update concluded (for the full Rec update, see “Rec Budget ‘To The Bone’) the discussion turned to how the City, USD 460 and the Rec could collaborate to make best use of the property on Amos Street adjacent to Hesston Elementary School.  

City Administrator Gary Emry said it was the intention of the City to partner with the School to create a parking lot for Hesston Elementary School to improve traffic flow.  The preliminary estimates on the project were $250,000.

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Community Events Reflect On 1990 F5 Tornado

Posted 3/5/2015

By Libby Albers

Hesston Public Library Director

On March 13, 1990 a series of tornados swept through South Central Kansas. Many communities, including the City of Hesston, were critically impacted by these storms. For the 25 years since the storms, the Hesston community has rebuilt, grown and thrived. As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Community Foundation, the Hesston Public Library, Hesston College and the Hesston Record, with additional support from Hesston Mennonite Church and USD 460 have coordinated several public events: 1. Walk the Path: March 7 - 22 Retrace the path of the March 13, 1990 tornado by following the orange flags placed in the community by the Hesston College Disaster Management Students. The Path will be marked throughout March. 2. Share the Memories: Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 South Main Street, Hesston View the Dean Allison video and hear from various community members who were very involved in the hours immediately following the storm. Light refreshments and time for sharing personal experiences following the presentation. All are welcome. 3. Record the Story: March 12 - 13 An oral historian will be present at the Hesston Public Library giving the public an opportunity to record their experiences to library’s Special Collections archive. Please schedule your time before arriving by calling 620-327-4666. 4. Hesston USD 460 Students: Friday, March 13 Several community members will share their experiences at various times in each of the three school buildings. 5. Twister Twila & the Rodeo Queen Weds., March 18, 1:00 PM Join us for a tornado-themed story time at the Hesston Public Library and a special program from Abbey Pomeroy, Hesston's own Miss Rodeo Kansas 2015. As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Public Library has digitized the photographs, personal reflections, letters, videos and other documents collected after the storm. The Digitized Special Collections can be viewed at: http://hesston.digitalsckls.info or via the library’s website: hesstonpubliclibrary.com. Anyone with questions about the 25th Anniversary events is encouraged to contact the library at 620-327-4666 or hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com

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