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'BRAZEN' Burglars Hit Hesston

Posted 11/19/2015

Hesston police chief Doug Schroeder said a string of burglaries that have taken place in the community have been unusual, as the suspect(s) have been entering homes while residents are still inside.

“I think it’s an extra intrusion into their privacy. It’s a brazen move by the criminal,” said Schroeder. 

A report was made in which a women’s wallet was stolen from her home on N. Weaver. It is believed that the victim was at home and in a different room when the suspect let themselves in the door and took the wallet. 

“The credit cards were taken and later used. It was of criminal intent, it wasn’t just a lost wallet,” said Schroeder. 

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Hesston College Running Lockdown Drill Friday

Posted 11/19/2015

 Hesston College will engage in a Campus Lockdown Drill as part of the college’s ongoing emergency preparedness efforts. The Hesston College Campus Lockdown Drill will take place at 4:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20.  The carillon outdoor emergency alert will sound simultaneously. 

For this drill, the college’s carillon outdoor sound system will be utilized for the first time as an outdoor emergency alert. The carillon system will broadcast a verbal warning about the emergency situation instead of the usual bell chimes. 

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Arboretum Lighting Up On Luminary Weekends

Posted 11/19/2015

The 2015 Winter Luminary Walk at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains will be a celebration of generosity, focusing on the theme "Tis the Season for Giving". The event will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 27 and 28, and on Dec. 4 and 5.  

The cost of admission is $5 for adults, $4 for members, senior citizens and college students and $2 for children (ages 3-15).  Children under 3 years of age are admitted for free.  

Attendees will be encouraged to give a donation of $1 or more to a selection of non-profit organizations in Harvey County that provide food, housing or safe haven to people in need. These organizations will include the Hesston Resource Center, CASA, A Voice for Children, Inc. and the Harvey County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force, which includes the Harvey County Safe House. Each evening of the luminary walk will include opportunities to give to the highlighted organizations and decorate an ornament in the Pavilion. 

Each night, there will be music or dancing in the Pavilion, including the Angel Feet dance troupe on Friday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., Dave Anderson on hammered-dulcimer on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., the McPherson Brass Quintet on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. and the Konza Ringers handbell ensemble on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

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Wilder Earns Judge Appointment From Governor For 9th Judicial District

Posted 11/19/2015

Hesston resident Marilyn Wilder has been appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback as a judge in the Ninth Judicial District of Kansas. 

Wilder has been an attorney in Kansas for 25 years and practiced law in Indiana for two years.  She is employed as an attorney at Adrian and Pankratz Law Firm in Newton. 

The Ninth Judicial District encompasses Harvey and McPherson counties. 

Wilder replaces Judge Richard Walker on the bench. 

“I’m ready to take a different role in the process. And, I believe I have the background, skills and experience to bring a lot to the position,” said Wilder. 

Wilder was nominated by a committee of eight members - two attorneys from Harvey County, two attorneys from McPherson County and two lay-people from each county. 

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Work Off Too Much Turkey At HC Howard Hustle

Posted 11/19/2015

While the name will change for next year, the event is staying the same.
Hesston College will be hosting the 24
th Annual Howard Hustle, a two-mile walk, jog or run on Friday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. with registration opening at 9 a.m. There will also be a registration booth open after the talent show on Thanksgiving evening. Cost for the event is $25, which nets every runner a long-sleeved shirt with prizes awarded to the top three runners in each age division along with random prizes too.
“It’s named for our sitting president, Howard Keim,” Clay Stauffer, organizer of the event, said. “Next year the name will change and we’ll have to come up with something creative.”

Stauffer’s Recreational Leadership is putting on the event. With 19 students in the class, everyone is involved from the design of the shirt logo, to marketing, to talking to businesses for donations of prizes.
“It gives them a chance to have ownership of something real,” Stauffer said. “That’s the goal of the class that they can take what they’ve learned in the class and what they’ve learned at Hesston College and apply it to this.”

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Hesston Public Library Hosting Special Sleepover Friday Night

Posted 11/10/2015

By Jacki Nelson

Hesston Public Library is calling all super-special stuffed animals for a fun night at the library for a sleep-over.

Director Libby Albers said the Library will be hosting the sleep-over for stuffed animals on Friday, Nov. 13.

“What happens, at a Teddy Bear Sleepover, kids can come and, instead of them camping out or sleeping over at the library, their little fluffy friend stays over,” she said.

Children can drop off their special fluffy friend any time on Friday, Nov. 13. 

“We are asking parents to make sure their child’s lovie or stuffy has a nametag so the right friend gets back to the right owner,” said Albers.

Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for the stuffed creatures staying the night at the library.

“We will have a program for the teddy bears over night. They might hear a story or two,” said Albers.

However, she said the real fun begins after the staff leave their guests to the library for the night. 

“It has been known to occur the teddy bears can do things at the library overnight with no people around.  The teddy bears may end up with office work, shelving books, playing hide-and-seek, using the photo copier - we don’t know what will happen,” she said.

Albers said the sleepover is a way to engage children and connect them to the library.

“It’s a fun conversation. It’s a bit of silliness, imagination and make-believe.  We can involve young kids at the library while they are tucked in safe at home overnight. They get to live vicariously through their stuffy or lovey,” she said

She added the Teddy Bear Sleepover program is an easy and cost-free way to reach out to the community.

Bright and early at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, Albers will host a program for children and their teddies. 

To read more see this weeks print edition

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MCC Taking On World Hunger One Can At A Time

Posted 11/10/2015

By Jacki Nelson

For the last 10 days, North Newton’s Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) location has transformed into a small factory with volunteers working in shifts to can 88,000 pounds of raw meat to be shipped around the world.

The tradition of MCC canning goes back to shortly after World War II.

“It started with a group of people gathering in Hillsboro and were aware of the fact we had brothers and sisters in Russia dealing with the movement of Communism.  They responded by sending aid to Russia, to their brothers and sisters, and that was the beginning of relief and the development of MCC canning,” said Maynard Knepp, a long time canner and MCC employee.

The first shipment of canned beef, however, was hardly a success.

“The first shipment was in glass jars. About half of it got busted on the way there - then they went to tin,” said Knepp.

With the first canning location in Hillsboro, churches and volunteers donated money and time to can thousands of pounds of meat to be used for aid.

“They went to a mobile meat canner. The original was a wooden box on wheels, basically.  The trailer is setting behind the museum in North Newton. They used that for 20 years before they built a new one.  We didn’t have as strict of rules about FDA.  Then they built a new one.  This year, we have a brand new meat canner,” said Knepp.

Knepp, a long-time MCC canner, was brought into the fold by an elderly man.  Tree-trimmer, Knepp said he initially had no interest in volunteering for MCC.

“He kept bugging me. I said if it rained, I would come help.  About 5 a.m. one morning, ti was raining and it was the time they were doing canning. He called me. That’s how I got involved and the rest is history. Now I work for the organization,” he said.

Volunteer Randy Stucky of Moundridge has been canning for nearly 30 years along with Ken Janzen, of Newton, who has been canning since the 1980s. 

“It was something I heard a lot about during high school and one year, Mom was working, so after school was finished, I went.

“Each community had its own canning place, before there were strict state inspections and laws.  We did it by the old football field - which is now the baseball field - and I got introduced.  Years later, I worked a whole shift and kept doing it,” said Stucky.

Janzen was familiar with the canning process and MCC well before he became an official volunteer. 

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Newton Medical Center Acquiring Mid Kansas Family Practice Effective Jan. 1

Posted 11/10/2015

By Jacki Nelson

Beginning Jan. 1, Newton Medical Center will acquire Mid Kansas Family Practice. 

Steven Kelly, President and CEO of Newton Medical Center, said the acquisition has been the result of an on-going discussion with physician and Mid Kansas Family Practice owner Dr. Mark Hall.

“Dr. Hall and I have been friends for years and knew this time would come. We had an agreement, when the time came, we would sit and talk and make the transition,” he said.

Kelly said throughout the acquisition, the current Mid Kansas Family Practice staff would remain in place. 

“We’ll also continue to do x-ray and lab work there. And, we will look into brining in some specialties there so the community can find specialties - like cardiology,” said Kelly.

One change will come in the billing department, with invoices being processed through Newton Medical Center.  However, according to Kelly, the new billing process will not impact insurance or Medicare/Medicaid acceptance.

“The hospital, and Dr. Hall, continue to take the same insurances. The number of accepted insurances may be expanded, but people shouldn’t see a difference. We belong to almost all networks,” said Kelly.

Additionally, Kelly said prices for services will remain largely the same.

“Sometimes when we fall into a not-for-profit entity we have guidelines and polices that are different than for-profit. We have to abide by those. But I think those will be minimal,” he said.

Newton Medical Center also recently acquired the Sedgwick Clinic - a small community clinic.  The Sedgwick Clinic closed shortly after the acquisition.

“People set goals. Whe you see those things dont’ work, they see it as unsuccessful.  Many time s we do things and find they don’t work that way, they work in a different way.  In Sedgwick we are in negotiations to serve the area even better through a partnership with Health Ministries.  Much of the work we are doing in Halstead may be duplicated in Sedgwick.  That model just told us what didn’t work for us; it didn’t change the goal,” said Kelly. 

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Newton Acupuncture Opening In Old Town Square

Posted 11/10/2015

Record Staff

Owner Constance Gehring is celebrating the opening of Hesston’s newest business - Newton Acupuncture, at 359 N. Old Highway 81, Old Town Square, Thursday at 4 p.m.

Gehring, an experienced acupuncturist, began her business -Black Bear - while living in New Mexico.

“I was very interested in herbs for healing.  I took some classes and learned how to make tinctures, and salves. I made homemade soaps, too.  It got to the point where I needed to expand or change direction and I decided to change direction,” said Gehring. 

Motivated by her desire to work more directly with her customers, Gehring began pursuing acupuncture. 

“I was licensed through the Acupuncture School in Santa Fe at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. I started in 2000. I took three years to get through school and I have been practicing the last 12,” she said.

Acupuncture, Gehring explained, “is putting needles into points along meridians for the purpose of bringing a person back into balance. We believe acupuncture stimulates points on the body and enables the body’s energy, Qi, to be redistributed to reduce pain, swelling, heat or cold.”

Potential customers leery of needles need not worry, said Gehring.

“They’re about as thin as a hair, and they aren’t hollow.  Most people don’t feel them when they are in. They only go in about one-eighth of an inch. And, they are all one-time use, disposable needles.  They immediately go into bio-hazard and are never re-used,” she said.

Gehring is also a certified holistic kinesiologist and will offer NAET allergy desensitization. 

“That entails doing muscle testing to find out what systems or organs are out of balance and then testing for treatments of supplements or herbal formulas to bring a person back into balance,” she said.

Newton Acupuncture will also carry herbal supplements, essential oils and Chinese herbal formulas. 

At her new business, Gehring said she is taking a community approach to acupuncture with a flexible pay plan and business model for keeping overhead low.

“I want people to be able to use acupuncture and not be limited by the cost,” she said.

Gehring can be reached at 316-587-5335 to set up an appointment. 

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