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June 14, 2018 Hesston RecordJune 14, 2018 Hesston Record

Gas Pipeline Explosion Rocks Hesston

Posted 6/15/2018

A gas line explosion rocked Hesston at 7:36 a.m., Friday.  According to an on-scene Harvey County A SOUTHERN Star gas pipeline ruptured at 7:36 a.m. Friday near 10300 NW 72nd, Hesston. A SOUTHERN Star gas pipeline ruptured at 7:36 a.m. Friday near 10300 NW 72nd, Hesston. An apparent gas line explosion west of Hickory and Mission near Hesston. Field fire, no implements or buildings close to fire. Happened around 7:30 a.m. Friday.An apparent gas line explosion west of Hickory and Mission near Hesston. Field fire, no implements or buildings close to fire. Happened around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

 

Sheriff’s deputy, a Southern Star gas pipeline ruptured.  

The explosion and fire occurred at 10300 NW 72nd St. Hesston. The property is owned by Earl Ewy and near a residence occupied by Brett and Victoria Swartzendruber.  No structures were damaged in the explosion and no injuries were reported. 

Currently, NW 72nd is closed and will remain so until the scene is cleared by emergency services.  

According to an on-scene Harvey County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Southern Star shut off the gas line to the east and west of the break. However, it may take up to several hours for the remaining fuel to burn out of the line. 

The explosion also caused a wheat stubble fire, which closed Dutch Avenue to the west of Hesston near Essex Heights Road. 

The cause of the break and explosion are unknown at this time. 

 

 

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Community Sets Priorities During Visioning Meeting

Posted 6/14/2018

POST-ITS helped create a visual representation of the priorities of Hesstonians POST-ITS helped create a visual representation of the priorities of Hesstonians Top Priorities Identified 

Grocery Store 

Coordinated Town Center 

Affordable Housing 

Childcare Availability/Affordability 

Creating A Culture Of Live Life Local 

Attract Mid-Size Employers 

Trade School/Vocational Mentoring and Internships 

Population Growth 

Private Funding Of Trailer Park Housing Project 

 

Wednesday evening over 100 community members gathered to dream about the future of Hesston.  

The Long Range Planning Meeting was held to help establish the priorities and issues that need to be addressed in Hesston over the next five years. 

The meeting, facilitated by Terry Woodbury, was a cross-section of Houstonians representing four primary areas of community involvement. 

Attendees represented one of four major community contributors - business, education, human services or government. 

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Excel Dedicates Memorial To Feb. 25, 2016

Posted 6/14/2018

Monday afternoon, Excel Industries gathered its workforce and community members to dedicate a small garden and reflection space in honor of those who lost their lives, were injured or affected by the shooting on Feb. 25, 2016. 

Mayor Dave Kauffman addressed the over 100 Excel employees, first responders, family members of employees and community members gathered for the dedication ceremony. 

“We are here to dedicate this space to the memory of those lost, and the victims who were injured and the employees of Excel and the families,” he said. 

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Gallery Artist Takes Viewers On Transcontinental Trip

Posted 6/14/2018

This month, traveler Virginia Swartzendruber has dozens of original paintings on display. As a prolific painter, Swartzendruber said all of the works currently on display at the Walkabout Gallery have all been created in the last year. 

“I’ve been saving photos for years that I thought ‘Someday I’ll paint that,’” said Swartzendruber. 

With albums of photos that span coast-to-coast and from Canada to Bolivia, 

“So, I pulled out my paint supplies and sat down and thought, ‘Which one of these should I paint?’ There are so many.  Just the beauty of God’s creation, because they’re landscapes, and I want to try to get them down on canvas,” said Swartzendruber. 

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Mullets To Donate Funds To Golf Course

Posted 6/14/2018

PAUL Mullet addressed the city council on Monday evening with a proposal to help fund renovations at the Hesston Golf Park. Mullet was accompanied by Golf Course manager Grady Pauls at the meeting. PAUL Mullet addressed the city council on Monday evening with a proposal to help fund renovations at the Hesston Golf Park. Mullet was accompanied by Golf Course manager Grady Pauls at the meeting. Paul Mullet and Grady Pauls addressed the council with a proposal for a donation to the golf course. 

Mullet said he and his brothers established a fund in honor of their parents.  

“Our father was passionate about golf, and I’m sure any of you that played with him know. We decided one of the things maybe we can help the city and the golf course,” he said. 

Mullet said since the course’s opening in 1975, there have been a number of major improvements to the field of play, but the facilities have remained largely unchanged. 

“We said, ‘Lets reach out to the city and Gary [Emry]’ and said we’d be happy to make a contribution to help the renovation and anything else that needs to do with the golf course,” he said. 

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