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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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Hesston Record 10.16


Hesston Record 10.16

MythBusters Hesston Edition

Posted 8/27/2013

Want to win a simple wager? Keep this in mind the next time your friends challenge you to an urban legend contest about Hesston.

In true Myth Busters fashion, we have Confirmed or Busted 25 of the most common, and obscure, myths surrounding Hesston.

Who are the Myth Busters?

Rusty Whitcher and Jackie Nelson, between them more than 15 years of investigative journalism experience.

In this story, we have myths running the gamut from monster turtles hiding at the Arboretum to a traffic light coming to Ridge Road and Lincoln Blvd. to the original Hesston High mascot.

CONFIRMED: Mount Saint Hesston Has Tornado Debris

In a story written by The Record in June of 2012 Mount Saint Hesston does indeed have tornado debris at its base. The amount of debris is yet undetermined, but it is present. “Hesston Hill is definitely the result of the tornado,” said City Administrator John Carder.

Street Department head Jim Erb, who was part of the project, confirmed the debris under Hesston Hill.

“We were able – and I can’t even image they would have permitted us to do it now-a-days - KDHE allowed us to dispose of brick, asphalt etcetera and we told them we would cover it with dirt and make a mound out of it.  We were fortunate that we had public property we could do it on. So we mounded this stuff up and put a cover layer of dirt and ended up with Mount Saint Hesston following that,” he said.

BUSTED: The City Maintains rail-road crossings

In one of the most common myths around Hesston, the City does not maintain railroad crossings. 

“This is one of the issues that is very frustrating to the City. We really identify with people that have concerns. We do get beaten up over it, but we are unfortunately powerless. And that is a frustration with us, as these crossings pare part of our streets and communities.  City street crews can only come within four feet of the tracks,” said City Administrator John Carder.

According to Carder, Watco Companies Inc. of Pittsburg, Ka. and the Kansas Department of Transportation are responsible for crossing maintenance 

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Schowalter Villa Earns 5th PEAK Award

Posted 8/27/2013

By Susan Garofalo and Jackie

 Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan presented Schowalter Villa its fifth PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas) Award at a reception Aug. 22 at the Villa Life Center in Hesston.

Winning the PEAK Award designation more than four times is an accomplishment only one other Kansas nursing home has achieved.

Schowalter Villa’s Dining Services department hosted a reception with smoothies and an educational session about the Villa’s monthly themed meals featuring foods popular in various locations around the world. Secretary Sullivan visited several residents in their rooms and toured the courtyard of the “My Garden, My Home” project at the Villa Life Center before presenting the award to Schowalter Villa representatives.

“This recognition is both gratifying and humbling,” says Treva Greaser, Executive Director of Schowalter Villa. “We have a role and responsibility to continually seek ways to improve and refine our person-centered care processes and culture. Our focus will continue to be on promoting purposeful, meaningful lives among our residents.”

James Krehbiel, CEO of Bluestem Communities, said the award is an honor Schowalter Villa has worked hard to earn. 

To read more, see this week's print edition.

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Hyspeco Growing, Adding 25 Jobs

Posted 8/27/2013

Local manufacturer Hyspeco will be constructing a 30,000 square foot facility and relocating part of their manufacturing as well as opening a retail center.

According to Hyspeco Manager Jason VanDerwall, the new facility will be constructed by November of this year.

“We are hoping to have the walls up and the roof on my November and the building in use by Thanksgiving,” said VanDerwall. 

The majority of the space will be used for subassembly for Excel Industries.

“We are looking at manufacturing and assembly jobs – light manufacturing and light assembly,” he said.

VanDerwall said Hyspeco works primarily with Excel Industries at the Hesston facility.

“We do 90 percnt of our work for Excel in that location,” he said.

VanDerwall added that rather than 12 jobs, Hyspeco will be seeking over two dozen new employees.
”In the manufacturing assembly, we are looking at 25 new jobs,” he said.

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Students Give Outdoor Classroom A Whole New Look

Posted 8/27/2013

Hesston Middle School students undertook a project that would span two school years and require the cooperation of over 100 students.

Hesston Middle School art teacher Brittani Rhodes said, as an educator, she let students direct the project and have a personal investment in their art.

“This was a very unique project because it was student made from idea to finish.  I had very little to do with making the art! I started by asking the question "What do you think would make our school a better pace to be?" The kids brainstormed so many ideas.  To name a few: sayings and quotes in the hallways, kindness messages installed throughout the building, teacher door decorations, and the outdoor classroom concept was the biggest hit,” said Rhodes.

the project was a collaborative effort between seventh grade students and their fourth-grade buddies. 

To read more, see this week's print edition.

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Meet The Swathers This Friday

Posted 8/27/2013

Friday evening, Aug. 30, Hesston High will be hosting Meet The Swathers.

Introductions of teams will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Clint Rider will introduce the football team.

Lyle Graverson will introduce the Pep Band,

Travis Sebits will introduce Lady Swather tennis.

Jason Peters will introduce Lady Swather volleyball.

Nealee Johnston will introduce men and women’s Swather cross country.

Diane Jost will introduce the Football cheerleaders.

Team and individual photos will also begin at 6:30.

At 7:15, teams will take part in scrimmages.

During Meet the Swathers, The Hesston Record and Hesston Food Market Watermelon Feed will take place at the north end of the football stadium.

Swather Power Club will have merchandise and Swather Gear available as well. 

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