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This Week's Issue:August 25, 2016 August 25, 2016


Door-To-Door Drive A Success 

THE Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church Fuzion youth group went door-to-door collecting food on Wednesday, March 13. According to Rae King, Hesston Resource Center Director, said the group brought in 457 pounds of food.

THE Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church Fuzion youth group went door-to-door collecting food on Wednesday, March 13. According to Rae King, Hesston Resource Center Director, said the group brought in 457 pounds of food. 

Kindergarten Schedule Makes Earlier Shift To All-Day Sessions

Posted 3/19/2013

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston Elementary School is making a change to the Kindergarten schedule beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

According to Hesston Elementary School Principal Chris Robertson, children will be attending all-day kindergarten beginning 6 weeks after the school year begins.

“We used to have half-day kindergarten for the first 12 weeks of school. Now we will be having all-day kindergarten beginning six weeks in,” she said.

USD 460 Superintendent Paul Becker said the changes, which were approved by the School Board during the Monday, March 11 meeting, represent an adjustment to better accommodate new curriculum.

“The motivation behind it, we felt like we needed to get students going all day sooner. With new standards coming, we want them to be moving along,” he said.

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Hesston Chamber Director Carlota Ponds Resigns

Posted 3/19/2013

By Jackie Nelson


Hesston Chamber Director Carlota Ponds will be resigning from the Chamber beginning April 1.

Ponds, who has been Chamber Director since 2011, will be joining Hesston College. Ponds announced her departure in a release sent to business leaders and Chamber members on Monday, March 18. 

“It’s easy to move forward…but it’s still hard to leave. It is my pleasure to announce that, effective April 1, I have accepted a new position at Hesston College as Administrative Assistant for Alumni/Church Relations and Communications. I am excited for the opportunity to grow and stretch in new directions, but I will definitely miss the work I’ve come to love so much with the Hesston Area Chamber.

“The good news is I’ll continue to be a part of this wonderful and vibrant community. As one vacancy is filled, another opens. A classified ad appears in this edition of The Hesston Record. If you know someone who would be a good candidate for the position of Hesston Area Chamber Director, please encourage her/him to apply. This is especially true if that person is you. The position will remain open until filled.

“Many people have helped me in my just-over two-year tenure with the Chamber. Your support has been invaluable. Thank you all for allowing me to serve and to continue serving from a different venue,” said Ponds.

During her tenure as Chamber Director, Ponds said her goal was to help Hesston residents appreciate their community in new ways. 

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Rec Hosting Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Posted 3/19/2013

By Jackie Nelson 


The Hesston Recreation Commission is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m.

Children ages 8 to 9 will be at King Park, 6 and 7 year olds will be at Heritage Park and children 0 t o 5 will be in two groups (0-3 and 4-5) at Hesston Middle School.

Parents with children at the middle school are requested to park in the back parking lot.

According to Hesston Recreation Director John Earl, the hunt continues to be a successful event.

“It depends on the year, but typically we have between 170 and 200 children,” he said.

The consistently high attendance has encouraged Earl to keep the hunt going.

“It’s a tradition. It’s a lot like Donuts with Santa. Young kids believe…” he said.

Earl said the youngest children, who still believe in the Easter Bunny, seem to enjoy the event the most.

“I enjoy watching the youngest group go looking. They have an innocence about them as they go hunting,” said Earl. 

While the event is enjoyed by children of all ages, knowing how many children will turn out can be a challenge.

“Anticipating how many will come out, and having enough goodies to distribute around each area can be guess-work,” said Earl.

For parents who might be running behind, Earl said it is important for kids to be at the parks on time.
”Be sure to get to the site early so your kids don’t miss anything. I always have tried to start right at 10 a.m.” he said. 

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