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Home Sweet Hesston Returning Sept. 20-23

Posted 8/24/2017


With the success of Home Sweet Hesston in 2016, the event is expanding this year to include Schowalter Villa and greater involvement with Hesston College.

Hesston Community Foundation Director Susan Lamb, along with Dallas Stutzman of Hesston College were the key coordinators of last year’s event.  This year, three new members have joined the leadership committee - Megan Smith, Ariana Kauffman and Rachel Bucklin, all working at Bluestem Communities. 

Lamb said as one of the primary coordinator’s last year, she appreciates having more hands to make for lighter work.

“I really appreciate working in collaboration with this group because it allows for new ideas and also helps bring multiple perspectives,” she said.

Smith said has a lifetime resident of Hesston, festivals helped shape her appreciation of her community. 

“One of my earliest memories of Hesston in general is decorating my bicycle for an entry in the Bloomin’ Festival parade.  We were new to the community and it was my first year in Hesston schools.  Participating in the parade and other festival activities was not only a great way to meet folks, but it really demonstrated to me what the Hesston community was all about,” she said.

Lamb said continuing to help children make those kinds of memories is key to maintaining a vibrant community.

“I think all small towns appreciate the opportunity to be together in a setting that is family friendly,” she said.

With the addition of the new leadership members, Lamb said new ideas and new events can continue to be added to Home Sweet Hesston.

“We don’t want events to get stale.  New perspectives prevent us from ‘doing it the way we always have’,” she said.

Bucklin, who is a relativley new Hesstonian, said being part of a community event has been an important part of integrating.

“ The goal of forming this committee was to involve various aspects of the Hesston community in order to plan a festivities week that brings the whole community together. As a member of the planning committee for Home Sweet Hesston, I feel honored to be a part of implementing that vision, bringing the residents of Hesston together every year to celebrate community,” she said.

This year, Smith said with all the events Home Sweet Hesston will have to offer she does not have a favorite.

“It’s hard to pick. I’m probably most excited about the Friday night activities. 

“The dinner before the football game is truly a community-wide event and I hope everyone comes out to enjoy a great meal together while also supporting an important cause.  I also think there is a special energy around Friday night lights and cheering on your home football team.  And, ending the evening with everyone together at the stadium for a fireworks show is a really fun finale,” she said.

Kauffman said, as a new member on the leadership team, she is hopeful residents will come away with a renewed sense of community.

“I believe that Hesston is unique. There aren’t many towns with our population that can offer what we can, and I think there are even more opportunities for growth to come! This event is a celebration, and hopefully a reminder, that we must support one other, look for opportunities to reach out to one another, shop local, dine local, volunteer, be aware of Hesston happenings, read the Hesston Record, offer a helping hand, and the list goes on,” she said.

Kauffman said Hesstonians can treat Home Sweet Hesston as an opportunity to show community pride and create new traditions.

“May this be a springboard for new ideas and ways to connect with one another. May this also be an event that is looked forward too for generations to come,” she said.


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Textbook Arrest From Traffic Stop

Posted 8/24/2017


Monday afternoon, Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said he came across what could be a nationally-connected college textbook theft ring off of a traffic stop.

On Tuesday afternoon, Schroeder said he “just dropped off the paperwork” recommending burglary charges be filed against Barrington A. Barnes. 

“Inside the car - we haven’t even counted them all yet - I’d estimate 200-plus college text books.  Some new, some used, some still in their original wrappers unopened. At least two of the text books we were able to trace back to Hesston College - where this individual was just at - and were reported stolen,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder said some of the text books retailed in the $200 to $300 range. 

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Presentation Explores Lives of Early Kansas Clergymen

Posted 8/24/2017


Hesston United Methodist Church will host “Cowboys and Clerics,” a presentation and discussion by John K. Burchill on Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at Hesston United Methodist Church.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

A meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with musical entertainment following from 6:30 to 7 p.m.  The program will begin at 7 p.m.

In the days when Wild Bill Hickok might ride his horse into your church service (it happened in Junction City), the life of a minister was a rowdy affair. 

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors; Casey’s To Install Fence, Tree Row Between Construction, Neighborhood

Posted 8/24/2017


Residents on Wedgewood and Rosewood will be seeing less of the improvements at Caseys.  On Aug. 14, the Hesston City Council heard an update from City Administrator Gary Emry on the fencing and screening between Casey’s expanded parking lot and the residential neighborhood behind the new construction.

Emry said he met with Casey’s representatives regarding the northwest corner of the property “and explained the concerns of residents adjacent to the property to the north.”

Emry said Casey’s was willing to address the issue and had planned to erect a 70-foot long, 6-foot-tall chain link fence with colored slatting along the property.  However, Emry said 70 feet would not be sufficient and Casey’s agreed to an additional 30 feet of fencing to be placed along the back of the property. 

“They also agreed to an evergreen screen beyond the fence that, when fully grown, would address the issue of screening density in the area,” said Emry. 


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