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Pig Roast To Fund New Play Equipment For Kids

Posted 3/16/2017

Hesston Record Staff

On Saturday, March 25, Hesston Childcare Center is going whole hog on raising funds for new playground equipment during the annual Pig Roast at Whitestone Mennonite Church from 5-7 p.m.

Director Judy Friesen said the childcare center will be purchasing new playground equipment as it undergoes a transformation in the coming year.

“With the new building project, we will be having an opportunity to plan an exciting new playground,” she said.

Friesen said the childcare center has long been known for its focus on nature and getting kids into the natural world.

“My hope is we can retain the feel of a natural playground that has been so important to us, and yet be more easily maintained,” she said.

Friesen said unlike in years past, equipment for the new playground will be purchased, rather than constructed by volunteers.

“It will look nice and still provide entertainment,” she said.

One of the primary challenges will be the loss of natural shade and revamping nearly all of the available playground space.

“It will be in the sun for many years, and we have to make sure that we have equipment that will provide shade. And, we will be challenged to re-work all but one of our playgrounds,” Friesen said.

However, Friesen added the renovations will provide several unique opportunities for all of the children at the center.

“Since there will be a lot of construction going on, the kids will get an up-close look every day at the big machines and at the whole process. It is a really exciting learning experience and something they don’t have the opportunity to see often,” she said.

Throughout the renovation and beyond, Friesen said the children will have new access to field trips outside the childcare center.

“We will be spending a lot of time outside for walks in green spaces. IN learning about nature, we are going to be in the midst of it.  We will be planting trees and they will have shade again,” she said. 

Friesen said the new playground projects and quality equipment will be made possible partialy through the Pig Roast.

“My hope is we have lots of people turn out.  We appreciate all the support. The community does a great job of supporting us,” she said.


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After Almost 20 Years With HPD, Hoheisel Retires

Posted 3/16/2017

Hesston Record Staff

After nearly two decades with the City of Hesston, Jeannine Hoheisel has retired from Hesston Police Department. Current Police Chief Doug Schroeder had only been on the job two years and was a patrolman when Hoheisel joined the team.

As the Court Clerk for municipal court and managing the front office of the police department, Hoheisel came into contact with everyone who walked through the doors of HPD.

“It’s never a boring job because the people are so diverse,” she said.

As the Court Clerk, Hoheisel said she saw the best and sometimes the worst of residents.

“It is memorable when someone pays everything off and they are doing better.

“You learn to deal with people because everyone makes mistakes and you encourage them to try to do better,” she said.

However, during court proceedings, Hoheisel said it was sometimes hard to keep a straight face.

“When offices sit out in the gallery, and something will happen in court and they’d just smile at me. I’d have to give them the ‘Mom Look’ knowing if they keep it up I’ll laugh and the judge won’t like that much,” she said.

When asked for specifics, Schroeder and Hoheisel said, “Nope! Those stay in-house.”

Schroeder said after years of being around officers and part of the court system, people develop a peculiar sense of humor.

“Court clerk and cop humor. We stick together. We’re our own family. We look after each other. I’ll miss that,” he said.

Hoheisel said she and Schroeder had been through a lot together.

“We’ve had a good time, a lot of laughs. We’ve been through a lot but we made it,” she said.

Schroeder added as the first face many people see coming into the department, he was always impressed with Hoheisel’s commitment to professionalism.

“Jeannine was extremely efficient at her job, but she also has a heart of gold and treated the many people that have been summoned to court as we would all hope to be treated - with dignity and respect,” he said.

With decades in the community and children that went through Hesston schools, Hoheisel was integrated into the community long before joining HPD. 

“She is a major reason why the department is embraced the way w are in the community. Often behind the scenes and typically not given enough credit, but always willing to get the job done,” said Schroeder. 

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Jones Performing Best Known Song In Nation

Posted 3/16/2017

Hesston Record Staff

In 1994, Jason Jones sang his heart out to a standing-room only arena for the NJCAA tournament at Hutchinson Community College. In front of a crowd of over 6,500, Jones performed the National Anthem before the championship game.

This year, Jones will be performing once again in the Hutchinson arena on Thursday, March 23 at 6:15 p.m.

Jones began singing the anthem at the tournament with the recommendation of his cousin, Raymond Jones.

“[Raymond] is a long time member of the American Legion Lysle Rishel Post #68.  They are the group of volunteers that coordinate the Men’s Basketball Tournament each year.  Raymond Recommended me to Neal Warnken who is the Chairman of the Opening Ceremonies Committee,” said Jones.

As possibly the best-known song in the country, Jones said he still feels his nerves rise before a performance.

“It’s all a cappella.  There’s nothing to hide anything. Its all out there for everyone to hear - the good, the bad and the ugly.  The biggest challenge is the wide vocal range it requires. It is the most difficult song I have ever sung,” said Jones.

Jones said he had one near-catastrophe while performing.

“There was one year I started the Anthem, and I could feel a burp welling up. I was scared to death I was going to get to the high note and all that was going to come out.  I got lucky all the way through.

“Needless to say, I never drank Mountain Dew before singing the Anthem again in my life. Its only water now,” he said. 

While mistakes in the Anthem frequently make the highlight or blooper reels, Jones said it is not mistakes that are hard to watch, but over-performances. 

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Kindergarten Roundup April 3

Posted 3/16/2017

Hesston Record Staff

Kindergarten Roundup for the 2017-2018 school year will be held Monday, April 3, beginning at 1:45 p.m. in the Hesston Elementary School cafeteria.

Any child who will be 5-years-old on or before Aug. 31, 2017, is eligible to attend kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Roundup will allow children an opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms. Parents, please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security number.

For question, please call the Hesston Elementary School office at 620-327-7102. 

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Students Creating Art With Powerful Message

Posted 3/16/2017

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston High students are creating art with a mission that will be appearing throughout schools in Harvey County.

Students in art teacher Shelly Hageman’s digital arts class took part in a project to create drug awareness posters for Mirror Inc.

Des Martins with Mirror Inc, said Harvey County has been “red flagged” due to prescription drug abuse and marijuana use above the state average.

“There’s been a change in drug use. We need to start efforts to get the Harvey County Drug Coalition going again.  But, it’s not about what we are against; it’s about what we are for. We want to set young people up for success and give young people a voice in a positive way and recognizing their positive influences,” she said.

Hageman’s students’ work will be on display in Halstead, Newton, Sedgwick, Peabody and Burrton, thanks to the efforts of the Kansas Prevention Network.

“I appreciate that [Hageman] and the young people were so creative in these posters.  We want students to know they are an important part of our communities and we cannot solve community problems without them,” said Martins.

For his work on the poster, and for winning a popular-vote on his work, student Will Rizza will be enjoying a membership to the YMCA after his work was nominated as the best poster. 

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Get Your Taxes Filed For Free This Season

Posted 3/16/2017

Hesston Record Staff

Newton Public LIbrary is offering assistance this spring to help Harvey County residents file their taxes, for free.

Both Hesston Public Library and Hesston Area Senior Center are referring residents to the Newton Public Library for assistance with taxes this season.

Dan Elles, Adult Services Supervisor at Newton Public Library, said the service has been offered since Feb. 8 and volunteers have filed over 100 tax returns for residents.

He estimates each return only takes 45 minutes to be filed.

Sign-up sheets are made available at 9 a.m. at Newton Public Library, however on weekends it operates first-come first-served.

Larry Lee, the volunteer coordinator and tax preparer volunteer, said he has been with the program for three years after retiring from a tax software firm.

“I’m used to being around taxes, so tax stuff doesn’t bother me,” he said.

However, Lee realizes he is an outlier and many residents find themselves intimidated by the tax filing process.

“For many people, there is a fear of the IRS and they want to make sure they are following the law. They are really grateful to come and get their returns done quickly and simply,” he said.

While many of the residents served are seniors, Lee said the program is open to anyone and everyone.

“We’ll help people if they are first-timers or if they have been filing taxes for years,” he said. 

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