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BREAKING NEWS: Casey's Gas Tank Fire & Explosion

Posted 11/9/2017

An explosion at Casey’s rocked the east side of Hesston as a gas tank being extracted from the front of Casey’s on Lincoln Boulevard caught fire. 

A fuel storage tank was being removed when, according to site manager Alan Carlyle of Zernco Inc, a piece of cutting equipment malfunctioned, causing a spark and the fuel vapors in the tank to ignite. 

Carlyle said these kinds of accidents are “very rare” and removal of gas storage tanks “is a routine thing for these guys.” 

The employee operating the cutting machine received minor burns while a worker nearly 60 feet away sustained burns to his upper body, according to Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder. The individual with burns on his chest and upper body was hit by the concussion of the explosion as well as flames exiting a pre-cut hole in the storage container, according to Carlyle.   

According to Schroeder, 911 received several calls and had “very little” information coming in, “but knowing this was a site under construction it was a safe assumption it was construction-related.” 

Hesston Wins One For The Ages

Posted 11/9/2017

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

PHOTO BY TOM PHILLIPS
LANDON Spencer runs to the Conway Springs 7 after making a clutch reception during Hesston’s final drive.PHOTO BY TOM PHILLIPS LANDON Spencer runs to the Conway Springs 7 after making a clutch reception during Hesston’s final drive.

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JORGE Morales holds the regional trophy for the team photo after Hesston’s 45-42 victory Saturday.PHOTO BY TOM PHILLIPS JORGE Morales holds the regional trophy for the team photo after Hesston’s 45-42 victory Saturday.PHOTO BY TOM PHILLIPS
CAMERON Cox barrels into Conway Springs’ Chase Blaine.PHOTO BY TOM PHILLIPS CAMERON Cox barrels into Conway Springs’ Chase Blaine.

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CAMERON Cox escapes the grasp of Brenden Pauly.PHOTO BY TOM PHILLIPS CAMERON Cox escapes the grasp of Brenden Pauly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONWAY SPRINGS —The Hesston Swathers had to execute at least 20 plays flawlessly Saturday to get to the point in which the game came down to the leg of Jorge Morales.

“That's funny,” said head coach Tyson Bauerle on Monday. “We actually looked at 20 clips after school today. Those little things end up making a big difference.”

Conway Springs entered the game as a prohibitive favorite, at least on paper to most observers. The undefeated Cardinals were averaging nearly 55 points per game, while their defense was giving up fewer than 10.

But the Swathers continually pulled a rabbit out of the hat in clutch situations for a 45-42 victory to earn a regional championship. Bauerle said the team talked about the total team effort, how players who normally don’t get a lot of attention made plays when it counted.

The reincarnation of Hesston’s football fortunes go back to a low point in the season. Smoky Valley had just blown out the Swathers 49-20 on Sept. 29, a game in which the final 19 1/2 minutes were played with a running clock. Team leaders got together afterward to discuss their lackluster play during a 2-3 start.

“Middle of the season, there was just a lack of effort,” said Reese Nebel. “I think we thought we were better than we are.

“We finally clicked after Smoky. This isn’t JV anymore.”

“The biggest thing that I saw was just kind of a shift to our approach to practice and preparation,” Bauerle said. “Not that the guys weren’t focused. We’re a little bit more focused [now] on the details. We were seeing we weren’t really sharp in the little areas, and those little areas just started adding up, and you kind of saw the guys have a different attitude with those things.

“They basically just said, ‘We’ve had enough. Let’s go.’”

The Swathers (8-3) didn’t lack swagger in driving the opening kickoff 58 yards to the Conway 7. Andrew Friess ended the possession by intercepting Cameron Cox’s pass at the 3 after it had deflected off intended receiver Parker Roth.

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Country Village Down To 4 Homes; Development Planned For 2019

Posted 11/9/2017

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffEMRYEMRY

Hesston City Administrator Gary Emry said Country Village Mobile Home Park has only four homes remaining, after the city purchased the property in July. 

He added all of the families remaining are eligible for the “phase II” relocation package of $5,000.

“All of them are located in the southern half of the park with the northern half being completely vacated,” said Emry. 

Emry said the city has notified all of the utility companies with equipment in the north half of of the property to “come take out the equipment they want to retain.”  

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Graber Grain Farms Seeking To Remove 50 Acres From City

Posted 11/9/2017

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffGRABER Grain Farm has petitioned for a 50-acre parcel to be vacated from Hesston city limits. GRABER Grain Farm has petitioned for a 50-acre parcel to be vacated from Hesston city limits.

A 50-acre parcel east of Hesston on Dutch Avenue has been the source of discussion for many months. 

This Monday evening during the city council meeting, the conversation will continue and council will discuss the possibility of having the parcel removed from the city. 

Initially owned by Mennonite Housing, the parcel was platted for over 100 residential homes and as an expansion of the Windover housing addition and incurred special assessments under Mennonite Housing’s ownership for the installation of utilities in the Windover development. 

The 50-acre property was sold at sheriff’s auction to Graber Grain Farms in April. Graber’s family has been farming in Harvey County for generations, with the farm’s property deed signed by Ulysses S. Grant as a homesteader property. 

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Hesston PD Continues Preparation For Active Killers

Posted 11/9/2017

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffSCHROEDERSCHROEDER

Hesston Police have continued to stay on their toes with continuous training to deal with any violence that could befall Hesstonians. 

Police Chief Doug Schroeder said active shooter training has evolved in the decades following the Columbine High School shooting, and Hesston PD has kept up with all the the changes in tactics and officer training. 

“You are never really  prepared for something like that, but you can be more prepared than you were last month and more prepared than you are now. 

“Basically, if we aren’t responding to incidents, we are preparing to respond to all the various types of incidents,” he said. 

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