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May 17, 2018 The Hesston RecordMay 17, 2018 The Hesston Record

Books And Much More; Hesston Public Library By The Numbers

Posted 1/4/2018

Hesston Record StaffNumbers provided by Hesston Public Library.Numbers provided by Hesston Public Library.

Hesston Public Library’s 38,152 visitors checked out 77,346 items in 2017, according to Director Libby Albers.  Average circulation per visitor was at 2.5 items for the year.  

Hesston Public Library saw an increase in card holders with 307 new cards issued, bringing the number of patrons to 3,047.  Over 5,700 new items were also added to the collection at the library. 

Since it’s move to Main Street, Albers said the library has seen a 45 percent increase in attendance since 2014. 

“Many visitors come in to use other  resources that are not "checked out"- reading newspapers, using the copier, accessing the computers. For example, patrons made over 10,000 photocopies/prints during 2017 and over 400 faxes,” said Albers. 

However, for patrons checking out books, the leading category of 2017 was children’s fiction with 11,951 check-outs.  However, adult fiction was not far behind with 11,085 books circulated. 

Albers said this year the Community Read book “Blue Revolution” was very popular, making the top of the circulation list in adult non-fiction. 

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Jones Willing To Go The Distance In Annual Membership Challenge

Posted 1/4/2018

Hesston Record StaffPROVIDED PHOTO
Bluestem Wellness Center directors, Tony Helfrich (North Newton) and  Jason Jones (Hesston), both die-hard K-State fans, celebrated the success of the 2017 January membership promotion. Ironically, this was the same day as the KU vs KSU basketball game in Manhattan.PROVIDED PHOTO Bluestem Wellness Center directors, Tony Helfrich (North Newton) and Jason Jones (Hesston), both die-hard K-State fans, celebrated the success of the 2017 January membership promotion. Ironically, this was the same day as the KU vs KSU basketball game in Manhattan.

New Years Resolutions and those already on their personal fitness journeys can take advantage of the annual membership promotion drive for Bluestem Communities and get membership to two wellness centers - Hesston Wellness Center and the North Newton Wellness Center - for the price of a single membership. 

“Anyone who joins or renews their membership during January receives one free month’s membership and a $50 day pass punch card. At the same time, you can help the Hesston Wellness Center and North Newton Wellness Center attain their combined goal of 50 new and renewing memberships this month by joining,” said Jason Jones, Director of the Hesston Wellness Center. 

As always, Jones, and his colleague, North Newton Wellness Center Director Tony Helfrich, will be participating in a personal challenge if the membership goal is reached. 

Both men are fans of the Olympics; this year they are using the Olympic theme for their January membership challenge. If they hit the “bronze level” with 30 new memberships they will ride a stationary bike in the main entrance at the Hesston Wellness Center for one hour. If they hit the “silver level” with 40 new memberships they will ride for two hours. If they hit the “gold level” with 50 or more new memberships they will ride for three hours.

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Freezing Temps Can Lead To Wet Mess

Posted 1/4/2018

Hesston Record Staff

Sub-freezing temperatures have settled in to Hesston, and for some homeowners, that can mean big heating bills and even bigger headaches with frozen pipes. 

Two local plumbing experts - Ron Bachman, owner of Bachman Plumbing and Heating and Paul Burckhart, owner of Paul’s Inc. - weighed in on how to prevent an expensive disaster. 

“If they think something might freeze, leave the faucet on a trickle.  It’s cheaper to pay for a little more water than replacing pipes,” said Bachman. 

Burckhart said the placement of the pipes can put some areas at greater risk. 

“If you have water lines on outside walls that come up to a kitchen sink, let the cupboard door open. It keeps things from getting so cold,” he said. 

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How Will New Tax Plan Impact Local Residents

Posted 1/4/2018

Hesston Record Staff

Shortly before Christmas, President Donald Trump signed a new tax reform bill into law.  Since its adoption into law, there has been a national conversation on the impact the tax plan will have on Americans. 

The Record emailed questions to local tax professionals Kirk Stucky, owner of Kirk Stucky CPA in Moundridge, and Bruce Claassen, a member of White and Claassen LLC and a Hesston resident, for their insights on how the new tax bill will affect area residents.  

Next week, The Record will publish the second part of the local tax-plan impact with a look at what the new legislation will mean for local businesses. 

 

WHAT WILL THIS BILL MEAN FOR LOCAL FAMILIES? 

• Will there be any changes for the 2017 taxes residents and businesses file in April? 

CLAASSEN: Just a couple.  For individuals, there is a change that will allow people to deduct medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their income (this was 10 percent for anyone under 65) in 2017, as long as you itemize. 

For businesses, the “bonus” depreciation rules have been expanded so that property purchased after September 27, 2017 will be eligible for 100 percent bonus depreciation, rather than 50 percent.  Other than that, there are a couple of provisions in the new law that effect 2017, but their pretty obscure, and will effect few people. 

• When are most of the changes slated to begin?  

STUCKY: Jan. 1, 2018 for most changes. 

• What are the most significant portions of the tax bill for households?  

STUCKY: Tax rates decreased, standard deductions almost doubled, personal exemptions eliminated, child tax credit doubled.

 

• What are “standard deductions” and “child credits” and are those changing with the new bill? How? How will that impact families? 

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Nebel, Bauerle Receive Shrine Bowl Honor

Posted 1/4/2018

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

The streak remains alive.
For the fifth straight year, Hesston will be represented in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl game July 28 with Reese Nebel and head coach Tyson Baurle.
Nebel learned he was named to the West squad while watching an online video of the selections this past week with a group of friends. He said he was surprised they didn’t yell “REESE!,” a refrain from the student section that became common this past season when he made a big play.
“I don’t think he likes that actually,” Bauerle said. “It’s kind of funny.”
Nebel made his presence known for the 8-4 Swathers while racking up 1,065 receiving yards on 75 receptions and scoring 10 touchdowns. He was named an all-state selection by the Kansas Football Coaches Association and was named to the all-Central Kansas League first team as a receiver and defensive back.
“Feels good,” Nebel said about getting the Shrine Bowl honor, “’cause it’s something that a lot of players have been able to do the past couple of years, so I wanThe streak remains alive. For the fifth straight year, Hesston will be represented in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl game July 28 with Reese Nebel and head coach Tyson Baurle. Nebel learned he was named to the West squad while watching an online video of the selections this past week with a group of friends. He said he was surprised they didn’t yell “REESE!,” a refrain from the student section that became common this past season when he made a big play. “I don’t think he likes that actually,” Bauerle said. “It’s kind of funny.” Nebel made his presence known for the 8-4 Swathers while racking up 1,065 receiving yards on 75 receptions and scoring 10 touchdowns. He was named an all-state selection by the Kansas Football Coaches Association and was named to the all-Central Kansas League first team as a receiver and defensive back. “Feels good,” Nebel said about getting the Shrine Bowl honor, “’cause it’s something that a lot of players have been able to do the past couple of years, so I wan

The streak remains alive.

For the fifth straight year, Hesston will be represented in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl game July 28 with Reese Nebel and head coach Tyson Baurle.

Nebel learned he was named to the West squad while watching an online video of the selections this past week with a group of friends. He said he was surprised they didn’t yell “REESE!,” a refrain from the student section that became common this past season when he made a big play.

“I don’t think he likes that actually,” Bauerle said. “It’s kind of funny.”

Nebel made his presence known for the 8-4 Swathers while racking up 1,065 receiving yards on 75 receptions and scoring 10 touchdowns. He was named an all-state selection by the Kansas Football Coaches Association and was named to the all-Central Kansas League first team as a receiver and defensive back.

“Feels good,” Nebel said about getting the Shrine Bowl honor, “’cause it’s something that a lot of players have been able to do the past couple of years, so I wanted to keep that going.”

 

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