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Schroeder Receives Private Tour, Flag From Capitol

Posted 3/1/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

CITY Administrator Gary Emry (left) and Chief Doug Schroeder (right) spent time with former Kansas Representative and now CIA Director Mike Pompeo (center) following Schroeder’s receiving the Medal of Valor from President Trump last Tuesday.  PHOTO PROVIDED BY D. SCHROEDER CITY Administrator Gary Emry (left) and Chief Doug Schroeder (right) spent time with former Kansas Representative and now CIA Director Mike Pompeo (center) following Schroeder’s receiving the Medal of Valor from President Trump last Tuesday.

Last Tuesday afternoon, Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder was awarded the Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump.  However, Schroeder said there was much more to the three-day trip than the brief ceremony with the President. 

Schroeder left with a small entourage of his family, City Administrator Gary Emry and Excel representative Chad Lane. 

Touching down early Monday afternoon, Schroeder said one of the first  places he visited was the National Law Enforcement Officer Down wall. 

“They are building a museum to open this fall for National Law Enforcement.  I went to the wall and visited Kurt Ford’s name. I made several rubbings and will be sending them to his boys out-of-state and guys that worked with Kurt,” said Schroeder. 

Schroeder’s daughter requested the family visit the Smithsonian museum, so the family made their way there before settling into their hotel for the evening. 

“Tuesday was pretty structured,” said Schroeder of the day of the presentation. Recipients arrived at the White House early. 

“It takes forever to get through security,” said Schroeder. 

Once inside, the 12 honorees were treated to an in-depth tour of the White House.

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D'Angelos's Pizza Celebrates 25 Years Of Serving Hesston

Posted 3/1/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffRECORD PHOTOS 
D’ANGELO’S has been in the same location since it opened in 1993RECORD PHOTOS D’ANGELO’S has been in the same location since it opened in 1993

Twenty-five years ago, Mike and Shirley Weber, along with their eldest daughter, were walking through Old Town Square when Mike stopped in front of a storefront and announced he was “looking at a pizza place.” 

“We came up here with Don Goering and we went as a family. We were going from Don’s shop to the far end to Hesston College for family pictures. We were walking down the sidewalk up front. We walked by an empty building and I stopped, and Shirley walks by me and she said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m looking at a pizza place.’ She’s like, ‘What?!’ ‘Yup’ and I took down the number and ended up visiting with Ron and Carol Peters,” said Mike.  

Mike said a pizza place was where Shirley and he met - the D’Angelo’s in Halstead when Shirley came to train the family on how to make pizzas.  Mike’s parents had opened the Halstead D’Angelo’s when Mike was a junior in high school. The couple married in 1990 and by 1992 the couple opened their own restaurant. 

In December of 1992, Mike and his uncle finished celebrating Christmas with their family and headed to what would be D’Angelo’s Pizza and began working.  The hollow shell of a building was transformed into a fully functioning restaurant in two short months.  

“I started going to auctions and buying equipment and getting it however I could. We cut milo that year until Christmas eve. Christmas day I came up here after we got all the Christmas stuff done and started working. We went from a shell to this,” said Mike. 

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I Had To See It With My Own Eyes

Posted 3/1/2018

By Rusty Whitcher

Hesston Record Staff

After seeing USD 460 Superintendent Ben Proctor tweet wonderful pictures of the Rec projects including the baseball and softball field on Dec. 19, things looked great. Both fields had beautiful grass, both fields looked as if the Swathers could jump on them for a game or two over the holidays. 

However, I saw another tweeted picture of the baseball field, this one from High School Football Coach Tyson Bauerle on Feb. 23, and I had to go see this for myself.

I don’t know what happened, I don’t understand why things happened the way they did, but now, HHS baseball might just be a team without a home. Why? A lot of the grass is gone. Hidden under tons of what I can only guess is topdressing soil. 

Unfortunately, the topdressing soil looks like it came out of the bottom of a sandy creek. While it is a fine grind of material, it’s layered on top of the grass. I can’t see how any of the grass (which looked great two months ago) will grow. The grass covered with the layer of this soil, but the soil is full of rocks, sticks, chunks of organic stuff, cigarette butts, ground-up plastic and even plastic strings. Not small rocks either, but quarter-sized rocks which will destroy everything from shoes to mower blades. I wondered if the infield guys took the bottom of a shredded mulch barrel and spread it around. After all, that’s pretty organic and green, right? 

The softball field’s outfield is much the same. The grass is hidden under the dark slate gray streaks of this muddy substance. 

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Annual Publication Spotlights Volunteers

Posted 3/1/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffHesston Record State Of The City CoverHesston Record State Of The City Cover

Inside this week’s edition, you will find The Records annual State of the City publication. Each year The Record publishes this special section to highlight an element of the community. This year, we are focusing on volunteers and ways to get involved with local organizations. 

From Scouting to the Senior Center, hundreds of Hesstonians are getting out and engaging with their community and creating lasting friendships and connections. 

“This is our biggest edition of the year. This year's theme is volunteering and that is something that we should always be thinking about,” said Hesston Record Publisher Robb Reeves. 

Not only does the State of the City provide original content about residents making a difference, but it also has the most comprehensive listing of local businesses.  The alphabetical list allows residents to quickly find business contact information and discover services offered right here in Hesston. 

“I find it neat to go through the business listing and see future plans and all of the businesses we have here,” said Reeves. 

Additional copies of The State of the City can be found at The Hesston Record office, located at the south end of Old Town Square on Old Highway 81. 

To Open Or Not To Open

Posted 3/1/2018

PROCTORPROCTOREditor’s Note: With winter weather hitting Hesston, USD 460 had closures and a late-start of all three schools. The Record emailed Superintendent Ben Proctor about the policies and procedures surrounding school closings and postponements. 


How many snow days are built into the schedule?

In USD 460, we determine our numbers of attendance days based on the state requirement of 1,116 hours necessary for students.  

Each building has a buffer based on their daily schedule, but the amount of "snow days" are a little different for each building.  

The way our calendar works this year, we have a little over three days that we could miss before we would have to pick up additional hours to meet the minimum requirement.  


How many have been used?

We have missed three full days for inclement weather in 2017-18.


What happens if you run out of snow days?

If we miss enough days and are unable to meet the minimum requirement of 1,116 hours for our students, then we would need to determine the best way to make up that time.  

There are a number of ways we could do this including going an extra day in May, using a spring professional development day as an attendance day, modifying daily schedules to increase instructional time, or adding additional time to our regular attendance day schedules.  Our goal would be to ensure we meet the required student contact hours in a way that works best for our whole school community.


Who decides if school will be cancelled?

Ultimately the final decision rests with the superintendent.  

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