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April 19, 2018 The Hesston RecordApril 19, 2018 The Hesston Record

Swather Bots Take 5th State Title

Posted 3/15/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffSWATHERS Ben Hunsberger (far left) Cedon Yoder (third from left) and Chase Jahay (fifth from left) won the state title for Hesston. This was Jahay’s second state championship. He also took first in Robot Skills. The teams were matched with a team from Wilber Middle School. SWATHERS Ben Hunsberger (far left) Cedon Yoder (third from left) and Chase Jahay (fifth from left) won the state title for Hesston. This was Jahay’s second state championship. He also took first in Robot Skills. The teams were matched with a team from Wilber Middle School.

For the fifth year running, the Swather Robotics program has swept the state championship out of 12 schools and 24 teams

“We should have won. It’s nice. We love hanging the banner,” said robotics instructor Trevor Foreman. 

The bot of Ben Hunsberger and Cedon Yoder, along with Chase Jahay’s bot and Wilber Middle School took the first-place trophy in Hutchinson on Saturday afternoon. 

In addition to the state championship, Jahay earned the Robot Skills award.  This was also Jahay’s second robotics state title. 

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Lincoln Perk Named Business Of The Year

Posted 3/15/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffTHE Lincoln Perk, owned by Christine and Brad Schweitzer, was selected as the 2017 Business of the Year by the Hesston Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made Monday evening at the annual chamber banquet.THE Lincoln Perk, owned by Christine and Brad Schweitzer, was selected as the 2017 Business of the Year by the Hesston Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made Monday evening at the annual chamber banquet.

The Lincoln Perk has been chosen as the 2017 Business of the Year by the Hesston Chamber of Commerce. Owned by Christine and Brad Schweitzer since 2016, Lincoln Perk has been part of the community since it was founded in 2006 by Mary Smith. 

On Monday evening at the chamber banquet, Chamber Board Vice President Lynette Hendrickson congratulated Lincoln Perk on their honor. 

Hendrickson said the business consistently provides not only a place for Hesstonians to gather, but also service with a smile. 

Hendrickson recounted customer experiences, and also the Puppy Perk-Me-Ups given to furry customers at the drive through. 

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USD 460’s Proctor Person Of The Year

Posted 3/15/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffPROCTOR  PROCTOR

USD 460 Superintendent Ben Proctor was announced as the 2017 Person of the Year at the Monday evening Chamber Banquet. 

Proctor has been the superintendent of Hesston schools since he was promoted from Hesston Middle School Principal in 2015.  Proctor joined the district as the middle school principal in 2012.  

At the evening’s awards ceremony, Chamber Board Vice President Lynette Hendrickson shared stories from staff members about Proctor’s professionalism and leadership. 

One of the most noteworthy accomplishments, Hendrickson said, was leading the community in the visioning, creation, groundbreaking and eventual completion of the new recreation project.  

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Hesstonians Weigh In On Prairie Fire Development

Posted 3/15/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

Hesstonians turned out to voice their support and opposition to the proposed Prairie Fire development during Monday evening’s City Council meeting. 

Prairie Fire, using federal tax credits, is seeking to build 48-60 moderate income housing units in Hesston where the former trailer park was located. The project has to be approved by city council.

Two residents - Brad Burkholder and John Waltner - expressed their support for the development. Five residents - couple Jim and Chris Roth, Matt and Susan Hastings and Don Typer - said they had serious concerns about the development.  

While the development was not on the agenda for the evening, Mayor Dave Kauffman opted to interrupt the regular agenda and hear the audience comments about Prairie Fire.  

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When It Comes To Urban Agriculture, Some Residents Are Up With The Chickens - Literally.

Posted 3/15/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffRECORD PHOTOS
 ELI feeds fresh shoots from his mother’s garden to the half-a-dozen chickRECORD PHOTOS ELI feeds fresh shoots from his mother’s garden to the half-a-dozen chick

Hesstonians can have up to eight chickens kept in backyard coops. 

The Kaufman family has kept flocks of chickens since moving to Hesston nearly five years ago. 

James Kaufman constructed the back yard coop to hold the family’s small flock. 

He and wife Danae, a Hesston native, grew up in the country and wanted their three children, ages 6, 4 and 1-and-a-half to have a taste of that experience. 

“We love the country, animals, the farm, all of that. So we thought this would be an easy thing to have,” said Danae. 

The family’s current flock of six, a mix of Barred Rocks, Red Stars and Americanas - which lay green eggs - have been in residence with the Kaufmans for over a year. 

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