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Estes Talks How National Politics Impact Harvey County

Posted 5/10/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffEstes Talks How National Politics Impact Harvey County

CONGRESSMAN Ron Estes (R) paid a visit to Harvey County on May 3.Estes Talks How National Politics Impact Harvey County CONGRESSMAN Ron Estes (R) paid a visit to Harvey County on May 3.

Congressman Ron Estes (R) came to The Record office last Thursday for an exclusive interview and discussed issues. 

Estes, the Kansas Fourth District representative in the House in Washington, D.C., took the seat vacated by now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

Estes is a member of the Education Workforce Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.  

Estes, who spent the day in Harvey County said he was particularly impressed with the schools. 

As a member of the Education Workforce Committee, he said would like to see more young people entering trade fields and not as much reliance on four-year college or university degrees. 

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Leaders Convene On Addressing Grocery Store Issue

Posted 5/10/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

Community leaders are tacking the challenge of living in a community without a grocery store. A committee of city council members, economic development leaders and community advocates gathered May 1 to discuss the lack of a grocery store in Hesston and how best to address the issue. 

City Administrator Gary Emry said, “This  topic has gotten more attention in this community - even more than the mobile home park - in regards to phone calls, people stopping me on the street and at the gas station.” 

Beth Shelton, director of the Harvey County Economic Development Council (HCEDC), said while she does not typically deal with retail or service businesses, she had been contacted by Dollar General. 

“They’re doing a Dollar General in Sedgwick and asked if there would be any interest here,” she said.

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Letter To The Editor: Maintaining A Community Is A Choice

Posted 5/10/2018

Dear Editor

I am writing to thank Tim and Marguerite Weaver for their service to our community.  Everything they have put their hand to in this community, from the Cassler House on Main, to the Hesston Food Market and their own home, they have made better through their own sweat equity.  

The Weavers take the old and worn out and they revive it and bring out its potential and beauty again.  They help us all see the possibilities.  The Weavers have inspired us.  They have not failed us, but we have failed them by not supporting and appreciating what they invested into this community.  We have not understood how interdependent we are, us on their vision and inspiration, but their dependence on our value of that vision.  

I appreciated Robb Reeves’ reminder recently in his editorial of the decision that we all need to make about our identity as a community.  I too sense the cross roads.  Many, many industries are being shaken.  Is every community destined to become Amazon outposts?  Is that what we want to become?  Or is it still important to run into someone at the grocery store (or library or Kropf Lumber or True Value) and catch up on the kids and grandkids or get to know a new resident?  

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USD 460 May Get More Money

Posted 5/10/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

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Hesston’s schools may receive a $220,000 in state funding even if school enrollment stays the same, Superintendent Ben Proctor told USD 460 Board of Education members Monday, April 23.

Proctor said Gov. Jeff Colyer described the school finance bill during a recent webinar with superintendents. Legislators still have to decide whether they will correct an $80 million error with the current legislation with a “trailer bill,” he said.

Proctor said Colyer described the baseline for school finances so that superintendents could start planning for next year. He said it was refreshing to get the perspective of the governor, something veterans told him they had never experienced previously.

Colyer stressed that for the state would have to fund education by relying on increases in revenue, not new taxes, Proctor said. He said revenue reports had exceeded estimates “for months and months,” therefore people in Topeka are optimistic that it can be accomplished.

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New Disc Golf Course Honors HC Alumnus

Posted 5/10/2018

For The RecordCJ (Unruh) Byler along with her husband, Billy, and daughter, Hazel, play a round of disc golf at Hesston College on the newly installed course in memory of her father, Doug, a 1974 Hesston alumnus.CJ (Unruh) Byler along with her husband, Billy, and daughter, Hazel, play a round of disc golf at Hesston College on the newly installed course in memory of her father, Doug, a 1974 Hesston alumnus.

Open to both the Hesston College community and the wider community, a newly installed disc golf course on the Hesston College campus honors the memory of an alumnus, his lighthearted personality and his appreciation for his alma mater.

The family of Doug Unruh, a graduate of the Hesston College class of 1974, used memorial funds to establish the nine-hole course as a tribute to their husband, father and grandfather who passed away March 27, 2014.

“Doug totally embraced the Hesston Experience,” said his wife, Patsy (King) Unruh of Perryton, Texas, and a member of the Hesston College class of 1975. “He really grew there as a person. He came from Lakewood (Colo.) High School – a big high school in a Denver suburb – and he loved the smallness of Hesston. He was big on relationships and having fun.”

As the family discussed plans for memorial funds following his death, they settled on three places they thought would please him, including Hesston College. A love for the game of disc golf grew from years of competitive tournaments at summer family reunions, so the ideas meshed to bring disc golf to the Hesston campus.

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