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June 14, 2018 Hesston RecordJune 14, 2018 Hesston Record

Swathers Say Goodbye

Posted 5/18/2018

HHS Seniors received diplomas on Saturday, May 13. HHS Seniors received diplomas on Saturday, May 13. The Class of 2018 has made its post-graduation preference clear, attending a four-year, state university. 

Nearly half the class - 45 percent of students - are headed to state schools this fall.  This spike in popularity of attending a four-year state school is a trend exclusive to the class of 2018, when compared to the last seven years of statistics kept by The Hesston Record. 

The second most popular choice for newly minted Swather Alums is a two-year state college, with 21 percent choosing to continue their educations at community colleges. 

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Council Approves Grant Application For School Resource Officer

Posted 5/17/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder has approached city council to hire a school resource officer. 

Monday evening, Schroeder requested the council’s permission to apply for a grant to partially finance a School Resource Officer (SRO) for USD 460.  

Mayor Dave Kauffman inquired if it was Schroeder or Superintendent Ben Proctor who proposed the idea of an SRO. 

“Ben approached me. He has a lot of good experiences with an SRO and saw the value in that. I see the value in the education programs and establishing relationships as the kids grow,” said Schroeder. 

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HES Lends A Helping Hand To Ethiopia Reads

Posted 5/17/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffHES Lends A Helping Hand To Ethiopia ReadsHES Lends A Helping Hand To Ethiopia Reads

Hesston Elementary School students reached halfway across the world to help Ethiopian children get a better handle on English and literacy. 

Fourth grade students volunteered at the home of Stan and LeAnn Clark and sorted books for Ethiopia Reads, a literacy program that provides educational books to students in Ethiopia and provides training for school librarians.  

Clark said it was the first time Hesston Elementary School students were involved in volunteering for the organization beyond the annual book drive. 

“We can plant that seed in these children and they can see the books they donate, where they go, and how that book goes through the process and into the system,” she said. 

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Fate Of Former Trailer Park Up For Debate

Posted 5/17/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

Community members gathered with City Council on May 3 to discuss the possibilities of developing the former mobile home park property.  The community forum was attended by dozens of Hesston residents, many of whom weighted in on the development possibilities of the 20-acre property. 

City Administrator Gary Emry opened the meeting with a brief history of the city’s involvement in the park and the current zoning, which includes commercial and mixed residential. 

Emry said construction of patio homes, utilizing Habitat for Humanity and working with a development company have all been discussed as options to fill the residentially zoned area. 

Emry said there were three options - working with a site developer like Prairie Fire, which would be no-risk to the city, requesting proposals from developers or continuing under city management, or and issue which has not been discussed, a private/public partnership.

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Hey, Batter, Batter, Batter! Community Invited To Play Vintage Baseball Game

Posted 5/17/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

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THE Cowtown Vintage Baseball Club will host a community game on Memorial Day at the Swather softball diamond at 4 p.m. PROVIDED PHOTO THE Cowtown Vintage Baseball Club will host a community game on Memorial Day at the Swather softball diamond at 4 p.m.

Hesstonians are invited to try their (bare) hands at the original game of baseball during the Hesston Heyday celebration and play a game of baseball with the Cowtown Vintage Baseball Club on Memorial Day. The opening pitch will be thrown at 4 p.m. 

Shane Bebee, a 1989 Hesston High graduate, is coordinating the game. 

“You get to turn back the clock for one day and play the original game of baseball.  It’s a stick and a ball and people out there,” he said.

In the 1860s, Bebee said, players were not wearing baseball gloves, and neither will those participating in the Memorial Day game. Gloves, he said, were not added to the game until the 1880s, and even then, they were almost exclusively for catchers. “It’s a totally different experience catching the ball. It’s more of a basket-catch,” he said. 

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