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

Hesston Firefighter Retires After 38 Years Of Service

Posted 5/3/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffEQUIPMENT upgrades regarding volunteer safety were some of the most notable improvements during Reimer’s tenure with the department. EQUIPMENT upgrades regarding volunteer safety were some of the most notable improvements during Reimer’s tenure with the department.

Brian Reimer turned in his pager after serving 38 years as a volunteer for the Hesston Fire Department. 

In the fall of 1979, Reimer, along with the current Fire/EMS Director Russ Buller and Jon Friesen, joined the emergency response team in Hesston as teenagers. 

“I started out on the fire department and then joined EMS. At some point I quit EMS and stayed strictly on the fire side.  I was encouraged by a couple other friends of mine who were doing it. I enjoyed it and I enjoyed helping people,” said Reimer. 

Buller chose to make a career of small-town emergency response, taking over the Hesston department. 

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Growing Discussion About Replacing Grocery Store

Posted 5/3/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record Staff

Over a dozen community leaders gathered on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the closure of the grocery store in Hesston. 

City Council members, along with economic development professionals and major employer representatives, gathered at Hesston Public Library to discuss how Hesston could re-open a grocery store. 

City Administrator Gary Emry said he has received more feedback from residents expressing concern about the grocery store than any other issue in the community. 

“We have reached out to those in leadership in the community. You have the pulse and are in touch with the people and we would like you to share what you are hearing from the streets,” said Emry. 

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Swathers Return From Worlds With Winning Record

Posted 5/3/2018

Hesston Record StaffCEDON Yoder and Ben Hunsberger work on their bot in a break between matches.  CEDON Yoder and Ben Hunsberger work on their bot in a break between matches.

Robotics team members Ben Hunsberger and Cedon Yoder returned from VEX Robotics Worlds Competition in Louisville, Kentucky with a record of six wins, three losses and one tied match. 

Chase Jahay also competed at Worlds, winning three matches of his seven. Cole Finley and Teague Mendola were also part of the teams, participating as support staff.  

“I’m not exactly super-disappointed with our results. We beat the Hesston record of winning the most matches. That was what I went there to do. Our ultimate goal was getting into the elimination rounds. That would have been an added bonus,” said Yoder. 

Hunsberger said the division he and Yoder were placed in helped their standing, and record. 

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Alleged Murderer, Kidnapper, Lived In Hesston

Posted 5/3/2018

By Jared Janzen & 

Jacquelyn Nelson

Special To The Record &

Hesston Record StaffBUSICK BUSICK

Last week, news broke  that an alleged killer had been living in Hesston.  The suspect, Ronnie Busick, 66, had been in custody at the Harvey County Detention Center in Newton.  Busick was recently wanted in Oklahoma in connection with a double homicide, double kidnapping and arson case that happened in Oklahoma in 1999, according to news reported in the Harvey County Independent. 

According to The Harvey County Independent’s reporting, “On Dec. 30, 1999, the bodies of Danny and Kathy Freeman were found inside their burned home near Welch, Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s News 4 reports. They had been shot and killed, and their 16-year-old daughter Ashley along with her friend Lauria Bible were missing.” 

60-day probation violation. Gay said he was contacted by the Craig County Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma requesting permission to interview Busick regarding the cold case. 

Busick had been scheduled for release on Sunday [April 22] afternoon, but the Oklahoma investigators came and questioned him first.  

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Girls On The Run

Posted 5/3/2018

By Jacquelyn Nelson

Hesston Record StaffYOUNG girls ready themselves at the starting line at the Emma Creek ClassicYOUNG girls ready themselves at the starting line at the Emma Creek Classic

More than 560 women and girls gathered on Saturday morning to run the the 29th annual Emma Creek Classic. From this year’s oldest runner, 90-year-old June Dirks  to the youngest, 4-year-old Avery Sidebottom, all the ladies involved celebrated women’s health and athleticism. 

This year’s winner, Sheena Koehn of Junction City finished the 5K race in just 20 minutes, 20 seconds.  Three Hessonians - Candace Jost (7th - 22:14) Staci Frick (8th 22:27) and Andrea Sebits (10th - 22:35) were in the top finishers. 

Women gathered teams together to challenge and encourage each other to finish  the race.

The team, Run For God, got 14 women together for the race. 

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