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Roth Represents Hesston At Shrine Bowl

Posted 8/4/2016

Record Staff

Garrett Roth broke through the line on the opening play of the Kansas Shrine Bowl, playing for the West defensive team, Roth was determined to open the game with a sack.

“He went outside and I didn’t even touch him. It was like ‘Wow! ok.’” said Roth.

Roth also was the kicker for the West team, in addition to being on defense.

Lining up with K-State starters, Roth was among the top football players in the state taking the field last weekend.

“We did the math at camp. There are about 7,500 football players on the west side of the state, and 34 of us were chosen,” he said.

On the field, the skill and power of the players was on a level far above Hesston’s CKL schedule.

“Lining up against a 6-foot-6 man going to K-State to play football puts it into perspective how good those guys are. The game is so much faster, a lot of bigger hits, a lot of shifty guys. 

“The East quarterback was the leading rusher in Kansas history. They ran the ball almost the whole game, which was good for defense - you get more action,” he said.

Roth was competitive on the field, with a tackle and going three of four points after touchdowns contributed to the team.

“When we scored and were tied at 19, I was kicking the extra point to go up by one in the first half,” he said.

Roth added he was one of only a handful of teammates not playing collegiate football.

“When we walked out of the tunnel to go to pre-game, there were a lot of people and I just took it all in for a second. It was a good moment.  I knew I was done with football. It was still fun, I still played hard,” he said.

Roth said he found a familiar face as the defensive coach as former Swather football coach Marc Marinelli led the West defensive team.

Deb Roth, Garrett’s mother, said family, friends and Swather coaches came to support her son during the game.

“I was touched by the community support from the businesses who bought ads in the program to the people that came - coach Unruh and Broadfoot, Juan Guzman and his poster.  The community support was special,” she said.

Clark added, “He had about 25 people there. It was fun.”

Roth began his football career later than most athletes, with gaps in his participation due to injuries.

“I didn’t play until fifth grade, then I broke my hand and didn’t play until eighth grade,” he said. 

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Council Hopes To Give Answers On Subsidy, Timeline At Aug. 8 Meeting

Posted 8/4/2016

By Jackie Nelson

On Monday, Aug. 8, the Hesston City Council will meet at City Hall at 6 p.m. for a regular council meeting. One of the primary topics of discussion will be establishing a subsidy amount for moving expenses for Country Village residents and presenting a general timeline for Country Village residents and development possibilities. 

Following the public comments and discussion on Monday evening, July 18, City council members continued the open meeting and discussed the needs expressed by residents and how to best address the wishes of Country Village residents.

Kauffman said he was surprised to hear residents were eager to move on quickly.

“I thought we may not even start the subsidy for a while, but tonight I heard just the opposite,” he said.

Gary Pauls asked if the conversation, which was directed by a handful of residents, was representative of the needs of all the Country Village families. 

Clare Moore suggested having decisions in place by the Aug. 8 regularly scheduled council meeting.

“We have to do some kind of decision-making by Aug. 8 to give them all as much time to do what they need to, as soon as they want to move,” he said.

Councilman Larry Fuqua suggested putting a subsidy in place quickly to allow those who simply lack the funds to move, to be able to relocated as easily and quickly as possible.

“We set a timeline, which can be somewhat open-ended - this is going to be this long; this other piece is going to take six months - and as we start to have an idea of that process, then we can set up an ultimate timeline as to when they would have to be moved.  But the subsidy would start immediately,” he said.

Moore inquired if residents would be responsible for the cost of removing a home if it was not able to be moved in tact. 

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LocalTrainers Bringing ALICE Training To Hesston

Posted 8/4/2016

By Jackie Nelson

On Monday afternoon, Hesston police, emergency services and USD 460 representatives took part in ALICE training at Hesston College.

The two-day seminar was designed to provide training for participants so they could take information and training skills back to their organizations and continue training with their staff members.

The event was organized by Hesston Police Department Chief Doug Schroeder with funds from the Victim Recovery Fund through the Hesston Community Foundation.

“The concern is that these mass shooting events are growing in frequency and some of the old methods of just securing in place are still evident. 

“What we know is people need options and need the option to evacuate if necessary. They need to think about ways to counter an assault, should that be the only option given.  We want to give people tools and research  Everyone here at this is a train the trainer. After testing, they will be a certified instructor. They can take this back to their own organizations and help spread this 10-fold,” he said.

Hesston High Principal Ty Rhodes said the training was an eye-opening experience and changes will be made at USD 460.

“It was confirmed time and time again during the training that our district can do better, and we plan to do so. I come to school everyday feeling safe, but we don't have the luxury of sticking our heads in the sand anymore.

“Few of us go through our day expecting bad things to happen, but our preparation and protection of our students is top priority and we'll make improvements,” he said.

Hesston Police Sergeant Chris Carter said the training was designed for schools, businesses and churches. 

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United Way Wanting To Fill The Bus For All Harvey CountyStudents This Fall

Posted 8/4/2016

Record staff

Harvey County students will have the opportunity to head to school well-equipped this fall thanks to Harvey County United Way’s Walmart Fill The Bus and Classroom Wish List program.

The program kicks off at the Newton Walmart Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tina Payne, Harvey County United Way Director, said the program will branch out to all Harvey County students after a highly successful drive in 2015.

According to Payne, the program began taking shape in 2014.

“Walmart assistant store manager John Williams contacted me about partnering with their corporate initiative, Fill the Bus.  The first year was small, just one day of collection with items passed on to area families through existing channels,” she said.

Payne said she began speaking with educators and hearing stories of teachers buying more than just crayons and pencils, but kindergarten teachers buying socks and underwear. 

“This started a conversation about how there were existing programs to provide supplies for families, but what about the educators spending money out-of-pocket once the kids get to school? So, we created a program to support the educators as well.  And thus Fill the Bus was expanded to include Classroom Wish List,” said Payne.

The Classroom Wish List was piloted in 2015 at USD 373. This year, Payne said the program will reach schools county-wide. 

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