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Growing Pains: HMS Students Get A Look At Real World

Posted 12/22/2016

By Jacki Nelson

Before heading home for the holidays, Hesston Middle School students got a peek at what awaits them “in the real world.” Eighth graders took part in the annual Career Fair, when students explore a career, budget for living expenses and get a look at what it is like to be an independent adult.

Careers this year varied from plastic surgeon to diesel mechanic, Marine and makeup artist. 

“The most interesting part of it is when we give them their salaries, because, and this is just throwing a number out there, $40,000, they think that’s an extremely low salary and you can’t live off that. It’s interesting to me,” said educator Shannon Rewerts.

Fellow educator Dave Woodward said going into the holidays might be the best time for students to gain an appreciation for their parents.

“I think that the realization of how much their parents have to pay every month is eye-opening. And, the number of different bills they have to pay,” said Woodward.

This year, there were a handful of students who chose careers that did not require four-year bachelors degrees.

Dalton Carey chose the career of a diesel mechanic residing in the Texas/Oklahoma area.

“I’ve always really liked cars and my dad never really knew anything about cars and I would rather do something myself for free rather than pay someone,” he said.

With a two-year associates degree, Carey said he was not one for academia and wanted to get into the workforce. 

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Sea Turtle Makes A Splash In Ugly Ornament Contest

Posted 12/22/2016

By Jacki Nelson

The Weaver family feud is over. The ugly ornament contest of 2016 has come to a close and Rick Weaver finished in last place. He will be taking home a truly atrocious sea turtle to adorn his tree for the remainder of the holiday season.

The winners, David and Emily Weaver, dominated the contest, raising a whopping $435 - $400 more than the next-closest competitor. 

The Weavers are highly suspicious that Russia somehow played a part in tampering with the lop-sided results.

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Liquor Issue Kicked Back to Zoning Board

Posted 12/22/2016

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

NEWTON — A request by Grace Hill Winery to sell wine under its special-use permit has raised questions about liquor by the drink rules in the county.

Planning and Zoning Director Gina Bell told the Board of Harvey County that she didn’t “want to open a can of worms” on liquor by the drink unless commissioners were ready. She said Richland Township Clerk Allen Patterson “wasn’t crazy” about the Grace Hill’s request to sell wine on its property at 6310 S. Grace Hill Road.

Bell said Grace Hill also made a vague reference to having a special-events room, which could be used for weddings and other events. The winery has a special-use permit with no conditions placed on it. Making the issue even cloudier is that Grace Hill is covered by agritourism laws as long as it is selling products grown on its property.

Commission Chairman George “Chip” Westfall suggested letting the planning commission “chew it over with the township board.”

Bell said requests merging liquor by the drink and agritourism were an issue statewide.

Commissioner Larry Hague said he would guess the intent under Grace Hill’s special-use permit was to allow it for the tasting of wine produced there.

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