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Local Businesses Face Major Challenge With County Bridge Construction

Posted 2/11/2016

By Jackie Nelson

The Harvey County Road and Bridge department has its sights set on replacing the bridge on West Dutch Avenue over Middle Emma Creek, which was built in 1956.

Jim Erb, Hesston Streets Superintendent, said the project is strictly a Harvey County undertaking.

According to Jim Meier, Harvey County Road and Bridge Superintendent, the bridge is “functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.”  Meier said the bridge is too narrow to meet current standards and has outlived its useful lifespan. 

“We are planning on replacing the bridge this year.  There are a number of ways to prioritize bridge replacement and this met a number of criteria. It is on a heavily traveled paved road, close to Hesston, the way it is used by local industry - all these things make it a good candidate. It’s been on the table for quite a while,” said Meier. 

However local business owners have major concerns about the closure of West Dutch Avenue for several weeks. A timeframe for construction has not been established by the County. 

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Vegging Out

Posted 2/11/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Fresh fruits and vegetables came pouring into Hesston Elementary School on Saturday morning with the largest Bountiful Baskets delivery yet. 

Over 90 baskets were ordered and the Bountiful Basket program maxed out for the first time in its four-delivery run in Hesston.

Hesston site coordinators Dawn Lafferty and Sarahanne Unruh arrange for Bountiful Basket deliveries every-other-week to the Hesston Elementary School drop site. 

“We were both driving to Sterling or Hillsboro to get baskets.  It feels like such a good thing to bring here,” said Lafferty.

Lafferty added now that the service is available in Hesston, more residents are taking part and ordering baskets.

Each delivery contains fresh fruits and vegetables, with add-on options such as bread and organic produce.

“I was really excited about the honey wheat bread.  The fun part of the co-op is you don’t know what you are getting and you have to get creative with cooking,” said Unruh.

Bountiful Basket participants pay $15 for a basket of mixed fruits and vegetables and a $4.50 delivery charge as a minimum contribution.  Add-on baskets have a range of prices.

“All the money from the Hesston location is pooled and Hesston money is used to buy Hesston produce - it doesn’t go into one larger pot. The local money buys our local delivery,” said Unruh. 

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USD 460 Nurse Awarded Teacher Of The Year By KLCH

Posted 2/11/2016

By Jackie Nelson

USD 460 nurse Tammi Krehbiel was awarded as Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Learning Center for Health (KLCH) based in Halstead.

Brenda Sooter, Director of KLCH, said the criteria for the Teacher of the Year span far beyond simply keeping students physically healthy.

“This individual inspires youth to take care of their bodies and mind.  Not only an advocate for health education but have used KLCH programming to enhance their curriculum and to provide more enthusiasm with their students about why they should choose healthy lifestyle habits,” she said.

Each year, five individuals are nominated for the award.

“Tammi has gone above and beyond to secure funding for KLCH programming so each year Hesston children have an opportunity to attend the museum and/or experience a health program in their school,” said Sooter.

USD 460 Superintendent Ben Proctor said Krehbiel is a key part of the staff. 

“She is very student-centered and that fits well with our philosophy and she has a great personality for the work she does.  The kids love her and the staff loves her.  The way she does things and her interactions are perfect for our philosophy as a district,” he said.

As the USD 460 School Nurse for 11 years, Krehbiel said she is still passionate about her job. 

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State Bound: Swather Scholars Compete Feb. 13

Posted 2/11/2016

By Jackie Nelson

The Swather Scholars’ Bowl Team took second place at the Regional competition in Belle Plaine last Thursday, Feb. 14, out of a field of 16 3A teams. The second place finish earned the Swather Scholars a place at the State competition. 

Team members were Tessa Isaac (captain), Reuben Peachey-Stoner, Sam Hunsberger, Sam Bartel, Jordan Carter, and Jacob Luzier.

Two other Regional competitions took place that afternoon. The top three schools from each Regional qualifed for the State competition at Russell High School on Saturday, Feb. 13.  

“The last few varsity meets have been good meets, but we've had a few disappointments in not moving into the final rounds,” said coach Patrice LeFevre.

This was especially felt at the league tournament last Saturday. The Swathers just missed enough wins to go on to compete as the league champion. However, things turned around for the team on Thursday evening.

“The last practice was about re-grouping and getting the team back on track after some disappointing  performances at the last meets. We have a good team but over-confidence and disjointedness caused the team to lose points which in turn caused the team to lose rounds and a chance for a medal,” said LeFevre

However, the Swathers pulled together in time for competition last Thursday.  This teamwork, the right combination of knowledge and the type of questions asked, placed the team in first place after pool play. 

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11 Swathers Take First Place In Five Categories At District FBLA

Posted 2/11/2016

Record Staff

The Hesston High Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter sent 52 students to district competition last week.

Sponsor Denise Goevert said, “We had a great day.”

With many students placing in the top-10 of their categories, 11 Swathers in five categories took first place,.

First place finishers were: Business Ethics - Lydia Enge, Kailie Hamilton and Kaitlin Owens; Entrepreneurship - Abby Decker, Sofia Goodman and Cami Richardson; Job Interview - Paige Kauffman; Management info Systems - Zach Rizza, Austin Weaver and Kendrick Weaver and Public Speaking One - Kayla Ewert. 

Goevert said not only did her students perform well, but the competition allowed participants to expand out of their comfort zones without high-stakes.

“District competition gives a great introduction to exactly what FBLA is all about without the pressure of competing at the State level,” she said.

Though the competition, Govert added, she saw many students rise to the occasion but had a few surprises along the way. 

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