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Raleigh Returning To Hardwoods In Hesston

Posted 1/7/2016

By Rusty Whitcher

With the second semester kicking off, Hesston’s own Grant Raleigh is tentatively slated to play against the Hesston College men’s basketball team on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in Yost Center.

The Larks host McPherson College’s junior varsity in their first game of 2016. Hesston rode a five game winning streak into the holiday break at 10-5, including a thrilling 101-100 victory over Pratt Community College on Dec. 7. The Larks are led in scoring by Jontray Harris and Ty Jordan, averaging 20.3 and 18.2 points a contest, respectively.

Raleigh made his triumphant return to the basketball court for the Bulldogs under Head Coach Tim Swartzendruber, on Nov. 2, scoring eight points in 10 minutes of varsity action. Raleigh is averaging 3.5 points a game in 13.9 minutes while shooting 32 percent from the floor and 34 percent from behind the arc. Junior varsity rosters are subject to change. 

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Heros, Authors, Artists And More At ComiCon

Posted 1/7/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Superheroes, artists and authors streamed into Hesston Public Library for the first-ever Hesston ComiCon. 

According to librarian and coordinator Emily Miller, over 250 patrons came from far and wide to take part in the day of activities and artist and author presentations.

John Wallace of Moundridge heard about the ComiCon and brought his sons, Peter and Andrew.

“The boys thought it sounded like fun.  This is the library we tend to use, this is like our second home for the boys,” he said.

Hesston artist Hanna Eastin brought a series of clay works, telling a story of personal triumph and self-discovery.

“It’s like a graphic novel on clay; it’s visual storytelling and we thought it would be a good fit.  It was super-fun to see the kids nerd out. And, some of the kids got my story, which was really affirming,” she said.

Jed Litwiller of The Village Geek in McPherson saw dozens of kids in the Teen Room teaching table games.

“These aren’t games you’re going to find at WalMart. So far, the most popular has been Catan.  We’re all about teaching games and expanding hobbies of kids to include board games,” he said. 

While authors and artists promoted their books and creations, Allen and Christine Leddon came from Wichita on a mission. 

“This is what we do with our chivalry program. It is a chance to mold young people and make the word a better place,” said Allen.

Christine added the program has been part of their travels since 1996.

“We use knighthood and chivalry to reach kids in a way they can relate to and send a positive message,” she said.

Author Susanne Lambdin had high praise for Hesston Public Library and the event.

“The library is really cool. It is like the perfect library - it has that feel of a bookstore.  It is wonderful.  Hesston is lucky to have a great library,” she said.

Fellow author Tracy Dunn made the most of workshops to engage with writers of all ages.

“I love talking to kids and seeing that spark in their eye when they get it and understand the significance of language and character development.  It is great when they understand the importance of setting and that the setting itself can be like a character that develops and changes,” she said.

Dunn added the kids and young adults involved in the ComiCon were the problem-solvers and future leaders of the nation.

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Little Kid Has Big Idea For Coat Drive

Posted 1/7/2016

By Record Staff

For a small child, Van Horchem, a pre-k student at Hesston Childcare Center, came up with a big idea, a coat drive at his school.  Through the month of December, the center collected and donated 28 coats, 36 hats and 51 pairs of gloves to the Salvation Army.

Pre-k teacher Darci Enns said the little boy in her class recently received a new coat.

“He and his mom talked about it, after he got a new coat, that some kids don’t have any coats,” said Enns.

Enns brought the idea to Director Judy Friesen to have a coat drive at the center with the support of Van’s mother. 

Friesen said Van was very distressed by the idea that other children did not have coats, hats or gloves.

“He was actually very sad and said he needed to do something to get coats for kids that didn’t have any,” said Friesen.

Enns’ co-teacher, Angela Garrett, said they incorporated lessons on giving into the children’s curriculum. 

“They were so used to having coats, they were like, “What?! People don’t have coats?!” it was really odd for them to think that people are so less fortunate than they are,” she said. 

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Bollinger Gives $1,000 With Light Show

Posted 1/7/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston teen Austin Bollinger presented a check for $1,000 to the Harvey County Food Bank on Jan. 2 after a highly successful contribution drive during his annual Christmas light show.

Bollinger, who has put on the show for the last four years, has donated several hundred dollars to the Harvey County Food Bank. 

“It helps them a lot durning the Christmas season. They don’t get many donations. They were pretty amazed I gave them $200.  Giving them $1,000 will help them out a lot,” he said.

Last year he donated $197.  With the added exposure from a spot on KWCH News, which aired December 15, Bollinger said donations skyrocketed. 

“We collected $210 in one day on Dec. 25.  It was pretty crazy during Christmas, the 21-25.  I was getting hundreds of dollars every night,” he said.

With an initial goal of $200, Bollinger quickly upped his collection goal to $300, then $500. 

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Walkabout Gallery Featuring Florist For First Time

Posted 1/7/2016

Record Staff

Florist John Back, owner of Designs by John in Newton, is the Walkabout Gallery Artist for January and February.

Back’s work will be three-dimensional wreaths and arrangements. In the floral industry for nearly 45 years and a business owner for 38, Back will be presenting a new kind of art for the gallery.

“There will be winter themes with willow and cotton and things that related to people in the farm industry.  We’ll do some Kansas things.  I think people will enjoy the rustic lanterns and sunflowers.

“We will also be doing some Valentines Day themes for February - roses, tulips, hydrangeas,” said Back.

With two months of time on display and XX feet of wall space, Back said the space presented a major challenge.

“We have done displays before, but never on that big of scale. It pushes your creativity,”

In creating the gallery display for January, Back pieced together several custom works made of birch limbs and twigs and adorned with birds.

“I like doing the more natural things,” he said.

In constructing display pieces, Back said the “mechanics” of a creation pose the biggest challenge for young designers.

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