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Council Holding Promised Public Meeting Monday

Posted 7/21/2016

Record Staff

A special meeting regarding the Country Village Trailer Park, which was purchased by the city Tuesday, July 13, will be held on Monday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Park Shelter House, 309 E. Knott. 

The special city council meeting is open to the public.  According to the agenda the meeting is being held for “public hearing, discussion, consideration and determinations of use and possibilities for development of the Country Village Mobile Home Park.”

City Administrator Gary Administrator said while there is no new information to be released at the meeting, Mayor Dave Kauffman had promised to meet with residents regarding the park after closing.

“This is simply to bring them up to speed on how and why things happened, what the options were during the sale - or purchase of the park - and a general engagement of the residents so they can pose questions that can be answered without legal restrictions,” he said.

Emry added notice of the meeting was given to all Country Village residents, however the meeting is open to the community at large.

The meeting was moved from City Hall to Heritage park to more comfortably accommodate attendees, Emry added.

He said he is looking forward to, “a civil discussion related to the park,” on Monday evening. 

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Fishermen Will Feed More Than 7,000 At 20th Annual H.A.S Fish Fry

Posted 7/21/2016

The Hesston Senior Center is a Gym!! Catch Pokemon While You Enjoy The Fish 

By Jackie Nelson

Ray Peirce and Joe Hershberger have spent hundreds of hours trawling Marion Reservoir, plucking hundreds of pounds of fish from its waters to supply freshwater fish for the 20th annual Hesston Area Senior Center Fish Fry on Friday, July 29.

Hershberger has been supplying fish for the meal for the last two decades. 

In the 20 years of the Fish Fry, Hershberger said he estimates about 7,000 people have come to the Senior Center for the meal.

In 1997, Hershberger returned from a weekend fishing trip with more fish than he could eat.  The idea was floated to host a fish fry at H.A.S. as a fundraiser.

“We camped two times a year and go to the lake. I’d come back with a cooler full of fish, and that’s when they decided why not have a fish fry,” he said.

The first year, 219 diners came to the meal. Today, the Fish Fry averages around 400 hungry Hesstonians. 

With the help of Peirce, Kerry Krehbiel and John Regier, the fishermen caught, cleaned and deboned 665 fish for this year’s meal.

“We call it 60 boxes at 4 pounds a box. We call it just about 40 pounds of just fillets,” said Hershberger. 

Peirce said one of the tricks the men have used the last 20 years are Hershberger’s hand-made lures.

“We never go out on the lake without them.  I use them if I want to actually catch fish,” he said.

This year, however, Peirce said he is backing away from the fish fry and letting H.A.S. cohort Jack Hobbs handle more of the event.

“I just want to fish with Joe and enjoy that,” he said.

Hershberger said one of the greatest challenges the future of the Fish Fry faces is not a lack of fishermen, but a lack of help in the kitchen.

“When it comes to cleaning them, they’ll help a little. It’s that last going through the fish the a couple times, getting them packaged up and put in boxes and that’s when it’s starting to wear me down,” said Hershberger.

There is very little rest for Hershberger and Peirce, as they are back on the lake in August, catching for the next year’s Fish Fry. Hershberger said with shad hatching in the spring, as well as the moss dropping to the bottom of the lake, fall is an ideal time for fishing. 

“We fish for about four hours in the morning.  But then there’s times when we catch fish and Ray don’t want to quit,” said Hershberger. 

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Our 3 Senate Candidates Say How They Will Make Kansas Better

Posted 7/21/2016

By Jacquelyn Nelson

NEWTON—Last Thursday evening, candidates for the upcoming Senate District 31 race took part in a forum hosted by Newton Now and moderated by editor Adam Strunk. The three candidates, Republicans Carolyn McGinn – the current Senator – and Renee Erickson as well as Democrat Michelle Vann addressed a crowd of over 400 at the Meridian Center.

Candidates introduced themselves and stated their platforms as to why they should be elected to represent the district.

Following introductions, moderator Adam Strunk posed questions to the candidates.

The first question addressed the recent budget shortfalls and the use of Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) funds to cover expenses.  Candidates were asked how they would address shortfalls.

Erickson said the economic challenges extended beyond Kansas and were a national issue.

“The economy is not growing as fast as we would like it to. We’re not on the edge of bankruptcy and the doom and gloom the media likes to portray.  It’s a national problem,” she said.

Erickson advocated “more pro-business polices and put money back in the pockets of Kansans with less regulations.” 

Vann said the current tax policy has simply been a “shift in the load.” 

Vann advocated gradually reintroducing taxes on LLC businesses, which are currently exempt from income taxes.

“Non of us like to pay taxes. But, I never went into business expecting not to pay taxes. We are robbing Peter to pay Paul and that’s not working for any of us,” she said.

McGinn also advocated for revenue reform saying, “The March to Zero is not working.”

McGinn said regulatory uncertainty was bad for business.

“A stable tax structure allows businesses to do long-term planning.”

She added Kansas currently has the highest tax on food in the nation. 

“That’s wrong. When people say what we are doing is cutting taxes; we’re doing tax shifting and we’re not paying our bills,” she said.

Another major issue, education funding, was addressed as candidates were asked how they believe the state should fund schools.

Vann said funding education was critical to the future of the state, and to keeping Kansas youth out of the criminal justice system. 

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Sheriff Candidates

Posted 7/21/2016

By Record Staff

Four candidates for Harvey County Sheriff took part in a forum last Thursday evening. 

With three republican candidates, Ted Brunner, Chad Gay and Bruce Jolliff and a single democrat, Brian Hall, the four fielded questions from moderator Adam Strunk, editor of Newton Now and coordinator of the event.

In the opening of the debate, the candidates each gave their law enforcement experience, as well as why they should be elected as Sheriff. 

• Candidates took different directions to the question of what challenges the sheriffs department was facing. 

Ted Brunner focused on the lack of rural patrols and moving sheriff’s officers out of Newton.

“They have their own police department.  A lot of these towns in the country are not a 24-hour police department and rely on the sheriff for coverage. We need to get off blacktop and out patrolling county roads. That’s one of the things to change,” he said.

Gay disagreed with Brunner, saying the department was, “almost a turn-key operation.” 

One of the changes proposed by Gay was establishing a Harvey County drug task force that would, “potentially involve every city in Harvey County.” 

Jolliff addressed officer training, particularly when it comes to vehicle safety.

“About one-third of officers are killed in vehicle accidents we cause. We need to give good training and direction on how to drive. It’s a 3,000-pound bullet. It kills people,” he said. 

Jolliff also said he was concerned about pay disparities between sheriffs and Wichita and Sedgwick County police agencies, saying experienced officers may be enticed to leave Harvey County in favor of higher pay to the south.

Hall said he was focusing on larger issues than the day-to-day operations of the department. 

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HopeFest Happening July 30, Featuring Food, Non-Profits, Book Swap And More

Posted 7/21/2016

For The Record

Mark your calendar for HopeFest - the Harvey County Resource Festival which will be held Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center, 414 N. Poplar.

The festival is an opportunity for all Harvey County residents to come have some free family fun activities and to discover the variety of resources that are available for them.

Features at the 2016 HopeFest include: two bouncy houses, Newton fire truck, free popcorn and Sno Cones, a Kid Zone with activities, face-painting, bike safety lessons, and even a sample drumming session. 

Free health screenings will be offered for dental, hearing, blood sugar, blood pressure checks and vision. Newton Lions Club will provide the vision screening at HopeFest which can be done starting at six months of age. If a vision problem is found, Newton Lions will give the person a free vision appointment with a local optometrist.

There will be a free Book Swap table with titles for all ages and door prizes. 

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