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Dreier Leading Dual Flocks

Posted 3/10/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Gaylon Dreier is the head of two very different flocks. Dreier divides his time between tending his flock of nearly 400 ewes and pastoring at Hope Field Church, one of  the original churches in the Hesston area.

“The neat thing about scripture, God is a sheep guy.  If he doesn’t love the sheep...I’ve never questioned God’s love for me. He’s a Shepard. If He was a cattle man...” said Dreier.

Dreier has a long history with sheep, building his first flock at age 12.  His father, a dairy farmer, said he would not help Dreier with his sheep and would begin selling off the flock if Dreier could not care for his animals.

As a young man, Dreier encountered his first emergency.

“I performed my first c-section when I was 13 because my dad wouldn’t let me call a vet,” he said.

Despite the early challenges of raising sheep on a dairy farm, Dreier pressed on.

“I don’t know why sheep. I’m just a problem child; I grew up on a dairy farm.  You just have a passion.  There’s a cure for everything but sheep,” he joked.

Dreier’s flock, a mix of dorsets and suffolks, produce wool, but are also sold for meat. Dreier said much of his wool is collected in Hutchinson and then shipped east to a processing plant in Ohio. 

He hopes to find ways to increase fleece weight, adding up to 50 cents more per pound.   Dreier said.

Without a great deal of ground to work with, Dreier in unable to pasture his flock, so his ewes must be fed daily. 

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4th Generation Cattle Farm Keeps Tradition

Posted 3/10/2016

Record Staff

The Knott cattle operation just on the southeast side of Hesson has been in the family for four generations.  Owner Terry Knott is running the operation with his son-in-law, Nathan Simmons.

The two have taken a very traditional approach to an industry that is becoming more and more high-tech.

The Knott operation uses conventional breeding methods, using a handful of bulls on-site to breed cows for their cow-calf operation.

“For me, I’d rather do this than feed-lot. It’s a little more steady,” said Knott. Knott breeds his cows, then sells off the calves before they reach market weight.

“I sell yearlings.  From about the time a calf is born to the time it reaches your plate is about 15 to 16 months,” he said.  

Simmons, on the other hand, breeds his cows and then raises the steers and heifers until they go to market.  Simmons also cross-breeds his cattle, using black angus cows and charolais bulls.  Knott raises a black angus cow and galloway bull cross-breed.

“We can always tell the difference between our calves. His are white, mine are black,” said Knott.

For identifying cows, the partners use different color ear tags, rather than branding.

Neither producer keep heifers or calves for breeding. 

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Hesston PD Chief Schroeder Shares Thoughts On Feb 25 Tragedy

Posted 3/10/2016

By Doug Schroeder

Hesston Police Chief

Special To The Record

The events of this past week have devastated our small community - a community with which I have a strong personal connection.  I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the victims. No one should have to go through the pain of they have experienced.

I pray God’s comfort surrounds them as the begin to heal.  There is a difficult road ahead for so many people, but it is one they won’t be walking alone.

I feel God as prepared me throughout my life and career for these events. I am not a hero.

I know hundreds of law enforcement officers, each one of them with a different skill set, personality and abilities.  I can’t think of one officer who wouldn’t have done the same thing I did.

I am so proud of my brothers and sisters in Harvey County Communications, law enforcement and EMS.  As it is written in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called children of God.” 

I am also proud and thankful for the Excel employees.  I was provided valuable information as I was trying to locate the shooter inside the facilities. Some helped direct me toward the shooter.  I have also heard stories about employees helping each other to safety and rendering aid to  the injured.

Although I have over 100 first responders and crisis management personnel to thank individually, I would like to mention a few key individuals who played extremely valuable roles during the crisis and shortly thereafter.

I would like to thank Mayor Dave Kauffman; City Administrator Gary Emry; Newton Police Department Deputy Chief Craig Dunlavy; Newton Police Department Cpl. Bran Rousseau; Harvey County Emergency Management Director Gary Denny; Hesston Police Sergeant Chris Carter and Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton. 

The leadership, composure and compassion of these individuals during a very stressful time minimized the negative outcome of this situation.

The citizens of Hesston, Newton and Harvey County are resilient. No one had to as kfor an extra measure of patience with each other; they just gave it.

Thank you for the support and caring you have shown me and my family.  I look forward to returning to a leadership role in the community as we all begin to heal.

Doug Schroeder. 

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Women’s Civic Club Makes Light Of History

Posted 3/10/2016

HESSTON Women’s Civic Club members got out their best decades of fashion at the throwback themed meeting on March 7.  Members Melissa Webb, Janet Zook, Gladys Voth and Laurie Duerksen dug deep into their closets to complete their retro looks.  Janet Zook pulled a dour face after club members went through old photographs and noticed many times a woman in the group was not smiling. This sent other members into peels of laughter. 

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Board Considers Safety Upgrades

Posted 3/10/2016


Hesston Record Staff

The USD 460 Board of Education will be looking into different ways to beef up security at the three schools.

Superintendent Ben Proctor recommended installing a key card system for a limited number of entrances. He said he would get price estimates for the upgrade along with other measures like a buzzer system and security cameras.

Board member Brenda Nebel asked if the administrators felt a need for a buzzer system. Principal Ty Rhodes said it was a difficult question to answer.

"I think that's becoming a standard feature in a lot of schools," he said. According to him, people "overwhelmingly" feel safe in Hesston's schools, but he said he didn't want people to have their heads in the sand and be naive about a possible bad incident.

Board member Mike Weber said there was no perfect plan for keeping a school safe. He also said he felt like having a buzzer was going too far.

Board member Susan Lamb asked about the psychological implications of people having to push a buzzer to enter a school. She compared it to receiving a false positive on a mammogram, which can be more stressful than being diagnosed with cancer.

Board President Zach Weaver said even with a buzzer, someone who wants to get in a building is going to find a way.

Proctor said the school system needed to purchase an emergency management mobile application for sending out emergency text messages. He also said he expected the technology to be costly.

Proctor had lunch this week with five veteran superintendents to review security measures. He said they would review what changes might be necessary regarding any future lockdowns like the one implemented Feb. 25.

Proctor also reviewed briefly the impact of the Kansas Supreme Court's recent decision in Gannon v. state of Kansas, which ruled the current block grant funding formula doesn’t meet the equity requirement in the Kansas Constitution. The court gave the Kansas Legislature until June 30 to enact a more equitable funding system.

Proctor said school districts would be shut down if legislators didn't come up with a new funding system. According to him, Jim Freeman, chief financial officer for Wichita Public Schools, said Wichita was preparing for the possibility of a shutdown. 

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