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Excel Fundraiser Brings In $1,000

Posted 3/24/2016

By Jackie Nelson

By Jackie Nelson

On Saturday afternoon dozens of local vendors and hundreds of residents showed their continued support of Excel Industries and the families affected by the Feb. 25 shooting.

The Dyck Arboretum hosted a fundraiser, coordinated by Jacki Evans, to benefit the Hesston Community Foundation Relief Fund.  Vendors from across the tri-county area donated their profits to the Community Foundation.  According to Evans, over $1,000 was raised on Saturday.

“We're just so grateful to everyone who came out. It looked like people were having a good time, which was so important to me. So many people just want to help, and they don't always know how they can do that,” said Evans.

Hesston Community Foundation Director Susan Lamb said she was impressed with the community response.

“I think the highlight was that on spring break weekend with many basketball games filling the schedule, people ventured out on a breezy day to support this important cause,” she said.

Vendor Cindy Kennedy with It Works said she was happy to take part in the event for more exposure for her business.

“It’s about networking and finding new customers,” she said.

Twila Good was looking over Premier Jewelry said taking part in the Saturday event was personal.

“My husband works at Excel Industries. It is a great thing to do and give support,” she said.

Vendor Rachel Brandt came from McPherson to take part.  As a vendor she was looking for a fundraiser for the month of March and was pleased with the opportunity.

“It hits so close to home. A friend of mine, her husband was one of the people that was shot. It feels good.  I’m seeing a lot of new faces and enjoying it,” she said. 

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Swather Robotics Takes State, Team Headed To World Competition

Posted 3/24/2016

By Jackie Nelson

For the third year in a row, the Swather Robotics team has claimed the State Championship title. 

In a field of 24 teams representing five schools, the Swathers were up against serious competition from Hillsboro, Lost Springs and Wichita Heights. 

The winning alliance was comprised of Kendrick Weaver, Austin Weaver, Cole Finley, Zach Rizza and Chace Jahay.

The Swathers had an exceptional day, bringing home additional hardware. The second place alliance was Luke Arrasmith, Ian Warver, Ally Weaver and Laura van Bergeijk.  Ally and Laura also won the Excellence Award for the best overall robot. 

“After several hours of tension-filled matches, the Hesston Robotics team earned their third straight State Championship!  This was the most competitive state meet the Swathers have been a part of in their four year history,” said instructor Trevor Foreman. 

After their win at State, The Backwards Shirts - Finley, Rizza and Jahay - will be traveling to VEX World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 19. 

“We are the first team in Kansas to go to worlds,” said Jahay. 

The team’s $850 registration cost was paid for by Regier Construction.  Foreman said each student will have to raise over $400 to afford the cost of gas, hotels and other expenses.

“I got an email from VEX that they had qualified for Worlds.  The next day, the phone was ringing like crazy with parents saying ‘We gotta go!’  We had some really fast conversations and made a whole lot of decisions - but the district isn’t paying for any of it,” said Foreman. 

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Construction Along Weaver To Last Through Summer

Posted 3/24/2016

By Record Staff

Construction along Weaver Street began late last week. The project has been over a year in the making. Engineers for the project were hired in May of 2014.

Street Superintendent Jim Erb said each of the four phases of the street replacement project will take four to six weeks per phase.

“Pavement removal is first. Next is the water line and water services. Then the new pavement will be in order,” said Erb.

City Administrator Gary Emry said any utility services should only be interrupted for one day, while lines are being connected.

Residents living along Weaver are asked to take their trash and recycling carts to the nearest side street.  Residents and visitors are asked to use alleyways for access to homes. 

According to Jason Thrasher with the City, mail cluster boxes will be moved to Vesper between Main and North Weaver.

Any irrigation lines will be moved and replaced by the contractor. However, landscaping near the construction zone is to be removed by residents. 

Before the project began, a major concern, and focus of several city council meetings in 2015, was the fate of the decades-old trees lining Weaver Street.

“All the trees that have been removed so far are at the homeowners’ request. There are a couple the engineer said have to go,” said Erb.

The phases of the project are by block, phase one from Lincoln to Vesper; phase two from Vesper to Reusser, Reusser to Amos and Amos to the railroad tracks.

“The railroad tracks are the south end of the project. We don’t cross the tracks,” said Erb.

The contractor for the $893,633 project is Pearson Construction from Wichita.  Financing for the project was divided between $500,000 in 2016 General Obligation bonds and $400,000 paid from reserve funds. 

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Smithsonian Museum Exhibit Coming To HPL

Posted 3/24/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston Public Library is the only library in the state to be selected to host the Smithsonian Institution’s Water/Ways exhibition in 2017.

Hesston Public Library Director Libby Albers said the exhibition coming to Hesston is an honor and a unique opportunity for residents to enjoy a world-class exhibit in their community.

Albers, who came from the Water Museum in Wichita before beginning her tenure at Hesston Public Library, said she has always been passionate about water-related issues in Kansas.

“Water is always an issue in Kansas.  It may not be as dire as on the west coast, but it is an issue.  If it is a rainy year, no one pays attention to water, but it is still an important topic,” said Albers.

“Water/Ways” focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. Photographs, hands-on components, and audio and video clips from the Smithsonian Institution explore how water has shaped history and traditions, how it impacts daily life, and what the future holds for water

Albers applied for the exhibition through a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.

“I really respect them for their desire to get this caliber of display in these areas,” she said.

The display itself was limited to communities of 20,000 or less. 

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