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Swathers Statebound

Posted 11/23/2016

Date: Saturday, Nov. 26

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Hutchinson Community College

Address: 1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson

Tickets: K-12 Students - $6 Adults $8

Parking: No Charge

Radio: Kicks Country KXKU 106.1 FM


Playing: Rossville Bulldogs

1992 Team Brought Hesston Glory

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Jason Perine doesn’t remember the ride home that cold, wet day of Nov. 21, 1992.

“I think I may have suffered a concussion at some point in the game,” said Rossville’s starting quarterback. “I was a little blurry after that game.”

Hesston defeated the Bulldogs 3-0 at Cessna Stadium for the Class 3A state football championship.

No one had any inkling that Ryan Achilles’ 39-yard field goal on the Swathers’ first drive would hold up as the only points scored that day.

“I bet not one person in the whole stadium would have thought that’s how it would end,” Achilles said.”

“We were excited to hold them to a field goal,” Perine said.

As is the case with this year’s title bout, both teams featured potent offenses. Rossville had averaged more than 35 points a game to get to the championship. But in the days leading up to the game, a wet cold front visited.

“It was terrible,” Achilles said. “It had rained most of the week leading up to the game. The whole field was a mud pit. It was awful. A quarter into the game, both teams were the same color.”

“It was a gloomy day and later in the year than any of us have played football, for sure,” said senior lineman Keith O’Halloran.

It didn’t help that Hesston and Rossville were playing the third game on the field that day.

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Children Enjoying Multicultural Feast At Childcare Center

Posted 11/23/2016

By Jackie Nelson

With Thanksgiving dinner on the table and food at the fore of everyones minds, the children at the Hesston Childcare Center are getting a big helping of healthy variety on their plates.

Judy Friesen, Director of the Childcare Center, and her nutritional program head Trish Sapien, a former Army cook, believe that variety is the spice of life for their young students.

“One of the big changes is that childcare centers saw food as a way of getting by as cheaply as the could.  Over the years that has changed.  Our emphasis is more on fresh fruits than ever before,” she said.

Friesen added the emphasis on healthy foods comes from her own passion for exploring dietary options.

“Part of it comes from Judy loves food and loves to grow food and loves to fix food and eat food and a variety of food,” she said.

Sapien said her whole life she has been fascinated by the kitchen, as it was a mysterious place during her childhood.

“My mother couldn’t cook.  By the time I was three- or four-years-old i was playing in the kitchen with pots and pans and little things,” she said.

Sapien then moved on to one of the most negatively stereotyped eateries of all time - the Army mess hall. 

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Start Christmas Season With Community Gift

Posted 11/23/2016

By Jackie Nelson

After the hubub of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Hesston Community Foundation is once again hosting Giving Tuesday at Hesston Public Library.

Last year, over $11,900 was donated by residents. However, with the three to one match in place, over $35,700 was added to the Hesston Community Foundation’s holdings.

“On Giving Tuesday anyone can make a charitable gift to a local not-for-profit through our event,” said Hesston Community Foundation Director Susan Lamb.

This year’s Giving Tuesday is more important than ever, as the matching dollars granted through the Kansas Health Foundation comes to an end.  For residents to maximize their donations, funds must be donated before Dec. 31. 

Lamb said Hesston Community Foundation has made significant difference for residents and beneficiaries of non-profits over its lifetime. 

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Remo Retiring Drug Dog Busts $35,000 In Drugs, Guns During Career

Posted 11/23/2016

By Jackie Nelson

After a year and a half on the Hesston Police force, Remo, Hesston’s K9 officer, has retired due to a degenerative back condition.  Remo will be spending the rest of his life as a pet with his handler, officer Steven Dryzmalla, and his family on a farm outside of Hesston.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said Remo and Dryzmalla were deployed 41 times in the field.  Schroeder said Remo detected marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a stolen firearm and currency involved in drug distribution operations. 

“We have seized assets for neighboring agencies and our agency in excess of $35,000. It is important to note that some of these total assets are still being reviewed by the courts,” he said.

Dryzmalla said with over three dozen deployments, he and Remo stayed busy. 

“We were really busy. It seemed like there was a lot of action and we were very successful when he was deployed for narcotics,” said Dryzmalla.

Dryzmalla said he and Remo were deployed to assist the Kansas Highway Patrol on a stop.

“He alerted on the vehicle in several compartments.  A stolen gun was found, among other things. It’s one of those, if he didn’t alert on the vehicle, would we have found the gun? I don’t know,” said Dryzmalla.

In addition to being deployed at the request of other agencies, Schroeder said Remo has been used in schools and at local businesses.

“We have been invited to do random sent searches. Students and employees know that their organizations will not tolerate drugs in their environment and therefore are deterred from possessing them in those locations, limiting their influence on others,” said Schroeder. 

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