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9-1 Chaparral Will Challenge Swathers Saturday

Posted 11/3/2016


Hesston Record Staff

Hesston’s offensive line likely will face its toughest challenge so far this season when Chaparral, 9-1, visits Saturday night.

“I think their defense is one of the fastest we’ve played against so far,” said head coach Clint Rider.

Finding a way to keep defensive tackle Miguel Gerber out of the backfield will be an especially tall order. The 5-foot-10, 213-pound sophomore is fast and able to feel pressure, Rider said.

“I don’t like to see defensive linemen spinning off places and right there in the hole,” he said. “So that’s not particularly comforting.”

Joining Gerber on the interior is Isaac Helms, a 5-11, 230-pounder. They and defensive ends Jacob Jenkins (6-4, 205) and Chance Bergman (6-5, 190) all get of the ball well. Jenkins has racked up 13 sacks on the season.

After a slow start to the year, Hesston has won six straight games and demolished Sterling in a playoff game Tuesday, 48-8.

Chaparral’s offense is well balanced, averaging 180 passing yards per game and 229 rushing. Rider said the Roadrunners mostly run a spread offense, but they will also get in an I formation and run right at opponents. The offensive line is disciplined and physical in opening up holes for Jenkins, who averages 125 rushing yards per game.

“That’s kind of disconcerting,” Rider said.

Quarterback Andrew Clark’s favorite target is Parker Patterson, who has 745 yards receiving this year.

“He runs good routes,” Rider said about Patterson. “If he gets behind you, good luck catching him. He’s fast.”

The only common opponent between the teams is Garden Plain, which beat Chaparral 22-14 on Oct. 21. Garden Plain defeated 7-3 Hesston 33-27 on Sept. 2. Despite the loss, Chaparral won District 10, which Rider said was the toughest district in the western half of the state, if not all of Class 3A. It will be the first meeting between the teams.

“I think it will be a good match-up,” he said. “I think we’re two evenly matched teams.”

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Person Of Interest In Triple Homicide

Posted 11/3/2016

A person of interest has been named in the triple homicide west of Hesston.  Jereme Lee Nelson, 34, is being sought by the Harvey County Sheriff’s office and KBI.


Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said Nelson is to be considered armed and dangerous.     Walton said a gun was recovered at the crime scene, along with shell casings. However, the gun found at the scene was not the gun used in the murders of Travis Street, 33, Angela Graevs, 37 and Richard Prouty, 52. 


“He was actually on our radar at the first while w were there that evening and it just comes from numerous interviews we’ve been conducting,” said Walton. 


One of the challenges facing investigators is Nelson’s use of various vehicles. 


“He keeps moving from vehicle to vehicle. I think he’ll be in the area, but not necessarily Harvey County,” said Walton  


Nelson’s last registered address was in the 8500 block of SW115th Street in Augusta, as of June of this year.  


According to the KBI web page, Nelson was convicted on August 27, 2015 of felony distribution of heroine/certain stimulants of 1 to less than 3.5 grams in Wichita.  The offense date was listed as August 16, 2012. 


Any person with information on Nelson can contact the Harvey County Sheriffs Department at 316-284-6960 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. 


“It is an active investigation. We have numerous agencies pursuing every lead coming out,” said Walton. 

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Hesston Local Voters Guide

Posted 11/3/2016

Record Staff

Hesston residents will be heading to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to cast their ballots for several races, both at the national and state levels.

Polls will open at 7 a.m Kingdom Life Ministries, located at 505 S. Ridge Road; polling ends at 7 p.m.

Residents wishing to vote early may cast ballots at the Harvey County Courthouse at 800 N. Main Street in Newton. Early voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday poll hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The early voting will end at noon on Nov. 7. 

Contested races on the ballot are: the presidential race; United States Senator; United States House Representative; Kansas State Senate and the Harvey County Sheriff election. 

 Profiles for Topeka representation races:


Rep. Don Schroeder (R)

• How many terms have you served?

I have served 5 terms (10 years) in the Kansas House.

• Why are you committed to Kansas politics?

I'm not necessarily committed to Kansas politics, but am committed to making what seem to be sensible policies for the State of Kansas. While politics is part of that process, too often politics gets in the way of making good policy.

• What is the greatest challenge facing the Legislature in January?

There are many pieces that go into the budget, so that is the single most difficult piece of legislation to pass each year. The problem in the last few years is that revenues and expenditures have not balanced, and the days of finding money from KDOT or somewhere else are coming to an end. I think making a balanced budget, as required by the Kansas Constitution, will be a big challenge this year.

• What are three issues you would like to see addressed in the upcoming session?

The first issue, as mentioned, will be balancing the budget, but two other issues that also play into the budget question will be drafting a new school funding formula, and likely addressing the court decision regarding school funding. While I have not made a final decision on Medicaid expansion, I think a sincere discussion on that issue is needed.

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Six Warrants Issued In Fatal Shooting West Of Hesston

Posted 11/3/2016

Record Staff

RURAL MOUNDRIDGE – Harvey County Sheriffs are treating a shooting on Spring Lake Road west of Hesston as a triple homicide.  Two males and one female were found dead in a driveway in the 8600 block of Spring Lake Road, north of Dutch Avenue, eight miles west of Hesston on Sunday. 

Tuesday morning, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton released the names of the victims. The victims are identified as 33-year-old Travis Street, 37-year-old Angela Graevs and 52-year-old Richard Prouty. He said there are no suspects.

Street, a felon, was registered to the address of the shooting, 8603 N. Spring Lake Road, as of Sept. 7, 2016, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations web page.  Street has been a registered drug offender since Jan. 21, 2013; his registration duration was scheduled to expire Sept. 13, 2027.

Street was registered for felony possession with the intent to sell, grow or give away drugs, in Newton. The date of the offense was Feb. 16, 2012, with a conviction coming Sept. 13, 2012, all according to the KBI webpage.

According to Harvey County Attorney David Yoder, six warrants have been issued related to properties in this county in connection with the investigation.

Yoder said on Monday, “Right now the search is focused on the property where the shooting occurred.”  Yoder added a firearm was found at the scene but did not disclose what type.

Walton emphasized, “This isn’t a random person running around; we view this as a targeted shooting.” 

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Barreling Around Riders Take On Bean Field Barrel Race

Posted 11/3/2016

By Jacki Nelson

Dozens of horses and riders gathered in a bean field just outside of Hesston on Sunday afternoon in a test of speed an agility. Two thousand pounds of horse and rider careened around barrels, laid out in a large triangle in a bean field that had been harvested only days before the race. 

The Bean Field Barrel Race, a fundraiser coordinated by Shelaine Roth, co-director of the National Barrel Horse Association of Kansas District 10, will benefit the organization to purchase new timers. On Sunday, 29 riders entered to run for times, outside the exhibition. 

“It was a standard pattern, but instead of 16 to 17 second runs, these were going to be in the high 20s and low 30s,” said Roth.

The rogue race was not a sanctioned event, but a chance to push horses and riders with new challenges. 

“The challenge is there’s no fences; its a bigger pattern and they don’t run a big pattern like this. I want it to be a challenge and something new to do.  I’d like to do it every year, if the turnout and weather cooperates,” she said.

As a barrel racer, Roth said the sport is one a person can take part in his or her whole life. 

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Mother-Daughter Duo Get Crafty For Holiday Marketplace

Posted 11/3/2016

By Jacki Nelson

Local artisans Velvet and Rachel Shogren will have unique and customizable itmes for sale at the Holiday Marketplace at the Hesston Area Senior Center on Nov. 12. 

Fot the past two years, Velvet has been experiementing with different creations to find which items sell best - from tiny “Grandpa’s Helper” aprons to monogrammed twoels to clear plastic bags that are now a requirement at most sports stadiums, she has made them all.

Her daughter, Rachel, has been keeping track of the business side of the sweing endevor, creating flyers, managing the web presence and working to post on Etsy, a popular crafting site. 

“I think we’re still trying to figure out what people really want and how to price things,” said Velvet.

Rachel added, “I’m the behind the scenes person.” 

The mother daughter duo will be one of the many vendors at the Holiday Marketplace. 

For Rachel, she said the greatest challenge is preparing for craft shows.

“You have to have inventory of everything, get there early, get set up. You’re on your feet all day,” she said.

However, after having a few shows under their belts, Rachel said the pair are beginning to have a checklist of inventory.

“We want to make X of this, X of that, so it gives us a goal as far as make this many of these or this many of that,” she said. 

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Hesston College Actors No ‘Fools’ In Season Of Comedy

Posted 11/3/2016

Record Staff

Hesston College theater department is taking a look at the lighter side of life this season. Theater Department Director Rachel Jantzi said she was basing this season on Psalm 126.

“We need to laugh.  Theater is a mirror of society. It is a venue to take action. But it is also a place to come together and a place to be entertained,” she said.

With the current political atmosphere, Jantzi said a little comedy would go a long way.

“This year’s been very divisive; I’d like a break from that,” she said.

The first production of the season, Fools, ran Oct. 27-30.  The comedy, she said, was a look at a town that had been cursed with stupidity for the last 200 years and the tale of the teacher determined to break the curse.

“The pace was non-stop.  There were so many one-liners it could have easily turned into a groan-fest but the actors really handled the text well.  That was something we were really intentional on - the look and the pace of it. It’s just hilarious,” she said.

Jantzi said Fools, while funny for the audience, was a very serious undertaking for the cast. 

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