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Creating A Traveler's Paradise: In Their Own Back Yard

Posted 10/13/2016

By Jacki Nelson

Tucked away behind a stand of trees a few miles outside of Hesston, Terry McCloud sits in a lawn chair beside his Scotty, listening to the sounds of coyotes, owls and watching for deer. 

However, Terry and Darla McCloud’s scotty is not a faithful pooch, but a 1969 fully restored camper, permanently placed in their back yard.

Terry said he purchased the Scotty for only $100 just outside of Burrton with the intention of the camper being a project for him and his grandson.

“Someone had just taken everything out of it and put benches across it,” said Darla.

The Scotty itself was a project that took several months, with a full restoration needed, Terry said he was fortunate to have his son, David’s, Scotty in his shed as a reference.

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Navy Vet Returns From Honor Flight

Posted 10/13/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Navy veteran Buck McClain was escorted on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. by fellow veteran John Regier last week.

McClain served from 1951-55, stationed at Pearl Harbor and then two-and-a-half years on a ship during the Korean War.

“Like most kids, I wanted to see the world and leave this one horse town. What they don’t tell you about the Navy is you see the world - from the waterfront,” quipped McClain, who was born and raised in Smith County on the family farm

With friends joining the Army, McClain was inspired to join the Navy by stories told by his uncle, a radio man stationed on a destroyer in the North Sea.

“I was a junior high kid, and he would come home on leave. He’d tell about how he would shoot off those V1s, and being a radio man, he had to control them. I just thought, ‘Wow!’  And, I always looked up to him, he wasn’t much older than I was,” said McClain.

When McClain graduated from high school, he immediately enlisted and was stationed in Pearl Harbor.

“I was on a surface craft, testing out torpedoes that were going to be sent [to Korea].” he said.

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City Council Loses Member, Hears From HCED

Posted 10/13/2016

By Jackie Nelson

On Monday evening, the Hesston City Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting. 

One of the biggest actions of the meeting was accepting the resignation of councilman Gary Pauls. Pauls, who is moving from the Hesston community, would not be elegible to serve on the council, living outside city limits.

Mayor Dave Kauffman proposed the appointment of Susan Swartzendruber, owner of GLC Real Estate, to fill Pauls’ seat.

The council voted unanimously - minus absentee member Jason Jones - to approve the appointment of Swartzendruber to the council.

For full details on Swartzendruber and her appointment, see next week’s Hesston Record.

• The first item on the agenda was hearing from the Harvey County Economic Development Council (HCED), represented by Jaci Reimer, Presidnet of the Economic Development Directors and Executive Director Beth Shelton. 

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Board Debates Merits of Adding Baseball

Posted 10/13/2016

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

The USD 460 Board of Education gave no indication Monday about which way it might be leaning in a community group’s quest to add baseball to the high school spring sports calendar.

"I don't have a personal agenda when it comes to baseball,” Superintendent Ben Proctor told more than three dozen people who attended the meeting at Hesston Middle School. “What it is, is an opportunity for kids. It's something the community is passionate about."

Proctor said one potential roadblock against adding baseball was removed by the $5.8 million Hesston Recreation & Community Education project that has been approved. It will create two baseball diamonds on district property, along with several other amenities and enhancements.

Hank Humphreys, who has been leading the effort, was invited to sit with board members and answer their questions. He said he felt optimistic about the prospect of collecting most, if not all, of the estimated $40,000 cost of adding baseball for the first three years.

Humphreys said the sustainability of baseball would be buttressed by several big classes, including this year’s freshman class. Cheney, which has an enrollment of 235 students, had 27 players go out for baseball when it added the sport. Cheney’s other two springs sports only lost two players to baseball, he said.

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