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Sheriff’s Forum Set For Thursday

Posted 10/20/2016

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—With elections less than a month away, time is running out to decide which candidate you’ll be supporting on Nov. 8. Your local newspaper is here to help with those decisions by hosting a political forum for Harvey County Sheriff’s candidates Chad Gay and Bryan Hall.

It will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Kansas Learning Center for Health at 505 Main St., Halstead.

The forum is being hosted by the Harvey County Independent and the Hesston Record. Robb Reeves, publisher of both of these newspapers, said the forum would be a chance for the candidates to address questions relevant to Harvey County’s smaller communities.

“We want to provide a forum where we can talk about all issues in this election but also spend some quality time on rural issues,” Reeves said.

Gay, the Republican candidate, has 15 years of experience as Newton High School’s Resource Officer. Hall, the Democratic candidate, is a lieutenant with the Newton Police Force and Commander of the Harvey County Emergency Response Team.

Seating at the forum is limited to 70 people.

“All readers are invited to come to the forum,” Reeves said. “It will be free and informative.” 

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Capturing Creepy Critters At Dyck Arboretum

Posted 10/20/2016

By Jacki Nelson

The hunter will become the hunted at the Dyck Arboreutm on Monday, Oct 24 as the Arboreutm gets residents into the Halloween spirit with a Spider Walk at 6 p.m.

Hosted by local spider expert, Dr. Dustin Wilgers, a professor of Biology at McPherson College, the event, Spiders: Eight-Legged Gems of the Prairie, will get visitors up close and personal with the arachnids of Kansas.

Admission to the event will be $2 per person.

Wilgers, who wrote his doctoral thesis on arachnids, particularly the wolf spider, said the eight-legged creatures are often misunderstood.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the animals that give other people the creeps. I worked on snakes and lizards for my masters and spiders for my PhD,” he said.

When working toward his doctorates, Wilgers picked a common spider with an intimidating name: Rabidosa rabida also known as the rabid wolf spider.

“The fangs are stained a little red. It looks like a bloodthirsty spider. But they’re amazing. They do these really bizarre courtship displays.  They really are my favorite,” he said. 

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Scouts Canvas Community, Bring In 1,700 Pounds Of Food

Posted 10/20/2016

By Jacki Nelson

Scouts kept a sharp eye out for bags of groceries left on porches and doorsteps on Saturday afternoon as they canvased the community during Scouting for Food.

According to Hesston Resource Center treasure Bob Esau, the Scouts delivered over 1,700 pounds of food to the Hesston Resource Center’s doorstep.

With the help of over a dozen volunteers weighing, counting, sorting and dating food, The Hesston Resource Center will be able to continue assisting area families.

“The timing is really something.  Sunday is World Food Day,” said Scout Master Ken Schwanke.

Scout Aaron Fuqua said he has take part in the service project since he was a child.

“It’s a fun thing to do, bringing food for people in need. I’ve been doing this since I was a Tiger Scout,” he said.

Schwanke said the Scouting for Food event has been part of the pack’s history for over three decades.

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Chief Schroeder Endorses Hall In Harvey County Sheriff's Race

Posted 10/20/2016

Editor’s Note: This article has been submitted to The Hesston Record by Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder. The Hesston Record does not endorse either candidate for Sheriff. We have chosen to run this endorsement letter on the front page as Schroeder is a significant public figure and has insight into the law enforcement community. 

As a citizen and law enforcement professional, I have a vested interest in who gets elected to be the next Sheriff of Harvey County. 

Historically, this office has been led by some of the most intelligent and compassionate individuals that I have ever known.   We are fortunate to have two quality candidates with unquestionable integrity. 

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Swartzendruber Taking Seat On City Council

Posted 10/20/2016

By Jacki Nelson

Susan Swartzendruber will be taking a seat as the newest member of the Hesston City Council with the resignation of councilman Gary Pauls.

Mayor Dave Kauffman thanked Pauls for his service to the community and praised him as a member of council. 

“During his time with the council he could always be relied on to provide solid, common-sense leadership and value added perspective to every matter brought before the council,” said Kauffman.

Kauffman added Pauls “had a great opportunity to purchase a property that had been in his family and make a career change at the same time.  We wish him the best and thank him for his hard work while on the council.”

Kauffman, who nominated Swartzendruber for the appointment, said council members were requested to submit candidates. 

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