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Kindergarten Roundup Reveals Increasing Enrollment For USD 460

Posted 4/9/2014

Future USD 460 students got a glimpse of their classrooms on Monday, April 7 during the annual Kindergarten Roundup.  

The Class of 2027 will begin kindergarten with approximately 62 members, according to USD 460 Superintendent Paul Becker.

Hesston Elementary School Principal Chris Robertson is looking forward to welcoming so many new faces to school

“We were very pleased with the number of students and families in attendance at HES Kindergarten Round Up.  It is a very exciting time for most students and we want the transition into kindergarten to be a positive experience,” she said.

Children taking a trial run for the day were excited about beginning the first day of school.

“I think it will be fun because I will have a desk,” said Addilyn. 

Establishing relationships is one of the primary goals for kindergarten teachers, and some students will already have a leg up on making friends.

“I know one boy and one girl and we are friends,” said preschool student Oliver.

However, some kids are looking forward to school just for the fun of it.

“I like playing with the big blocks. It will be fun because I can play with the big blocks,” said Max.

Entering Kindergarten will be a slow transition for children moving from home or daycare settings into full time elementary school students.

“Students will be attending a half day kindergarten for the first 6 weeks of school as they did this past year.  The morning session runs from 8 to11:00 and the afternoon session from 12:15 to 3:10,” she said.

Looking at the larger picture, enrollment will be going up for USD 460 with the incoming class.

According to Becker, there will be 57 graduating seniors in 2014.

“Current enrollment numbers are 806 Full Time Equivalency (FTE) which is up from 794 in September, but not as high as last year's 817.8 FTE,” said Becker. 

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On The Hunt

Posted 4/9/2014

The Hesston Recreation Commission’s annual Easter Egg and Candy Hunt will take place Friday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

Hesston Rec. will provide the Easter Eggs and candy.  Golden Plains Credit Union is supplying bags for this year’s hunt.

To ensure all children enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt, they will be divided into four groups by age.

The age groups and locations are:

n 0-3 year olds at Hesston Middle School

n 4-5 year olds at Hesston Middle School

n 6-7 year olds at Heritage Park off of Ridge Road across from Hesston High School

n 8-9 year olds at King Park at Ridge Road and Lincoln Boulevard

In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be in the Hesston Middle School gym.

Plenty of eggs and candy will be hidden so that every little hunter will take home some special treats.

For more information, call Hesston Recreation at 327-7128.

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Burn Notice

Posted 4/9/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Incessant Kansas wind, dry conditions and plenty of dried out fuel have made grass fires and stubble fires a constant threat for area fire crews.

“Last Wednesday was a scary day out there. The winds were horrible with gusts up to 50-plus and sustained winds in the mid-40s,” said Hesston Emergency Services Director Russ Buller.
The geography and demographics of the Hesston community means Buller and his crews are facing a wider range of fire threats than other surrounding towns. 

“We really have little wild-land potential. We have mostly ditch fires, and there is the potential for wheat stubble. But we have more heavy industry and older and newer homes and big commercial areas and we cover some rural areas,” said Buller.

When faced with a rural grass fire, Buller said there is no standard operating procedure and conditions of each fire must be assessed.

“There are many outlying factors to consider. Weather conditions, fuel, structures and we are all good at knowing when to make a call. The information that dispatch gets and sends out,” he said.

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Lords Lubbers Roll Into Hesston

Posted 4/9/2014

Record Staff 

Brian Rhoads is changing lives through changing oil as the founder of Lord’s Lubbers.  Rhoads began his ministry outreach in Sept. of 2005.

“I was lost, and then I was found and this is what the Lord placed on my heart to do,” he said.

Through the ministry, Rhoads has gone through tens of thousands of quarts of oil, thousands of filters and had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of area motorists.

“In the last six years, we have reached just under 2,000 people.

Rhoads’ ministry emphasizes compassion and sharing. As such, all services performed by the Lords Lubbers are free.

“It’s whatever people would like to share.  It is all by donation. We don’t have pledge drives we don’t go out looking for donations. There is no charge,” he said.

Hesston Community Foundation Director Susan Lamb said the foundation wanted to step in and help the Lord’s Lubbers continue their ministry and service to Hesston residents who may not fit the typical Foundation demographic.

“The Hesston MB Church received $500 for this project.  It captured the interest of our board because it was a slightly different need from some of the other requests/projects we funded.  This ministry has the ability to reach people who might not benefit from some of our other grant making initiatives,” she said. 

Rhoads said the donation will help the Lord’s Lubbers continue to cover the expenses of providing free oil and filters to those in need.

“I really just want to see the ministry continue and prosper.  It is God’s will that we help each other. We need to go back to the truth and help each other. We are all one of God’s people,” he said. 

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Making A Joyful Noise

Posted 4/9/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The Community Gospel Choir will be making a joyful noise during the Hesston College Chapel service on Wednesday, April 16.

The choir, spearheaded by vocalist Tony Brown, freshman Makayla Ladwig and assisted by Carlota Ponds of Alumni and Church Relations, has been holding rehearsals for several months and is open ot all members of the community.

“I helped start it.  Tony [Brown] and I had a vision last year for what this could be.  I experience in the choir at my home church and with camps and it was a great experience.  We wanted to build something for people who didn’t think they were good. This is something I know and something that connects people and its not intimidating. We are all signing together.  It’s different not to have the music in front of you. Everyone is signing and having fun,” said Ladwig.

Ladwig first began recruiting friends to join the choir and experience gospel music for the first time. 

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