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AGCO Experiencing Temporary Shutdown

Posted 4/30/2014

AGCO production has come to a temporary halt due to technological malfunctions, according to Manager of Labor Relations, John Merigian.

“Essentially, as all manufacturing companies do, we have a computer system that directs production.  Our computer system is experiencing some problems,” said Merigian.
The halt will be temporary, as technology professionals address the issue, he said.
“For our IT folks to go in there and our programmers to address the issue and fix it, we can’t be running production. It is very temporary – probably involving a day, a shift,” he said.
AGCO employees have been notified of the technical issues and will be notified when to return to work.
“We put out information through our advisory information so folks know when to report back to work,” he said.
Merigian said the temporary outage will not impact delivery schedules.
“We expect to have everyone back as soon as possible. We want to reduce the impact this has on our employees and production.”

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Church Youth Auctioning Time, Talents For Summer Mission Trip Money

Posted 4/24/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston youth groups are selling themselves to make money for upcoming mission trips.

Hesston Mennonite Brethren Youth Pastor Jerrod Redding said the MB Church Youths are collaborating with the Kingdom Life Ministries Youth Group to host an auction on Sunday, April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hesston High to help offset costs of mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

“It is a service auction, we are all volunteering our time and talents, our group, along with their group have a wide variety of talents, I have heard of all kinds of interesting things individuals are volunteering. Obviously the usual talents of mowing and babysitting are available, but I also heard of some media/video-making services, some ancestry tracing work, along with a wide variety of other skills being auctioned off,” said Redding.

Redding said the collaboration came naturally for the churches, as they will be on the same small island for their missions.

“We are both going overseas to serve on some short-term missions projects, they are going to Haiti and we are going to the Dominican Republic (DR) which happens to be on the same island in the Caribbean and as Brad Burkholder stated "One Island, Two Churches, One Mission!" said Redding.

Cliff Good, leader of the Kingdom Life Youth trip, said they will be sending 30 team members to Croix-des-bouquets, Haiti from July 24 to Aug. 1.

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Peeps Dioramas Create Buzz At Hesston Public Library

Posted 4/24/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The ‘peep’le have spoken and chosen winners for the Hesston Public Library Peep Show Diorama contest.

“We had about 60 voters and lots of great comments.  We had people of all ages casting votes,” said Albers.

The votes were very close, but the following Literary "Peeps" Dioramas won the "Peeple's Choice" awards - Children's Category:  "Peeps Love To Read;" Teen Category: "The Hobbit and the Unexpected Peeps;" Group/Family Category: "Peep-Punzel;" Adult Category:  "Little (Peeps) Women"

The voting was a close race with many strong contenders.

“The group category, the top three were all within a vote or two of each other,” said Albers.

Winners of the Children’s Category and Group/family category picked up their prizes on Tuesday morning.

“We come here for story time and he was very excited and wanted to do a scene,” said Selma Abdul Jabbar, mother of winner children’s category Akhil Balaji.

Akhil was very excited to create his diorama of the Hesston Public Library story time.

“He did all the dresses.  He does so many activities; he wanted to help a lot and do a lot of this himself,” said Abdul Jabbar.

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Hesston College To Host Summer Theatre Camp For Middle School Students

Posted 4/24/2014

By Rachel McMaster

Aspiring young actors can learn new skills and techniques as well as challenge their creativity during Hesston College’s first summer theatre camp June 2 to 7 on the Hesston College campus. Hesston College theatre director Laura Kraybill will lead the workshop-style camp along with recent Hesston College theatre graduates.

Students ages 11 to 14 are invited to participate in the week-long workshop. The week’s theme will be “Fairy Tales: Re-spun,” and will feature original adaptations of classic tales set to popular songs. Participants will create their own musical and perform the show Saturday, June 7, following the last day of camp.

The workshops will give the young performers opportunities to work in every aspect of staging a performance from creating the script to painting the set and performing in the show. 

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Prairie To Come Alive With The Sound Of Music

Posted 4/24/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The prairie will be alive with the sound of music this weekend at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains Prairiestock festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are excited to celebrate yet another outlet of the diverse and abundant arts available in South Central Kansas. Prairiestock closes out the series of events being showcased through the Harvey County Spring into the Arts Festival that has been running for the last five weeks,” said Dyck Arboretum Concert Series Coordinator Brad Guhr. 

This year’s Prairiestock celebration also received a $1,000 grant from the Hesston Community Foundation to help underwrite the costs of the event.

“Prairiestock is unique because Dyck Arboretum is a tremendous local resource that serves Hesston with an exciting variety educational and entertainment offerings in addition to the beautiful plantings that add to the quality of life for Hesstonians and many others year-round,” said Hesston Community Foundation Director Susan Lamb.

Gurh said the event was very successful last year, and anticipates hundreds of visitors for Prairiestock.

“Everyone involved last year from the artists to the attendees to the food vendors all had a great time with our inaugural event and we had an overwhelming response to hold it again.  We had about 250 adults and 150 kids last year and we would love to have at least that many in attendance again this year,” he said. 

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Council Approves Summer Roadwork Projects

Posted 4/24/2014

Record Staff

With summer just around the corner, construction signs will begin sprouting in Hesston.

Jim Erb, Street Superintendent, addressed the city Council on Monday, April 14, with the proposed improvements to Hesston streets this summer and fall.

A major project will be the repairs to Hickory Street from Ridge Road to the western city limits where thermal cracks have been a consistent challenge.

“They go all the way across the road. We’ve tried to fix them.  The guy from South Central Sealing said to fix the cracks. He can take them out, 18-inches on ether side, put in new asphalt and seal the whole street.  It is not a long-term fix.  I think the cracks will come back at the joint, but we won’t have that rough bump.  There are 47 cracks in that half-mile,” said Erb. 

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