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AGCO Announces Layoffs

Posted 8/27/2014

Local USW 11228 Union President Brian Lansaw said AGCO has announced the layoff of 80 to 100 shop-floor employees.  According to Lansaw the layoffs will be phased in, beginning next week and continuing for a month to a month-and-a-half. 

Remaining employees will be working on a reduced schedule. 

In addition to shop-floor employees, Lansaw said he was informed by AGCO management that management-side employees will be cut by six percent. Lansaw said, "We aren't quite sure what that is going to look like at this time." 

Lansaw said AGCO attributed the layoffs to a soft market, international turmoil and drought. 

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Latta Leaving The Record After 30 Years

Posted 8/21/2014

Bob Latta, the longest-serving member of The Hesston Record, will be departing the newspaper.  

A come-and-go reception will be held for Latta on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hesston Record Office in Old Town Square. 

All community members are welcome to come and share their memories and bid Latta a fond farewell. 

Latta has been part of the Hesston community since 1985 when he purchased The Record.  Latta sold The Record to Joel Classen and Don Ratzlaff in 2005.

Despite selling The Record, Latta stayed with the newspaper and began covering Swather Sports.  

He and his wife, Cathy, are in the process of re-locating to Wichita to be closer to Cathy’s workplace. 

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Win Tickets To The State Fair

Posted 8/21/2014

If you want to go to the Kansas State Fair for free, read your newspaper and register to win tickets at a local business.

This year Reeves Media, in conjunction with 12 area businesses, is giving away 82 tickets to the Kansas State Fair. The tickets are being given away on a drawing basis. To enter, readers must register at one of the 12 participating businesses. See details inside today’s newspaper on how to win.

“Last year, the fair provided us with 18 tickets. This year we have a lot more to give away and we thank the fair promoters for that,” said Publisher Robb Reeves.

Among the tickets being given away are concert tickets, general admission tickets, and demolition derby tickets. Those entering can write their best state fair memory on the back of the entry and select entries will be published.

Official registration sites this year are:

• Bentley – Bentley Corner Bar and Grill

• Burrton – The Unicorn Bakery and Coffee Shop

• Halstead – One Stop and Blue Dragon Bistro

• Hesston – Panda Kitchen and Wild Geranium

• Inman – Prairie Bank and Inman Harvest Café

• Moundridge – Cole Street Service Center and Moundridge Food Market

• Sedgwick – Stephen Market

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HC Seeking Local Talent

Posted 8/21/2014

Record Staff

Hesston College Theater Department is opening its casting call to the Hesston community for the production of Our Town. 

Auditions will be held Sept. 1 and 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. with callbacks scheduled Sept. 3 at the Northlawn Theater at Hesston College. 

Rehearsals will begin Sept. 8 with the opening performance held Oct. 30. 

Auditions will involve a few theatre games and readings from the play. No preparation or acting experience is necessary.  To set up an audition time, contact Hesston College Theater Director Laura through email at or by calling 620-327-8142. 

Kraybill said it is unusual to open the casting of college plays to the whole community. 

While Hesston College is a community within itself, we are also part of the broader community of the city of Hesston. Schools should be connected to their surrounding communities both for the benefit of students as well as for the educational resources for the broader community. 

“Opening up roles to area folks provides a platform for our neighboring communities to learn with one another. I'm hoping this production will be a celebration of the city in which we live, providing acting opportunities in a town where there is no community theater. 

“Also, the title of the play almost begs for it to encompass something larger than just our college,” said Kraybill. 

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Not Your Typical Karate Kids: Hesstonians Take First Place At TaeKwonDo Tournament

Posted 8/21/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Kyle Crittenden and Austin Griffin, both Hesston residents, participated in the 23rd U.S. Central Open Taekwondo Championship held in Oklahoma City on Aug. 2.

Competing as a red belt, Crittenden won first place in weapons and third place in forms.

Also competing in the red belt division, Griffin won first place in board breaking and first place in sparring, scoring a decisive knockdown in the last round of the championship fight.

Both young men have been involved in TI for several years. 

“I wanted to have a way to defend myself. I heard a lot of stuff going around in elementary school.  I got back into it during sixth and seventh grade,” said Crittenden. 

Griffin said, as a big brother, he felt it was his responsibility to protect himself and his younger brother.

“It was my dad’s idea.  My brother is disabled.  If anyone picked on me or him about that I could defend us,” he said. 

Once the pair began  training, they had a common goal. 

“Once I got into it, I had a goal of reaching black belt. I’m almost there,” said Crittenden.

As he moved up the ranks, Griffin said he was motivated by his progress.

“I wanted to get my black belt. When I was a white belt, they have all the belts on the wall, I couldn’t wait until I got blue.   Now I’m way past that,” he said. 

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Hershberger Heading To Honduras

Posted 8/21/2014

By Jackie Nelson

While many Hesston residents are generous with their time and money, few give up an entire year of pay and time to serve those in need. However, Hesston nurse Erin Hershberger is doing just that. Hershberger plans to travel to the Clinica Esperanza on Bay Island in Honduras for one year to volunteer as a nurse at the clinic. Before Hershberger leaves on her year-long adventure and service, she must first raise enough money to live on Bay Island. Michele Hershberger, Erin’s mother, and a small consortium of community women are helping Erin reach her goal by hosting a theater production at Hesston College Aug. 29, 30 and 31 at the Northlawn Theater. The curtain will rise on the play “Talking With” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 30 and 4 p.m. on Aug. 31. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in the Bible department at Hesston College or call 620.327.8292. Erin Hershberger said she plans to spend the year abroad to gain not only experience as a nurse but to truly become familiar with Honduras. “If you’re going to immerse yourself into a different place of living, you might as well do it for a year rather than just get comfortable and be gone. Being there a year gives me more opportunities in a variety of ways,” she said.

To read more see this weeks print edition

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