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Giving Tuesday Brings In Over $3,000 For Local Non-Profits

Posted 12/12/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The day after Cyber Monday has now become Giving Tuesday.  The Hesston Community Foundation hosted a first-ever Giving Tuesday event at Hesston Public Library Dec. 2. 

The Giving Tuesday event brought in over $3,000 to benefit local non-profit organizations.  

“Our total was $3,470, which will have an impact of over $10,000 because of our matching opportunity.  All gifts are matched 3 to 1.  Give $100 and it becomes $300 through local support and the GROW II funds through the Kansas Health Foundation,” said Hesston Community Foundation Director and event coordinator Susan Lamb. 

The Giving Tuesday event grew from a national trend of donating after two of the biggest shopping days of the year. 

“I read about Giving Tuesday last year and found it intriguing.  Our board of directors was supportive in introducing it to the community this year, and it was very successful.  We are very pleased with the outcome and will be hosting it again next year,” said Lamb. 

Families from across the community came to the Library to ensure the future of local non-profit agencies benefiting residents. 

“Seeing a number of parents bring children along to model the importance of stewardship was very gratifying,” said Lamb. 

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GOING TO THE CHIEFSJarrod Fry Wins Pigskin Picks Contest

Posted 12/12/2014

Record staff

The winner of the Hesston Record’s Pigskin Picks contest this year is a first-time player.

Hesston resident Jarrod Fry is the 2014 winner as he defeated Jeff Schultz in a tiebreaker round after the regular season ended last week. Fry gets two tickets to the Kansas City Chiefs game against San Diego on Dec. 28. He had never played the football contest before.

To win the contest, Fry had to beat out about 20 other players in a field that included past champions and longtime players of Picks, which began in the 1980s in The Record.

So how did a rookie like Fry beat a field of veterans?

“I mostly just went with my gut on a lot of those picks,” Fry said. “Sometimes I would text my friend in Florida, Scott Mullett, for advice.”

Fry seized the lead fairly early in the year and then hung on. He beat Schultz by a single pick in the tiebreaker round.

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Subway Closed For 3 Days After Smashed By Truck

Posted 12/12/2014

Record Staff

Last Wednesday night, a Ford truck struck the Hesston Subway, doing enough damage to close the restaurant for three days.

Christopher Copp of Andover was the driver of the truck, according to a Hesston police department report. According to the report, Copp was trying to park at the restaurant and struck the building.

The truck impacted the northwest corner of the building and turned over furniture could be seen inside. The building suffered extensive damage to its glass windows and plywood was put up the next day to cover the broken windows. The restaurant closed after the accident and reopened on Sunday.

The accident occurred around 9:15 p.m. and police arrived around 9:30. Road conditions were dry and the parking lot was lit.

Hesston EMS responded to the accident with a truck and ambulance, but there was no transport.

Police did not issue a citation to Copp.

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ACGO, Excel Give Updates As They Seek Support From City

Posted 12/12/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Manufacturers AGCO and Excel addressed City Council on Monday evening regarding annual Industrial Revenue Bond issuances.  Between the two companies, Council issued $21 million in bonds.   Notices for these bonds can be found in this edition of The Record. 

AGCO’s Will Wesolowsky approached Council first with a request for just over $16 million.  The bonds are a portion of a 2011 resolution authorizing $125 million and each year AGCO can draw down on that amount.  

Wesolowsky gave an update on the status of AGCO.  He said there has been a downturn in the agricultural industry. However, he emphasized the downturn reflects a normalization in the market

The ag industry has been on extreme highs.  In reality, we’re projecting to be back to a norm instead of a high. The downturn from what we’ve been doing is not the end of the world. The population is growing and people need to eat,” he said. 

Wesolowsky said the shift has been anticipated since 2013, however AGCO has been slightly insulated from the turn. 

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