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Hesston Public Library Casting A Wider Net

Posted 2/13/2014

By Record Staff

Hesston Public Library is fishing for more patrons as they expand their collection of items for check-out.

Director Libby Albers said the Library has recently added 10 fishing poles, complete with supplied tackle, and several pairs of binoculars to the collection of items cardholders can borrow.

Albers said she is pleased to expand the Library’s offerings.

“Libraries aren’t just books.  We have items people can check out. And, with three big Harvey County parks, having outdoor gear available without having to pay for it is good for our community,” she said.

Albers said Hesston is fortunate to have additional items for patrons to borrow.

“There are only two other area libraries that offer these kinds of rentals – El Dorado and Abilene,” she said.

Albers said the binoculars would be coming into circulation soon as part of a new programming opportunity.

“In March we are starting ‘Bird Brains’ as an after-school activity for youth. The binoculars were purchased for that program,” she said.

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‘PinkOut’ At Hillsboro Friday

Posted 2/13/2014

Hesston Swathers’ Basketball teams will be playing Hillsboro on Friday, Feb. 14 in Hillsboro. The Hillsboro High cheer squad is asking for support of Breast Cancer Awareness by inviting visitors to participate in a ‘PINK OUT’ night at the basketball games that evening.

There is no donation requested or fundraiser that evening, just awareness by showing your support in wearing pink.

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Board Approves New High School Courses

Posted 2/13/2014

BY Jenna Quintin

 Taking more challenging classes and earning college credit is a boost to many high school students' future. The USD 460 school board approved new high school courses at their February 10 meeting. Hesston High School will be offering several credit and non-credit classes.

Statistics will be a dual credit course for three college credit hours with Hutchinson Community College taught by Mark Dahlsten. Principal Ty Rhodes said there may be fewer students enrolled in the college level Calculus class, as "Statistics probably meets more qualifications for programs kids might go into in college." The course covers topics such as analysis of single variable and bivariable data, probability distribution, normal probability distributions, and sampling distributions.  The high school is waiting for HCC to choose text books for this class.

Another added course will be Culinary Arts 1, which is the next class to be taken after Culinary Essentials. It will focus on skills generally recognized as important in the field of culinary arts. Catering experiences may be included as well as observing those already in the field. It will be taught by Lynda Schroeder.

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Hesston PD Cheif Accepted To Top-Rated Academy

Posted 2/13/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder has been accepted into the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, one of the top-three police administration training programs in the U.S.

“It has been a career goal to attend one of the top three schools for police administration,” he said.

Schroeder added the wait-time to take part in the training can be as long as two years, but he was accepted as a candidate much quicker.

“It was last fall I registered.  I had no idea how long it would take. The National Academy is two years out.  I thought it could be a year or even two years.  This session happened a lot quicker,” he said.

Schroder said he would be receiving certification from the organization as well as graduate-level credits.

“I will be certified as a graduate of the Police Staff and Command. That will also come with graduate-level coursework,” he said.

According to Schroeder, the curriculum covers a wide range of administrative duties.

“The syllabus is about 30 pages and it includes personnel management, budgeting, grant writing, leadership training.  It is very research-based. We will be looking at towns and situations as case studies,” he said. 

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Organizing To Make A Joyful Noise

Posted 2/13/2014

By Carlota Ponds

 Good news is coming to Hesston, and anyone can take part. One definition of the word “gospel” is “good news,” and efforts are underway to launch a community wide gospel choir in Hesston.

The choir – which will be open to any community member interested in joining – is an experiment of the Hesston College Inclusion and Diversity Council (IDC), a group tasked with increasing the accessibility of the campus – to people of different ethnicities, those from other states or countries and those within the Hesston community who don’t have any other affiliation with the campus.

When a student serving on the Council expressed an interest in hearing the types of music she was missing from her home congregation, the gospel project was born. Wichita native and sophomore Makayla Ladwig says campus activities keep her so busy she doesn’t get home as often as she’d like. She sees the choir as a way to keep a little bit of home with her on campus.

Artist in residence and Internal Diversity Consultant Tony Brown serves on the same IDC subcommittee as Ladwig and her question got his creative juices flowing.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community, students, faculty and staff at Hesston College,” Brown said. “All of us who are involved will be energized and invigorated as our spirits are lifted up by song.”

Steven Espinoza, minister of music at New Day Christian Church in Wichita, will direct and accompany the choir, along with his son, Emmanuel. Espinoza’s musical interest sparked in the early 1980s when he attended third-Sunday night musicals with his cousin, Norma Lee Murry, who still plays enthusiastically even now in her 80s. He feels blessed to be able to share her love of gospel with his children and others.

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