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City Purchases 28 Acres, Hopes To Expand Industrial Park

Posted 7/18/2014

Record Staff

On Monday evening, the City Council approved the purchase of 26 acres of land, costing $8,000 per acre, on the western boarder of Hesston City Limits.

The land is located near the current industrial park and the City plans to utilize the land as industrial property.

The city plans to finance the purchase paying $50,000 in cahs from the Capital Improvement Fund and the paying the remaining $158,000 as a lease-purchase agreement. The City is working through Citizens State Bank.

According to Bond Council, the lease agreement is written to provide the City with maximum flexibility in utilizing, selling or giving away the land.

Currently it is zoned and is being used as agricultural.

Councilman Jason Jones inquired if continuing to have the land used as agricultural land would pose a problem.

City Administrator Gary Emry said the County has encountered similar situations.

“If we didn't leave it ag-zoned then the tax-exempt status is impacted,” he said.

Bond Council said Citizen State Bank is expecting a tax-exempt interest rate.

“If farming constitutes a private use of the property, we will have to do research before close,” he said.

Bond Council said, in a worst-case scenario, Citizen State Bank may adjust interest rates to reflect expenses incurred by losing a tax-exempt status and paying income tax.

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Lured Into Supplying Fish, Flies For H.A.S. Annual Event

Posted 7/18/2014

By Jackie Nelson

In his small hobby-room, Joe Hershberger has thousands of lures, neatly packaged and hanging on walls, in display boxes and tackle boxes, each one smelted, molded, painted and tied in his basement shop.  

Hershberger’s lures – sold under Joe’s Lures – were the start of the Hesston Area Senior Center Fish Fry.  The 17th annual Fish Fry will be held this year on Saturday, July 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  

Every fish fried for nearly 20 years has found itself hanging from one of Hershberger’s hooks. 

“I just like to make lures and catch fish. When I would get back from vacation, I would have so many fish I’d just walk down the street giving them away.  After I retired in 1996, Russ Samuelson said we should do a fish fry. We had our first fish fry in 1997,” he said.  

Today, Hershberger is beginning to give away his stock of lures to charitable causes.

“I have so much, I do a lot of donating. The Ford’s Anchor Sale I make bags of lures and donate them,” he said. 

However, for nearly 20 years, Hershberger made some cash on the side selling his lures at area bait shops. 

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Posted 7/18/2014

By Jackie Nelson

This past week, two-dozen Hesston youth got to know their community up-close and behind the scenes.

Susan Lamb, director of the Lovin’ The Real H-Town Camp, now in its fifth year, had a record number of youth enrolled to tour the community and local businesses.

“I am pleased when I look at the total number of kids that have shared this experience over the past five years; I believe we have now hit 80,” said Lamb.

In addition to growing enrollment, Lamb said the number of businesses taking part in the camp has also been steadily increasing.

“I am humbled by the growing number of businesses who commit annually to this process because it really demonstrates their commitment in our community,” she said.

Lamb credited the success of the camp with the additional help supplied by volunteers.

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Kids Commit To Get Fit

Posted 7/18/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Children from across Hesston were out to get fit this last week at Heritage park.  

Sixteen children grades kindergarten through third grade took part in the Kansas Learning Center for Health Big Fit program. 

While at camp, children learned five core tenants of being fit,not only physically but mentally, emotionally and socially. 

“Big Fit campers learned fun ways of how to eat healthier through a ‘my plate’ balanced meal, information and fresh grown produce;  Increase their physical activity through exercise; maintain and improve mental sharpness through the summer ; improve kindness and manners at home and in the community; and understand and contribute to maintaining a clean and healthy community; importance of trees, flowers, nature,” said Hesston camp instructor Layla Nightingale. 

Kids got moving and learning all week through a number of activities focused on making fitness fun. 

“Kids had fun with Hula hoops and jumping relays/challenges, nature walks for specific items while talking about ways to care for nature, learning how to pot plants and making fun aprons,” said Nightingale.  

One of the activities campers enjoyed was creating faux Asian cuisine using every-day kitchen items and vegetables. 

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