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Swather Walkers Stride Toward A Cure

Posted 6/12/2014

By Morgan Reeves

The Swather Walkers participated in Relay for Life this past Saturday. The team joins the cause every year.

This year the Swather Walkers was made up of Hesston Middle school and elementary school staff.

 “I think we have about six people on our team, plus family members,” said Gail Baumgartner. Baumgartner works at the elementary school.

At Relay For Life events, communities come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and raise money for the American Cancer Society. As in years past, the event took place at the Bethel College stadium in North Newton. Relay for Life is held overnight. It started at 6 p.m. on June 7 and ended at 3 a.m. June 8.

 “We got here at 5:30,” said Baumgartner.

Teams often camp out overnight and can walk or run around the track. By 10 p.m. Ben Proctor, Hesston Middle School Principal, had already completed 24 laps.

The Swather Walkers have participated in the event for many years.

 “This is my fifth year, and I know they were doing it a few years before that,” said Rebecca McGuire. McGuire is the extended learning teacher for the district.

Some members of the team had their family there to walk with them. The Swather Walkers was made up of children and adults, joined to raise funds and fight against cancer.

Luminaria bags lined the Bethel track. The Luminaria Ceremony occurred just after sunset. Each bag was lit in memory or honor of a loved one who had been affected by cancer.

The Swather Walkers raised $1,162.50 at Relay for Life. The money raised at the event goes to cancer research, recovery programs, and aids those who are currently going through cancer treatment.

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A Heart For Kids, Christ

Posted 6/12/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Record is beginning a summer series featuring youth and young adult volunteers across Hesston. The Record seeks to highlight the good works of young adults under 20 and college students within the community. If you know of a young volunteer who would be interested in participating in our Summer Series, please contact Editor Jackie Nelson at with the name and contact information of a young person or people for our series.

Kelsey Unruh and Joshua Carlgren have a soft-spot for kids. The pair dedicated five evenings the week of Vacation Bible School to assist with Kindergarten children at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Unruh, a member of Hesston Mennonite Church, was looking for a way to engage her church community.

“The church made lots of announcements about how they needed a lot of help and I thought it would be fun. I enjoy being around little kids,” said Unruh.

The week-long event was Unruh's first foray into Church leadership.

“I haven't had the chance to contribute and didn’t know what to do. This is a perfect role for the age that I am and the skills that I have. We were there at one point too and had people help us. Its our turn to return the favor,” she said.

Carlgren, a 2013 high Newton High School graduate, was a Vacation Bible School veteran.

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Digg Through The Bible: Children On The Hunt For Spiritual Treasures At VBS

Posted 6/12/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Children were digging through the bible for treasure during the SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School.

This past week’s Vacation Bible School was an opportunity for children across Hesston to connect with their church community and learn more about Christianity.

Five churches across Hesston participated in the week-long event for children in pre-school through middle school.

Youth coordinators and volunteers

Jessica Pickney, the VBS and Bible Zone coordinator for the Hesston United Methodist Church, had nearly 60 children register.

“Every night, except Friday, we had new children come in and register. It was so exciting for this being my first VBS to coordinate that we had so many children that were equally as excited as we were to: learn, create, play and sing about God's love,” she said.

Rachel Yoder with Hesston Mennonite Church said they were also bursting with children.

“We hosted entering and exiting kindergartners at Hesston Mennonite and averaged 62 children per night during the week,” she said.

Through Vacation Bible School, working with children and exploring their faith in fun way was the main focus of the week. 

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Krehbiel Resigns From School Board, Prevents Conflict Of Interests

Posted 6/12/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Ted Krehbiel, a six-year member of the USD 460 School Board has resigned his seat.

Krehbiel, who announced his resignation at the board meeting on Monday, June X said he will be leaving the board as his wife takes on a leadership role as the new Hesston Elementary School Principal.

“With the current reassignment of my spouse to leadership, I didn't feel it was appropriate to continue my role. There were lots of things that happen in executive sessions that involve people at that level. I didn't want there to be a seeming conflict of interest, even though I had nothing to do with her reassignment – I steer clear of her professional career,” he said.

Krehbiel's seat will be filled by appointment by the remaining board members.

According to information provided by Judy Reimer, Clerk of the Board, when a vacancy occurs, a replacement must be appointed by the board.  After the board accepts a resignation, the board must publish a notice in the newspaper that a vacancy has occurred, and the vacancy will be filled by appointment not sooner than 15 days after publication.

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