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AGCO Experiencing Temporary Shutdown.

Posted 5/2/2014
AGCO production has come to a temporary halt due to technological malfunctions, according to Manager of Labor Relations, John Merigian.
“Essentially, as all manufacturing companies do, we have a computer system that directs production.  Our computer system is experiencing some problems,” said Merigian. 
The halt will be temporary, as technology professionals address the issue, he said.
“For our IT folks to go in there and our programmers to address the issue and fix it, we can’t be running production. It is very temporary – probably involving a day, a shift,” he said.
AGCO employees have been notified of the technical issues and will be notified when to return to work.
“We put out information through our advisory information so folks know when to report back to work,” he said.
Merigian said the temporary outage will not impact delivery schedules.
“We expect to have everyone back as soon as possible. We want to reduce the impact this has on our employees and production.” 
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City-Wide Garage Sale June 14th

Protect Your Identity At Shred Day

Posted 5/1/2014

By Doug Schroeder Hesston Police Cheif

A young man attempts to file his taxes this past spring and is notified that someone had already filled taxes under his identity.

A couple gets contacted by a collections company inquiring about a past overdue account. The couple had never received services from the specified company.

Another family received notice that someone attempted to take out a car loan in their name.

All of these are forms of identity theft that occurred in Hesston during the past couple of months.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as your Social Security number, name or credit card number, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.

Identity theft can be costly and time consuming trying to clear your name and remove the damage from your credit history. There are ways to help yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft:

Check your credit report annually

Protect your social security number, don’t carry it in your wallet or purse

Don’t let mail sit in your mailbox, it’s a target for thieves

Don’t fall for “Phishing” scams or scams that involve someone calling you to elicit personal information, account information or credit card numbers

Destroy documents with personal information on them so they don’t fall in the wrong hands

The Hesston Police Department and the Hesston Lions Club will be hosting a community shred day, this Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the police department.

Hesston citizens and businesses are encouraged to bring documents such as receipts, payroll stubs, utility bills, credit card bills, duplicate checks, any financial records and tax records to the Hesston Police Department to have them properly destroyed by Shred-It of Wichita. There is no charge to the public.

You don’t have to sort paper or even remove paper clips or staples. All confetti-sized paper byproducts are recycled.

We will also be accepting nonperishable food donations to benefit the Hesston Resource Center.


-Chief Doug Schroeder 

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25th Emma Creek Classic Makes History: Race Namesake Wins For First Time Ever

Posted 5/1/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The 25th Emma Creek Classic was not only a milestone for the race, but also a history-maker.

“This was the first time in Emma Creek history the race winner has been named Emma,” said Hesston Recreation Director John Earl.

Earl said the success of the 25th Emma Creek Classic can be attributed to volunteers and the well-practiced routine of managing the race.

“We’ve done it enough times that we haven’t seen everything, but almost.  We’ve fine-tuned how we do it. There was nothing out of the ordinary – which is always good,” said Earl.

Earl said a little-known fact about the Classic is there is a method to the madness when issuing race numbers.

“The first 10 numbers are reserved for the top-10 finishers of the previous year.  If any of the top-10 don’t come back, that number isn’t used.  We usually get six or seven of them back every year,” he said.  This year, there were 846 registered runners in the Classic.

Crissy Olander, bib number 4, took second place at this year’s Classic.  This year for the first time, she ran with her sister, Andrea Heinen.  

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Hesston Wellness Center Pool Sanitation Goes High-Tech

Posted 5/1/2014

Record Staff

The Hesston Wellness Center is going high tech and ensuring swimmers higher water quality at the Wellness Center pool.

According to Director Jason Jones, the Wellness Center was awarded a grant from the Hesston Community Foundation for the installation of ultraviolet light treatment.

“This is a state-of-the-art sanitation method that I utilized when managing other wellness facilities earlier in my career.  This is a fairly new concept, and it is very popular,” said Jones.

The system works by utilizing ultraviolet light, which kills a host of pathogens.

“The sun emits ultraviolet light.  Using cutting-edge technology, this natural phenomenon is reproduced inside the UV unit using powerful UV-C ray lamps. At 254 nanometers, the optimum wavelength for destroying micro-organisms - viruses, bacteria, algae, yeast, mold, etc.  The UV-C rays penetrate and disrupt their DNA, permanently deactivating germ cell metabolism and preventing reproduction,” said Jones.

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Senior Pool Sharks Battle For League Champ

Posted 5/1/2014

Record Staff

Clyde Goering is now the reigning pool shark of the Senior League.

The Senior League held their end-of-year tournament Friday, April 25 at the Hesston Wellness Center.  Goering came up against Bob Racette who finished second in the tournament. 

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Schowalter Villa Inviting In Youth For Summer Volunteer Program

Posted 5/1/2014

Record Staff

Schowalter Villa is looking for youth with energy and a desire to make new friends, have new experiences and put down valuable information on college applications and job applications.

The Summer Junior Volunteer Program is a 10-week program that runs June 2 through August 8.  Applications are due by Friday, May 23.

Volunteer coordinator Megan Kelley said youth volunteers are not only bringing meaningful interactions to Villa residents, they are also improving their prospects for jobs and college.

“I used to work as a college admissions counselor, and it looks really good on college applications and on resumes,” she said.

Volunteer Ally Weaver has been giving her time at Schowalter Villa for several months.

As a volunteer, she works with Zoey, a labradoodle and Schowalter Villa’s therapy dog.

“I really like the residents and have a lot of fun playing with Zoey.  It’s really cool to see people get excited to see her,” said Weaver. 

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