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Chamber: Buy Local, Give Local, Win Local

Posted 11/7/2014

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Chamber has kicked off Save Your Receipts once again this holiday season with the chance to win the grand prize of $250 Chamber Bucks.  Receipts dated Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 are eligible to be exchanged for tickets. 

Last year's winner, Richard (Dick) Toews, said he and his family have been enjoying spreading the spoils of victor through the year.

"The family gets together for pizza and we use it for partial-payment on that and buying groceries.  We'll have 16 people at the table and we can eat a lot of pizza.  We also use it for buying groceries and doing family things.  I'll be playing again this year," he said. 

This year, Hesston Chamber Director Becky Galloway and the Chamber Board have opened up new receipt possibilities. This year, receipts from donations to non-profit organizations affiliated with the Chamber will be eligible for Save Your Receipts tickets. 

Galloway added including non-profit donations to chamber-affiliated organizations could be the encouragement residents need to be generous this holiday season.

“It is another way to see how money moves around the community.  And, it adds another interesting element to Save Your Recipes to keep people engaged,” she said. 

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Bethel athlete arrested for aggravated sexual battery

Posted 11/7/2014

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

A Bethel football player was arrested Oct. 18 on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery, aggravated battery and criminal restraint against a Harvey County woman at Haury Hall.

Gregory B. Forkes, 18, was released from the Harvey County Detention Center a few days later because formal charges had not been filed.

North Newton Police Chief Randy Jordan said the incident occurred between 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and involved "inappropriate touching." During the incident, the woman suffered a broken nose, for which she was treated at Newton Medical Center. Jordan said the injuries suffered by the woman elevated the charge of sexual battery, normally a misdemeanor, to aggravated sexual battery, a felony. According to Jordan, the woman alleged her nose was broken by Forkes’ fist.

Bethel head coach Martin Mathis confirmed Oct. 31 that Forkes, a 170-pound linebacker from Suisun City, Calif., was no long a member of the team. "I'm not going to comment on it any further," Mathis said when asked if the arrest was related to his not being on the team.

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Community Foundation Needs Future Funding

Posted 11/7/2014

By Jackie Nelson

This holiday season, the Hesston Community Foundation is reaching out to residents to meet its final fundraising goal for 2014. Without continuing financial support, the position of Director will be eliminated. Currently, all funds donated to the Hesston Community Foundation unrestricted fund receive a 100 percent local match and an additional 50 percent match through the Kansas Health Foundation. A $1,000 donation results in the Hesston Community Foundation receiving $3,000. “While we are confident the community values our programming and service to the community in a manner that will enable us to meet our goal, we do need to ensure the director position through strong community engagement in the coming months.  The position of a "director" of the foundation is dependent on keeping the support given to our Foundation by meeting our financial goals,” said Director Susan Lamb.

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H.A.A. Hosting Holiday Marketplace Saturday

Posted 11/7/2014

By Jackie Nelson

This Saturday, the Hesston Area Senior Center is giving residents the opportunity to take care of holiday shopping and support local home-businesses and vendors at the Holiday Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

According to Hesston Area Senior Center Director Marla Sharp, last year hundreds of shoppers came to the center to cross off items on the Christmas list. 

“We will have about 25 vendors, and the HAS “Fill Your Freezer” bake sale.  We had people commenting it was the best bake sale they had seen,” said Sharp. 

Items for sale at the Holiday Marketplace will meet just about any gift-giving need. 

“We have jams, jellies, a new craft vendor, from home décor to scarves to baby items, spices, handbags, health products; and there will be lots of tastings,” said Sharp. 

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El Cerrito Ensuring HC Preschoolers’ Access To Early Education

Posted 11/7/2014

Record Staff

Every Tuesday in November, El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant in Hesston will donate 15 percent of daily meal proceeds to the Hesston College Preschool Scholarship Fund. 

“This event came about because I was looking for a creative way to keep our preschool scholarship fund replenished,” explains Larisa Miller Lawrence, the Hesston College Preschool Director. 

“I thought of El Cerrito because owner, Juan Gomez, has had a relationship with the preschool for some time,” Miller Lawrence said. “We discussed different options and he generously offered to donate part of meal proceeds. I was very excited about his offer and knew this would be a great way to raise money for the preschool and benefit his business.”

This is the preschool’s first year to offer a scholarship to families who would like quality early education experiences for their child, but may not be able to pay the full tuition cost. Last spring the preschool received a one-time grant for scholarships from the Hesston Community Foundation. The foundation encouraged Hesston College preschool to collaborate with others in the community to keep the fund going.

 “Our hope at Hesston College Preschool is that all young children will have the opportunity to attend preschool allowing them to get a good start in life,” said Miller Lawrence. 

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