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Lady Spikers Headed To State

Posted 10/30/2014

Tournament schedule

Friday at White Auditorium in Emporia

2:45 p.m. — Opening ceremonies

4:30 p.m. — Hesston vs. Silver Lake

6:30 p.m. — Hesston vs. Nemaha Central

8:30 p.m. — Hesston vs. Hillsboro


2 p.m. — Semifinals.

Finals and third-place match will begin 15 minutes after the last semifinal match.

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

The Hesston Lady Swathers lost the second set in both their semifinal and final matches Saturday during the substate tournament in Sedgwick.

A 10-hour day in the gym did nothing to stifle their competitive drive, and the Lady Swathers prevailed in the decisive sets to advance to the Class 3A state tournament this weekend in Emporia.

“I wouldn’t say we played our best of the season,” said head coach Jason Peters. “But I would say we had more determination and never gave up.”

Hesston walked through the first match against Bluestem, winning 25-10 and 25-11. The Lady Swathers then trimmed Sedgwick (25-15, 26-28 and 25-17) before winning a thriller against Hutchison Trinity (25-23, 23-25 and 25-18).

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Halloween Usually Safe In Hesston

Posted 10/30/2014

Record Staff

This year Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder had words of advice for a safe Halloween.

According to Schroeder, trick-or-treaters will be reigned in by midnight

“Curfew is not adjusted for Halloween. Curfew for kids under 18 starts in Hesston at midnight,” he said.

Schroeder said with children enjoying treats more than tricks, the police department focuses on safety, rather than increased patrols.

“The police department has not typically staffed Halloween any different than any other day of the week. We do shift our focus to promoting a safe environment for kids and drivers,” he said.

Schroeder also advised parents out with children to make use of safe walkways when possible.

“Walk on sidewalks when provided and the side of the street when there is no sidewalk.  It is always encouraged to wear something reflective or a glow stick so that they are more visible to drivers,” he said.

For those out on the road, Schroeder advised extra vigilance.

“On this night more than any other night of the year there will be young excited kids crossing the street.  Driver's need to slow down and give their full attention to their surroundings,” he said.

When home after a long night collecting candy, Schroeder advised parents going through a child’s Halloween haul before allowing children to enjoy their treats.

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Art Auction Aids Window With Living, Funeral Expenses

Posted 10/30/2014

By Jackie Nelson

A benefit auction of art by Larry Peal, currently on display at the Walkabout Gallery, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6;30 p.m. at Whitestone Mennonite Church.  Fifteen paintings will be up for auction. 

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Peal’s widow, Deb Peal, with living expenses after her husband’s passing as well as bills relating to her husband’s illness and death.  

It provides much needed support for the widow of Larry Peal as she adjusts to the new realities of living without Larry, not needing to care for him 24/7 but not having the regular assurance of his monthly disability check,” said Whitestone Mennonite Church Pastor Kurt Horst. 

The Peal family have been long-time members of the community.  Horst said in getting to know the Peals and as a pastor, helping the family has become a high priority.  

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Hesston PD Hires New Officer

Posted 10/30/2014

Record Staff

Hesston Police Department has recently hired Officer Casey Wills. 

Wills is a seven-year law enforcement veteran with Wichita Police Department.  He is a graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Russian Language.  

Wills is currently working night-shifts and resides in Park City. 

“I played cops and robbers as a kid. Always had an interest in it. Once in college this was the field I decided I wanted to make a career out of.  I also had several friends get into the field, so I had a very good idea of what I would be getting into. I enjoy helping people. I don't like “bad guys” to get away with their crimes,” he said. 

Wills said he became familiar with the Hesston community through local department connections and friendships. 

“I first heard about Hesston several years ago thru Officer Drzymalla, who I worked with on the Wichita Police Department. He was working part time for Hesston Police, and eventually took a full time position,” he said. 

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