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Get Fit For Coming Home With Hustler Turf 5K

Posted 9/25/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Date: Oct. 4 

Time: 5 p.m. Start

Location: Hesston Golf Park

Charity: The Hesston Resource Center 

Fee: $25 ($30 on race-day) 

Registration:, click “events” 

Excel industries will be joining the Coming Home celebrations this year with the Hustler Turf 5K Coming Home Run hosted at Hesston Golf Park on Saturday, Oct. 4 with the gun sounding at 5 p.m.  The race will benefit the Hesston Resource Center.  

To register for the race, forms may be picked up at The Hesston Record office, Excel Industries and returned to Excel Industries.  Online registration is available at under the “Events” tab. 

Excel, which has hosted a 5K race for the last two years, will be re-joining the festivities after moving the race-date in 2013. 

“It just makes sense.  It is the right time of year.  We prefer late September or early October – it all just made the most sense,” said Keith Skidmore, one of the Excel race coordination team members. 

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USD 460 Relies On Three-Year Enrollment Average

Posted 9/25/2014

Hesston USD 460 has yet to break the 800-student enrollment mark for the second year.

Superintendent Paul Becker said for the 2014-2015 school year, the Full Time Equivalency (FTE) enrollment is 797 students – with a head-count of 824 students.  This is up from the 2013-2014 794 FTE.  However, the 2012-2013 numbers were 817.8 FTE. 

“We will use a three-year average, which gets us to about 803,” said Becker. 

Becker said after the 24-student drop he was hoping to see a more significant recovery. 

“I was hoping that our number, though slightly up, would be in the low 800s,” he said. 

Becker said there will be some effect on funding. 

“The general fund is around $70,000 less this year than fiscal year 2014. Funding will be effected slightly, as the fiscal year 2015 budget was based on an enrollment of 806,” he said. 

Becker added the June mail ballot for expanding the Local Option Budget has helped USD 460 cope with any funding shortfalls. 

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Fall A Fantastic For Planting Trees

Posted 9/25/2014

Record Staff

While fall and spring are both known for their beautiful colors, fall is an ideal time for planting trees.  While most residents are eager to dig in and plant for spring, fall planting gives trees time to take root before the spring growing season.  

Ken Schwanke, president of the Tree Board and City arborist, said fall is an ideal time for planting trees, shrubs and perennials. 

“Fall though winter, until the time the ground freezes, you will have root growth.  That helps establish trees earlier,” he said. 

Schwanke said one easy tip to planting success is ensuring spaded trees have adequate room for their roots.

“Give your $50 tree a $100 hole.  It doesn’t have to be deep. Loosen the soil extra-wide and only as deep as the root ball.  Clean off the top and find the first lateral roots and plant your tree slightly above those then much around it – as opposed to turning your tree into a post in a posthole because that’s what you will get if you plant too deep,” he said. 

Schwanke recommended for each inch of caliber tree trunk allow for a 10 inches of radius. 

“A four-foot tall three-inch caliper needs a minimum of 30-inches; and that’s still too small.  The wider the spade, not the deeper, the better so you haven’t severed any big lateral roots.” 

For container-planted trees, Schwanke said the root system must be teased out if they have begun to spiral in their bucket. 

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