Sweetheart Sweepstakes winners announced

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but the sweetness continues for these lucky Sweethearts! Steve and Anita Munson were named the 2016 Sweetheart Sweepstakes winners after winning the $20 gift certificate at Bultman, Inc. They also won a $50 Chamber gift certificate to use nearly anywhere in town!

Other sweetheart winners abounded, including a very lucky couple, Pete and Amber Perez, who won $25 cash at First National Bank and a large pizza at Pizza Hut!

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Heger siblings sweep Stevens County Bee

The Stevens County Spelling Bee took place Wednesday, February 8 at 12:45 p.m. at the Moscow High School Gym. The Junior Bee was first with Hugoton students Amy Fedelin as runner-up and Storm Heger placing first. The match lasted eight rounds with Storm correctly spelling the word “contraband” to win.

The Senior Bee was also won by Hugoton students, with Samantha Berry coming in second place and Gillian Heger winning the Bee by spelling “Olympian” correctly in the fourth round.

Gillian and Storm are brother and sister and their parents are Robb and Kim Heger. Gillian will be competing at the Regional Bee in Amarillo, Tx. Saturday, March 4.

Valentine’s Day is coming around again, and if you haven’t picked up the perfect gift yet, local businesses just might have you covered! Simply visit area retailers and sign up for a chance to win a ton of great prizes. Every winning couple will then be entered into the 2017 Sweetheart Sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a $50 Chamber gift certificate. For the Valentine’s sweepstakes, only couples are eligible to win. The winners will be drawn Wednesday, February 15. Read More →

Ground Hog Suppers planned for Saturday

Make sure to bring a big appetite this Saturday, February 4! Both the Hugoton and Moscow United Methodist Churches will be hosting their annual Ground Hog Suppers.

The Hugoton United Methodist Men will host their supper at Memorial Hall at Sixth and Monroe in Hugoton, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The menu features all the staples of a delicious “ground hog” meal: sausage, biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut and ribs, applesauce and pies! There will be coffee and milk to drink. Bulk sausage will also be for sale. A free will offering will be taken.

Moscow’s United Methodist Church Groundhog Supper will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church building at 300 Ransom in Moscow. Their menu includes sausage, ribs, BBQ pork and tenderloin, along with liver and onions, pickled heart, sauerkraut, sausage gravy, biscuits, baked beans and, of course, delectable homemade pies! They’ll also have coffee, tea and pink lemonade to drink. Free will offerings will be gratefully accepted, and take out plates are also available for those who can’t make it to the church.

Be sure to get out and enjoy some great food and excellent company this Saturday!

Hugoton High School head cross country coach Nick Rodriguez is going to have to clear some more space on his mantle for yet another accolade. This one comes from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and recognizes “Coach Rod” as the 2016 Girls’ High School Coach of the Year for the State of Kansas.

The honor is based upon the performance of the Hugoton High School cross country team during the 2016 season. The award is in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes, the coaching staff and the administration of the Hugoton High School. Read More →

Donate blood at St. Helen January 23

Mark your calendar! Monday, January 23, St. Helen Catholic Church will host a blood drive from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Donors will be able to give whole blood and Power Red donations.

The following may help you prepare to donate:

• Hydrate. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.

• Wear something comfortable. Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

• Maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet before donating. If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

• Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods like hamburgers, fries or ice cream, as the fat contained may hinder the Red Cross’s ability to test for infectious diseases.

• Get a good night’s sleep.

• Bring a list of medications you are taking. The Red Cross will need to know about any prescription and/or over-the-counter medications that may be in your system.

• Bring an ID. Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

• Bring a friend. Bring along a friend, so you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.

• Relax! Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure, so there is nothing to worry about.

Whole blood and platelet donors must be in good general health and feeling well, at least 17 years old – or 16 with parental consent – and weigh at least 110 pounds. Read More →

Although the shortest day of winter has passed, spring is still months away and the potential for severe winter weather is once again in the forecast. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is alerting Kansans to the probability of a severe winter storm beginning Friday afternoon and extending into the weekend.
The biggest concern is the potential for icy conditions. A wintry mix of rain and sleet is forecast to begin Friday in portions of the state. Freezing rain is possible Saturday, changing to rain Sunday with temperatures in the mid-30s. Temperatures are expected to rise into the low 40s Monday with occasional rain and drizzle.
With any winter storm involving winds, and mixtures of snow, sleet and ice, there lurks the potential for power outages, so KDEM reminds Kansans to check their winter emergency kits ahead of the storm and replenish any needed supplies. Emergency kits should include a minimum three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person), nonperishable high-energy foods, extra blankets, flashlights and extra batteries, a safe alternate heat source, extra medications and other essentials. If you have a power generator, make sure it is in working order and you have plenty of fuel.
Kansans are encouraged to stay indoors, but if you must go outside, be sure to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes or boots with good traction. Watch for ice accumulations that may cause tree limbs and power lines to fall. Don’t work alone outdoors and take frequent warming breaks.
Pet owners are reminded to see to the needs of their pets, particularly if kept outdoors. When making your home emergency kit, make one for your pets, as well, with the same three-day supply of food and water, and other essentials. Ensure that your pet has a warm, dry shelter with straw or other bedding material, and access to food and water that is not covered by snow or ice. If you do not have a heated water dish, make sure to replace the water at least daily when temperatures drop below freezing. During particularly severe conditions, bring the pet indoors to a garage, mud room or other warm area.
Road travel is discouraged during extreme storm situations, particularly when the forecast indicates the potential for icy build-up on roads. However, if you must travel, take extra precautions to keep yourself and your family safe. Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car at all times in case you get stranded or stuck in traffic. Arrange your travel plans to leave well ahead of bad weather and keep an emergency kit in your car.
Recommended items to include in your vehicle:
· Water
· Snack food
· Shovel
· Windshield scraper and small broom
· Flashlight
· Battery powered radio
· Extra batteries
· Matches
· Extra hats, socks and mittens
· First aid kit with pocket knife
· Necessary medications
· Blanket(s)
· Tow chain or rope
· Road salt and sand
· Booster cables
· Emergency flares
· Fluorescent distress flag

Information about winter driving tips is available from the Kansas Highway Patrol by clicking here.
You can also follow the Kansas Highway Patrol on Facebook and Twitter here.

If you must travel, get the latest road information from the Kansas Department of Transportation by calling 5-1-1 or visiting the Kandrive Web site.
To find information about road conditions when not in the state, call 1-866-511-5368.

For a complete list of items for a home or car emergency kit and for other helpful preparedness information, click here.

The Hugoton City Council met January 9, 2017 for their regular monthly session at the council meeting room. Present at the meeting were City Inspector Joshua Grubbs, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Mayor Jack E. Rowden and councilmen Dean Banker, Frankie Thomas, Dan Corpening and Shannon Crawford. Also attending were City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Police Chief Courtney Leslie, Carrie Baeza, KDI’s Matt Green and Hugoton Hermes reporter Ruthie Winget. Councilman Jason Teeter was absent.

The minutes of December 5, 2016 and December 27, 2016 were read and approved.

Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Paula Sosa’s report for the month of December, showing seven new cases brought before the court and $3,987. remitted to the city. The council voted to accept the report.

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The Stevens County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, January 3, 2017 for their first meeting of the year with all members, Pat Hall, Dave Bozone and Joe D. Thompson present. Also present were County Clerk Pam Bensel, District Three Commissioner Elect Tron Stegman, County Clerk Elect Amy Jo Tharp, Doris Bozone and RoGlenda Coulter from The Hugoton Hermes. County Counselor Paul Kitzke was absent.

The following is just the unofficial highlights for the morning. The agenda included Bills – 8:30; Phillip Willis – 9:00; Tony Martin – 9:30; Rodney Kelling – 10:00; retirement party for Dave – 10:30; and lunch – 12:00 noon.

When this reporter arrived, the Commissioners were visiting with Jack Rowden. Motion was made and passed to have Jack serve with the EcoDevo Board for another term. Read More →

Remembering 2016 through the pages of The Hermes

Whether 2016 was good, bad or neutral for you, everyone can agree – it certainly wasn’t boring! The year was chock full of news for the Stevens County community, and The Hermes has been there all along! Following is a rundown of 2016 for the area.

In January, A.J. Madsen was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and HHS quarterback Tino Degollado was recognized by the Garden City Telegram with several awards for his prowess on the football field. Stevens County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Officer Kleio found 123 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop. The Hugoton Airport received over $63,000 for their runway resurfacing project – representing 90% of the total cost – from a KDOT grant. Best Western Stevens County Inn opened their doors Monday, January 18, 2016. At the January school board meeting, members discussed the HVAC needs at the elementary school.

Hugoton’s 2016 winter Homecoming court was ruled over by King Hunter Kerbow and Queen Keely Hittle. Sydney Beesley won the senior division at the Pancake Day talent contest with her rendition of “Let It Go”. Then, Hugoton’s Judy Lynch won first in the Pancake Day race in her division! Miss Kansas Hannah Wagner visited HES in February, and Richard Claggett won the 2015 Community Service award at the annual Conservation Banquet. Rolla’s Scholars Bowl team earned a trip to State, where they won the State Championship crown, marking the twelfth time in 24 years! In the February 18 issue, Jeff and Diane Crawford graced the front page after being named 2016 Sweetheart Sweepstakes winners. Several members of Moscow High’s Forensics team earned a trip to State Forensics, where Freddy and JJ Gonzalez won first in Improvised Duet Acting. Pedro Ordonez and Alfredo Luna also traveled to Salina for State wrestling. Pedro ended up with third place. HHS senior Carly Martin also got to compete in State Piano at Wichita State University after earning a I in Regional competition.

The 2016 Presidential race took over the airwaves for months, and the Kansas Republican Caucus took place in Ulysses March 5, while the Democratic Caucus was in Garden City the same day. The high school NHS chapter’s annual Mr. HHS contest was in March, and Hunter Kerbow won the crown. First prince went to Austin Nordyke, Ethan Bogan won second prince and Mark Persinger won Mr. Congeniality. After 65 years of difficult waiting, the HHS boys’ basketball team earned a trip to the State tournament, along with the girls’ team. The boys won second in their first State appearance since 1951, and the girls ended up third. Catie LeNeve was chosen to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant after winning Miss Midwest, February 20, at Baser.

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