Mariah Rome to head to NYC

This Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, Mariah Rome will be dancing in New York City at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mariah received this once-in-a-lifetime trip by winning the All-American Award this past summer at dance camp. She will be performing for Spirit of America Productions and her group name will be “Varsity Spirit”.

Please join Mariah’s family to cheer on Mariah by turning your TV to NBC from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Thursday, November 27. It is going to be such a great experience for Mariah. Hugoton is very proud of her accomplishments! Mariah is the daughter of Dave and Lori Rome of Hugoton.

Community faces yet another busy weekend

There will be no slowing down as the calendar continues marching toward the new year! The weekend will be chock-full of events yet again for
Hugoton and the surrounding area.
Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, Hugoton High School students will present the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the HHS Auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at the door.
Shop some amazing deals and avoid the crowds by attending open house events at two local businesses! Country Garden, at 524 S. Main in Hugoton, will be open Friday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Yardmaster at Third and Main in Hugoton, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Gifts, drawings, prizes, refreshments and discounts will abound for savvy shoppers!
Saturday, November 15, Hugoton’s Senior Center will host a Life Story workshop beginning at 10:00 a.m. Later, at 6:00 p.m., community members are invited for cards and refreshments. Moscow Senior Center will host their monthly Movie Night and pot luck supper Saturday evening, starting at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome!
Sunday, November 16, Hugoton’s First Christian Church will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner, starting at 12:00 noon at 600 S. Van Buren.
Mark your calendars and get involved this weekend!

Holiday season kicks off with a busy weekend

As we head into the festive – and frenzied – holiday season, your calendar will fill up quickly! This weekend will be no exception in Hugoton and the surrounding area.

First up, there is the eleventh annual Pheasant Heaven Calf Fry, Beef Feed and Pig Roast Friday evening, starting at 5:00 p.m. at Great Plains Gas Compression, 210 E. First Street in Hugoton. There will be door prizes and raffles, along with great food and fellowship. Caring Connections will provide childcare for children ages two weeks to 12 years from 5:00 to 11:30 p.m. at their facility two blocks east of the event, 516 NE Avenue. Just call 620-544-2050 to reserve your spot!

Saturday and Sunday morning, November 8 and 9, you can fuel up for pheasant hunting at the Lions Club Hunters’ Breakfast starting at 5:00 a.m. The meal will be at the 4-H Building at the Stevens County Fairgrounds. An “all you can eat” breakfast will be served buffet style with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and coffee or juice. There will also be a shotgun drawing Sunday. Proceeds will go toward community projects.

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Don’t forget to VOTE Tuesday, November 4

Tuesday, November 4 will be the General Election. Contested offices – those with two or more candidates – on the ballot will include U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Kansas Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Insurance. Uncontested races include State Representative, State Board of Education, District Court Judge District 26 Divisions 1 and 3, Stevens County Commissioner District 1, Moscow Township Clerk, Supreme Court Justices Positions 4 and 6, Court of Appeals Judge Positions 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13. A proposed constitutional amendment will also be included, regarding the licensing, conduct and regulation of charitable “raffles” by nonprofit religion, charitable, fraternal, educational and Veterans organizations.

You are encouraged to research each candidate and the proposed amendment carefully before casting your vote. Be an informed voter! You can get started with the Hermes candidate profiles on Pages 7-9 of this week’s issue and with “Project Vote Smart” by clicking here.

Hugoton residents will vote at the Memorial Hall, 200 E. Sixth in Hugoton. Moscow residents will vote at the United Methodist Hall, 300 Ransom in Moscow. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Halloween shaping up to be spooky

Friday, October 31, many local organizations are pulling out all the stops for a truly “spoooky” evening!

Parents, you are invited to escort your costumed kiddos down Main Street Friday afternoon beginning at 4:30 p.m. for the Spook Parade, sponsored by the Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce. The route will start at the Chamber Office, at the corner of Seventh and Main. Ghosts, goblins, witches, princesses and ninja turtles will receive plenty of candy to get trick or treating started off right!

Moscow Recreation Commission will host a fun Halloween Carnival in the City Park, starting at 5:00 p.m. There will be games and candy for all ages!

Then you can head to the Stevens County Library for some scary good books – and maybe a treat – at 500 S. Monroe. From there, proceed to Pioneer Manor, 1711 S. Main, to trek down the Manor’s indoor “Main Street” for even more goodies.

There will be two “Trunk or Treat” events this year – one at Assembly of God’s Turnaround parking lot, at Second and Main, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and one at the United Methodist Church, 828 S. Main, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bethel Friends Church will host a Harvest Festival in their Education Building, at Eleventh and Jefferson, Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Over the weekend, Lambda Psi will host their annual Pumpkin Patch Benefit Arts and Crafts show at the Texas County Activity Center in Guymon, Ok. Saturday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You are also invited to Baker Arts Center, at 624 N. Pershing in Liberal, for their 2014 French Market Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Center. Call 620-624-2810 for more information.

Hugoton was abuzz with dignitaries, secret service personnel and community members Friday as Abengoa prepared for their Grand Opening! Seven years in the making, Abengoa was ready to announce and push the button for the official starting up of their Cellulosic Ethanol Plant.  Their announcement is as follows: “Global leader in the development of new industrial biotechnologies debuts advanced biorefinery for cellulosic ethanol in Southwest Kansas!”

Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, announced Friday the official grand opening of its second generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton.

The opening was attended by United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, former United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, Mayor of Hugoton Jack E. Rowden, Stevens County Commissioner David Bozone, Abengoa’s Danny Allison and CEO of Abengoa Manuel Sánchez Ortega. Stevens County Sheriff Ted Heaton and Undersheriff T.J. Steers provided security – in addition to the secret service agents – for Dr. Moniz from the Liberal airport all the way to the grand event west of Hugoton. Read More →

Enjoy local events this weekend

Celebrate Halloween a few days early this Saturday, October 25 at the Relay for Life’s “Spooktacular” Halloween Carnival. The event will begin in the Elementary School Gym from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come decked out in costumes for the Costume Contest at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume in each age group. Other activities will include a fishing pond, candy, pumpkin bowling, cotton candy, poke-a-pumpkin, a photobooth and more! Attendees can help the Relay for Life say “Boo!” to cancer!

Make sure to take in the Stevens County Library’s Textile Exhibit this weekend, as the display will end Friday, October 31. The SCL is located at 500 S. Monroe. Visit www.stevenscounty for more information.

Heritage Christian Academy will host their fundraiser dinner Sunday, October 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fair Office Building in Hugoton.

HHS grads earn American FFA Degree

Hugoton FFA members Karessa Nordyke and Nicholas Goode will be receiving their American FFA Degree at the eighty-seventh annual National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., later this month.  They are the first Hugoton FFA members to ever receive this prestigious award, given to less than one half of one percent of the 610,000 FFA members nationwide. Only the very best are eligible to even apply for this Degree and their application goes through a rigorous certification process at the Chapter, State and National levels. In Kansas, only 55 out of 9200 members are to receive this award. Nicholas and Karessa will be presented the American Degree Saturday, November 1.

To earn this award, an FFA member must have earned at least $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE), previously qualified for the Chapter and State Degrees, worked at least 100 hours of community service during their FFA membership, have a record of outstanding Leadership skills, and have graduated from high school at least one year prior to the receiving of the degree.

Karessa’s SAE is Home and Community Development. She repaired/rebuilt houses and sheds here in Hugoton for hire and for free for the elderly, and she was also involved in several new construction projects ranging from yard fences to the building at the Eagle trailer park north of town. In her spare time, Karessa performed over 225 hours of community service.

Nic’s SAE was the entrepreneurship of Lawn Care in which he managed and cared for the lawns of several local residents. Nic also earned money in the Outdoor Recreation SAE by working at the Hugoton Recreation Commission and performing over 250 hours of community service.

Karessa is the daughter of Paul and Shannon Nordyke, and Nicholas is the son of Danny and Traci Goode.

Abengoa will host Grand Opening Friday, October 17

    Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC will be hosting their Grand Opening Friday, October 17, at 9:30 a.m. The event will begin with a tour of the brand new cellulosic ethanol plant, located at 1043 Road P in Hugoton.

Speakers at the event will include U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Abengoa CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega.

    Abengoa’s arrival was first announced in the August 9, 2007, issue of The Hugoton Hermes. At the time, the project was estimated to cost $300 million and was predicted to produce 30 million gallons of ethanol each year using cellulosic materials, such as corn stover.

    As of July 2014, there are 29 cellulosic ethanol plants in the United States, eight of which are operational, 15 proposed plants, and six plants under construction—including Hugoton’s. States currently producing cellulosic ethanol include Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Iowa, Florida, New York and Oregon. Kansas will soon join that list, using crop residue. Other biomass used includes wood sugars, energy grasses, switchgrass and corn stover, mixed hardwood, and other waste materials.

Sheriff Heaton reports two accidents

Hugoton and the entire surrounding area were stunned into disbelief over the weekend. Four young people were involved in a horrific accident east of town Saturday evening, October 4, 2014.

According to Stevens County Sheriff Heaton’s report, Montana Beesley was driving her 2004 Chevrolet pickup east bound on County Road P. She lost control and her vehicle rolled. Montana and one of the back seat passengers were ejected from the vehicle. The emergency crews were called out at approximately 6:00 p.m. All four occupants were transported to Stevens County Hospital. All four were under the age of 18 and included Montana, Martha Rubio, Yaczeny Gastelum and Conner McCollum. Montana and Conner were both Life Watched to Wichita where Montana later passed away.

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