Valentine’s Day has crept up once again, and this year promises to be amazing for a few lucky couples in Stevens County. The seventeenth annual Sweetheart Sweepstakes is going on now, and 18 local vendors have teamed up to ensure local couples enjoy the holiday thanks to some awesome prizes. The winners at every business will be entered into the Sweepstakes drawing for a chance at a $50 Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, good at numerous Stevens County businesses.

Is your sweetie a movie lover? Sign up at Showplace Video for two free video rentals, two large drinks, and a large buttered popcorn to share while you cuddle on the couch! Take your loved one to dinner at Pizza Hut, and sign up for a certificate for a free large pizza, at the Jet or Nieto’s for two free dinners, or at Dominoes Mexican Grill for a $25 gift certificate. Maybe you’d rather stick close to home to celebrate together – sign up at White’s Foodliner for a $25 gift card or at Thrifty King for a $25 gift certificate, and just make dinner yourselves!

Perhaps you’d rather get a present for your better half? Then stop by Country Garden or Yardmaster to pick something out, and sign up to win a Sweetheart Gift Basket! Is your love fond of flowers or pretty trinkets? Then get over to Creative Specialties, where you could win a $25 gift certificate after selecting the perfect present. Hugoton Drug will be giving away an inspirational light box with sayings to their lucky winning couple, so be sure to stop by there and check out their gift selection!

Feel like your darling needs a little pampering? Make an appointment for pedicures for both of you at Relentless Salon, and don’t forget to put your name in for a free pedicure when you leave! Or you can also make sure she feels super special by letting Janet’s Bridal & Boutique help you pick out the perfect item to add to her wardrobe.

Does your honey have a long list of “honey-do’s” they just haven’t done yet? Pick up the needed supplies at Bultman, Inc. or Flatlanders Farm & Home. While you’re there, pop your names in the basket for a chance at a $20 gift certificate at Bultman’s or a $25 gift card at Flatlanders. Got a gearhead in the house? Stop by Bultman Tire to pick out some new tires, and while you’re there, sign up for a $25 gift certificate.

Still not sure what to get your Valentine? Sign up at Citizens State Bank for $20 in Gas Capital Dollars or at First National Bank for $25 cash to help them purchase whatever their heart desires.

Be sure to get around to all the different locations to sign up for all the great Valentine prizes planned for Stevens County couples. Winners will be drawn Monday, February 15.

Board of Education hears about HVAC needs

The Hugoton USD 210 Board of Education met in a special meeting Monday, Janury 25. Members present were Matt Mills, Todd Gayer, Stephanie Heger, Mike Persinger, Dettra Crawford and Paula Rowden. Barry Hittle was absent. Also present were Adrian Howie, Traci Shields, Davonna Daharsh, Kay McDaniels, Arick Miller, Scott Strom, Clayton Rekz and Aaron Buys.

A group from 360 Energy Engineering came in to discuss the design development midterm handout for the elementary school projects. At the January 5 special meeting the board voted to enter into a Design Services agreement with 360 Energy Engineering. Scott Strom talked about the HVAC upgrades at the elementary. One interior room has no ventilization air and will have to have some work done. He discussed the use of the split cooling system installed last year. He recommended moving it to the kitchen to provide supplemental cooling. That way they can avoid turning on the chillers just to cool the kitchen in early mornings and also in the summer time. He detailed the equipment the district would need for heating and cooling. It included chillers, high efficiency condensing boilers, variable speed pumps, dedicated outdoor air system, hot water piping, windows, ceilings and much more. Read More →

Homecoming court is announced

Congratulations to the members of the 2016 Hugoton High School Winter Homecoming Court!

Freshman attendant is Rebecca Johnson, daughter of Matt and Nancy Johnson; sophomore attendant is Brooklyn Harper, daughter of Brian and Aymee Harper; and Junior attendant is Marisol DonJuan, daughter of Odilon and Olga DonJuan. Read More →

With the winter months upon us, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding homeowners about the fire dangers associated with heating equipment. Improper use of such equipment like portable or stationary space heaters, wood burning stoves and fireplaces can be incredibly dangerous, and their misuse is a leading cause of U.S. home fire deaths.

According to NFPA, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February. More than half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn – like upholstered furniture, clothing, blankets and bedding – was too close to heating equipment. Read More →

Commissioners agonize over Extension dilemma

The Stevens County Board of County Commissioners met in their first 2016 regular session Monday, January 4 with all members, Pat Hall, Dave Bozone and Joe D. Thompson present. Also present were County Clerk Pam Bensel and RoGlenda Coulter from The Hugoton Hermes. County Counselor Paul Kitzke was not present.

The following is just an agenda for the morning with a few of the unofficial highlights.

The agenda for the meeting this week was a short one again. It included Bills at 8:30; Lori Hensley at 9:00; Tony Martin at 9:30; and Josh Morris at 10:00.

When this reporter arrived, the Commissioners were finishing going over the bills. Motion was made and passed to accept and pay the bills.

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Celebrate the New Year here!

Before you commit to all those New Year’s resolutions, make sure to end 2015 with a bang at several local hot-spots!

Put on your dancing shoes and head over to LB’s Bar & Grill at 615 S. Monroe in Hugoton, for a rockin’ party with Broken Bar V from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

If you feel like dancing but don’t particularly like the bar atmosphere, go to the Activity Center at 624 S. Main for their New Year’s dance with live country music by Bob Walter, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

Feel more like a mix of music? Barb’s Den at 109 E. Sixth in Hugoton will host a DJ from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

You can also ring in the new year at Antlers Bar & Grill in Moscow with the 12 Gauge Band from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There will be drink specials and champagne at midnight!

Please celebrate responsibly and have a very Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from The Hugoton Hermes

Make sure to take note of special business hours

The year is quickly drawing to a close, and New Year’s celebrations may alter the hours of your favorite local businesses.

McDonald’s will be closing at 8:00 p.m. for New Year’s Eve and will be open with regular business hours New Year’s Day. Subway will be open 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday. Sonic will close early, at 7:00 p.m., for New Year’s Eve but will have regular hours New Year’s Day. Pizza Hut and China will have regular hours New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Steakhouse will be closed both Thursday and Friday, however, Dominoes will be open both days with regular hours of 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Ranchito Tex Mex will be closed Thursday but open Friday. LB’s will be open Thursday, December 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. with a performance by Broken Bar V to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Barb’s Den will have regular business hours for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve Barb’s will host a DJ from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Looking to start the new year with a good breakfast? Head over to Donut X-Press. They will be serving donuts and breakfast only on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. They will be closed Saturday, January 2, but will reopen Monday January 4.

Do you have any plans to head out of town for the holidays? Toot ‘N Totum and Presto will both remain open with their regular business hours New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Store in Moscow will be open with regular hours New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Rolla Corner Stop will be open December 31 but will be closed January 1. If you are staying in town and need any last minute items for that perfect holiday dinner, don’t worry! Both White’s Foodliner and Thrifty King will be open throughout the holiday with regular business hours.

Hugoton and the surrounding area has always been rich with a variety of churches for residents and their visitors to attend. This Christmas season, you are encouraged to enjoy some special services at your choice of church.

Hugoton’s Assembly of God, at 138 S. Main, will offer a candlelight service Christmas Eve at 6:00 p.m. The service is expected to last approximately an hour, and will include special music and communion. Bethel Friends, at 1040 S. Jefferson, will also have Christmas Eve services Thursday, December 24 at 6:00 p.m. Communion will be offered.

The Church of Christ invites everyone to come hear a very enlightening sermon from Minister Lee Rottman this Sunday, December 20, beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you’d like, you’re also invited to Sunday School beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Church of Christ is located at 1045 S. Van Buren, right across from Hugoton High School.

The Church of God in Hugoton will offer a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. with communion. The Church of God is located at 801 West City Limits. First Christian will have a Christmas Eve service at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 24 at their building at 600 Van Buren in Hugoton.

River of Life will host a Christmas service Sunday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. at 424 S. Jackson. Trinity Baptist announced they will have some special music included with their regular service this Sunday, December 20 starting at 10:45 a.m. Hugoton’s UMC will host “Blue Christmas” services at 5:00 p.m. at 828 S. Main this Sunday, December 20.

Moscow residents – and anyone else – are invited to attend the United Methodist Church’s annual Cantata this Sunday, December 20 starting at 11:00 a.m. after Sunday school. Be sure to get there early, so you can hear the children play the bells before the Cantata! There will also be a potluck lunch afterward. The UMC is located at 304 Main in Moscow. Then Thursday, December 24, get over to the Moscow Baptist Church for their Candlelight service at 7:00 p.m. You can find Moscow Baptist at 2035 Road Y in Moscow.

Celebrate the “reason for the season” this year at the church of your choice, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas will be here before we know it! With the approaching holiday, many businesses in town have opted to observe different hours than usual to allow their employees time to celebrate with their families. Read More →