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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Area churches offer special services for Christmas

Assembly of God
138 S. Main • Hugoton
Assembly of God will host “Christmas @ 6” both Saturday and Sunday. For December 24, a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will take place at 6:00 p.m. with members of the congregation sharing their special talents to honor Christ’s birth. Sunday, the Christmas service will be at 6:00 p.m.
There will be a special offering taken during both services to benefit Fire Bible ministries, a service providing Bible translations around the world.

Moscow United Methodist Church
300 Ransom • Moscow
Moscow United Methodist Church will have a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service Saturday, December 24 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Kids are encouraged to bring a favorite toy. All are invited.

My Father’s House
207 E. Sixth • Hugoton
My Father’s House would like to invite the community to a Praise and Worship service honoring our Lord Jesus Christ Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. under the direction of Ron and Pat Thrasher in the sanctuary at 207 E. Sixth Street in Hugoton.
Ron and Pat function in the offices of singers, songwriters and instrumentalists and worship in many locations both in the United States and internationally. Their ministry is called “Spring Songs” and is located out of Colorado Springs, Co.
Please feel free to join in! The congregation at My Father’s House would love to have your help and agreement in celebration of the Savior’s birth on His special day.

Trinity Baptist Church
516 NE Ave. • Hugoton
Pastor Larry Bradford and the Trinity Baptist Church welcome everyone to a Christmas morning worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, December 25.
Come a little early and enjoy Christmas goodies, coffee, hot cider and hot chocolate from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
The following week, January 1, there will again be a time of fellowship from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. with worship service to follow at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is invited to come! The church is located at 516 Northeast Avenue, at the intersection of First and Washington.

You are invited to join the church of your choice this Sunday – and every Sunday – as worshippers gather
to remember the “reason for the season”.

The boys’ basketball team completed the sweep for the Eagles in the Blue and Red Classic. The Eagles, who ended last year as runner up in 4A II State, opened the season with strong performances from their returning seniors and contributions from new faces and role players. After the weekend the Eagles showed why their team earned top ten preseason honors. The team won against the Guymon Tigers Thursday, the Stratford Elks Friday and the Hooker Bulldogs Saturday.

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The Lady Eagles opened their season in Hugoton’s annual Blue and Red Classic looking to start off fresh after last year’s third place State finish. The team added Sydney Hein from Guymon, Ok. to add to an already strong veteran lineup. The Lady Eagles – who are ranked in some polls as first – wasted no time showing why they are the team to beat. The girls defeated the Guymon Tigers Thursday, the Gruver Greyhounds Friday and the Hooker Bulldogs Saturday.

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Synata Bio finalizes Hugoton Abengoa purchase

Wednesday, December 7, several members of the community gathered for an introduction to the buyers of the former Abengoa plant west of Hugoton. Karl Hoffman, Bill Horoszko and Martin Westerhuis with Synata Bio were on hand to announce their purchase of Abengoa’s last remaining asset in the United States. Synata Bio’s $48.5 million bid beat out Shell Oil’s bid of $40.75 million in the auction November 29. The sale was finalized Thursday, December 8.

The group gathering for the meeting included Stevens County Economic Development Director Neal Gillespie, Commissioners Pat Hall and Joe D. Thompson, Commissioner – Elect Tron Stegman, City Councilman Shannon Crawford, City Inspector Joshua Grubbs, City Clerk Tom Hicks, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Emergency Services Director Rodney Kelling, Keri Morris, Chamber Director and EcoDevo Secretary Alisha Owens, EcoDevo President Curtis Crawford, EcoDevo members – USD 210 Superintendent Adrian Howie, Extension Agent Joshua Morris, Judy Parsons, Doug Martin, Ray Hoggatt and Jan Leonard and Hugoton Hermes reporter Marie Austin.

The group gathering for the meeting included Stevens County Economic Development Director Neal Gillespie, Commissioners Pat Hall and Joe D. Thompson, Commissioner – Elect Tron Stegman, City Councilman Shannon Crawford, City Inspector Joshua Grubbs, City Clerk Tom Hicks, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, Emergency Services Director Rodney Kelling, Keri Morris, Chamber Director and EcoDevo Secretary Alisha Owens, EcoDevo President Curtis Crawford, EcoDevo members – USD 210 Superintendent Adrian Howie, Extension Agent Joshua Morris, Judy Parsons, Doug Martin, Ray Hoggatt and Jan Leonard and Hugoton Hermes reporter Marie Austin.

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Stevens County Economic Development Board presented a Strategic Plan for young business people of Stevens County Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Senior Center Activity Center. A great meal was offered to all and was created by China Cafe.

EcoDevo Director Neal Gillespie and EcoDevo Board President Curtis Crawford presided.

Curtis began the meeting by stating they wanted to reach out to the young people in the community to get their input. He then asked each participant to introduce themselves.

Curtis then discussed the Strategic Plan put together by Liz Sosa which included the topics of Business, Churches, Housing and Education.

Neal remarked the young people are the future of the community. He would like to get more young people to join committees and get involved in the community.

Neal and Curtis informed the crowd of the Leadership Stevens County they are planning. When they had the last Leadership Stevens County, about 60 people graduated. When they had the six sessions, they took a lot of tours of different businesses, schools and hospital as well as local and regional government. They even went to Topeka to the State Capital. They hope this next Leadership Stevens County will be as successful.

Chamber of Commerce Director Alisha Owens stated after the meeting, “Please feel free to call the office, or better yet, stop by. We would love to discuss any concerns or ideas that you may have, answer any questions, or at least point you in the right direction. There are many boards and committees that make up the backbone of many businesses and organizations in Stevens County and your commitment to any board would be greatly appreciated, and we would love to get you in touch with those leaders should you be interested in joining. It takes everyone working together, and people such as yourselves to make Stevens County such a great place to reside.”

Curtis stated they plan to have another Strategic Plan in February 2017.

Santa is coming to town this Saturday!

“Santa Claus is comin’ to town!” Help the big guy make his list and visit him at Flatlanders Farm & Home from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this Saturday! Flatlanders is located at 509 W. Eleventh in Hugoton. Bring the kids, bring your pets and take some memorable photos with Kris Kringle. The jolly fella will then stop by the Senior Citizens Activity Center, 624 S. Main in Hugoton! Children of all ages are welcome to present their requests to Ol’ Saint Nick from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., courtesy of the Santa Committee! Make sure to start your holiday season on the “nice list” by stopping by Flatlanders and the Senior Center this weekend to share your Christmas wishes with Mr. Claus! However, if you just can’t make either event, he also accepts present requests in letter form! Send your Santa letters to: Santa Claus % The Hermes 522 S. Main Hugoton, Ks. 67951