Judy Reimer, a proud resident of Hesston since 1996, sent us an email to take issue with a photo caption that appeared in Friday’s paper. The photo accompanied our front-page story on Newton’s efforts to market itself as a great place for young families. The caption, under a photo of the Newton Medical Center, read: "The Newton Medical Center is expanding. Besides the hospital, Newton’s other major employers include the school district and AgCo, according to a Chamber of Commerce official."
Judy notes, "Agco is physically located on Lincoln Boulevard and
Old Highway 81 in Hesston. Thus, it is a major HESSTON employer."
In our story, Virgil Penner, CEO of the Newton
Chamber of Commerce, was correctly quoted when he said, "Agco is the No. 1 employer in
Harvey County." He was correct, but our caption was misleading.
Judy went on to write: "Hesston is a beautiful, progressive small town which has, in my opinion,
even more benefits than Newton, our close neighbor to the south. I would
invite Sarah Lavallee and Ron Sylvester, writers of the article, to come visit
Point well-taken. I wrote back that to Judy that while a number of Newton residents may work at AgCo, it is indeed located in Hesston. We’re grateful any time a reader prompts us to set the record straight.