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Tue
30
Oct
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County health department to transfer unused Jeep

Health Department director says vehicle, cell phone no longer needed now that home health has been discontinued

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

County Health Department director Tiffany Hayman told commissioners on Monday that she thought the county could save money by getting rid of her department’s Jeep and by cancelling her department’s cell phone line. Hayman told commissioners months ago that the Jeep sat unused since home health was discontinued in February. County sanitarian Marlene Stamm had previously told commissioners that she was interested in the Jeep to cut down on mileage on her personal vehicle.

Wed
10
Oct
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Dog park discussion ongoing at city council

by CHRIS PANNBACKER 

Discussion continued on a dog park proposal when the Washington City Council met Oct. 1 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Ryan Kern and council members Don Imhoff, Melanie Bryant, Kevin Elder, Theresa Herrs and Roxanne Schottel.

City Administrator Carl Chalfant recommended a smaller area than proposed last month by three citizens in order to allow for some parking. The proposed area is northeast of the city shop.

The council generally agreed to provide the ground and water service, but members remained concerned about maintenance.

 

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Tue
18
Sep
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Nope, I’m not buying the newspaper

By CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

I’ve been caught off guard the past week by the nearly dozen people who have stopped me and asked me whether or not I am buying the newspaper. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the inquiry because it is a natural conclusion, but it never occurred to me that people might think I was buying the paper. I do have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and I have spent nine years working for local newspapers, but no, I am not buying the paper, nor did I ever consider buying it. Currently I work three longs days a week at the paper.

Tue
18
Sep
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A cattle drive and the thousandth change in what we’re doing with the newspaper

By DAN THALMANN

If you asked my staff how often the story has changed on my future in newspapers or what would happen with the Washington County News and Linn-Palmer Record, they would probably say it changed every week. If you asked my mother the same question (she also works at the WCN offi ce),

she would probably say it changed every few days. If you asked my wife that question, she would tell you my intentions changed every few hours. I’ve tried to be fairly transparent with my staff about what I intended to do with the business, but my wife’s knowledge of my daily confl ict in this process would defi nitely be the most accurate

 

 

 

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Tue
11
Sep
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Time for country above political party

By Brad Lowell

Perhaps the events of the past two weeks — the death of John McCain, Bob Woodward’s new book exposing the inter- workings of the White House and the New York Time’s publication of an unsigned Op-Ed piece by a high ranking member of the Trump administration will encourage Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to stand up and put country above party.

McCain was praised in his eulogies for being a maverick who put county above party. His last act in the Senate was to go against party lines to cast the deciding vote which saved the Affordable Care Act.

 

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Tue
11
Sep
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Time for a new chapter in life

By DAN THALMANN

I’m turning the page on my newspaper career.

Last week, I accepted a job as Foundation, Communications & Marketing Director at Clay County Medical Center. I start there on Oct. 1.

I’ve been considering a career change for quite a while. I alluded to this in my column a couple weeks ago, where reaching the age of my father’s death caused a lot of reflection on my priorities, whether or not I’ve been living the life I desired and what the next 20 years of my life held.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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I’m the age my dad was when he died

By DAN THALMANN

I outlived my dad. It’s a strange feeling. Last Thursday, I was the exact same age, to the day, as my dad when he died of malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, back in 1988.

I was 15 at the time. He was 45.

When you’re 15, 45 seems pretty old. Heck, 35 even seems old to a 15-year-old.

I knew he wasn’t old-old. Like, he wasn’t a grandpa or anything. Not even close. But age isn’t really something a 15-year-old can comprehend.

At the end, I prayed for him to die. I really did.

But the reason I did that is because I watched him battle cancer for years. The ups and downs. Mostly downs.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Forced into pre-cell-days trip

Incommunicato. Ten minutes from the house my cell was discovered absent. The dilemma was whether to burn 20 minutes out of a round trip to get the phone or press on.

I continued on for a multi-day road trip including a two-day drive halfway cross the country.

Nearly everyone can have a cell phone. Many have a free government phone but there is no help for a guy who left his on the dresser.

I keep up with folks using text messages but for those days I didn’t communicate with anyone. Nobody noticed I was missing. For all they knew I could have been somewhere cooling off .

 

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Tue
21
Aug
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Not the same Kansas City Royals

By DAN THALMANN

It is really really hard to watch the Royals right now. They are not the same team that brought fans so much joy in 2014 and 2015. I mean, obviously they’re not the same team - so many of the beloved longterm players are gone as are the short-term players who were fan favorites (Zobrist).

Watching the Royals now must be what it was like in the 90s and 2000s, when a handful of recognizable players were backed up by a rotating crew of “Who’s that guy?” “What position do they play?”

 

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Tue
21
Aug
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Cut taxes, cut costs, vote Kobach

By Dane Hicks

For many Kansas voters put off by the ever-growing cost and size of government and the post-2016 antics of the country’s political left, the fact that Kris Kobach raises the hackles of liberals, socialists and their media hit men to such a degree is alone reason enough to justify voting for him in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

But if you peer through the dust and haze fomented by all the Kobach haters over the past several years, you see plenty more to like about Kris Kobach, his philosophy and his vision for Kansas.

 

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