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Tue
18
Sep
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Fall Fest

Several youngsters took a downtown tour aboard the Little Apple Express, which whisked riders on ever-changing routes around the courthouse and down main street. The train has been a part of FNB Fall Fest for many years.

 

 

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Tue
18
Sep
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Washington Christian Church to celebrate 125th

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

The Washington Christian Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 23, with the return of many former ministers and church members. The church will celebrate its history, which includes the construction of the current building after the original structure was damaged in a tornado, with a special service and reception. The anniversary celebration will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 23 with a meet and greet. The worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Much of the service will be led by church alumni.

Four revolving pianists will play before the service. Those pianists are Gay Lynn Manning, Elizabeth (Finlayson) Woodman, Diana (Boston) Enfi eld and former Washington Schools band and vocal instructor Stephen Higginbotham.

 

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Tue
11
Sep
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Council hears dog park request

Two sites suggested to Washington city council, who will look further into concept

BY CHRIS PANNBACKER

A proposal to create a dog park on city property was presented to the Washington City Council Sept. 4 when the council met at City Hall. Present were Mayor Ryan Kern and council members Don Imhoff , Kevin Elder, Theresa Herrs and Roxanne Schottel. Melanie Bryant was absent.

“A lot of larger towns now have dog parks,” Karen Stewart told the council. “We want a nice place for our dogs where they can run off leash.” Also present in support of a dog park were Jan Matlack and Valerie Prothe.

 

Tue
11
Sep
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Treasure Hunt to draw shoppers to Hwy 36

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The 13th-annual Highway 36 Treasure Hunt begins this week with many sales beginning on Thursday. Forty-six people in the Washington, Haddam and Morrowville areas have registered Treasure Hunt sales on the garage sale map and there will likely be many more.

Tourism director Gloria Moore said she has received fewer calls about the event this year, and she said area vendors last year reported good sales but fewer out-of-state shoppers. She said she will travel Highway 36 to the east on Thursday and to the west on Friday as she checks out the treasure-hunting crowd.

Tue
11
Sep
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New event venue coming to Washington in 2019

Owners hope to have facility ready by next summer

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Travis and Erica Lehman, of Washington, have announced plans to build “the area’s premier wedding resort” north of Washington near the high school. The venue, which will have lodging available, will feature an on-site kitchen, sound system and projectors. Lehman said he hoped the venue would be complete and ready for events by the beginning of Summer 2019, and he hoped work could begin on the project this fall.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Double the number of Special Deliveries

Hospital sees jump in baby deliveries after renovation

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The number of babies delivered at Washington County Hospital has doubled in the past two years, according to director of nursing and obstetrics coordinator Kelly Otott. She said the hospital went from an average of seven-to-nine babies a year a couple years ago to being on track to deliver 18 babies in 2018.

“I think the renovations have helped a lot,” she said, adding that the addition of Dr. Kellen Sherlock three years ago has also increased the number of obstetrics patients.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Tigers are back!

Washington County HS plays fi rst 8-man football game and opens with home win

BY DAN THALMANN

The goal posts were a little closer and the sidelines were a little narrower, but it was back in the win column for the Washington County Tigers football team on Friday in their season opener at Washington. The Tigers played in their first official 8-man football game in school history, against Doniphan West who was also in their first 8-man game.

The Tigers had not won a football game since Nov. 4, 2016. Last year, Washington County was playing 11- man football in Class 1-2A with just enough players to field an 11-man team (and sometimes not, causing two forfeits).

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Commissioners give $20K to eco devo group

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to give $20,000 to the Washington County Economic Partnership, which is the newly formed economic development group that had been going by the name of Washington County Business Owner’s Association until an offi cial name was settled.

Three members of the economic development group met with commissioners David Willbrant and Tim Mueller on Tuesday to report that paperwork for the entity has been completed, bank accounts are open, and the entity now has 501(c) (6) status. Commissioner Gary Ouellette was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Rep. Marshall challenged by opponent at Washington event

BY DAN THALMANN

At fi rst, Rep. Roger Marshall’s legislative coff ee stop on Monday at the Centennial Homestead nursing home in Washington was typical as far as these town hall-style stops go. This was Marshall’s third stop in Washington since taking offi ce in the U.S. House of Representatives, First District, in 2017.

Marshall introduced himself and gave a quick overview of legislative issues, but soon transitioned to requesting questions from the audience. The crowd was bigger than average, and they had plenty of questions ready.

The status of the farm bill was question number one. Marshall said the farm bill, which is approved in fi ve-year increments and is currently in conference committee, runs out on Sept. 30. He said the biggest issue holding up the farm bill is SNAP funding (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps).

 

Wed
29
Aug
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Old Time Ball

Kim Lohse swings the wooden bat and hits the ball into left fi eld during a game of vintage baseball on Sunday during the Pony Express Festival. The game included a team of locals against a team from the Old Cowtown in Wichita, using rules from the 1860s.

 

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