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May
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‘Never felt different’ But amputation inspires future plans

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Ashton Schwartz’s favorite school memories include his artificial leg. There was the time during PE that he ran laps with his leg on backwards. And then there were the many times during his school years when his leg has fallen off during various classes.

His leg has fallen off on a few other inopportune occasions, too.

“I was taking the ball down the basketball court with a few seconds left in the game, and as I was running [my leg] went flying off and I fell head over heels,” Ashton said.

 

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16
May
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FIVE GOLFERS HEADED TO STATE

BY MARCIA HUBBARD

Three golfers from Washington County High School, and two from Hanover, will compete in a Class 1A state golf meet after qualifying at a regional meet Monday, May 14, at Onaga, hosted by Frankfort.

Frankfort won the team title with a 364, followed by Osborne 410, Centralia 415, Washington County 418, Onaga 443, Hanover 444 and Wakefi eld 507.

 

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16
May
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Funding and services of neighboring economic development efforts

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

All four Kansas counties surrounding Washington have established economic development groups.

The groups range from mostly-county-funded entities to for-profit corporations. Some of the entities are managed through the counties they serve while other economic development entities are contracted for services. Below is a brief look at how the entities are funded and the services they provide.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Severe weather mix hits area

BY DAN THALMANN

Large hail and a small tornado hit the Clifton area on the evening of May 1. The severe weather was associated with rain storms sweeping through the area on both Tuesday and Wednesday, providing plenty of precipitation for the parched land.

Shawn Taddiken, who farms south of the Republican River near Clifton, reported damage to buildings on his farm near 27th and Frontier in Clay County, and to Tom Erickson’s large machine shed nearby.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Hospital bond vote is Tuesday in Hanover

Hanover area voters will determine whether to approve a $2.2 million general obligation bond question for the Hanover Hospital with a vote on Tuesday.

The bond would be used to finance updates at Hanover Hospital including the renovation of a room for a CT scanner, the purchase of electronic medical records, updating outdated hospital equipment and remodeling the obstetrics suite. There would be a 15-year term on the bonds, which would retire in September 2033.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Graduation ceremonies set for Sunday

All four high schools in Washington County will have their graduation ceremonies on Sunday. Hanover and Linn will be at 1 p.m. and Clifton-Clyde and Washington County will be at 2 p.m.

CLIFTON-CLYDE Fourteen seniors will graduate from Clifton- Clyde High School at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The band will play the processional, recessional and the song “A Childhood Hymn” during the flower ceremony. Gary Carlson will be the graduation speaker. The valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced, and the Bechard Award will be given.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Bradford Built tops list of private employers

BY DAN THALMANN

Manufacturing and healthcare jobs make up most of the private business employment of the 10 biggest employers in Washington County.

Bradford Built, located at Washington’s industrial park, is the largest private employer in the county, with around 100 employees. Owner Brad Portenier said they recently hired a few more individuals too, who will be training to start work in Abilene when they expand to a newly constructed facility there in the next six months.

 

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02
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Owners close Mayberry’s, plan to move brewery

BY DAN THALMANN

Mayberry’s was officially closed after serving as the site of the Washington County High School prom on April 21, and owner Brad Portenier announced plans to move the Kansas Territory Brewing Company to Abilene within two years. Abilene is also where Portenier will be expanding his business Bradford Built, which manufactures truck beds in the Washington industrial park.

Mayberry’s, a restaurant that takes up three building spaces on the west side of the 300 block of C Street in Washington, was only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings recently. The restaurant had been the only lunch spot in downtown Washington. It closed it’s lunch-time business a few weeks ago and later, Portenier closed Smoky Hills Boots and Miss Donna’s Dollhouse, a boot shop and women’s clothing shop located just south of Mayberry’s.

 

Wed
02
May
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Town hall meeting for hospital bond set in Hanover

There will be another town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 7, at the Kloppenberg Center in Hanover to discuss the $2.2 million general obligation bond question that will go to Hanover area voters on May 15.

Absentee ballots will be available at the Hanover Hospital. People can contact Brittni Oehmke at the hospital for more information.

 

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Wed
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Mark Nutsch to speak at graduation, attend rodeo

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

Washington native Mark Nutsch will be the commencement speaker at USD 108 – Washington County on May 13, and he will also attend – and possibly rope at – the Washington County Rodeo June 8-9. Nutsch finished a national movie press tour in January for the Warner Bros. movie “12 Strong,” which is a movie based on the experiences of his Special Forces team in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, as they rode horseback in Afghanistan to help overthrow the Taliban.

Washington County’s Class of 2018 has been trying to secure Nutsch as the commencement speaker since February. Nutsch told the Washington County News on Monday evening that he had just confirmed plans to be the speaker moments earlier.

“We couldn’t think of a better guy to have speak,” said senior class officer Garrett Cudney. “He’s a local hero.”

 

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