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Tue
17
Jul
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Whetzal talks pride, culture in USD 223

BY DAN THALMANN

Just one week into his tenure as superintendent of the Barnes-Hanover-Linn school district, John Whetzal told the USD 223 school board on July 9 that he is getting acclimated to the culture and communities. He said he planned on spending a lot of time in the communities and asked the board to let him know about any upcoming community events.

He also talked about culture and pride and things that could be done to cultivate those traits at the schools. Whetzal and maintenance director Mark Oelschlager completed basic walk-throughs of the attendance centers at Hanover and Linn and Whetzal expressed some initial observations. He said he wasn’t able to get too in-depth in the process yet, but he said there were some cosmetic things that could be done.

 

Tue
17
Jul
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Flock of sheep are siblings’ ticket to college

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

Siblings Aundrea and Sean Bruna have been motivated to do their daily sheep chores by one thing: money. The Washington County High School spring grad and junior have been building their college savings accounts the past eight years by raising sheep. The project began with a few 4-H sheep when he was 8 and she was 10 years old. It has grown to a flock of 30 ewes that now lamb twice a year.

“My parents [Randy and Michelle Bruna] don’t believe in paying for our college,” Aundrea Bruna said. “So we need money for college.”

 

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Tue
17
Jul
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Nursing home daycare marks 20 years

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

For 20 years Grandma’s House Daycare at the Linn Community Nursing Home has been caring for the children of the Linn area community. The daycare, which is part of the nursing home and is housed just north of the nursing home in one of the apartments, began in July 2008 as a place where employees could take their children while they worked.

Little has changed in the past 20 years, according to daycare supervisor Lori Nutsch, who has been with the daycare for 10 years. She and one other person look after the eight children in the daycare. The daycare maintains a waitlist of children needing daycare, and there are children on the waitlist now, but preference is given to employees of the nursing home, and employees pay discounted daycare rates.

 

Tue
10
Jul
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High school standouts on the Big 12 stage

BY MARCIA HUBBARD Sports writer

Wed
04
Jul
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County’s assessed valuation jumps 10%

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The assessed valuation of property in Washington County jumped more than $10 million – a 10-percent increase – since last year to a record value of $106.4 million. The 2017 value was $96.2 million. The assessed values are used by government entities to set the mill levy each year. A mill is $1 in property tax for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.

The valuation increase is due in-part to a correction in some property values that county appraiser Lance Leis said have been off for at least a decade, although assessed property values have still increased 3-to-10 percent each year for the past 7 years.

 

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Wed
04
Jul
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Assessed valuation comparison

• These valuations were the numbers certifi ed on Nov. 1 of the listed year by each county’s clerk.
• Valuations for area counties jumped 5-to-10-percent in 2018
• 2018 values for area counties as of the June 1 certfi cation date for the appraiser’s offi ces: Washington - $106.4 million (10.53% increase); Republic - $82.6 million (7.9%); Clay - $109 million (5.06); Marshall - $180.6 million (8.64%).

 

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Wed
04
Jul
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A little puppy love for the Governor

Service dog trainer Sara Gustin, right, gives a tour of the KSDS facilities to the Governor, explaining what KSDS does behind the scenes to prepare dogs to be partnered with those in need. Serena Colyer was ready to be a puppy raiser for KSDS after the tour.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Fireworks display back for Washington

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Fourth of July fireworks will light up the night sky next week after a four-year absence. At about 10 p.m. on the Fourth Don Alldredge and his son, Alex, both of Washington, will put on an approximately 20-minute show from Washington’s rodeo baseball diamond. The duo raised $6,500 and then some to fund this year’s show.

“The community was fantastic for us,” Don Alldredge said. “We are still receiving donations.”

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Carnival returning to county fair

New entertainment includes ATV/ motocross rodeo and old timer beef show

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

A carnival is scheduled to return to the Washington County Fair this year. Moore’s Greater Amusements is the same carnival that has attended the fair in recent years but didn’t attend last year due to health issues. Fair board member Bill Keesecker said the carnival company has two fleets of rides, and will send one fleet to the Washington County Fair. About six rides are expected to come to the fair.

Wed
27
Jun
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Hanover Days of 49

The pool bus is an annual party tradition in the Hanover Days of 49 parade. The entry placed second in the themed category. This year’s theme was “Bring Your Own Band.” Every block or so, a few big-haired bus riders would exit the bus and rock out.

 

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