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Wed
19
Jul

Bethlehem Lutheran reflects on first 100 years

BY DAN THALMANN

The centennial celebration at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Greenleaf, on Sunday gave congregation members and guests the opportunity to reflect, reminisce and celebrate the first hundred years of the church’s history. But the message was also promoted during the day’s events that God still has gifts to give to future generations of Bethlehem members.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Cynthia Scheer named WCN’s new managing editor

Cynthia Scheer has taken the helm of the Washington County News as its new managing editor. She started the position on Monday, after spending the last five years as a reporter at the Belleville Telescope. Before that, she spent three years at the Washington County News as a general reporter after receiving her degree from the University of Nebraska.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

New ownership takes over sale barn

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

It’s the end of an era for Washington’s livestock salebarn. The final sale was May 8. Sunflower Sales LLC, a new venture owned by Rod and Kannette Stewart, of rural Washington, purchased the salebarn property on June 30. The venture will be managed by the couple’s son, Ryan Stewart. Plans for the property include hosting consignment sales for farm and ranch equipment several times a year and hosting bull and heifer production sales. The group is also consideringa variety of other uses for the property.

 

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Tue
11
Jul

County fair events begin Saturday

BY KYLA KRUSE Staff writer

The Washington County Fair has high hopes to be, “Great Again” this year with impressive arena events and new exhibits for all ages.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 the 4-H competitions begin with the Dog Show. Also at 9 a.m. entries will be taken for the Washington County Saddle Club EKHA Horse Show, and the show will begin at 10 a.m.

Sunday the horse show continues, taking entries at 8 a.m. and beginning at 9. The quilt show will follow at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The 4-H foods judging and food sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday. at Good Shepherd.

 

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Tue
11
Jul

Nursing home helps test new techonology

BY KYLA KRUSE Staff writer

Janell Wohler and Kate Rieth of the Linn Community Nursing Home made waves earlier this year when they spoke at a conference of Kansas nursing home administrators in Manhattan.

Kansas currently ranks 50th in the U.S. for number of patients on medications, but Linn Community Nursing Home has eliminated off-label use of antipsychotics for residents over the last five years. Wohler and Rieth urged their colleagues to do the same.

This speech caught the eye of the small company MyndVR, who creates virtual reality simulations. These simulations are, Wohler says, “non-invasive technology intended to provide entertainment and therapeutic benefits through music, mind exercises and travel experiences.

 

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Tue
11
Jul

Tim Strathman & Blacktop Road to perform July 22

Tim Strathman & Blacktop Road will perform at the Washington County Fair on Saturday, July 22 on the big baseball diamond, from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Formed in 2015, band members are all men from northeastern Kansas, and include Tim Strathman on guitar and vocals, Joel Naaf on percussion and vocals, Chris Lierz on drums, Bruno Camps as lead guitarist, and Johny Johnson as bass guitarist.

The band plays venues across the midwest, including Brown and Marshall county fairs, Thursday and Sunday respectively.

 

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Wed
05
Jul

New events added to Linn Picnic schedule

BY KYLA KRUSE

The Linn Picnic’s event list is growing larger according to Jared Hatesohl, with new attractions to draw bigger crowds this weekend. This year will mark the return of a carnival, with Mariott Amusements of Arkansas providing rides and game booths both Friday and Saturday. Armbands can be purchased at United Bank & Trust, Jack’s, Mo’s and Just Left. The Picnic will also see the return of the co-ed softball tournament, which has been welcomed back with eagerness from the community— the 10-team bracket is looking for one more team. Games will begin Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and will continue all day Saturday.

 

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Wed
05
Jul

Graham Fireworks marks 60 years of helping people celebrate

BY KYLA KRUSE

In the Graham family’s fi reworks selection, nearly everything is eye-catching. Sparklers, stink bombs, glow worms and black cats all line the walls in fl ashy packaging, beckoning kids (and kids at heart) to take them home. After walking through the impressive display, it’s almost impossible to believe that this family tradition started 60 years ago, out of the trunk of a car on the side of the road.

Blanche Graham took over in 1998, and has spent the last 19 years as the matriarch of the family business.

 

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Wed
05
Jul

Volunteers creating carnival for county fair

BY KYLA KRUSE

The Washington County Fair is scheduled for July 18-23 and will have a different look this year, thanks to committed community members. Some featured events like the RC derby, steak feed, and parade will all be back, but it’s the carnival that has generated the most buzz around the county.

When the amusements provider who was booked for the fair had to back out because of health issues, community members came together to create their own carnival; the results of which are truly impressive.

 

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Wed
28
Jun

Festive start to summer

The Hanover community and many, many guests gathered for the largest community festival in the area, Hanover Days of ‘49, on Thursday through Saturday.

 

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