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STUDENTS HONOR VETERANS

The kindergarten through second grade students sing a song for veterans during a breakfast event honoring veterans at Washington County High School.

 

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Write-in candidates claim several positions

BY DAN THALMANN

A low voter turnout was expected without any big statewide races on the ballot in last Tuesday’s general election. But there were many races for city council and school board that were determined, several of which had to be filled by write-in candidates.

Local elections were traditionally held in the spring, but are now fall elections and many voters were caught off-guard and didn’t know there was even an election going on.

There were 712 votes cast in the election out of 3,407 eligible voters, so the turnout was at 20.9 percent.

 

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15 ballots reviewed by commission

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The Washington County commissioners discussed at their meeting Monday whether or not to accept about 15 rejected ballots from last week’s election.

The ballots were in question for a variety of reasons, and it was the commissioners’ decision on whether or not to accept them.

 

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Wed
08
Nov
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Metal farm buildings likely to see tax increase

Washington County’s depreciation schedule is ‘way off base’ compared to neighbor counties

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The values – and property taxes – on metal buildings in the county are likely going up next year, according to county appraiser Lance Leis. He told commissioners Monday that the economic life of buildings such as Morton Buildings are only 15 years in Washington County. The economic life used for tax purposes of the same buildings in neighboring counties range from 30 to 50 years.

This means a metal building depreciates to 50 percent of its value the year after it is constructed in Washington County, Leis said. After 15 years the building depreciates to only “five percent good,” he said.

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08
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County jail’s $164K contract with Nebraska will continue

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Washington County’s $164,000 inmate contract with Gage County, Neb., is safe, sheriff Justin Cordry told commissioners Monday. Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chamers said in early October that Gage County was violating the state constitution by housing inmates over state lines.

In September the Washington County jail signed a one-year, $164,000 contract with Gage County to guarantee housing for 10 Gage County inmates a day throughout the next year. Washington County had been housing inmates for Gage County for about a year before the new contract in September.

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08
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Hospital now offering cataract surgery

The Washington County Hospital announces that it is now offering cataract surgery performed by Vincent Sutton, M.D.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist Vincent Sutton,M.D., Lincoln, has been performing cataract surgery at Washington County Hospital since February.

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Talks continue on B Street

BY CHRIS PANNBACKER

Washington City Council plans to meet with county commissioners at its Dec. 4 meeting to discuss details on moving forward with improvements on B Street from Sixth Street north to College.

Present for the November council meeting Monday night at City Hall were Mayor Ryan Kern and council members Don Imhoff, Theresa Herrs and Roxanne Schottel. Melanie Bryant was absent.

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Wed
08
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THE REFORMATION

Lutherans celebrate their 500th anniversary

Members of LC-MS churches across Washington County, Clay Center and Marysville gathered in Washington on Sunday for a convocation service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Wed
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OCTOBER IS PORK MONTH

GOALS AND HARD WORK

help build one of nation’s largest hog operations

Livingston Enterprises considered one of the best in the industry

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

When Bruce Livingston was in high school he did an hour of pig chores every morning before school. Every evening after football or basketball practice he returned to the family farm near Mahaska where he did another two or three hours worth of chores before bed. He did all of this while maintaining perfect attendance in school from sixth through twelfth grade and going through high school as a mostly- A student.

“You work harder than anybody, you work smarter than anybody, and you work longer than anybody,” he said of his mantra.

 

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Youth to take educational trip to D.C.

Seventeen youth in grades 7-9 signed up for trip so far

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Local youth are planning a June trip to Washington D.C., and they have several fundraisers planned to help pay for it. Rhonda Manley is heading up the trip and fundraisers and said she has 17 youth signed up for the educational trip so far. Students can continue to sign up in the coming months.

The four-day trip, which is not school-sponsored, is available to youth in grades 7-9. Students from other communities in the county are welcome to sign up, Manley said.

 

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