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Value of recyclables has plummeted over last decade

Washington County’s recycling products are worth a third of what they were in 2010. Cardboard is worth $40 a ton today versus $120 in 2010; milk jugs are worth $240 a ton now versus $670 a ton in 2010. China used to buy about half of the world’s recycling products; today it buys none, which has caused much of the price decline over the past two years.

Solid Waste director Duane Bruna said the United States is building more plants to process recycling now. Cardboard from Washington County goes to a plant in Oklahoma, for example.

“My goal is to keep stuff moving even if the prices are down,” Bruna said of not holding on to recycling until prices improve.

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Fire erupts in original Hanover Electric building

Fire erupts in original Hanover Electric building

Photo by SARAH RIPPE

Firefighters work to put out a fire at Hanover Electric on Monday afternoon. The fire was put under control after four area fire departments responded.

A fire broke out in the storage building of Hanover Electric, directly south of their main building at 105 Washington St, in Hanover on Monday afternoon. The call came in at 1:16 p.m., with Hanover City Fire Department, Hanover Rural, Hollenberg Rural and Washington Rural departments all responding. An ambulance from the Hanover Hospital was also dispatched on stand-by, but no injuries were reported.

The fire was contained with no other nearby structures suffering damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined as of Tuesday afternoon, according to De Bailey, fire investigator with the Kansas State Fire Marshal office.

 

 

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Washington Chamber begins holiday events

Washington Chamber begins holiday events

The Washington Chamber of Commerce is planning several holiday events over the next couple of weeks, including a Small Business Saturday event, a Secret Santa event, and a medallion quest.

The first event begins next week. The Washington Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to find the secret Santa to win $25 in Chamber scrip. Every week for four weeks beginning Monday, Nov. 25, a secret Santa will visit a Washington Chamber of Commerce business. People must ask chamber business members if they are a Washington Chamber of Commerce secret Santa. The first person to find the secret Santa each week will win the Chamber scrip. People must ask chamber members in person. Texts, phone calls and emails are not permitted.

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The second chamber event is on Nov. 30. Those who shop at Washington Chamber of Commerce businesses on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30 could win $100 in Chamber scrip.

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Commission approves 4 percent raise for county employees

COUNTY COMMISSION

The Board of Washington County Commissioners has approved a four percent raise on the base pay scale for all non-contract county employees beginning in January. County attorney Elizabeth Baskerville Hiltgen and Washington County sheriff Justin Cordry will also get an additional 5 percent raise on the base as a wage correction because the commissioners determined that their pay was lower than their counterparts in other area counties.

The commissioners gave a 4 percent raise on the base at the beginning of 2019 and a 3 percent raise at the beginning of 2018.

Before last week’s vote to grant the raises the commissioners briefly discussed the current pay scale and how to give raises.

Commissioner Raleigh Ordoyne said this year’s cost of living adjustment was estimated at 2.6 percent, so he wanted to see a raise of 2-to-3 percent plus additional raises for the county attorney and sheriff.

 

 

Thu
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Washington City planning $8 million water line project

Open communication and problem solving are a must for everyone affected by the City of Washington’s waterline replacement project. BG Consultants engineer Brian Foster told more than 25 people who attended an informational meeting about the project Nov. 6 at the EMS Building.

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Angel Trees going up around county

The Angel Trees will be up in the county by the end of this week. Angels will be available at Washington City Hall and United Bank by Friday, Nov. 15. Angels will also be available at Palmer Lumber and the banks in Barnes, Linn and Greenleaf.

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Hanover man dies in car accident

Cody Craig, of Hanover, was killed in a vehicle accident north of Fairbury, Neb., on Sunday, Nov. 10.

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Linn, Hanover school patrons create lists of projects for board

An architect is planning on meeting with the USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn school board at next month’s board meeting to review a list of potential needs and wants on both the Linn and Hanover sides of the district. Superintendent John Whetzal told the board on Monday that they held committee meetings at both Linn and Hanover to come up with a list of potential projects and then he spent time with an architect and gave them a list with all the discussed projects.

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Write-ins fill several elected positions around county

Write-ins fill several elected positions around county

Many school board and city council positions across Washington County were filled by write-in vote with last Tuesday’s general election. There were only three runoffs on the slate and all were with school board positions.

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A local elk hunt

A local elk hunt

Kevin Diederich, Greenleaf, shot an elk on Thursday in Kimeo Township. While elk sightings have increased over the last decade, this is possibly the first elk shot in Washington County

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