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13
Mar
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KSDS gets volunteer award

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KSDS in Washington received this month’s Jefferson Award from KSNT TV in Topeka. The award honors volunteers in northeast Kansas. The TV crew was in Washington on March 6 to interview CEO Glenda Keller and get video for the segment, which is expected to air on March 14.

 

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Wed
13
Mar
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Breaking records

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Washington set four new weather records in February and early March, erasing records that stood for nearly 60 years. According to Mary Knapp with the Weather Data Library at Kansas State University, three of those records were for record low daytime temperatures while one record – from early February – set a new record high overnight temperature.

The biggest change in the newly set records came last week on March 4 when the high temperature for the day – 5 degrees – broke the previous record of 16 degrees, which was set in 1960.

On Feb. 26 the high temperature was 16 degrees. The previous record was 19 degrees, which was set in 1962.

 

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Wed
13
Mar
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Wet roads ahead

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Some gravel county roads, like this one just east of 18th and Osage Roads near Washington, have been barricaded in the past few days because of water over the road. Saturated and frozen soil combined with significant snow melt caused the issues earlier this week, but significant rains mid-week were expected to cause additional flooding.

The county road crew has been barricading some roads in the county because of water over the road. Road and Bridge supervisor Justin Novak told the Board of County Commissioners on Monday that some employees were putting barricades on some roads on Saturday because of flooding in some locations, and more roads may be temporarily barricaded in the next week or two as snow melts and rain comes through. Because the ground is saturated and frozen, rain and melted snow is running to low-lying areas, which is causing flooding over some roads.

Washington County Emergency Management director Randy Hubbard told the commissioners that he also checks some roads for flooding, and he was going to be out on the county roads some days and evenings this week looking for flooding.

He told the board that Mill Creek was expected to crest at 20 feet, 6 inches, sometime Wednesday night.

 

Thu
07
Mar
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Scoville named ‘Outstanding Instructor’

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Caroline Scoville

Caroline Scoville, of Washington, was named the 2019 Outstanding Instructor/Coordinator of the year at the Feb. 9 Kansas EMT Association awards banquet. Scoville has worked for Washington EMS since 2001, beginning as a volunteer and then transitioning to full-time in 2002.

She began teaching CPR, first aid and EMS continuing education in 2006 and has been teaching initial EMS education since 2013.

In addition to working full time for the City of Washington EMS, Scoville teaches for many area ambulance services and said she loves what she does.

 

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Thu
07
Mar
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Coaching excellence

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In her final weeks at Silver Lake High School in May 2012, Gail Naylor gave instruction to a forensics student. She received a national award this year because of the success of her students during her 40-plus year coaching career and because of her committment to giving back to the arts. Photo by TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL

Gail Naylor remembers well her first year as a teacher: She was 20 years old and “scared to death” as she began teaching at Washington High School. Her pay was $6,400 a year, and while there was no additional pay for coaching, she thought she “was killing it,” with her salary, she said. She was fortunate to have been hired at Washington instead of serving her time at a western Kansas school like most new teachers, she added. The chance to teach at Washington “was like coming home,” said the Mahaska native who was a Slater.

She taught English at Washington but also directed all of the school plays, did the school newspaper, coached speech and more.

“I did everything,” she said, adding that she was consciously building her resume in those early years of teaching.

 

Thu
07
Mar
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Seeing double

Local city, county and state road crews have used hundreds of tons of salt on the roads this winter season, and salt supplies are running short for some. The salt usage is double or triple that of a normal season, officials said. Local hardware stores are also placing additional orders for ice melt, although a shortage through some warehouse suppliers means some hardware stores have their final bags of the season on the shelves.

Since Nov. 8 the local KDOT road crew has applied 104,300 gallons of salt brine to the highways as well as 1,752 tons of salt and 485 tons of salt/sand mix. While the amount of salt brine application is near-normal, KDOT’s use of salt and salt/sand mix are about double a normal year.

Thu
28
Feb
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Commissioners discuss snow day policy

The Board of County Commissioners has spent a couple hours over the past two weeks discussing a snow day policy for county employees.

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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Most ag land values up again

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County appraiser Lance Leis told the Board of County Commission this week that almost all soil types went up in value this year thanks to the eight-year average used in-part to determine ag land values each year.

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Thu
28
Feb
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Almost a record

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The Washington area is only a half-inch short of claiming the record for the largest amount of snow to fall in a winter season. The National Weather Service co-op station south of Washington has reported 34.9 inches of snow since the winter season began.

Washington’s National Weather Service co-op station, which is located south of Washington, has recorded 34.9 inches of snow since the first snowfall of the season several months ago.

 

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Thu
28
Feb
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Schools running low on snow days

The number of snow days left for area schools is rapidly dwindling. Washington County is down to only 1 day left for the grade school students – high school students have about 2 days left because of their slightly longer school day – while Clifton-Clyde has 2 days remaining and Barnes-Hanover-Linn has 3 days left.

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