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Kiln heating options iced by council

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A kiln built by Brad Owen next to his Owens Originals office and warehouse at the southern edge of Washington was created to help him fire pottery made from clay sourced in Washington County.

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
WASHINGTON – During a special meeting on Monday, the Washington City Council denied a request from Brad Owen, of Owens Originals, to use a propane tank for his pottery business. Owen had submitted a request to set up a 500 gallon propane tank next to a newly constructed kiln at his commercial property on the south edge of Washington. He needed the propane to get his kiln up to a temperature higher than his natural gas pipeline would create. He plans on using the kiln to fire pottery made from clay sourced from within Washington County. He hoped to sell that pottery through various venues.

 

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Washington County not the only jail to lose housing revenue

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
Washington County was one of several jails that lost the opportunity to house Wichita inmates after a new Sheriff was elected in Sedgwick County. Major Glenn Kurtz, of the Sedgwick County Detention Center, said when Sheriff Jeff Easter took over, he made the decision to pull inmates in closer to Wichita. “Washington didn’t do anything wrong,” said Kurtz. “We pulled out from places that had been housing our inmates forever.”

 

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Still uninsured?

MANHATTAN — The U.S. government’s deadline for Americans to purchase health insurance is March 31. And while many of those previously uninsured in Kansas and across the country have already purchased a health plan, there are still those who don’t quite understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects them. Roberta Riportella, the Kansas Health Foundation professor of community health at Kansas State University, has spent much of the past six months helping consumers understand how ACA — also called ObamaCare — affects them.

 

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UFC ANNOUNCES MERGER PROPOSAL

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BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
United Farmers Cooperative, which has six locations in Washington County, announced a merger proposal last week with Central Valley Ag, a cooperative with 34 locations across 27 counties in Nebraska employing 494 people. In comparison, UFC has 32 locations in 22 counties and employes 235 fulltime workers. Citing months of study and preparations after initial discussions began a year ago, the Boards of UFC and CVA unanimously approved and entered into a Letter of Intent to fi nalize an agreement and plan of merger, which, if approved by the members and stockholders of the respective cooperatives would result in the merger of the two cooperatives into one entity.
 
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SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE FEED

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Mens club members Tim Matlack and Barry Finlayson, above, and David Fischer and Rick Dean, below.

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
SOLOMON – Going into their sixth sub-state championship game in the last seven years, Washington County Head Coach Scott Romeiser said his team had a quiet calmness about them. Despite the history of these games, he said the team was confident they could play with Ell-Saline in Saturday’s championship game in Solomon. Unfortunately, the Tigers didn’t start out showing that confidence after the tipoff, according to Romeiser. They missed several shots early, had a couple turnovers and let Ell-Saline grab a 4-0 lead.
 
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Bigger, badder Scattered & Battered planned

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
PALMER – With a slew of new obstacles with evocative names such as Alcatraz, Spider Man, Twisted Back Scratcher, Casey’s Contraption and Road Block–Pile of Hell, the second Scattered and Battered obstacle/endurance course promises to be tortuous fun. The four-mile timed course, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Scattered Acres Lodge, 1490 5th Rd., Palmer, meanders through pastures, cornfields, ponds, stream beds, and rolling hills before culminating in the dreaded Mt. Sinai. Registration costs $50 and can be made online at www.scatteredandbattered.com. Party passes for spectators go for $10.
 
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Commissioners to discuss efficiency options with jail

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
The lack of usage of the Washington County jail has the Washington County Commissioners talking about the future of the facility. The jail was built just six years ago and one of the major selling points for the project was that it could provide a revenue stream by housing inmates from other counties that would pay for use of the space. Up until the last few months, Sedgwick County transported inmates to the facility on a regular basis but more recently, only local inmates have been held there.
 
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CULTURE CHANGE

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Exercise at the Linn Community Nursing Home can be regimented through treadmills and other standard exercise equipment or through a community noodle-ball bash, a popular event.

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
For those familiar with rural nursing homes, the Linn Community Nursing Home will look familiar—outwardly, at least. The 55-bed facility has the standard flourescent-lit hallways radiating outward from a central corridor, the standard nurses stations located at strategic intersections, the standard big-screen televisions in the common areas, the standard tail-wagging dog (Jake), two standard lazy cats (Sparkle and Sandy Peanut), and the standard sterile atmosphere. Beyond those things, though, there is almost nothing standard about the nursing home.

 

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Concerns voiced for long-range water plan

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Susan Metzger, Kansas Water Office, solicited input on a 50-year water plan.

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
With Governor Sam Brownback calling for the implementation of a 50-year water plan for the state of Kansas, representatives of the Kansas Water Office were in Marysville Monday for a hearing eliciting public input about the eventual scope of the plan. The meeting was sponsored and hosted by Tuttle Creek WRAPS, and included Representative Sharon Schwartz. It was the 80th such meeting for Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning and Policy for the Kansas Water Office, and Katie Ingels, Communications Director for the Kansas Water Office.

 

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Cold, snow slows hospital building process

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The front of the Washington County Hospital has been transformed over the last month with a new addition on the south side of the building. Block walls have gone up in areas around the entire structure.

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
The heavy snows and bitter cold over this winter season has slowed down certain phases of the Washington County Hospital remodeling and construction effort in Washington, but construction crews have managed to work through it. Project manager Larry Bruna said they have lost some time, but that is expected during the winter season. On the days where temperatures plummet, they can’t lay block. So they have lost time on the additions to the facility.

 

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