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Thu
09
Oct
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No Democrat to appear on ballot for county commission

BY DAN THALMANN

The official General Election ballots were not finalized until well after the deadline had passed to print the ballots. Washington County Clerk Denae Jueneman said she had to wait on word from the Secretary of State’s offi ce to finalize and print ballots because of a question on whether or not Democratic nominee for the race for U.S. Senate Chad Taylor would have to keep his name on the ballot or whether it could be removed as he had requested. He pulled out of the Senate race on Sept. 3.

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Thu
09
Oct
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EXTREME DAMAGE

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BY DAN THALMANN

A severe hail storm cut a path through the southern part of Washington County on Thursday morning, leaving damaged homes and destroyed crops in its wake. Starting around 7:30 a.m. and moving quickly through the area, some parts of the affected area looked like a thick layer of snow had fallen even though other areas outside the mile-wide swath were still green.

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Thu
02
Oct
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Linn to drop to Class 1A-Div.2

BY TOM PARKER

Linn High School moved from Class 1A Division 1 to Division 2 in the most recent classifi cations released last week by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Otherwise no other changes were seen by schools in the area. This classification, which uses enrollment figures from Sept. 22, is based on total students in the ninth through twelfth grades.
 
Thu
02
Oct
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Washington grad Uhlrich nominated for Teacher of the Year

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BY TOM PARKER

Dan Uhlrich, 1999 graduate of Washington County High School and now coach and physical ed instructor at USD 256 Marmaton Valley Schools, Moran, has been nominated as Teacher of the Year in Kansas Region Two for 2015. “It was a honor,” Uhlrich said.
 
Thu
02
Oct
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PHOTOGRAPHY AS AN ART FORM

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Comprehensive Art Photo Challenge participants included Ashley Davis (front), Rebecca Zach (second row L-R), Brenna Linenberger, Allie Thompson, Jenna Habegger, Kailey Prior, Kelsie Dodd, Breanna Kohlmeyer, Cheyanne Helms, Daniel Stirm, Kirsten Kingsbury, Joe Stegman, Rachael Wood; Eric Miller, (back row L-R), Madison Davis.

BY TOM PARKER

A peculiar thing happened to Washington County High School Comprehensive Art teacher Erin Toole during the opening days of the new school season. Instead of the usual acclimation period of teachers and students getting to know one another—and in some cases testing their boundaries—Toole found herself answering phone calls, text messages and e-mails from enthusiastic students as well as from other teachers who had tuned into the buzz sweeping the school.
 
Thu
25
Sep
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COUNTY HEALTH TO GET UPGRADE

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A building at the northwest corner of the courthouse square in Washington will be renovated to serve as the new county health department. The current building, below, is too small to allow staff to do their jobs as effectively as they could, according to county health department director Janice Kearn.

BY DAN THALMANN.
 
The Washington County Health Department will move from its 1,800 square foot building to a newly renovated 5,000 square foot building without the need for a loan, if everything goes as planned. The County purchased a building on the northeast corner of the northwest intersection of the courthouse square, on a sealed bid of $75,256 on Aug. 4. This was most recently the Tea Events building owned by Brian and Dawnya Sasse and before that was an Army Reserve headquarters.

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Thu
25
Sep
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BUSY WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON

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The US Hwy 36 Treasure Hunt and FNB Fall Fest fi lled town over the weekend with fun and activity for any interests.

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Thu
25
Sep
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Obamacare requirements confusing, ever-changing

BY DAN THALMANN.
 
“Don’t think Obamacare isn’t affecting small town America, because it is,” said Washington County Commissioner Allison Mueller on Monday after discussing the potential removal of two part-time county employees from the county’s health insurance program because of a perceived Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) mandate. The Washington County Commissioners decided Monday to take another look at its new policy taking away health insurance benefi ts for part-time employees.

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Thu
18
Sep
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Old-fashioned grain elevator to tower 40 feet above C Street in Washington as part of Kansas Territory Brewing Company project

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BY DAN THALMANN
 
WASHINGTON – What could eventually become a landmark structure in downtown Washington is slowly rising out of the lot formerly used for parking, just south of the Kansas Territory Brewing Company building (formerly Duckwalls.) A limestone wall, made of large limestone slab rocks, is being laid up by Clint Stamm and a crew from Bradford Built. An arched doorway is at the center and window spaces have been included in the wall, which will be about as tall as the top of the brewery building.
 
Thu
18
Sep
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Treasure Hunt to draw bargain hunters, pickers to Washington

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BY TOM PARKER
 
On Friday, thousands of shoppers and bargain hunters from across Kansas and neighboring states will descend on the 400-
plus mile corridor crisscrossing the top tier of Kansas counties to seek treasure in the 9th annual U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt. The treasure hunt, which runs through Sunday, covers 13 counties, 31 cities and (virtually) innumerable places to shop.
 

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