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Lowe Center School is now officially historic

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
The nomination of Lowe Center School #115 to the National Register of Historic Places has been approved by the Kansas Historic Sites Board during its quarterly meeting held earlier this month. The school is now listed under the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the nomination forwarded to the National Register for approval. The process generally takes six to eight months. The school, located northwest of Morrowville, operated between 1884 and 1963. According to the nomination form, the structure is an example of the one-room schoolhouse property type with local significance in the areas of education and architecture.
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Feb
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REMNANTS OF HISTORY

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Art Pacha stands beside a marker placed by the Kanza Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association to mark the deepest of the swales. The pasture has never been plowed, leaving the swales in almost pristine condition.

BY TOM PARKER/ Reporter.
 
From Art and Lorene Pacha’s front yard near Bremen a narrow two-track winds west past the barn, dips into a low depression at the inlet to a lozenge-shaped pond and hooks almost due south into an upland pasture. The ground is higher here, offering views of the house and outbuildings across the frozen pond, a clump of barren trees crowding the southern shore and a series of impressions bisecting the pasture on a southeast to northwest transect. The impressions, or swales, are one of the few remnants of the St. Joe Road, an eastern branch of the Oregon and California trails’ corridor connecting St. Joseph, Mo., and the Independence Road.
 
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Feb
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FILL THE HOUSE

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The Homestead Pickers, a bluegrass ensemble who can normally be found making music in Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., filled the performance hall at Mayberry’s in Washington over the weekend, including a sell-out show on Saturday night.
 
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Feb
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Linn seventh grader crowned spelling champ

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Linn Public seventh grader Preston Myers, center, won the Washington County Spelling Bee on Saturday. St. John seventh grader Daiken Stallbaumer, right, was second and Linn Public eighth grader Hannah Dittmer was third.
 
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27
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Hospital board starts search for CEO

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
WASHINGTON – The Washington County Hospital Board has begun a search for their next CEO. Current administrator Doyle McKimmy submitted his resignation earlier this month, which includes a 60 day notice, so his final day will be April 4. Board chairman Ted Lillie said they have begun advertising the position and have listed it on the Kansas Hospital Association website with a closing date of March 14. Lillie said that would give them two and a half weeks to look over applications and initiate an interview process. Interviews will be done by the full board.
 
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Feb
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Linn-Hanover board reduces staff because of low enrollment

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
Low enrollments in the Hanover Elementary grade levels and the Family and Consumer Science (FACS) classes have caused the USD 223 school board to reduce staffing in those areas. The board decided to absorb the vacancy at the end of the year left by the retirement of Becky Hatesohl, third grade teacher at Hanover. There are smaller enrollment numbers in the grade school right now, so the plan right now is to have three combined classes in the grade school, according to USD 223 Superintendent Brian Cordel.
 
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Feb
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Washington Chamber pulling back on its efforts

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BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
The Washington Chamber of Commerce decided on Thursday to pull back on its responsibilities this year, including not hosting the annual community fireworks display on the Fourth of July. Citing decreased membership and lack of volunteers to help with their activities, the group considered several options for its future, including folding.
 
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Local barn quilt part of exhibit at Kansas History Museum

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A colorful barn quilt adorns the north side of a red barn at the Jere and Judy Wiechman farm northeast of Barnes.

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
A photograph of a barn quilt owned by Jere and Judy Wiechman of rural Barnes is part of a new exhibit at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. “Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Collection and the Community,” which runs through the end of August, features quilts of all sizes, shapes and mediums, including a section on barn quilts. The Wiechman’s quilt block, measuring six-foot by six-foot, features a Lone Star pattern.
 
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Surveys could help fund Washington city projects

The City of Washington is working on prioritizing projects and identifying funding for several projects within the community and is asking citizens in Washington to participate in a survey that will be mailed in the next few weeks. The City has several projects that could be assisted by a expansive response to the surveys. For example, recent water line problems have indicated the need to look at replacement of the aging water system, including valves, hydrants, and lines.
 
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Feb
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Bradford Built requests industrial park lot for future expansion

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
WASHINGTON – Brad and Donna Portenier requested the land in the industrial park that sits between several properties they own for their Bradford Built business at the park. The Porteniers made the request at the Feb. 3 Washington City Council meeting. The lot in which he is interested sits north of the old blue building, which was a paint shaker repair business years ago. He has the land around the blue building, but would like the lot north of that which stretches to the northern industrial park road, which is owned by the city.
 

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