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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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