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15
May
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Hanover Hospital requests county money to keep doors open

Three members of the Hanover Hospital board and administrator Brittni Oehmke met with the Board of County Commissioners on Monday to request a $50,000 grant to get the hospital to October when the announcement of a new physician is made. The board also requested another $150,000 in 2020 to keep the hospital on its feet.

“We’ve never come to the county commissioners pleading for money,” hospital board member Toby Bruna told the commissioners. “We’d like to take care of it ourselves. But we don’t really have a choice now.”

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Thu
09
May
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Bridge replacement to start this week

The Kansas Department of Transportation will began replacement of the bridge over Mill Creek on K-15 just south of Washington this week.

Traffic will be carried through construction during the entire project. However, during part of the bridge replacement project, a temporary traffic signal will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone. Traffic should expect delays of 15 minutes or less and plan extra time in their travel schedules.

This project is scheduled for completion in May 2020. Bridges Inc.of Newton is the prime contractor for this $3.5 million project.

 

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Thu
09
May
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County hires appraiser trainee

Marysville native Joe Mayhew was hired as the appraiser trainee for Washington County recently. His first day at the county was April 29. Mayhew said his goal is to be the county appraiser one day, although he has to complete additional education first.

Mayhew, who is recently married and lives near Odell, Neb., spent four-and-a-half years as a residential appraiser in Emporia for Lyon County. He has been a police officer in Marysville the past 11 months.

“I enjoy the [appraisal] process,” Mayhew said. “I don’t mind working with the public. I enjoy real estate.”

 

 

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Thu
09
May
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Eighth grade promotions are next week

Eighth grade promotions are scheduled around the county next week.

Clifton-Clyde’s eighth grade graduation ceremony will be Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the high school.

St. John’s eighth grade promotion mass and awards will be Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Eighth grade students and their parents will have dinner at 5:30. The dinner is provided by the seventh grade students and their parents.

Hanover’s kindergarten and eighth grade promotion will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.

 

 

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Thu
09
May
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Last day of school is next week

Graduating seniors in the county will finish up their high school careers this week, and the rest of the students in the county will conclude the year next week.

St. John’s will be the first to release. They will have their final day of school on Monday, May 13, and will dismiss at noon.

Clifton-Clyde is next with a half-day of school on Wednesday, May 15. Dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m.

Linn, Linn Lutheran and Hanover will have a full day of school on the final day, Thursday.

Washington County students will be the last to be let out for summer with a full, final day of school on Friday, May 17.

 

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Thu
09
May
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Graduation ceremonies set for Sunday

All four high schools in the county will have their graduation ceremonies on Sunday. Hanover and Linn will be at 1 p.m. and Clifton-Clyde and Washington County will be at 2 p.m.

Washington County

Washington County High School commencement will be at 2 p.m. with 17 seniors graduating. The band will play “Pomp and Circumstance” and the high school choir will sing “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Seniors in the Top 10 percent of the class will be recognized, and the Citizenship Awards and Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award will be given. The speaker will be Jay Kearn.

Linn

Linn High School’s commencement is at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Thirteen seniors will graduate. The ceremony will be conducted as in years past with the recognition of the valedictorian and salutatorian and the playing of the senior video.

 

 

Thu
09
May
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Leiszler to graduate HS after battling rare brain tumor

Zachary Leiszler will graduate from Clifton-Clyde High School on Sunday. The 18-year-old rural Clifton boy battled a rare brain tumor from age 3 until age 8. While surgery and radiation saved his life, it left him intellectually disabled and dependent on complete hormone replacement.

There were times back in about 2007 when Jim and Therese Leiszler didn’t know if they would get to watch their son, Zachary, graduate from high school. Their then-6-year-old son had a brain tumor and had been battling symptoms since age 3. After special radiation therapy and surgery, the rural Clifton boy has been officially tumor-free since 2009 and will graduate from Clifton-Clyde High School on Sunday.

The 18-year-old only child is excited to graduate from high school, he said, but he’s a little sad because he feels like his fellow students have largely ignored him through his school years and have only started to be more friendly toward him in these final weeks.

Thu
02
May
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WCHS given Challenge Award from state board

Washington County High School was named a Challenge Award winner by the state Board of Education recently. State Board of Education representative Deena Horst presented the award to the schools’ class presidents on April 23 during a school assembly.

Washington County High School was named a Challenge Award winner by the state Board of Education recently. State Board of Education representative Deena Horst presented the award to the schools’ class presidents on April 23 during a school assembly.

Schools do not apply for the award; they are selected by the state board.

The Challenge Awards recognizes Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population.

 

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Thu
02
May
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Brax to retire after 48 years of teaching

Don Brax spent his entire 48-year career teaching math at Washington. He also coached track and cross country during that tenure.

Don Brax was considering teaching two more years so that he could retire with a 50-year teaching career. But what’s the difference between a 48-year career and a 50-year one, he asked himself.

So the Assaria native who has spent his entire professional career in the same school teaching the same subject – 48 years of teaching math at Washington – is calling it quits when the school year ends May

17. Brax, who will turn 70 this fall and began teaching in 1971, has also coached cross country and track all 48 of those years. He is now teaching and coaching his third generation of students.

Wed
24
Apr
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Construction key to local lumberyards’ success

Ty Becker, who is a long-time employee at Andy’s Hardware and Lumber in Hanover, is one of three employees at the 32-year-old store. Unlike larger chain stores where customers may struggle to find an item or a store employee to help locate something, Andy’s Hardware employees said they will sit down with customers and look through a large inventory book to help people get what they are looking for.

More than half of the local lumberyards’ business comes from new construction and remodeling, according to local owners. Washington Lumber, above, gets about 70 percent of its business from local contractors who shop local.

The local lumberyard and hardware store businesses are doing okay thanks to the amount of remodeling and new construction going on the past couple years, according to area store owners. Washington County is home to three lumber yards – Washington Lumber, Andy’s Hardware and Lumber in Hanover and Palmer Lumber and Hardware – and store owners reported near-record sales in 2017 followed by a poorer 2018.

Bill and Sharon Wilgers, who have owned Palmer Lumber and Hardware for 26 years, said revenue has increased at their business nearly every year before peaking with the hail storms in 2016 and 2017.

“Everybody got new sheds, windows, siding,” Bill Wilgers said. “Almost every house got something new after the hail storms, and now they won’t have to replace things for a while.”

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