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WCHS scholars bowl news

Washington County High School Varsity Scholars Bowl competed in a 12 team tournament at Beloit on Oct. 29 and came home with a second place finish. The team went undefeated in pool play beating Lincoln, Concordia, Sacred Heart, Minneapolis and Republic County. In the semi-finals Washington County defeated Abilene and went on to finals where they faced Southeast of Saline and lost in the championship round to take second place. Washington was led by Senior Jacob Toole with 33 questions answered. Other teams competing were Russell, Lakeside and St. Johns.

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New books at the library

The following new books have been added to the Washington Public Library's collection: Adult fiction - red dot (1 week check-out) Books: One Good Deed by David Baldacci. Outfox by Sandra Brown. Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble. Labyrinth (FBI Thriller Series; #23) by Catherine Coulter. Vow of Justice (Blue Justice Series; #4) by Lynette Eason. The Guardians by John Grisham. The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester. Under Currents by Nora Roberts. Adult fiction- blue dot (3 week check-out) Books: Patriot (Alex Hawke Series; #9) by Ted Bell. Overkill (Alex Hawke Series; #10) by Ted Bell. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake. City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Look Behind You (Kendra Michaels Series; #5) by Iris Johansen. Double Blind (Kendra Michaels Series; #6) by Iris Johansen. Torture Of The Mountain Man (Last Mountain Man Series; #46) by William Johnstone. Night Moves (Alex Delaware Series; #33) by Jonathan Kellerman. The Institute by Stephen King. This Tender Land by William Krueger.

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State’s October total tax receipts are $36.8 million ahead of estimates

For the month of October, the state saw an increase in its total tax collections at $552.9 million; 7.1% or $36.8 million ahead of estimates. These collections amount to $41.5 million more than October of Fiscal Year 2019.

Individual and corporate income tax collections continued to be more than estimated. Individual income tax collections were $15.0 million ahead of the estimate at $260.0 million; $17.8 million ahead of the same month last fiscal year. Corporate income tax collections were at $26.2 million; $6.2 million more than the estimate and $6.7 million more than collected in October of FY2019.

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WCHS to present school play ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’

Washington County High School will present “The Beverly Hillbillies” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. A dinner of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, salad, beans and corn, cornbread and mud pie will be available before the performances to those who purchase in advance tickets for the meal.

Cast members are: Abi Sawin – Granny; Kobe Hoover – Jed Clampett; Jaise Chandler – Elly May Clampett; Garrett Kohlmeyer – George Turner; Jack Gilliam – Mr. Brewster; Mia Cardenas – Cousin Pearl; Kody Helms – Jethro; Jake Toole – Mr. Drysdale; Shailyn Zenger – Mrs. Drysdale; Rachael Craig – Ms. Hathaway; Emma Portenier – Mrs. Pennyweather; Chase Riley – Gloria Mundy; Crystal Crocker – Emaline; Laura Skupa – Frederika; Jack Gilliam – Colonel Foxhall; Britany Metz – Mrs. Stokely – Smythe; Julisa Martinez – Mrs. Oglethorpe; Kirsten Ouellette – Groovy; Kady Toole – Francine Richards.

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Washington awarded $769K grant for B Street

The City of Washington was notified on Tuesday morning that it received a grant of $769,558 for next year’s phase of the B Street Project. The state funds will be used to replace the street, curb, gutter and handicapped accessible sidewalks along the proposed route from the intersection between Kier’s Thriftway and Crome’s Lumber north past the College Street intersection.

The City of Washington has worked with the county for the past few years to do a few blocks of B Street at a time. This would be the final phase of the project, and the largest and most expensive thanks to a large box culvert at the College Street intersection.

City administrator Carl Chalfant first spoke with the Board of County Commissioners about applying for this grant a couple months ago. The group decided to increase the original scope of the project to meet requirements for the grant. The current project has been estimated at about $1.2 million and would be shared by the county and city.

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City of Washington one step closer to new water lines

Washington’s water project that will replace about 55,000 feet of deteriorating line took another step forward Monday night when the City Council voted to publish an invitation to bid in next week’s newspaper.

Engineer Brian Foster, BG Consultants, Manhattan, told council members that project approval from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is still pending, but the project details are making their way through the approval process. He said he hopes USDA will sign off before publication.

He expects to have bids for the council to consider at its January meeting.

Foster and city officials were to meet Wednesday with city business owners to discuss how the project will impact downtown parking, sidewalk traffic and other concerns. The city’s brick streets will add some challenges to the downtown construction work.

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SHERIFF’S REPORT

On Oct. 28 the Washington Fire Department was dispatched to 1687 Osage Road for a grass fire.

On Oct. 28 in the 100 block of East 4th Street, Washington, Trenton Turner, of Washington, was arrested on pending charges of driving while suspended. Turner was housed at the Washington County Jail until his release on a $2,500 bond.

On Oct. 29 on U.S. 36 at Gypsum Road Caelub Ray, of Leavenworth, was issued a citation for speeding.

On Oct. 29 the Palmer Fire Department was dispatched to 1275 Osage Road for a report of a semi fire.

On Oct. 29 on K-15 at 15th Road Luis Perez Rios, of Garland, Texas, was issued a citation for speeding.

On Oct. 30 on U.S. 36 at Liberty Road Kalon Beeson, of Lincoln, Neb., was issued a citation for speeding.

On Oct. 30 on K-15 at 14th Road Wayne Stewart, of Washington, was issued a citation for speeding.

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Elections determine 3 school board races

There were three contested races in the general election on Tuesday and all were for school board positions. Full results will be posted next week, but here are the school board race results:

USD 108, Position 7

Jill Hoover 263 Stephanie Kern 168

USD 223, Position 4

Toby Bruna 44 Nick Garber 34

USD 223, Position 7

Janell Wohler 353 Mel Beikmann 278

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VETERAN’S DAY PARADE IN CLIFTON

Clifton’s annual Veterans Day parade is on Monday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. The Sons of the American Legion will host a meal at the Post in Clifton following the parade, and the

American Legion Auxiliary, which will celebrate 100 years on Nov. 10, will serve cake. Everyone is welcome.

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Schools plan veterans day events

Local schools have planned special events for Veterans Day, which is Monday, Nov. 11. Several of the events involve meet and greets with veterans.

Washington County

Veterans and family members are invited to a breakfast brunch at the school at 8:15 a.m. At 9 a.m. veterans and family members will be introduced to students and escorted to their seats for a special program. After the national anthem the elementary students will have a music presentation.

Guest speaker is air force recruiter Zachary Bauman, of Bellevue, Neb. He is the son of Melanie Bryant.

There will then be a flag ceremony explaining what each fold means before a video of “In Loving Memory” photos.

Amazing Grace and Taps will complete the program.

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