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WASHINGTON PEE WEE BASEBALL CROWNED STATE CHAMPS!

Team members are, front row, from left, Bryce Wittgartner, Ryan Sawin, Gatlin Willbrant, Gavyn LeDuc, Tucker Huband, Carson Kearn, Garrison Sand, Noah Hoover, back, Seth White, Zac Hiltgen, Octavien Cardenas, Will Otott, Kileab Willbrant, Monte Huckett, Grayson Votipka, William Svanda. Coaches are Ryan Huckett, Jay Kearn, Michael LeDuc, Doug Huband.

The Washington baseball team celebrates with the state Pee Wee championship trophy after winning the title on Friday night in Concordia.

The Washington Pee Wee baseball team had a perfect season in peewee league and district play going into the state championship tournament in Concordia last week. They ended up sweeping the competition and winning the first title in Washington history and finished with a 15-0 record.

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With an undefeated record in Pee Wee league play, the Washington team had a No. 1 seed and first round bye at state. They met up with Clyde in the second round and beat them in a low-scoring 3-1 game with two RBIs from Gavin LeDuc and one from Will Otott.

Head coach Ryan Huckett said his team’s improvement during the season was key to their success because Clyde’s pitcher was the best they saw all season and he would’ve shut them out earlier in the season.

“We kept getting better and better with each game we played,” said Huckett.

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Future of Linn football to be discussed

Linn Schools is having a football meeting for parents and community members to discuss the future of the high school football program. This fall the state of Kansas will set the schedule for the 2020 and 2021 football seasons. Because of low football participation numbers at Linn, school administration is considering options for the future.

Any interested community members and parents – especially parents who have children in grades 7-11 who are participating in football – are encouraged to attend the meeting, which is at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 22, in the Linn High School cafeteria.

 

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Devastating wind, hail tears through county

The Rural Water District building in Linn lost its roof in the storm that hit the county on July 10. Straight-line winds estimated at as high as 90-plus miles an hour swept through the county before 6 a.m. causing substantial wind damage to buildings, trees, crops, pivots and grain bins, among other things. By Randy Hubbard

About 150 power poles were damaged in the storm, and some were without power for up to 36 hours. By Randy Hubbard

Ralph and Angie Rogge’s shop, located about six miles west and couple miles north of Linn, was destroyed in the storm. By Randy Hubbard

Several hog confinement units were destroyed in the storm, including this J-SIx barn, left, just off K-148 near Arrowhead Road. The buildings had pigs in them at the time of the storm, but the pigs were loaded out later that day. The tin from the building, above, was pushed from the road into a pile.

By Cynthia Scheer

The roof was peeled back on the Blue Valley Telemarketing building in Linn during the storm. By Randy Hubbard

Straight-line winds with estimated speeds of nearly 100 miles an hour tore through the county last week damaging or destroying many buildings and crop fields, uprooting countless large trees and downing about 150 power poles. The July 10 storm damage begins in the Cuba area and stretches past Blue Rapids with the heaviest damage reported along the K-148 area stretching from Brantford to east of Linn.

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Clifton has record rain on July 4

The Clifton area broke a 48-year-old record on July 4 for the most precipitation to fall in a 24-hour period in July. The old record was also set on the Fourth of July in 1971. The new record now ranks third overall for the greatest amount of precipitation to ever fall in the area in a 24-hour period.

According to the Kansas Weather Data Library’s Mary Knapp, the Clifton weather station recorded 5.47 inches of precipitation on July 4 this year.

“It appears that a thunderstorm formed over Clifton and didn't move much,” Knapp said of the heavy rainfall totals.

The previous record for the highest rainfall total in July was 4.58 inches on July 4, 1971.

 

 

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Hanover Blue wins girls’ tournament

Hanover Blue Juniors placed first in the league tournament in Blue Rapids two weeks ago. Pictured, front row left to right: Leigha Jueneman, Gillian Minge, Trinity Schlabach, Anna Jueneman, Ally Scheele, Katie Holle. Back row: coach Tiffany Jueneman, Angelina Anaya, Taeben Stallbaumer, Katelyn Klipp, Tessa Lohse, Massey Holle, Aubriana Baxa, Shaylee Schotte, Kaydence Schotte, coach Kim Lohse.

Hanover Blue Juniors placed first in the league tournament in Blue Rapids two weeks ago.

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Hanover adds new business

Matt Jandera, who moved to Hanover from the Denver area, will offer a variety of retirement and financial planning services through his downtown Hanover business, Guardian Retirement Strategies.

Downtown Hanover has a new business. Guardian Retirement Strategies opened on North Street (main street) two weeks ago. Matt Jandera, who moved to Hanover in early June from the Denver area to open the financial and retirement planning business, has friends and family in the area.

Guardian Retirement Strategies offers everything from 401(k)s and life insurance to services involving wills, trusts and social security maximization. Jandera said his focus is on protecting and growing people’s money as well as offering tax strategies.

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Fair’s fashion revue moved

The annual pre-fair judging for the Washington County Fair is next week. One of the biggest changes this year is the move of the fashion revue to the evening of pre-fair judging day. The fashion revue was previously in the gold barn at the fairgrounds on one of the evenings of the fair.

This year the fashion revue will begin at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, July 16, in the Washington County High School gym. The fashion revue is open to the public. Winners will be announced at the revue. The judging for clothing, crafts and other pre-fair judging items will take place earlier in the day.

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Creamery museum planned in Linn

A group of local citizens is in the process of organizing a museum in Linn to preserve the history of the Washington County Creamery Association. The group includes Lawrence and Cara Herrs, of Washington, Firman Brandt, of Linn, and Steve Hatesohl, of Shawnee. They hope to open the museum later this year or early in 2020.

The centerpiece of the museum will be the 1946 International creamery route truck that was restored by Lawrence Herrs and has been displayed in the Herrs Memory Lane museum in Washington.

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Runoffs set for three school board seats

There will be no primary election in Washington County for school board or city council races this fall, but there will be three contested school board seats in the general election on Nov. 5, including two positions for the USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn board and one for the USD 108 Washington County board.

SCHOOL BOARDS

USD 108 Washington County

Position 1 – No candidates Position 3 – No candidates Position 5 – Rod Stewart, Washington. Position 7 – Jill Hoover, Washington, and Stephanie Kern, Washington.

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Summer fun at Clifton’s Fourth of July event

Several kids’ events were part of Clifton’s annual Fourth of July celebration July 5-6. The tug of war over the mud pit, above, brought several young boys and girls who were ready to get muddy.

The turtle races gathered a large crowd as dozens of turtles competed to be the fastest. Some youngsters painted their turtles in various colors and designs.

Digging for treasure isn’t for everyone. This little lady preferred scooping water from a mud hole over digging for coins in the sand pit.

ABOVE: A group of kids got the tug of war started on Saturday morning during Clifton’s annual celebration.

LEFT: Youngsters crowded around and on top of the sand pile after the turtle races to dig and search for coins hidden there. Some kids were still searching for treasure nearly an hour later.

Photos by ALLIE BRABB AND

CYNTHIA SCHEER

Summer fun at Clifton’s Fourth of July event

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