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United Bank pledges $20,000 to new Linn community projects

Two development projects in the Linn community will get an early boost with the announcement of a large pledge from United Bank & Trust. The bank announced $20,000 in pledges, with $10,000 each going to a school building expansion at Linn Lutheran School and a fitness center proposed by the Linn Booster Club to be built next to Linn Public School.

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WCHS graduation set for July 18

WCHS graduation set for July 18

The USD 108 Board of Education voted last week to have high school graduation on July 18 and eighth grade promotion on July 20.

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Rep. Marshall talks of ‘quiet majority’

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Congressman Roger Marshall talks to President Trump on his cell phone in a downtown Washington alley. Marshall was in town on a Route 36 Listening Tour on Thursday, talking to a gathered crowd in the FNB Washington basement when an aide rushed in to alert Marshall to an impending call from the President.

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Most questions for Congressman Marshall were connected to the coronavirus pandemic and the recent protests and rioting.

Dr. Roger Marshall had to step out of his town hall meeting in Washington on Thursday to take a call from President Trump.

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Youth baseball, softball seasons to begin next week

The local summer youth softball and baseball leagues will start playing games next week. This is a later start than normal, due to previous restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic. But the leagues will be able to play a condensed season that will end in mid-July instead of ending before July 4 like in past years.

Because of the change in scheduling, there will be no league tournaments for any teams. The only post-season play will be for peewee and K-18 boys baseball, which will have traditional district/regional and state playoffs.

GIRLS SOFTBALL

The girls’ softball season will begin on Wednesday, June 17, and will play every Wednesday and Friday until July 15. T-ball games begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by coach pitch at 7:30 and juniors at 8:30. There will be no post-season league tournament for any level of softball this season.

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Two proms rescheduled for July, two canceled

Washington County High School and Linn High School will hold their junior-senior proms next month. The two schools decided to reschedule their proms that were originally planned while the statewide stay-at-home orders were in effect.

Washington County High School will hold their prom on Saturday, July 11. Linn High School will hold their prom on Friday, July 31.

Hanover and Clifton-Clyde High Schools decided to cancel their proms this year.

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Local hospitals receive millions in COVID funding

Both Hanover Hospital and Washington County Hospital have so far weathered the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic thanks in-part to the Paycheck Protection Program and several CARES Act grants for rural provider relief. Washington County Hospital has resumed elective surgeries while Hanover Hospital will resume elective procedures on June 15.

No full-time or parttime employees at Washington County Hospital were furloughed or laid off since the pandemic began, according to CEO Roxanne Schottel. Hanover Hospital administrator Brittni Oehmke said there was reduced staffing and low census staffing at Hanover beginning April 6 and lasting one month.

The departments of clinic, lab, office and nursing limited the number of employees during regular business hours, Oehmke said.

Hanover Hospital received $550,210 from the Paycheck Protection Program loan while Washington County Hospital received $519,900.

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Highway 36 overlay set for Haddam to Washington

The Kansas Department of Transportation was to begin mill and overlay work with shoulder-widening on U.S. 36 in Washington County beginning this week. Work on U.S. 36 will begin at the K-22/U.S. 36 junction and continue east for approximately 12 miles to the west city limits of Washington.

Drivers should expect a delay of up to 15 minutes and plan extra time in their travel schedules. Construction will occur during daylight hours and traffic will be reduced to one 12-foot lane following a pilot car through the work zone.

The project is scheduled to be completed by November, weather permitting, at a cost of $6.6 million.

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Remodel project nears completion

Remodel project nears completion

Photos by DAN THALMANN / WCN

Remodel project nears completion

A massive interior remodeling project has been underway for the past few months at FNB Washington and the effort is expected to be complete in about a month. This is the first major remodeling project for the bank since it was built in 1985. Above, from left, Tina Uhlik, Kimberly Nelson and Connie Delay stand behind the new location of the teller counter, which greets customers as they walk through the main entrance. The temporary wall behind them will come down and will open up that space. The entire lobby has been brightened, has new flooring and furniture and is more conveniently configurated. Left, a carving by Ina Fike is on display above a customer counter. This beautiful work of art wasn’t easily seen before.

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First COVID case listed in county

Washington County has its first positive case of COVID-19. The Washington County Health Department announced on Tuesday morning that a woman in her 70s tested positive for the coronavirus-based disease.

The individual is currently maintaining inhome isolation, according to Tiffany Hayman, Washington County Health Officer. The individual had a recent travel history to a county with cases. She has no underlying health conditions.

The Washington County Health Department is currently working to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. They will then be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms.

“Our goal continues to prevent and limit exposure to our population,” said Hayman. “We ask that residents continue to practice social distancing. Practicing good hand hygiene and wearing masks in public is highly recommended.”

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Brewery gives away hand sanitizer

Brewery gives away hand sanitizer

Gallon jugs of hand sanitizer have been distributed to hospitals and health care providers by Kansas Territory Brewing Company.

Kansas Territory Brewing Company is making and giving away free hand sanitizer. The downtown Washington brewery has donated many gallon jugs and liter bottles of hand sanitizer to local and area hospitals and health care providers, among others.

Brandon Gunn, who works at the brewery, said staff there saw a need for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus pandemic, and legislation was passed recently that allowed breweries and producers of alcohol to make hand sanitizer. A basic four-ingredient recipe along with a bottling label was placed on the World Health Organization’s website, Gunn said, but the ingredients for the sanitizer were hard to find because so many people were trying to make their own sanitizer the past couple months.

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