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KSHSAA splits Class 1A again

KSHSAA splits Class 1A again

Class 1A will again split into two separate divisions for volleyball, basketball and scholars bowl after a 70-47 vote by Kansas State High School Activities Association member schools.

The change will begin with the 2020-21 sports seasons and will cause a change in the format and calendar of the postseason tournaments.

Those changes will be made at the January meeting of the KSHSAA board.

According to the minutes of the November KSHSAA board meeting, “It is premature to believe the schedule/format will return to the exact schedule/ format followed when Class 1A previously crowned two division champions in these three activities.”

 

 

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Clifton-Clyde to induct first Hall of Fame class

Clifton-Clyde to induct first Hall of Fame class

Irma Jean Blaha

Clifton-Clyde to induct first Hall of Fame class

Lindsey Eustermwiemann

Clifton-Clyde to induct first Hall of Fame class

1995 2A Girls State Champion Volleyball Team

Clifton-Clyde to induct first Hall of Fame class

Bill Bechard

Clifton-Clyde to induct first Hall of Fame class

Ray Dean and Barb Knox

USD 224 Clifton-Clyde has officially announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class, which will be inducted on Jan. 31, between the Clifton-Clyde girls and boys basketball games against Frankfort High School at the Clifton-Clyde High School gym.

USD 224’s first hall of fame class is in celebration of their 40th graduating class of Clifton-Clyde High School. Our first graduating class honors a state championship team, two great staff contributors, a former student with national recognition, and a husband/wife pair who have supported the schools since day one of their 40-year marriage.

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Holbrook honored for 50 years supporting KLA

Holbrook honored for 50 years supporting KLA

Pictured (left to right), immediate past KLA President Barb Downey, Marcella Holbrook and KLA Chief Executive Officer Matt Teagarden.

Marcella Holbrook, of Washington, was honored Dec. 4 during the KLA Convention in Wichita for supporting the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) for 50 years.  

Holbrook has been involved in the livestock industry since she married her late husband, Dave, in 1955. They had a feedlot, then later began a cowcalf operation. The couple joined KLA because it was highly recommended to them by other members. She was Kansas CowBelles president in 1983 and American National Cattle-Women secretary in 1992. Marcella was a co-chair of the National Beef Cook-off held in Wichita in 1985.  

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Gifts & Goodies draws crowds for 40th year in Washington

Gifts & Goodies draws crowds for 40th year in Washington

Members of the GFWC Modern Pioneers group who are responsbile for hosting the Gifts and Goodies event are, standing, from left, Jeannie Walker, Sharon Pierce, Susan Graham, Diane Hornbostel; seated, Twila Simnitt, Marcia Funke.

Gifts & Goodies draws crowds for 40th year in Washington

Crowds of shoppers pack the old middle school gym in Washington for the Santa’s Gifts and Goodies craft show, which held its popular event for the 40th year on Dec. 7. A Christmas weekend in Washington has grown out of this event.

The GFWC Modern Pioneers celebrated their 40th year of hosting the annual craft show Santa’s Gifts and Goodies on Dec. 7. The craft show was first hosted in old city hall with about 15 vendors before growing to the usually sold-out 46 spaces at the Washington County East Elementary gym. About 23 vendors come to the event now.

The women’s club needed a fundraiser 40 years ago, so member Twila Simnitt thought up the craft show.

It has always been on the first Saturday in December. Longtime chairwoman Susan Graham, who has been with the club for more than 50 years, said many downtown Washington businesses used to stay open Saturday afternoon and host their Christmas open houses on that Saturday, which helped bolster attendance at the craft show. Downtown Washington is nearly empty by 1 p.m. now, Graham said, and the traffic at the craft show slows considerably by then.

 

 

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Dursts named Farm Family of the Year

Dursts named Farm Family of the Year

John and Misty Durst, of rural Morrowville, were recently recognized as a Kansas Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year.

John and Misty Durst, of rural Morrowville, were named one of Kansas Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year. The Dursts received the award during Kansas Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Meeting in Manhattan Dec. 1. Each year, 10 families receive the Farm Family of the Year award for their service and leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau and their communities.

John and Misty Durst own a third-generation family farm.

John started farming fulltime in 1991 on 220 rented acres. Now the Dursts run a diversified and custom farming operation consisting of 2,500 acres along with a 100 cow/calf herd. They raise corn, soybeans, milo and wheat along with forages and alfalfa for feed.

 

 

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KSDE commissioner recognizes USD 223 as top tier in Kansas

KSDE commissioner recognizes USD 223 as top tier in Kansas

Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson interacted with seniors and other students from Hanover, above,

KSDE commissioner recognizes USD 223 as top tier in Kansas

and Linn, left, during his visit to the schools on Wednesday to present USD 223 with Kansans Can Star awards.

KSDE commissioner recognizes USD 223 as top tier in Kansas

Dr. Randy Watson made stops in Linn and Hanover on Wednesday to surprise the students and staff with awards for the new Kansans Can Star Recognition program.

KSDE commissioner recognizes USD 223 as top tier in Kansas

The students and staff from Linn, above,

KSDE commissioner recognizes USD 223 as top tier in Kansas

Photos by DAN THALMANN / WCN

and Hanover, left, gathered together for a group shot with Dr. Randy Watson on Wednesday.

USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn was recognized as one of the top school districts in Kansas as part of a special award presentation last week. Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson visited the district to present several awards at Linn and Hanover as part of the department’s new Kansans Can Star Recognition program.

The student bodies and staffs of the schools gathered on Dec. 4 for the announcement, which was kept as a secret from everyone, including administration, until the ceremony. Watson said USD 223 was one of eight districts of all sizes in the state (public and private) that received the Commissioner’s Award with Highest Distinction and awards in the four categories being measured this year.

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223 board asks for larger gym estimate

USD 223 SCHOOL BOARD

The USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn school board will be looking at one more set of cost figures for a larger gym at the January meeting of the board before making a decision on what direction to take on gym replacement at Linn. The board got an initial look at architectural estimates for various renovations and construction projects on both sides of the district during their meeting on Monday in Barnes. A price estimate from HTK Architects for the “shopping list” of ideas created during community meetings a couple months ago had a total price tag of $9 million, though the board never really seriously considered support of this option during the meeting.

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Council signs paperwork for library grant

WASHINGTON CITY COUNCIL

Rural Development grant paperwork for library roof and masonry replacement was signed Dec. 2 by Washington mayor Ryan Kern when the Washington City Council met at City Hall. Council members present were Roxanne Schottel, Theresa Herrs and Don Imhoff. Melanie Bryant and Kevin Elder were absent.

USDA loan specialist Sarah Hines reviewed the letter of conditions for the project that outlines much of the grant’s paperwork requirements.

The estimated project cost for the improvements, contractor, professional and engineering fees as well as contingency, totals $118,396. The funding breakdown includes $41,400 from a Rural Development grant, $47,186 from the Zona Frost Fund, $29,510 from the library and $300 from a private donation. Local funds will be spent first in the project payment cycle. The grant will provide funding for about 35 percent of the project costs.

 

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Discussion continues on WashCo HS roof

USD 108 SCHOOL BOARD

USD 108 roof discussions continued Nov. 11 when the board of education met for its monthly meeting. Present were Joe L’Ecuyer, Jill Hoover, Rod Stewart, Kevin Elliott, Rhonda Manley, Brad Jones and Brad Owen.

Head custodian Kenny Cook reviewed information about three main areas: the high school entrance, the high school gymnasium and the flat roofs at the high school, in addition to other areas on the district campus.

He spoke in favor of trying to add some slope to the gym roof and the flat roofs at the high school. While he said he didn’t know a lot about the possibilities, Cook said he would not be in favor of going back in with what the district has.

 

 

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Commission considers partnership with Marysville for recycling

COUNTY COMMISSION

Marysville city administrator Austin St. John and Washington County Noxious Weed and Solid Waste director Duane Bruna met with the Board of County Commissioners last week to discuss the possibility of Marysville bringing recycling to Washington. Bruna first told the board a few weeks ago of Marysville’s interest in discussing recycling options with Washington County.

St. John said Marysville lost its curbside recycling pickup because of the low value of recycling products lately. The only recycling option available to those in Marysville now is a cardboard-only trailer that goes to Twin Valley in Beattie.

“For a small county we have one of the best recycling programs,” Bruna said of Washington County’s trailers in most communities in the county.

 

 

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