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Thu
28
Feb
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Schools running low on snow days

The number of snow days left for area schools is rapidly dwindling. Washington County is down to only 1 day left for the grade school students – high school students have about 2 days left because of their slightly longer school day – while Clifton-Clyde has 2 days remaining and Barnes-Hanover-Linn has 3 days left.

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Wed
20
Feb
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City council accepts bleachers bid

Washington City Council accepted a bid for two sets of bleachers for the main ball diamond when it met Feb. 4 at City Hall.

Present were Don Imhoff, Melanie Bryant and Theresa Herrs. Council members Roxanne Schottel and Kevin Elder were absent along with mayor Ryan Kern.

Total cost for the fiverow aluminum bleachers from Kay Park Recreation, of Janesville, Iowa, was $10,067.25. The city will pay for one set of the bleachers and the other set will be paid for by the Washington Ball Association. The bleachers are part of a continuing improvement project at the ball diamond and will be placed behind home plate.

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Wed
20
Feb
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Community foundation accepting spring grant applications

More than $11,000 is available to Washington County organizations, churches and educational entities, among others. Last year’s Washington County Community Foundation grants were awarded to several communities in the counties including the Haddam Community Club for painting of the city hall and Morrowville Fire Department for new equipment. The deadline to apply for the organization’s spring grants is April 1.

More than $11,000 is available to charitable projects in Washington County through the following funds:

• Washington County Opportunity Fund – available for projects that help fulfill the foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in Washington County

• Hanover Community Fund – available for charitable projects that address the present and future needs of Hanover.

Wed
20
Feb
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Grants available for events

GRANTS AVAILABLE

For the second year in a row the Washington County Guest Tax Board will be awarding grants for 2019. The grants are available to non-profit organizations and require submission 60 days prior to the event. Nine entities received $4,515 worth of grants last year, and all communities in the county are encouraged to apply for this year’s grant money.

People can apply for grants to help with advertising, signage or the cost of the event. The grants will be awarded on a firstcome, first-served basis. Applications will open on March 1 and can be picked up in the Washington County Tourism office on the second floor of the courthouse.

Wed
20
Feb
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A lone stone barn

This stone barn, which is located on a farmstead along K-148 near Brantford, is the only visible stone structure on the property. It is now owned by Joseph and Laura Wurtz.

SEE THESE PICTURES IN COLOR IN THE E-EDITION

Very little information is known on the builder of Joseph and Laura Wurtz’s stone barn or the year the barn was constructed. There are many farmsteads with multiple stone structures in the Brantford area, but few people have knowledge of the history of the various structures.

SET IN STONE

A small, crumbling stone barn sets alone on the south edge of a farm a few miles west of Brantford. Portions of the barn’s walls have been patched with tin to get it through another few years. The age of the barn, as well as its builder, are unknown.

According to lifetime Brantford resident Dean Seifert, Thomas Singular owned that 80 acres of land in 1906, and he was possibly the one that built, or hired the building of, the barn.

The barn sets in the county’s richest stone structure enclave. It’s located near Deer Road and K-148 among a series of Brantford-area farmsteads between 9th and 14th Roads that count well more than a dozen stone structures.

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Wed
13
Feb
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Commission continues snow day policy discussion

A couple county department heads talked on Feb. 4 with the Board of County Commissioners about pay from the county’s snow day two weeks ago. Sheriff Justin Cordry told the board he was wanting clarification on how people were paid for that day while Health Department director Tiffany Hayman said she was hoping to get paid for the hours she spent that day waiting for FedEx to bring vaccines.

All non-essential employees who work for Washington County were told not to come to work two weeks ago because of the snow and road conditions. All essential employees, which included the county road crew, the courthouse custodian, dispatchers, jailers and sheriff’s deputies, still had to work despite the weather. During last week’s meeting the commissioners were tasked with deciding how to pay those who worked and those who were asked to stay home because the county has no policy in the handbook regarding pay for work that is cancelled because of weather.

Wed
13
Feb
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WCN named Best Mid-sized Weekly in KS

Representing the Washington County News at the Kansas Press Association’s Awards of Excellence banquet on Saturday in Topeka, were, from left, owner/publishers Jen and Dan Thalmann and managing editor Cynthia Scheer.

TOPEKA – The Washington County News regained its title as the best mid-sized weekly newspaper in Kansas after winning the sweepstakes award at the Kansas Press Association’s Awards of Excellence on Saturday in Topeka.

In the contest, newspaper industry judges from various states considered entries in writing, photography, design and other categories from November 2017 through October 2018 to choose winning submissions.

The Washington County News had its best results ever, with 12 first place awards, 10 second place awards and 11 third place awards. This is the third time the WCN has earned this top designation, having also won in 2015 and 2016.

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Wed
13
Feb
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Greenleaf receives $300K for improvements to housing

The City of Greenleaf recently received a $300,000 federal grant to rehabilitate about nine homes in the city. Low-to-moderate income families in Greenleaf can apply for that grant money to replace siding, roofs and windows. City clerk Wanda Uffman said city officials will attend a Feb. 19 meeting in Topeka to learn more about the grant they received.

According to Uffman, the city has been working for over a year to apply for the grant, and the city’s efforts to demolish unsafe structures in the city over the past decade helped them get this grant.

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Wed
13
Feb
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USD 108 board votes to add bowling

Bowling will be added to WCHS athletic offerings in the 2019-2020 school year. The decision, made at Monday night’s USD 108 Board of Education meeting, followed several months of study, discussion and information gathering. The motion to add bowling passed 7-0 and included language to revisit in the near future the possibility of adding baseball and/or softball.

Voting yes were Joe L’Ecuyer, Jill Hoover, Rod Stewart, Kevin Elliott, Rhonda Manley, Brad Jones and Brad Owen.

Estimated bowling startup costs, prepared by 7-12 principal Vicki Enyart, were $2,336 for team jerseys and ball bags. Annual operating costs were estimated at $6,020. This includes tournament entry fees, supplies and coaching salaries. Enyart said the United States Bowling Congress offers four $2,500 grants annually to new high school programs across the nation. John Metz of Washington Bowl has offered the facility for practice at no charge and has expressed an interest in coaching, Enyart said.

Wed
06
Feb
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New Year’s baby

Liam Brent Lehman, the son of Brent and Callie Lehman, of Linn, was the first baby born at Washington County Hospital in 2019. See story on Page 2.

Photo by CARRIE HEITMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Liam Brent Lehman, the son of Brent and Callie Lehman, of Linn, was the first baby born at Washington County Hospital in 2019

 

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