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10
Oct
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Going hog wild

Gavin Herrs cuddles some of the family’s piglets as the Herrs family begins the process of raising their own fair pigs to show at the fair.

 

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Palmer Grain resumes operations aft er grain dust explosion

Repairs and upgrades have been made at Palmer Grain to allow the elevator to receive grain from the fall harvest and get operations mostly back to normal. The complex received major damage in an Aug. 3 grain dust explosion at its downtown Palmer facility. The explosion severely injured employee Jeff Stigge (see related story).

Palmer Grain manager Brad Beier said they have been taking grain downtown since Sept. 26. They are also making all kinds of feed again.

Beier said they put in a bigger leg at the facility, which could take in grain at a higher rate if other upgrades to spouting and distribution are made after harvest.

 

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Stigge returns home after grain dust explosion

Jeff Stigge was able to return home to Washington and continue his rehab there after being injured in a grain dust explosion on Aug. 3.

Stigge spent time at KU Med and then the KU Acute Rehab Center in Kansas City and returned home on Oct. 1.

He is now doing physical therapy for his legs and back and occupational therapy to regain mobility in his hands and arms. Stigge said it was still too early in the recovery process to know if he can expect a full recovery.

 

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Tue
02
Oct
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 e ‘Pony’ lives on

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

The “Pony” has re-opened with a new name and new ownership. Ron and Stacy Wetter, of Hanover, have named the re-launched business The Pony Express Country Café, which is located in the original café building on Highway 36 at the Hanover corner. The restaurant opened in late August, and during one of those fi rst few days of business the Wetters had a crowd that extended out the front door. The remodeled café seats 92, and the demand sometimes exceeds the seating. “We were not prepared for the volume that fi rst day,” Ron Wetter said. “We had 35 pounds of sausage, and we were out by 10 [a.m.]”

 

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Tue
25
Sep
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Ouellette resigning from county commission

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Gary Ouellette announced on Tuesday morning his resignation from the Board of County Commissioners effective after the Oct. 29 county commissioners meeting. He is finishing the second year of his four-year term.

Ouellette announced his resignation to the Washington County News in an e-mail. 

 

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Tue
25
Sep
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Commissioners say airport board no longer functioning

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER 

Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Novak told the commissioners that the airport board needs to find a clerk. That comment unleashed a discussion that lasted the next 15 minutes.

“We don’t really have an airport board,” Commissioner Tim Mueller said. “Nobody [on the board] is doing a damn thing.”

 

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Tue
25
Sep
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History from behind the jail cell bars

Historic county jail available for public tours after volunteers work to create vintage experience

BY DAN THALMANN 

Through a lot of effort by several volunteers over the years, the historic former Washington County Jail has been available since this spring for public viewing and group tours. The structure includes a sheriff ’s office and men’s and women’s jail cells, kitchen and other facilities as well as living quarters upstairs. 

 

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Tue
18
Sep
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Fall Fest

Several youngsters took a downtown tour aboard the Little Apple Express, which whisked riders on ever-changing routes around the courthouse and down main street. The train has been a part of FNB Fall Fest for many years.

 

 

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Washington Christian Church to celebrate 125th

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

 

The Washington Christian Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 23, with the return of many former ministers and church members. The church will celebrate its history, which includes the construction of the current building after the original structure was damaged in a tornado, with a special service and reception. The anniversary celebration will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 23 with a meet and greet. The worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Much of the service will be led by church alumni.

Four revolving pianists will play before the service. Those pianists are Gay Lynn Manning, Elizabeth (Finlayson) Woodman, Diana (Boston) Enfi eld and former Washington Schools band and vocal instructor Stephen Higginbotham.

 

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Tue
11
Sep
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Council hears dog park request

Two sites suggested to Washington city council, who will look further into concept

BY CHRIS PANNBACKER

A proposal to create a dog park on city property was presented to the Washington City Council Sept. 4 when the council met at City Hall. Present were Mayor Ryan Kern and council members Don Imhoff , Kevin Elder, Theresa Herrs and Roxanne Schottel. Melanie Bryant was absent.

“A lot of larger towns now have dog parks,” Karen Stewart told the council. “We want a nice place for our dogs where they can run off leash.” Also present in support of a dog park were Jan Matlack and Valerie Prothe.

 

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