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Easter cantata is April 14

The Brantford Covenant Church Community Choir will present an Easter cantata entitled "The Day He Wore My Crown" on Palm Sunday, April 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

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Wash.Co. prom is Saturday

Washington County High School’s prom is Saturday, April 6. The theme is Night of a Thousand Stars.

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Making tough decisions

High school student Kody Helms, above, carries out groceries at Kier’s Thriftway in Washington. Local grocers struggle to keep customers shopping local despite better service including grocery carry out than big box stores.

Jack’s Food Market in Linn, above, is one of five grocery stores in Washington County. Store owners say they know they lose business to larger stores in bigger towns as well as online retailers.

During the Days of ’49 or when a local soup supper is going on in Hanover, Crome’s Market owner Jenea Bruna gives a grocery store key to someone in charge of the event. The key holders can let themselves into the store after business hours and write down on a piece of paper the items they take. Bruna doesn’t have to be bothered by several phone calls or quick trips to the store to allow organizers to grab needed items.

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Commission talks roads, bridges, annual clean up days this week

The Washington County Road and Bridge department continues to work on roads, according to supervisor Justin Novak. The county is getting its road rock from Holmesville, Neb., in Gage County because the plant in Clay Center is out of all rock except three-inch rock.

 

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City council looks at engines

Electric generation capacity took center stage Monday night as the Washington City Council grappled with how to put projects and numbers together for an electric rate study.

The city has been working with Andrew Harriger of Sawvell and Associates on a rate study.

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County-wide clean up days next week

The annual county-wide clean up and free days at the transfer station are April 4-6. All Washington County businesses and residents can participate. Eligible items may be taken to the transfer station/ county landfill that Thursday, Friday or Saturday for free; normal charges will be waived.

Items that may be taken for free include appliances, furniture, mattresses, box springs, scrap metals, wire and electronics.

Items that cannot be taken for free include tires, normal household trash, which will cost .021 cents a pound, and construction and demolition material, which will cost .0175 cents a pound.

 

 

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County economic development annual meeting is Saturday

The first annual meeting and membership drive of the newly formed Washington County Economic Partnership will be Saturday, March 30, at the Gilliam sale facility near Greenleaf. The event begins with happy hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by a catered meal at 6 p.m. The meeting will follow the meal.

All farmers, ranchers, business owners, city council members, entrepreneurs and other interested people are welcome to attend. Membership is $100 a year and will be collected at the event. Funds will support efforts to bring new business investments to the county as well as retain current ones, create job growth and increase the tax base.

 

 

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Ag land values still going up

Ag land values in Washington County went up nine percent this year, according to data released by the Kansas Department of Revenue in late February. The preliminary ag use land value for Washington County for 2019 is $183,970,530 compared with $171,178,810 last year. Last year values increased 12 percent over 2017. Appraiser Lance Leis told the Board of Washington County commissioners in late February that almost all soil types went up in value this year thanks in-part to the continued increase in the eight-year average net income of the landlord.

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28
Mar
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County works on roads

The county Road and Bridge Department has been working on roads the past couple weeks, according to Road and Bridge supervisor Justin Novak. He told the Board of County Commissioners that his department has been hauling lots of rock all over the county lately. He said some employees in his department worked from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday despite the department discontinuing working on Fridays during the extended daylight months.

Novak said the quarries open at 7:30, and he wanted to beat the rush at the pits. He agreed with commissioner Scott Zabokrtsky that the wait time at the quarries was exceeding an hour at times.

Novak said quarries are running out of rock. The quarry at Barneston, Neb., where the county gets some of its rock, has been closed but was expected to open on Wednesday, Novak said, and the quarry at Clay Center was about out of rock.

 

 

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Kindergarten, first grade to get iPads

A rotation plan for replacement of teacher laptops and student Chromebooks was approved Monday night by the USD 108 Board of Education. The board also agreed to buy approximately 60 iPads for K-1 students for next year.

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

District technology director Christian Pihl recommended a 5-year replacement schedule starting in the fall of 2019 for faculty laptops. Once in place, the schedule will replace 20 percent of staff laptops annually. In the fall, the district will replace nine staff computers at a total price of $6,622.38.

He proposed Chromebook rotation schedules for grades 8-12 and grades 3-7. Each will have a fiveyear rotation, replacing approximately 20 percent of the Chromebooks each year at an estimated cost of $5,500 to $6,000 each for the two rotations.

 

 

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