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Ag land values still going up across most of Kansas

Ag land values still going up across most of Kansas

Ag land values in Washington County went up eight percent this year, according to data from the Kansas Department of Revenue. The preliminary ag use land valuation for Washington County for 2020 is $195,463,920 compared with $183,970,530 last year. In 2019 ag land values went up 9 percent in Washington County, and they increased 12 percent in 2018.

Nearly all counties in Kansas saw valuation increases, although those valuation increases are slightly less than the increases seen across the state last year. Many counties this year saw valuation increases of 4 to 9 percent, while the valuation increases last year running closer to the 9-to-16-percent range.

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04
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Census estimates show decline across region

The 2019 population estimates for cities and counties were recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The figures show across-the-board population declines in Washington County and all surrounding counties compared to 2010 figures, which are slightly adjusted from the 2010 Census. The only county to show an increase is Riley County, led by the only community-level increase of the City of Manhattan.

Washington County showed a 2019 estimate of 5,406 residents. That is a 6.55% decrease from the 5,785 residents in 2010. All 12 communities in the county showed decreases, ranging from an 8.67 percent decrease in Clifton (which was estimated to have dropped from 553 in 2010 to 505 in 2019) to the lowest percentage of decreases for the two smallest communities in the county – Vining and Hollenberg.

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04
Jun
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Pannbacker won’t run for second term

Bill Pannbacker, who has served the 106th district for the Kansas House of Representatives, announced that he will not file for re-election. He said the decision is one part political and one part personal and financial.

“The political piece is the reality that I am in the crosshairs of two lobbying groups that are well-funded and aggressive in their opposition to me,” he said. “I am disappointed that organizational leaders for Americans for Prosperity and Kansans for Life did not have the courtesy to talk to me about the rationales behind the votes that they found worthy of repeatedly disparaging me personally. I guess politics too often gets in the way of developing good public policy.”

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04
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Commission removes all restrictions on 2-1 vote

The Board of County Commissioners decided on Monday to follow Marshall County’s lead and open the county with no restrictions to businesses or mass gatherings effective immediately. This replaced their decision last Wednesday during a special meeting to advance the county to the governor’s Phase 3 of the reopening plan and remain in Phase 3 until June 16.

Thu
28
May
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Remembering the fallen

Remembering the fallen
Remembering the fallen

The firing line for the Clifton S.A.L. performs a 21-gun salute during a brief ceremony on Monday at the Clifton I.O.O.F. cemetery.

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Several filings for county positions

Several people have filed for office ahead of the Aug. 4 primary election. The filing deadline is noon on Monday, June 1. David Willbrant has filed for his County Commissioner District 2 seat. Nobody has filed yet for the District 3 commissioner seat, which is occupied by Raleigh Ordoyne.

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Graduation dates changed for Hanover, Linn

The changes in the phases of Kansas’ reopening plan has caused Hanover and Linn High Schools to change their graduation ceremonies again. They had originally rescheduled them to be on June 21, but the mass gathering restrictions changed when the Governor added a Phase 1.5 last Tuesday.

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Seniors move on after being part of history

The 2020 senior class went through an unprecedented spring; a time they never could have predicted in August when the school year began.

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Washington pool, summer ball discussed

Decisions about opening the Washington swimming pool and allowing baseball and softball this summer are expected when the council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, for the regular June meeting.

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Teenage bugler honors veterans

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Maggie Hansen, Greenleaf, performs Taps at Maplewood Cemetery on Monday morning, the first of 13 stops in the area to honor veterans on Memorial Day.Photo by JUDY WIECHMAN

This Memorial Day was different for Maggie Hansen. But sometimes, different isn’t necessarily bad.

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