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Thu
13
Jun
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Matlack to lead KSDS

Kelly Matlack is the new CEO of KSDS in Washington. Her fiance, Adam Mayer, will lead marketing and fundraising.

Washington native Kelly Matlack has been named the new CEO of KSDS. She began her new position last week. Glenda Keller, who has been CEO since 2012, will retire in July.

The new CEO has worked as a coordinator for Housing and Residence Life at Bowling Green University in Kentucky since 2013. She didn’t even consider returning to Washington to take the position at KSDS until March when the KSDS board had gone through two unsuccessful rounds of hiring a CEO.

Thu
13
Jun
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Spills and thrills at the county rodeo

A young rider did a face plant into the dirt during the mutton bustin’ competition.

A young rider did a face plant into the dirt during the mutton bustin’ competition

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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Touring Spanish farms

Morganne Zabokrtsky toured a sheep farm during her spring trip to Spain.

Morganne Zabokrtsky spent about a week in Spain this spring learning about the agriculture there. The Hanover native went on the March trip as part of one of Kansas State University’s agriculture study abroad programs.

Zabokrtsky, who is a college junior majoring in animal science, said she decided to go on the spring break trip because she had never been out of the country and wanted to see what agriculture was like overseas. Zabokrtsky, who said she’d like to go on another trip if her college schedule allows, said she hopes to eventually pursue a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition.

During her time in Spain Zabokrtsky toured four farms, which included farms with pigs, sheep, dairy cattle and beef cattle. She said she was most surprised with the organic agriculture focus in Spain; most farms participate in organic farming. She said many farms also raise cattle for veal, and the calves are harvested at about 450 pounds.

 

Thu
06
Jun
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Linn gym condemned after damage from tornado

Without access to either of the gyms at Linn High School because of post-storm assessments, the Linn girls had volleyball and basketball practices at the Linn City Park last Thursday. The boys practice at Clay Center Community High School. The “new” gym was condemned on Monday, so all summer practices will be scheduled in the old gym going forward.

The EF-0 tornado that swept through Linn in the early morning hours of Memorial Day last week caused enough damage to the “new” Linn gym that it was officially condemned on Monday. USD 223 superintendent John Whetzal toured the facility on Monday with a structural engineer who said the gym is not structurally sound or safe and will have to be torn down.

When he first walked into the gym that morning, Whetzal said he saw the structure’s steel beams were bowed. He said the roof could be replaced, but the steel beams are the connections from the roof to the floor and they were compromised, making the structure unsafe.

 

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Thu
30
May
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Volunteers help with storm clean up

About 82 loads of storm debris was collected in Linn in the hours after Monday’s tornado, according to Emergency Management Director Randy Hubbard. He spoke with the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday about the holiday clean-up efforts. He said about 150 people helped with Linn’s clean up.

Hubbard said those 82 loads of debris and trees counted everything from trailer loads to pickup bed loads courtesy of volunteers who donated their time and vehicles.

The county also contributed the use of three dump trucks, and the county’s Solid Waste director Duane Bruna said county employees opened the landfill on Monday to accept storm debris. About 10 loads came in that day. He said he expected several more loads of debris this week.

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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Small tornado cuts through Linn

Ryan Ohlde’s mechanic shop, located just east of Linn, was totally torn apart by an EF-0 tornado with peak winds of 84 miles an hour that ripped through Linn early Monday morning. The storm caused about a block and a half-wide swath of damage through town.

The public school in Linn had major damage to the new gym, school vehicles and windows on the front of the school. The concessions stand at the football field was totally destroyed.

LINN – What has been projected as an EF-0 tornado cut a narrow swath through the community of Linn early Monday morning, causing no injuries, but resulting in significant damage to trees and some houses. Linn Public School took the brunt of the damage in town, with major damage to the new gym, total destruction of the football field’s concession stand, significant damage to school vehicles and damage to the trees in the front of the school, which ended up breaking out several windows.

The storm hit around 2:40 a.m. according to Meghan Dieckmann, who said she heard the storm roll in with a rush, but it passed quickly. She did hear a loud noise and soon found out a backyard shed was toppled over and some play equipment in the yard had blown away. Many neighbors had similar damage.

The damage in town started along South Elm Street near Highway 15 on the southwest corner of Linn. The path was about a block to a block and a half wide, moving to the north-northeast.

Thu
23
May
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Swimming pool openings

Local swimming pools are preparing to open for the season. Washington and Greenleaf are expected to open this weekend. Lifeguard shortages and certification and maintenance delays have pushed back the opening day at Linn, Clifton and Hanover.

WASHINGTON

The Washington city pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 25. Hours are 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays with adult swim from 7 to 8 p.m., and 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with adult swim from noon to 1 p.m.

The manager is Zack Zarybnicky, and the assistant manager is Lauren Wyatt. Lifeguards are Shailyn Zenger, Presley Rose, Kylie Mintzmyer, Tristin Wiggins, Camryn Boykin and Nate Tice.

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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County Free Days intake nearly double last year’s total

Numbers from recent Washington County’s Free Days, the recycling program, and the amount and cost of trash taken into the Washington County Transfer station since 2017 were discussed during Monday’s  

Noxious Weed and Solid Waste director Duane Bruna, along with Solid Waste Committee members Ken Stettnisch and Kathy Ouellette, met with the board to discuss the solid waste program in Washington County. City mayors and local trash haulers are among the members of the Solid Waste Committee and were invited to the meeting, which is required once a year by KDHE.

Bruna said the annual Free Days in April brought in 103 tons of waste during the three-day event. Fifty-two tons was trash and other items that could be taken to Hamm’s, 30.6 tons was construction and demolition material and 20.5 tons was salvage and iron.

Thu
23
May
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Alumni reunions

Many communities in the county will host alumni banquets this weekend. The following information was provided to the News:

WASHINGTON

The 50th Washington Alumni Banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. The meal reservation deadline has passed; no meals can be guaranteed at the door. The school’s FCCLA group caters the event.

The classes of 1994 and 1969 will be honored.

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED

Brothers Jim Martin, of Hanover, Gene Martin, of Washington, and Don Martin, of Hanover, went on Wamego High School’s annual Honor Flight on April 24-25 after remaining on a flight waitlist for more than a year and a half. The brothers said they wanted to wait to go on a flight until all three of them could go together.

The Martin brothers, along with their cousin, Don Ronnebaum, of St. Mary’s, went on an Honor Flight with Wamego High School. National Honor Society students went along as guardians. Pictured are Jim Martin, 83, and his guardian, Emma; Gene Martin, 77, and his guardian, Kylie;Ronnebaum and his guardian; and Don Martin, 71, and his guardian, Kynzie.

When the Martin brothers began on their Honor Flight journey at 1 a.m. on April 24, they didn’t realize the impact the event would have on their hearts or that they would return home the next evening with newfound friends in their high school guardians. The Honor Flight also provided the brothers – Jim, Don and Gene – an opportunity to talk about their time in military service, which is something they hadn’t really done before.

Don and Gene Martin talked about going on an Honor Flight, they said, but they didn’t want to go unless their older brother, Jim, could go, too. They didn’t think he could go because he was a “Cold War veteran,” they said.

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