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CC winter formal is Friday

Clifton-Clyde Winter Formal Homecoming is Friday, Dec. 21. Coronation will be between the varsity girls and varsity boys games at approximately 6:45 p.m. The Eagles play Axtell. Candidates, from left, are Skyler Robbins, Maycee Callihan, Christian Seifert, Kalista Hubert, Tanner Thompson and Jessica Wurtz. Kindergarten helpers are Dominic Drake, Koltyn Wunderle, Grady Wurtz, Ava Petesch, Makensie Heil and Olivia Sternberger.

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Texas man arrested in connection with local child pornography case

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation involving child pornography and/or sexual solicitation of a juvenile residing in Washington County began in March. This investigation led to collaboration with and involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and San Antonio, Texas, Police Department.

On Nov. 8 Andrew Sanchez, of San Antonio, was federally indicted and arrested for possession of child pornography and electronic sexual solicitation of a child. Other possible juvenile victims were also discovered during execution of the warrant, and further investigation continues within that respective jurisdiction.

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Christmas Eve services planned

The following Christmas Eve services were submitted to the News:

The Barnes United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. The United Methodist Church in Haddam will have its Christmas Eve service at 6:45 p.m., and Washington’s service will be at 8:30 p.m. The community is invited.

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The Washington Christian Church will have a short, traditional candlelight communion service at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve so families can have time together. Ronnie and Becky Moyer and the church choir will sing.

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The Crossroads Community Church Christmas Eve celebration service called The Gifts of Christmas will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 in Washington. The event will feature a candlelight Lord’s Supper/communion, and children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

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SHERIFF’S REPORT

On Dec. 10 Trisha Crosby, of Beatrice, was a Gage County inmate who was being released. An NCIC check confirmed an active warrant out of Jackson County for failure to appear. Crosby was released to Jackson County authorities.

On Dec. 13 an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Kansas Avenue in Haddam for a report of burglary.

On Dec. 13 officers assisted Republic County Sheriff’s Office with a drug investigation, which resulted in John Lambert, of Haddam, being arrested for charges related to distribution of a controlled substance.

On Dec. 16 the Washington Fire Department was dispatched to Upland and 19th Roads for a gas leak.

On Dec. 16 officers were dispatched to 1771 18th Road for a report of a domestic disturbance. As a result, Kyle Mashburn, of Washington, was arrested on pending charges of aggravated assault, domestic battery and criminal threat. Mashburn is being housed at the Washington County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

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CITATION

On Dec. 14 on K-148 at 12th Road Joshua Lynch, of Manhattan, was issued a citation for speeding.

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ACCIDENTS

On Nov. 14 on Upland Road just north of 12th Road Tawyna Klataska, of Greenleaf, was driving a 2000 Ford and collided with a deer. Damage was estimated at more than $1,000.

On Dec. 4 on Parallel Road a half-mile west of Jade Road Kenneth Dillon, of Clarksville, Tenn., was driving a 2015 Toyota and collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at more than $1,000.

On Dec. 13 on Eagle Road just north of 1st Road Phillip Mueller, of Clifton, was driving a 1993 Chevrolet and collided with a deer. Damages are estimated at more than $1,000.

On Dec. 13 on K-9 just east of Bismark Road Eric Sacco, of Clyde, was driving a 2016 Nissan and collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at more than $1,000.

On Dec. 13 on K-9 just west of Gypsum Road Kathy Robinson, of Clay Center, was driving a 2006 Mazda and collided with a deer. Damages were estimated at more than $1,000.

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Why is character important?

As I watched the funeral services for President George H. W. Bush, I was struck by how often the Eulogists referenced his strength of character using terms like loyalty, trust, service, courage, compassion, discipline, humor, and gratitude. I was reminded of the Character Counts program that was offered once upon a time through K-State Research and Extension and thought that in today’s world a reminder of those Pillars of Character might be in order!

The Six Pillars of Character Counts are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. When used in this order they create an acronym reminding us to have character that is terrific, T.R.R.F.C.C. Let’s take a quick look at each pillar and see how we can insure our character is T.R.R.F.C.C.

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A REAL-LIFE SANTA CLAUS

Jerry Scheve, pictured with Noreen Rundle, of Washington, was captured in a rare photograph in 2004 when he and Rundle were photographers at her friend’s wedding. Scheve taught science and photography at Washington and coached junior high football for about 32 years. Since his death former students and teachers have discussed the many things he did for them and the community, including the rumors that he gave secret scholarships and put money in needy kids’ lockers.

This Washington County News photo from the 1970s shows Scheve just out of college with his master’s degree as he was beginning his teaching career at Washington.

The late Jerry Scheve was described a lot of ways: A mentor, a great teacher, a father figure, an honest man, a generous donor and a man who would do anything for a friend, but also a loner, a hoarder, a man whose abusive childhood followed him throughout his life and a man who would never accept anything from anyone. He wrote personal checks to students for secret scholarships, attached a $100 dollar bill to a pop can with a rubberband and threw it in the yard of someone he thought deserved the money, and was rumored to have put cash in needy students’ lockers.

Those closest to Mr. Scheve, as most people knew him, knew only snippets about his childhood or about the good deeds he was rumored to have done; some of his kind deeds remain unsubstantiated, and there are likely many more good deeds he has done that nobody knows about, people said.

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Volunteers put together baskets, Angel Tree gifts

Volunteers worked last week assembling gift baskets and holiday meal packages for Angel Tree recipients.

Tony Miller, below, assembled bicycles for some of the children.

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Board discusses courthouse boiler

The Board of County Commissioners discussed the next step in investigating issues with the courthouse’s two-year-old boiler. On Friday custodian David Roblez and commissioner Raleigh Ordoyne met with the company that installed the boiler as they looked for answers as to why the boiler requires daily “blow downs.” If the courthouse is closed for a three-day weekend – or four days over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – and Roblez does not go to the courthouse and do a blow down the day before the courthouse re-opens, the courthouse will likely not have any heat that first morning back.

Roblez said the boiler works fine when the water level is low, but it appears that a sensor fails to signal a tank to stop filling. When the tank fills “all the way up,” Roblez said, he has to “blow down” the tank.

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