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Donors give $2K to local Salvation Army this year

Busy Bee 4-H club members Luke Gauby, Gatlin Willbrant and Carly Crome rang the bells at Santa’s Gifts and Goodies on Dec. 1. The Salvation Army kettles at the event collected $100 more this year than last year.

Bell ringers at this year’s Santa’s Gifts and Goodies helped bring in 20 percent more donations than last year. Randy Hubbard, who is in charge of the Salvation Army kettles in Washington County as well as the distribution of funds collected here, said the two kettles at Washington’s craft show on Dec. 1 brought in a combined $500, which was up from last year’s total of $400. The funds are used to help people in need of assistance, including help with rent, utilities or prescriptions and to those who have had a house fire.

“Washington County is fortunate to have a strong donor base,” Hubbard said. “Last year a $50 bill was put into one of the kettles at Santa’s Gifts and Goodies, and this year there was a $100 bill.”

The Washington 4-H club members of Busy Bee and Farmington rang the bells at the kettles at Santa’s Gifts and Goodies this year.

Wed
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Dec
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City council increases wages

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Washington City Council determined 2019 wage increases when it met Dec. 3 at Washington City Hall. Present were Mayor Ryan Kern and City Council members Melanie Bryant, Kevin Elder and Theresa Herrs. Don Imhoff and Roxanne Schottel were absent.

Wage increases by position, effective with the first payroll in 2019, will be 5 percent, city administrator, 3 percent, city clerk, utility billing clerk/city treasurer, fulltime EMT, emergency medical technicians and first responders, electric superintendent, electric lineman #1, power plant operator, public works superintendent, water/ wastewater operator, street laborer and 2 percent, electric lineman #2.

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Greenleaf man killed at Pearl Harbor ID’d

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that Navy Seaman 1st Class Camillus M. O'Grady, 19, of Greenleaf, who was killed during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 5, 2016. Seaman First Class O'Grady, who entered the U.S. Navy from Kansas, served on the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and was aboard the ship during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. He was killed in the attack, and while his remains were recovered from the ship following the incident, they could not be individually identified at the time. SEA1 O'Grady was initially interred as an unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. In 2015, advances in forensic techniques prompted the reexamination and identification of SEA1 O'Grady's remains.

Seaman First Class O'Grady is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Wed
12
Dec
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SANTA VISITS

Santa and one of his elves, Ginger Mueller, surprised Linn students at the end of the K-6 Christmas music program last week.

Linn students got to meet Santa after their music program.

Garrett Stewart put his show skills to the test last week when he helped pose dogs with Santa for the annual Santa Paws event at his business, Washington Veterinary Clinic.

Santa has been hard at work across the county visiting with boys, girls, cats and dogs.

Wed
12
Dec
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County department heads attend meeting to discuss raises after wage sheet ‘leaked’

County sanitarian Marlene Stamm made an unscheduled stop to the Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday morning to talk with the board briefly about a pay scale sheet that another county employee gave her. Stamm said she wanted the commissioners to know that some pay rates on that sheet were inaccurate, and she wanted them to consider that when they were preparing to hand out pay raises in the near future.

“How did you get this?” commissioner Tim Mueller asked her of the pay sheet.

It was revealed that county clerk Diana Svanda asked if she could share a pay scale worksheet with some county employees, and on Friday a pay scale worksheet was sent to some county department heads. Commissioner David Willbrant was involved in the worksheet distribution. That worksheet led to the department heads getting onto Monday’s board agenda.

Thu
06
Dec
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Snow removal discussed at county meeting

Last week’s blizzard meant extra work for several county employees. Custodian David Roblez and Road and Bridge administrator Justin Novak met with the Board of County Commissioners on Monday to talk about snow clean up.

Commissioner David Willbrant said someone told him that some of the courthouse sidewalks were not scooped within 24 hours of the storm per city ordinance, and there were portions of the sidewalk that hadn’t been “touched” by Wednesday morning, which was three days after the storm.

Commissioner Tim Mueller told Roblez to call the commissioners to come help scoop sidewalks if the situation happens again.

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Wed
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Gauby is Rotary Student of the Month

Washington County High School senior Luke Gauby received the Rotary Student of the Month award on Dec. 3. Dr. David Hodgson presented the award during the weekly meeting.

Washington County High School senior Luke Gauby was recognized as Washington Rotary’s Washington County Student of the Month at a ceremony Monday.

Luke was selected for this honor because of his outstanding academic record, athletic accomplishments, school activities, leadership and citizenship.

He has a perfect 4.0 PA at Washington County and is at the top of his class academically, always being named to the High Honor Roll.

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Wed
05
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Raises considered for county

The Board of County Commissioners has spent time discussing county employee raises nearly every week for several months. As of this week all three commissioners plus Scott Zabokrtsky, who will replace Tim Mueller in January and has been attending the weekly meetings, agree that employees whose pay is below “average” should get raises, and raises for the rest of the employees can be figured from there.

The county has used a pay scale the past few years, and commissioner Mueller said that scale was developed so that employees wouldn’t be negotiating their pay. There are employees who “sit” at a certain pay level for a few years because of that pay scale, Mueller said, and this may allow other employees within that department to catch up to someone or get more raises than others. Mueller said the pay scale is based on experience, education and years of service, and significant raises are given every five years.

Wed
05
Dec
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Christmas on Parallel in Clifton

Greg and Jackie Askren offered free sleigh rides around the block during the annual Christmas on Parallel event.

Angie Cyphers took free outdoor photos during the holiday event. Free photos with Santa were also available inside the city building.

Little AnnaMae Brabb and her bigger brother, Ty, screamed through their photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Even the bribe of a candy cane by Mrs. Claus couldn’s stop the screams of terror.

The Grinch teased several children during the Wednesday night festivities.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrived at Clifton’s annual holiday event via horse and carriage, oohhed and ahhhed over baby Adlar Detrixhe, who is the son of Danielle and Alan Detrixhe, of Clifton. Those attending the evening event could also eat soup, help themselves to free hot chocolate and marshmallows, listen to Christmas carols by a local church and more.

Clifton community gathers in the street for annual Christmas event

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Last week’s blizzard closes roads in the county

Last week’s blizzard meant extra hours, and extra work, for area road crews and law enforcement. While state and county employees spent extra time clearing roads, the sheriff’s office responded to 15 motorist assists or stranded vehicles along the highway.

According to Ashley Tammen, who is the region public affairs manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation, the local state road crew began working on roads when the blizzard hit at about 4 a.m. on Nov. 25. The roads had not been pre-treated, she said, because the forecast had called for just rain.

“Due to the white-out conditions of the blizzard and poor visibility, a road closure alert was posted late morning,” she said of the closure of several highways in the county including Highway 36 and Highway 15. “As conditions improved in early to mid-afternoon our crews went back out to clear the roadways. They then worked in the afternoon, overnight, and into the next day.

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