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Tue
21
Aug
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Pony Express Fest to feature 1860s baseball game

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The 33rd Annual Pony Express Festival will be Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Hollenberg Station near Hanover. Buff alo burgers and an authentic 1860s baseball game will highlight the free event. The festival will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with about 30 presenters set up on the original site of the Hollenberg Station. The event goes until 4 p.m.

A vintage baseball game between the Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club, of Wichita, and some Hanover men with baseball skill, will begin at 1 p.m. on a makeshift field at the Hollenberg Station. Both teams will wear authentic 1860s uniforms, and they will play by 1860s rules, which includes no gloves. A handmade ball will be used, and the game will last two-to-three hours. Members of the local team will include former players of Bruna Implement’s fast pitch team.

 

Tue
21
Aug
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New playground press Festival. funded by grants and donations

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Hanover has a new playground worth more than $120,000 thanks to efforts of volunteers and donors. The playground itself is complete, although plans for an entrance, fencing and donor plaques are still underway. 

 

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Tue
14
Aug
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Bradford Built drops Abilene expansion plans

Development group talks with commission about Bradford Built

Application submitted for expansion in industrial park

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

Four members of the Washington County Business Owner’s Association met with the Board of County Commissioners on Monday to discuss plans to help with the expansion of Bradford Built in the Washington industrial park (see related story). The group was not on the agenda for the day but requested some time during the fully scheduled morning.

Derek Bruna, who is an officer with the business owner’s association, began by saying the group was at the meeting to represent Bradford Built, who was a client of the economic development association.

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Tue
14
Aug
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New building, more jobs in plans for Washington

Owner cites consistent effort by local business owners to draw expansion back home

BY DAN THALMANN
Publisher

Brad Portenier had many compliments for the Abilene community. He was all but ready to start building a large new building there as part of a major expansion of his Bradford Built business, which has headquarters in Washington. It was to be built on formerly undeveloped land, just east of the Russell Stover plant west of town. The materials and supplies for a 175x500-foot building were laying on the ground there for the last few weeks, waiting for confirmation of development plans from the City of Abilene.

Tue
14
Aug
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Linn JH football players to play on Hanover’s team

Out of six kids signed up at Linn, four agree to board’s option of being taken to Hanover for practice, games

BY DAN THALMANN
Publisher

With only six junior high boys signed up to go out for football at Linn, the USD 223 school board decided at their monthly meeting on Monday in Barnes, that for safety reasons, six was not enough to field a team. They approved giving the kids the option of joining the Hanover Junior High team instead, pending figuring out transportation for the kids to Hanover for practices and on game days.

Tue
07
Aug
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First appearance held for three suspects in double-homicide

BY DAN THALMANN

The three individuals charged with the Topeka murders of Lisa Sportsman, formerly of Hollenberg, and Jesse Polinskey, Topeka, made a first appearance in Shawnee County District Court on Aug. 2 in Topeka.

The suspects, Richard Showalter and Bradley Sportsman, of Greenleaf, and Matthew Hutto, of Clay Center, were arrested on the afternoon of July 23 in Topeka, the same day the bodies of Lisa Sportsman and Jessie Polinskey were found.

 

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Tue
07
Aug
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Grain dust explosion injures man in Palmer

BY DAN THALMANN

A Washington man was injured when grain dust exploded while he was operating the feed mill at Palmer Grain on Friday afternoon.

Jeff Stigge, 28, of Washington, was working in Palmer Grain’s downtown Palmer complex when the explosion occurred.

 

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Tue
07
Aug
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Keystone pipeline taxes won’t hit until 2021

BY DAN THALMANN

Washington County and the USD 108 Washington County and USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn school districts will all start receiving new tax revenue in 2021 from the Keystone-Cushing crude oil pipeline extension that was laid through the county about a decade ago and went into service in February, 2011.

The pipeline effort received a 10-year tax exemption from the Kansas legislature, which meant local governments would not receive property tax revenue from the pipeline during the duration of the exemption.

 

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Wed
01
Aug
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Criminal histories vary for homicide suspects

BY DAN THALMANN
Publisher

Bradley Sportsman, Richard D. Showalter and Matthew Hutto, the three suspects charged with murder in a Topeka double-homicide last week, have varied criminal histories.

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Bradley D. Sportsman, a recent Greenleaf transplant from rural Hollenberg, has been on the Kansas Sex Off ender Registry since 2003.

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Wed
01
Aug
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Topeka PD investigages Greenleaf residence

BY DAN THALMANN
Publisher

Law enforcement officers with the Topeka Police Department were in Greenleaf on Thursday, following up on a July 23 double-homicide in Topeka that resulted in the deaths of Lisa Sportsman, 28, formerly of Hollenberg, and her cousin Jesse Polinskey, 17, of Topeka.

An area including the intersection and southwest corner of Commercial and 5th Streets in Greenleaf was blocked off by law enforcement on Thursday afternoon for several hours, creating quite a scene in the normally-quiet downtown area of town. Topeka law enforcement executed search warrants of two residences there during the investigation with the assistance of officers from the Washington County Sheriff ’s Department. They also executed a search warrant at a former residence of Bradley and Lisa Sportsman in rural Hollenberg.

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