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01
Aug
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Primary election to determine governor candidate, others

The primary election will be Tuesday, Aug. 7. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day. Polling places will be available at the Barnes Fire House, Clifton Faith United Church, Haddam City Hall, Hanover’s Kloppenberg Center, Linn City Hall, and Washington County Courthouse. There will be state and local races on the ballot, many of which are uncontested.

Republican Bill Pannbac ker, of Washington, is running unopposed for the 106th District of the Kansas House of Representatives for the seat being vacated by Clay Aurand.

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Wed
01
Aug
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Accident victim still in a coma

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

A 17-year-old girl remains at the University of Kansas Medical Center after a single-vehicle car accident on July 11. Maddison Mills, of Washington, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it went off the road and rolled north of Linn about three weeks ago. The driver, 16-year-old Nathalia Gonzalez-Sanchez, of Linn, died from her injuries later that day.

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Wed
25
Jul
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Eco devo group requests money from commission

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Members of the Washington County Business Owners Association, which is the newly formed private economic dev elopment group, met with the Board of County Commissioners on Monday. The group gave a progress report and requested money from the commissioners to get the group “off the ground.”

The commissioners decided a few months ago to work with the private group, which began forming late this spring, instead of creating a second, separate economic development board.

 

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Wed
25
Jul
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Locals arrested as part of Topeka double homicide

BY DAN THALMANN

Two local men were arrested along with two other suspects on Monday in connection with a double homicide that occurred Monday in southeast Topeka, according to articles in the Topeka Capital-Journal and on KSNT.com.

 

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Wed
25
Jul
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Future of ag on display at fair

The sheep show judge taps the market lamb shown by Shailyn Zenger, giving her grand champion status at the Washington County Fair. Madison Bruna, left, was named the reserve grand champion.

 

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Tue
17
Jul
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Whetzal talks pride, culture in USD 223

BY DAN THALMANN

Just one week into his tenure as superintendent of the Barnes-Hanover-Linn school district, John Whetzal told the USD 223 school board on July 9 that he is getting acclimated to the culture and communities. He said he planned on spending a lot of time in the communities and asked the board to let him know about any upcoming community events.

He also talked about culture and pride and things that could be done to cultivate those traits at the schools. Whetzal and maintenance director Mark Oelschlager completed basic walk-throughs of the attendance centers at Hanover and Linn and Whetzal expressed some initial observations. He said he wasn’t able to get too in-depth in the process yet, but he said there were some cosmetic things that could be done.

 

Tue
17
Jul
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Flock of sheep are siblings’ ticket to college

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

Siblings Aundrea and Sean Bruna have been motivated to do their daily sheep chores by one thing: money. The Washington County High School spring grad and junior have been building their college savings accounts the past eight years by raising sheep. The project began with a few 4-H sheep when he was 8 and she was 10 years old. It has grown to a flock of 30 ewes that now lamb twice a year.

“My parents [Randy and Michelle Bruna] don’t believe in paying for our college,” Aundrea Bruna said. “So we need money for college.”

 

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Tue
17
Jul
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Nursing home daycare marks 20 years

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

For 20 years Grandma’s House Daycare at the Linn Community Nursing Home has been caring for the children of the Linn area community. The daycare, which is part of the nursing home and is housed just north of the nursing home in one of the apartments, began in July 2008 as a place where employees could take their children while they worked.

Little has changed in the past 20 years, according to daycare supervisor Lori Nutsch, who has been with the daycare for 10 years. She and one other person look after the eight children in the daycare. The daycare maintains a waitlist of children needing daycare, and there are children on the waitlist now, but preference is given to employees of the nursing home, and employees pay discounted daycare rates.

 

Tue
10
Jul
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High school standouts on the Big 12 stage

BY MARCIA HUBBARD Sports writer

Wed
04
Jul
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County’s assessed valuation jumps 10%

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

The assessed valuation of property in Washington County jumped more than $10 million – a 10-percent increase – since last year to a record value of $106.4 million. The 2017 value was $96.2 million. The assessed values are used by government entities to set the mill levy each year. A mill is $1 in property tax for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.

The valuation increase is due in-part to a correction in some property values that county appraiser Lance Leis said have been off for at least a decade, although assessed property values have still increased 3-to-10 percent each year for the past 7 years.

 

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