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Routine vehicle maintenance

Routine vehicle maintenance

Owning a car is a big responsibility. Drivers who plan to keep their vehicles for the long haul must emphasize maintenance if they want to keep adding miles to their odometers. In fact, the automotive information site CarAdvice says that routine maintenance may be the most important thing drivers can do for their vehicles.

A vehicle needs consistent care if it is to run efficiently. Maintenance also reduces the risk of roadside breakdowns and costly repairs. Here’s a look at some of the benefits of staying on top of maintenance.

• Saves money: Even though maintenance costs money, sticking to a consistent maintenance schedule can save big bucks in the long run. For example, the cost of rotating and aligning tires is considerably less than repairing a car after a major blowout and paying for a tow and tire replacement.

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Tire maintenance keeps drivers safe

Tire maintenance keeps drivers safe

Maintaining tires is an important component of safe driving. Tires are some of the hardest working parts on a car or truck and are subjected to wear and tear every time rubber meets the road.

Tires affect many components of driving, including handling, braking and the comfort of the ride. Maintaining tires makes driving safe not only for drivers and their passengers, but also for fellow motorists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that, in 2017, 738 fatalities occurred because of tire-related crashes. Many of those crashes were no doubt preventable, and that only highlights the importance of maintaining tires and monitoring their performance.

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3 potential indicators of engine trouble

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Many drivers have found themselves stranded on the side of the road at one point or another. Whether the culprit is engine trouble, a flat tire or another issue, finding oneself stranded on the side of the road in need of assistance is an often helpless feeling that no one wants to experience twice.

Even drivers whose automotive clubs or insurance companies provide roadside assistance services want to avoid using such services. One way to do just that is to learn about potential indicators of engine trouble.

1. Warning lights

Vehicle warning lights exist for a reason. A check engine light typically illuminates when vehicle sensors detect there are issues stemming from a loss of power. This can be dangerous, and it is recommended drivers pull over and call for a tow the moment the light comes on. In addition to check engine lights, drivers should heed warning lights referring to oil pressure and oil levels.

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How to winterize your car

Winter months can present many challenges for your vehicle. While modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, there are some basic steps every driver should take as the days get shorter and the temperature drops.

Replace or Refill

All Fluids

Whether you take your car in for regular maintenance or you’re a do-ityourself home mechanic, the best way to winterize your car is to start by checking your fluid levels.

Coolant—It is especially important to have the correct antifreeze/water mixture to prevent fluid from freezing in your radiator. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for information on this mixture. Pick up a tester at an auto parts store and make sure the fluid is filled to the maximum line.

• Oil—Some mechanics recommend switching to a thinner oil if you live where temperatures drop below freezing. Your best bet is to consult your owner’s manual or talk to your mechanic.

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Framing continues on new Washington church

Framing continues on new Washington church

The frame of the new Washington Christian Church is being built onto the side of the Education Building/Fellowship Hall. The church will be located in the empty lot between the current church and the Fellowship hall. Much of the construction work is being done by church members.

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Linn nursing home tax credits available for purchase

Linn Community Nursing Home still has tax credits available for purchase. The tax credits that were awarded have already been used to purchase a new generator for the facility. The balance will be used to replace the plumbing throughout the building. People are asked to consider donating to the project. People will receive 70 percent of their donation in state income tax credits. For example, someone who donates $1,000 may be able to receive a Kansas State income tax credit of $700 and be able to use $1,000 against their federal taxes. People should contact their tax advisor for more information. The minimum donation is $250. Contact Amy Hoch Altwegg for more information or to donate at 785-348-5551 or email admin@linncomm.org.

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WCHS scholars bowl news

Washington County High School Varsity Scholars Bowl competed in a 12 team tournament at Beloit on Oct. 29 and came home with a second place finish. The team went undefeated in pool play beating Lincoln, Concordia, Sacred Heart, Minneapolis and Republic County. In the semi-finals Washington County defeated Abilene and went on to finals where they faced Southeast of Saline and lost in the championship round to take second place. Washington was led by Senior Jacob Toole with 33 questions answered. Other teams competing were Russell, Lakeside and St. Johns.

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New books at the library

The following new books have been added to the Washington Public Library's collection: Adult fiction - red dot (1 week check-out) Books: One Good Deed by David Baldacci. Outfox by Sandra Brown. Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble. Labyrinth (FBI Thriller Series; #23) by Catherine Coulter. Vow of Justice (Blue Justice Series; #4) by Lynette Eason. The Guardians by John Grisham. The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester. Under Currents by Nora Roberts. Adult fiction- blue dot (3 week check-out) Books: Patriot (Alex Hawke Series; #9) by Ted Bell. Overkill (Alex Hawke Series; #10) by Ted Bell. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake. City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Look Behind You (Kendra Michaels Series; #5) by Iris Johansen. Double Blind (Kendra Michaels Series; #6) by Iris Johansen. Torture Of The Mountain Man (Last Mountain Man Series; #46) by William Johnstone. Night Moves (Alex Delaware Series; #33) by Jonathan Kellerman. The Institute by Stephen King. This Tender Land by William Krueger.

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State’s October total tax receipts are $36.8 million ahead of estimates

For the month of October, the state saw an increase in its total tax collections at $552.9 million; 7.1% or $36.8 million ahead of estimates. These collections amount to $41.5 million more than October of Fiscal Year 2019.

Individual and corporate income tax collections continued to be more than estimated. Individual income tax collections were $15.0 million ahead of the estimate at $260.0 million; $17.8 million ahead of the same month last fiscal year. Corporate income tax collections were at $26.2 million; $6.2 million more than the estimate and $6.7 million more than collected in October of FY2019.

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WCHS to present school play ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’

Washington County High School will present “The Beverly Hillbillies” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. A dinner of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, salad, beans and corn, cornbread and mud pie will be available before the performances to those who purchase in advance tickets for the meal.

Cast members are: Abi Sawin – Granny; Kobe Hoover – Jed Clampett; Jaise Chandler – Elly May Clampett; Garrett Kohlmeyer – George Turner; Jack Gilliam – Mr. Brewster; Mia Cardenas – Cousin Pearl; Kody Helms – Jethro; Jake Toole – Mr. Drysdale; Shailyn Zenger – Mrs. Drysdale; Rachael Craig – Ms. Hathaway; Emma Portenier – Mrs. Pennyweather; Chase Riley – Gloria Mundy; Crystal Crocker – Emaline; Laura Skupa – Frederika; Jack Gilliam – Colonel Foxhall; Britany Metz – Mrs. Stokely – Smythe; Julisa Martinez – Mrs. Oglethorpe; Kirsten Ouellette – Groovy; Kady Toole – Francine Richards.

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