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19
Sep
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Nearly 100 cars expected at Fall Fest

WASHINGTON – The 14th -annual FNB Fall Fest is this Saturday, Sept. 21, around the courthouse square in Washington. The event will feature several food vendors, a car and truck show, inflatables, a bake sale, cheerleader performances and more.

Food vendors include Ma & Pa Kettle Corn & Lemonade, Brantford Covenant Church Youth with a walking taco meal deal, Washington Boy Scouts Troop 86 with funnel cakes and root beer floats, Kinda Ugly BBQ with a meal deal of pulled pork or baby back ribs, Kansas Territory Brewing Co., Game Time Sports Bar & Grill, and snow cones, cotton candy and a sloppy joe meal deal by the DC Trip 2020. FNB Fall Fest begins at 7 a.m. with a 5K Fun Run sponsored by Washington County Hospital.

 

 

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Thu
19
Sep
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Shoppers to cruise US 36 for Treasure Hunt this week

It’s Treasure Hunt Week. The 14th -annual event will feature more than 40-yard sales in the area with some sales opening as early as Wednesday or Thursday. The official dates for the U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-22.

Garage sale maps showing sales in Washington, Morrowville and Haddam can be picked up at several locations in Washington including Casey’s and the Washington County News. The map has the addresses for 40 garage sales, and there are likely many more sales in the area that are not listed on the map. Last year there were more than 50 garage sales in Washington alone.

 

 

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Thu
12
Sep
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$1.2 million B Street project next year?

City administrator Carl Chalfant met with the board of Washington County Commissioners on Monday to talk with them about a KDOT cost-share program where they could get as much as about $200,000 for next year’s scheduled B Street Project in Washington. The county is in charge of B Street from Highway 36 north through town while the city is in charge of the curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the route, among other things.

Chalfant said the hitch is that the next phase of B Street, which will begin near Kier’s Thriftway and extend north two blocks through the College Street intersection, is only expected to cost about $700,000, and the grant application states that projects over $1 million are preferred. Chalfant said about $500,000 may have to be added to the project to be competitive in the grant selection process.

 

Thu
12
Sep
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Linn patrons ask for gym with upgrades

The first 30 minutes of the USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn school board meeting on Monday in Hanover were spent discussing plans for a new gym to replace the gym that was condemned after being damaged by an F-0 tornado in the early morning hours of Memorial Day.

Fifteen patrons of the Linn side of the district were present for the gym discussion and generally expressed their interest in an upgraded gym over the “new gym” that was built in 2006.

 

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Thu
05
Sep
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Wild Mustangs find a home

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Sabrina Hill and Blake Orth will compete at the Kansas State Fair with their Mustangs next week. The competition is part of the fair’s annual Mustang Challenge. The rural Washington siblings will keep their Mustangs after the competition.

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Sabrina and Mustang Ky have been perfecting tricks the past few weeks. Ky will walk up porch steps.

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Blake and Mustang Caliber are also working on tricks. Caliber will lay down and roll over.

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In addition to halter and trail classes at the State Fair, part of the Mustang Challenge includes showcasing tricks the Mustangs have learned. Mustang Ky likes to do tricks for treats, including smiling.

Photos by CYNTHIA SCHEER / WCN

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Sabrina’s Mustang, Ky, is a trick horse, the family said, adding that she will do just about anything for treats, including shaking hands, above, and putting her head between her legs, left.

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Sabrina said she plans to break her Mustang to ride. She and the horse will then “ride everywhere,” she said.

Rural Washington siblings Blake Orth and Sabrina Hill have spent the past three months taming a pair of wild mustangs and teaching them to do tricks as part of a Mustang challenge through the Kansas State Fair. The nearly 18-month-old mustangs have gone from trying to jump fences and striking at people with their front legs to gentle, halter-broke horses that are perfecting various tricks.

The geldings – Blake has Caliber and Sabrina has Ky – will showcase their talents at the state fair in Hutchinson Sept. 14-15. There are about 18 youth across Kansas participating in this year’s state fair contest, which requires the youth to tame the wild horses and show them in halter and trail classes. Winners will receive saddles and other horse equipment.

Thu
05
Sep
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Decision on WCHS/Linn football to be made Monday

A decision will be made at Monday’s USD 108 Washington County school board meeting on whether Washington County High School and Linn High School will join forces for football going forward. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the district board room.

A combined football team would be locked in for a minimum of two years since the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) requires football schedules to be made in two-year cycles. But USD 223 superintendent John Whetzal said they would be looking at the option as a longer-term commitment.

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05
Sep
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Courthouse work looming

The board of Washington County commissioners is looking for a contractor to remove in the next three weeks plaster from some of the courthouse basement’s walls. Basement company Thrasher will begin waterproofing the inside walls of the basement on Sept. 23 assuming the commissioners can find someone to prepare the walls for the work.

Thu
29
Aug
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Homemaker units taught life skills to decades of women

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The Greenleaf Community Club is one of the only Homemaker Extension Units left. The club has 9 members, above, and meets monthly at a church in Greenleaf.

Photo by CYNTHIA SCHEER / WCN

Glenda Keller remembers when she started as an extension agent in Washington County. It was 1967, and Keller, who worked closely with the county’s extension homemaker units, was preparing to host her first workshop. In the late-60s, there were 25 homemaker units scattered across Washington County.

As an extension agent, it was Keller’s job to pass on the skills she learned through Kansas State University to unit leaders, who would, in turn, return to their own clubs, instructing members there. During this workshop, she was teaching unit leaders how to construct and decorate a straw hat.

“At the time, women wore hats,” she said. “Could you imagine doing something like that today? But a lot of those same skills could be used in a different manner even today.”

Thu
29
Aug
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Commission discusses courthouse basement, county roads

The results are in: The Washington County courthouse basement contains some asbestos. The floors were tested ahead of construction work in the basement that is scheduled to begin in September. Samples were taken recently after several people suspected asbestos in some of the floor tiles, and results showed that some – not all – of the floor tiles in the basement tested positive for asbestos. The commissioners spent part of Monday’s meeting contacting asbestos removal companies and planning their next step.

The courthouse basement has been taking on water during heavy rains over the past few years, and the result is damage to the walls and a need for everything in the basement to be up on pallets. Basement company Thrasher is scheduled to begin waterproofing the courthouse basement Sept. 23 to fix the water issues.

Thu
29
Aug
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History on display at Pony Express Festival

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For 20 years Jim Anders, of Haddam, has been working the Telegraph Office at the annual Pony Express Festival.

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A steady line of visitors waited for a free ride in a wagon around part of the Hollenberg Station grounds during the Festival on Sunday.

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A group of kids watched as this woman demonstrated how to card alpaca fiber ahead of making it into yarn.

Photos by CYNTHIA SCHEER / WCN

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Kids got a chance to help wash gourds at one of the demonstration areas. The gourds are used in a variety of decorative projects. Other tents at the festival showcased rope making and basket weaving while festival goers could also try their hand at ax throwing, watch a play, tour the Hollenberg Station, eat some pie, listen to music and get an up close look at other ways of life from the mid-1800s.

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Several people inside the Hollenberg Station demonstrated daily life from long ago.

Annual event near Hanover draws crowd from around the county and beyond

 

 

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