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Washington awarded $769K grant for B Street

The City of Washington was notified on Tuesday morning that it received a grant of $769,558 for next year’s phase of the B Street Project. The state funds will be used to replace the street, curb, gutter and handicapped accessible sidewalks along the proposed route from the intersection between Kier’s Thriftway and Crome’s Lumber north past the College Street intersection.

The City of Washington has worked with the county for the past few years to do a few blocks of B Street at a time. This would be the final phase of the project, and the largest and most expensive thanks to a large box culvert at the College Street intersection.

City administrator Carl Chalfant first spoke with the Board of County Commissioners about applying for this grant a couple months ago. The group decided to increase the original scope of the project to meet requirements for the grant. The current project has been estimated at about $1.2 million and would be shared by the county and city.

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07
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City of Washington one step closer to new water lines

Washington’s water project that will replace about 55,000 feet of deteriorating line took another step forward Monday night when the City Council voted to publish an invitation to bid in next week’s newspaper.

Engineer Brian Foster, BG Consultants, Manhattan, told council members that project approval from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is still pending, but the project details are making their way through the approval process. He said he hopes USDA will sign off before publication.

He expects to have bids for the council to consider at its January meeting.

Foster and city officials were to meet Wednesday with city business owners to discuss how the project will impact downtown parking, sidewalk traffic and other concerns. The city’s brick streets will add some challenges to the downtown construction work.

Thu
07
Nov
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SHERIFF’S REPORT

On Oct. 28 the Washington Fire Department was dispatched to 1687 Osage Road for a grass fire.

On Oct. 28 in the 100 block of East 4th Street, Washington, Trenton Turner, of Washington, was arrested on pending charges of driving while suspended. Turner was housed at the Washington County Jail until his release on a $2,500 bond.

On Oct. 29 on U.S. 36 at Gypsum Road Caelub Ray, of Leavenworth, was issued a citation for speeding.

On Oct. 29 the Palmer Fire Department was dispatched to 1275 Osage Road for a report of a semi fire.

On Oct. 29 on K-15 at 15th Road Luis Perez Rios, of Garland, Texas, was issued a citation for speeding.

On Oct. 30 on U.S. 36 at Liberty Road Kalon Beeson, of Lincoln, Neb., was issued a citation for speeding.

On Oct. 30 on K-15 at 14th Road Wayne Stewart, of Washington, was issued a citation for speeding.

Thu
07
Nov
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Elections determine 3 school board races

There were three contested races in the general election on Tuesday and all were for school board positions. Full results will be posted next week, but here are the school board race results:

USD 108, Position 7

Jill Hoover 263 Stephanie Kern 168

USD 223, Position 4

Toby Bruna 44 Nick Garber 34

USD 223, Position 7

Janell Wohler 353 Mel Beikmann 278

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07
Nov
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VETERAN’S DAY PARADE IN CLIFTON

Clifton’s annual Veterans Day parade is on Monday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. The Sons of the American Legion will host a meal at the Post in Clifton following the parade, and the

American Legion Auxiliary, which will celebrate 100 years on Nov. 10, will serve cake. Everyone is welcome.

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07
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Schools plan veterans day events

Local schools have planned special events for Veterans Day, which is Monday, Nov. 11. Several of the events involve meet and greets with veterans.

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Veterans and family members are invited to a breakfast brunch at the school at 8:15 a.m. At 9 a.m. veterans and family members will be introduced to students and escorted to their seats for a special program. After the national anthem the elementary students will have a music presentation.

Guest speaker is air force recruiter Zachary Bauman, of Bellevue, Neb. He is the son of Melanie Bryant.

There will then be a flag ceremony explaining what each fold means before a video of “In Loving Memory” photos.

Amazing Grace and Taps will complete the program.

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07
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Greenleaf man was first local casualty in WWII

Greenleaf man was first local casualty in WWII

A small stone monument was placed in memory of Cam O’Grady in Greenleaf this year, located east of the Greenleaf Clubhouse.

Greenleaf man was first local casualty in WWII

“Cam” O’Grady died when Japan attacked at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He grew up in Greenleaf and graduated from Greenleaf High School in 1940.

Greenleaf man was first local casualty in WWII

Camillus “Cam” O’Grady dreamed of joining the Navy and when he turned 18, after graduating from Greenleaf High School, he fulfilled his dream by enlisting.

For more than 75 years Greenleaf High School graduate Camillus “Cam” Michael O’Grady was presumed dead after he went missing when the U.S.S. Oklahoma was hit by Japanese torpedoes and sunk at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Late last year it was announced that scientists had finally identified O’Grady’s remains using DNA and dental records.

The 19-year-old O’Grady had enlisted in the Navy three days after his 18th birthday and had spent nearly a year in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was a yeoman, which was similar to a stenographer, according to a 1941 newspaper article in the Greenleaf Sentinel.

For two months after the attack O’Grady was listed as missing. He was then presumed dead. He was buried in Hawaii with hundreds of others who weren’t identified.

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07
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Community steps up in support of Barnes cafe

An outpouring of support has helped ensure continued operation of the Hometown Café in Barnes for the immediate future. But the Barnes Community Development Corporation (BCDC), which operates the non-profit, community-owned café, is still promoting the importance of customers dining at the café and the community supporting it any way they can.

BCDC board member Nik Sedivy said they received some really nice donations since announcing the need for financial support a few weeks ago.

“Even from people from far away that had ties to the community,” said Sedivy. He said they also received some donations from individuals that they can’t figure out the connection to the community or the café, including some that were really nice donations.

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07
Nov
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NextEra looking for customer for local wind farm project

The Washington-Republic Wind Farm is still an important development project for NextEra Energy, a wind development company based out of Juno Beach, Fla. But Dan Scheffler, Lead Project Manager for the proposed wind farm that would straddle the north part of the border of Washington and Republic Counties, said on Friday that they are still in the process of looking at customer interest by utilities, along with other prospective customers.

“That’s the main milestone we’re trying to accomplish,” said Scheffler. “But we are still very interested in the Washington-Republic project.”

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Elections on Nov. 5

Tuesday, Nov. 5, is election day. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling locations are at the Barnes Fire House, Clifton Faith United Church, Haddam City Hall, Hanover Kloppenberg Center, Linn City Hall and Washington County Courthouse. A photo ID will be required to vote.

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