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Wed
13
Jun
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New cell being used at county landfill

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

Bags of household trash aren’t being burned or buried at the county landfi ll. And all of the junk taken in during the free clean-up days? It may look like a mountain when it comes in, but it can be compressed in a landfi ll cell over and over again so that one cell may last 20 years.

Washington County’s new landfi ll cell, which resembles a silage bunker, measures about 150-feet long by 50-feet wide by 30-feet deep and covers about an acre when the berm is included, according to Noxious Weed and Solid Waste director Duane Bruna. Washington County has been using the same landfi ll cell – Cell 3 – for the past two decades and switched over to Cell 4 in recent weeks. The landfi ll cells hold construction and demolition items as well as furniture.

Wed
13
Jun
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Spills and thrills at the county rodeo

Sixteen bull riders tested their skill at the Washington County Rodeo last weekend.

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Wed
06
Jun
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Pannbacker fi les for KS House of Representatives

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER Managing editor

Bill Pannbacker has fi led for the Republican nomination for the 106th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. He was the only person to fi le by the fi ling deadline, which was last Friday; Pannbacker’s only opposition would be a write-in campaign. Clay Aurand, of Belleville, was elected to the position two years ago after the retirement of Sharon Schwartz, of Washington. Aurand did not fi le for re-election. The 106th District includes the counties of Marshall, Republic and Washington as well as the eastern third of Jewell County. Pannbacker, who lives in Washington, said several long-time acquaintances of his contacted him a week before the fi ling deadline amid rumors that Aurand wouldn’t fi le.

They asked Pannbacker to consider running for the seat. Pannbacker said he hadn’t planned to seek the offi ce before that. Pannbacker fi led a couple hours

 

Wed
06
Jun
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Th e fi rst North Central grads

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER Managing editor

Leslie Kolman was just a grade school boy from Morrowville when he attended a softball game at Mahaska. He saw a girl there; he remembers what she looked like, but he didn’t know her name.

 

 

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Wed
30
May
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Hanover girls claim Class 1A state track title

The Hanover girls track and fi eld team claimed the Class 1A championship on Saturday at Wichita State University. The team placed in several individual and relay events for its fi rst girls’ track title in school history. Team members are, from left, Deja Atkins, Taeghan Zabokrtsky, Macy Doebele, Taylor Klipp, Claire Zarybnicky, Bailey Liby, Tianna Lohse, Cadlee Stallbaumer and MaKenna Jueneman

 

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Wed
30
May
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Travelers raising awareness of PTSD

BY MARCIA HUBBARD Staff writer

Post traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event.

 

At fi rst, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months, and a person is still having symptoms, an individual may have PTSD. Three veterans and one support individual have been traveling U.S. 36 to raise awareness of PTSD and are seeking donations to provide funds for “Dogs That Help,” a not for profi t that trains and places service dogs with disabled veterans at no cost to the veteran

 

 

Wed
23
May
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Memorial Day ceremonies

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

Several communities in the county will host Memorial Day services on Sunday or Monday. The following information was provided to the Washington County News:

WASHINGTON Memorial Day services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Washington City Cemetery.

 

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Wed
23
May
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USD 108 endowment receives significant new donations

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

In the words of Larry Stoppel, this is what the USD 108 Endowment Association has been working towards. The nonprofit was established in 2003 to give alumni of Washington’s school system a place to donate money, and after many years of modest donations, the endowment association has recently secured several large donations or pledged donations – more than $500,000 worth – that will be used for scholarships and classroom supplies.

The trend of generous giving began about three years ago when the association got its first large donation.

“A donor stepped forward who wanted to give $5,000 a year in scholarships,” Stoppel said, adding that the endowment association was previously giving only $1,000 worth of scholarships a year because of a lack of funds; two graduating seniors at Washington County High School received $500 each.

 

Wed
23
May
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SERVING ABROAD

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER
Managing editor

Two pet carriers were all that remained in the foyer of Brian and Leca’s Good’s Washington home on April 11. A couch, two chairs and a television that set on the floor were about all that occupied the living room.

“I’ve been living like a homeless person since November,” Leca Good said that afternoon with a wave of her hand at a sparsely furnished house. “I’ve been eating off of paper plates.”

Those items, and the Goods, are now gone, too.

 

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Wed
16
May
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‘Never felt different’ But amputation inspires future plans

BY CYNTHIA SCHEER

Ashton Schwartz’s favorite school memories include his artificial leg. There was the time during PE that he ran laps with his leg on backwards. And then there were the many times during his school years when his leg has fallen off during various classes.

His leg has fallen off on a few other inopportune occasions, too.

“I was taking the ball down the basketball court with a few seconds left in the game, and as I was running [my leg] went flying off and I fell head over heels,” Ashton said.

 

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