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Assessed valuation increases by 8 percent in county

Washington County’s assessed valuation for tax purposes went up more than $8 million – 8 percent – this year. It went up 10 percent last year. County appraiser Lance Leis has said that Washington County’s valuations have been significantly off for several years, and he is working to get them correct. Because of this, he told the commissioners that he expected valuations to increase again next year.

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. Washington County’s assessed valuation of $114.9 million has more than doubled since 2006 when it was nearly $57 million.

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Haddam to celebrate 150th this weekend

Haddam will celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend with a tractor show, kids games, bounce house, Haddam trivia, a beef meal, live entertainment including a magician and comedian, and more. Most of the events take place this Saturday in Haddam.

The event officially begins on Friday, Aug. 9, with a Sip and Paint at Haddam City Hall at 7 p.m. There will also be an escape room at the Haddam City Office – the former bank building – at 7 p.m. The annual sand volleyball tournament will also begin on Friday and will continue on Saturday in the park.

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MOTO RODEO

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Brayden Johnston, Blue Rapids, races for a good time on his ATV.

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Contestants competed in a variety of races and competitions during the event.

Photos by A / Spontaneous Photography

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Braden Eaton, Washington, flies through the air after jumping off a ramp during the moto-rodeo.

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Mike Meadows, Blue Rapids, slides around the rodeo arena as part of the Moto-Rodeo on Saturday night of the county fair. The popular event drew a large crowd.

This relatively new event at the Washington County Fair draws big crowds and big fun with riders pushing the limits of their ATVs and dirt bikes.

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Community Foundation accepting applications for health grants

The Washington County Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications to the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Washington County. Online grant applications are due Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Last fall, Annie Yungeberg, USD 108 Preschool teacher, was awarded a community foundation health grant to help teach her students the importance of healthy eating. Yungeberg used the funds to buy a small refrigerator for her classroom, along with healthy snacks purchased from the local Kier’s Thriftway. Students were able to try fresh foods like raw green beans, mushrooms, pears, mixed nuts, celery, avocado, tomato, cabbage, prunes, tuna, yams, radishes, zucchini, blackberries and cucumbers.

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01
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Morrowville grad donates $96K for scholarships

A Morrowville High School graduate recently left nearly $97,000 to her former school. The Estate of Mae Benne donated the money to the USD 108 Endowment Association because Washington County Schools now encompasses the Morrowville school district. Benne, who died in Seattle, Wash., in March 2017 at age 93 and never married or had children, spent her career as a librarian and an educator.

According to Larry Stoppel, who is a board member of the endowment association, the $96,990.40 donation – 12 percent of her estate – “came out of the blue” and was a complete surprise to the Washington County school district. Benne grew up about eight miles north of Morrowville area but spent her adult life out-of-state.

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01
Aug
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Stream advisory for Mill Creek expanded

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded the Stream Advisory for Ash Creek and expanded the current advisory on Mill Creek upstream of Washington in Washington County effective last week. This stream advisory applies to Mill Creek downstream of Highway 15 near Morrowville and the Little Blue River downstream of Hanover.

The Stream Advisory amendment to Mill Creek is being issued because of high pathogens, including E. coli bacteria, which is currently being investigated. The public and landowners along these streams are advised to avoid contact with those waters and to restrict pets and livestock access to those waterways until any impacts from the discharge are negligible.

Water-borne pathogens can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, rashes, infections and other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.

 

 

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Aug
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County lowers mill levy

Washington County’s mill levy will go down next year, according to the Board of County Commissioners, though the county’s budget will increase about $300,000 over this year’s. The county’s valuation increased about 8 percent this year, which will allow the county to raise more money with fewer mills next year.

The county’s budget for 2020 increased about $300,000 to $7.8 million, but the mill levy dropped 2.2 mills and is just under the tax lid. Because the county’s valuation increased yet again this year, 1 mill will raise just short of $115,000 next year. In 2019 1 mill raised about $106,000.

The commissioners did not levy anything for the health department next year. The commissioners levied 1.071 mills for the health department for 2019.

Road and Bridge’s budget increased from $3.8 million for 2019 to $4.1 million for 2020.

“Our roads are crappy,” commissioner Raleigh Ordoyne said.

 

 

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Livestock on display at county fair

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Rhett Crowther helped lead his brother’s heifer during a walk at the fair.

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Aekley Goeckel got a few pointers from the judge on how to properly hold a sheep during the fair’s sheep show.

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Brogan Herrs walked a pig during the Peewee showmanship portion of the swine show at last week’s fair.

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Kael Lange, left, of Lucky Four 4-H, won beef showmanship at last week’s county fair.

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A few meat goat exhibitors, including Hayden Lohse, of Farmington, left, and Bryan Baxter, of Stick to It, right, waited for the start of their morning show.

 

 

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Fair’s pig races to benefit 4-Hers

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Twelve ordinary pigs of various sizes will race Friday night to benefit Washington County livestock exhibitors. The pigs have been practicing for the race for about three weeks.

The Washington County Fair will host pig races this Friday evening following the Livestock Premium Sale, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The pig races are new to the fair this year. The races, which will be in the Gold Barn, will have only two heats.

To get around gambling laws, the pig races will resemble a raffle. People can purchase raffle tickets at Washington Veterinary Clinic or at the Washington County Fair before the race and then place tickets into buckets based on the pigs’ names. The 12 pigs will then race in two heats at the fair, and one raffle ticket will be drawn from the bucket of each heat’s winning pig. The winners will each receive 25 percent of the money, and the other half of the money will be divided among the kids who sell livestock in the premium sale.

 

 

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Jul
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Community has ideas for new LHS gym

The USD 223 school district is working with an architect to get a ballpark estimate on what it would cost to replace the Linn gym, which was condemned after an F-0 tornado tore through Linn on Memorial Day.

USD 223 superintendent John Whetzal said the gym will be rebuilt and he has received a lot of comments that the gym should be built back like it should have been done the first time. The current gym was built in 2005-06, but Whetzal said patrons have told him it should have more seating and a larger commons area.

He gave an update on the effort during the football informational meeting at Linn on Monday, and members of the audience suggested building it big enough to host postseason events, which would help with revenue and a homecourt advantage. A weight room and locker rooms with bathrooms were also suggested. Making the gym a multi-use facility with some community connection was also discussed. A location closer to the school was also of interest.

 

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