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SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE FEED

Mens club members Tim Matlack and Barry Finlayson, above, and David Fischer and Rick Dean, below.

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
SOLOMON – Going into their sixth sub-state championship game in the last seven years, Washington County Head Coach Scott Romeiser said his team had a quiet calmness about them. Despite the history of these games, he said the team was confident they could play with Ell-Saline in Saturday’s championship game in Solomon. Unfortunately, the Tigers didn’t start out showing that confidence after the tipoff, according to Romeiser. They missed several shots early, had a couple turnovers and let Ell-Saline grab a 4-0 lead.
 
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Bigger, badder Scattered & Battered planned

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
PALMER – With a slew of new obstacles with evocative names such as Alcatraz, Spider Man, Twisted Back Scratcher, Casey’s Contraption and Road Block–Pile of Hell, the second Scattered and Battered obstacle/endurance course promises to be tortuous fun. The four-mile timed course, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Scattered Acres Lodge, 1490 5th Rd., Palmer, meanders through pastures, cornfields, ponds, stream beds, and rolling hills before culminating in the dreaded Mt. Sinai. Registration costs $50 and can be made online at www.scatteredandbattered.com. Party passes for spectators go for $10.
 
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Commissioners to discuss efficiency options with jail

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
The lack of usage of the Washington County jail has the Washington County Commissioners talking about the future of the facility. The jail was built just six years ago and one of the major selling points for the project was that it could provide a revenue stream by housing inmates from other counties that would pay for use of the space. Up until the last few months, Sedgwick County transported inmates to the facility on a regular basis but more recently, only local inmates have been held there.
 
Wed
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Mar
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CULTURE CHANGE

Exercise at the Linn Community Nursing Home can be regimented through treadmills and other standard exercise equipment or through a community noodle-ball bash, a popular event.

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
For those familiar with rural nursing homes, the Linn Community Nursing Home will look familiar—outwardly, at least. The 55-bed facility has the standard flourescent-lit hallways radiating outward from a central corridor, the standard nurses stations located at strategic intersections, the standard big-screen televisions in the common areas, the standard tail-wagging dog (Jake), two standard lazy cats (Sparkle and Sandy Peanut), and the standard sterile atmosphere. Beyond those things, though, there is almost nothing standard about the nursing home.

 

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Mar
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Concerns voiced for long-range water plan

Susan Metzger, Kansas Water Office, solicited input on a 50-year water plan.

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
With Governor Sam Brownback calling for the implementation of a 50-year water plan for the state of Kansas, representatives of the Kansas Water Office were in Marysville Monday for a hearing eliciting public input about the eventual scope of the plan. The meeting was sponsored and hosted by Tuttle Creek WRAPS, and included Representative Sharon Schwartz. It was the 80th such meeting for Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning and Policy for the Kansas Water Office, and Katie Ingels, Communications Director for the Kansas Water Office.

 

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Mar
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Cold, snow slows hospital building process

The front of the Washington County Hospital has been transformed over the last month with a new addition on the south side of the building. Block walls have gone up in areas around the entire structure.

BY DAN THALMANN/ Publisher.
 
The heavy snows and bitter cold over this winter season has slowed down certain phases of the Washington County Hospital remodeling and construction effort in Washington, but construction crews have managed to work through it. Project manager Larry Bruna said they have lost some time, but that is expected during the winter season. On the days where temperatures plummet, they can’t lay block. So they have lost time on the additions to the facility.

 

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Lowe Center School is now officially historic

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
The nomination of Lowe Center School #115 to the National Register of Historic Places has been approved by the Kansas Historic Sites Board during its quarterly meeting held earlier this month. The school is now listed under the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the nomination forwarded to the National Register for approval. The process generally takes six to eight months. The school, located northwest of Morrowville, operated between 1884 and 1963. According to the nomination form, the structure is an example of the one-room schoolhouse property type with local significance in the areas of education and architecture.
Thu
27
Feb
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REMNANTS OF HISTORY

Art Pacha stands beside a marker placed by the Kanza Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association to mark the deepest of the swales. The pasture has never been plowed, leaving the swales in almost pristine condition.

BY TOM PARKER/ Reporter.
 
From Art and Lorene Pacha’s front yard near Bremen a narrow two-track winds west past the barn, dips into a low depression at the inlet to a lozenge-shaped pond and hooks almost due south into an upland pasture. The ground is higher here, offering views of the house and outbuildings across the frozen pond, a clump of barren trees crowding the southern shore and a series of impressions bisecting the pasture on a southeast to northwest transect. The impressions, or swales, are one of the few remnants of the St. Joe Road, an eastern branch of the Oregon and California trails’ corridor connecting St. Joseph, Mo., and the Independence Road.
 
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Feb
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FILL THE HOUSE

The Homestead Pickers, a bluegrass ensemble who can normally be found making music in Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., filled the performance hall at Mayberry’s in Washington over the weekend, including a sell-out show on Saturday night.
 
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Linn seventh grader crowned spelling champ

Linn Public seventh grader Preston Myers, center, won the Washington County Spelling Bee on Saturday. St. John seventh grader Daiken Stallbaumer, right, was second and Linn Public eighth grader Hannah Dittmer was third.
 

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