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04
Apr
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City council looks at engines

Electric generation capacity took center stage Monday night as the Washington City Council grappled with how to put projects and numbers together for an electric rate study.

The city has been working with Andrew Harriger of Sawvell and Associates on a rate study.

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Thu
28
Mar
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County-wide clean up days next week

The annual county-wide clean up and free days at the transfer station are April 4-6. All Washington County businesses and residents can participate. Eligible items may be taken to the transfer station/ county landfill that Thursday, Friday or Saturday for free; normal charges will be waived.

Items that may be taken for free include appliances, furniture, mattresses, box springs, scrap metals, wire and electronics.

Items that cannot be taken for free include tires, normal household trash, which will cost .021 cents a pound, and construction and demolition material, which will cost .0175 cents a pound.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar
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County economic development annual meeting is Saturday

The first annual meeting and membership drive of the newly formed Washington County Economic Partnership will be Saturday, March 30, at the Gilliam sale facility near Greenleaf. The event begins with happy hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by a catered meal at 6 p.m. The meeting will follow the meal.

All farmers, ranchers, business owners, city council members, entrepreneurs and other interested people are welcome to attend. Membership is $100 a year and will be collected at the event. Funds will support efforts to bring new business investments to the county as well as retain current ones, create job growth and increase the tax base.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar
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Ag land values still going up

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Ag land values in Washington County went up nine percent this year, according to data released by the Kansas Department of Revenue in late February. The preliminary ag use land value for Washington County for 2019 is $183,970,530 compared with $171,178,810 last year. Last year values increased 12 percent over 2017. Appraiser Lance Leis told the Board of Washington County commissioners in late February that almost all soil types went up in value this year thanks in-part to the continued increase in the eight-year average net income of the landlord.

Thu
28
Mar
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County works on roads

The county Road and Bridge Department has been working on roads the past couple weeks, according to Road and Bridge supervisor Justin Novak. He told the Board of County Commissioners that his department has been hauling lots of rock all over the county lately. He said some employees in his department worked from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday despite the department discontinuing working on Fridays during the extended daylight months.

Novak said the quarries open at 7:30, and he wanted to beat the rush at the pits. He agreed with commissioner Scott Zabokrtsky that the wait time at the quarries was exceeding an hour at times.

Novak said quarries are running out of rock. The quarry at Barneston, Neb., where the county gets some of its rock, has been closed but was expected to open on Wednesday, Novak said, and the quarry at Clay Center was about out of rock.

 

 

Wed
20
Mar
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Kindergarten, first grade to get iPads

A rotation plan for replacement of teacher laptops and student Chromebooks was approved Monday night by the USD 108 Board of Education. The board also agreed to buy approximately 60 iPads for K-1 students for next year.

Present were Joe L’Ecuyer, Jill Hoover, Rod Stewart, Kevin Elliott, Rhonda Manley, Brad Jones and Brad Owen.

District technology director Christian Pihl recommended a 5-year replacement schedule starting in the fall of 2019 for faculty laptops. Once in place, the schedule will replace 20 percent of staff laptops annually. In the fall, the district will replace nine staff computers at a total price of $6,622.38.

He proposed Chromebook rotation schedules for grades 8-12 and grades 3-7. Each will have a fiveyear rotation, replacing approximately 20 percent of the Chromebooks each year at an estimated cost of $5,500 to $6,000 each for the two rotations.

 

 

Wed
20
Mar
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Owners appeal property valuations

Deputy appraiser Bev Finlayson told the board of county commissioners on Monday that hearings began this week for property owners who have disputed their property valuations that were released the first of this month. She said there haven’t been many appeals yet, although property owners have until April 1 to appeal those values.

She said the office will likely get more complains later this year when owners get their tax statements “and see what those valuation numbers really mean.”

Finlayson said the appraiser’s office has gotten a lot of phone calls in the past few weeks, but staff has been able to explain many questions that property owners had. She said the majority of the appeals that have come in relate to old or dilapidated houses, and the owners want appraiser Lance Leis to see the condition of the inside.

 

 

Wed
20
Mar
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Minor flooding

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Emergency Management director Randy Hubbard photographed the disappearance of 18th Road just east of Osage Road west of Washington when it went underwater on Wednesday. This is the same location pictured on the front page of the News last week when water had just begun to cover the road that Monday afternoon.

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Jake Pannbacker, of rural Washington, documented a stretch of 18th Road, ABOVE, located 5 miles northeast of Washington that was overcome with water last Wednesday.

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Mill Creek near Haddam, LEFT, spilled out of its banks on Wednesday afternoon and flooded fields.

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Randy Hubbard took this

photo last week just west of

Hanover, which shows water that came all the way up to the edge of the road just past the bridge.

Parts of Washington County experienced minor flooding last week when rain and snowmelt overwhelmed ditches, creeks and rivers. The flooding was far from any records when both Mill Creek and the Little Blue River crested mid-week in minor flood stage.

According to the National Weather Service Mill Creek at Washington crested at 11:30 p.m. on March 13 at 21.82 feet. The record height is 36 feet.

The Little Blue River crested at Barnes at 1:30 p.m. on March 14 at 18.5 feet. There is no record listed for the Little Blue River.

 

 

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Wed
20
Mar
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County gets new K-9

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office got a new K-9 in February. German Shepherd Krista and deputy Corey Riggs, of Hanover, began working together after 5 weeks of training.

A new K-9 has joined the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Krista, who is a high energy purebred German Shepherd from police dog genetics, began work at the sheriff’s office on Feb. 8 after training for five weeks in Joplin, Mo., with handler and sheriff’s deputy Corey Riggs, of Hanover. The dog has already participated in a school search in Linn and has done some vehicle sniffs.

Krista, who will be three in April, is a dual-purpose K-9 who is certified in sniffing drugs and tracking people or objects. Riggs said some K-9s are trained in only one area; Krista is certified in two. She is owned by the sheriff’s department but lives with Riggs, and the sheriff’s department pays for her dog food and medical expenses.

Wed
13
Mar
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Hanover girls are Class 1A state runner-up

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The Hanover Wildcats made it to the state championship game before losing to Central Plains last weekend in Dodge City.
See the complete story and more photos on Page 8A.

The Hanover Wildcats made it to the state championship game before losing to Central Plains last weekend in Dodge City.

 

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