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Sales tax increases by .35 percent on July 1

The Kansas state sales and use tax was increased from 6.15% to 6.5% on Wednesday in Kansas, so retailers in Washington  County will need to comply with that additional amount. Most communities have an additional percent added to the state tax.
The City of Clifton approved an increase that will also take affect on Wednesday, making the city’s sales tax 8.5%.
 
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New monument set into place for Mormon Springs

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A new monument was set into place south of Washington last week at a new pull-o along Highway 15, adding focus to Mormon Springs, a historic camping stop on the Mormon Trail dating to the mid-1800s.
 
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Mexican restaurant opens in downtown Greenleaf

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“I started the restaurant for progress and to provide authentic Mexican food for the community and for everybody around,” said Tony Martinez, owner of Tony’s Tacos located in the Greenleaf Business Center. “My opinion is this community will grow more with more businesses.
 
Wed
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‘Words can’t describe all the feelings you feel in a moment like that’

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WICHITA – Last year, Clifton-Clyde’s Kourtni Hubert came into the Kansas State Track & Field Championships as a fi rst-time freshman with no pressure and no expectations. But Kourtni left the 2014 meet in Wichita as the new Class 1A
state champion in the javelin.
 
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THE FIRST CHIRP OF THE FALL HUNT

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One of the early sounds of the fall hunting season arrived in a nondescript van this week at Winter Game Farm outside of Palmer. Owner-operator Greg Winter took in a delivery of 1,500 just-hatched pheasant chicks on Tuesday evening – birds that will be raised on the farm until hey are 20 weeks old and then used in guided hunts offered by Scattered Acres Outfi tting, also located in rural Palmer.
 
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Ominous storm moves through county

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Storm clouds that grew and warped as they moved east across the northern third of Washington County on Tuesday ended up dropping up to six inches of localized rain in northeast Washington County and northwest Marshall County.
 
Thu
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Washington County High School FBLA

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Qualifying for national competitions from Washington County High School are from left, Christopher Wright, sophomore; Samantha Wright, senior; Katy Rundle, junior; Andrea L’Ecuyer, junior ; Erin Holmeier, senior; Tess Cecrle, freshman; Aundrea Bruna, freshman; Heidi Stegman, senior; Cammie Miller, sophomore. Attending nationals in Chicago will be Christopher, Samantha, Andrea, Tess, Aundrea and Cammie. Not pictured, Courtney Bekemeyer, junior, who will be attending.

 

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A buzz heard once every 17 years

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BY DAN THALMANN
 
Anyone traveling to eastern Kansas during the last few weeks would have experienced a sound that only occurs for about four to five weeks every 17 years. The emergence of the periodical cicada, an inch-long, but thick, and surprisingly loud insect, hasn’t happened since 1998.

 

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Piling on fun at the Linn Picnic

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The Linn community hosted three days of pre-harvest fun with their annual Linn Picnic town festival last week. The schedule of events was heavy with activity, at one point on Saturday, above, including fi gure 8 races, helicopter rides, carnival rides, music, food and more.

 

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Local man dies in truck accident

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BY DAN THALMANN
 
A 2012 Washington County High School graduate died in a one-vehicle accident on Saturday while working in North Dakota. Brandon Smith, son of Amy Edgar, Washington, was traveling with two coworkers, Armando Gomez-Gutierrez, 41, of Las Vegas, and Zachary McKinzie, 22, of Washington state, on their way to a job when McKinzie over-corrected after drifting into a ditch.
 

 

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