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Stream bank stabilization effort continues on Little Blue

With Randy Kelley steering the tractor, Thad Rhodes, Kansas Forest Service District Forester, plants saplings from the tree planter while Ashley Montgomery, NRCS Soil Conservationist, hands him the trees.

BY TOM PARKER.
 
Long before Randy and Robin Kelley returned to the family farm on the southwestern edge of Hanover, the original homestead stood a short distance from the Little Blue River. Too short, it turned out, as the river slowly but inexorably ate away at the bank, encroaching each year toward the house and the surrounding fields and reducing the buffer separating the house and the river.

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Senate highlights during

During the fi nal week of this year’s regular session, the Kansas Senate worked seven days straight and held late night debates into the weekend to pass an education bill that would fully comply with the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in the Gannon v. Kansas case. A proposal, HB 2506 was approved by both chambers on April 6 with the Senate adjourning around 11 p.m. after the Kansas Corporation Commission confi rmation vote on Senator Pat Apple.

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Is a Hungry Man enough?

BY DAN THALMANN.
 
WASHINGTON – The Washington County Commissioners said they are taking their time studying their options with the future of the seven-year-old jail in Washington and immediate closure is not in discussion right now, but discussion recently has moved to the cost of providing meals to inmates. CBM, the company providing meals to the jail, terminated its contract with the jail on April 2, citing too few inmates to make their services feasible.

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EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

Youth from the Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches in Washington helped lead the sunrise service, which has become an annual Easter morning tradition for many.

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Polling places to be restored across county

BY TOM PARKER.
 
Voters in Washington County will have more polling locations by the August primary, county clerk Denae Dimler says. Though several locations are still in the planning stages and others no longer adhere to Americans With Disabilities Act requirements, the plan is to have polling places open in Hanover, Barnes, Linn, Clifton, Haddam and Washington.

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Drug, med disposal day is Saturday

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department will hold another DEA drug and medication disposal day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the law enforcement center at 301 B Street, Washington. The program, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, is meant to collect unused or expired medications for safe deposal.

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Magician mind reader rocks WCHS after-prom

After being blindfolded with a pair of silver dollars, duct tape and a black bandana, Tolland tries to “read” objects held up by students Bethany Keller and Dylan Hodgson.

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
WASHINGTON – For about sixty electrifying minutes in the wee, wee hours of Sunday morning, Chicago-based performer Mark Tolland kept Washington County High School students and their prom dates laughing, gasping, puzzled, fl abbergasted and asking themselves how-didhe-do-that. In turn head-scratching magic trickery and thought-provoking mind-reading prestidigitation, Tolland, whose act is called “second to none” by Disney World, drove a nail into his nostril, swallowed thread and needles and coughed them out strung together like pearls on a silk strand, identifi ed small, medium and large objects while blindfolded, wizarded the names of first loves and manipulated mathematical calculations and predictions to keep the audience second-guessing.
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WCHS students qualify for FCCLA nationals

WCHS FCCLA members who qualified for nationals are, from left, Jenna Hennerberg, Makinna Bentz, Courtney Bekemeyer, Brooke Tuma, Katy Rundle and Jessica Bryant.

WICHITA – Members of the Washington County FCCLA Chapter attended the 68th annual State Leadership Conference of the association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA, on April 6-8 in Wichita. With the theme of “FCCLA: The Game of Leadership”, the Kansas State Executive Council lead the conference in all the general sessions which included skits, offi cial business, award recognition, a dynamic keynote given by Jeff Yalden, and attended several breakout sessions focused on community service, professionalism, and leadership.

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Foundation to hold match day event in May

On May 6, the Washington County Community Foundation is participating in Match Madness+, a national day of giving to celebrate the 100th anniversary of community foundations. For one day only, donors can make contributions to any of 11 local charitable endowed funds held at the Foundation and the donation will be matched by a local match pool of $5,000. Matching grants will be distributed on a proportional basis. If total donations amount to more than $5,000, the matching percentage will decrease proportionally to ensure every donation made on May 6 is matched. Matching grants will be distributed in the form of a cash grant back to the charity or charity’s endowed fund.

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Schottel named new hospital CEO

BY TOM PARKER/ Staff writer.
 
Roxanne Schottel, Washington, has accepted the position of CEO of the Washington County Hospital, effective by the end of June. Schottel is currently the clinic manager at Clay County Family Physicians, a position she has held for the last 10 years. “I’m excited about the change,” she said. The basic overall operations between a medical clinic and a hospital should be similar, she said, so transitioning into her new position should be relatively easy. But, she added, “ask me again in three months.”

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