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Wed
26
Nov
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Elk sightings are attention-getters

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A young bull elk was captured in a trail cam photo in Clay County. This was the fi rst time James Stunkel had an elk
show up on one of his trail cams.

BY DAN THALMANN

Elk sightings are becoming more common in the region, but they still draw plenty of interest because of their low populations compared to deer. Jared Zenger, Haddam, saw a bull elk near Haddam while checking cattle on Sept. 17. He used his smartphone to record the elk, which was by itself during the day. He also took a photo, but it was low resolution since the elk was in the distance. Posting the photo and video to his Facebook page drew plenty of interest in the animal.
 
Thu
20
Nov
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Upcoming Sun ower Journeys episodes to feature Great White Way, day in the life of local newspaper

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WCN Publisher Dan Thalmann, left, and KTWU producer Scott Williams stop for a fun moment, taking a selfie by the Sunflower Journeys van in May.

Washington County will be featured in two upcoming episodes of Sunfl ower Journeys on KTWU. In the Nov. 27 episode, named “Touring Kansas,” a segment will feature the Great White Way, which follows Highway 9 through Washington County, passing through Clifton and then on its way past Palmer, Linn, Greenleaf and Barnes.

 

Thu
20
Nov
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FFA teams place at national convention

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WCHS FFA livestock judging team members were, from left, advisor John Kern, Wyatt Durst, Ty Stewart, Andrew Tiemeyer and Jefferson Simmons.

The Washington County FFA program was again a national presence with two fifth place teams in the nation and a proficiency award finalist. Members of the chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky, on Oct. 29-31.

 

Thu
20
Nov
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NEW LIFE for a historic building

BY TOM PARKER
 
Christmas comes to Barnes next week with the annual Lighted Horse Parade, visits by Santa Claus, Christmas carols piped through the downtown area and the grand opening of Dearborn Village. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. for the opening of Dearborn Village. Formerly the Barnes Mercantile, Dearborn Village sports a new interior with clusters of small shops specializing in handmade crafts and floral arrangements, custom leatherwork, furniture made from antlers, Kansas-themed pottery and paintings, quilted and crocheted items for pets, dolls and adults, woodworked items, repurposed furniture and painted window and door screens, custom children’s clothing and other unique, one-of-a-kind items. In addition, Santa Claus will visit from noon to 2 p.m. at the village’s candy store.
 
Wed
12
Nov
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Spence featured in naval publication

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Lt. Robert Spence, a Navy soldier with local ties, operates modern electronic warfare systems in a F/A-18 Growler in the Navy.

BY TOM PARKER
 
A recent article in the Navy Outreach, published by the Navy Office of Community Outreach Public Affairs, highlighted Lt. Robert Spence and his service with the Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130), also known as the “Zappers.” Spence is the son of former Washington residents Steve and Kathy Spence, and the grandson of Norman Stewart and Marcella Holbrook and Orville and Lela Spence, all of Washington.

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Wed
12
Nov
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Washington County FFA teams do well at nationals

Washington County FFA members had another successful trip to the national FFA conference last month. The livestock team, consisting of Andrew Tiemeyer, Wyatt Durst, Jefferson Simmons and Ty Stewart finished fifth as a team. Tiemeyer and Durst finished in the gold division (top 25%) individually, while Simmons and Stewart finished in the silver division.

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Wed
12
Nov
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Mountain of corn cobs will be processed for use in oil and energy industry

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The pile of corn cobs is taller than the building being built west of Washington to process the cobs, above. A dozer is being used, below, to form a pyramid shape out of the pile to reduce spoilage. When fi nished, the cob hill could reach 100 feet.

BY DAN THALMANN
 
WASHINGTON – A large and growing mountain of corn cobs west of Washington will soon be processed into a product destined for the oil and energy industry. Fairview Mills is building a new corn cob processing facility three miles west of Washington on the south side of Highway 36. Fairview Mills is a company of J-Six Enterprises, which also operates the feed mill in Greenleaf and has several farms and hog operations in Washington County.

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Thu
06
Nov
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TIM MUELLER ELECTED TO COMMISSION

Washington County voters put up a straight Republican ticket in the statewide races and also for Washington County
Commission, which saw Tim Mueller, Greenleaf, win over Independent challenger Jim Scheetz, Hanover. Mueller won 436 to 346 and will take the fi rst district seat of outgoing long-time commissioner Alison Mueller..
 
Thu
06
Nov
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The sound of children to return to Greenleaf school

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After fi ve months of silence at the Greenleaf school, a plan is underway to bring the sound of children back to the facility in the form of a daycare. Two local former teachers are planning to open the building back up to children in January, an effort that will help fi ll the need for daycare services in the area.
 
Thu
30
Oct
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Rolling Hills to hold mail ballot elections

Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. members will vote by mail ballot in December on bylaws amendments and Trustee elections. Members that attended the Cooperative’s annual meeting in April 2014 voted for the Board of Trustees to consider putting two proposed bylaws amendments to a mail ballot vote of the membership
 

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