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Clean Line Energy Requests Information

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Grain Belt Express, Clean Line Energy is moving forward with a request for information from wind generators in Kansas regarding their demand for electric transmission capacity, helping define the cost effectiveness and production potential of wind resources in western Kansas. They are proposing a 750 mile direct current transmission line that would deliver wind energy to markets in Missouri, Illinois, ... Read More »

Medicare Phone Scam Reported By Washington County Sheriff’s Office

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is reporting several incidents of phone scams involving Medicare. The caller is asking residents for verification of bank account and other personal information. Anyone receiving such a call is advised to be aware, and not go forward with such a request if you are uncertain who the caller represents. Read More »

Beatrice City Council Meeting Notes

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An option floated by Beatrice City Councilman Ted Fairbanks that would have consolidated police and sheriff departments into a countywide public safety department in Gage County has reportedly stalled. That, following discussion between council members, and county supervisors. They do plan to continue meeting on a regular basis to discuss ideas for more efficient operations. In a related story, elected ... Read More »

Nemaha County Commission Meeting Notes – Nov. 18

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Nemaha County Commissioners met Monday. They discussed with department heads a possible change in the vacation policy for county employees. No decisions were made. The board discussed hiring a county counselor, and also heard a request from the Register of Deeds, Appraiser, County Treasurer and Clerk that County Attorney Brad Lippert serve as County Prosecutor. No decision was made. The ... Read More »

Marshall County Commission Meeting Minutes – Nov. 18

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Marshall County Commissioners met Monday. The county attorney presented two resolutions for the Rural Opportunity Zone program, one funded by the county, the other allowing employers to fund the program. They were reviewed, and a decision will be taken up at the next meeting. The board is seeking a response from the Kansas Department of Commerce before proceeding. Commissioners discussed ... Read More »

Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – Nov. 18

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Washington County Commissioners met Monday. They were advised that the Greenleaf meal site is being closed by Senior Services. Becky Pannbacker presented a cost of $12 for each meal prepared at the site, while the suggested donation for those receiving the meal is $3.50. That has contributed in large part to a financial shortfall for the agency. Commissioners approved advancing ... Read More »

Open House For Extension Agent Mike Vogt Wednesday in Marysville

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An open house is planned Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for Marshall County Extension Agent Mike Vogt, who will be working his last day as county extension agent. He has served the county for 20 years, and is taking a job with K-State Extension based in Holton. The public is invited Wednesday 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the county courthouse in Marysville. Vogt ... Read More »

Meth Lab Seized in Steel City; Arrest Expected

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Jefferson County authorities Friday evening seized a meth lab in Steele City. An abandoned vehicle and various components used in manufacture of methamphetamine were taken. An arrest in the incident is expected. Read More »

Accidents Reported Across The Area Last Week

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An injury accident was reported on Highway K-9 in Washington County Monday afternoon. Fifty-six-year-old Brian Smith of Frankfort went off the highway, and struck a culvert 7 miles east of Clifton at around 12:30 p.m. He was taken to the Clay Center hospital. Last Thursday, Washington County authorities responded to a report of a vehicle accident at the Highway K-9/K-148 ... Read More »