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Injuries Reported In Washington County Auto Accident

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An injury accident was reported June 15th in Washington County. Makala Busch of Marysville lost control of her vehicle on Highway K-9 just east of Rainbow Road. Striking a field entrance, the vehicle became airborne, and came to rest in a field. A passenger was transported to the Washington County Hospital by Linn ambulance. Read More »

Kennedy Center Renovation Scheduled For SCC Beatrice Campus

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A $460,000 renovation at the Kennedy Center on the Southeast Community College campus in Beatrice is to begin this summer. Designed as a one-stop welcome center, plans call for moving the library and offices in the building. Support services such as the Registrar, Admissions, and Testing will be incorporated into the remodeled facility, with the library downsized due to the increasing use of ... Read More »

Highway 36 Association Annual Meeting Held

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The annual meeting of the U.S. 36 Highway Association was held last Friday in Seneca. Along with updates on current and future projects, members heard concerns with funding challenges. Among those are declining fuel tax revenues, due to increased efficiency standards, income tax revenues falling below expectations in recent months, and increased expenses related to snow removal this past winter. Despite increasing truck ... Read More »

NEK-CAP Receives Grant Funding To Expand Services

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Northeast Kansas Community Action (NEK CAP) has received grant funding that will allow expansion of services in several counties, including Washington, Republic, Jewell, Smith, Mitchell and Osborne. A series of local focus groups will meet in July to help determine needs and priorities. A meeting is planned in Washington on July 11th, noon at Mayberry’s.   Read More »

Governor Heineman Among Guests For Steele Flats Wind Energy Center Dedication

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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman will be among guests and dignitaries attending a dedication event for the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center near Diller Thursday afternoon. A luncheon for local landowners, local elected and appointed officials, and representatives of Next Era Energy, which owns and operates the site, will be hosted prior to the 1:00 p.m. dedication. Parking will be provided at Lottman Carpenter Construction in ... Read More »

Kansas Water Office Tour Stopping In Washington & Manhattan

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Washington is among twelve locations statewide scheduled to host the Water Vision Team, presenting the first draft vision for the future of water in Kansas, and receive public input. About 9,000 Kansas residents have participated in the governors’ initiative thus far, participating in over 160 meetings to gather information. A full detail of the plan objective and meeting schedule is ... Read More »

Beatrice Authorities Explore Future Options For Solid Waste Disposal Facility

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Officials expect the Beatrice Solid Waste Disposal Facility south of Beatrice on West Locust Road will be filled within a decade. Considering up to a five year time frame for implementing an alternative, a meeting was held recently with engineers to consider options. The first would be expansion of the current site, estimated to cost $3.5 million, with an eight year life. Second ... Read More »

Road Construction Projects To Impact Area Highways

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Traffic is to be detoured on Highway K-99 north of Frankfort beginning this week for a bridge replacement project over the Clear Creek drainage area, five miles north of Frankfort. Crews will begin setting traffic control, which will include a marked detour via Highway K-9 to Highway K-87 to U.S. Highway 36. That will be operational directing traffic for the duration of ... Read More »

Grants Awarded By Washington County Community Foundation

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The Washington County Community Foundation announced five grant awards totaling $3,772, to the Washington County Ministerial Food Bank, Kloppenberg Center in Hanover, RFD 10, Washington Ball Association, and Linn Youth Football program. $450,000 is currently invested in the five year old foundation. Read More »