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Washington County Commissioners

COMMISSION MINUTES, August 23, 2010, 2010          The Board of Washington County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 23, 2010 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse.  Present:  Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Roger Otott, 2nd District Commissioner; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner, and Kathy Fritz, Deputy County Clerk. Chairman Helms called the meeting to order with ... Read More »

Unemployment rates increase across Kansas

Marshall, Nemaha, and Washington County unemployment rates rose during the month of July.  The Kansas Department of Labor released the July unemployment rates Friday.  Marshall County unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, Washington County was 4.4 percent and Nemaha county was 4.1 percent.  The unemployment rates were up from June, but down from July of 2009.  Statewide, the jobless rate increased ... Read More »

B&B and Nemaha County move forward on consolidation

The B & B USD 451 school board adopted a resolution Wednesday evening to consolidate with the Nemaha Valley School District.  The boards agreed to keep the current K-12 configuration at B & B during the next four years.  During this time there will be a frozen budget.  There was an exception to re-evaluate if there were unforeseeable financial obstacles.  ... Read More »

Road work resumes on Highway 77

Work will resume Thursday on Highway 77 north and south of Wymore.  Nebraska Department of Roads says work will consist of concrete patching, widening and asphalt overlay.  Flaggers and Pilot cars will be used during lane closures.  Travelers should expect a 10 to 15 minute delay at flagging stations.  The 4.8 million dollar project is expected to be completed by ... Read More »

Aggressive DUI enforcement on its way

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Marysville Police Department and 140 other police agencies are currently participating in the Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest program.  The program, which runs through Labor Day provides Law Enforcement funds to increase the enforcement of Kansas drunk driving and traffic laws.  The crackdown is funded by a grant from the Kansas department of Transportation. Read More »

New business coming to Marysville

A new business with a historical flair will be coming to the West side of Marysville.  Local businessman Dave Lyhane has announced his plans to build a convenience store with historical features and retail space in the location former Dierking Lumber building. Lyhane announced the  8,600-square-foot building will contain a 5,000-square-foot convenience store and 2,600 square feet of retail rental ... Read More »

Finally, mountain lion confirmed in Kansas

Most citizens of rural kansas knew they were here.  Several people in Marshall County claimed to have seen them, but failed to get a photograph.  This time a hunter was ready with the camera. WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) Kansas wildlife officials confirm a deer hunter’s close encounter with a mountain lion in the northwestern part of the state. The Department of ... Read More »

Wymore Rescue conflicts continue

The struggle to keep a rescue department in Wymore continues to wear on the emotions of local residents.  Dr. Don Rice, Gage County medical director, notified members of the Wymore rescue department that they would become inactive after a decision by the Wymore City Council to close the department for a minimum of 45 days. The department’s closure was required ... Read More »

CRP Deadline approaching

Farmers and ranchers have until close of business Aug. 27 to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up. Applications may be completed by land owners at their local FSA county office.  CRP participants with existing contracts scheduled to expire on Sept. 30 may re-enroll under a new 10- to 15-year contract. Cropland that is highly erodible, within a Conservation ... Read More »

4 Marysville businesses suffer damage

August 16, 2010 Several businesses along Highway 36 suffered damage overnight Tuesday.  According to police sources Hardees was broken into.  According to Todd Ackerman, Marysville Police Chief, money and other items were taken from the restaurant.  A drive by the building revealed the side door to the drive through was covered with board.  Signs were on the doors and drive ... Read More »