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Washington County Board of Commissioners Meeting Minutes – Nov. 12

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These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners at their next meeting. Prepared by Denae Dimler, County Clerk. The Board of County Commission for Washington County met in regular session on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Members present: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman; Roger Otott, Vice ... Read More »

Injury Accident Reported In Nemaha County

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An injury accident was reported in Nemaha County early Sunday morning. Eighteen-year-old Luke Schmelzle of Seneca lost control on 112th Road, just west of P Road. His vehicle went through a fence, and into a creek. Luke Schmelzle was taken by private vehicle to the Sabetha Hospital. Read More »

Highland Community College To Hold Planning Meeting In Seneca

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A meeting is planned with community and business leaders in Seneca Thursday with Highland Community College. They are seeking input regarding programs, services, and grant guidelines for a proposed “western center” regional trade and technical facility to open next fall in Nemaha County. Both high school and post-secondary students would be served. Program offerings are to be defined early in ... Read More »

Washington City Council Discusses Golf Course

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Washington City Council at a recent meeting discussed options for operating the Cedar Hills Golf Course. That followed a recommendation by the City Auditor that the course operate independently of the city, as a nonprofit entity. It was decided that additional information be gathered, with a goal of making a decision by the end of the year. The city currently ... Read More »

NEK-CAP Receives $1.2 Million Subsidy For Low Income Residents

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NEK-CAP of Northeast Kansas was among ten recipients of $1.2 million in rental subsidy and utility assistance for low income residents, in a recent grant announcement from the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation. $75,000 was awarded, and will be available to assist those in a 7 county area, including Marshall and Nemaha counties. Read More »

Senator Moran Recommends FCC Action On Rural Telecommunication Services

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran recently called on the Federal Communications Commission to do more to encourage rural telecommunications companies to upgrade telecommunications services in Kansas, and across the country. A bi-partisan group of 25 senators are calling for changes to the Universal Service Fund to increase accessibility for customers in rural areas. Recent reforms have left the fund unpredictable. Read More »

Meeting On Old World Bluestem To Be Held December 5th

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Old World Bluestem is the name for an invasive grass that has been increasingly seen in Northeast Kansas and is causing real problems for cattle producers. Specifically the species we are dealing with is Caucasian Bluestem, a native of southern Asia and Australia. It is drought tolerant and very aggressive, but lower in quality and palatability than native species. Cattle ... Read More »

High Speed Police Chase Ends In Crash

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A high speed chase out of Beatrice early Friday morning ended on Highway 8 east of Odell. Nineteen-year-old Jacob Wissler of Pawnee City was arrested on charges including flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, minor in possession and suspicion of driving under the influence among others, and was being held on $10,000 bond. Pursuit began around 3 a.m. after ... Read More »

Extension Agent Mike Vogt Announces Transfer To Holton

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Marshall County Extension Agent Mike Vogt has announced his transfer to Holton, where he has taken a position as an Agricultural Economist with the Northeast Kansas Farm Management Association. Effective November 21, the transition will end a twenty year tenure with Vogt serving as Marshall County Extension Agent. The Extension Board is expected to begin a replacement search, with screening ... Read More »

Negotiations Continue On Baileyville School Buildings Sale

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Negotiations continue with Highland Community College and USD 115 for sale of the school buildings in Baileyville. An original price tag of $500,000 is now being reduced to $350,000, after counter offers by each party. Highland plans to use the facility for a learning center. The school board had recently met in special session to approve the price reduction. Read More »