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EF-5 Oklahoma Tornado Passes 2004 Hallam, NE Record For Widest Tornado

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In a matter of a few weeks, the state of Oklahoma has seen its second EF5 rated tornado. In addition, the damage path was as wide as 2.6 miles. This is a new record for the widest tornado in history, beating the previous record of 2.5 miles near Hallam, Neb. on May 22, 2004. After additional surveying and studying of weather data, including ... Read More »

5th Street in Beatrice now open to two-way traffic. Use Caution!

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Just a friendly reminder that 5th Street in Beatrice is now a two-way street. It opened to traffic on Monday and Gage County authorities have been watching the area from Lincoln to Ella Streets, as there have been several vehicles using the wrong lane and verbal warnings have been given, as will be the case for the next few weeks while ... Read More »

Marshall & Washington Wheat Plot tours next Wednesday

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Both the Marshall and Washington County Wheat Plot tours have been scheduled for next Wednesday, June 12. The Marshall County Wheat Plot Tour will begin at 5:30 pm, with the plot located just over a mile north of Axtell on 30th Road. The Washington County plot is located from Linn, four miles south on Osage Road to 5th Road, then one mile ... Read More »

Palmer Playground completed in just 2 days!!

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The community of Palmer has a new playground in the park after the community raised the $30,000 needed, and it was built in just 2 days!! May 17 and 18 many volunteers put the playground equipment together, completing the project ahead of schedule. However, there was a delay in allowing kids to play on it until last week while they waited on ... Read More »

Melanie Bryant newest council member in Washington

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Melanie Bryant was sworn in as the newest member of the Washington City Council Monday night. She was appointed to the position by Mayor Ryan Kern to fill his position after he became Mayor following the death of then mayor Harold Jones. Melanie and her husband Marc have 5 children and she also has two step daughters. She is the manager of ... Read More »

Garden Club to hold open meeting Tuesday

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The Marysville Garden Club will hold an open meeting to the public Tuesday, June 4 beginning at 1 pm at City Hall. Torey Butler will speak about the Community Gardens. Everyone is invited to attend. Read More »

New Principal hired at Valley Heights High School

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The Valley Heights Board of Education hired a new Junior-Senior High Principal in a special meeting on May 21 after Don Potter resigned earlier this year, effective July 31. He will become principal of an intermediate school in Neodesha on August 1. Shelly Swayne of Solomon was hired. She has been principal at Solomon High School since 2010. Prior to that she was assistant ... Read More »

Schmitz receives FFA Award

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Audrey Schmitz of the Axtell FFA was recognized during the FFA Convention in Manhattan held last week. Schmitz received a State FFA Proficiency Award in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship for outstanding accomplishments she has made in developing programs that will prepare her for a career in agriculture. The daughter of Joseph and Amy Schmitz, she plans to attend KSU after high school and ... Read More »

Dr. Freeman hired as Interim Superintendent at Marysville

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The USD 364 Board of Education held a special board meeting Thursday night to interview 3 possible candidates for the interim Superintendent position. They interviewed Michael Nolton of North Lyon County, Dr. Dale Slagle of Frontenac, and Dr. Randy Freeman, director of Marshall County Special Services, the special education cooperative between Marysville and Valley Heights School Districts. After the interviews, they ... Read More »

Tornado damage to cost $5-6 million

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Damage from the EF-2 tornado that struck the western half of Marysville Monday night is expected to cost $5-6 million. The National Weather Service reports that the tornado touched down on the Washington and Marshall County line around 9:30 pm and moved east-northeast along Highway 36 before turning to the northeast, taking out 2 businesses, damaging about 30 homes and killing 2 horses ... Read More »