Washington County, KS

Community Foundation announces matching event

The Washington County Community Foundation will host Match Madness, a county-wide giving day, on Tuesday, May 17. On this day, donations to any fund at the community foundation will be matched proportionally up to 50 percent from a match pool of $7,000 thanks to three generous local companies: Citizens State Bank, Central Valley Ag and Herrs Machine Hydrostatics.

Healthcare, trade school jobs are big draw to graduates

Plans for a career in healthcare and in learning a trade were the top two most popular choices announced by graduating seniors this week. The Washington County News annually asks seniors from Washington County, Clifton-Clyde, Linn and Hanover about their post-secondary plans for the graduation pages, which are included in this week’s edition.

Local graduations are this weekend

All four area high school graduations are scheduled for this Sunday, May 15. Senior photos and the graduates’ future plans are listed in the graduation section of this newspaper. Clifton-Clyde – Graduation will be in Bill Bechard Gym at 2 p.m. The speaker is retired USD 224 English teacher...

August primary deadline to file is June 1

The deadline for candidate filings for the Aug. 2 primary is fast approaching. Anyone wanting to have their name on the primary ballot must file by noon on June 1. All candidates for local office, including county, townships and precincts, can file in the county clerk’s office at 214 C Street, Washington, in the Washington County courthouse.

Washington County farm statistics from the 1930s

In December 1937, The Hanover Democrat published its 60th anniversary edition, from which this article is copied. In 1930 Washington county had 2,793 farms. Livestock farms included 40 percent of the farmland: general farms included 38 percent of the farm land: and cash-grain farms included 20 percent of the farm land. Dairying is part of the system of general farming so it does not show up in specialized dairy farms.

School records falling this track season

Records are falling at area schools on both the high school and junior high levels this track and field season. Three Washington County High School track records have fallen so far this year. Senior Hunter Hill broke the 400-meter dash record on April 29 at the Beloit Relays. His time of 51.85 broke the 51.90 record set by Korey Welch in 2012. Freshman Addyson Goeckel broke the 300-meter hurdle…

History of bulldozers starts in Morrowville

Type “history of the bulldozer” into Google, and the first entry will briefly tell of an invention made by two Washington County farmers. The first bulldozer, which was actually a wooden blade attached to a tractor, was made in Morrowville and patented in 1925. The bulldozer was designed and built in less than three days to impress a pipeline official. The “instant success” of the bulldozer…

Washington County competes at league

The WCHS Forensics team took 7 students to compete at the League tournament at Linn on April 8. Results were as follows: Kady Toole - TVL League Champion in prose, Abi Sawin - 2nd place in poetry, Joy Lucas - 2nd place in informative speech, Abi and Kady - 3rd place in duet (tied for second but had 1 less quality point), Tiffani Allerheiligen and Kylee Riechers - 4th in duet, Joy - 7th in…


Linn Livewires 4-H The meeting of the Linn Livewires was called to order by President Ryan Stuenkel on March 20 in the Zion Church basement. Flag Salute was by Brogan Herrs and Gaines Wendland. Roll call was answered by “What would your Leprechaun’s name be?” There were 20 members, 3 leaders, 6 parents, and 2 guests present. Reporter Tucker Rogge submitted the details from the last meeting to…


On April 18 officers were dispatched to 114 West 4th Street in Washington for a report of a domestic. As a result, Bonnie Tessier, of Washington, was arrested on pending charges of Domestic Battery. Tessier was held at the Washington County Jail until her release on a $1,000 bond. April 19 at 3rd and Cedar Streets in Greenleaf James Cody Stambaugh was arrested on pending charges of Driving While…

Egg hunting in Washington Co

Angie Rogge, above, and her daughter met with the Easter Bunny at Linn’s annual event. Linn’s annual Easter egg hunt, which is put on with the help of high school youth, was Saturday morning. The chilly weather brought egg hunters dressed in winter coats, above, and below left. Photos by ELLA THALMANN Youngsters tore off in search of Easter eggs at the annual egg hunt in Barnes, above. The…

WashCo FFA members receive awards

Washington County has three district proficiency award winners this year from Washington County: Coy Stamm - Diversified Crop Production Placement; Alyssa Kern - Fiber Oil Crop Production, and Kori Miller - Small Animal Production/Care. All three of these winners will have their applications evaluated at the state level against the best programs in Kansas this year in competition for the overall…


On April 11 officers were dispatched to 116 West 1st Street in Washington for a report of a domestic disturbance. As a result Tess Hunt, of Clay Center, was arrested on pending charges of Domestic Battery and Criminal Trespass. Gary Keller, of Washington, was arrested on pending charges of Domestic Battery and Criminal Damage to property. Hunt was held at the Washington County Jail until her…


Art Show The GFWC Modern Pioneers are sponsoring an Art Show for students of Washington County Schools and Republic County Schools. The show is Saturday, April 23, at KSDS East Builing. It will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece of art. The one that ges the most votes receives a cash prize. There are also prizes for other…


NEK AAA receives funding The Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging, of which Washington County is a part, was recently awarded Access, Innovation and Collaboration (AIC) Kansas project funding for $234,509 for Clean Technology Expansion. The announcement was made last week by Governor Laura Kelly when 48 public transit projects were awarded funding totaling $13.2 million.

Gepner wins golf opener

Konner Gepner opened the season with a tournament win on Tuesday at the Washington County High School Invitational at Cedar Hills. Gepner shot a 41 on the front nine and 43 on the back nine for an 84, which was two strokes ahead of Frankfort’s Joey Hardwick, who took second. Tiger teammate Carson Kearn tied for fifth with a 92, while Grayson Votipka was 20th with a 109 and Aidan Goeckel was 23rd…

Valuations in Washington County up by a median of 5.1%

Washington County’s residential values increased a median of 5.1% this year. There were 39 “valid residential sales” in Washington County in 2021, according to appraiser Lance Leis. He said 31 of the 39 properties sold for more than last year’s appraised value. The median sale price for those residential properties rose 6.66 percent last year to $80,000. There were 35 residential sales in…