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The Holton High School Lady Wildcats were named the Class 4A Division II sub-state champions on Saturday after a victory over Royal Valley. The first round of state basketball begins Wednesday. Team members pictured include (front row, left to right) Danica Haverkamp, Emmy McManigal, Kyrstie Miller, Jennifer Hamlin, (second row, from left) Michaela Uhl, Emily Degenhardt, Courtney Boswell, Ashlyn Weilert, Sarah Sweet, Taryn Weilert, Kimmie Snepp, (back row, from left), Mackenzie Moore, Hayley Thompson and Quinn Holaday. The boys team from HHS also earned the right to play at state. (Photo by Kelly Breckunitch)
Thirty-eight high school seniors from Jackson and Nemaha counties were honored as the best in their class at the Feb. 26 Kansas Honors Program dinner at Holton’s First United Methodist Church. Holton High School recognized 11 students for being in the top 10 percent of their class. Front row, from left: Kyle Mick, Ethan Holaday, Rachel Bryant, Andrew Rieschick and Cadance Ries; back row, from left: Jacob Yonke, Sheridan Wilt, Dylan Wheeler, Dalton Beightel, Dalton Colhouer and Kyrstie Miller. (Photo by Brian Sanders)
The Holton High School wrestling team earned the Kansas Class 4A State Team Wrestling Championship at Salina over the weekend for the second year in a row. Members of the state championship wrestling team from Holton shown above include, front row, left to right, Jonah Lutz, Andrew Rieschick, Lucas Lovvorn, Justin Pool and Tyler Price, and back row, left to right, head coach Cullen Jackson, assistant coach Pat Grindol, Dominic Buterakos, manager Makayla Colhouer, manager Dalton Beightel, Kyle Mick, Mason Baum, Clayton Folk, Justin Rieschick, Cooper Zeller, Jameson Lutz, assistant coach Noel Montgomery and assistant coach Kane Lovvorn. (Photo by Kelly Breckunitch)
Stacey Wyant (left) of Holton took a moment to discuss a few concerns she had with Rep. Richard Carlson at the conclusion of the legislative breakfast held at Your Place or Mine in Holton on Saturday. (Photo by Brian Sanders)
Jackson County property owners who are delinquent on their taxes may be subject to the county’s upcoming tax sale.
Documents on the tax sale were filed last week and presented to real estate property owners who have not paid their taxes in three years. Leinholders and other lenders were also notified.
A total of 38 tracts in Jackson County, representing approximately $102,000 in back taxes, are listed in a public notice printed in the March 10 print edition of The Holton Recorder.
County Counselor Alex Morrissey said that property owners, if they choose, have until April 21 to file an “answer” or defense for their debt. A hearing date for those who file an answer will be set later this spring.
Property owners must pay their back taxes before the start of the tax sale, which is expected to take place on the first floor of the Jackson County Courthouse in June, Morrissey said. If they don’t, the owners are subject to foreclosure.
To be excluded from the tax sale, property owners must pay off all their delinquent taxes, not just those incurred within the three-year time frame. The tax total also includes penalties and interest, publication costs and other fees.
“We’ve already have five or six property owners come in and pay off their taxes,” Morrissey said.
During the last county tax sale in 2011, a total of 26 properties had three years of delinquent taxes, and less than 10 were eventually sold at public auction, Morrissey said.
A public notice will appear in The Holton Recorder three weeks prior to the tax sale and will include the description of all property listed. Sales are conducted at 9 a.m. on Mondays and payments are expected by 4:30 p.m. the following Friday.
The county will initially bid in the delinquent taxes and special assessment costs in all foreclosures up for public auction, Morrissey said. All other bids for the property must be higher than that amount set by the county.
Morrissey said that state regulations forbid property owners from bidding on their own pieces of property at the tax sale. Also, family members of the owners are not allowed to bid on the property at the tax sale.
Morrissey said the tax sale is a constant, ongoing process.
“As soon as this one ends, we’ll start with the next one,” she said.