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New management at liquor store

New management at liquor store

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Suppes found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Michele Suppes, 26, Ellsworth, was found guilty of one count of involuntary manslaughter Thursday morning by Ellsworth County District Court Judge Ron Svaty.

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Ellsworth VFW Voice of Democracy winners

Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future

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Farm Bureau delivers donations to food banks

Farm Bureau delivers donations to food banks

 
The Ellsworth County Farm Bureau reached out to the three local food banks in Ellsworth, Holyrood, and Wilson, presenting representatives with $75 donations. To help with the growing need in our community, the Ellsworth County Farm Bureau Association plans to develop a grain pledge program to raise funds for county food banks. It will launch in June. Producers will be able to donate grain to the program through their local coop and then the sold commodity will be distributed to our area food banks.

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Winterkill concerns wheat producers

As the Kansas wheat crop begins to break dormancy, concerns of winterkill are on the minds of producers. Two sub-zero events this winter with little to no snow cover may have frozen some wheat plants to death.

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Suppes bound over for jury trial

After a two-day preliminary hearing, District Magistrate Judge Don Alvord of Ellinwood has found there is enough evidence to bound over Michele Suppes, 26, Ellsworth, for a jury trial on charges of felony murder and aggravated endangerment of a child. Suppes was arrested March 19, 2013, following the death of her 13-month-old daughter, Baileigh Kay Suppes, in June 2010.

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Kansas barn sought for ad

Zach Lowry, film director of New York-based Flex Collective, wants to come to Kansas in May or June to shoot a Coke commercial.

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Kansans targeted by court scams

Kansas residents who receive unusual phone calls or emails from a person claiming to be affiliated with a Kansas court need to be aware they might be the target of a scam.

In one scam, residents report they received a phone call from someone claiming to be affiliated with a local court or sheriff’s office who demands the person pay a fine for failing to report for jury duty. Anyone who receives a call of this type should hang up immediately and report it to local law enforcement.

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First Responders unhappy with dispatch

Ellsworth County first responders are unhappy with the level of training of the county’s dispatch service. Officials voiced their concerns at a recent meeting of the Ellsworth County commissioners. See the Feb. 6 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter for details.

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Grass fire contained

Grass fire contained

 

 

Three units of the Ellsworth Fire Department responded to a grass fire Thursday afternoon at 12th Road and Ave H northwest of Ellsworth.

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Cart sheds overturned by wind

Cart sheds overturned by wind

Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour overturned several sheds Sunday night at the Ellsworth Municipal Golf Course.

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Three file for Wilson Council seats

WILSON  Three candidates have filed for the three seats open on the Wilson City Council. Incumbents Cindy Heinze and Linda Bushnell filed for re-election by the Jan. 21 deadline, along with political newcomer Brad Schiermeyer. A third incumbent, Kevin Prester, whose seat was also open on the council, did not file for re-election. The election will be Tuesday, April 1.

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Drovers project receives a boost from an old friend

Drovers project receives a boost from an old friend

Looking to transform his vision of a National Drovers Hall of Fame into reality, “The Cowboy” Jim Gray of Geneseo is back on board with Drovers — this time as executive director.

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ECMC restricts vistors because of flu

A recent upswing of confirmed flu cases in Ellsworth County resulted in Ellsworth County Medical Center restricting visitors to the hospital Friday morning.

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Cold chills classes

 

 

Central Plains USD 112 and Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 school districts canceled classes Monday, Jan. 6 due to extremely cold temperatures and forecasted high winds.

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Water leak affects service to portion of Ellsworth

Ellsworth officials expected to have another water pipe leak near the old Ellsworth County hospital repaired Monday afternoon.

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Annual chamber meeting is Jan. 27

Planners of the 66th annual Ellsworth-Kanopolis Area Chamber of Commerce meeting promise an exciting gathering with “something new for everybody.”

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Publisher recognized by chamber

Publisher recognized by chamber

Linda Mowery-Denning, editor-publisher of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter, was recently recognized by the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to the community. She received a framed certificate from chamber executive director Carol Kratzer and president Anita Hoffhines.

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Ellsworth graduate donates kidney

Ellsworth graduate donates kidney


In this season of giving, Brett Rathbun’s gift to his cousin will last a lifetime.

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District to move forward with new heating, air conditioning at KMS

A Lawrence company will move forward with replacement of the HVAC system and windows at Kanopolis Middle School, following action taken by the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo school board at its regular Monday night meeting at Ellsworth.

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Bakery is next venture for Ellsworth chef

Bakery is next venture for Ellsworth chef

The delicious aroma of fresh-baked artisan-style breads, pastries, cinnamon rolls, brownies, and cakes will soon be making local mouths water — thanks to Ellsworth chef David Guilfoyle and his “microbakery.”

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She guides consumers through health care law

She guides consumers through health care law

“Overwhelming.” That’s the word Christina Bachman uses to describe the response she has received from people seeking insurance information through the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Update: USD 327 schools not in lockdown Friday

From USD 327 superintendent Eric Reid: "Due to an attempted kidnapping in Salina this morning, we have been advised by law enforcement to lock all exterior doors and be on alert. If you need into our buildings, please call ahead and we will have someone open the door for you. Thanks for helping keep our kids safe."

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Bushton city hall damaged

Bushton city hall damaged

The Bushton City Office received substantial structural damage as well as smoke and water damage after a fire started in the shop area in the back of the building at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Moran won't support Syria action

 U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement in response to President Obama announcing that he will seek Congressional authorization to use military action against Syria:

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Water restrictions eased in Ellsworth

Water restrictions eased in Ellsworth

After more than a year under emergency water restrictions, Ellsworth residents will be allowed to water outdoors on certain days and times, thanks to a decision made Monday night by members of the Ellsworth City Council.

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Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 2013 Farm Income Forecast

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Aug. 28 issued the following statement on the 2013 farm income forecast from USDA’s Economic Research Service:

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Health care legislation could be crucial for many rural families

On October 1,  many Americans will begin purchasing insurance from health insurance marketplaces. As they begin to research and purchase insurance, millions for the first time, the cost in premiums for their choice of coverage will be a major consideration. Affordability will determine the success of the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act - enrollment in health insurance exchanges to increase insurance coverage and reduce the nation’s uninsured.

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Rolling Hills members approve plan

Members of the Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative have approved the strategic plan developed by the Rolling Hills board of directors. The plan is designed to meet the challenges facing the cooperative in the future.

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Wheat Harvest-Celebrating Kansas video

Sen. Moran Celebrates the Tradition of Wheat Harvest in Kansas

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Ellsworth's search for water continues


Like the dripping of water from a kitchen faucet, information on the city’s future water needs continued to flow to Ellsworth City Council members Monday night.

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Local businesses recognized

Local businesses recognized

Two Ellsworth commercial businesses and two non-profits were recognized recently at the annual meeting of the Smoky Hill Development Corporation.

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Lake Wilson drowning victim identified

A 38-year-old Hoisington man whose body was recovered from Lake Wilson Sunday has been identified.

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AG offers guidance on new concealed carry law

 

 State and municipal buildings that legally qualify and wish to exclude concealed firearms under terms of a new state law will have to post new and different signage starting next Monday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

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Rain washes away fire concerns

Rain washes away fire concerns

The Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce’ Star-Spangled Spectacular fireworks show will once again brighten the night sky Saturday, June 29, in Ellsworth.

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Get your Idol on

This year’s Star Spangled Spectacular is about more than fireworks. For the first time, the event will go from a day to two days, June 28 and 29, at the Ellsworth Recreation Center.

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Storm stops harvest, causes damage

Storm stops harvest, causes damage

Wayne Musgrove and Sherry Wilson, both of Salina, rode out Thursday’s storm in the Ellsworth Alco Store.

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Winter wheat harvest begins

Winter wheat harvest begins

 

 

The Ellsworth Coop reported that the annual winter wheat harvest began Friday, June 21 with the first load of wheat delivered to the Holyrood terminal at 12:45 p.m.

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Body recovered at Kanopolis Lake

UPDATE

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Joint military exercise taking place

The sights and sounds of military aircraft flying Wednesday night may have many Ellsworth area residents concerned. But, according to Melissa McCoy, manager of public affairs at the Salina Airport Authority, it’s all part of a routine joint U.S. military training exercise called “Operation Jaded Thunder.” The exercise, which is based out of the Salina Airport, is expected to last until June 16.

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Search for teen continues

Authorities Tuesday afternoon identified the victim of a kayaking mishap at Kanopolis Lake as Derek Wheeler, 18, Salina.

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Railroad crossings to be closed for track improvements

The Union Pacific Railroad has notified the City of Ellsworth that portions of the roadway that cross railroad track will be closed early next week for track improvements. UP will have crews working to detour traffic to open roadways. There will always be at least one roadway open to cross. Direct questions to Ellsworth City Hall, (785) 472-5566.

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Correction

 

 

The Kanopolis Drive in will not be showing “old car movies” in conjunction with the Old Iron, Classics, and Customs show this weekend in Ellsworth. For current movie schedules call (785)-472-4786.

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Four killed in I-70 crash

THURSDAY, MAY 30 - The victims of a deadly crash May 28 on Interstate 70 near Ellsworth have been identified as 54-year-old Kevin J. Dorrell, his wife, 51-year-old Debra M. Dorrell, and their two grandchildren, 15-year-old Justin Turner and 11-year-old Joe Turner, all of Aurora, Colo. A third brother, Jonah Turner, 9, remains in critical condition at a Wichita hospital.  

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Bahan resigns as Ellsworth mayor

In a surprise announcement Wednesday morning, Ellsworth mayor Steve Bahan resigned the position he has held for a little more than one term.

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Drew M. Ekart

Drew M. Ekart, 36, Sterling, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at the Rice County District Hospital, Lyons.

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Classic and custom cars will roll in Ellsworth

The nostalgic sights and sounds of classic and custom cars and motorcycles will be seen and heard in Ellsworth Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, as the Old Iron, Classics, Customs and Cycles Show fills the grounds of the Ellsworth Recreation Center south of downtown.

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Run for the Soul supports Spiritual Life Center

Herbie Harris, chaplain at the Ellsworth

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VFW moves past devastating fire

VFW moves past devastating fire

Nothing but a huge, black cloud.

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Wednesday night storm brings rain to Ellsworth County

Wednesday night storm brings rain to Ellsworth County

 

A late-night thunderstorm Wednesday brought high winds and much-needed rains to Ellsworth County.

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