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Shop Local! Check out the monthly coupon

There’s something about shopping local. In the case of the 11/6 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter, the benefits come down to dollars and cents.

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Draft calendar of events for bond issue

USD 327 superintendent Eric Reid presented the following draft to the members of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo school board Nov. 10 at its meeting in Ellsworth, concerning the financial side of the recently passed bond issue.

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School bond issue, city sales tax passes

9:30 p.m. With all 25 precincts and 428 advance ballots counted, a $4.6 million bond issue for the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School District and the extension of a quarter-cent sales tax for the City of Ellsworth have passed. According to Ellsworth County Election Officer, Jan Andrews, 56 percent of registered voters turned out. Final results:

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Fugitive Scott Lutz remains on the loose

Authorities continued their search Friday afternoon for Scott Lutz, 26, an Ellsworth resident who authorities think was behind a series of car and truck thefts and high speed chases this week in Ellsworth, Barton and Reno counties.

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Olds bakes her way into state fair history

Olds bakes her way into state fair history

Wilma Olds of Wilson took home two purple ribbons by winning both the Governor’s Cookie Jar and the Kansas Wheat Bread Basket competitions at the Kansas State Fair in September — a first in state fair history.

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Nation's ag co-ops set record for annual sales and income


 
 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the nation's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion. That surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, a 4 percent gain. U.S. co-ops also enjoyed robust job growth over the previous year.

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Road construction on K-140

The Kansas Department of Transportation is currently working on K-140 — commonly known as “Old 40 highway” — east from the Ellsworth intersection of K-156 to the intersection of I-135 in Salina.

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Two Russell residents killed in accident

Two Russell residents were killed and two Claflin residents injured in a two-car accident Sunday, at the junction of K-14 and K-156 Highways south of Ellsworth.

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Lucas needs your vote

Lucas needs your vote

The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been chosen at a "Top 10 finalist for America's Best Restroom. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. Lucas is in competition with entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, D.c., California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas.

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Motel investors eye Ellsworth

Members of the Ellsworth City Council moved forward Monday night with a show of support they hope will end with the city obtaining a new motel between First Bank Kansas and the American Legion building.

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Ellsworth grocery store thinks local

Ellsworth grocery store thinks local

Editor's Note - This is part of a series of stories the Independent-Reporter does every so often on local businesses.

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Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School District seeks bond issue

$4,597,537 bond issue to be on Nov. 4 ballot

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Garrett is new Ellsworth school nurse

Garrett is new Ellsworth school nurse

When Debbie Garrett of Ellsworth began her duties as the new nurse for the USD 327 school district Aug. 14, she did so for two reasons — the community and the kids.

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Tell us your story

Have you ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of writer Ernest Hemingway? Or F. Scott Fitzgerald? Or perhaps you just want to tell the story of a special family member. Everybody has a story in them.

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Passport winner

Passport winner

Linda Strella was the winner of the Passport to Ellsworth basket of goodies Saturday at the Ellsworth Area Arts Council in Ellsworth. The promotion was part of this year's Cowtown Days festivities. Passport was organized by the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter. Local businesses donated items for the basket, including chamber bucks and gift certificates.

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K-Highway 14 south of Ellsworth re-opens

 

 

Delete - Merge UKansas Highway 14, which has been closed south of Ellsworth to the junction of Kansas Highway 4 since early June, re-opened to traffic Friday morning.

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Ellsworth County mostly follows state voters

Almost a fourth of Ellsworth County's 4,076 registered votes went to the polls Tuesday in a primary election that offered little for Democrats, but contained at least one surprise for Republicans.

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Western presents Drovers Hall of Fame with donation

Western presents Drovers Hall of Fame with donation

Jeanne Plett, president of the National Drovers Hall of Fame Association accepted a donation Thursday night from Western Cooperative Electric officials Dennis Deines, member services, Darrin Lynch, general manager, and board member Dale Weinhold of Ellsworth. The $5,000 donation is in conjunction with a program called “Sharing Success”. This program was created by CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving industries across rural America, designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support. CoBank matched a $2,500 contribution from Western.

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Cattle drive photos on display at Ellsworth gallery

Cattle drive photos on display at Ellsworth gallery

The Ellsworth Area Arts Council Gallery in downtown Ellsworth has on exhibit the photographs of Stan Shook, a Wichita photographer who was the official photographer on the 2011 cattle drive that ended in Ellsworth. His work will be on display through August, including during Cowtown Days, Aug. 15-16.

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Hours to be reduced at Wilson Post Office

Hours to be reduced at Wilson Post Office

Reduced hours of operation are coming to the Wilson Post Office Oct. 1. That was the message Carla West, manager of post office operations in Salina, delivered to a small group of residents Tuesday afternoon at Wilson city hall. West said the reduction is part of the U.S. Postal Service’s POST Program.

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Ellsworth City Council approves street dance resolution

Members of the Ellsworth City Council Wednesday afternoon approved a resolution to allow Aaron Johnson, owner of Padens Place in downtown Ellsworth, to conduct a street dance the Saturday night of Cowtown Days.

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Aug. 5 Primary election candidates

Here is the list of candidates who are on the ballot for the Aug. 5 primary election in Ellsworth County:

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Vytlacil crowned 2014 Miss Kansas Czech Queen

Sara Vytlacil of Belleville was crowned the 2014 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen Saturday afternoon during the three-day After Harvest Czech Festival in Wilson. First runner-up was Lara Brockway of Salina, while second runner-up was Nicole Pacey of Wilson.

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Welcome to the Czech Fest

Welcome to the Czech Fest

Dear Friends,

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2014 Cowtown Days Schedule

Activities will take place at Cowtown Plaza south of the railroad tracks unless otherwise noted.

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Cowtown to be flush with drawings

The world’s largest gift basket? Probably not. But it’s going to be big — and packed with almost $1,000 in gift certificates and merchandise from Ellsworth businesses.

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Heller recognized for housing work

Heller recognized for housing work

 Ellsworth resident Greg Heller was recognized Monday night at the regular meeting of the Ellsworth City Council.

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"Red" budget approved

The Ellsworth County Medical Center board of directors have done something they’ve never done before — approved a 2014-15 bottom-line budget that is $87,965.07 in the red.

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Crowd shows its appreciation to Dole for years of service

Crowd shows its appreciation to Dole for years of service

About 100 residents of Ellsworth County and beyond gathered Tuesday morning at the Ellsworth Steak House to meet retired U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and thank him for his years of service.

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Bob Dole plans Ellsworth visit

Bob Dole plans Ellsworth visit

U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kansas, visits Ellsworth July 1 as part of his “thank you” tour of Kansas counties. This will be the retired senator’s fifth trip to the state in recent weeks.

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Fort Harker Days schedule

Fort Harker Days schedule

The following is the Fort Harker Days schedule of events:

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City council meeting attracts Walmart crowd

City council meeting attracts Walmart crowd

More than 50 residents of Ellsworth and Ellsworth County jammed into the chambers of the Ellsworth City Council Monday night to voice their support - and objections - to the construction of a Walmart Express at the junction of Kansas Highways 140 and 156.

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Ellsworth Strong meeting attracts more than 125

Ellsworth Strong meeting attracts more than 125

Organizers of Wednesday night's Ellsworth Strong meeting encouraged the more than 125 in attendance to take their questions about a potential baby Walmart coming to town to members of the Ellsworth City Council at the council's regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

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Riding across the prairie

Riding across the prairie

Almost 1,000 bicyclists rode through Ellsworth County Tuesday in the 40th annual Biking Across Kansas tour. Cyclists were treated to lunch by the Knights of Columbus on the corner of Evans Street and Kunkle Drive during the lunch hours. The riders were coming from Ellinwood on Kansas Highway 156 en route to Salina via Kansas Highway 140.

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Storm causes extensive damage

Storm causes extensive damage

Ellsworth residents woke up Thursday morning to rain, wind gusts of up to 72 miles an hour and damage across the city.

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Hollywood visits Maico

Hollywood visits Maico

 A bit of Hollywood has visited Ellsworth. A four-man camera crew from Maj Productions in Montreal, Canada came to Maico Industries Wednesday, May 28 to film scenes for an episode of the Science Channel series “How It’s Made.”

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This weekend could bring more severe weather

With the slight to moderate risk for severe weather over the next few days, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) reminds residents to follow these tips for surviving severe weather and tornadoes. 

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Climate change hurts Plains states

 Regional breakdown in the National Climate AssessmentA sweeping new report on the impacts of climate change in America shows that the Great Plains states face rising temperatures and more severe weather.  The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released this week. In addition to national data about climate change, the report includes a section dedicated to the effect of climate change on the Great Plains. “As this important report shows, climate change is hurting people in the Great Plains, and all Americans, today -- and will continue to harm our environment, our health and our infrastructure,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). “We need ...

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Dust to Dust

 

With recent road closures because of dust storms in northwest Kansas, the Kansas Department of Transportation would like to remind drivers of simple tips when driving into or through dust storms.

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Match Madness will benefit foundation


On May 6, Ellsworth County’s Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation will participate in Match Madness+, a national day of local giving.

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Wreck on I-70

Wreck on I-70

Units of the Wilson and Ellsworth Fire Departments; Ellsworth County Sherriff’s Department; Ellsworth EMS; Wilson Police Department and the Kansas Highway patrol work the scene of a tractor-trailer/car wreck Monday morning about ¼ mile east of the Sylvan Grove exit (milepost exit 209).

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Rain falls on Ellsworth County

Rain falls on Ellsworth County

Much-needed rain fell in Ellsworth County Wednesday morning, but not enough to break the severe drought that has plagued two-thirds of the state in 2014.

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City council buys Eastern Star building

City council buys Eastern Star building

HOLYROOD — The Holyrood city council voted to purchase the former Eastern Star building, and the small building housing the city’s beauty shop for $28,000 at Monday’s meeting of the council. Both structures are located south of city hall at 217 S. Main Street.

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Business offers unique take on children's clothing

Business offers unique take on children's clothing

 One of downtown Ellsworth's newest businesses is Hunny Bunny, boutique that offers a unique take on children’s clothing. It's owned by Anisha (Devadason) Janssen

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Cowtown organizers look to August

Cowtown organizers look to August

Organizers of Ellsworth’s annual Cowtown Days are reaching into the past even more than usual for this year’s celebration Aug. 15-16.

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Dryden donation ignites memories

Dryden donation ignites memories

A decade after she and her husband wrote a book about one of Ellsworth’s more iconic businesses, Joy V. Bliss returned to town this past week with gifts for residents to enjoy for many years to come.

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Western seeks self-regulation

UPDATE FROM April 22 information meeting in Ellsworth: About 40 member-owners of Western Coperative Electric attended a meeting to learn about self-regulation, the fate of which will be decided in a mail ballot election in late April and early May. About 45 attended the 30-minute session in Western's Ellsworth district office on Evans Street.

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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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