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Welcome to the Czech Fest

Welcome to the Czech Fest

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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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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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