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KW Choir to perform at Ellsworth

KW Choir to perform at Ellsworth

Kansas Wesleyan University continues a longstanding tradition with its 2015 Spring KWU Choir Tour, March 12-17. The KWU students will travel through western Kansas, the Sunflower State, and on into the Silver State, Colorado, making concert stops in Hill City, Beloit, Goodland and Ellsworth, and Denver, Colo. After returning to campus, the choir will perform a post-tour concert March 24 at University United Methodist Church in Salina.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Kansas water rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today found Nebraska “recklessly” overused Republican River water in 2005 and 2006, and the court took the unprecedented step of ordering Nebraska to give up a portion of its unjust economic gains from keeping and using Kansas water, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

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Legislation would allow guns at work

TOPEKA - Lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would allow public employees to carry concealed handguns while on the job outside of their offices.

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Beware of fraudulent emails

 

Fraudulent emails are being sent to Kansans claiming to be from the “State Attorney Office,” and threatening arrest, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

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Strip clubs, adult bookstores under attack by lawmakers

TOPEKA - Sex trafficking victim advocates urged lawmakers to consider regulations of strip clubs and adult bookstores in a hearing Tuesday.

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Lawmakers hear arguments for and against election bill

Editor's Note - Members of the Ellsworth City Council and the boards of USD 327 and USD 112 all voiced their opposition to this legislation Monday night at their regular meetings.

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Groundwater levels decline in western Kansas

Average groundwater levels in western Kansas continued to decline in 2014 but at a slower rate than over the past four years. Levels in central Kansas declined in 2014 after increases in 2013. That’s according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), based at the University of Kansas.
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Mama Said! (Part 3)

Most talk at the Beehive was about what they made for supper all week and a new dress the dress man brought. The dress man would come by your house, show you a dress he picked just for you, then you would pay him so much a week. One time the ladies at the Beehive were all in a buzz, the dress man brought JoAnn Tiller and Bobbie Ann’s mother the same dress and they both wore them the same Saturday night. Whoo hoo. Shirley Fitzsimmons was madder then a hornet. I was trying to picture Bobbie Ann’s ...

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From notofication to bounty hunters

In a procedural flurry on Thursday, the Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice committee passed two bills and heard a third. The committee unanimously passed Senate Bills 12 and 13 and heard testimony on Senate Bill 90.

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Moran meets with top generals

Moran meets with top generals

Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after his meeting with U.S. Army and Fort Riley Officials including Acting Senior Commander and Deputy Commanding General, Brigadier General Eric Wesley and Brigadier General Roger Cloutier:

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Sheridan wins Ellsworth County Spelling Bee

Ellsworth Junior High School seventh grade student Maleiha Sheridan won the 2015 Ellsworth County Spelling Bee Wednesday morning in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Sheridan bested 35 other fifth through eighth grade students from Ellsworth, Kanopolis, Holyrood and Wilson to win the title.

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Foundation to distribute $67,000 in grants


The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation will accept applications until March 20 for about $67,000 in grants.

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Small schools state basketball will move from Hays to Dodge City this year

Fort Hays State University announced Wednesday, with the recent success of its women's basketball program and in mutual agreement with the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the Kansas Class 1A Division II State Basketball Tournament will be moved to United Wireless Arena in Dodge City this year.

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Bill would require body cameras

TOPEKA - A bill that would require Kansas police officers to use body-worn cameras while on duty would cost about $1.4 million in 2016 in equipment, personnel and training, the Kansas Highway Patrol estimates.

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U.S. Senate passes veterans' prevention suicide bill

The U.S. Senate Tuesday unanimously passed the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 12, 2015, will provide critical measures to improve mental health care and increase suicide prevention resources for American service members. It will now head to the President’s desk for his signature.

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Penner to speak as part of Roundup Series

Penner to speak as part of Roundup Series

The National Drovers Hall of Fame will host Marci Penner, executive director of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, for the second presentation in the Roundup Lecture Series Monday, Feb. 16.

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Be aware of invoice scams

 Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt  warned consumers to be on the lookout for fake invoices for services or products not ordered. They are likely being generated from disreputable companies perpetrating fraud.  

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Tomasa Cisneros is chamber's Citizen of the Year

Tomasa “Tommy” Cisneros of Kanopolis will be recognized as the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” during the organization’s annual meeting Feb. 5 at the American Legion building.

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"Low road" still open

 

 

Although signs are up claiming that Blake Street, east of Ellsworth and commonly known as “the low road” are up, Ellsworth County Highway Department supervisor Rick Nondorf said the low road was still open as of noon Wedsnday.

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Shop Local! Check out the monthly coupon

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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