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Wilson celebrates Christmas Saturday

The Wilson Chamber of Commerce will ring in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 14, by hosting its annual Christmas Festival in the Wilson High School commons.

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Wilson's spray pad open for business

Wilson's spray pad open for business

 As contractor Dean Reinke of Reinke Construction in Salina watched a group of children playing on the spray pad at PRIDE Park in Wilson this past week, a huge grin came across his face.

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New state Czech queen crowned

New state Czech queen crowned

Jessie Brockway of Salina was crowned the new 2013 Miss

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Rain falls on opening night of Czech Fest

Rain falls on opening night of Czech Fest

A Thursday night thunderstorm dumped more than 4 inches of rain on Wilson the first night of the 53rd annual After Harvest Czech Festival. Reports from the country were even higher, with some rain gauges filled with 5 inches of more of rain.

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Czech Fest kicks off Thursday

Czech Fest kicks off Thursday

Unbelievable. That is how Anna Hand of Ellsworth, the 2012 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen, described the past year of her reign.

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Old school addresses Wilson's housing issue

Old school addresses Wilson's housing issue

 Melinda Merrill lives and works in Colorado, but she’s no stranger to Wilson.

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Wilson lands on best bass list

Wilson Lake is known as the “clearest lake in Kansas.” Now it also can challenge Perry Lake for the title as the state’s best bass lake.

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Clean Line Energy officials explain plans for line

Clean Line Energy officials explain plans for line

 Officials from the Houston, Texas-based Clean Line Energy Partners introduced their proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line during a public meeting Jan. 30 in Russell.

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Wilson talks trash

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

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World's Largest Czech Egg hatches in Wilson

World's Largest Czech Egg hatches in Wilson

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Czech Festival withstands the heat

Czech Festival withstands the heat

 The Czech Capital of Kansas was rockin’ on the wildside this past weekend, with a combination of new and traditional events designed to please both young and old alike at the 52nd Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival.

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Wilson Council discusses open drinking

The possibility of allowing adults to have open containers of beer outside of the social garden area during the Czech Festival was discussed during Monday’s meeting of the Wilson City Council.

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Wilson rejects clinic ownership

The Wilson City Council will send a letter to the Ellsworth County Medical Center board of directors stating Wilson will not stand in the hospital’s way of building a new Rural Health Clinic in town.

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Fire burns boats at Wilson Lake

Several boats were damaged Monday afternoon, during a fire at the Lake Wilson Marina. According to Willis Ohl, Wilson State Park manager, a boat caught fire in the slip at the marina about 4:30 p.m. Several other boats also damaged in the fire, as was the marina itself. There were no deaths nor injuries reported. The cause of the fire is unknown. Ohl said an official from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office in Topeka will be at the lake Tuesday to investigate. Firefighters from Russell, Wilson and Dorrance responded to the fire. Larry Langerman, Wilson fire ...

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Kansas Originals adds baked goods

Kansas Originals adds baked goods

ILSON — The sweet smell of fresh-baked banana/pineapple muffins, chocolate chip/walnut cookies and iced, double fudge brownies greeted customers Friday morning at Kansas Originals Market and Gallery in Wilson.

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Night of Nights

Night of Nights

Saturday was a day and night  to remember, in more ways than one. Most Ellsworth County area residents will remember April 14 as the day tornado-packed storms moved through the region, sending people into their basements. However, for students at Wilson and Central Plains high schools, Saturday night was their proms.

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Wilson loses one of its biggest champions

Wilson loses one of its biggest champions

Eleanor Hunter wasn’t flashy. But in her determined, quiet way, Wilson’s two-time mayor got things done and Ellsworth County was a better place for it.

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Wilson City election draws light participation

Incumbents Cindy Heinze and Leland Francis were the top vote getters Tuesday night for the Wilson City Council. Heinze, council president, received 96 votes. Francis had 79.

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Wilson council grants beer garden license

Instead of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce sponsoring and working the official beer garden for this year’s Czech Festival, a local convenience store, Stop 2 Shop, has been approved to provide the garden.

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Wilson mayor questions eco devo payment

At Monday’s meeting of the Wilson City Council, a discussion began by Mayor David Criswell concerning the service Wilson has received from Smoky Hill Development Corporation became heated at times, as the six members of the audience looked on in stunned silence.

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Wilson Council members met with economic development directors

In an effort to keep Wilson involved with the Smoky Hill Development Corporation, organization representatives reviewed the support Wilson has received, during Monday night’s meeting of the Wilson City Council.

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Four to run for Wilson City Council

 Four candidates have tossed their hats into the ring for three open seats on the Wilson City Council.

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Wilson receives housing grant

Wilson receives housing grant

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Wilson stays with economic development plan

 Thanks, but no thanks. That was the response of members of the Wilson City Council to Smoky Hill Development Corporation executive director Rob Fillion Jan. 3, after he suggested they consider adopting a different neighborhood revitalization plan than the one they approved in November.

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Spray park nears completion

Another step towards completion of Wilson’s spray water park was taken at the Wilson City Council meeting Dec. 19.

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Neighborhood revitalization program is topic

 At Monday’s meeting of the Wilson City Council, Mayor David Criswell gave an update on a neighborhood revitalization meeting he and other area officials had with the Ellsworth County commissioners.

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Wilson approves its own revitalization plan

The Wilson City Council has taken a leap of faith of sorts, and approved a Wilson neighborhood revitalization program recommended by Mayor David Criswell.

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Wilson wants more aggressive plan to help downtown

Wilson mayor David Criswell doesn’t like what he sees when he looks down his town’s main street.

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Wilson students take Eco-Meet

With a margin of just 23 points, Wilson High School Team A, consisting of Emily Beneda, Deedra Heinrich, Jace McGreevy and Karlie Steinle, won the 13th annual Wilson Lake Eco-Meet Oct. 5.

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Wilson Council talks trash

 Complaints about the trash service provided by K.C. Enterprises were heard by the Wilson City Council at a Monday meeting.

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City accepts oversight of Czech Festival

Establishment of a Czech Festival committee with Kayla Cullens as chairman topped the agenda at Monday’s meeting of the Wilson City Council.

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Wilson council rejects sign idea - at least for now

A proposal by Wilson Mayor David Criswell to place a “Welcome to Wilson” sign near Interstate 70 was met with a distinct chill during the Sept. 6 meeting of the Wilson City Council.

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German wedding turns into bigger adventure for Wagners

German wedding turns into bigger adventure for Wagners

A trip to a friend’s wedding in Germany turned into an even bigger adventure for Pastor Jim and Sister Diane Wagner of Wilson’s Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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Historic Midland sign to be rededicated

Historic Midland sign to be rededicated

The newly renovated, original lighted sign dating back to the late 1930s will be relighted once again atop the Midland Railroad Hotel in Wilson, during a ceremony at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

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Wilson aims for full fiber optics network

 Thanks to a $14.3 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wilson Communications will now be able to continue its multi-year effort of providing fiber-optic cable internet service to all of its customers.

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Wilson's summer meal program a success

Smiles were quite apparent July 28, as one by one, children went through the lunch line at the Wilson Methodist Education Building to pick up their tray of food as part of the Wilson Summer Food Service Program.

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Wilson mill levy to increase slightly

With an estimated mill levy of 65.569, the 2012 Wilson city budget summary, which is up just .88-of-a-mill from last year’s 64.689 mills, was approved at Monday night’s meeting of the Wilson City Council.

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Polka On

Polka On

The mercury soared Saturday, but participants at Wilson's 51st annual After Harvest Czech Festival managed to stay cool for the most part.

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Opera House supporters move forward

The transformation of what remains of the Wilson Czech Opera House into an open air theater has moved one step closer to reality with the recent hiring of a project architect.

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Another cell phone tower in works for Wilson

An update on the construction of a cellular telephone tower north of Wilson was heard by members of the Wilson City Council at their Monday meeting.

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