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Wilson After Harvest Czech Fest is underway

Wilson After Harvest Czech Fest is underway

Four young girls took the first step toward possibly being a future Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen Thursday night at the Wilson School Commons by winning the After Harvest Czech Festival’s Princess and Mini Princess Pageant.

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Holyrood plans public meeting on proposed fire district

The Holyrood City Council agreed at its Monday night meeting to accept a donation from Rails to Trails of property at 107 N. Pennsylvania. As part of the agreement, the organization must provide the city with an updated survey and clear title.

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Speeders: Beware in Holyrood

 The Holyrood City Council approved a motion at Monday’s meeting to have Mary Marshall of Salina, assist city clerk Neysa Brown with the electronic filing of traffic tickets due to a big backlog since the arrival of Holyrood city police chief Patrick Chapman.

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Closing of Marquette School proposed

The closing of Marquette Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year was proposed at the Monday, Dec. 9 USD 400 School Board meeting.

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Carneiro Cemetery gains new entrance

Carneiro Cemetery gains new entrance

 The arch on the new entrance to the Carneiro Cemetery soars 15 feet into the air, a tribute to the determination and cooperation found in many rural communities.

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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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Digging up the Past

120 years ago

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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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Fiesta is Saturday

Fiesta is Saturday

Family, food, fun, faith and raising enough money to keep the church doors open another year — these are what the annual St. Ignatius Catholic Church Fiesta is all about.

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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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Rolling Hills moves toward office consolidation

Local members of the Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative are invited to attend two informational meetings Thursday, July 18, in Wilson and Kanopolis.

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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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Fort Harker Days are this weekend

Fort Harker Days are this weekend

 A celebration of 126 years will take place at Fort Harker Days, Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, in Kanopolis.

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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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Marquette businessman will be missed

Marquette businessman will be missed

Marquette residents experienced quite a jolt Friday morning, May 3, when word of the unexpected death of former Marquette businessman/owner of Piper’s Fine Foods, Charles “Charlie” Piper, traveled around town. Charles was found deceased at his home by his eldest son, Steve, after his family noticed Charles’ mini-van was still parked in front of his home Friday morning. Charles was usually up and around early every morning touring the city of Marquette and the countryside, before going to help at Piper’s Fine Foods.

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Central Plains names new superintendent

Jim Runge, superintendent of the Solomon USD 393 school district, has accepted an offer to become the new superintendent of the Holyrood-based Central Plains USD 112. Runge will follow Steve Woolf, who resigned, effective at the end of his contract in June.

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Dalton's Heart Walk is April 6

To honor the memory of a special young boy, as well as to raise funds to find a cure for the congenital heart defect that ended his life at such an early age, Dalton’s Heart Walk will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Kanopolis City Park.

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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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Lorraine receives KDHE loan

The Lorraine City Council received good news at its Nov. 20 meeting. The 30-year loan of up to $90,000 from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to renovate the city’s sewer lift station was approved.

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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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Kanopolis police chief warns of scam

Kanopolis Police Chief Kenny Bernard issued a warning at Tuesday night's meeting of the Kanopolis City Council.

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Fort Harker Days set for July

Fort Harker Days set for July

The grand marshals for this year’s Fort Harker Days parade are members of the Kanopolis Volunteer Fire Department. The celebration is July 13-14 with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Holyrood raises minimum electric rates

The Holyrood City Council approved a $2 rate increase for the minimum electrical service to its customers Monday at its regular meeting at City Hall. The increase takes effect July 1.

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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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Lift station air leaks discovered

 The sewer lift station has quit numerous times this past month, and three air leaks have been found. That was the news members of the Lorraine City Council received during the May 15 meeting.

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Little Red Shed opens in Marquette

Little Red Shed opens in Marquette

Another new business has opened in downtown Marquette. Becky Witte, rural Marquette, has opened her new store, “The Little Red Shed”, in the former Blue Sky Cable building, once housing Olson’s Furniture Store, on the west side of Washington (Main) Street.

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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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KMS students test high for elevated sugar and/or cholesterol levels

A recent outreach program promoting good health among students at Kanopolis Middle School has yielded some surprising results.

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Couple survives tornado

Couple survives tornado

It’s several days after a tornado plowed through the countryside south of Kanopolis and Cindy and Steve Boileau are counting their blessings.

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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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Claflin Council approves pool lift

Members of the Claflin City Council voted March 12 to purchase a portable pool lift so the pool is in compliance with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and can reopen.

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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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Lorraine approves cleanup bill

A $2,092 bill to clean up the property at 233 Mohlman was approved during the March 20 meeting of the Lorraine City Council.

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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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Fillion optimistic brick plant will reopen

Will the Acme Brick plant reopen after being monthballed for several years?

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Holyrood will dance for park improvements

The coming of spring usually means prom season, when the local high schools have the ritual Junior/Senior Proms, where the students dress up in formal attire for a night of dining and dancing.

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Central Plains school board receives IPad update

 Members of the Central Plains USD 112 board of education received a hands-on demonstration of how iPads are being used to teach students during Monday’s board meeting at Central Plains Elementary School in Holyrood.

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Disaster response concerns council

 

The possibility of disaster, such as the recent tornado that destroyed much of the small town of Harveyville south of Topeka, was on the mind of Holyrood mayor Ken Schepmann at the Monday meeting of the Holyrood City Council.

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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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Disque resigns from housing board

 

Members of the Claflin City Council accepted the resignation of Charles Disque, a 20 year member of the housing board, at their Feb. 13 meeting.

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Holyrood considers curfew

The Holyrood City Council is seeking public comment concerning the proposed curfew ordinance that the council has been pondering since June of 2011.

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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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Lorraine settles on revitalization plan

After discussing neighborhood revitalization, members of the Lorraine City Council selected Plan B of the Ellsworth County Neighborhood Revitalization plan during the Jan. 17 meeting. Plan B is a five-year plan with rebates on the increase in ad valorum taxes as a result of an addition or an expansion of a structure starting at 100 percent in the first year, and stair-stepping down to 50 percent in the fifth year.

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