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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:30am

Makenna Haas, Ellsworth Jr./ Sr. High School senior, is graduating from high school Sunday with a number of honors and experiences under her belt. She will walk across the stage as something no other young lady in her class can claim — she is a firefighter.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 7:36am

Nine Model A Fords caravanned north on Highway 14 Friday morning. Traffic, including a semi loaded with hay bales, slowed to match the group’s cruising speed of 45 mph The group departed from cattle branding at the Bar J Ranch, with Mushroom State Park as their next destination on the Big Kansas Road Trip.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 7:35am

Legionfest 2024 started off a little chilly and windy, but by the end of the day, the sun had warmed up and Darth Vader showed up with a few other friends from Star Wars to make for a successful event.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 7:32am

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:25am

Sparks once again flew at Monday’s meeting of the Ellsworth City Council.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:24am

More 2025 budget requests were received by the Ellsworth County Commission Monday.


May 7, 2024 - 11:57

Eleanor G. Bach, 94, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Manhattan, Kan. She was born, the youngest of nine children, June 2, 1929, in Ellsworth, Kan., to W.E. and Grace (Allen) Sheridan, who were raised in the Dust Bowl days of Kansas.

Apr 23, 2024 - 12:31

Longtime Homer, Alaska, resident Darlene L. Sheldon, 84, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2024, at South Peninsula Hospital, Homer.

Services will be held at the Homer American Legion with the time and date to be announced.

Apr 23, 2024 - 12:30

Wayne W. Schultz, 74, passed away Friday, April 19, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Aug. 11, 1949, in Ellsworth, Kan., to Alfred and Madonna (Lyne) Schultz. Wayne was a lifetime resident of the Ellsworth area where he was a farmer and rancher and previously owned and operated Schultz Hardware and Welding, Lorraine, Kan. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Dolores Jacqueline “Peachie” Schmidt, Wilson, Kan., passed away Dec. 21, 2023, in Hays, Kan., at the age of 99.


A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Damar, Kan.


Online condolences and full obituary at



Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:27am

PRAIRIE VILLAGE — Ellsworth senior Brendan Anderson took 11th place at the state tennis meet May 10-11.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:26am

BELLEVILLE — In their final regular season game of the year, the Bearcat softball team took two wins against Republic County May 9 on the road. The first game ended 9-3 and the second 15-6.


May 15, 2024 - 07:28

Grow Ellsworth County

May 15, 2024 - 07:27

In a previous adventure on The Way West, a young Phillipe St. George Cooke arrived at Cantonment Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth’s earliest designation, in the spring of 1829. 2nd Lt. Cooke was with four companies of the 6th Infantry Regiment under the command of Maj. Bennett Riley. Within two weeks, he took the field in a campaign to protect freighting companies from marauding Pawnees along the Santa Fe Trail. The campaign kept the troops in the field throughout the summer.

May 8, 2024 - 07:34

Resting after Big Kansas Road Trip

May 8, 2024 - 07:33

The scene that confronted Maj. Thomas I. McKenny the evening of June 9, 1864, was heightened by the eerie silence of desolation. Burned out log shelters and looted dugout dwellings told a story of failure.