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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Brian Bontrager considers the moment this past September when he picked a small piece of metal out of the ground “divine intervention.” At the time, the Ellsworth man was standing

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:00am

Even as a boy, Joshua Svaty sensed the carvings found at sites throughout Ellsworth County were important to the region’s history. Now, as an adult, Svaty is part of an

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:00am

More than 70 years ago, Jim Bezemek, a farm boy from Ellsworth County, witnessed the definition of man’s inhumanity to man as he and his fellow soldiers from the United

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:26am

The 2020 Census will take place April 1. Not only is the census easy and safe — it is important that everybody be counted. “In the State of Kansas, approximately


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5:00am

From the files of the January 26, 2012 Conservation Issue of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter. RATHBUN ADDS GRASSLAND AWARD TO RECOGNITIONS Although Jack Rathbun of Ellsworth has won several conservation

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5:00am

Aspecial thought for this new year of “Perfect Vision 2020”. What if we, individually, were to take a closer look at our priorities and treasures in life? And what if


01/28/2020 - 8:36am
Arnold P. Kratky, 68, passed away Jan. 25. 2020, at Clearwater, Kan. He was born May 29, 1951 in Topeka, Kan. to Paul and Emma (Adamek) Kratky. He is survived by a daughter, Afton (Jed) Jones, Clearwater; and grandchildren, Kolton and Brantley Jones.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Agnes Lamar.
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01/21/2020 - 1:07pm
JoEllen Freeman, 62, passed away Jan. 19, 2020 in Ellsworth. She was born Dec. 26, 1957 in Scottsbluff, Neb. to Forrest and Jeanette (Jacobi) Salyers. She married Jeffrey Freeman in Ellsworth Dec. 3, 1977 and worked as a sales assistant at Cashco, Inc. in Ellsworth. 
Robert C. ‘Bob’ Malir, 87, of Wilson passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.  He was born April 16, 1932 to RC and Emma Posusta Malir on the family farm south of Wilson. 
01/20/2020 - 12:43pm
Eric Roger Geier, 41, died Jan. 16, 2020 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. after a short battle with cancer. Eric was born Jan. 26, 1978 in Garden City, the son of Richard Geier and Laura Jane ‘Janie’ Rogers Wimmer.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5:00am

Ellsworth’s Lady ‘Cats slipped by Hoisington Jan. 25 at the Winter Jam tournament hosted by Hoisington with a point to spare. The final score was 46-45. Jaide Talbott, Natalie Rolfs,

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5:00am

The Bearcat boys took on Hoisington Friday, Jan. 24, during the Winter Jam tournament with a disappointing outcome of 24-55 as the final score. Braden Schulte, Hayden Rogers, and Avery


Jan 29, 2020 - 05:00

The second week of the 2020 legislative session was focused on getting work moving in our committees. For the tax committee, I am getting many requests for exemptions, credits and

Jan 29, 2020 - 05:00

Fully 600,000 head of Texas cattle were driven up the long trail to Kansas in 1871. The season had been a rainy one. Early good grazing turned to washed-out grass

Jan 29, 2020 - 05:00

The photo of the Rogers family, which appears below this space, is representative of the stories you will find in this week’s edition of the I-R. Son Hayden, a student

The pre-show dinner at this year’s Golden Globes may have featured a “plant-based feast,” but it came with a side of red meat for those who believe the people who