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Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 8:59am

Vendors to fill Cowtown Plaza
Ellsworth’s Cowtown Days will offer shopping at regular stores around town and also through vendors who will set up on Cowtown Plaza.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 8:56am

The Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter kicked off its 150th birthday celebration Sunday afternoon at the Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School Performing Arts Center with a free showing of the acc

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 7:53am

Ellsworth’s Noah Erichsen figures he knocked on 4,000 doors and drove 8,262 miles in his quest to represent the 109th House District in the Kansas Legislature.
It wasn’t enough.

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 7:50am

Forty-eight percent of the 3,999 registered voters in Ellsworth County cast their ballots in the Aug. 2 primary election.


Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 8:04am

It will be the Cowtown that almost wasn’t.   

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 7:52am

It’s impossible to interview Dorothy Grothusen without learning something about the history of Ellsworth County.


Aug 17, 2022 - 08:10

Michelle Leigh Briscoe, 56, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, at her home in Ellsworth. She was born March 3, 1966, in Iowa Falls, Ia. to Gary LeBlanc and Charlene (Williams) LeBlanc. Michelle spent many years as the manager at the Citizen’s State Bank highway location in Ellsworth but she was most proud of her art studio in Kanopolis, A Lost Art.

Aug 16, 2022 - 14:53

Scott Schroeder, 56, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in Bushton, Kan. Scott was born Nov. 11, 1965, in Hoisington, Kan., the son of Larry and JoEllen Schroeder.

Aug 16, 2022 - 14:52


William “Billy” Errette Day, 70, of Salina, and a life-long resident of Lincoln County, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2022. Billy was born March 18, 1952, in Lincoln, Kan., to Wilborn “Bill” and Mary Jane Day. Billy grew up in the Westfall area attending elementary school in Lincoln and Westfall, Jr. High in Beverly, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1971.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 7:37am

Above, The Midway District hosted the annual 4-H Archery state qualifier on July 9. Twenty 4-H members from eight participating counties competed in the shoot. For the first time, all members from the Midway District qualified for state in the bow hunter and open compound categories. Local team members are Anthony Jundt, J.T. Halbgewachs, Lane Howard, Trenton Hays, Caleb Hays and Leah Howard. Below, Archery competitors line up for a shot at the target. Courtesy photos

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 7:36am

Ellsworth Tee Ball Team — Team members are (in no particular order) Easton Vague, Tayleigh Lyne, Coach Nikki Howell, Brayton Errebo, Jaicie Weeks, Raeleigh Weeks, Carinne Halfhill, Coach Emil Halfhill, Oaklyn Haas, Devon Russell, Eva Dundon and Coach Brianna Dundon. Not pictured is Bailey Timms. Courtesy photo


Aug 17, 2022 - 08:47

Viewing the documentary “William Allen White: What’s Wrong With Kansas” at the EJSHSchool on Sunday, Aug. 14, as the opener for Cowtown Days week and in celebration of the Independent-Reporter’s 150th, awoke in our hearts a renewed appreciation of community journalism and quality local newspapers.

Aug 17, 2022 - 08:45

You might notice that we’ve shared a plethora of stories about the history of the Independent-Reporter and its predecessors in this issue of the newspaper. Some might argue we’ve gone over the top in self-congratulations.
But how often does a business turn 150?

Aug 17, 2022 - 08:43

As I was outside with my kids waiting for them to catch their big yellow bus to begin another school year, I was reminded of how all of the back-to-school excitement is similar to the anticipation of fall on the farm.

Aug 17, 2022 - 08:10

Richard J. Hinton crossed into the “promised land” of Kansas on Aug. 7, 1856. He was part of Jim Lane’s “Army of the North,” organized to bring arms, ammunition, and citizen soldiers to fight for the cause of freedom on the soon to be blood-soaked soil of Kansas Territory. Pro-slavery newspapers expressed disbelief.