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Ellsworth Bearcats runningback Grant Gwinner threads the needle as he carries the football down the field.

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BELLEVILLE — In a North Central Activities Association conference game Friday, the Ellsworth Bearcats defeated the Republic County Buffaloes in Belleville, 22-6.Ellsworth scored first, with... + continue reading

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Central Plains quarterback Myles Menges brings down Otis-Bison runningback Daniel Scott during the first quarter.

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CLAFLIN — Last Friday, the Central Plains Oilers football team battled against the Otis-Bison Cougars in a Homecoming struggle at the CPHS football field in Claflin.Although Otis-Bison is ranked No.... + continue reading

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Good Samaritan Society Ellsworth Village officials, from left, Donna Jones, Jessica Kootz and Crystal Packard with one of the hygiene kits.

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The Good Samaritan Society Ellsworth Village is doing what it can to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by packing and shipping supplies to residents in Houston, Texas.Jessica Kootz, director... + continue reading

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Ellsworth kindergartners play on the turf soccer field that was a part of the school’s most recent improvement project.

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Kindergarten students sit down to eat their lunches this past week in the Ellsworth Elementary School gym. The space is also known as the “cafagymatorium.”

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The Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 school district is in the preliminary stages of looking at possible options to create more space at Ellsworth Elementary School.Superintendent Dale Brungardt... + continue reading
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By TAYLOR HOLECEKFor the I-RThe Ellsworth Bearcats defeated the Beloit Trojans for the first time since 2009 in the football game Friday, with a final score of 28-22.Both the team and head coach,... + continue reading

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Farming can be a dangerous profession. Although safety features on today’s farms and equipment have provided more protection than ever before, the constantly increasing size of farm equipment and the demand to produce more poses ongoing risks to the safety of both the farmer and those around them.Those risks have had consequences for farmers here... + continue reading
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Several community members recently banded together on a project to help Ellsworth resident Bob Blackburn recently during his struggle with an illness.The First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth Masonic Lodge No. 146 and local community members donated time and money to build a handicap ramp for Blackburn to enter and leave his house.Kendall Rathbun,... + continue reading

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Lady Oiler Emily Ryan’s shot is blocked by a Lady Dragon Friday in Manhattan. I/R photo by Mark McCoy

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MANHATTAN — The top-ranked,undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains defeated the Lady Dragons of Valley Falls, 53-41, Friday getting one game closer to claiming a fourth consecutive 2A State basketball championship trophy in Manhattan.It was a costly victory however, as Lady Oiler Kylee Kasselman, the team’s... + continue reading

Lady Oiler Kirsten Gunder makes an assist in the win over the Lady Bulldogs Thursday in Manhattan. I/R photo by Mark McCoy

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MANHATTAN — The top-ranked,undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains terminated a good Chase County team, 60-30, Thursday on their quest to claim a fourth consecutive 2A State basketball championship trophy in Manhattan.The Lady O’s dominated first quarter, scoring 15 points and holding the Lady Bulldogs to a... + continue reading

Central Plains Cassidy Crites, left, grabs an offensive rebound March 4 in Greensburg. /I-R photo by Mark McCoy

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LADY OILERS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT SUB-STATE TITLEGREENSBURG  — The top-ranked, undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains will return to Manhattan to defend their title following a 68-34 victory over a good Kinsley basketball team Saturday in Greensburg.The Lady O’s (23-0) will begin their quest for a fourth-... + continue reading

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Central Plains quarterback Myles Menges brings down Otis-Bison runningback Daniel Scott during the first quarter.

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CLAFLIN — Last Friday, the Central Plains Oilers football team battled against the Otis-Bison Cougars in a Homecoming struggle at the CPHS football field in Claflin.Although Otis-Bison is ranked No.... + continue reading

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Ellsworth Bearcats runningback Grant Gwinner threads the needle as he carries the football down the field.

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Hunting the plains buffalo was the ultimate hunting experience for Kansas settlers. In early September, 1873, John Hannibal Trautwine, Alex Weaver, and Thomas Fall left their homesteads in eastern... + continue reading

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08/18/2017
Watch the Commerative kickoff of Ellsworth's 150th anniversary, including the National Anthem sung by Natalie Soukup and Proclamations by Mayor John Whitmer and Ellsworth County Commissioners.I-R... + continue reading
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07/10/2017
Two youngsters compete Saturday, July 8 in the Covered Wagon Race at the Fort Harker Days in Kanopolis. I-R video by Alan Rusch. + continue reading
06/13/2017
Kanopolis resident Mark Hoffhines, 25, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in January of 2016. He is now in remission. He shares his story at the ninth annual Ellsworth County Cancer Fund... + continue reading