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Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:43am

The staff of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter has collectively earned 31 awards in the 2024 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence contest. The staff was honored to receive 14 first place awards, 12 second place awards and five third place awards.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:42am

WILSON — A bit of fireworks at Monday night’s Wilson City Council meeting eventually led to an expulsion.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 7:42am

Residents young and old alike paused Monday afternoon to take in the partial solar eclipse.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 7:41am

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation initiated an ongoing investigation of personnel of the City of Ellsworth after allegations were made against them.


Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:38am

KANOPOLIS — In a short meeting April 9, the consensus ‘no news is good news’ was discussed relating to the city’s proposed water tower project.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 7:33am

After an absense of several years, the Ellsworth High School Alumni Banquet will take place Saturday, May 25, at the Ellsworth American Legion Hall. The Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6485 and Ellsworth American Legion Post 174 worked together to revive it.


Apr 16, 2024 - 13:39

Lloyd William Kottman, 75, passed away Friday, April 12, 2024, in Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Nov. 20, 1948, in Ellsworth to John and Merne (Hunter) Kottman. Lloyd was a lifetime resident of the Ellsworth area where he was a farmer and rancher. He married Carol Lyne in Ellsworth on Dec. 30, 1972.

Reta Gaynell Brouillette passed away peacefully on March 25, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on Aug. 5, 1948, to George and Mildred Egbert in Dodge City, Kan.  

Apr 2, 2024 - 12:58

Burl E. Brooks, 79, of Girard, Kan., died at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in the Girard Medical Center, Girard.

Burl was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Pritchett, Colo., a son of George and Arthenia (Hardy) Brooks. While growing up, the family lived in various cities and Burl graduated from Quinter High School, Quinter, Kan.  

Apr 2, 2024 - 12:57

Brian M. Pancake, 65, of Salina, Kan., passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2024, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on Oct. 8, 1958, in Salina, to Gerald and Albina (Zvolanek) Pancake.


Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:39am

Teams compete at historically difficult Smoky Valley meet

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:38am

MINNEAPOLIS — At the Minneapolis meet April 9, the golf team found success, earning a third place finish and new individual medals.


Apr 17, 2024 - 07:41

Photojournalism was my path into the newspaper world.

Apr 17, 2024 - 07:40

When the end-of-trail cattle towns are recalled, the names of Abilene and Dodge City lead the conversation. Newton, Ellsworth and Wichita were all busy cattle centers, but there were other cattle towns that are rarely recognized. The onslaught of settlement and a westward moving state ban against the open movement of Texas cattle had closed the Ellsworth market. Seventy-seven miles to the west Ellis was selected by the Kansas Pacific Railway to inherit the cattle trade in 1876.

Apr 10, 2024 - 07:40

Apparently, science has spoken, and I am not impressed with the conclusion. I recently came across an article that had me shaking my head. Then I did a full investigative deep dive into the subject matter. A linguist and author by the name of Gretchen McCulloch has determined that punctuation, at least in text messaging, is not only unnecessary, but can be offensive. According to her research, Generation Z (born roughly in the late 90s and early 2000s) and younger have a tendency to view punctuation in digital communication as passiveaggressive or even flat out aggressive.

Apr 10, 2024 - 07:39

Dodge City came by its reputation honestly. “The Beautiful Bibulous Babylon of the Plains” was a magnet for adventurers and opportunists of all kinds.