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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:25pm

Wilson Dragon fans, go out and support your Wilson Dragons! In the classroom or on the field!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:24pm

Central Plains Oilers fans, go out there and support your Oilers! On the field or in the classroom!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:22pm

From the files of the October 31, 1985 edition of The Ellsworth Reporter.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:16pm

This page is here to help give you accurate information on how to stop common myths and rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:00pm

As of Monday, Ellsworth County had 18 active cases of COVID-19. On a scale with blue as the lowest and red the highest, Ellsworth County is in the orange zone, according to the local health department.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 11:59am

Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School’s Homecoming candidates are: front row, from left — Kate Wacker, Halle Bohl, Cady Hansen, Natalie Rolfs and Nicole Haase; and back row, from left — Dayton Davis,


Miles Bradford Kennedy, 73, passed away at his home Sept. 21, 2021 surrounded by his wife, Joann; daughter, Cheryl; and grandson, Cole. He was born March 22, 1948 in Hartford, Conn. to Donald and Matilda Kennedy.
Kathleen (Lawrence) Prochaska, 87, of Topeka, passed away peacefully Sept. 22, 2021 at Lexington Park.
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09/20/2021 - 9:05am
Ellen Mae Hanzlicek passed away Sept. 17, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ellsworth, Kan. at the age of 92.She was born Feb. 28, 1929 to Carl and Minne (Borell) Heinze on the Heinze family farm in Russell County, Kan. She moved to Wilson at age 11. She married Larry D. Hanzlicek June 12, 1951 in Wilson.
Marita (Maloney) Beckmeyer, 86, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. She was born May 18, 1935 to Edward C. and H. Eilleen (Lawless) Maloney at Newton, Kan.Marita was active at St Mary’s School and Sacred Heart Jr & Sr. High School. She also attended Marymount College of Salina. She participated in Kansas Bankers Association Activities.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:08pm

Wilson only has three boys that are seniors, which is the reason there were only king candidates Friday night at Wilson’s Homecoming ceremony. They were: Eathan McCarter; Zachary Corpus; Blake Mermis; junior attendants: Grace Bohnen and Noah Crawford; sophomore attendants: Avery Anderson and Henry Kingsbury; freshman attendants: Serenity Steinike and Tage Woodmansee; and kindergarten attendants: Ainsley Shumaker and Quentin Dlabal. Blake Mermis was crowned King. It was an exciting — yet disappointing — night for the Dragons as they lost to Tescott in double overtime 20 to 28. LORI FARMER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:07pm

The Central Plains Oilers hold their helmets high Friday night as they defeated Otis-Bison 26-12. This week, Central Plains takes on Chase at 7 p.m. at Homecoming. See the photos of the Oiler and Bearcat Homecoming candidates on Page A5 of this week’s Independent-Reporter.


Sep 22, 2021 - 12:13

Good Afternoon,

Sep 22, 2021 - 12:11

Ellsworth has great neighbors

Sep 22, 2021 - 12:10

few months ago I wrote a column explaining what we do in economic development. I was invited to continue to share these columns, so in the interest of continuing to educate and communicate, I decided to take that offer. A

Sep 8, 2021 - 09:19

As Afghanistan fell into the clutches of the Taliban last week, Kansans were confused and saddened. But those reactions couldn’t compare to the emotions that washed over local veterans of the conflict and their families — including Danny Sjursen and Melissa Jarboe.