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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, February 12, 2020 - 6:00am

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“I think we should hang tight until we see what he (Jordan) comes up with,” board member Josh Hurley said. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:00am

Have you ever seen a tree that was infested with poison ivy? The tangled brown mass and most of the branches you see are dead from poison ivy. When my


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02/13/2020 - 8:09pm
Robert Dean Kubick, 60, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at his home in rural Ellsworth County. He was born Nov. 13, 1959 in Ellsworth to Lester Dale and Patricia Lee (Homolka) Kubick. Robert was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where he was a farmer and rancher and owner/operator of Kubick Trucking. He married Patricia “Patti” Kepka on April 4, 1992.
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02/11/2020 - 2:13pm
Edna Klema, 94, passed away Feb. 10, 2020 at Medicalodges of Great Bend. She was born Jan. 8, 1926 at Wilson, to Edward Adolph and Ethel Mary (Miller) Macek. She married John A. Klema July 26, 1949, at Wilson. He survives. 
Yvonne Faithe (Swisher) Nelson, 92, passed away Feb. 9, 2020 at Medicalodges Goddard in Goddard, Kan. surrounded by her family. She was born July 17, 1927 in Vesper, Kan. to Kyle Upton and Loretta Rachel (Snavely) Swisher.
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02/10/2020 - 3:18pm
Kepka Betty Belton, the little Bohemian lady who reintroduced Czech Kraslic to the Czech Capital of Wilson, Kan. resulting in a 20-foot egg off Old Highway 40, died Feb. 5, 2019, at Pinecrest Farms in Midland, Mich. 


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:00am

Wilson High School celebrated Winter Homecoming and USD 112 Hall of Fame recipients Friday, Feb. 7. Charlie Hlad was crowned King of Courts. Inducted into the Hall of Fame were:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:00am

The Lady Bearcats traveled to Beloit Friday, Feb. 7, bringing home a loss for the evening, 31-52, despite a strong offense and defense. Jaide Talbott was the top scorer for


Feb 12, 2020 - 05:00

Let’s be honest, assuming that is still possible in these days of the new normal. The subject: bullies and bullying. Over the last couple of decades Americans have campaigned against

Feb 12, 2020 - 05:00

Last week brought many big items in the news and legislature. Starting the week with the Chiefs Super Bowl victory led to many celebrations. Even if the team isn’t located

Feb 12, 2020 - 05:00

Ellsworth County Sheriff E. W. Kingsbury surprised everyone on the Kansas frontier when he abandoned his post without notice. Ellsworth County Commissioners had no choice but to declare the office

Feb 5, 2020 - 05:00

As a resident of the Big First Congressional District for more than 40 years, one of the more difficult changes — at least from our perspective — has been the