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The Central Plains boys celebrated a second-straight state title and perfect season with a 40-28 win over St. John in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. This year’s team is, back row from left: Jacob Oberle, Coach Brett Rolfs, Alex Hickel, Brett Liebl, Myles Menges, Devin Ryan, Brett Thompson, Katie Gunder, and Asst. Coach Aaron Gonzalez. Front row: Bralen Thompson, Tyler Holmes, Ethan Hurley, Jerred Bieberle, Lawson Oeser, JJ Heredia, and Dylan Kitchen.

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Central Plains senior Alex Hickel accepts his state medal and a hug from head coach Brett Rolfs.

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MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

The location of Saturday’s championship games may have changed but a rabid fan base, clad in green, showed up to support both Central Plains basketball teams.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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DODGE CITY — The Central Plains-St. John rivalry is well-established in Central Kansas. The Central Prairie League powers have fought for the top spot in the league over the last seven seasons, often... + continue reading

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The Central Plains girls defeated Hanover 52-34 in the Class 1A state championship game Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. The Lady Oilers have now won six-straight state championships and 111 consecutive games. The team is, back row from left: Coach Pat Stiles, Zoe Potter, Emily Ryan, Jennah Jeffrey, Lexi Oeser, Addison Crites, Kassidy Nixon, and Asst. Coach Jim Ryan. Front row: Delaney Rugan, Avery Hurley, Rylee Cunningham, and Rachel Lamatsch.

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DODGE CITY— With the sound of the final horn Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena, Central Plains senior Avery Hurley joined just a handful of other Kansas players in history to complete a... + continue reading

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The U.S. Department of State has selected Kendra Staley of the International English Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, for a twoweek English Language Specialist project focusing on... + continue reading

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Wilson FFA members Ethan Dlabal, left, and Mason Prester display the hydroponic lettuce they started growing in January at Wilson School. The lettuce will be used in USD 112 school meals.

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From Farm to SchoolWhen the Farm-to-Table movement started in upscale eateries a few years ago, the idea connected restaurant guests with the source of the locally grown ingredients making up their... + continue reading

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Ellsworth’s Avery Haxton goes low to avoid a guard in sub-state action against Sacred Heart.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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STERLING — For the second time in a week and the third time this season, the Ellsworth Bearcats boys’ team faced off against the Sacred Heart Knights.But in the end, Sacred Heart came out on top,... + continue reading

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The past year in Ellsworth County was “very mild,” according to Keith Haberer, emergency management director for Ellsworth and Russell counties.Will 2019 follow the same pattern?  To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Ellsworth%20County%20Independent%20ReporterID559/  + continue reading
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AKanopolis-based cattle company is again asking state health officials to reissue a modified permit request to expand its facility.In November 2018, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment temporarily rejected a similar request from Ed Schneider with 4S Feeders. Because the permit was considered pending, a revised request was submitted... + continue reading

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ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Law enforcement officers cautiously make their way to the sound of simulated gunshots Monday during an active assailant exercise at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School. Inset, playing the roll of students in a classroom at Ellsworth Elementary School, local teachers prepare to defend themselves against the assailant.

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The active assailant, played by Ellsworth Police Officer Jeff Weigel, makes his way into a classroom at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School during Monday’s exercise.

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Being PreparedIt’s an unthinkable scenario everyone prays will never happen in their town: An active assailant enters a local school with a gun and starts hunting for teachers and students.The reaction of teachers to such a nightmare situation was the focus of a training exercise Monday during a teacher in-service at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High,... + continue reading

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Ellsworth Police Chief Emil Halfhill said his department worked only one minor accident in the city during the first snow storm and none the second.

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BILL BECKMEYER/Ellsworth County I-R

Snow and cold were hallmarks of this past week in Ellsworth County as two rounds of winter weather dumped almost a foot of snow Saturday and Feb. 20.

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Ellsworth declared two snow route emergencies, which stopped vehicle owners from parking on designated streets so crews could do their job.

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Snow, Snow and more Snow ...To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Ellsworth%20County%20Independent%20ReporterID559/ + continue reading
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   Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials have temporarily rejected a permit request by a  local cattle operation to expand its facility.    Earlier this year, Ed Schneider with 4 S Feeders, of Kanopolis, asked state health officials to reissue a  modified permit, allowing the operation to expand... + continue reading

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MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

The Central Plains girls defeated Hanover 52-34 in the Class 1A state championship game Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. The Lady Oilers have now won six-straight state championships and 111 consecutive games. The team is, back row from left: Coach Pat Stiles, Zoe Potter, Emily Ryan, Jennah Jeffrey, Lexi Oeser, Addison Crites, Kassidy Nixon, and Asst. Coach Jim Ryan. Front row: Delaney Rugan, Avery Hurley, Rylee Cunningham, and Rachel Lamatsch.

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DODGE CITY— With the sound of the final horn Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena, Central Plains senior Avery Hurley joined just a handful of other Kansas players in history to complete a... + continue reading

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The Central Plains boys celebrated a second-straight state title and perfect season with a 40-28 win over St. John in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. This year’s team is, back row from left: Jacob Oberle, Coach Brett Rolfs, Alex Hickel, Brett Liebl, Myles Menges, Devin Ryan, Brett Thompson, Katie Gunder, and Asst. Coach Aaron Gonzalez. Front row: Bralen Thompson, Tyler Holmes, Ethan Hurley, Jerred Bieberle, Lawson Oeser, JJ Heredia, and Dylan Kitchen.

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MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

Central Plains senior Alex Hickel accepts his state medal and a hug from head coach Brett Rolfs.

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MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

The location of Saturday’s championship games may have changed but a rabid fan base, clad in green, showed up to support both Central Plains basketball teams.

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MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The Central Plains Oilers are headed to the 1A State Championship March 6-9, at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena.

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SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Lady Oiler Avery Hurley closely guards her Buffalo opponent at Friday’s substate championship game at Great Bend.

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During the terrible farm crisis of the 1980s, those of us who wrote about agriculture often heard the same story from farmers and others with a feel for the industry.“Farming is more than a business... + continue reading

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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