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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:01am

Editor’s Note — One of the many purposes of a community newspaper is to provide a forum for public discussion. A week ago, the editor made the decision to break with tradition and publish what started as a letter to the editor on the front page instead of the editorial page because of the importance of the subject. After the article appeared, Ellsworth County’s John Donley called and asked for equal time and placement. We agreed to his request as a matter of fairness. You might call it a “temporary new normal.” There’s been a lot of that in 2020. However, starting with the Aug. 20 edition, signed letters will still be welcome, but they will return to the editorial page, where we will set aside as much space as we need for readers to share their ideas. More about that in the next edition.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:00am

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 30th birthday this July. Three decades ago, the ADA represented a huge step forward for the rights of people with disabilities.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 11:26am

Editor’s Note — This commentary normally would have been printed on the opinion page; however, given the importance of what is happening in school districts across the county, the editor believes this deserves as much visibility as possible.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 11:24am

“Who changes one person, changes the world whole.”


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:07am

Monday’s discussion at the regular meeting of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis- Geneseo School Board seemed to illustrate the challenges the district faces in reopening for the 2020-21 school year.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:07am

Money awarded in June to the City of Ellsworth from the Community Development Block Grant Coronarivus Response Supplements from the Kansas Department of Commerce was approved for distribution to local businesses Monday night by members of the Ellsworth City Council.


08/10/2020 - 12:33pm
Loren V. Paull, 90, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Ellsworth. He was born Sept. 23, 1929 in Ellsworth to Clinton and Bernice (Seymour) Paull. Loren served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Ellsworth American Legion Post 174. He was public utility planner for Southern California Edison for many years.
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08/10/2020 - 8:18am
William Rex Johnson, 83, of Hutchinson, died Aug. 6, 2020, at his home. He was born Jan. 18, 1937, in Cushing, Okla., to William Abraham and Mabel Estelle (Bowen) Johnson.
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08/06/2020 - 6:18pm
Graveside services for Phyllis Ann Urbanek Ogburn, 86, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 12, at the Clinton Cemetery, 500 N 1200 Rd., Lawrence, Kan. 66047.
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08/06/2020 - 11:27am
Vincent M. Schneider, 84, Olpe, passed away at Flint Hills Care Center, Emporia, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Vincent Mark Schneider was born Dec. 24, 1935 in Olpe, Kan., the son of Alban and Irene (Vohs) Schneider.  Vincent married Loretta Beagley at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emporia on May 4, 1957.  


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:03am
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 8:11am

More than four decades ago, several riders took their horses to Robert Loder’s place near Marquette for an evening of fun. The get-together, which included egg races and other competitions, eventually led to the organization of the Smoky Valley Saddle Club and the construction of an arena, where every year members conduct a rodeo.


Aug 12, 2020 - 09:58

The original intention of the Union Pacific Railway Company, Eastern Division (UPED), (a Wyandotte, Kan., company), was to win the construction race with Omaha’s Union Pacific Railroad Company.

Aug 12, 2020 - 09:58

Few things are as disruptive, debilitating, yet diminutive as having something in your eye. We’ve all experienced the pain that it causes.

Aug 6, 2020 - 18:18

Graveside services for Phyllis Ann Urbanek Ogburn, 86, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 12, at the Clinton Cemetery, 500 N 1200 Rd., Lawrence, Kan. 66047.

Aug 5, 2020 - 11:31

Established along the north bank of the Cimarron River, Fargo Springs was developed to become the Seward County Seat.