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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 4:16pm

Wilson, Ellsworth hold parade, pep rally

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 4:15pm

From age 6, Tucker Huseman was involved in the Elkhorn 4-H club.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 9:41am

WILSON — Two nights after the Sylvan-Lucas Unified USD 299 board voted not to pursue additional information about a land transfer of Wilson Schools, parents and community members from Wilson and Dorrance met to discuss their next steps.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 9:40am

Fifteen fire departments plus an aerial tanker from the Kansas Forestry Service were called to battle a grassland fire Sunday afternoon along Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 4:07pm

Ellsworth resident Don Panzer raised concerns at Monday’s meeting of the Ellsworth City Council about how repair work on the south retention basin project will be paid.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 4:05pm

Area transportation options for senior citizens was the focus of a Sept. 23 talk at the Ellsworth Senior Center.


Sep 27, 2022 - 13:56

Helen Julia Nesje, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at the Salem Home in Hillsboro, Kan. She was born Dec. 27, 1932, in Crosby, N.D. to John and Helga (Sanvik) Thorson. Helen was the mother of the late Douglas Bach, Dianna (Bach) Vanek and the late Daniel Bach. She married Clifford Orbilly Nesje.

James “Jim” Robert Warta, 80, passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at his home in Ellsworth. He was born Nov. 25, 1941, to Frank and Mabel (Donley) Warta in Ellsworth. 
Jim married Laura Adamek in Ellsworth on Jan. 4, 1962. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church and was a farmer and rancher. He loved the land, cattle and horses.

Barbara Marie Smischny, 90, of Salina, Kan., passed peacefully with family present on Sept. 17, 2022, after a brief illness. Barbara was born in Kansas City, Mo., on May 21, 1932, to Victor and Mary (Guarino) Passiglia. She attended North High School, Kansas City, Mo., and graduated from Park College, Parkville, Mo., in 1952 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Sep 26, 2022 - 05:16

Formerly Marilyn Dyer, Marilyn Reed of Wichita, Kan. Marilyn Ann Zvolanek was born in Holyrood, Kan., on Jan. 1, 1948, to Richard and Evelyn Zvolanek.  Marilyn made her way back into the Universe on Sept. 1, 2022. An only child, Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her son, Brian Dyer of Burlington, Kan., and grandchildren Rosalee and Zoe Dyer of Emporia, Kan.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 4:12pm

The Bearcats rolled to their fourth consecutive victory during the Sept. 23 Homecoming game against the Hillsboro Trojans, winning 28-0.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 4:11pm

WILSON — The Dragons were slayed during the school’s homecoming game Sept. 23, losing 30-8 to the St. Francis Indians.


Sep 28, 2022 - 16:14

Osage orange trees are still common throughout much of the United States, though not many people appreciate just how much the thorny, dense trees have shaped our country. Before Christopher Columbus’ arrival, Osage orange had a limited range in the Red River basin in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Like the droves of Europeans who followed, the tree eventually spread to all corners of our country, so long as you don’t count Alaska and Hawaii.

Sep 28, 2022 - 16:13

“The Troubles” over slavery in Kansas Territory brought hundreds of people to Kansas in 1856. Aspiring young newspaperman, Hovey Evert Lowman and his brothers, John G. Lowman and Lyman L. Lowman, went to Kansas “to seek fame and fortune in that new territory.”

Sep 21, 2022 - 09:32

Over the past decade or two, farmhouse décor has been an in vogue style of interior design. It makes me chuckle when I think about people who don’t live on a farm trying to create clean and pretty spaces through white wash, distressed paint and vintage hardware.

Sep 21, 2022 - 09:31

In 1858, William Greeneberry “Green” Russell led an expedition to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in search of gold. After weeks of disappointment gold was discovered on Little Dry Creek, about 10 miles south of their original destination. The discovery set off the “Pikes Peak” rush for gold.