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Thu
23
Mar

State website offers information on sales tax exemption for fencing purchased as a result of wildfires

The Kansas Department of Revenue website went live Thursday to address state sales tax exemptions for fencing purchased by those affected by recent wildfires.

The site is ksrevenue.org/wildfires

Sales tax refunds are available if a purchase has already been made. There also is an option to apply for an exemption certificate so tax isn't paid at the point of sale. Forms and other information are available on the website.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed the sales tax exemption legislation into law Wednesday afternoon.

 

Wed
22
Mar

ECMC finishes information system conversion

By Alan Rusch

Lynette Dick, director of information systems at the Ellsworth County Medical Center, was optimistic during the March 15 meeting of the hospital’s board of directors.

And with good reason. The months-long initial conversion of the hospital’s health information system from Meditech to Cerner went “live” at the end of February.

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Wed
22
Mar

Ellsworth’s Garden Prairie Inn gets facelift

By MARK GARDNER

Garden Prairie Inn owner Andy Bhakta has began to upgrade every room. From the locks on the doors to the carpet, Andy plans on replacing everything in every room.

Blinds, televisions, headboards, Beds, desks, dressers, end tables, night stands and appliances — literally everything other than the inside of the building itself will be replaced and upgraded to bring in more business and to offer a great place for visitors to stay when in they’re in Ellsworth.

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Wed
22
Mar

Rush’s family lives the history of Ellsworth County

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

Darlene Rush carries the history of generations of her family. From the stories she heard from her mother and other relatives, the early years of Ellsworth County’s settlement are almost as real to her as the paintings and old newspaper clippings she has as reminders of that earlier time.

“I think it was a neat time, but I’m not sure I’d want to go back there and live,” Rush said.

Rush and her husband, Kermit, live in a tidy ranch-style home in east Ellsworth. Her great-grandfather, Robert Bruce Hudson, left his native Scotland for Canada when he was 16 years old. In 1859, he traveled to near Manhattan and later, in 1866, took up farming along Thompson Creek in Ellsworth County.

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Wed
22
Mar

What’s Next?

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

In recent days, radio spots from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce have encouraged constituents in Rep. Steven Johnson’s 108th District to lobby him — no new taxes.

The request has resulted in two telephone calls of support and a third call from a business owner who told Johnson he’d rather pay income taxes than the additional property taxes that have resulted — and will continue to increase — if the Kansas Legislature doesn’t address the 2012-13 income tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback and conservative lawmakers.

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Wed
22
Mar

Business with Marquette ties recognized in Kansas City

A business founded by a former Marquette resident has been recognized with a 25 Under 25 Award.

Of the nearly 1,500 nominations, Fortiviti was one of 25 businesses chosen for this year’s 16th annual awards.

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Wed
15
Mar

USD 112

By Alan Rusch

BUSHTON — A Monday night presentation at Central Plains Middle School in Bushton by engineers from 360 Energy of Lawrence, left members of the USD 112 board of education asking if the district could afford the $9 million total price tag attached to the engineers’ recommendation.

“It was more than I thought it would be,” said superintendent Greg Clark.

“That’s a lot of money on four buildings — with an uncertain future from the state,” added board member Tony Zink.

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Wed
15
Mar

USD 327

By Mark McCoy

The Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo school board discussed capital improvements Monday at its meeting at the district office in Ellsworth. 

Items discussed were the windows of the music room at Kanopolis Middle School; the roof of the wrestling/weight room at Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School; the possibility of air conditioning the gym and weight room and the cafeteria at Ellsworth Elementary School.

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Wed
15
Mar

YEARS OF SERVICE PINS AWARDED

During the 97th birthday celebration of the Ellsworth American Legion Post 174 Saturday night, 19 Ellsworth legionnaires received membership pins honoring their years of service. They were front row, from left, James Bezemek, 70 years; Richard D. Mitchell, 65 years; Adolph F. Schultz Jr., 60 years; William J. Gwinner, 60 years; Eugene Peterman, 50 years. Back row, from left, David M. Koralek, 45 years; Delvin D. Haase, 45 years; Leonard L. Haverkamp, 45 years; Tony G. Svaty Jr., 45 years; Melvin D. McCary, 45 years; Donald P. Stone, 40 years; Donald F. Hanson, 35 years; George V. Jones, 30 years; Robert D. Raney, 25 years. Also receiving pins but not in attendance were Dale Grothusen, 70 years; Norman J. Slechta, 60 years; Grant D. Gwinner, 45 years; Ted R. Edgerle, 35 years; and Philip L. Parsons, 30 years.

Wed
15
Mar

MOON WALK

By Mark Gardner

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like on the moon, visit Minooka Park at Wilson Lake and you should get a fairly good idea.

Minooka, on the lake’s south side, was near ground zero this past week when a prairie fire ripped through an estimated 28,160 acres, leaving in its wake a black landscape and an undetermined amount of destruction.

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