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Wed
05
Dec

Tariffs continue to shrink farmers’ pocketbooks

For John Thaemert and other Kansas farmers, the most recent round of newly negotiated U.S. trade agreements has more questions than answers.

Like most small, independent producers, Thaemert, who farms more than 1,000 acres of wheat, milo and soybean crops near Sylvan Grove, has the same hope each year as he drills seed — that what springs forth results in good yields at a fair price.

But trade tariffs imposed this year have affected market prices, which, in turn, hurt farmers like Thaemert just trying to make a profit.

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Wed
05
Dec

Ho, Ho, Ho Jolly Old Elf visits Kanopolis

At left, Carinne Halfhill smiles as she eats the Christmas cookie she decorated Saturday during an Afternoon with Santa at the Fort Harker Commanding Officers Quarters in Kanopolis.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Malle Schwerdtfeger wears a Santa hat while visiting with the Jolly Old Elf himself Saturday during the Kanopolis Recreation Commission’s annual Afternoon with Santa at Fort Harker in Kanopolis.

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Wed
05
Dec

Former center head faces theft-related charges

Stephanie Roehrman, former director of the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center, is set to make her first appearance Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Ellsworth County District Court.

Roehrman, 47, who was booked into jail Nov. 20 in Salina on an outstanding warrant, faces multiple counts of theft from the center over a three-year period, from May 2015 to September 2018.

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Wed
05
Dec

Kanopolis settles KOMA violation

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has executed a settlement with the Kanopolis City Council to resolve a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA).

In September, the attorney general’s office received a complaint alleging that the Kanopolis City Council violated the KOMA by improperly taking binding action in an executive session.

Upon investigation, the attorney general’s office determined that the council violated the KOMA by recessing into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, and taking binding action to terminate the city clerk without holding a public vote. The council at a later meeting took a public vote to ratify the clerk’s termination.

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Wed
05
Dec

Child care directors seek answers

Directors of the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center have a question and they’re asking for help in arriving at an answer: “How can the center become solvent without creating additional burdens on center families and the community?”

That is the focus of a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the childcare center.

The center, which opened in 2012, serves 49 families and 75 children in Ellsworth, Rice, Lincoln and Saline counties. It has 26 employees.

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Mon
03
Dec

Newspapers will be late this week

A National Day of Mourning to honor President George H.W. Bush has been set for Wednesday, Dec. 5. Since the post office will be closed, newspapers won't be mailed until Thursday, which will result in later delivery to your home.

Papers will still be available as normal at vendor locations, racks and in-office pickup. The I-R will be open as normal.

Wed
28
Nov

Miracle on Washington Street won’t disappoint

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are all set to make a special trip to Marquette Dec. 1 to open Miracle on Washington Street. They will appear at the Fine Arts Center from 2-3:30 p.m. to visit with the good little boys and girls.

Food is always abundant at most festivals and Miracle on Washington Street is no exception. Cookies will be for sale by the Starlight Club in the Fine Arts Center. The Marquette Senior Center will be open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. serving chili, dessert, coffee and tea for a free will donation.

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Wed
28
Nov

Bad weather turns Ellsworth County into ice rink

JASON HICKS/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Winter weather arrived in Ellsworth County Sunday in a big way. Blizzard conditions delivered six inches of snow, strong winds and cold temperatures.

JASON HICKS/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Cancellations were common as churches, schools and organizations abandoned plans so people could remain inside their homes. Ellsworth City Hall was opened to those in need of shelter.

JASON HICKS/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Roads and highways were closed to traffic as drifts as high as a car were reported on Kansas Highway

140. Interstate 70 was closed as the storm moved east. Power outages also were common.

Wed
28
Nov

Store offers a hand up to families

Tami McGreevy’s heart fills with happiness when someone who has benefitted from the Christmas Store returns a few years later — not as a recipient — but as a volunteer. Or makes a donation to help continue the program that has helped deliver Christmas to Ellsworth County children for 18 years.

For McGreevy, such experiences prove the store’s mission of “giving a hand up, not a hand out.”

“It’s really special when that happens,” she said.

The program, which purchases holiday gifts for children whose parents can’t otherwise afford them, helped about 30 kids in Ellsworth its first year. In 2017, the number had grown to 208 and spread across Ellsworth County.

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Tue
20
Nov

People to People

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

Jane Coyne smiled as she unknowingly peeled away the speckled shell of the boiled quail egg and shoved it into her mouth.

Throughout the dinner, her longtime friend, Khanh Nguyen, had urged her to try the Vietnamese delicacy. So eventually, Jane gave in. In South Vietnam, duck and quail eggs, also known as Balut or Trung vit Lon, are a popular snack or appetizer. But unlike the boiled chicken eggs eaten in the United States, these include a partially developed chick, feathers included, inside.

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