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Thu
21
Mar

Prison staff face low pay, long hours

‘I don’t want to be poor all my life’

Hunter Defenbaugh loves working in prison.

Five nights a week, the 19-year-old corrections officer works overnight shifts in the infirmary at El Dorado Correctional Facility 30 miles northeast of Wichita. He checks on sick inmates, gives them blankets, calls nurses for help.

Defenbaugh likes the job, he says, because he likes helping people. It beats his old gigs flipping burgers at McDonald’s or ringing up customers at Walmart.

 

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Thu
21
Mar

Color us Grey

It’s been a long, cold winter colored by grey, overcast days broken up by fleeting moments of sunshine.

With winter days waning, most people are already over it, and have been for a while now. But at least in the short-term, it doesn’t appear Ellsworth will be warming up anytime soon.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar

Home & Garden Show is Saturday

Celebrate spring this weekend by attending the Ellsworth Kiwanis Club Home & Garden Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ellsworth County Medical Center Administration Building.

There is no admission charge and those who attend will have the opportunity to win a $500 cash door prize courtesy of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar

Lawmakers plan visits to Wilson and Ellsworth

Wilborn

Johnson

School finance. Tax windfalls. KPERS. Budget allotments for the Kansas Department of Corrections and other state services.

These and other issues are expected to be discussed Saturday, April 6, at Legislative coffees in Wilson and Ellsworth with Sen. Richard Wilborn, R-McPherson, and Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria.

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

MLC celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday with PJ Day

MARQUETTE LEARNING CENTER/Courtesy Photos

The Marquette Learning Center celebrated Dr. Seuss’s (a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel’s) birthday Friday, March 1, a day early, with a pajama day and reading. Dr. Seuss was a huge advocate of the importance of reading to and with children. His birthday, March 2, is celebrated by many schools and children’s facilities with extra books and reading time, along with special activities that stress the fun and importance of reading.

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

Feedlot hearing is March 27

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 late last year.

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

Stay alert this spring

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?

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

Ellsworth graduate heads overseas

Staley

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 teacher-training in Turkmenistan at the National Institute of Education.

Staley, a 2000 graduate of Ellsworth High School, is part of a select group, as one of about 80 U.S. citizens each year selected to serve on an English Language Specialist assignment.

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

Central Plains benefits from locally-grown ingredients

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

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.

From Farm to School

When 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 daily menus.

The concept not only promoted locally and regionally grown products, but celebrated the quality found in fresh, unadulterated foods.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Long-time Wilson advertising business plans April 1 closing

ALAN RUSCH/EC I-R

Wilson City Council member Chuck Crawford makes a point.

WILSON — During a short meeting Monday, members of the Wilson City Council heard sad news about a long-time Wilson business.

Eschbaugh Advertising plans to close after decades of doing business in its screen printing plant on the Ellsworth-Russell county line.

 

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