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Wed
22
May

Central Plains USD 112 board delays vote on closing the school at Bushton

The Central Plains USD 112 board of education voted Tuesday to delay a vote on closing Central Plains Middle School in Bushton. The decision came during a public hearing at Central Plains Elementary School in Holyrood.
The vote will instead take place at 6 p.m. Monday, June 10 at Wilson School during the regular monthly board meeting.
See the May 30 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter for more details on Tuesday night’s public hearing.

Wed
22
May

Welcome home — almost 50 years later

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Vietnam veteran Ron Hicks plans to visit Washington D.C. on a Kansas Honor Flight.

After what seems like more than a lifetime of waiting, Ron Hicks is finally getting his wish.

And he couldn’t be more excited.

 

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Wed
22
May

Caps off to the Class of 2019

Members of the Ellsworth Junior-Senior Class of 2019 listen intently as they are challenged to make a difference in the world. While several of the class are going straight into the workforce, others plan to attend trade schools, community colleges and universities. As a whole the class has accepted in excess of $305,100 in scholarships and awards.

Sydney Wilson, president of the 38 member Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School Class of 2019, set a tone of thanksgiving Sunday, during the annual graduation ceremony in the school gym, as she looked back on the educational journey the class took to reach their special day.

“The constant love and support from our family and the guidance and patience from our teachers has helped us to reach the goals we have set,” Wilson said.“Without you guys pushing us to be our best, we would not be where we are today.”

 

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Wed
22
May

Fun Day

When the Run for the Soul Motorcycle Run rumbled out on June 20, 2000, it was an opportunity for Greg Garringer to see his vision beginning to come true.

Two years earlier, Garringer, a chaplain at Ellsworth Correctional Facility, and prison warden Ray Roberts wanted to build a Spiritual Life Center smack in the middle of the grounds. But there were obstacles standing in their way. The biggest of those was the estimated $1.2 million price tag to build the facility.

 

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Wed
15
May

Town to rock restored depot

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Vern Schepmann, left, and Don Siemsen helped with the renovation.

HOLYROOD — Don Siemsen was probably 9 years old when his grandfather treated the youngster to his first train ride.

The pair, along with Don’s brothers and cousins, boarded the train at the Santa Fe Depot in Holyrood and traveled round trip to tiny Galatia, about a four-hour journey.

 

 

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Wed
15
May

City talks runways and ballfields

Ellsworth has not received official word yet; however, city administrator Scott Moore fielded a telephone call Friday from the office of First District Congressman Roger Marshall.

According to the representative, the Ellsworth Municipal Airport will get a new runway and taxiway and they will be fully funded by the federal government. Otherwise, the city would have been responsible for 10 percent — or $900,000 — of the $9.1 million project.

 

 

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Wed
15
May

Ellsworth journalism students shine at State

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Award winning student journalists are, from left, Parker McGowan, Shianne Svaty, Taylor Holecek, Courtney Wise and Selena Carrazco.

The Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School student publications department came away from the annual Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s State Journalism contest Saturday, May 4, in Lawrence with seven placings and a third place showing in the 2A sweepstakes competition.

Students and their awards were:

• Courtney Wise took first in advertising.

• Taking second place were Shianne Svaty in editorial cartoon, Taylor Holecek in yearbook layout and Parker McGowan in student life photography.

• Holecek also took third in newspaper design.

• Nabbing honorable mentions were Svaty in editorial writing and Selena Carrazco in yearbook sports writing.

Wed
15
May

ceremony.

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Paige Schoonmaker, a member of the Central Plains High School Class of 2019, smiles during Sunday afternoon’s graduation ceremony.

 

 

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Wed
08
May

CPMS in Bushton targeted for closure

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USD 112 school board vice president Tony Zink said closing a school is part of a process.

HOLYROOD — After months of speculation and discussion, the Central Plains USD 112 board of education finally targeted Central Plains Middle School in Bushton for closure.

The motion came during an April 30 special board meeting at Central Plains Elementary School in Holyrood.

 

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Wed
08
May

Drovers receives major state grant

For the second time in its 20-year history, the National Drovers Hall of Fame has received a major state grant to help restore downtown Ellsworth’s signature Insurance Building.

The award from the Heritage Trust Fund for $69,000 was announced this weekend on the foundation’s website. Drovers must match the grant with a little more than $16,000, bringing the total for this phrase of the project to more than $80,000.

 

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