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Wed
08
May

STEM class at EHS introduces students to the future of work

Courtesy Photo

Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School juniors, from left, Zach Griffith, Hayden Rogers and Cody Bourbon examine a robotic arm at Cashco. At the beginning of the second semester, EJSHS teacher Amy Johnson began teaching a new robotics class.

When spring semester enrollment started a few months ago, Ellsworth High School students Hayden Rogers, Cody Bourbon and Zach Griffith thought they were just signing up for a new class.

But weeks into the course now, the three are already realizing that what they’ve learned has been so much more than they ever expected.

 

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Wed
08
May

COLORS OF SPRING

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Leah Renfro of Ellsworth, closest to the camera, was one of several shopping for flowers recently at the Ellsworth FFA Greenhouse.

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Wed
01
May

Future of USD 112's Central Plains Middle School to be decided at May 21 special meeting

By Alan Rusch, Independent-Reporter

The Central Plains USD 112 Board of Education voted April 30 during a special meeting at Central Plains Elementary School in Holyrood, to proceed with a resolution to hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at CEPS, on whether to close Central Plains Middle School in Bushton. The closing would take place beginning with the 2019-20 school year and beyond. Those students would be reassigned to CPES and Central Plains High School in Claflin.

At the end of the public hearing, the board will vote on whether to formally adopt the resolution and close CPMS.

Wed
01
May

Special Night

Those attending the 2019 Ellsworth High School prom Saturday are treated to a catered pre-promenade dinner. The theme of this year’s Bearcat prom was “Home on the Prom.”

Wed
01
May

Music. Music. And more Music.

Twenty bands took the stage Saturday at the first Midwest Underground Fest, an all-day music festival organized by Josh Helvey of Ellsworth County and his girlfriend, Shana Reed, of Kanopolis. The day was dry; however, winds gusted to 45 miles-per-hour and temperatures were in the 60s.

Photo by Mark McCoy

It was Woodstock without the mud — just the wind and the cold.

The first Midwest Underground Music Fest attracted about 350 music lovers Saturday to the hills north of Ellsworth for an all-day celebration of music and the Kansas performers who provide it.

 

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Wed
01
May

Docs to take up slack

The Ellsworth County Medical Center faces the same issues as other hospitals — including a shortage of physicians.

To ease the problem, the center’s chief executive officer Andrew Bair has announced the addition of contract doctors for a few months.

The contracted medical providers will work solely in the Ellsworth Rural Health Clinic with patients experiencing new acute/urgent needs that do not require emergency room care.

“We’ll do our best to align patients with their primary care provider,” Bair said,“but are happy that all our patients will be able to be seen promptly.

“In the meantime, we will continue to recruit for a permanent physician to meet the community requirements.

“I am optimistic about our ability to attract the right candidate to live in and serve this community.”

Bair said the growth of available local services and an increase in patient needs also have contributed to additional demand.

Wed
24
Apr

Pals on the Internet

Story by Jennifer McDaniel Layout by Bill Beckmeyer

AKansas man serving out a life sentence for murdering three Johnson County, Kan., women in June 1989, and suspected in the killing of a Wichita woman nearly two weeks earlier, is seeking love and companionship online.

And he isn’t alone.

 

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Wed
24
Apr

Building to start on rentals

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Those with a shovel during Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Joiner Construction’s Kansas Housing Resource Corporation Moderate Housing project in Ellsworth were from left, Curt Glaser of Ellsworth’s First Bank Kansas, JR Robl, an owner of Joiner Brothers Property Group; Chad Steffan of Central National Bank, Derek Joiner, vice president of Joiner Construction, Ellsworth Mayor Al Stefek, Scott Moore, Ellsworth City administrator; Justin Joiner, president and owner of Joiner Construction; and Shay Kasselman, property manager.

Overcast skies and a stiff north wind didn’t dampen spirits Monday morning as Joiner Construction of Ellinwood broke ground on its Kansas Housing Resource Corporation Moderate Housing project along Prairie Lane west of the First Bank Kansas building in Ellsworth.

“I’m excited to get it going,” said Justin Joiner, president and owner of Joiner Construction.

 

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Wed
17
Apr

Childcare center faces a more secure future

Four months can make a huge difference and in the case of the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center, it’s all for the better.

“I think the story here is that the childcare center is solvent,” director Stacie Schmidt said this week.

 

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Wed
17
Apr

SPECIAL NIGHT

I-R photo by Shirley Cox Schroeder

Central Plains High School students Jennah Jeffrey, Mason Wimmer, Juan Vasquez and Kristen Watson walk to Oiler prom Saturday night at Claflin.

 

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