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Wed
02
Jan

Wreaths of Honor

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Volunteers, from left, Rosemary Watrak of Lenexa and Tammy Stefek and Pat Walker, both of Ellsworth, prepare some of the 270 wreaths to be placed on veterans graves. This was the first year for the wreath laying, which was limited to veterans buried in Ellsworth’s two cemeteries. VFW Commander Doug Stefek said organizers hope to expand the program and recognize veterans in other towns in 2019.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Volunteer Richard Arensman places a wreath on a veteran’s grave Saturday at Ellsworth’s East Cemetery. The wreath laying effort was led by the Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6485.

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Wed
26
Dec

Scenic byway gets boost from highway panels

LINDA MOWERY-DENNING/Ellsworth County I-R

This is one of three panels installed at Ellsworth to promote the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway.

They’re towns most of us have traveled through at least once. Lindsborg. Marquette. Roxbury.

Now you can add Ellsworth and points north to Interstate 70 to the list.

And, more than just a quick drive through, the relationship between these communities has the potential to bring more visitors in search of history, good restaurants and other attractions.

The communities — all of them in either McPherson or Ellsworth counties — are part of the 80-mile Prairie Trail Byway, one of a dozen statedesignated routes promoted on websites, in brochures and magazines and on boards planted along each byway.

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Wed
26
Dec

Santa’s Helpers

In the top photo, Santa’s Helper (John Thaemert) listens as Tyler Weinhold shares his Christmas wishes. Above, Bill Grothusen was 2 months old when he met Santa’s Helper (George Jelinek) for the first time in 1959. Bill is in the arms of his sister, Marsha. Another sister, Ruth, looks on. To the left are Jimmiee Korinek, standing, and a laughing Jerry Soukup. In Santa’s hand is a package of Spearmint gum, which he offered to baby Bill. This apparently amused the onlookers. The photograph, by Dale Grothusen, was taken in the parish hall of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at a family Christmas party of a local pinochle club.

It’s hard for Diane O’Connor not to celebrate the magic of the season without reflecting on memories of her uncle, the late George Jelinek.

For 34 years, Jelinek served as Ellsworth’s own Santa Claus. And for local children, Christmas just wasn’t complete without sitting on Santa’s lap.

As a young child, O’Connor never knew Santa’s true identity. The middle child in a family of five kids, she was a little older by the time she put it all together.

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Wed
26
Dec

USD 112 works to catch up on funds

When Central Plains USD 112 Superintendent Greg Clark started in his administrative role five years ago, the school district would soon be feeling the brunt of the state’s newly adopted finance formula.

At the time, Central Plains, like other public school districts across Kansas, had already budgeted for the current school year using a 23-year-old state finance formula allocating money on a per-pupil basis. Instead, a block grant formula conceived by former Gov. Sam Brownback replaced the traditional finance formula, reducing funding those districts expected for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. For Central Plains, that meant losing $500,000 over the two-year period despite an enrollment increase.

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Wed
19
Dec

Elementary school project about a month behind

BILL BECKMEYER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Construction continues on the new addition at Ellsworth Elementary School. The project is behind schedule but should be finished in May. Concrete has been poured for the floor in the new cafeteria and several cinder block walls are up.

The construction project at Ellsworth Elementary School is about a month behind schedule. But Superintendent Dale Brungardt told members of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School board at their Dec. 10 meeting the delay shouldn’t be a problem. The project is expected to be finished in May instead of April.

Brungardt said the floor for the school’s new cafeteria has been poured and several walls are up.

In other business, the board shared information about possible capital outlay projects, including the projected purchase of vehicles. The district is considering the purchase of a Ford Transit van, as it holds two more people than a Suburban and could transport most of the tennis team and its coaches.

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Wed
19
Dec

Trash will cost more to collect

Ellsworth residents will soon be paying more for their twice-a- week trash service.

At the Dec. 11 meeting of the Ellsworth City Council, approval was given to a request by Mike Slechta of Slechta Enterprises to increase the rate from $14.10 to $14.25 — a 1 percent (15-cent) increase, effective Jan. 1.

Slechta requested the increase because of the higher cost of annual operations and maintenance in order to maintain the current level of service.

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Wed
19
Dec

Carrying on the Tradition

LINDA MOWERY-DENNING/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Deanna and Rick Soukup continue the Soukup family’s retail history in downtown Ellsworth.

LINDA MOWERY-DENNING/Ellsworth County I-R

This is one of Deanna’s favorite designs.

The night before Jacob Palmer’s funeral, Edie Grogg of the Ellsworth Service Center called Rick and Deanna Soukup for help.

Dozens of tow truck drivers planned to honor their Salina colleague with a procession to the memorial service at the First Church of the Nazarene. The 32-year-old Palmer was killed in early November when his wrecker rolled into a ditch on the Kansas Turnpike.

Unfortunately, organizers needed two 3-by-5-feet black and yellow banners and a casket cover as part of the tribute and they didn’t have them.

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Wed
12
Dec

Hold the Presses

Photo Courtesy of Ellsworth High School Journalism Class

Members of the Ellsworth High School yearbook staff are: Front row — Courtney Wise, Kelsey Ashbaugh and Taylor Holecek and back row — Parker McGowan.

Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School yearbook staff members have won the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s (KSPA) All-Kansas award for the 2018 issue of the Elkan.

The award is the highest award given in the organization’s yearly yearbook critique service. Students on the staff were co-editors Taylor Holecek and Courtney Wise, Kelsey Ashbaugh, Kylie Ashbaugh, Mena Blanding, Parker McGowan and Kourtney McKinney. The yearbook advisor is Dawnae Bunch, journalist teacher.

In the Nov. 4 notification by KSPA, the staff was praised for a well-written, attractive design book.

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Wed
12
Dec

Developer plans more than 20 family homes across county

These are an artist’s conception of the singlefamily homes Missouri developer Pete Ramsel plans to build in Ellsworth County, starting in 2019.

If all goes as planned, Missouri developer Pete Ramsel hopes to break ground in the spring of 2019 on a group of single-family homes that has the potential to affect every town in Ellsworth County.

Ramsel visited Ellsworth County Monday, Dec. 3, to meet with officials in Ellsworth, Holyrood, Lorraine, Kanopolis and Wilson and determine the availability of lots.

Discussion in each of the communities centered on “workforce” housing for families in search of moderate income, affordable homes.

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Wed
12
Dec

A Very Czech Christmas

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Colton Covieo and his brother, Casey, visit with Santa Claus Saturday during a visit to the Iron Lion in Wilson as part of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce’ Santa Day. Santa was accompanied by, back row from left, Jessica Wonderlich, 2018 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen second runner-up; Emma Carlin, the 2018 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen; and Haley Piroutek, 2018 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen first runner-up.

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