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Wed
06
Mar

FFA Thank You

Ellsworth FFA members fry bacon Thursday in preparation for the annual community thank you breakfast.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Ellsworth FFA members form a serving line Thursday as they prepare to serve pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, coffee and orange juice. The breakfast was originally set for Feb. 20, but was postponed due to a snow storm that cancelled school. They are from left, Noah Goss, Trenton Hays, Nakita Barta and Devon Bunch.

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Wed
06
Mar

Blowin’ in the Wind

Aproposed wind farm planned for southern Ellsworth County remains in its infancy as developers gather the authorizations necessary to proceed.

A year ago, about 50 Ellsworth County landowners gathered in the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library basement to hear more about the proposal. At the time, Krista Mann, senior business development manager for Invenergy, a Chicago-based developer, told residents there was a 50 percent chance construction on the wind farm could begin within the next two years.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Property values soften across county

When Carl Miller became Ellsworth County appraiser in 2002, the average sale price of a 1,264 square foot home built in 1946 or later was $67,460.

Fast forward 17 years — to 2019 — and the average sale price for a house built in those same years is $106,000. The average size has increased to 1,367.

 

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Opioid crisis brings change

The nationwide opioid crisis has reached local physicians, according to Andrew Bair, chief executive officer of the Ellsworth County Medical Center.

During the Feb. 20 meeting of the hospital board of directors, Bair said the crisis has changed the way medical providers at ECMC prescribe opioids.

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Wed
27
Feb

Active shooter exercise delivers dose of reality

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Law enforcement officers cautiously make their way to the sound of simulated gunshots Monday during an active assailant exercise at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School. Inset, playing the roll of students in a classroom at Ellsworth Elementary School, local teachers prepare to defend themselves against the assailant.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The active assailant, played by Ellsworth Police Officer Jeff Weigel, makes his way into a classroom at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School during Monday’s exercise.

Being Prepared

It’s an unthinkable scenario everyone prays will never happen in their town: An active assailant enters a local school with a gun and starts hunting for teachers and students.

The reaction of teachers to such a nightmare situation was the focus of a training exercise Monday during a teacher in-service at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High, Kanopolis Middle and Ellsworth Elementary schools.

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Wed
27
Feb

Think Spring: Home and Garden Show is March 23

Each year, local homeowners flock to the Ellsworth Kiwanis’ Home and Garden Show eagerly seeking out tips, the newest products and the freshest ideas in décor and inspiration for their own home renovation and landscape projects.

In its eighth year, the show gives homeowners the chance to shake off winter’s chill, and look forward to getting outside and getting their hands dirty.

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Wed
27
Feb

Snow, Snow and more Snow ...

BILL BECKMEYER/Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth Police Chief Emil Halfhill said his department worked only one minor accident in the city during the first snow storm and none the second.

BILL BECKMEYER/Ellsworth County I-R

Snow and cold were hallmarks of this past week in Ellsworth County as two rounds of winter weather dumped almost a foot of snow Saturday and Feb. 20.

BILL BECKMEYER/Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth declared two snow route emergencies, which stopped vehicle owners from parking on designated streets so crews could do their job.

Snow, Snow and more Snow ...

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Wed
20
Feb

Strike Up the Band

JUDI BROWN/Ellsworth County I-R

Students Noah Erichsen, left, and Micah Bolton show off the new uniforms of the Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School marching band.

Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Ashbaugh

The Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School Drumline stop for a group photograph Feb. 12 at halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game against Southeast of Saline.

Editor’s Note — After more years than just about anyone can remember, the Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School band has new uniforms. Students modeled them at the most recent board meeting of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School District. They also were on display as the drumline performed at a recent basketball game. Here’s the story the I-R’s Jennifer McDaniel wrote about the effort to secure the new uniforms.

On most crisp, fall mornings across Kansas, there’s the unmistakable thump of the bass drum, signaling high school marching band practice.

But listen carefully, and there’s the sharp staccato of the snare drums, along with the tenors and quads, punctuating the beat. The longer practice goes on, the further these sounds carry throughout these small towns, giving locals a sneak preview of what they’ll hear on Friday night.

 

 

Wed
20
Feb

Stuck in the Mud

John Kueser checks on cattle Monday as Ellsworth County ranchers await another winter storm predicted to move into central Kansas Tuesday and dump as much as six inches of snow. Ice also was included in the forecast.

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

John Kueser’s father, Terry, said he had not seen mud like this since 1993. That was the year persistent rains pushed rivers across the state out of their banks and caused numerous flooding issues both in the country and in towns.

It’s been a hard winter for local ranchers like Terry Kueser. Cold temperatures, wet weather and mud. Lots of thick, sticky mud hamper Terry’s efforts to feed the commercial cattle herd he manages with his son, John, near Ellsworth.

“It’s been terribly hard,” Kueser said.“It’s been so damp.”

After months of dry, droughtlike conditions, moisture returned to the area this past summer and throughout the latter parts of 2018, replenishing farm ponds and pastures. But the precipitation the area needed for so long refuses to let up, challenging even the most experienced cattlemen.

 

 

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Wed
13
Feb

Hellers are recognized by historical society

ALAN RUSCH/ECI-R

Greg and Cee Heller are named Historians of the Year by the Ellsworth County Historical Society.

Greg and Cee Heller were named the 2019 Historians of the Year by the Ellsworth County Historical Society Sunday during the organization’s 57th annual meeting at the Ellsworth Senior Center.

David Bailey, the great-greatgrandson of Major Henry Inman, the paymaster at Fort Harker, presented an award plaque to the Hellers.

Greg, who was the leading organizer on the recent 150th anniversary celebration of the Forsyth Scouts, was dressed as a first sergeant with Company K, 7th U.S. Cavalry. It’s the uniform he wears during tours and re-enactments at the Fort Harker Guard House Museum, where he is the full-time historian and guide.

 

 

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