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Community First

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth County I-R

Even as a young girl, Ellen Russell remembers how Kanopolis residents would flock to the American Legion Hall to try their luck during the annual bingo tournament her mother and other local women hosted each November.

In those days, the women, all members of a local social club, packed in the crowd by offering an evening of food and fellowship in exchange for donations they used to make improvements throughout the community.

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04
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MOTHER NATURE’S FIREWORKS

Jake Kubick cuts Robert Kubick’s wheat June 22 in a race against Mother Nature and approaching rain. Visiting the Kubick’s during wheat harvest, Ty Hopper, 12, took this photo in Clear Creek Township at 20th Road and Ave G. Ty is the son of Becky (Sheridan) and Jimmy Hopper, Colorado Springs, Colo., and the grandson of Mugs Kepka, Ellsworth.

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04
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Kiwanis Club dedicates Preisker Park spray pad

By LINDA MOWERY -DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Supporters of a splash pad in Preisker Park gathered Friday in the kind of weather Ellsworth’s new water feature is supposed to help remedy.

With the temperature at more than 100 degrees and the area under a heat advisory, members of the local Kiwanis Club broke ground for the splash pad, which has been months in the making.

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04
Jul

Rees out as EMS director

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

After a series of three executive sessions to discuss non-elected personnel Monday, Ellsworth County commissioners demoted Ellsworth County EMS director Rod Rees to paramedic, effective immediately. Rees has served as director since Oct. 1, 2011.

Ellsworth County EMS advanced emergency medical technician Jeremiah Brown was named director by commissioners.

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04
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Marquette wheat harvest 2018 ‘It’s a wrap.’

On Tuesday, June 12, the wheat field north of the Mid-Kansas Coop in Marquette was being cut. The hot, dry weather was great for harvesting, but not so good for yields.

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Wed
27
Jun

Ellsworth loses its oldest resident

At the time of this publication Dorothy Remley just celebrated her 106th birthday and is considered to possibly be the oldest living resident in Ellsworth County.

She was born Dorothy Louise Grothusen Sept. 12, 1911 in an old stone house just southwest of the Ellsworth Cemetery to William and Christine Strella Grothusen whose families had immigrated from Czechoslovakia. Dorothy grew up in a loving home with four brothers Ralph, Lloyd, Dale and Jack, all hardworking and successful farmers in the area.

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27
Jun

Wrapping Up

Above, the Black Wolf bridge opened to traffic Friday, June 15 after being closed since Monday, Oct. 30. According to David Browning with Kirkham, Michael & Associates, the bridge was widened from 18’ to 28’ of roadway surface. The project is complete except for seeding which was to begin Friday.

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27
Jun

‘For Sale’ signs dot local lawns

By Linda Mowery-Denning
Ellsworth County I-R

Consider it the “Circle of Life” — a young couple marries and buys their first home, a family needs more space so they move into a larger house, an elderly husband and wife put their home of many years on the market to move closer to their children. Or someone needs a home in the town where they’ve just landed a job.

Ellsworth County had more than 30 homes for sale in early June. The bulk of those were in Ellsworth with about eight scattered across the rest of the county. That’s a far cry from the days when demand almost always outstripped supply.

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27
Jun

Gone too soon

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

“There are no words.” That was the first thought Andrea Burt of Ellsworth had on the death of her daughter, Haley Weinhold, during a telephone interview with the Independent- Reporter Tuesday morning.

“She was loved by all,” Burt said. “She was very happy-go-lucky.”

Haley, a 2011 graduate of Ellsworth High School, and her fiance, Colt Tomlin of Little River, were killed in a one car crash Friday night in Puerto Rico.

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27
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Summer lunch program back for year six

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

Potato boats were on the menu Tuesday, June 19, for the Marquette summer lunch program, and if the empty food baskets were any indication, the lunch guests enjoyed eating them.

A former Marquette school lunch program favorite, potato boats consist of a slice of baloney topped with a scoop of mashed potatoes and cheese. These, along with peas, watermelon and muffins, with milk to drink, made up the lunch served at the USDAsupported summer lunch program which is in its sixth year in Marquette.

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