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Wed
18
Apr

Ride ‘em Cowboys

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

After taking a year off, the Ranch Rodeo and Ranch Horse Competition is back for its 10th annual event, organized by the El-Kan Western Riders. Last year’s scheduled event was cancelled, due to scheduling conflicts. This year it will be Saturday, April 28, in the El-Kan rodeo arena.

Some people are more familiar with the summer rodeo put on by the El-Kan Western Riders, held in conjunction with Cowtown Days in late August. That event, filled with bucking broncos and other action-packed scenes, tends to be more elaborate. It’s based on spectacle, with bulls and horses bred specifically for the activity.

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Wed
18
Apr

Local students ‘March for Our Lives’

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

During a recent senior class trip to Topeka, Riann Pruitt, Ellsworth High senior, became frustrated by hearing others talk about her peers. Members of the state House of Representatives were discussing medical marijuana.

“One of the main arguments against it,” she said, “was, ’it’s going to get in the hands of teenagers — we have to protect the teenagers.”

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Wed
18
Apr

SPRING BLOOMS

Petunias were among the plants available at the annual Future Farmers of America greenhouse sale, which opened Friday. The greenhouse is open from 3 to 5:30 p.m. every Friday through May 11.

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Wed
18
Apr

Happy 120th Anniversary, ECMC

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Hovering in the air Friday, like the helium balloons in the lobby, were a few changes amidst a larger backdrop of evolution.

The big picture was plainly visible; at Ellsworth County Medical Center, passers-by were enticed towards the building to help celebrate ECMC’s 120 years. Lunch, served just outside the lobby, provided a chance to linger and trade stories about the hospital’s role in family events. Inside, a 25-foot long display case served as a threedimensional timeline, illustrating the growth of ECMC as new doctors and staff came aboard.

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Wed
18
Apr

Memorial bricks have been placed

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The 50 special memorial bricks, joining the 100 or so that were already in place, have been added to Marquette’s Veteran’s Memorial.

The original bricks, honoring men and women of Marquette who served their country in the military, were placed over 30 years ago as part of a project organized by late Marquette furniture store owner LaRue Olson.

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Wed
11
Apr

Local attorney seeks seat on the bench

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Carey Hipp was in the eighth grade when she decided becoming a lawyer would be her career goal. But not just any lawyer. She wanted to be a district court judge, like the father of her best friend who lived across the street from her family’s home in Goodland.

This August she may get her wish.

For several weeks, Hipp has collected signatures on a petition aimed at getting her name on the primary ballot for judge from the 20th Judicial District, which covers Ellsworth, Rice, Barton, Russell and Stafford counties.

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Wed
11
Apr

Destination Wilson

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — Almost daily, travelers pull into Wilson — drawn here by the sign on Interstate 70 north of town — to see the World’s Largest Czech Egg. After they’ve looked at the colorful egg and read about its history, the visitors snap a photograph, get back in their car and return to the interstate.

Wilson residents think there’s more to the Czech Capital of Kansas than the Czech egg, as impressive as it is.

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Wed
11
Apr

District patron urges better exchange

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

A patron of the Ellsworth- Kanopolis-Geneseo School District appeared before the board Monday night to lobby for more open communications between parents, students, administrators and board members.

John Donley said he was disappointed with the way a concern he and his wife, Vicky, took to the district had been handled. The incident that prompted their concern has never been revealed in public and an executive session with the Donleys was rejected at the March meeting when the motion died for the lack of a second.

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Wed
11
Apr

The Easter bunny visits Marquette

The Lohrey/Spohn cousins enjoyed a visit with the Easter Bunny Saturday, March 31 in downtown Marquette. From left are Marshall Lohrey, Eli Lohrey, and Tanner Lohrey holding Macy Spohn.

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Wed
04
Apr

Mark your calendar

Spring is here and with it comes a variety of events across Ellsworth County.

Here’s a sampling:

Ellsworth — The Ellsworth County Medical Center celebrates its 120th anniversary Friday, April 13.

The public is invited to a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front parking lot. Prizes and displays will be included. Guests also will have an opportunity to be part of a video that will “highlight the positive difference ECMC has made in your life, the life of a loved one, or a favorite memory, or the impact ECMC has had on the community.”

Information: (785) 472-3111.

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