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Wed
04
Apr

Wilson center taken over by state

By wire and staff reports

The Wilson Care & Rehabilitation Center is under new administration after Kansas officials moved this past week to protect more than 800 vulnerable residents of 15 financially-troubled nursing homes.

“There was a smooth transition,” Angela de Rocha of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said Tuesday. Residents at the 50-bed Wilson center and others across Kansas suffered no disruption in care or services, she added.

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Wed
04
Apr

It’s time for the makeup

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Editor’s note —This is the second of a two-part series following preparations for the annual dinner theater at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility’s Spiritual Life Center.

As opening night drew near, Cody Bliss was frustrated during one rehearsal. As Mishkin, the mailman, he has numerous appearances sprinkled throughout “Fools.” The first of four public performances of the Neil Simon comedy is April 20 at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

One of his 30 lines, “I hear him coming,” was stumping him. It’s important; it’s the cue for three characters to leave the stage and others to arrive.

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Wed
04
Apr

Pole by Pole

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Beckman cousins got off easy. Brandon suffered a painful ant bite, but both he and Matt managed to avoid angry Africanized bees and pica-pica, the plant that outdoes poison ivy, hands-down. Others deployed to Puerto Rico were not so lucky.

Normally, Matt, 39 and Brandon, 30, work in the Ellsworth area as park rangers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Matthew at Wilson Lake, Brandon at Kanopolis Lake. They recently returned from a 30-day stint in the U.S. territory, after answering a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Wed
04
Apr

Marquette Learning Center to open in August

Special to the Tribune

The Marquette Learning Center is aiming for an opening date in August 2018. It is the center’s mission to provide the community with high-quality childcare for children ages 2 weeks through 12 years. Being developed as a nonprofit 501c3 organization, it will take community support in addition to grants and fundraisers to make this center a reality for the town of Marquette.

The board has been working with an architect, designing a floor plan that has been sent to be approved by the Kansas State Fire Marshal, as well as the Kansas Department of Health and Education. Once the plans are approved, construction can begin.

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Wed
28
Mar

Call of the Wildlife

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Over the last 40 years, Marvin Dohrman has learned a lot about geese. He began raising them, starting out with a mated pair and four goslings, just out of pure interest. As a kid, he’d seen large groups of them at a man’s farm near Ellinwood. “We’d go over and look at them once in awhile,” he said. “Of course, dad was a hunter. I just thought, that’s who I am.”

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Wed
28
Mar

HAPPY EASTER EGG HUNT

Children hunt for Easter eggs Sunday at the recreation complex south of town. Temperatures hovered near 45 degrees for the annual event organized by the Ellsworth County Community Organization.

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Wed
28
Mar

Live theater arrives again in Ellsworth

Editor’s note —This is the first of a two-part series following preparations for the annual dinner theater at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility’s Spiritual Life Center.

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

If he were a superhero, Larry Temple might be called The Blur. His rate of movement around the stage doesn’t permit him to show up well in photographs. He speaks quickly, giving his actors directions. Sometimes they come with a gesture, suggesting how the actors might add physical movement to a line. After a lot of activity, he suddenly sits down and almost disappears.

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Wed
28
Mar

Elim hikers take to the trails

Members and guests of Elim Lutheran Church in Marquette participated in a prayer hike Sunday, March 18 at Kanopolis Lake, led by church member Julie Olson. Hikers enjoyed fellowship together as well as alone time to reflect on God’s creation.

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Wed
21
Mar

JUST IN TIME FOR EASTER

Lola, one of dozens of chicks offered by Orscheln Farm & Home in Ellsworth, waits to be held by Brenda Bibbs, assistant manager. Six varieties of chicks are available, along with the “mini” variety of rabbits, with ducks scheduled to arrive soon.

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Wed
21
Mar

Snow, Wind and Fire

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth Fire Department puts out a fire March 14 at 1135 Old Highway 40. The fire, which started in a burn pile and was fanned by high winds, was spotted from the road by department member Heath Ehrlich. The resident said she was aware of the county’s burn ban, which remains in effect. Chief Bob Kepka said the cause was unknown. Since March 8, anyone within Ellsworth County must possess a burn permit before starting a fire.

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