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Wed
03
Oct

Ellsworth County jail: renovate or replace?

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray Marston presented what he described as “preliminary” plans for possible renovation or replacement of the county jail during Monday’s meeting of the Ellsworth County commissioners.

“We kind of got started on this because we were talking about having to revamp our dispatch,” Marston said. “We can’t dispatch more than one person at a time and we don’t have room to expand where we’re at, so the obvious place to look was the basement.”

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Wed
03
Oct

Fall Bounty

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

While state corn production numbers are expected to come in slightly below last year’s totals, county ag experts are waiting to see how significantly a persistent drought affected the 2018 harvest.

Though combines are beginning to appear in some fields throughout Ellsworth County, the harvest isn’t in full swing just yet.

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Wed
03
Oct

Learning center receives state boost

By Chelsea Graber
Special to the Tribune

Exciting happenings are moving the Marquette Learning Center (MLC) forward.

The Marquette Learning Center in McPherson County is one of the 16 nonprofit organizations to be awarded Community Service Tax Credits by the Kansas Department of Commerce for 2018 and 2019. MLC will receive $215,000 in Community Tax Credits.

Since 1994, each year the Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded the state Community Service Tax Credits, which help nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fundraising drives. Tax credit awards are distributed through an application process and organizations may request up to $250,000 in tax credits.

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Wed
26
Sep

Go ‘Cats

Ellsworth students showed their school spirit in a week that ended with the Bearcats playing a Homecoming game Friday night against the Minneapolis Lions.

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Wed
26
Sep

It’s simple safety — Lock your doors

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

Whether it’s an unlocked vehicle or residence, without a barrier, there’s nothing preventing thieves from taking whatever they can get their hands on and fleeing into the night.

To a criminal, those fleeting seconds spent committing a burglary are valuable bits of time. But to a victim, that same span of time has more costly effects.

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Wed
26
Sep

Small town life suits new ECMC chief executive

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

Excited. That’s the word Andrew Bair, Ellsworth County Medical Center’s new chief executive officer, used to describe his feelings about Ellsworth and ECMC.

“One of the things that excites me is just Ellsworth itself,” he said during a recent interview with the Independent-Reporter.

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Wed
26
Sep

Teacher contracts include modest increases in base pay

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 and the Central Plains USD 112 boards of education recently approved negotiated agreements with their teachers for the 2018-19 school year that include modest increases to their base salaries.

“We did a good package last year, but we weren’t quite able to do as good a package this year,” said Dale Brungardt, USD 327 superintendent.

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Wed
26
Sep

Scenes from the golf course

Marquette’s disc golf tournament attracted 49 participants Saturday Sept. 15. One observer said it was a “Great day for business in Marquette,”

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Wed
19
Sep

Flags fly high for Bearcat spirit

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Craig Gustin has heard only good things since the black and red flags of the Ellsworth High School Bearcats were attached to downtown light poles more than a week ago.

“The reaction has been amazing,” he said. “The night they went up, I heard the football team commented on how sharp they looked.”

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Wed
19
Sep

FLOWERS OF THE FAIR

Wilson’s Wilma Olds was awarded the grand prize in the wheat bread sculpture competition at the Kansas State Fair. Her entry was a basket, woven and shaped over a roaster pan. It held colorful buds, butterflies and vines, as well as a tiny card made from dough and royal icing reading, “Find Your Fun.” Olds has other grand prize ribbons to her credit.

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