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Wed
25
Oct

Digging up the Past

30 Years Ago

Marquette housing development moving ahead with 12-unit plan.

A representative from the Smolan-Falun area will be in Marquette on Friday morning, April 6, at the Smoky Valley Inn from 11 a.m. on. The representative, Marlysue Esping Holmquist, is asking for persons who are against the closing of Smolan school to sign a petition asking that the question of closing now be put on a ballot for a district-wide decision.

Pearl Sandahl will be producing a “first” at 7:30 p.m. April 6. Her first is that the all-school play this year is literally that. Any Marquette high school student that wanted to be part of this play will be in the production of “Don’t Try to Hyde from Me, Dr. Jekyll.”

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Wed
18
Oct

Strike up the Band

By JUDI BROWN
Ellsworth County I-R

When talking about Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School band uniforms, you could say they’re vintage, classic, throwback, or perhaps just plain old. Whatever term you use, according to EJSH band members, the uniforms are used up and need to be replaced.

At the Oct. 9 meeting of the USD 327 board of education, a group of EJSH band students requested help in obtaining new — or at least newer — uniforms.

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Wed
18
Oct

FIGHTING FIRES

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Annual balls and banquets figure prominently in press clippings about Ellsworth’s all-volunteer fire crew. The leftovers, dumped in the Smoky River after the gatherings, supposedly pleased the catfish.

More people sit at the banquet table now, said Fire Chief Bob Kepka. “There ain’t no food left.”

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Wed
18
Oct

Cars take weekend hit at Wilson

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — A rash of thefts from 16 unlocked automobiles Saturday during the overnight hours in Wilson has sparked an active investigation by local law enforcement.

“We’re looking at a bunch of suspects but we don’t have anything definitive yet,” Wilson Police Chief Bob Doepp told the Independent-Reporter Monday morning. “The rumor mill is going nuts.”

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Wed
18
Oct

Svaty plans Ellsworth visit Oct. 24

Ellsworth’s entry in the 2018 race for governor plans a visit home Tuesday, Oct. 24, to “meet and greet” local and area voters.

Democrat Josh Svaty will be at the Ellsworth Steak House at 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public at no charge.

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Wed
18
Oct

Meet the candidates for Marquette mayor and city council seats

Elections for two of the five Marquette city council positions along with the mayor’s position will be Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Approximately 10 years ago, all five city council position were up for election at one time. That could mean in any given election all five council member could be new to the council. Because of this, it was voted by the council to stagger the election of council members. This year, two members will be elected Nov. 7 and in the next election three members will be elected. Each council member term is four years.

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Wed
11
Oct

Recent moisture helps and frustrates farmers

By LINDA MOWERY -DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

A major topic of discussion at the Oct. 5 Ellsworth County milo tour was the lack of moisture during the summer. Two days later, the area was under a flood watch after as much as 2.85 inches of rain fell the day of the milo tour and Friday.

Clint Laflin of the Midway Extension District of Ellsworth and Russell counties said the rain probably pushed back milo harvest a week. It also interrupted wheat planting.

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Wed
11
Oct

Board members consider options for grade school

BY JUDI BROWN
Ellsworth County I-R

Members of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 board of education were presented with three options for the improvement of Ellsworth Elementary School at their regular monthly meeting Monday, but made no decision at this time about which choice would be the best for the district in both the short- and long-term.

After the approval of the agenda, the board, meeting in the high school common, recognized:

• Kansas Honors Program top 10 percent of class: Jeanae Brungardt, Riann Pruitt, Emma Spachek and Jaxson Windholz.

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Wed
11
Oct

Plucked

By LINDA MOWERY -DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

It didn’t take a public meeting for Ellsworth and Ellsworth County residents to measure the reactions of local residents to the possibility of pursuing a chicken processing plant.

Following a week of telephone calls to their homes, Ellsworth County commissioners voted Monday morning to cancel an Oct. 17 meeting, where they planned to discuss the plant and listen to the opinions of residents on the project.

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Wed
11
Oct

Congratulations, ‘Cats

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

When Ellsworth Bearcats head coach Josh Homolka was hired earlier this year, he really didn’t intend on shaking things up or making any radical changes on the field.

But this season, Homolka has done just that by leading the local high school football team to its first playoff appearance since 1987.

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