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Wed
17
Apr

Looking to the Future

HOLYROOD — Sixty-four patrons of the Central Plains USD 112 school district spent a little over two hours April 11 working on long range planning recommendations for the district.

The result was a set of common themes that will be presented to the board for consideration.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

School officials consider change in hours at KMS

Members of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 School Board expect to decide at their May meeting whether the district will change the schedule at Kanopolis Middle School, starting with the 2019-20 school year.

Meanwhile, officials are seeking input from district patrons on the possible change.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

From school finance to Medicaid expansion

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Kansas Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, makes a point Saturday morning at a Legislative forum at Wilson as Rep. Troy Waymaster looks on. Johnson later spoke at a coffee sponsored by the I-R at Ellsworth.

Fifteen people gathered at Grandma’s Soda Shop in Wilson Saturday morning for an update on activities at the state legislature from two local lawmakers, 108th District Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, and 109th District Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill.

Johnson also spoke and answered questions for more than a hour at the Ellsworth Antique Mall. About 50, including government students at Ellsworth High School, attended the Ellsworth session.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Federal, state issues debated

First District Congressman Roger Marshall delivered potentially good news to Kansas farmers Saturday morning during a legislative coffee at the Ellsworth Antique Mall.

During a recent meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, the president told Marshall to tell farmers to “hang in there” because “we’re weeks away from a major trade agreement with China.”

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Hand works to empower women

Anna Hand couldn’t help but think of all the years her grandmother worked on the family farm. She worked as hard as Hand’s grandfather, yet there was no recognition of her contribution to the economy.

That happens a lot to women in rural America, Hand said. Or what about the unpaid family care giver who is on duty 24/7 and, even worse, may be sandwiched between an older and younger generation?

 

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Wed
03
Apr

Enthusiasm is key for Ellsworth County Democratic leadership

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Hand

When Ron and Pat Svaty returned to their hometown of Ellsworth in 1968, the local Democratic Party was a visible part of the community.

Pat Svaty remembers the fundraisers every St. Patrick’s Day. And the watch parties. And later the annual get-togethers at the Adolph and Lila Vopat farm the Saturday morning of Wilson’s After Harvest Czech Festival. There was also a Democratic women’s organization.

 

 

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Wed
03
Apr

Sixty years of quality

At left, the first of 50 in-person bids are taken Monday afternoon during the 60th annual Green Garden Angus production sale at the farm south of Lorraine. Other bids were taken on the internet from across the United States.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Potential cattle buyers inspect the livestock being sold at Monday’s annual production sale at the Green Garden Angus farm. Over 100 people attended the annual sale, including several new buyers.

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Wed
03
Apr

Opponents question expansion

As results of his research flashed across the makeshift screen on the wall, Caleb Svaty voiced several requests of representatives from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Among them — dig another test hole to determine the potential impact of a proposed feedlot expansion on the region’s groundwater.

Svaty, a Kanopolis farmer, said it is his belief the water table that supplies 4S Feeders is part of the system that provides the City of Kanopolis with its drinking water.

 

 

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Wed
03
Apr

Weather patterns threaten more storms in 2019

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Meteorologist Chance Hayes makes a point during this past week’s storm spotter meeting at Ellsworth.

Eyes on the Ground

Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita, is predicting an above average tornado season this year in Kansas.

“My gut feeling leads me in the direction that it might be a little bit busier season for us,” he said Wednesday, March 27, at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School’s Performing Arts Center during ‘Storm Fury on the Plains,’ the annual storm spotter training program.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar

‘Bird’ lands at Ellsworth hospital

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter
A Life Save helicopter on the landing deck at ECMC.

A helicopter from the Wichita-based Life Save Transport visited Ellsworth County Medical Center Wednesday, March 20, in recognition of it’s partnership with the University of Kansas Health System’s Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative.

ECMC is also a partner in the collaborative.

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