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Robbery scare

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth police continued their search Tuesday afternoon for clues about the man who 24 hours earlier robbed Seitz Drug.

According to authorities:

A man wearing black clothing, including a coat, gloves, stocking cap and sunglasses, entered the North Douglas Avenue business at 4:49 p.m. Monday and demanded controlled narcotics. He carried a semi-automatic hand gun. The man was described as being white, six feet tall and 200 pounds with scarring on his cheeks. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Christmas spirit brings truce during WW I

By Tom Emery
Special to the I-R

The First World War shocked the world with its brutality and casualties. But for a brief time at Christmas 1914, enemies became warm friends.

Over a century ago this month, men of opposing armies in Flanders called a truce during the first Christmas of the war that has become the stuff of legend. While many of the stories of the cease-fire have been embellished with time, the truce stands in contrast to the horrific warfare that ravaged Europe.

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Lorraine welcomes return of popular nativity scene

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

LORRAINE — For longer than almost anyone here can remember, Joseph and Mary and Baby Jesus rested atop the local grain elevator and watched over Lorraine during the Christmas season.

Those were in the years when Larry Suiter was still alive and unafraid to work atop the almost 100 feet headhouse, where the nativity scene was stored, awaiting its annual holiday performance.

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Oh, Holy Night

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

The hearts of Rene and Edie Pennington are so filled with Christmas spirit, it spills over from their home to the yards of two neighbors in their Washington Street neighborhood.

The Penningtons’ yard at 602 Washington is filled with balloon figures, all of them bathed in light and inflated for public display from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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Jones’ trees of the season grace gallery

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Should one ever tire of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday promotions invented by car manufacturers, look no further than Dixie Jones.

Although she may be hard to pin down in person, she leaves a wake of Christmas cheer wherever she goes. It’s not tinsel or an evergreen scent, exactly, but a kind of infectious optimism that counters the dwindling daylight.

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Merry Czech Christmas

Zander and Sarah Florian of Ellsworth visit with Santa as Alisha Ptacek of Salina, the 2017 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen, left, looks on.

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Are you really who you say you are?

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

As the state of Kansas implements its Real ID program, residents are finding that reaching the service counter with the right documents is like hitting bingo. There are only certain winning combinations. But some don’t know it’s optional.

Although they may not have much influence on the decisions from the state of Kansas, officials in Ellsworth and Rice counties don’t want you to panic about renewing your driver’s license. Their message is simple: you have almost two years to track down the documents you might need, and they may be able to help.

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Holiday Blues?

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Christmas holiday often focuses on the return of light and salvation, but one tradition in Ellsworth provides sanctuary for those who don’t feel an increase in joy. Now in its third year, the “Blue Christmas” service is offered by the Ellsworth County Ministerial Alliance. It takes place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at Hoeger Chapel.

The service recognizes the holiday but tones it down, said Pastor Amy Jo Hawley, mediator of the alliance. “We miss our loved ones and grieve in different ways,” she said. “It’s for those not feeling so holly and jolly.”

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Burn Ban

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

A burn ban is in effect for Ellsworth County. The ban, enacted Monday during the Ellsworth County Commission meeting, prohibits the careless use of smoking materials, building open fires or campfires and prescribed burning.

The only exception is for rural residents burning household trash in containers less than 55 gallons in capacity. A violation is considered a misdemeanor.

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Marquette Fitness Center

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The Marquette Fitness Center has received a $5,000 grant from the McPherson County Community Foundation. The money was used to purchase a new treadmill.

The fitness center is a joint venture between the Marquette United Methodist Church and the City of Marquette. Located at 206 N. Washington, the center is available for use 24 hours a day. Membership fees are $10 for a single membership, $15 for a couple and $20 for a family, plus tax.

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