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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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21
Mar

Strike up the Band

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Over the course of a 20-minute performance, members of the Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School marching band thanked a local chapter of the Jaycees. The chapter recently pledged $2,000 towards new uniforms for the band, which began its fundraising effort last November. The attending members of the Jaycees heard a medley of classic and inspirational songs originally performed by the Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood and others.

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Wed
21
Mar

USD 112 whittles needs list

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

HOLYROOD — Members of the Central Plains USD 112 board of education spent two-and-a-half hours Monday night discussing, whittling down and adding to a list of needs for a potential bond election. The list was developed by the bond committee for each school.

As a result, the new working subtotal of the list for all four schools is $6,628,096, not including bond fees.

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21
Mar

Marquette American Legion celebrates 99 years

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The Marquette American Legion held its 99th birthday party Tuesday, March 13, celebrating with a potluck dinner. After everyone was served, the Marquette Cloggers performed several numbers.

Kansas Girls State attendee from 2017, Kassie Sneath, spoke to the group describing her experiences at the weeklong event.

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Wed
14
Mar

Petroglyph site defaced

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are seeking information from the public about the defacement of a Native American petroglyph. A bison shape carved into the surface of a rock surface within Ellsworth County, was discovered to have two names, Isaac and Emily, scratched within the interior of the petroglyph and immediately below it. The petroglyph measures about 9 and a half by 6 inches. USACE officials requested the location of the petroglyph site not be made public, in order to protect it from those who might wish to deliberately damage it.

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Wed
14
Mar

Brick plant has been part of Kanopolis for five decades

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

A stack of safety awards sits atop the front office counter at the Acme Brick Company in Kanopolis. Even since 2008, when operations were put on a temporary hiatus, they’ve been mailed to the plant from headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The facility’s last employee, Allen Shultis, hasn’t suffered any injuries, so the awards keep coming. There are more stashed in his pickup truck.

Outside, a stack of bricks — too few with which to build much of anything — are the only obvious evidence of what was made here. They will likely be returned to their source: the clay pits, which will eventually be filled in.

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Wed
14
Mar

New life for old hospital?

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

After standing vacant for almost two decades, Ellsworth’s old hospital building has a new owner. That was the news delivered to the Ellsworth County Commission Monday by Ellsworth city administrator Scott Moore.

The building, just a few years shy of its hundredth birthday, was purchased by an individual in Nebraska, said real estate agent Wally Storey in a later interview. He expressed excitement about the sale, following a long time on the market. His understanding was that renovation work will soon begin, in order to establish housing units.

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Wed
14
Mar

Home Show nears

By the I-R staff

This year’s 7th annual Kiwanis Club Home and Garden Show will spill over from the Ellsworth American Legion building to the Ellsworth County Medical Center Administration Building, north of the hospital.

The growth of the event — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday — will be recognized with new activities and a glossy magazine produced by the Ellsworth County Independent- Reporter in cooperation with show organizers.

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Wed
14
Mar

Marquette Chamber looks forward to spring and summer events

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The Marquette Chamber of Commerce met for their regular monthly meeting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 28 at City Sundries.

President Steve Piper took the podium to chair the meeting, his first since taking office, and turned the floor over to his wife, Mary Piper, for the treasurer’s report.

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Wed
07
Mar

Oilers pave the road to Manhattan with perfect seasons

The Central Plains boys will be at Manhattan this week to compete for the 2A title in state basketball.

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