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Wed
06
Jun

Filing deadline draws interest

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

As he nears the end of his 12th year in office, Al Oller is ready to step down. “I think that’s been long enough. I favor term limits. I intended to do two terms, but nobody filed four years ago.” Oller said.

This time around, Oller’s seat will be the only one on the ballot. Fellow commissioners Kermit Rush and Steve Dlabal won’t be eligible for re-election until 2020.

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Wed
06
Jun

Old hospital buyer considers new uses for local landmark

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Assisted living and veterans’ housing could eventually be offered within the walls of the old Ellsworth County hospital.

The new owner of the building, Terry Buchholz of Plattsmouth, Neb., does general construction under the name Unlimited Innovations. He purchased the local landmark in March, after first seeing it this past summer on his way home from New Mexico.

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Wed
06
Jun

2018 Marquette Alumni Banquet

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

Even the unseasonably hot temperatures Saturday, May 26 could not dampen the spirits of the returning Wolverines who attended the Marquette High School Alumni Banquet held in the gym of the Marquette school.

Around 200 MHS grads and their guests brought potluck dishes to share with former classmates and visit with those who they may not have seen for years.

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Wed
30
May

Stop your engines

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

 

Edie Grogg isn’t especially a fan of “rat rods,” but she has to admit the custom cars built from old junk parts are among the more unusual entries at the Old Iron Classics Customs & Cycles Show. “They add some strange things to them,” said Grogg, whose preference leans more towards Ford Mustangs. She has three — a 1965, a 2006 and a 2009. There’s also the 1968 Mustang her husband, George, bought for her shortly after they were married.

He pulled the engine and sold it to a couple who became stranded in Ellsworth on their way west to attend a funeral. It awaits a replacement engine. With that exception, Edie Grogg will have her three show Mustangs, including her favorite — the red 1965 — on display June 2 at the Old Iron Classics on the grounds of the Ellsworth Recreation Center.

Wed
30
May

Wilson’s Class of 1968 had a year to remember

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

 

WILSON — When the 28 members of the Wilson High School Class of 1968 graduated in May, they inherited a nation in turmoil. While the Vietnam War raged overseas, riots, protests and killings took place here at home with Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. both falling to assassins’ bullets. Class member Dennis Hathaway said the news of the time seemed far removed from Wilson. “You just didn’t even think about it,” he said. “You went on with life.”

Hathaway was one of 17 class members attending the annual WHS Alumni Banquet Saturday in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish Hall in Wilson. Four from the class, Hathaway, Joyce (Klema) Kraus, Tom Vopat and Lucinda (Mahoney) Drago, remember attending Kansas State University in 1968 when Nichols Gymnasium on the Manhattan campus burned to the ground.

 

Wed
30
May

Poker run benefits ECF’s SLC

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

 

After 18 years of successful fundraising for the Spiritual Life Center, officials at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility are hoping to boost participation this year by moving up the “Run for the Soul” event. Normally held at the end of the month, the 19th annual motorcycle ride will be Saturday, June 2, to allow more farmers and their helpers to attend.

“The end of June is normally harvest time,” said Dale Bailey, ECF chaplain. “Many people are busy with harvest and can’t make it to the run.

 

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Wed
30
May

Remembering Our Fallen

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

 

CARNEIRO — Following the seven-gun salute and playing of Taps, the solemn tone at Carneiro cemetery gently eased into fellowship. About half of the 40 people attending the Memorial Day service broke into small groups to converse. Jon and Wanda Sneath were among the last to leave.

They live on the south edge of Carneiro, north of Alum Creek, and know many that attend every year. Many of their relatives are buried here. Jon served as a C-130 transport pilot during the Vietnam War. He reflected on the address given by Pastor Luke Brown, who said the holiday “should not be merely a break, a time to get to the lake or the barbecue, or to enjoy a long weekend — but a time to renew our sense of deep gratitude for those who have served their country.”

 

Wed
30
May

Tom’s Ranch House opens in Marquette

Tom French, the owner and manager of Tom’s Ranch House at 109 N. Washington in downtown Marquette, purchased the Ranch House and opened Friday, May 18. The bar serves burgers and chips, as well as beer.

“We are finalizing our long term licences and are working hard to get everything organized. We should be open this weekend and intend to be open with consistent hours after that. As soon as we get everything in place we will post our new hours,” says French.

 

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Wed
23
May

Free meal program is planned

By the I-R Staff

 

Children and teenagers in Ellsworth, Wilson and other area communities will have a place to go for lunch this summer — thanks to a volunteer program supported by local churches and others with a stake in the well being of Ellsworth County’s younger residents. Lunches in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program will be provided for children and teenagers, ages 18 and younger, regardless of background, religion or race. Participants will notice a difference this summer in the three-year-old Ellsworth program.

For the first time, volunteers will serve a hot lunch, prepared at Wilson by organizers of the free lunch program there. In the past, Ellsworth has served cold, packaged food from the Kansas Food Bank. Volunteers hope the hot food will attract more children. Lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon May 29-Aug. 3 in the basement meeting room of the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library.

 

Wed
23
May

Ellsworth seniors celebrate graduation milestone

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth’s teachers and staff bid goodbye to their former students at Sunday’s graduation ceremony, with live music marking the opening of the ceremony and accompanying the new graduates as they exited the gymnasium. Guests and the Class of 2018, composed of 21 seniors, were welcomed by Jaxson Windholz, senior class president. Windholz was later joined by his three classmates, Jeanae Brungardt, Kolby Davis and Riann Pruitt, to give the senior address. The quartet took turns drawing attention to the many shared firsts, as well as last instances they would experience.

It is crazy to think that we are finally receiving our diplomas and parting ways,” said one. “Would you believe that it has been 15 years since we first sat in Mrs. Haase’s Precious Pals Preschool?” asked another.

 

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