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26
Sep

It’s simple safety — Lock your doors

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

Whether it’s an unlocked vehicle or residence, without a barrier, there’s nothing preventing thieves from taking whatever they can get their hands on and fleeing into the night.

To a criminal, those fleeting seconds spent committing a burglary are valuable bits of time. But to a victim, that same span of time has more costly effects.

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Wed
26
Sep

Small town life suits new ECMC chief executive

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

Excited. That’s the word Andrew Bair, Ellsworth County Medical Center’s new chief executive officer, used to describe his feelings about Ellsworth and ECMC.

“One of the things that excites me is just Ellsworth itself,” he said during a recent interview with the Independent-Reporter.

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Wed
26
Sep

Teacher contracts include modest increases in base pay

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 and the Central Plains USD 112 boards of education recently approved negotiated agreements with their teachers for the 2018-19 school year that include modest increases to their base salaries.

“We did a good package last year, but we weren’t quite able to do as good a package this year,” said Dale Brungardt, USD 327 superintendent.

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Wed
26
Sep

Scenes from the golf course

Marquette’s disc golf tournament attracted 49 participants Saturday Sept. 15. One observer said it was a “Great day for business in Marquette,”

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Wed
19
Sep

Flags fly high for Bearcat spirit

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Craig Gustin has heard only good things since the black and red flags of the Ellsworth High School Bearcats were attached to downtown light poles more than a week ago.

“The reaction has been amazing,” he said. “The night they went up, I heard the football team commented on how sharp they looked.”

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Wed
19
Sep

FLOWERS OF THE FAIR

Wilson’s Wilma Olds was awarded the grand prize in the wheat bread sculpture competition at the Kansas State Fair. Her entry was a basket, woven and shaped over a roaster pan. It held colorful buds, butterflies and vines, as well as a tiny card made from dough and royal icing reading, “Find Your Fun.” Olds has other grand prize ribbons to her credit.

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Wed
19
Sep

Councilman raises issue of current city codes

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

A recent meeting of the City Council in tiny Peabody attracted residents wanting to voice their opinions about the possibility of a proposed online business that makes referrals to independent contractors providing escort services using the town as its headquarters.

Peabody council member Jay Gfeller said the town’s zoning regulations regarding public health and safety were vague, according to a story in the Newton Kansan.

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Wed
19
Sep

Wilson, H&B bring fiber optics to city areas

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Businesses and residents in northeast Ellsworth should have the choice of another internet provider by the end of the year.

Wilson Communications has started construction of a fiber optics line north of Ellsworth on Kansas Highway 14 from an existing line that services the company’s territory from Wilson to Brookville, general manager Brian Boisvert said.

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Wed
19
Sep

It’s all about First Impressions at Wilson

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — Mike Peschka considers Wilson a study in rural communities. There’s the good and then there’s limited resources to pay for improvements to the bad.

“The positives and the negatives — we’re not alone,” he said Monday night. “Let’s go back and see some of the things we can focus on.”

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Wed
12
Sep

Lady ‘Cats take second in tough tournament play

By the I-R Sta ff

The Lady Bearcats volleyball team kept the momentum going Saturday, taking second place at its own Ellsworth Invitational tournament.

Ellsworth started the tournament by facing off against Ellinwood, a team the Lady ‘Cats played Aug. 30. While Ellsworth just edged out Ellinwood 25-22 in its first set, it only took one more to defeat the Lady Eagles 25-18.

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