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07
Mar

Seven Decades Strong

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The signatures are still visible, but the ink on the original Future Farmers of America charter has oxidized over time, leaving a pale yellow behind.

For 70 years, the Ellsworth FFA charter has featured the names of its first 32 members. Four members are still alive and live here today: Keith Bailey, Bill Gwinner, Donald Kihn, and Fred Peppiatt. They’re among the invited guests for the FFA’s alumni celebration Saturday, March 10, in the Ellsworth High School Commons. Tours of the agricultural facilities start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, speakers and auctions at 6 p.m.

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Wed
07
Mar

Brick plant will not reopen

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The manufacturing days of the Acme Brick plant at Kanopolis have come to an end — despite rumors over the years the long-time local employer might reopen when the housing market rebounded.

Ellsworth County Commissioners learned the news Monday from Teresa Shute, noxious weed and landfill supervisor.

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Wed
07
Mar

Doing gets going

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

After meeting three times as a single large group, and countless times under their own auspices, the eight Ellsworth county organizations taking part in “strategic doing” have some early results.

Kanopolis’ Community Beautification/Clean-Up group is one of them. It’s capitalizing on past success and setting itself up as a continued project, according to Judy Gebhardt.

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Wed
07
Mar

‘Little Free Pantry’ comes to Marquette

By JUDI BROWN
Marquette Tribune

If you’ve been on Third Street recently, you might have noticed a new addition near the museum and across from the public restrooms. The “Little Free Pantry” was installed as a public service by members of the Marquette United Methodist Church.

A member of the church, who wishes to remain anonymous, felt there was a need by some members of the community who might be feeling the pinch of an empty bank account before payday arrives. She decided to take action. After acquiring the approval of the church council and the city of Marquette, she and her husband created and installed the selfserve food pantry.

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Wed
28
Feb

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION

Members of Ellsworth County’s most recent Leadership Class are, from left, Eric Heath, Dianne Hochman, Dennis Katzenmeier, Lindsey Hlad and Amanda Webb. Also pictured is instructor, Stacie Schmidt.

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Wed
28
Feb

Ellsworth police chief asks for help on cats’ behalf

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

As one of the City of Ellsworth’s more prolific Facebook authors, Police Chief Emil Halfhill has discovered how to reach the public.

He writes Valentine’s greetings to would-be criminals. He’s broadcast live from the scene of emergencies, to simultaneously satisfy public curiosity and announce which streets to avoid. He’s even posted spoof animal complaint reports (complete with video footage of a tyrannosaurus rex on a trampoline).

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Wed
28
Feb

Local Hoops

Today is March 1 and that can only mean one thing — March Madness has started. The annual ritual is reflected on the cover of this week’s B section. The Central Plains Lady Oilers won their first game of sub-state Monday night. So did the Ellsworth boys. And the Wilson boys also are on the list of winners.

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Wed
28
Feb

Pipeline could spark construction

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth County is included in the plans for ONEOK’s new liquid petroleum pipeline.

Two representatives from the company’s government relations division introduced themselves at a special county commission meeting Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Steve Johnson, division vicepresident and Michael Gillaspie, division manager, presented an overview of the project, which was first announced at the start of the new year.

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Wed
28
Feb

Sherman Ranch history lesson

The Starlight Literary Club hosted Dan Hays, local historian, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 at the Elizabeth A. Hopp Fine Arts Center. Over 100 people were in attendance to hear Hays speak about the history of the Sherman Ranch. The ranch was one of the largest ranches in Kansas during the late 1800s and early 1900’s. It was established in 1897 with the ranch headquarters located at the Ellsworth County site from 1889 to 1902.

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Wed
21
Feb

Ellsworth comment leads to suicide story

Editor’s Note — The following story appeared in the Feb. 15 edition of the Southeast Missourian newspaper following a telephone inquiry from I-R reporter Vince Hancock.

By Mark Bliss
Southeast Missourian

A 24-year-old inmate, who was transitioning from a man to a woman, killed herself in a Cape Girardeau city jail cell last summer, but police did not disclose the incident to news media or the public at the time.

The incident came to light after an architect involved in the design of the jail section of the new Cape Girardeau police station commented on the situation at a public meeting with Ellsworth County, Kan., commissioners.

Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair said Tuesday that “as with all suicides, we do not do a release unless there is a specific request for the information. The decision not to release was predicated on the incident itself and the location of the incident had no bearing.”

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