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Wed
23
May

Caps off to the Class of 2018

Drew Kratzer, Colby Kraus, Tori Lamb and Acacia Mai applaud the announcement of scholarships for their classmates. Below, Jaxson Windholz, Riann Pruitt, Jeanae Brungardt and Kolby Davis deliver the senior address.

 

 

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Wed
23
May

Thunder on the Smoky a great day for all

Hundreds of motorcycles were parked on the main street of Marquette Saturday, May 19 for Thunder on the Smoky, Marquette’s 14th annual motorcycle rally.

 

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Wed
16
May

SHADES OF MAY

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — The dozen members of the Wilson High School Class of 2018 were reminded of the ties that forever bind them and the new challenges that await them during graduation ceremonies Saturday in the school gymnasium.

“Fellow graduates, we did it,” said Kendyl Zorn, class valedictorian. “One of the milestones we will accomplish in our lives is now complete. We all worked hard to reach this day.”

Zorn said the Wilson High School Class of 2018 have a bond forged from years of friendship and shared experiences.

 

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Wed
16
May

Cancer survivor to share story

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

When Janell Cunningham was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2015, there was at least one element in her favor: time. Although she had a mammogram that October, it was her own self-exam a month later that suggested a problem.

Early detection is one topic Cunningham expects to mention when she speaks at the Ellsworth County Cancer Fund’s annual fundraiser event. This year’s triathlon, at Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School on June 8, is composed of team fundraising, laps around the track and a game competition. It’s been dubbed “Lock Up Cancer.

 

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Wed
16
May

Hearing set for Kanopolis feedlot

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

In about two weeks, the public will have an opportunity to comment on an expansion request by 4S Feeders, a cattle feeding business in Kanopolis.

The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library.

On paper, the purpose of the expansion is clear: to almost double the acreage for pens, storage and waste treatment.

 

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Wed
16
May

Lions Club holds disc golf tourney

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The Marquette Lions Club disc golf tournament was held after a weather delay on Saturday, May 5.

Winner of the first place championship flight was Roger Kraatz, Kanopolis with a score of 57.

Second place championship flight winner was Ian Johnson, Lindsborg, with a score of 60.

 

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Wed
09
May

Spring Rain — Finally

Over 10 days, about 1.7 inches of rain fell — most of it in the first three days of May. Sarah Goss, county coordinator for the Ellsworth County Farm Bureau, said the rate of rainfall led to a lot of run-off.  While helpful, Goss doesn’t expect the rainfall to change the below-average forecast for wheat.

 

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Wed
09
May

Ellsworth student looks ahead to her junior year in Indonesia

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Mena Blanding was at a music festival in Salina when she received the news in an e-mail — she was a finalist for a national scholarship that will take her to Indonesia for her junior year in high school.

“It was crazy,” she said. “I was so excited. This is something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time.”

Mena will receive a full scholarship through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. YES was organized by Congress in part as a response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Lawmakers wanted to address public diplomacy efforts that had been neglected for years in many countries around the world, according to the program website. Participants, who serve as “youth ambassadors” of the United States, attend high school while living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations.

Wed
09
May

Boisvert cited for advocacy efforts

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Brian Boisvert’s family says he takes a piece of rural Kansas with him every time he travels to Washington, D.C. to lobby lawmakers and regulators on the importance of communication issues to Wilson and other small communities served by Wilson Communications and similar providers.

His colleagues offer a similar assessment of Boisvert’s efforts. In April, the Rural Broadband Association awarded the chief executive officer and general manager of Wilson Communications with the 2018 Grassroots Advocate of the Year Award during the Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington.

 

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Wed
09
May

Byerley’s condition upgraded to fair

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Less than a week after an accident cost him part of his right leg, Alan Byerley was already joking with a close friend. Don Panzer, who usually shares a meal with him every evening, received a text message Monday:

“I’m not going to make it to Paden’s for dinner. And probably not to the bowling alley.”

Byerley, whose condition was upgraded from serious to fair earlier this week, is recovering from injuries suffered Tuesday, May 1. The loader he was maneuvering tipped over, pinning him to the ground.

 

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