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Wed
09
Jan

Just Like Mom’s Cooking

Louis “Butch” Brown prepares his Mama Mia’s Cranberry Relish for the Ellsworth Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Brown prepares noon meals at the Ellsworth Senior Center.

As Louis “Butch” Brown, the most recent cook at the Ellsworth Senior Center, prepared his famous Mama Mia’s Cranberry Relish for the next day’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner, his thoughts turned to a special person — his mom, Leda Minarani.

She passed away in 2007, just a few days before Thanksgiving — and was buried the day after the holiday.

Brown prepared the relish in her memory for the more than 100 guests that attended the annual dinner at the center. He even used her old hand grinder to process several of the ingredients.

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Wed
09
Jan

Crowd seeks answers on schools

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County I-R

Superintendent Greg Clark chats with patrons who attended this past week’s USD 112 special board meeting.

HOLYROOD — Nearly three quarters of the bleachers on the west side of the Central Plains Elementary School gym in Holyrood were filled as more than 135 patrons attended the Jan. 2 special meeting of the Central Plains USD 112 board of education.

Several patrons voiced concerns during the 101 minute-long meeting called to discuss possible cutbacks in the 2019-20 school year.

“Nobody wants to lose your school, and you know that,” said Sue Young, a retired Wilson Elementary School teacher.“It’s the heart of your community.”

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Wed
02
Jan

Water game plan vital to region’s future

When Ellsworth City Administrator Scott Moore plans for the future of his community, water always seems to be a part of the big picture.

It’s an issue he likes to keep in mind as he looks ahead, anticipating what the city might face 10, 20, even 50 years down the road.

And while the subject itself doesn’t always garner the same attention as issues like economic development, Moore knows that developing a game plan now will make a real difference later on.

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Wed
02
Jan

The beer could be stronger in April

Hoffman

In April, near beer — often referred to as 3.2 beer — could turn into the real thing, according to a new state law discussed by Ellsworth City Council members at their Dec. 26 meeting.

Acting city attorney Patrick Hoffman said the Kansas Legislature approved a bill that allows for an “enhanced” cereal malt beverage license in communities that revise their ordinances to accommodate the change.

His comments came as the council considered licenses for: National Drovers Hall of Fame, American Legion Post 174, Ellsworth Municipal Golf Course, El-Kan Western Riders, Coach & Four Bowling Lanes, Pizza Hut, Gene’s Heartland Foods, Kwik Shop, Ampride and Casey’s General Store.

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Wed
02
Jan

Wreaths of Honor

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Volunteers, from left, Rosemary Watrak of Lenexa and Tammy Stefek and Pat Walker, both of Ellsworth, prepare some of the 270 wreaths to be placed on veterans graves. This was the first year for the wreath laying, which was limited to veterans buried in Ellsworth’s two cemeteries. VFW Commander Doug Stefek said organizers hope to expand the program and recognize veterans in other towns in 2019.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Volunteer Richard Arensman places a wreath on a veteran’s grave Saturday at Ellsworth’s East Cemetery. The wreath laying effort was led by the Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6485.

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Wed
26
Dec

Scenic byway gets boost from highway panels

LINDA MOWERY-DENNING/Ellsworth County I-R

This is one of three panels installed at Ellsworth to promote the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway.

They’re towns most of us have traveled through at least once. Lindsborg. Marquette. Roxbury.

Now you can add Ellsworth and points north to Interstate 70 to the list.

And, more than just a quick drive through, the relationship between these communities has the potential to bring more visitors in search of history, good restaurants and other attractions.

The communities — all of them in either McPherson or Ellsworth counties — are part of the 80-mile Prairie Trail Byway, one of a dozen statedesignated routes promoted on websites, in brochures and magazines and on boards planted along each byway.

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Wed
26
Dec

Santa’s Helpers

In the top photo, Santa’s Helper (John Thaemert) listens as Tyler Weinhold shares his Christmas wishes. Above, Bill Grothusen was 2 months old when he met Santa’s Helper (George Jelinek) for the first time in 1959. Bill is in the arms of his sister, Marsha. Another sister, Ruth, looks on. To the left are Jimmiee Korinek, standing, and a laughing Jerry Soukup. In Santa’s hand is a package of Spearmint gum, which he offered to baby Bill. This apparently amused the onlookers. The photograph, by Dale Grothusen, was taken in the parish hall of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at a family Christmas party of a local pinochle club.

It’s hard for Diane O’Connor not to celebrate the magic of the season without reflecting on memories of her uncle, the late George Jelinek.

For 34 years, Jelinek served as Ellsworth’s own Santa Claus. And for local children, Christmas just wasn’t complete without sitting on Santa’s lap.

As a young child, O’Connor never knew Santa’s true identity. The middle child in a family of five kids, she was a little older by the time she put it all together.

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Wed
26
Dec

USD 112 works to catch up on funds

When Central Plains USD 112 Superintendent Greg Clark started in his administrative role five years ago, the school district would soon be feeling the brunt of the state’s newly adopted finance formula.

At the time, Central Plains, like other public school districts across Kansas, had already budgeted for the current school year using a 23-year-old state finance formula allocating money on a per-pupil basis. Instead, a block grant formula conceived by former Gov. Sam Brownback replaced the traditional finance formula, reducing funding those districts expected for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. For Central Plains, that meant losing $500,000 over the two-year period despite an enrollment increase.

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Wed
19
Dec

Elementary school project about a month behind

BILL BECKMEYER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Construction continues on the new addition at Ellsworth Elementary School. The project is behind schedule but should be finished in May. Concrete has been poured for the floor in the new cafeteria and several cinder block walls are up.

The construction project at Ellsworth Elementary School is about a month behind schedule. But Superintendent Dale Brungardt told members of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School board at their Dec. 10 meeting the delay shouldn’t be a problem. The project is expected to be finished in May instead of April.

Brungardt said the floor for the school’s new cafeteria has been poured and several walls are up.

In other business, the board shared information about possible capital outlay projects, including the projected purchase of vehicles. The district is considering the purchase of a Ford Transit van, as it holds two more people than a Suburban and could transport most of the tennis team and its coaches.

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Wed
19
Dec

Trash will cost more to collect

Ellsworth residents will soon be paying more for their twice-a- week trash service.

At the Dec. 11 meeting of the Ellsworth City Council, approval was given to a request by Mike Slechta of Slechta Enterprises to increase the rate from $14.10 to $14.25 — a 1 percent (15-cent) increase, effective Jan. 1.

Slechta requested the increase because of the higher cost of annual operations and maintenance in order to maintain the current level of service.

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