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Wed
29
Nov

‘A Sure Bet’ rides into Marquette

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The Marquette Fine Arts Center is presenting its 29th annual melodrama “A Sure Bet” or “Marryin’ a Librarian” and olio Dec. 1-3.

The town of Echo, Texas, has lost the will of a prominent citizen. Jack Pott, a dastardly villain, comes to town and tries to convince the people to build a casino with the money from the estate. Paige Turner, the heroine, enlists the help of Darren Deeds, a Texas Ranger, to try to change their minds and build a library instead. The cast is rounded out with many unique townspeople.

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Tue
21
Nov

How do you cook a Turkey?

By Vince Hancock

Braiden Wells, first grade, Ellsworth Elementary School - Get a turkey from the store, put it in the oven at 450 degrees for 5 minutes and cut it up.

Brylie Minear, first grade, Ellsworth Elementary School - Put it on a pan, put it in the oven at 100 degrees for 21 seconds and cut it up.

Justin McQueary, first grade, Ellsworth Elementary School - Shoot it and skin it, put it outside so it can heat up for about 20 minutes, then cool it down in the freezer.

Nevaeh Tromble, first grade, Ellsworth Elementary School - Get one from the store, cook it in the oven for 20 minutes at (not too hot) 400 degrees, then cut it.

Octavio Rodriguez, first grade, Ellsworth Elementary School - Get a turkey from the store, put it in the oven at 200 degrees for 3 hours, then let it cool.

Tue
21
Nov

Dowsing for History

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The mail carrier in Ellsworth wondered if the truck with the Nebraska plates had broken down. The man grading the roads in Geneseo just wanted it out of the way. Bill Bolte quickly allayed their concerns, but then returned to his work, walking briskly and watching for the metal rods in his hands to cross.

Bolte is trying to add to the historical record. Old pioneer, cattle and military trails are well known, but his interest lies in Native American footpaths. About five years ago, he began tracing a trail after collecting oral histories from central Nebraska residents.

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Tue
21
Nov

Reason for the Season

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

As the winter holidays approach, many activities and community services become available in Ellsworth County. From visits with Santa to festive food and crafts, there’s nearly something for everyone.

One of the longest traditions is the Ellsworth County Christmas Store — with a short time remaining for registration. This is the 17th year of the event, said founder, Tami McGreevy. “It’s definitely evolved over time.” For years, many knew it as a service supported by the Ellsworth Alco store, to make sure parents could provide gifts to their children. When the discount retailer closed three years ago, McGreevy decided to offer it on a freelance basis.

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Tue
21
Nov

Share your vision for Ellsworth County

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Certain combinations of words can be deadly in small communities, and Betty Johnson tries not to use them. “Strategic planning” is a phrase she avoids.

When she comes to Ellsworth Tuesday, Nov. 28, her sleeves will be rolled up.

“This is strategic doing,” she said, during a recent interview. “This is more grassroots. People will get more ownership and passionate.”

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Tue
21
Nov

Lillard graduates from Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

By JUDI BROWN
Marquette Tribune

Marquette patrol officer Randy Lillard was among the 57 new law enforcement officers graduated Nov. 3 from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). FBI Special Agent in Charge Darrin Jones of the Kansas City, Mo. office, was the speaker for the ceremony in KLETC’s Integrity Auditorium near Hutchinson.

The new officers were members of the 247th basic training class at the center. Located one mile west and one mile south of Yoder near Hutchinson, the center is a division of University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education.

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Wed
15
Nov

Newcomers prepare for council seats

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

For Tyler Renard, the third time was the charm. Of all the candidates running for election, he was perhaps the most persistent.

Renard won a seat Tuesday, Nov. 7, on the Ellsworth City Council with 178 votes. Technically, he had no opponent. Neither did incumbent Stephen Magette, who retained his seat with 187 votes.

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Wed
15
Nov

Thanking Our Vets

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Veterans Day ceremony at Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School focused on a table, set for six, but no one sat down. On stage at the Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 10, flanked by fellow veterans holding flags, Doug Stefek stood. He described each item on the table and what it stood for. Some symbolic elements, such as the yellow ribbon, were familiar. Others, less so.

“The tablecloth is white, for the purity of their motives,” he said. “The slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate.”

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Wed
15
Nov

Council talks flood control

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth City Council took another step forward Monday with its plans to direct floodwaters away from downtown. At its Monday meeting, the council voted to request pricing from Kirkham Michael of Ellsworth for an update on the drainage study prepared by the engineering firm four years ago.

The estimate request was prompted by the Kansas Department of Transportation, which turned down the city’s recent request for funding. Jon Halbgewachs, with Kirkham Michael, said he thinks KDOT will view the project more favorably once the city provides more details. “They want to see which option the city is pursuing,” he said. “They want to see a pretty defined footprint.”

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Wed
15
Nov

Board moves ahead with EES plan

BY LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Members of the Ellsworth- Kanopolis-Geneseo School District board of education moved a step closer Monday night to improvements at Ellsworth Elementary School.

By a unanimous vote, the board agreed to allow HTK Architects to draft plans for a new cafeteria. No cost was attached to the motion; however, superintendent Dale Brungardt said the work is expected to total about $71,000.

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