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Wed
31
Oct

Holiday kick off

By the I-R Staff

Collision repair still pays the bills at Greg Johnson’s house. But someday he hopes to retire his body shop sign and focus entirely on his first love — sculpture.

When that day comes, Johnson won’t have far to go. His creations feature many of the materials, tools and techniques he used in his 30-year career.

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Wed
31
Oct

Young Eagles to fly

By the I-R Staff

Smoky Hiill EAA Chapter 1127 will conduct a Young Eagle Day Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ellsworth Municipal Airport.

Youngsters, ages 8 to 17, are welcome to experience a free demonstration flight.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.

Each flight will be in a certified airplane flown by a licensed and experienced pilot.

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Wed
24
Oct

Fall harvest brings challenges to Ellsworth County farmers

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

With thunderstorms in the forecast and even more expected for the weekend, Dan Johnson spends Thursday afternoon trying to beat the rain that could likely start within the next 24 hours. A cool drizzle has been falling most the day, but it doesn’t deter Johnson as he plants winter wheat in the same fields where he harvested dryland corn just weeks ago.

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Wed
24
Oct

Pumpkins A Plenty

Halloween is just around the corner, has the Great Pumpkin visited? Dave Svaty of Svaty’s Produce in Kanopolis shows off the colorful variety of pumpkins Svaty’s has available for sale.

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Wed
24
Oct

Kobach would return Kansas to the Brownback income tax cuts

Economy sets stage for governor’s race

By Roy Wenzl
For the I-R

Kris Kobach made a national reputation by writing bills for Kansas and other states that opposed illegal immigration and placed restrictions on voting. Opponents denounced him, judges ruled against some of his legal writings, (one federal judge fined him $27,000 for contempt of court).

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Wed
24
Oct

Kelly wants to return focus to education and highways

Economy sets stage for governor’s race

By Roy Wenzl
For the I-R

She’s heard the predictions that a Democrat can’t get elected Kansas governor these days. Kansans vote mostly Republican, after all, even in her State Senate District 18. So, Sen. Laura Kelly knows better than most that the race will be a close one. Recent polls show her slightly ahead of her Republican challenger, Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

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Wed
17
Oct

Partner in Law

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

As an avid disc golfer, Dave Cox loves a challenge. And in this sport, there are plenty of them.

Some come in the form of physical obstacles, trying to block the disc as it glides into a basket. Others come as gusty winds that can blow a disc off course.

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Wed
17
Oct

Free donuts lead to $50,000 prize

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

Dreams do come true — just ask Ellsworth’s Roberta Waymaster. She received a $50,000 check Friday at the Casey’s General Store in Ellsworth as the grand prize winner of Casey’s 50th anniversary sweepstakes.

“I feel amazed,” she said in an interview with the Independent-Reporter. “I’m still trying to accept it. I’m just in a daze — it’s a blessing. I’m totally flabbergasted. I just can’t tell you how wonderful this is going to be.”

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Wed
17
Oct

‘One tough woman’ escapes water

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Justin Wacker could hear the faint cries for help but he couldn’t see beyond the headlights and a flashlight that illuminated small patches of the darkness that surrounded him and his truck.

Meanwhile, several hundred yards away, Teresa Sneath had grabbed the branch of a tree — waiting and hoping to be rescued from the flood waters that had carried her to this spot near the Smoky Hill River.

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Wed
17
Oct

Council sets meeting to address crimes

BY JUDI BROWN
Marquette Tribune

Several Marquette citizens spoke at the regular monthly meeting of the Marquette City Council Tuesday, Oct. 9, about the city’s recent break-ins.

All council members were present except Megan Dauer. After the meeting was called to order, members of the public were given a chance to express their concerns about keeping their property, and more importantly, themselves safe from criminals who are targeting properties in Marquette and other areas in McPherson County. A number of those who voiced their concerns at the meeting requested their names not be publicized to avoid retribution.

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