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Wed
27
Feb

Think Spring: Home and Garden Show is March 23

Each year, local homeowners flock to the Ellsworth Kiwanis’ Home and Garden Show eagerly seeking out tips, the newest products and the freshest ideas in décor and inspiration for their own home renovation and landscape projects.

In its eighth year, the show gives homeowners the chance to shake off winter’s chill, and look forward to getting outside and getting their hands dirty.

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Wed
20
Feb

Strike Up the Band

JUDI BROWN/Ellsworth County I-R

Students Noah Erichsen, left, and Micah Bolton show off the new uniforms of the Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School marching band.

Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Ashbaugh

The Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School Drumline stop for a group photograph Feb. 12 at halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game against Southeast of Saline.

Editor’s Note — After more years than just about anyone can remember, the Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School band has new uniforms. Students modeled them at the most recent board meeting of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School District. They also were on display as the drumline performed at a recent basketball game. Here’s the story the I-R’s Jennifer McDaniel wrote about the effort to secure the new uniforms.

On most crisp, fall mornings across Kansas, there’s the unmistakable thump of the bass drum, signaling high school marching band practice.

But listen carefully, and there’s the sharp staccato of the snare drums, along with the tenors and quads, punctuating the beat. The longer practice goes on, the further these sounds carry throughout these small towns, giving locals a sneak preview of what they’ll hear on Friday night.

 

 

Wed
20
Feb

Stuck in the Mud

John Kueser checks on cattle Monday as Ellsworth County ranchers await another winter storm predicted to move into central Kansas Tuesday and dump as much as six inches of snow. Ice also was included in the forecast.

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

John Kueser’s father, Terry, said he had not seen mud like this since 1993. That was the year persistent rains pushed rivers across the state out of their banks and caused numerous flooding issues both in the country and in towns.

It’s been a hard winter for local ranchers like Terry Kueser. Cold temperatures, wet weather and mud. Lots of thick, sticky mud hamper Terry’s efforts to feed the commercial cattle herd he manages with his son, John, near Ellsworth.

“It’s been terribly hard,” Kueser said.“It’s been so damp.”

After months of dry, droughtlike conditions, moisture returned to the area this past summer and throughout the latter parts of 2018, replenishing farm ponds and pastures. But the precipitation the area needed for so long refuses to let up, challenging even the most experienced cattlemen.

 

 

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Wed
13
Feb

Hellers are recognized by historical society

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Greg and Cee Heller are named Historians of the Year by the Ellsworth County Historical Society.

Greg and Cee Heller were named the 2019 Historians of the Year by the Ellsworth County Historical Society Sunday during the organization’s 57th annual meeting at the Ellsworth Senior Center.

David Bailey, the great-greatgrandson of Major Henry Inman, the paymaster at Fort Harker, presented an award plaque to the Hellers.

Greg, who was the leading organizer on the recent 150th anniversary celebration of the Forsyth Scouts, was dressed as a first sergeant with Company K, 7th U.S. Cavalry. It’s the uniform he wears during tours and re-enactments at the Fort Harker Guard House Museum, where he is the full-time historian and guide.

 

 

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Wed
13
Feb

USD 112 seeks ideas for future

WILSON — Anticipated action on budget cuts did not happen at Monday’s meeting of the Holyrood-based Central Plains USD 112 board of education.

After three executive sessions to discuss personnel totalling 1 hour and 20 minutes, board president Michelle Brokes announced to the 42 plus people in attendance in the Wilson School commons the board would not take action.

Before going into the first executive session, however, the board and administrators received a bit of encouragement from Leland Francis of Wilson, a substitute teacher and coach for USD 112. Francis was one of four who spoke during the public forum portion of the meeting.

 

 

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Wed
13
Feb

PANCAKE GIRL

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Brylie Minear, 7, Ellsworth, eats pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs during the Feb. 2 annual breakfast fundraiser prepared and served by the Ellsworth United Methodist Men.

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Wed
13
Feb

Concert in the Smoky Hills

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Josh Helvey and Shana Reed prepare for a day of music north of Ellsworth.

Sometimes, it’s the ideas sparked by simple conversation that materialize into something much bigger than anyone ever imagined.

And for Josh Helvey, of Ellsworth County, and his girlfriend, Shana Reed, of Kanopolis, that’s exactly what happened.

Several months back, the two were lost in conversation and began reflecting on a performance Helvey and his band at the time, Truthful Lies, had in Wilson a few years back. Despite the small venue, the band had a good show and attracted a decent crowd. But in rural Kansas, local music events are as scarce as the demand for homegrown, original music, they said.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Chair tryout makes officials see dollar signs

The chair ordered for dispatchers.

The purchase of two chairs for the dispatch area at the local Sheriff ’s Office caused eyebrows to raise Monday during the weekly meeting of Ellsworth County commissioners.

Commissioner Kermit Rush asked Sheriff Murray Marston what the two chairs — which cost $1,600 each plus shipping for a total of $3,370 — look like.

 

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Wed
06
Feb

‘Mirage’ wins Noah Goss trip to state spelling bee at Wichita

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The top five spellers in the 2019 Ellsworth County Spelling Bee were Noah Goss, first; Lauren Oeser, second; Lainey Peschka, third; Tyler Conley, fourth; and Christopher Drees, fifth.

Noah Goss, a seventh grade student at Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School, won the 2019 Ellsworth County Spelling Bee Wednesday morning in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

“I feel good,” Goss said after the competition.“Last year, I was here and I got out early.”

Goss, who correctly spelled the word “mirage” to seal her win, received a medal and a Kindle Fire tablet as prizes. She will represent Ellsworth County at the Sunflower State Spelling Bee, March 9, at Newman University in Wichita.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Splish Splash

LINDA MOWERY-DENNING/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Parts of the splash pad in Preisker Park can be seen as the project moves toward completion later this year. Project planners continue to seek donations for landscaping and other amenities.

More work remains on the ongoing Kiwanis Splash Pad project in Preisker Park, but Terry Kepka isn’t letting that deter him.

Instead, Kepka focuses on the day when local families are enjoying the new addition to the Ellsworth park.

The project has been in the works ever since Kepka spent time with his grandchildren a few years ago at a similar water play area in Wilson. After seeing how families there enjoyed the spray park, he wanted to bring something similar to his community.

 

 

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