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Wed
07
Feb

Hotel bonds families

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

The statistic Connie Rodriguez heard as a director of Ellsworth’s Family Connections keeps playing across her mind — prison inmates who receive family visits during their incarceration stand a far better chance of making it on the outside than those who are estranged from their families.

"I thought that was amazing,” Rodriguez said. “It kind of makes you take notice."

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Wed
07
Feb

Spring is in the Air:

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

This year’s 7th annual Kiwanis Club Home and Garden Show promises to be bigger and better than ever when the doors open Saturday, March 17.

Beyond the 27 vendors that participants typically expect to see from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ellsworth’s American Legion building, activity will spill over into the administration building, north of the Ellsworth County Medical Center, adding 18 more booths.

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Wed
31
Jan

County still under burn ban

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Numerous fire department chiefs will present the Ellsworth County Commission with a set of updated fire guidelines next week. Emergency Management Director Keith Haberer informed the commission of the plan at its Monday, Jan. 29 meeting. He said Larry Langerman, chief of Wilson’s fire department, was putting the final touches on burn regulations.

Haberer said once finalized, the rules could be posted at the county’s emergency management website. Haberer also suggested the possibility of making downloadable burn permits available on the site.

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Wed
31
Jan

Firefighters on the Scene

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

On Wednesday, Jake Kubick was trying to squeeze in a short nap after working at the family ranch. His cell phone alarm was set to ring at 2:50 p.m. That’s when it usually goes off, so he can get to work on time and start his night shift at the Kanopolis salt mine. But he happened to beat his alarm to the punch. “It’s kind of a blessing that I woke up,” he said. At about 2:25, he opened his eyes to see the finished basement in flames.

“The majority of the north wall of the house was on fire, and part of the ceiling. The smoke hadn’t dropped to the floor yet.”

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Wed
31
Jan

Historical society plans annual meeting

By the I-R staff

Dr. Leo E. Oliva, the author of a series of books on Kansas forts, including Fort Harker, will be the speaker Sunday, Feb. 11, at the 57th annual meeting of the Ellsworth County Historical Society.

Dr. Oliva, who farms with his wife, Bonita, in Rooks County in northwest Kansas, is a former university professor of history. He also owns Western Book Publishing Co. His writing and research focuses on the frontier Army and Native Americans, in additional to local history. Copies of his fort books, which he produced for the Kansas State Historical Society, are available at Ellsworth’s Hodgden House Museum Nostalgic Notions Gift Shop.

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Wed
31
Jan

Mog is chamber’s ‘Citizen of the Year’

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

After several consecutive years of assisting at the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library, Sara Klein was named Junior Citizen of the Year. She was one of two citizens recognized at Saturday’s 70th Annual Gala, an Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce event.

Klein, a junior at Ellsworth Jr./Sr. High School, evolved from a patron to a summer assistant, according to Colleen Sippel, children’s librarian. “I’ve had her at Story Hour since she was a toddler,” said Sippel. “She kind of grew up here.” In addition to taking a turn at reading stories out loud, she helped keep the young participates entertained and engaged with activities, said Sippel.

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Wed
31
Jan

Marquette Lions Club goes to the dogs

Members of the Marquette Lions Club and their guests met Monday, Jan. 22. to hear from K-9 Search and Rescue of Kansas members Derek and Laurie Vickery about their search and rescue activities.

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Sat
27
Jan

911 service has been restored

Update 10 p.m.: 911 service has been restored.

 

According to the Ellsworth Police Chief, Ellsworth County Communications 911 is down and it will not ring through. This is a multiple county issue due to a cut AT&T fiber line.

So please call (785) 472-4416 to report any emergency and non-emergency until further notice.

Wed
24
Jan

Casting their Votes

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Once again, the slower animal with the shell beat the speedfreak.

Following votes cast this past week by Ellsworth elementary and Kanopolis middle school students, members of Ellsworth’s Splash Pad committee determined that some features of the proposed water attraction were clear favorites.

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Wed
24
Jan

Consultant outlines jail options

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

At the start of his recent presentation to the Ellsworth County Commission, architect Larry Goldberg cast doubt on the economic prospects of renovating the county jail.

“I can tell you that as a specialist in one of the most demanding building types there are, the opportunities to renovate existing jails happen fairly seldom,” he said.

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