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Wed
15
Aug

Wilson first county town affected by new law

Editor’s Note — A story in the Aug. 9 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent gave an inaccurate account of Wilson’s proposed 2019 city budget. Here is the rest of the story.

By the I-R Staff

Later this month, Wilson will become the first Ellsworth County town to trigger a Kansas law that forces communities to send their budget requests to voters if they exceed the year before by an amount based on a statedesigned formula.

Mail-in ballots are expected to be mailed to Wilson voters Aug. 27. They are due back by 10 a.m. Sept. 15 in the office of the Ellsworth County clerk and election officer.

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Wed
15
Aug

Cowboys ready to ride into town

Tami McGreevy remembers summer weekends traveling around the state — sometimes as far as northeast Kansas — to perform as an Old West dance hall girl and promote Ellsworth’s annual Cowtown Festival. Her “partner in crime” was Stacie Schmidt. Together, the two, along with other local volunteers, offered 30 minutes or more of “magic, music and dancing.”

That was in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

More than two decades later, the music and dancing — minus the magic — continue on the streets of Ellsworth with the town’s annual Cowtown Festival. This year’s celebration will be Aug. 24-26 under the banner of “Throwback Thru Time.”

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Wed
08
Aug

Recovery of stolen vehicle

By the I-R Staff

WILSON - The Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the recovery of a stolen vehicle along with the report of suspicious persons in the Wilson vicinity.

According to Sheriff Murray Marston, deputies recovered a stolen vehicle at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday on the south end of Wilson just outside of the city limits.

“Somebody had dumped it there,” Marston said.

Marston did not confirm where the vehicle was found and declined to comment on the exact year and model of the vehicle because he had not seen the report.

At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office received a report of suspicious persons (a male and female) in Wilson.

Marston didn’t know if the report of suspicious persons was related to the recovered stolen vehicle or not.

“There is just so much confusing information,” he said.

Wed
08
Aug

And the winners are ...

Kelly takes the Democratic nomination for Governor

By I-R staff

Despite a strong showing in his old Kansas House district, Ellsworth County’s Josh Svaty lost the democratic nomination for governor in Tuesday’s primary election to state senator Laura Kelly of Topeka.

At a little after 9 p.m. Kelly had almost 52 percent of the votes with the eastern counties and even counties in the rural western counties — normally considered a Svaty stronghold — in her win column.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

Ellsworth native tapped for job in administration

By Jennifer McDaniel

An Ellsworth native is awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation following a nomination this past week by President Trump to become his topranking science and technology policy adviser.

Kelvin Droegemeier, a meteorologist and public official, was named as the president’s choice to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy — a vital branch of the White House, which counsels the president and his cabinet on the scientific aspects of issues ranging from security and the economy to health and the environment.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

State throws another curve ball at school district

By Alan Rusch

HOLYROOD — What began as a discussion by members of the Central Plains USD 112 board on the relationship between a proposed bond election and four core board goals soon moved to a discussion of financial and budget concerns.

Even the spectre of possibly — NOT probably — closing a school in the district was raised.

“I think we need to go back to Goal B, and that is to operate within a fiscally responsible budget,” said Michelle Brokes, board president, during the meeting at Central Plains Elementary School at Holyrood.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

2018 Smoky Valley Saddle Club Rodeo

Cash Toews of Canton hangs on for the ride.

 

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Tue
07
Aug

2018 Primary Election Results

Final results for 20th District Judge in Russell County with 17 out of 17 precincts reporting:

Hipp 925

McPherson 325

Combining Ellsworth, Russell, Stafford, Barton and what we have so far from Rice County results are as follows:

Hipp 4,795

McPherson 3,086

On the Democratic Governor side, Kelly has been declared the winner.

 

At 9:30 p.m., all of Ellsworth County's precincts have been counted, with 33 percent voter turn-out. 

20th Distrct Judge:

Hipp 831

McPherson 151

 

Governor (R)

Kobach 319

Kucera 8

Ruzich 1

Selzer 111

Tutera 1

Barnett 51

Colyer 492

 

Governor (D)

Bergeson 0

Brewer 18

Kelly 24

Svaty 295

Anderson 0

 

20th District Court Judge update at 9:10 p.m. from Stafford County, with 18 of 24 precincts counted:

Hipp 180

McPherson 328

Wed
01
Aug

Helping Others

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

In 2017, the Post Rock Jaycees donated an estimated $24,000 to organizations across Ellsworth County.

That would be a huge accomplishment for any group, but it’s especially significant when you consider the Jaycees membership — they’re all inmates at the Ellsworth

Correctional Facility.

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Wed
01
Aug

Czechin’ it Out

Under the direction of Paula (Svaty) Gray, the 1998 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen, the 29 members of the Wilson Czech Dancers perform Friday night in Lions Club Park at Wilson’s After Harvest Czech Festival.

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