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Wed
24
Jan

Police may have lead on local robbery

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth Police Department may be a step closer to identifying the person who robbed Seitz Drug just over a month ago, Monday, Dec. 18.

Chief Emil Halfhill said video footage has provided clues about the suspect’s method of travel.

“We believe we’ve identified a vehicle,” he said.

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Wed
24
Jan

Vandals target tire lug nuts

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth Police Department is investigating reports of malicious vehicle tampering, after becoming aware of new incidents on Sunday, Jan. 21.

The department was already aware of reports from three weeks ago about vehicles’ lug nuts being loosened. Police chief Emil Halfhill said the fourth reported incident caused him to suspect all were related.

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Wed
24
Jan

Marquette Senior Center still going strong

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The Marquette Senior Center, in downtown Marquette, is a busy place most weekdays, with visitors coming in for breakfast, getting help with health care, and even to shoot a game of pool. After 40 years in existence, the center is still going strong serving Marquette residents.

Helping to organize all that is happening is the center’s new director, Rita Brown of Marquette. Rita began her job as director in December.

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Wed
17
Jan

Pharmacy students tour Ellsworth

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

If enough circles are drawn near each other, eventually some of them will overlap. Drop a finger onto the page and chances are good it’ll land within several circles at once. That’s where Savanna Anschutz wants to be — in the middle of it all and the go-between.

Anschutz and 15 of her fellow graduate students, from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas, recently visited Ellsworth to learn about business management and customer relations. It was a homecoming for Anschutz, once or twice removed.

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Wed
17
Jan

Temperature roller coaster frustrates county residents

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

With the past four weeks feeling more like a yo-yo than a legitimate season, many people are trying to make sense of winter. Within the last several days, temperatures in the mid-60s dropped to single digits, repeating the trend at Christmas and then the New Year. The mercury’s sudden snaps, after a short time of stringing everyone along, make it difficult to settle into any kind of routine.

“We all talked about how warm the fall was,” said state Rep. Steven Johnson. His district covers Ellsworth and parts of Rice and Saline counties. “These are bigger swings than we’re used to. Usually the temperature will stay somewhere for longer.”

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Wed
17
Jan

Josh Svaty Democrat leader in donations

By the I-R staff

Ellsworth County Democrat Josh Svaty collected more donations in his quest to be the next Kansas governor than others in his party during the campaign reporting period that ended Dec. 31.

Svaty, a former state lawmaker and Kansas secretary of agriculture, reported donations of $192,545 from 598 individual contributors.

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Wed
17
Jan

Cover your mouth

BY LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Does it seem as if everyone around you is coughing, sneezing or otherwise feeling punk?

It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.

This is flu season and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, recorded cases of flu-like symptoms are on track to be higher than in 2017 in Kansas.

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Wed
17
Jan

City council meeting not a ‘cat-astrophe’

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The meeting room at Marquette City Hall was overflowing Tuesday night, Jan. 9, as the subject of cats and what to do (and not do) about their presence in Marquette was on the agenda.

Around 25 members of the public joined the fivemember council and other city officials, many to voice their concerns over the December passage of an item that would allow citizens to borrow a live trap from the city to capture cats and relocate them on farms outside the city limits.

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Wed
10
Jan

Dog program is all about caring

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Many types of canines are specifically trained to help humans. There are bomb-sniffing dogs, K-9 units and sheep dogs. There are sled dogs. There are official Seeing Eye dogs and other kinds of guide dogs. And there are the legendary St. Bernards that deliver brandy to stranded mountain travelers. All told, for dogs, there are about 101 vocations.

One of them, the comfort dog, doesn’t exist yet in Kansas, but Ellsworth’s Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Good Samaritan Society Ellsworth Village have teamed up to bring the first one to the state.

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Wed
10
Jan

Chamber banquet is set for Jan. 27

Know someone who has gone above and beyond the call to support their community?

Nominations are still open for the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year.

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