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01
Nov

Legion eyes community center

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

The first step in what could be a long process aimed at building a new community center/American Legion hall in Ellsworth was taken Oct. 26.

On a vote of 32-to-1, members of the Ellsworth American Legion authorized a committee of members of the Ellsworth Sons of the American Legion Squadron 174 to proceed with the planning, fundraising and other details needed to make the new building a reality.

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Wed
01
Nov

Saturday brought tractors, trunk or treaters and a haunted trail to town

Trunk or treaters line up for treats on Marquette’s main street Saturday. Although the weather was chilly, it was a nice evening and the turnout for the day’s festivities was good.

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Wed
25
Oct

Gold star flags offer unique history

By LINDA MOWERY -DENNING

Ellsworth County I-RThe folded American flags — 185 in all — rest side by side in wood and glass cases inside Ellsworth’s American Legion building. Another 24 flags are on display from Kanopolis.

Each one of these flags represent a fallen soldier who came home to Ellsworth County with the red, white and blue symbol of America draped over his coffin.

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Wed
25
Oct

Living at the Lake

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth County I-R

As a child, Willie Vidricksen spent many of his weekends at his family’s cottage at Kanopolis Lake.

Even at a young age, Vidricksen knew that one day he would make it his home. There was just something special about the small, one-room weekend getaway his parents purchased years earlier.

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Wed
25
Oct

Spooky Fun

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

With Halloween just a few days away, little ghouls and gobblins across Ellsworth County will be searching for fun and spooky ways to celebrate the holiday. Here is a roundup of local events:

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

There’s still time to get a free pumpkin from First Bank Kansas in Ellsworth, decorate it, and return it by 5:30 p.m. Friday to be eligible to win a gift certificate from the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. One entry per person.

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Wed
25
Oct

Don’t forget your voter ID

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth County voters have three ways to vote in the Nov. 7 election: in advance, in person; in advance, by mail; and on Election Day, in person.

Shelly Vopat, Ellsworth County clerk, oversees elections. She explained the deadlines and the options available to voters:

• Advance voting, in person, requires that a registered voter cast their vote at Vopat’s office, within the county courthouse, by noon Nov. 6. The voter must present a Kansas driver’s license or state-issued ID. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (including the noon hour).

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Wed
25
Oct

Digging up the Past

30 Years Ago

Marquette housing development moving ahead with 12-unit plan.

A representative from the Smolan-Falun area will be in Marquette on Friday morning, April 6, at the Smoky Valley Inn from 11 a.m. on. The representative, Marlysue Esping Holmquist, is asking for persons who are against the closing of Smolan school to sign a petition asking that the question of closing now be put on a ballot for a district-wide decision.

Pearl Sandahl will be producing a “first” at 7:30 p.m. April 6. Her first is that the all-school play this year is literally that. Any Marquette high school student that wanted to be part of this play will be in the production of “Don’t Try to Hyde from Me, Dr. Jekyll.”

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Wed
18
Oct

Strike up the Band

By JUDI BROWN
Ellsworth County I-R

When talking about Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School band uniforms, you could say they’re vintage, classic, throwback, or perhaps just plain old. Whatever term you use, according to EJSH band members, the uniforms are used up and need to be replaced.

At the Oct. 9 meeting of the USD 327 board of education, a group of EJSH band students requested help in obtaining new — or at least newer — uniforms.

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Wed
18
Oct

FIGHTING FIRES

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Annual balls and banquets figure prominently in press clippings about Ellsworth’s all-volunteer fire crew. The leftovers, dumped in the Smoky River after the gatherings, supposedly pleased the catfish.

More people sit at the banquet table now, said Fire Chief Bob Kepka. “There ain’t no food left.”

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Wed
18
Oct

Cars take weekend hit at Wilson

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — A rash of thefts from 16 unlocked automobiles Saturday during the overnight hours in Wilson has sparked an active investigation by local law enforcement.

“We’re looking at a bunch of suspects but we don’t have anything definitive yet,” Wilson Police Chief Bob Doepp told the Independent-Reporter Monday morning. “The rumor mill is going nuts.”

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