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06
Apr

NUISANCE NEIGHBORS

More than 100 turkey vultures have claimed the trees in the draw behind Leon and Debbie Jacobs’ home on Blake Street in Ellsworth as a summer roosting area. The vultures, which are considered a protected species, spend their days at the water tower near the old Ellsworth County Hospital. They return to the Jacobs’ backyard at about 7 p.m. or a little later. Debbie Jacobs recently attended a meeting of the Ellsworth City Council to gather support for her plan to have the vultures relocated by a wildlife specialist from Kansas State University.
 
Wed
06
Apr

Who’ll start the rain?

By Joseph Hand
 
It may look as if the winter weather is gone for good, but state climatologist Mary Knapp says we shouldn’t be too surprised to see another snow flurry or two before the end of April. When it comes to Kansas weather, Knapp knows better than to deal in certainties. Even though another snowfall still lurks around every corner, it doesn’t seem like Ellsworth County experienced much of a winter. “Winter time is really never a time when we get very much moisture anyway,” Knapp said. “But during April through September we get over 70 percent of the year’s moisture.” Ellsworth County received only .34-inch of moisture during March, bringing its year-to-date total to 1.63 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
 
Wed
06
Apr

Workers free trapped man

Marquette EMS was paged out at 11:40 a.m. Friday, March 25, to 758 Pioneer Road, McPherson County Feeders, to a report of a person trapped in a grain bin filled with feed pellets for cattle. Employee Allan Sents was responsive and talking to rescuers throughout the incident. A paramedic was lowered into the bin to get vitals. There were at least two other emergency personal with the trapped person throughout the rescue.

 

Wed
30
Mar

Commissioners stall ecodevo plan

BY LINDA MOWERY-DENNING 

Monday morning’s public hearing on an economic development plan to attract new business to Ellsworth ended in silence as a motion to approve the amendment died for lack of a second. Ellsworth County commission chairman Kermit Rush offered a motion following about an hour of discussion and debate to add “Plan E” to the City of Ellsworth’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

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Wed
30
Mar

Weed Warriors

BY MARK McCOY 

Mary Powell, of Hunter, pursues her entrepreneurial dream by combining her love of goats with their natural tendency to eat unwanted foliage. Barnyard Weed Warriors is a business designed to naturally eradicate problem vegetation areas without the use of herbicides.

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Wed
30
Mar

Stan Herd to speak at Wilson

Internationally known Kansas crop artist Stan Herd will be the speaker April 9 at the 27th annual meeting of the Post Rock Opportunities Foundation. For the past 25 years, the foundation has operated Kansas Originals Market & Gallery, north of Wilson, a store that features the products of Kansas artists, crafters and food producers.

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Wed
30
Mar

American Legion celebrates 97th birthday

The Marquette American Legion and Auxiliary family — along with many friends — celebrated the 97th birthday of the American Legion March 8 with a potluck supper. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the Marquette Cloggers under the direction of Casie Nelson and her son, Evan.

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Wed
23
Mar

Schultz is tops in nation

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the I-R

Ellsworth agent is among farm and ranch elite.

Growing up on a farm near Dighton, Caleb Schultz learned first-hand the uncertainty of agriculture. That sometimes, it’s a roll of the dice.  In a good year, cattle were fat, and wheat yields doubled the previous year’s totals. But if young calves died, or a late freeze killed tender stalks, profits would take a significant hit.
 

 

 

Wed
23
Mar

Mentor program follows Big Brothers/Big Sisters model

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

As a retired educator, Barbara McPherson knows the positive influence a mentor can have on a child’s life. That belief was re-enforced this past June, when she heard Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder talk at a Catbacker meeting in Salina.

 

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Wed
23
Mar

Hearing could help pave the way for future developments

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

As executive director of the Smoky Hill Development Corporation, the county’s economic development organization, Rob Fillion considers a proposed amendment to the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan a step into the future of Ellsworth and Ellsworth County.

 

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