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Wed
10
Jan

Residents seek to avoid repeat of March 6 wildfire

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

DORRANCE — The Dorrance Fire Department will gladly accept help during emergencies, but it doesn’t want citizens to find themselves trapped in the process. That was one of the key points at a meeting Saturday outlining how a repeat of the March 6 fire at Wilson Lake could be avoided.

The meeting site, American Legion Post 334 in Dorrance, was announced as the official recuperation area. With ample room and facilities, it will be where relief is provided when multiple agencies need to respond to an incident. A copy of guidelines for site operations will remain there and will include authorization for supplies at Wilson and Russell.

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Wed
10
Jan

Thoughts of fire prevention spark talk

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

DORRANCE — From the way she bounds across the grass, Tye doesn’t act like she was ever injured. But only 10 months ago, Andy Phelps’ dog wore bandages on her paws after managing to escape the Wilson Lake fire. Her mother, five horses and Phelps’ home did not survive.

Tye’s fur has grown back and the scars blend in with the colors in her coat. As she comes up on her fifth birthday this April, she has a new playmate. T-Bone joined the family as a puppy, immediately after the fire, and is being taught how to be a proper blue heeler. The two of them recently attempted to harmonize with the music playing over the Douglas Street speakers during a trip to Ellsworth.

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Wed
10
Jan

Riverview Estates starts 2018 with generous gift

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

Riverview Estates in Marquette started the new year with some news that everyone could be excited about. The skilled nursing home received a sizeable open donation that will allow improvements to the facility and the start of a new endowment fund.

“It’s a good way to start 2018,” stated administrator Courtney Bailey.

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Wed
03
Jan

Following the Fire

DORRANCE — The Dorrance Fire Department will sponsor a rangeland wildfire resources meeting and whole hog barbecue Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Dorrance American Legion building.

The meeting for local agricultural producers and others interested in reducing the chances of wildfires will be at 6 p.m., followed by the Boots Style BBQ at 7 p.m.

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Wed
03
Jan

Robbery investigation continues

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Footage is being reviewed and the KBI is helping. Ellsworth Police Chief Emil Halfhill updated City Council Dec. 26 on his progress with the Seitz Drug robbery investigation.

Chief Halfhill said about 200 hours of footage is being reviewed, with gathering assistance provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. “There are feelers all across the state,” he said. “At this point, we’re just taking the leads where they take us.”

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Wed
03
Jan

Attorneys celebrate 40+40

John Sherman works in his Ellsworth office.

Roger Peterson has offices in Ellsworth and Wilson.

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

One could argue that two Ellsworth attorneys are marking 40 years of practice, but it’s hard to make the charges stick.

John Sherman, partner at Sherman, Hoffman & Hipp, LC has been at the firm for 40 years, but has been licensed for 41 years. Roger Peterson, partner at Peterson & Kasper, LLC has also practiced for 41 years but states that he doesn’t keep track of the passage of time—and he certainly isn’t celebrating a professional milestone.

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Wed
03
Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A red cardinal brightens the winter landscape in rural Ellsworth County.

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Wed
03
Jan

Digging up the Past

From the files of The Marquette Tribune, March 30, 1966

President Elect of Kansas Press

Kenneth B. Bruce of the Hillsboro Star-Journal and the publisher of the Marquette Tribune was elected president of the Kansas Press Association for 1966-1967 at the 74th Annual Convention in Kansas City, Kansas last weekend.

Senior Play to be Presented This Friday Eve

The 1966 senior class of Marquette High School will present a three act comedy this Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.

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Wed
27
Dec

Christmas Store delivers again

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The assistant carried three large, plastic bags across the American Legion’s dining hall without obvious effort. After setting them down, she overheard mention of boxes, on the opposite side of the room. “Oh, the big boxes,” she exclaimed, turning on her heel to retrieve them.

A voice stopped her. “Maybe we’ll leave those there,” came a voice. “We don’t know what we’re going to do with those yet.”

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Wed
27
Dec

Black Wolf carolers celebrate 30 years

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

At first, there was no sign of music in the Krupp family vehicle. Diane, at the wheel and John, in the front passenger seat, murmured to each other about the houses they passed. Most were now empty but one had lights on — an automated security device or were people living there? They weren’t sure. Their son, Kurt, rode along quietly in the back seat. Suddenly the car shuddered as it encountered ruts on the gravel road. The jingle of bells issued from somewhere in the dark.

The Krupps soon joined others at Eugene Macek’s house, on the south side of the Smoky Hill River. Together, the assembled group became the Black Wolf Carolers, which marked 30 years of caroling this December. Weather has only cancelled their outings once, said Diane.

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