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Wed
19
Sep

Flags fly high for Bearcat spirit

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Craig Gustin has heard only good things since the black and red flags of the Ellsworth High School Bearcats were attached to downtown light poles more than a week ago.

“The reaction has been amazing,” he said. “The night they went up, I heard the football team commented on how sharp they looked.”

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Wed
19
Sep

FLOWERS OF THE FAIR

Wilson’s Wilma Olds was awarded the grand prize in the wheat bread sculpture competition at the Kansas State Fair. Her entry was a basket, woven and shaped over a roaster pan. It held colorful buds, butterflies and vines, as well as a tiny card made from dough and royal icing reading, “Find Your Fun.” Olds has other grand prize ribbons to her credit.

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Wed
19
Sep

Councilman raises issue of current city codes

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

A recent meeting of the City Council in tiny Peabody attracted residents wanting to voice their opinions about the possibility of a proposed online business that makes referrals to independent contractors providing escort services using the town as its headquarters.

Peabody council member Jay Gfeller said the town’s zoning regulations regarding public health and safety were vague, according to a story in the Newton Kansan.

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Wed
19
Sep

Wilson, H&B bring fiber optics to city areas

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Businesses and residents in northeast Ellsworth should have the choice of another internet provider by the end of the year.

Wilson Communications has started construction of a fiber optics line north of Ellsworth on Kansas Highway 14 from an existing line that services the company’s territory from Wilson to Brookville, general manager Brian Boisvert said.

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Wed
19
Sep

It’s all about First Impressions at Wilson

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — Mike Peschka considers Wilson a study in rural communities. There’s the good and then there’s limited resources to pay for improvements to the bad.

“The positives and the negatives — we’re not alone,” he said Monday night. “Let’s go back and see some of the things we can focus on.”

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Wed
12
Sep

Lady ‘Cats take second in tough tournament play

By the I-R Sta ff

The Lady Bearcats volleyball team kept the momentum going Saturday, taking second place at its own Ellsworth Invitational tournament.

Ellsworth started the tournament by facing off against Ellinwood, a team the Lady ‘Cats played Aug. 30. While Ellsworth just edged out Ellinwood 25-22 in its first set, it only took one more to defeat the Lady Eagles 25-18.

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Wed
12
Sep

Oiler defense shuts down Victoria in 8-man showdown

By Mike Courson
For the Ellsworth County I-R

Since 2014, the showdown between 8-Man and Central Prairie League powers Central Plains and Victoria has been an early-season tradition. Last year, the Knights held the Oilers to a single touchdown in a 34-8 win to open the season. Friday night Central Plains got its redemption with a 32-8 win over Victoria.

“The whole game we brought it a lot more than we did last week,” said Oiler senior Alex Hickel. “We had our swagger back. It felt pretty good to hold them to eight points. They’re a good football team so that’s pretty hard to do.”

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Wed
12
Sep

Bearcats keep Buffs at bay in stunning win

By TAYLOR HOLECEK
Ellsworth County I-R

After their opening season loss against the Russell Broncos, the Ellsworth Bearcats redeemed themselves with a 55-22 home win against the Republic County Buffaloes.

Republic County won the coin toss to begin the game and would receive on the south end.

In the first quarter, the ‘Cats kept the Buffs to just one touchdown while being able to run in two and a PAT.

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Wed
12
Sep

ECMC has new CEO

Special to the I-R

Andrew Bair has been selected as the new chief executive officer at Ellsworth County Medical Center.

Bair will take over Oct. 8 from John Broberg, who has been the interim CEO since August.

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Wed
12
Sep

Meetings set on USD 112 bond issue

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

HOLYROOD — Be informed. That is the message Central Plains USD 112 superintendent Greg Clark is urging patrons in each community in the district to be as the first of five community meetings on the district’s November bond election draws near.

“These meetings are not a vote yes meeting,” Clark said. “They are just an informational meeting. We’re not going to tell anybody to vote yes, and we’re not going to tell anybody to vote no. We’re just wanting to get the facts out there, so the voters can make a good, educated decision on something we need to do.”

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