News

Wed
16
Aug

Castors recognized for their years of service to community

By Linda Mowery-Denning
Ellsworth County I-R

When Kenny and Deb Castor leave the horse-drawn carriage that will carry them down Douglas Avenue Saturday and step onto the review stand at Cowtown Days, Kenny will go from being the parade’s grand marshal to the job he has performed for decades — being the Voice of Ellsworth.

“I’m just honored and humbled to be grand marshal. It just blows me away,” Castor said.

“But this isn’t about me. It’s about Ellsworth’s 150th birthday.”

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Wed
16
Aug

Happy Birthday, Ellsworth

By Linda Mowery-Denning
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth reached its peak as a Kansas cattletown in 1873. That year — six years after being laid out — the town saw about 220,000 cattle pass through on the way to slaughterhouses. The boom brought dollars to the area — much of it revenue from the operation of saloons, gambling houses and brothels.

It wasn’t an accident Ellsworth came to be known as the “Wickedest Cattletown in Kansas.”

Starting today (Thursday), Ellsworth celebrates that past and the 150 years of progress since with four days of activities.

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Wed
16
Aug

Ellsworth Today

By Mark Gardner
Ellsworth County I-R

Members of the Ellsworth City Council approved a motion Monday night to move forward with a new city well field.

The roots of the motion go back to 2015, when the council authorized Karst Water Well Drilling Services to help identify water sources that could be developed into a well field for future production. Twenty-nine different sites were identified and test holes drilled by Karst.

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Wed
16
Aug

Riverview Estates is all about the people

JUDI BROWN
Marquette Tribune

For the past 40 years, the threads of Cindy Bunk’s life have woven in and out of the fabric of Riverview Estates.

Riverview is a 40 bed not-for-profit nursing home located in Marquette.

Bunk began her career at Riverview in January of 1977, shortly after the home opened. She began as a rehabilitation aide and certified nurses aide.

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Wed
09
Aug

Small-town lifestyle suits Sugar Shack owner

By Mark Gardner

Taco Tuesdays and chili dogs at the Sugar Shack are the talk of the town as summer gets into full swing. New owner Mary Jo Jundt also reports small-town life so far is everything she expected it to be and tells the I-R that changes are coming.

The plans for the store are to bring more items to the menu and even going a step further and opening up in the winter months with seasonal food items. Right now the Sugar Shack is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday.

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Wed
09
Aug

Soaring High

About 34 pilots took advantage of the beautiful weather Saturday and flew to Ellsworth Municipal Airport for pancakes and fellowship. The 26th annual Cowtown Fly-In, sponsored by the Smoky Hill EAA Chapter 1127, attracted about 100 people. “We had a good turnout. It was fun,” said an organizer, Dale Weinhold of Ellsworth.

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Wed
09
Aug

On to the general

By Mark Gardner

After the votes were officially tallied Monday morning, there were 119 votes but commissioners kicked out 10 of them, putting voter turnout for the mayor’s primary in Kanopolis at 32 percent.

Ellsworth County clerk Shelly Vopat said the votes were tossed because one was blank and the other nine had two candidates marked on a single ballot.

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Wed
09
Aug

Get ready for a rip roarin’ time

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING

On Aug. 19, Dave “Zerf ” Zerfas plans to stand under the cottonwood tree on Cowtown Plaza and perform the song, “Nauchville Hand,” he wrote about Ellsworth.

Zerf, a singer, song writer and western historian, plans two versions of the song — the original and another performed by his old group, Plastique, which Zerf has revived for Ellsworth’s 150th birthday celebration.

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Wed
09
Aug

Smoky Valley Saddle Club Rodeo rules the night

Cooler than average weather made attendance comfortable for both nights of the Smoky Valley Saddle Club Rodeo in Marquette Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5.

In Saturday’s bareback riding event with four cowboys competing, Colt Eck won with a score of 74. Chandler Ladner took second place with a score of 68.

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Wed
02
Aug

Concert set for festival

By the I-R staff

The Diamond W Wranglers will perform Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of Ellsworth’s 150th anniversary bash.

The group, which specializes in classic western music, is sponsored by the National Drovers Hall of Fame.

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