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Sep

To Protect and Serve

The Ellsworth Police Department strives to keep community and officers safe
 
By Alan Rusch
 
When Ellsworth Police Chief Maverick Campbell Sr. took over the community’s top cop duties in January from retiring chief Dave Smith, he inherited a $347,056 budget and made do. “We’ve been successful so far with that,” Campbell said in a recent interview with the Independent-Reporter. Now nine months into his tenure, Campbell has successfully negotiated a $389,760 budget and says he has accomplished quite a bit.
 
 
Wed
30
Sep

Tough Choice

School districts approve teacher contracts in face of lackluster state funding
 
By Alan Rusch
 
Unlike the two percent salary and benefits increase last year, teachers in the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 and Central Plains USD 112 school districts didn’t receive a 2 percent salary and benefits increase. This year’s teacher negotiations yielded much less. The reason — Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas legislature.
 
 
Wed
23
Sep

Johnson: Education the ‘big issue’

By Alan Rusch

Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, made a timely prediction during a Sept. 17 update to the Ellsworth Kiwanis Club — education will be the “big issue” during the Kansas Legislature’s 2016 session beginning Tuesday, Jan. 11. “I am very interested with who will be writing the formula, for the lack of a better word, as you come from the block grant going forward,” Johnson said during the weekly breakfast meeting at the Ellsworth Steak House. “I hope there is a dialog in offering that plan.

Wed
23
Sep

RAINBOW SUNRISE

Early-rising residents of Ellsworth County were treated to a full rainbow in the stormy-looking western sky as dawn broke the morning of Sept. 16

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Wed
23
Sep

Leadership Ellsworth County

By Alan Rusch

Thirteen Ellsworth County residents gathered Sept. 15 in the basement of Ellsworth’s J.H. Robbins Memorial Library to begin a three-month leadership learning journey aimed at community betterment. For Ellsworth business leaders Stacie Schmidt and Barbara McPherson, Leadership Ellsworth County was a bit of deja vu. Schmidt, manager of Security First Title’s Ellsworth office, and McPherson, owner of Boomeros, are both members of the Leadership Ellsworth County Class of 2014.

Mon
21
Sep

The 5th Annual Pedal Power Tour is now in the books

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Marquette Chamber of Commerce and Harley’s Bicycles of Hutchinson sponsored the 5th annual Pedal Power Tour in Marquette beginning at 10 a.m. The morning was cool in temperature after a long stretch of hot, humid days.

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Wed
16
Sep

Hard Blow

BY I-R STAFF

Ellsworth’s Ron Svaty is recovering after suffering a concussion Friday while working the chain gang at the Beloit-Ellsworth football game at Shanelec Field in Ellsworth.

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Wed
16
Sep

Opera House wall stabilized by winter

BY ALAN RUSCH

WILSON — The Wilson City Council has received assurances that the front wall of the Wilson Czech Opera House will be stabilized and safe before winter. “That’s our goal,” said Allison Ford, president of the Wilson Czech Opera House Corporation board of directors, during a Sept. 8 update to the council. “We really want to have that done this fall — and I think that should happen.”

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Wed
16
Sep

It’s a Boy!

BY ALAN RUSCH

An Ellsworth woman’s visit to the emergency room Aug. 30 led to the surprise birth of her son — and history being made at Ellsworth County Medical Center. “I was having normal cramps so I decided to go to the emergency room to see what it was, because you never know,” said 18-yearold Bushton native Cassandra Leigh-Ann Witt during a recent telephone interview with the Independent-Reporter.

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Wed
16
Sep

Bearcat tennis courts fail test

BY MARK MCCOY

Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School District superintendent Dale Brungardt dropped a bombshell at the Sept. 8 school board meeting when he announced that the concrete poured for the new Bearcat tennis courts failed the tensile-strength test. The architectural plans call for a tensile concrete strength of 4,000 per square inch, but the stress tests conducted by Kirkham Michael, of Ellsworth, came out at 3,300 per square inch.

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