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Wed
04
Oct

Lorraine probe continues

BY DALE HOGG
Special to the I-R

LORRAINE — Kevin L. Wagner, 55, of Bushton died Saturday in a Wichita hospital after receiving a head injury Thursday, Sept. 28, during an altercation in Lorraine, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported Monday afternoon. The preliminary autopsy report indicated he died from blunt force trauma.

Meanwhile, the KBI and the Ellsworth County Sheriff ’s Office probe into last Thursday’s aggravated battery in Lorraine continues. At this time no arrests have been made connected to this incident and the investigation is ongoing, according to a KBI news release. No further information will be released at this time.

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Wed
04
Oct

Hot, dry days wilt fall crops

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

Clinton Laflin, the livestock production specialist for the Midway Extension District in Ellsworth and Russell counties, scratches his head when he talks about this year’s local corn crop and yields.

“I feel like it’s been an odd couple of months from a temperature aspect,” he said in a recent interview with the Independent-Reporter. “August was fairly mild. But in September, we’ve had more heat. That’s been something a lot of people didn’t expect.”

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Wed
04
Oct

Marquette city candidates speak at forum

BY JUDI BROWN
Marquette Tribune

As a rainy day faded into a drizzly evening, a suprisingly large crowd gathered at the Marquette United Methodist Church Monday evening, Sept. 25, to get to know more about this year’s candidates for the Marquette mayoral and city council positions.

The candidate’s forum, sponsored by the Marquette Lions Club, began at 7:15 p.m. in the church basement. Lions Club president Kerry Lindh welcomed the crowd that was assembled and introduced each of the candidates in alphabetical order.

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Fri
29
Sep

KBI to investigate Lorraine shooting

     A shooting took place Thursday evening, Sept. 28, in Lorraine. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the incident.
     See the Oct. 5 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter for more details.

Wed
27
Sep

George Eschbaugh’s gallery opens for Fall Extravaganga

LINDA MOWERY-DENNING/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Steve Eschbaugh of Wilson, George’s son, with his dog, Sadie. Inset is a picture of George Eschbaugh’s sandstone art studio.

AN ARTIST’S LEGACY

The handsome building with the Dakota sandstone facade is sheltered by trees that line the gravel road on the west edge of Wilson.

 

 

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Wed
27
Sep

Improving Lives

DAVIS

Ellsworth County Medical Center will host a Cancer Prevention Awareness event and dinner organized by Tina Davis, Rural Health Clinic director, Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Ellsworth American Legion Hall building.

 

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Wed
27
Sep

Ellsworth City

Hipp

Ellsworth may be looking for a new city attorney. At Monday night’s regular city council meeting, city attorney Carey Hipp notified the council she has submitted paperwork to be considered to fill the 20th Judicial District Judge’s position after the retirement of Ron Svaty. Svaty has held the position since 2004 and will retire Oct. 1. State Statute requires the governor to select a replacement to complete a vacated term of office.

 

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Wed
20
Sep

Show of Support

MARK GARDNER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Good Samaritan Society Ellsworth Village officials, from left, Donna Jones, Jessica Kootz and Crystal Packard with one of the hygiene kits.

The Good Samaritan Society Ellsworth Village is doing what it can to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by packing and shipping supplies to residents in Houston, Texas.

Jessica Kootz, director of senior housing and marketing at the Good Samaritan Society Ellsworth Village, said the administrator, Crystal Packard, received an e-mail from the head office, the National Campus for Good Samaritans Society. Upon receiving the e-mail, Packard forwarded it to her staff to make sure they participated.

Hurricanes have ravaged the Gulf of Mexico and much of the southeast United States coastline from Texas to the Carolinas.

Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean and much of the Cuban Islands before making home on the state of Florida. Millions lost their homes and to date are without power and much of what many need to survive for days.

Wed
20
Sep

Community steps forward to build ramp

MARK GARDNER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

This handicap ramp was constructed at the Bob Blackburn home by a group of Ellsworth residents helping a community member in need.

Several community members recently banded together on a project to help Ellsworth resident Bob Blackburn recently during his struggle with an illness.

The First Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth Masonic Lodge No. 146 and local community members donated time and money to build a handicap ramp for Blackburn to enter and leave his house.

Kendall Rathbun, master at the Masonic Lodge No. 146, spearheaded the effort, saying it wasn’t just him and the lodge, but it took the effort of several people that came together as Ellsworth always does to help another resident in need.

“There has been a lot of silent community members that have donated funds and time,” said Rathbun.

“With all the help we had everything we wanted to do just fell together.”

Fifteen people worked four evenings to complete the ramp with Ralph Doubrava, owner of Doubrava Woodworking, leading the construction and engineering of the ramp.

Wed
20
Sep

Farm safety message felt locally

See our 2017 Farm Safety insert.

Farming can be a dangerous profession. Although safety features on today’s farms and equipment have provided more protection than ever before, the constantly increasing size of farm equipment and the demand to produce more poses ongoing risks to the safety of both the farmer and those around them.

Those risks have had consequences for farmers here in Ellsworth County:

• The weekend of September 9, Ellsworth County farmer Brandon Westerman sustained a broken back while working cattle. A spokesman at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita said Westerman is in fair condition at the hospital following surgery.

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