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Wed
27
Dec

Digging up the Past

From the Thursday, Jan. 5, 1933 Marquette Tribune

84 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hudson and sons returned to their home in Oakley, Kansas the latter part of the week after visiting at the home of her father Emil Vann and other relatives all last week.

Robert Barry of Lindsborg, visited last week at the home of his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Charley Johnson.

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Wed
27
Dec

EMS will promote from within, commissioners told

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Frustrations from the last regular Ellsworth County Commission meeting seemed to settle a few days later.

At a special meeting called by the commission for Wednesday, Dec. 20, staffing issues within the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department were resolved. Most of the 43-minute long meeting was held in executive session, in order to discuss non-elected personnel and wages.

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Wed
27
Dec

GOP candidate Hutton makes Ellsworth stop

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Mark Hutton considers himself a “common sense conservative” — the kind of politician who looks for solutions instead of talking points. It’s how he grew his Wichita construction company from a few employees to 250. And

it’s how he says he will approach the job of Kansas governor, if elected.

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Wed
20
Dec

Robbery scare

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth police continued their search Tuesday afternoon for clues about the man who 24 hours earlier robbed Seitz Drug.

According to authorities:

A man wearing black clothing, including a coat, gloves, stocking cap and sunglasses, entered the North Douglas Avenue business at 4:49 p.m. Monday and demanded controlled narcotics. He carried a semi-automatic hand gun. The man was described as being white, six feet tall and 200 pounds with scarring on his cheeks. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Wed
20
Dec

Christmas spirit brings truce during WW I

By Tom Emery
Special to the I-R

The First World War shocked the world with its brutality and casualties. But for a brief time at Christmas 1914, enemies became warm friends.

Over a century ago this month, men of opposing armies in Flanders called a truce during the first Christmas of the war that has become the stuff of legend. While many of the stories of the cease-fire have been embellished with time, the truce stands in contrast to the horrific warfare that ravaged Europe.

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Wed
20
Dec

Lorraine welcomes return of popular nativity scene

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

LORRAINE — For longer than almost anyone here can remember, Joseph and Mary and Baby Jesus rested atop the local grain elevator and watched over Lorraine during the Christmas season.

Those were in the years when Larry Suiter was still alive and unafraid to work atop the almost 100 feet headhouse, where the nativity scene was stored, awaiting its annual holiday performance.

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Wed
20
Dec

Oh, Holy Night

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

The hearts of Rene and Edie Pennington are so filled with Christmas spirit, it spills over from their home to the yards of two neighbors in their Washington Street neighborhood.

The Penningtons’ yard at 602 Washington is filled with balloon figures, all of them bathed in light and inflated for public display from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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Wed
13
Dec

Jones’ trees of the season grace gallery

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Should one ever tire of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday promotions invented by car manufacturers, look no further than Dixie Jones.

Although she may be hard to pin down in person, she leaves a wake of Christmas cheer wherever she goes. It’s not tinsel or an evergreen scent, exactly, but a kind of infectious optimism that counters the dwindling daylight.

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Wed
13
Dec

Merry Czech Christmas

Zander and Sarah Florian of Ellsworth visit with Santa as Alisha Ptacek of Salina, the 2017 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen, left, looks on.

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Wed
13
Dec

Are you really who you say you are?

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

As the state of Kansas implements its Real ID program, residents are finding that reaching the service counter with the right documents is like hitting bingo. There are only certain winning combinations. But some don’t know it’s optional.

Although they may not have much influence on the decisions from the state of Kansas, officials in Ellsworth and Rice counties don’t want you to panic about renewing your driver’s license. Their message is simple: you have almost two years to track down the documents you might need, and they may be able to help.

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