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Wed
07
Oct

Walking with Nature

Light overnight showers made for a wonderful fall morning to take in a guided tour at Kanopolis State Park. This hike was an activity offered with free entrance day at all Kansas State Parks held on Sept. 26.
Thu
01
Oct

Ellsworth City

Water line decision postponed

By Linda Mowery-Denning   

     To quote the late Yogi Berra, “It was like deja vu all over again.”
     After a 10-year absence from City Hall, Scott Moore officially returned Monday as Ellsworth city administrator.
     At least two members of the audience joined Mayor John Whitmer in welcoming him back. Moore replaces Tim Vandall, who left earlier this year for a job in Lansing. The city has been without a city administrator for three months.
     There was no new business, only a continuation of issues the council has discussed before.

Wed
30
Sep

Cloggers perform at benefit

Madison Loder, left, Emma McBride, center, and Michelle Loder, right, from the advanced clogging group at the Marquette Fine Arts Center, performed Sept. 19 during the Bike for Brandi event. Each of the clogging groups from the beginners to the adult class performed. This benefit was for the Brandi Waters Memorial fund. “Even though attendance was low, there was over $1,200 raised for Brandi’s memorial fund. I was happy with the proceeds for the day,” event coordinator Dick Rawson said.
 
Wed
30
Sep

Numbers Game

USD 327 misses out on additional state funds by one student
 
By Alan Rusch
 
Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 superintendent Dale Brungardt had mixed emotions when he learned his district had 633 students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year as of the Sept. 21 official count date. “It’s great — it represents growth for us and that we’re staying solid and doing good things,” Brungardt said in a recent interview with the Independent-Reporter.
 
 
Wed
30
Sep

Homecoming Spirit

As several Ellsworth Bearcat football players look on, former Bearcat football coach Gail “Pep” Shanelec, second from the right, tries on a vintage football helmet Friday night at the Homecoming game against Sacred Heart.
 
 
Wed
30
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.

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