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Rapidly moving fire threatens Wilson

By Mark Gardner

Exhausted volunteer firefighters from Wilson and Ellsworth donned their gear again Tuesday morning to extinguish hot spots and flares from a grass fire that started at Wilson Lake and jumped Interstate 70 before it was brought under control.

Ellsworth County remained under an extreme grassland fire warning Tuesday; however, the extended forecast contained a hint of relief. Wichita metrologist Ross Janssen had rain in his forecast for late Friday and early Saturday. Central Kansas has gone weeks without significant moisture.

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Salute to the Past

By the I-R staff

Ellsworth kicked off its 150th birthday celebration Saturday night with a tribune to the men and women who battled drought, floods and prairie fires to settle this part of Kansas.

About 150 attended the Old Settlers Reunion at Ellsworth City Hall. The event, which organizers hope becomes an annual ritual, was sponsored by the National Drovers Hall of Fame, which is working to restore downtown Ellsworth’s signature Insurance Building.

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Work is about to begin on mold removal at jail

By Mark Gardner

Ellsworth County’s mold problem may be closer to resolution as Sheriff Murray Marston appeared at Monday’s commission meeting with a contract proposal for cleanup.

Marston said there have been changes in the original bid from the Topeka company, H.I.S. Companies LLC, the county has hired as more was known about the scope of the job.

The biggest change is price.

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Norton defeats ‘Cats

By Mark McCoy

RUSSELL — Third-ranked 3A Norton defeated Ellsworth, 67-30, in the second round of the Russell 3A sub-State basketball tournament Friday in Russell.

The Bluejays scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and added 22 point while holding the Bearcats to eight to have a 36-8 halftime lead.

Norton scored 14 points and the Bearcats scored 11 in the third stanza to set the score at 50-19 in favor of the Bluejays.

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Lady 0’s make fourth trip to State

By Mark McCoy

GREENSBURG — The top-ranked, undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains will defend their 2A crown for a fourth consecutive season. The Lady O’s defeated the Lady Coyotes of Kinsley, 68-34, Saturday in the championship game of the Kiowa County 2A sub-State basketball tournament in Greensburg.

The Lady Oilers pulled to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady O’s rolled 23 points through the net and held Kinsley to 13 in the second period to have a 42-19 halftime lead.

Conditioning came into play in the third stanza as the machine-like, rapid pace of the Central Plains girls appeared to wear upon the Lady Coyotes. The Lady O’s scored 17 points and the Lady Coyotes made three in the third quarter for a 59-22 score at the end of the period.

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Mar

Club News

Traveling 12 Card Club The Traveling 12 Card Club met at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Czech Apartments with Doris Oller as hostess.

Winning Hi was Vera Ehrlich, Lo was Dorothy Brokes and getting traveling was Myrene Soukup.

Others playing Pinochle were Jeannie Thrasher, Betty Heinze, Jan Zamernick, Alice Peterka, Julia Woodmansee, Gale Paterson, Lucille Janda and Charlene Stoppel.

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Engagement

Haun-Hardman

Steve and Vickie Haun of Wilson, Kan. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Randi Dawn Haun, to Jacob Paul Hardman, son of Jed and Paula Kuhn of Great Bend.

Ms. Haun, a graduate of Fort Hays State University in 2007 and Wichita State University in 2009, is a Physician Assistant in orthopedic surgery in Overland Park, Kan.

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Expansion rules uncertain

BY REP. DON HINEMAN

Editor’s Note — The following information on Medicaid Expansion was written by Rep. Don Hineman, who represents the 118th District of western Kansas and submitted by Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Assaria. 

Medicaid Expansion

This week the House of Representatives voted to expand Medicaid in Kansas. The bill created the Bridge to a Healthy Kansas program which aims to provide affordable health care to about 150,000 low income Kansans. Under the bill the eligibility requirements are as follows:

• Must be between 18 and 65 years of age.

• Has an annual household income of no more than 133 percent of the federal poverty level, after the 5 percent income set aside allowed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Mar

POLITICS AND FIRE

By Linda Mowery-Denning

This editorial was originally going to be about everything that has gone on in Topeka the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Wilson has done its best in recent days to challenge the state capital in the news department. So, a short couple of observations with more to come next week:

First, as anyone who hasn’t been vacationing in Russia the past few years should know, Kansas is in a financial fix. Voters must support lawmakers who are serious about addressing the state’s budget problems.

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Marquette Tradition

By Jennifer McDaniel

As a junior at Kansas State University, Scott Johnson was still trying to carve out a career path. With only a year left until he graduated, the young man wasn’t exactly sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

That is until he was approached by Marquette Farmers State Bank President Ralph Wheat.

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