Wed
08
Aug

2018 Smoky Valley Saddle Club Rodeo

Cash Toews of Canton hangs on for the ride.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

Guardians of the Ellsworth pool

It’s a 96-degree day and you decide to go cool off at the swimming pool.

While in the water, you hear a whistle blow and then see a lifeguard dive into the deep end to bring a child to the side. That is called a “save.”

The Ellsworth Swimming Pool lifeguards are there to do just that — to save you and your children from getting hurt or drowning.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

Czech Fest race results

Results from the 2018 Czech Fest 5K Run July 28 at Wilson’s After Harvest Czech Festival are: Women 12 and under — Keziah Bachman, 1st, 26:28; Kyli Bachman, 2nd, 26:40; Skye Deal, 3rd, 46:56.

Women 13-19 — Cara Criswell, 1st, 23:36; Robyn Logan, 2nd, 25:51; Keilah Bachman, 3rd, 26:03. Women 20-29 — Justine Dlabal, 1st, 24:54; Alexandria Klema, 2nd, 30:05; Mykaela Ptacek, 3rd, 35:39.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

Donald Smischny celebrating 90th birthday

Birthday

Donald Smischny, Salina, will celebrate Aug. 17 his 90th birthday.

Donald was born Aug. 17, 1928. He served as Ellsworth Grade School principal for more than 35 years.

Donald will celebrate his birthday with his family, Janis Smischny, Salina, Melinda and Tracy Hutton, Newton, Cheryl and Doug Klink, Estes Park, Colo., and Randy Smischny, Manhattan.

His family has requested a card shower to help him celebrate. Cards can be sent to 647 Nova Court, Salina, Kan. 67401.

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Wed
08
Aug

Area youth complete mission work

Birthday

Lordy, Lordy, guess who’s 80!

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Wed
08
Aug

Amazon’s hidden cost

By Katie Parker

The billions in tax breaks larger cities are offering Amazon to host its “HQ2,” Amazon’s bare-knuckled push to squash a business tax in Seattle, and recent strikes for better working conditions in Amazon facilities have all fueled a growing conversation about the retail behemoth’s toll on communities.

But one element of Amazon’s business strategy has fallen under the radar, and this one could really bite where you live: its bid to dominate local government purchasing.

 

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Wed
08
Aug

Inevitable misfortune

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

As the 1868 spring turned to summer everyone on the plains held their breath wondering if peace with the Cheyenne was going to hold.

When the conference for peace had been held at Medicine Lodge the previous fall, the Cheyenne were the last to sign.

Who could blame them?

Of all the plains tribes the Cheyenne had been singled out by Colorado troops for retribution by means of a particularly brutal attack on a peaceful village in 1864. The Sand Creek Massacre was still fresh in their minds.

 

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Wed
30
May

Stop your engines

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

 

Edie Grogg isn’t especially a fan of “rat rods,” but she has to admit the custom cars built from old junk parts are among the more unusual entries at the Old Iron Classics Customs & Cycles Show. “They add some strange things to them,” said Grogg, whose preference leans more towards Ford Mustangs. She has three — a 1965, a 2006 and a 2009. There’s also the 1968 Mustang her husband, George, bought for her shortly after they were married.

He pulled the engine and sold it to a couple who became stranded in Ellsworth on their way west to attend a funeral. It awaits a replacement engine. With that exception, Edie Grogg will have her three show Mustangs, including her favorite — the red 1965 — on display June 2 at the Old Iron Classics on the grounds of the Ellsworth Recreation Center.

Wed
30
May

Wilson’s Class of 1968 had a year to remember

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

 

WILSON — When the 28 members of the Wilson High School Class of 1968 graduated in May, they inherited a nation in turmoil. While the Vietnam War raged overseas, riots, protests and killings took place here at home with Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. both falling to assassins’ bullets. Class member Dennis Hathaway said the news of the time seemed far removed from Wilson. “You just didn’t even think about it,” he said. “You went on with life.”

Hathaway was one of 17 class members attending the annual WHS Alumni Banquet Saturday in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish Hall in Wilson. Four from the class, Hathaway, Joyce (Klema) Kraus, Tom Vopat and Lucinda (Mahoney) Drago, remember attending Kansas State University in 1968 when Nichols Gymnasium on the Manhattan campus burned to the ground.

 

Wed
30
May

Poker run benefits ECF’s SLC

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

 

After 18 years of successful fundraising for the Spiritual Life Center, officials at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility are hoping to boost participation this year by moving up the “Run for the Soul” event. Normally held at the end of the month, the 19th annual motorcycle ride will be Saturday, June 2, to allow more farmers and their helpers to attend.

“The end of June is normally harvest time,” said Dale Bailey, ECF chaplain. “Many people are busy with harvest and can’t make it to the run.

 

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