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May

Ellsworth student looks ahead to her junior year in Indonesia

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Mena Blanding was at a music festival in Salina when she received the news in an e-mail — she was a finalist for a national scholarship that will take her to Indonesia for her junior year in high school.

“It was crazy,” she said. “I was so excited. This is something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time.”

Mena will receive a full scholarship through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. YES was organized by Congress in part as a response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Lawmakers wanted to address public diplomacy efforts that had been neglected for years in many countries around the world, according to the program website. Participants, who serve as “youth ambassadors” of the United States, attend high school while living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations.

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09
May

Boisvert cited for advocacy efforts

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Brian Boisvert’s family says he takes a piece of rural Kansas with him every time he travels to Washington, D.C. to lobby lawmakers and regulators on the importance of communication issues to Wilson and other small communities served by Wilson Communications and similar providers.

His colleagues offer a similar assessment of Boisvert’s efforts. In April, the Rural Broadband Association awarded the chief executive officer and general manager of Wilson Communications with the 2018 Grassroots Advocate of the Year Award during the Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington.

 

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Wed
09
May

It’s off to State for Ellsworth and Central Plains tennis teams

By The I-R Staff

If you’re from Ellsworth or Central Plains, there should be plenty of familiar faces to see if you go to Wichita this weekend.

At 3-2-1A regionals Friday at Hesston, the top six singles and doubles teams qualified for State. That included teams from Ellsworth and Central Plains.

“[That’s] the first time EHS qualified all six players for State that I know about,” said veteran Bearcat coach Eric Anderson.

 

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Wed
09
May

Ellsworth places second at home invitational

By The I-R Staff

Ellsworth placed second Thursday, May 3, in the Ellsworth Invitational at the Ellsworth Municipal Golf Course.

The Bearcats had a team score of 189.

The Thomas More Prep-Marian boys golf team claimed first place with a score of 170.

In individual play, Chris Fitzgerald placed sixth with an adjusted score of 41.

 

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Wed
09
May

Lady Bearcats post victories over Plainville

By The I-R Staff

The Lady ‘Cats took two games from Plainville Friday, including one that went back and forth and ended 13-11 in Ellsworth’s favor.

There was plenty of action in the second game of the double header as the Lady ‘Cats collected 10 hits, two more than the Lady Cardinals.

Ellsworth captured the lead in the first inning as Kolby Davis singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.

In the top of the fourth inning, Plainville tied the game at eight.

The Lady Cardinals scored five more runs in the fourth inning.

Ellsworth trailed 11-10 in the bottom of the fifth when an error scored two runs for the Lady ‘Cats.

 

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Wed
09
May

Adameks celebrating 55 years together

Larry and Sharen Adamek will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary May 18, 2018.

Larry and Sharen were married at St. Wenceslaus Catholic church in Wilson. Larry, a retired farmer, also worked as a service technician for Erhardt Furniture & Appliance, as well as Sipps Furniture for 40 years. Afterwards Larry and Sharen opened Larry’s Appliance Service, which they owned and operated for four years until semi-retiring.

Presently Larry spends his time at his farm; he is an active member of the Ellsworth EAA Chapter #1127, where he enjoys leisure flying and volunteering. Sharen worked as a receptionist for St. Bernard’s Catholic Church for 11 years. She enjoys her garden, volunteering and trips to Kansas City. They enjoy their bus trips and traveling to the surprise destinations.

Both are lifelong residents of Ellsworth County. They have a daughter, Cindy Rives and a grandson, Caden Rives of Kansas City, Mo.

Wed
09
May

Scamming the poor

By Olivia Alperstein

The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben “I’ve Never Had to Worry about Affording Housing” Carson, wants to triple the rent that low-income American families pay for federally subsidized housing.

Yep, this is the same guy who spent $31,000 of taxpayer money on a table and chairs. He’s trying to make it harder for low-income families who shop at Bob’s Discount Furniture to afford a stable housing situation.

For many families, that rent increase could mean the difference between squeaking by and being out on the street. That’s not an exaggeration — just ask anyone who’s been on the cusp of homelessness.

 

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Wed
09
May

Education funding set

Rep. Steven Johnson
Capitol View

The final week of the 2018 legislative was filled with activity on education funding, the budget, judiciary and tax.

The first major issue was to pass a final education funding bill. This was needed to clarify that the department of education has the authority to distribute the last $80 million of the about $4 billion allocated for K-12 education next year. The bill was largely assembled on the House floor and passed to the Senate. It passed both chambers easily and I voted yes.

 

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Wed
09
May

Byerley’s condition upgraded to fair

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Less than a week after an accident cost him part of his right leg, Alan Byerley was already joking with a close friend. Don Panzer, who usually shares a meal with him every evening, received a text message Monday:

“I’m not going to make it to Paden’s for dinner. And probably not to the bowling alley.”

Byerley, whose condition was upgraded from serious to fair earlier this week, is recovering from injuries suffered Tuesday, May 1. The loader he was maneuvering tipped over, pinning him to the ground.

 

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09
May

Thunder on the Smoky is May 19

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

Residents of Marquette and bikers from across Kansas, as well as from neighboring states, look forward to the third weekend in May each year Marquette’s annual motorcycle rally.

Since it began in 2004, Thunder on the Smoky has grown into a popular festival attracting tourists as well as bikers to Marquette and its motorcycle museum.

Thunder on the Smoky began as a way to promote the museum, which has a collection of more than 100 classic motorcycles, photos and memorabilia.

The museum is a nonprofit organization and relies on donations from visitors and events like Thunder on the Smoky to keep its doors open.

 

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