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Wed
15
Nov

Newcomers prepare for council seats

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

For Tyler Renard, the third time was the charm. Of all the candidates running for election, he was perhaps the most persistent.

Renard won a seat Tuesday, Nov. 7, on the Ellsworth City Council with 178 votes. Technically, he had no opponent. Neither did incumbent Stephen Magette, who retained his seat with 187 votes.

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Wed
15
Nov

Thanking Our Vets

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Veterans Day ceremony at Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School focused on a table, set for six, but no one sat down. On stage at the Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 10, flanked by fellow veterans holding flags, Doug Stefek stood. He described each item on the table and what it stood for. Some symbolic elements, such as the yellow ribbon, were familiar. Others, less so.

“The tablecloth is white, for the purity of their motives,” he said. “The slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate.”

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Wed
15
Nov

Council talks flood control

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth City Council took another step forward Monday with its plans to direct floodwaters away from downtown. At its Monday meeting, the council voted to request pricing from Kirkham Michael of Ellsworth for an update on the drainage study prepared by the engineering firm four years ago.

The estimate request was prompted by the Kansas Department of Transportation, which turned down the city’s recent request for funding. Jon Halbgewachs, with Kirkham Michael, said he thinks KDOT will view the project more favorably once the city provides more details. “They want to see which option the city is pursuing,” he said. “They want to see a pretty defined footprint.”

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Wed
15
Nov

Board moves ahead with EES plan

BY LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Members of the Ellsworth- Kanopolis-Geneseo School District board of education moved a step closer Monday night to improvements at Ellsworth Elementary School.

By a unanimous vote, the board agreed to allow HTK Architects to draft plans for a new cafeteria. No cost was attached to the motion; however, superintendent Dale Brungardt said the work is expected to total about $71,000.

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Wed
15
Nov

Thibodeau exhibit at Birger Sandzén

Special to the MT

New exhibitions opening at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg include paintings by Rich Thibodeau of Marquette; mixed media works by Clark Britton of Wichita; selected pieces by Joe Jones from the Moffett Collection; and the Gallery’s annual Holiday Gift Show. They will be on display from Nov. 5, 2017, through Jan. 14, 2018.

Marquette painter Rich Thibodeau is originally from Massachusetts and spent extended periods of time in Riverside, Calif.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Santa Fe, N.M. prior to relocating to the Central Plains. He worked in business until 1970, then pursued his passion in the visual arts, operating art-related businesses such as galleries and a frame shop. He currently runs ArtSpace in Marquette and is a dedicated painter.

Wed
08
Nov

Burying History

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

In 50 years, Charlie Williams may not recall what was inside the time capsule, but he might remember that he was there. He and his mother, Melissa, attended the burial of the capsule Sunday, Oct. 29, with about 20 others at the Hodgden House Museum Complex.

“If we have anyone under 10, make sure you get up close,” said Dru Richard, treasurer of the Ellsworth County Historical Society.

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Wed
08
Nov

Remembering the ‘Nam

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

Leonard Haverkamp was 23 when he shipped off to Vietnam. It was 1968 when the Kansas National Guardsman learned his unit was activated, offering him a one-way ticket to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.

After months spent training, Haverkamp was deployed overseas to a warzone unlike anything he had ever imagined.

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Wed
08
Nov

Foundation offers matching grants in November

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth County has a chance to bring $75,000 into the community, during a challenge period that takes place exclusively this month.

Until Thursday, Nov. 30, donations made to the Community Grant Fund of the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation (SHCF) will be matched by another Kansas foundation helping the northwest portion of the state.

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Wed
08
Nov

Hopkins wins race for Kanopolis mayor

By the I-R staff

Kanopolis will have a new mayor following Tuesday’s election of city council and school board members.

Newcomer Anthony Hopkins defeated Darrell Ploutz, who has served on the Kanopolis City Council for a dozen years, for the office now held by Russell Bunch, who did not seek re-election. The vote was 87 to 66.

Ploutz, who watched the outcome at the Ellsworth County Courthouse, congratulated Hopkins on his win.

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Wed
08
Nov

Haunted Hike a good time for one and all

By Lee Wolf
Special to the Marquette Tribune

The Marquette Lions Club presented the 2nd Annual Haunted Hike Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Wolverine Sports Complex.

Lions Club members counted 159 people who dare to take the hike that generated a lot of screams and laughter. At the end, friendly witches handed out candy to the brave survivors.

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