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17
Jan

Pharmacy students tour Ellsworth

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

If enough circles are drawn near each other, eventually some of them will overlap. Drop a finger onto the page and chances are good it’ll land within several circles at once. That’s where Savanna Anschutz wants to be — in the middle of it all and the go-between.

Anschutz and 15 of her fellow graduate students, from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas, recently visited Ellsworth to learn about business management and customer relations. It was a homecoming for Anschutz, once or twice removed.

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Wed
17
Jan

Temperature roller coaster frustrates county residents

BY Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

With the past four weeks feeling more like a yo-yo than a legitimate season, many people are trying to make sense of winter. Within the last several days, temperatures in the mid-60s dropped to single digits, repeating the trend at Christmas and then the New Year. The mercury’s sudden snaps, after a short time of stringing everyone along, make it difficult to settle into any kind of routine.

“We all talked about how warm the fall was,” said state Rep. Steven Johnson. His district covers Ellsworth and parts of Rice and Saline counties. “These are bigger swings than we’re used to. Usually the temperature will stay somewhere for longer.”

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Wed
17
Jan

Josh Svaty Democrat leader in donations

By the I-R staff

Ellsworth County Democrat Josh Svaty collected more donations in his quest to be the next Kansas governor than others in his party during the campaign reporting period that ended Dec. 31.

Svaty, a former state lawmaker and Kansas secretary of agriculture, reported donations of $192,545 from 598 individual contributors.

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Wed
17
Jan

Cover your mouth

BY LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Does it seem as if everyone around you is coughing, sneezing or otherwise feeling punk?

It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.

This is flu season and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, recorded cases of flu-like symptoms are on track to be higher than in 2017 in Kansas.

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Wed
17
Jan

City council meeting not a ‘cat-astrophe’

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

The meeting room at Marquette City Hall was overflowing Tuesday night, Jan. 9, as the subject of cats and what to do (and not do) about their presence in Marquette was on the agenda.

Around 25 members of the public joined the fivemember council and other city officials, many to voice their concerns over the December passage of an item that would allow citizens to borrow a live trap from the city to capture cats and relocate them on farms outside the city limits.

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Wed
10
Jan

Dog program is all about caring

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

Many types of canines are specifically trained to help humans. There are bomb-sniffing dogs, K-9 units and sheep dogs. There are sled dogs. There are official Seeing Eye dogs and other kinds of guide dogs. And there are the legendary St. Bernards that deliver brandy to stranded mountain travelers. All told, for dogs, there are about 101 vocations.

One of them, the comfort dog, doesn’t exist yet in Kansas, but Ellsworth’s Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Good Samaritan Society Ellsworth Village have teamed up to bring the first one to the state.

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Wed
10
Jan

Chamber banquet is set for Jan. 27

Know someone who has gone above and beyond the call to support their community?

Nominations are still open for the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year.

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Wed
10
Jan

Residents seek to avoid repeat of March 6 wildfire

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

DORRANCE — The Dorrance Fire Department will gladly accept help during emergencies, but it doesn’t want citizens to find themselves trapped in the process. That was one of the key points at a meeting Saturday outlining how a repeat of the March 6 fire at Wilson Lake could be avoided.

The meeting site, American Legion Post 334 in Dorrance, was announced as the official recuperation area. With ample room and facilities, it will be where relief is provided when multiple agencies need to respond to an incident. A copy of guidelines for site operations will remain there and will include authorization for supplies at Wilson and Russell.

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Wed
10
Jan

Thoughts of fire prevention spark talk

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

DORRANCE — From the way she bounds across the grass, Tye doesn’t act like she was ever injured. But only 10 months ago, Andy Phelps’ dog wore bandages on her paws after managing to escape the Wilson Lake fire. Her mother, five horses and Phelps’ home did not survive.

Tye’s fur has grown back and the scars blend in with the colors in her coat. As she comes up on her fifth birthday this April, she has a new playmate. T-Bone joined the family as a puppy, immediately after the fire, and is being taught how to be a proper blue heeler. The two of them recently attempted to harmonize with the music playing over the Douglas Street speakers during a trip to Ellsworth.

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Wed
10
Jan

Riverview Estates starts 2018 with generous gift

By Judi Brown
Marquette Tribune

Riverview Estates in Marquette started the new year with some news that everyone could be excited about. The skilled nursing home received a sizeable open donation that will allow improvements to the facility and the start of a new endowment fund.

“It’s a good way to start 2018,” stated administrator Courtney Bailey.

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