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Thu
08
Nov

Ellsworth officials work to beautify town

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

For more than 50 years, A-1 Welding Shop has been a fixture at 501 E. Main St.

The salvage yard served as an automobile wasteland for customers willing to rummage through rusted skeletal frames for sought-after parts.

But over time, the property seemed to take on a life of its own. As the years passed by, owner Shorty Choitz, who purchased the property in 1966, had accumulated a staggering assortment of items — objects he regarded as valuable, but to others were just considered junk.

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Thu
08
Nov

Kelly Wins!

By the I-R staff

Republican Kris Kobach won the battle for governor in Ellsworth County. But Democrat Sen. Laura Kelly won the war by defeating the secretary of state with 51 percent of the vote.

The contest, which also included independent Greg Orman, an unknown factor throughout the campaign, was declared for Kelly shortly after 9 p.m.

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Thu
08
Nov

Saturday in Ellsworth

Christian Hay of Ellsworth gives a thumbs up before his airplane ride during the Smoky Hill EAA Chapter 1127 Young Eagles Day.

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Thu
08
Nov

Wilson picks Crawford for city council

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — Voters in Wilson chose Chuck Crawford to join incumbents Cindy Heinze and Darcy Hubka-Vopat on the Wilson City Council during Tuesday’s midterm election.

Crawford received 189 votes, Heinze 171 votes and Vopat 197 votes. The fourth person running for a seat on the council, incumbent Steve Claussen, received 161 votes.

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Thu
08
Nov

USD 112 bond issue appears be going down in defeat in spite of hard work by many

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

As of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, with all Ellsworth County votes counted, it appeared the $8.1 million Central Plains USD 112 bond issue was going to fail. Including tallies from Russell and Lincoln counties, the question had 305 “yes” votes to 555 “no” votes. Tallies from Barton and Rice counties were not available at press time.

Greg Clark, USD 112 superintendent, was hoping against hope the bond would pull through.

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Thu
08
Nov

2018 Melodrama and Olio a crowd pleaser

Jeremy Snapp, playing Colonel Sanders, does a scene with Vicki Young, playing Cora the housekeeper in this year’s melodrama Plantation Malady.

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Tue
06
Nov

Ellsworth County election results

Here are the 2018 election results from Ellsworth County -

9:20 p.m. - Central Plains USD 112 bond issue:

Yes - 188 (does not include Wilson)

No - 361

 

9:05 p.m. - Governor's race:

Kobach  - 981

Kelly - 692

Kloos - 13

Orman - 190

Caldwell - 24

 

8:35 p.m. - Governor's race:

Kobach- 621

Kelly - 521

Kloos - 10

Orman - 142

Caldwell - 17

 

8:15 p.m. - Governor's contest:   

Kobach - 443

Kelly - 359

Kloos - 8

Orman - 94

Caldwell - 13

Central Plains USD 112 - 107 "yes" and 198 "no". (This includes Ellsworth County advance and Holyrood ballots)

 

8:05 p.m. - Advance votes from Barton County on the Central Plains 112 School District bond issue are:

21 yes

56 no

Combined with earlier votes from Ellsworth County, advance votes total 68 "yes" and 110 "no."

Wed
31
Oct

Human trafficking isn’t an issue here — yet, authorities say

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

The Rev. Susanne Methven doesn’t refer to her charges at Salina’s Clover House as victims. She calls them survivors because of the skills they learned — and used — to escape life in the world of human trafficking.

For some, Clover House is the first time they’ve had their own room without bars on the windows. Or a pretty bed spread to brighten that room with color.

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Wed
31
Oct

Holiday kick off

By the I-R Staff

Collision repair still pays the bills at Greg Johnson’s house. But someday he hopes to retire his body shop sign and focus entirely on his first love — sculpture.

When that day comes, Johnson won’t have far to go. His creations feature many of the materials, tools and techniques he used in his 30-year career.

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Wed
31
Oct

Young Eagles to fly

By the I-R Staff

Smoky Hiill EAA Chapter 1127 will conduct a Young Eagle Day Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ellsworth Municipal Airport.

Youngsters, ages 8 to 17, are welcome to experience a free demonstration flight.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.

Each flight will be in a certified airplane flown by a licensed and experienced pilot.

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