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Czech Festival to celebrate egg designer

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Christine Slechta’s influence on the town where she has taught for 16 years is almost impossible to miss.

Drive into Wilson on Old Highway 40 and on the community’s east side, between the Opera House and the Snack Shack, stands the World’s Largest Hand-painted Czech Egg. Slechta designed the 24-feet tall fiberglass egg and is responsible for having it painted in traditional Czech colors of yellow and red against a black background.

Slechta passes the egg every day on her way to and from work at Wilson School. She teaches K-12 art.

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18
Jul

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CELEBRATION

At left, children scramble for candy Saturday morning at the Fort Harker Days parade in Kanopolis.

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18
Jul

Stay Out!

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

The broken windows are now protected by sheets of wood and “No trespassing” signs decorate the doors.

The message is clear — no visitors allowed inside the old Ellsworth County Hospital.

Ellsworth Police Chief Emil Halfhill told members of the Ellsworth City Council Tuesday, July 10, that Pull Over Adventures, a group that explores scenic, historic or just plain interesting locations across the United States, visited Ellsworth July 1 and discovered the old three-story hospital, which has been vacant since the Ellsworth County Medical Center opened in 1999.

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18
Jul

4-H Fair is training ground for county youngsters

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth County I-R

When Jenna Haase was just 7 years old, she joined the Midway Extension District’s 4-H program.

Jenna’s father, Arrin, was a former member of the Elkhorn 4-H Club, one of the county’s five groups, so it only seemed natural she would follow in his footsteps. A few years later, she would be joined by her younger sister, Nicole, and eventually, little sister Karli. Even their mom, Kristin, has had an active role.

The Haase family raised cattle and owned several horses, and so Jenna thought that joining 4-H just made sense.

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Jul

Husband-wife team discover old hospital

Editor’s Note — Pull Over Adventures is the name of a Facebook page belonging to a husband- wife team from Kansas. The I-R exchanged messages with the couple, who asked only their first names of Robert and Lois be used. Here is their response to how they discovered Ellsworth County’s old hospital on the hill.

We have professions that keep us busy all week. Combined with children and keeping up a household it leaves us very little time with each other. In order to see each other we started going on weekend trips to anything that caught our interests.

I enjoy driving so getting somewhere is not a problem. She enjoys photography. I have a background in history and we both are fascinated by the history all over America and how close it is to our own back door.

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18
Jul

Marquette Public Works Director Jay Baker to retire Aug. 31

The Marquette City Council reluctantly accepted Jay Baker’s retirement notice at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 10.

Citing the high cost of health insurance as well as other reasons, Baker, the city’s public works director for the past 22 years, presented his letter of resignation to the council, effective Aug. 31, 2018.

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Wed
11
Jul

FORT HARKER

Fort Harker Days at Kanopolis opens Friday with games in the park and a hamburger feed from 5 to 7 p.m. sponsored by the Ellsworth County Historical Society at the Commanding Officers Quarters. One Man Band street dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

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11
Jul

Ellsworth district moves closer to elementary school updates

By Alan Rusch
Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo USD 327 board of education moved one step closer to a proposed $1.45 million project to construct a new multi-purpose cafeteria/flex room at Ellsworth Elementary School and make other improvements.

The board, meeting July 5, approved Resolution 18-12, which allows the district to enter into a lease-purchase agreement for $1.45 million to provide financing for the improvements with Piper Jaffray & Company of Leawood, Kan. acting as the placement agent for negotiations.

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11
Jul

Svaty’s Harvest

By the I-R Staff

As Ellsworth County farmers headed for the harvest fields earlier this summer, Josh Svaty had more on his plate than wheat.

The night before, the Democratic candidate for Kansas governor had been at the El Dorado Civic Center for a debate. Next up was Washunga Days in Council Grove, followed by appearances at Kansas City, Osage County, Wellington ... the campaign season was in full swing.

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Marquette Swimming Lessons 2018

Members of the Marquette swimming classes and their teachers met for their second day of class Tuesday, July 3, at the Marquette city pool. A second class will be offered beginning July 16. Above are the 10 a.m. classes and below are the 11 a.m. classes. Names of class members will be published in the next issue of the Tribune.

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