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Wed
16
Jan

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USD 112 Board members and the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter First of all thanks to the board members for their dedication and hard work during these extra ordinary times. Please remember the loudest and angriest voice in the room does not always represent the majority and is often not right.

Hopefully short term you can find a way to keep all of our buildings open and give yourself time for a long term solution. Could another option be getting those opposed to the last bond involved and coming up with a bond we can agree on?

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Wed
16
Jan

STOP THE RUMORS

Wilson has reason to celebrate the new year. After months of rumors and uncertainty, the town’s roughly 700 residents learned their grocery store would for sure remain open. The “for sale” sign no longer hangs in the front window.

I-R writer Jennifer McDaniel tells the story starting on Page A1 of this week’s edition. Owner Rick Weigel considered giving up the business because of health concerns. Then doctors told him his health issues weren’t as serious as originally thought.

The diagnosis has allowed Weigel to continue as the owner of Wilson Foods and find additional ways to serve his current customers and attract new ones.

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Wed
09
Jan

FROM OUR READERS

Support your local grocery store

Some may think the grocery store is a place to purchase milk and bread. Yes, this is true. When you live in a small town, you know it is much more then a place with coolers, the bread aisle, and meat counter.

A small town grocery is a place where you might run into the person across town you haven’t seen in awhile. It may be where you meet your neighbor and stop in front of the apples to discuss what is the plan for supper? Bits of news is conveyed, about who may be ill, who had a baby, or recently engaged. The school concert or game may a quick topic while picking out the ice cream.

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Wed
02
Jan

COMMUNITY IN 2019

‘Tis the season to be merry. At least we hope that is how Christmas was for most of our readers and advertisers in 2018. There were exceptions, of course. Ellsworth County lost several long-time residents. Don Hanson, a former Ellsworth County commissioner who did more than his share to move Ellsworth and Ellsworth County forward, passed away in June. He was joined in late December by Jesse Magana and Libbie Sebesta. Both of these individuals not only influenced their communities in positive ways; they played important roles in the history of Ellsworth County. They all will be missed, along with others lost to us this past year.

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Wed
26
Dec

Editor’s Notebook

Don’t forget. The Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter will go to press early again next week so employees can have extra time off with their families. That means we need ads and editorial copy by noon Thursday. I personally would appreciate sooner, if possible. Send information to indy@eaglecom.net or 304 N. Douglas Ave., Ellsworth, Kan. 67439. Call me at (785) 472-5085 if you have questions.

LMD

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Wed
26
Dec

REMEMBER

Almost every year, we get together with several family members and friends to attend Kansas State University football games and cheer on our Wildcats. These are trips we all enjoy and remember from the time our kids could barely walk to now, when they have children of their own.

The one exception comes on the Saturday when the university salutes the military. Soldiers from nearby Fort Riley fill the stadium, planes fly overhead and spectators stand and cheer and applaud for those whose job it is to defend the United States.

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Wed
19
Dec

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK

Christmas is a special time of year for many of us. This weekend was especially fun as we gathered with family for the annual Denning Christmas breakfast before spending Saturday night with friends on our annual tour of Salina Christmas lights.

Note to others taking the tour: Our favorite house this year was on Overhill Road near the former Marymount College. The large brick home on the old hill is ablaze with holiday lights.

Another reason to remember this past weekend was the open house in Salina to celebrate Dale Grothusen’s 100th birthday. Great crowd. Great event. Great guy.

LMD

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Wed
19
Dec

CHRISTMAS STORY

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

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Wed
12
Dec

A Bad Gamble

Caldwell assistant city marshal Ben Wheeler was called to a disturbance the evening of Dec. 15, 1883, to a saloon, “a few doors north of the post office”. A Texas gambler had used a knife to whittle away on both a soldier and a saloon keeper. Wheeler found his man, took the knife away and told him to go home. The gambler, Newt Boyce, unfortunately didn’t have the good sense to do as he was told.

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Wed
05
Dec

Editor’s Notebook

I stumbled across the above photo of daughter Allie and Bill Self as I was writing the editorial on the Ellsworth Childcare and Learning Center and thought it would be appropriate to publish it as a reminder of the center’s beginnings. Self and Frank Martin, who was then head coach at Kansas State, spent an evening in Ellsworth, helping to raise money for the center. Ellsworth’s American Legion building was packed with supporters, most of them hoping to have their photographs taken with one or both of the coaches.

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