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Ellsworth County


Volume 136, No. 38

Do you have questions on the June 5 bond issue for USD 327? Come to the meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 , at the PAC.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Fallen Flags

This photo by Ellsworth’s Morgan Dobrinski shows the American flags stored inside the Ellsworth VFW building, which burned early Friday morning. Story and more photos on Pages A10 and A11.

Ross Janssen’s Weather May 9 to May 15











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Page A4 — Ellsworth resident Clint Rogers writes about his reasons for supporting USD 327’s proposed bond issue. Note to readers — Coverage of the $11.3 million bond issue will resume in the May 17 edition with articles from patrons, as well as a look at other districts and the effect of their bond issues on their communities.


Page A8 — Wilson FFA recognizes the year in achievements. Pages B1-B4 — Local tennis players win state berths.

The above photo was taken by Ellsworth’s Marvin Bush shortly after firefighters arrived at downtown Ellsworth’s VFW building. See Pages A10 and A11 for more on the fire.

Cunningham wins Ellsworth Invitational Golf Tournament. Lady ‘Cats sweep Plainville. Ellsworth boys in track meet.


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-IR Obituaries

I-R Calendar THURSDAY, MAY 10

Second half of property taxes due COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION (NEW LOCATION): The Ellsworth Kiwanis Club distributes government commodities at noon at the Ellsworth County Health Department. Information: Anita Hoffhines, (785) 5310160. ART AND MUSIC: Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School hosts a fine arts concert and art show. The art show begins at 6 p.m. in the hall outside of the school gym and performing arts center. A judging will be conducted in the PAC at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m.


LAST DAY: Today is the last day of classes for seniors at Wilson High School.

SaturDAY, MAY 12

HELP THE CAUSE: Ellsworth Post Office workers and their families collect non-perishable food items from postal customers today. All donations go to the Ellsworth Food Bank. Postal customers are asked to place their non-perishable food items at their mail box for collection. RUN FOR THE SOUL: The Ellsworth Correctional Facility Run for the Soul poker run fund raiser is today with proceeds benefitting the ECF Spiritual Life Center. A free-will offering breakfast is served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ellsworth Recreation Center southeast of Ellsworth with blessing of the bikes at 10:45 a.m., with departure and a parade through downtown Ellsworth and past ECF at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served from 9:30 to 4 p.m., with bikers returning at 4 p.m. and a live auction from 4 to 4:30 p.m.


COUNTY BUSINESS: Ellsworth County commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the courthouse meeting room. Agenda available after noon the Friday before the meeting. SCHOOL BUSINESS: The Central Plains USD 112 board of education meets at 5 p.m. at Central Plains Elementary School in Holyrood. PUBLIC MEETING: Eric Reid, USD 327 superintendent, hosts a 7 p.m. public information meeting at the Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School Performing Arts Center detailing the district’s bond issue that goes before voters June 5. CITY BUSINESS: Ellsworth City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. LOCAL TALENT: Ellsworth and area artists are featured at the Ellsworth Area Arts Council gallery, 223 N. Douglas Ave. Come and go reception from 6 to 8 p.m.


BOND QUESTION: Today is the final day to register to vote in the June 5 special election conducted by the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School District on the $11.3 million bond issue for new and improved buildings. SERVICE CALL: The Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth Village, serves its annual recognition luncheon for veterans from noon to 1 p.m. in Hoeger Chapel on campus. Reservations by May 14 to Jessica Mitchell, (785) 472-3167.


SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT: Ellsworth Junior-Senior High School hosts the annual senior awards night at 7 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center.


DIABETIC DINNER: A spring diabetic dinner is served at 6 p.m. in the administration building at Ellsworth County Medical Center. The speaker will be Dr. Johanna McCullagh, a nephrologist. The event is designed for diabetics and their caregivers. Reservations can be make by calling (785) 472-5028, extension 512 or extension 565 by May 11. Seating is limited.



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The official newspaper for Ellsworth County, USD 327, USD 112 and the cities of Ellsworth, Holyrood, Kanopolis, Lorraine and Wilson. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Single Copy – $1 Per Year in Ellsworth County – $39.75 (sales tax included) Per Year Elsewhere – $44.50 (sales tax included) HOW TO REACH US Phone – (785) 472-5085 Toll-Free - 1-877-809-3432 Mail – 304 N. Douglas, Ellsworth, KS 67439 E-mail – The Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter is published weekly at 304 N. Douglas Ave., Ellsworth, Kansas. Periodicals postage rate paid at Ellsworth, KS 67439. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ELLSWORTH COUNTY INDEPENDENT-REPORTER, 304 N. Douglas Ave., Ellsworth, KS 67439. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content, in whole or in part, without permission, is strictly prohibited.

Norma Jean Fleming (1933-2012) A memorial service for Norma Jean Fleming will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth.

Leora D. Hammond Kristufek (1914-2012) Leora D. Hammond Kristufek, 98, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Golden Living Center, Wilson. She was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Grigston, the daughter of William and Ina Fay Watson Nulf. A longtime area resident, she owned and operated the Hammond Holiday Home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Larned, was the Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader and a member of the Boys’ Town of Nebraska. She married C.G. Hammond April 26, 1930. He died Nov. 21, 1971. She married Carl Kristufek Sept. 21, 1977, at Dillon, Mont. He passed away Feb. 27, 1988. Survivors include: a daughter, Barbara Fox, and husband, Melvin, Wilson; two daughters-in-law, Barbara Hammond, Larned, and Cathy Hammond, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son-in-law, Lewis Young; a step-son, Carl Kristufek and wife, Winnie, Breeze Point, Minn.; three step-daughters, Connie Fox and husband, Phil, Mays Landing, N.J., Carol Nesbitt and husband, Hank, Austin, Texas, and Kay Hazlett and husband, Jay, Lenexa; 27 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 84 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; 70 great-great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, David Hammond and Jim Hammond; a daughter, Patricia Young; two brothers, Jay Nulf and Elmer Nulf; three sisters, Vera Herrell,Ella Johnson and Maggie

Skelton; three grandsons; and one great-grandson. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Ryan Webster officiating. Burial will be in the Larned Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Hammond Family Memorial Scholarship, in care of the mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, Kan. 67550. Condolences may be left at

Eugene (Gene) Louis Meyer (1928-2012) Eugene (Gene) Louis Meyer died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at his home in Tempe, Ariz. He was born July 11, 1928, in Lorraine, to Harvey and Delia (Mehl) Meyer. He was a Holyrood area farmer, and an accountant and realtor in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. He married LorRetta Keyser in Holyrood, Jan. 1, 1950. She died April 17, 1995. He married Gladys Whitcombe April 11, 1999, in Tempe, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his wife, LorRetta; son, Mel Meyer; daughter, Karma Frees; grandson, Cory Bouk; and his parents. Survivors include his wife, Gladys; three daughters, Gina (Carl) Bouk, Mesa, Ariz., Debbie (Pete) Lozano, Las Cruces, N.M., Doreen (Loren) Schultz, Hoisington; one sister, Dorothy (Wilford) Ziekert, Branson, Mo., two brothers, Norman (Anne) Meyer, Rockford, Ill., Warren (Sylvia) Meyer, Scottsdale, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four step-children, eight step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Holyrood with Pastor Daniel Harder and Pastor Lloyd Sprick officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Peter Lutheran Church or East Valley Hospice, in care of the church.

Medication disposal program introduced Special to the I-R

TOPEKA — The Kansas Medication Disposal Program was recently introduced by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. The purpose of the disposal program is to make collection centers available statewide for the disposal of uncontrolled medications generated by households, long-term care facilities and hospice care facilities. Under the Kansas Medication Disposal Program, participating pharmacies and household hazardous waste facilities can serve as collection centers for uncontrolled medications while law enforcement agencies can collect both uncon-


Karen Wacker is a board member of the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation. Her name was omitted in a May 3 I-R story on the grants awarded this spring by the foundation.

Wilson Alumni Banquet Saturday, May 26, 2012 Catholic Parish Center Tickets Available at:

Wilson State Bank and Amy’s Accounting Mail Orders: Kenny Branda P.O. Box 418 • Wilson, KS 67490 Ticket Price: $22.00 ea. Includes Dinner & Entertainment Open to the public Ticket Deadline: May 18, 2012


trolled and controlled medications in accordance with the Controlled Substances Act. “Storing unwanted or expired medications in the home poses a significant health risk to Kansas families,” said Dr. Robert Moser, KDHE secretary and state health officer. “Children can be injured or even die from accidental ingestion. This Medication Disposal Program is a collaborative effort in providing a way for Kansans to safely and conveniently get rid of uncontrolled medications” An interactive map is available on the KDHE website showing the location of participating pharmacies and HHW facilities. More information about the Kansas Medication Disposal Program can be found online at http://www.

ADVANCE VOTING UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 327 SPECIAL QUESTION ELECTION ELLSWORTH COUNTY JUNE 5, 2012 The County Clerk’s Office is open for ADVANCE VOTING Ellsworth County Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rice County Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Advance Voting ends June 4th at Noon MUST PRESENT PHOTO ID WHEN VOTING

Saturday, May 12 • 6 - 8 p.m. American Legion Hall, Geneseo

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EHS Alumni Banquet/Dance on Saturday, May 26, 2012 Social Hour – 5:30 • Dinner – 6:30 Dance – 9:00

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We are proud to continue to serve Ellsworth’s Downtown Community while better serving our Customer’s Uptown. We are your locally owned, Hometown Bank that is proud to have served all of our customers since 1900. Join us for our Highway Bank Grand Opening Week May 14 - 18, 2012 Daily Refreshments & Drawings

FRIDAY, MAY 18th Community BBQ and Live Music 6 - 9 p.m. Come meet the CSB&T Team!

New Extended Hours 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grand Prize Drawings • 20 $20 Gift Certificates to Local Businesses • Salina Community Theatre, Select Season Tickets for 2 • 1 Family Nights Stay at Great Wolf Lodge *Must be present during the BBQ to win

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Linda Mowery-Denning Editor/Publisher

READER LETTERS USD 327 school bond issue — vote yes

Letter to the Editor: Ellsworth, Kansas, USA — April 2012 — As we all know, the proposed USD 327 school bond issue and the vote coming up on June 5 mean different things to different people. However, as a major employer in the community, I’d like to share what it means to Cashco, Inc. Cashco is getting ready to start construction on a new corporate headquarters in Ellsworth, which comes on the heels of a new engineering lab that we just completed. As a result, we expect to hire 30 to 36 new employees in the next few years. We are not the only new or existing employer adding to our workforce. Consequently, one of our most important recruiting tools to any potential employee is a good school system. Potential employees that are outside the community look at schools, health care, housing, and local shopping. When recruiting what we have traditionally seen is that the average new worker who moves into a community is between 20 and 40 years of age and still fresh in a career or trying to move up in a career. Some are still single, while others are married couples that already have young children or are looking at starting a family. Unlike older workers who are more settled in a community, they’re simply more willing to relocate. Whether your experience with having children in school is in the future, present, or past tense, we owe it to the children to provide the very best we can afford. This is why Cashco has been proud to have provided funding for smart boards at the elementary school, Interactive Games at the middle school, and Plotters for the Vo-Ag Department at the high school. We are privileged to have a school system that has been recognized for excellence several times over the years. USD 327 continues to make strides with fewer resources, and more requirements. Moreover, another part of the bond issue is the expansion of the vo-ag facility, which we believe will help cultivate industrial arts and hands-on technical skills, both of which we are very dependent on as an industry. If students are better able to hone those skills, maybe they won’t move away. Instead, they may decide they enjoy drafting, assembly, machining or equipment design and either stay in the community or go off to college in those areas and return home. Ellsworth County enjoys a large and diverse ag and manufacturing base per capita, this will benefit any employer that is looking for people with trade skills. Cashco believes in the vo-ag curriculum that is now available for 7th-12th grades, and is excited at the chance that the students have to explore various trade skills. In order to assist with these efforts, Cashco has been working with USD 327 to develop scholarships, internships, and OTJ that not only help in retaining and educating students, but also provide an avenue for employment and funds for additional schooling. The goal is to identify those students who want to become machinists, engineers or draftsmen and help them reach that goal through scholarship assistance and internship programs. In closing, the more we can grow the community via additional skilled jobs and better opportunities, the more we all benefit. So I would ask that over the next few weeks you look beyond the mill levy and focus on the future and the potential it provides for our children. Clint Rogers, General manager, Cashco, Inc.

Hospitals provide vital services

The Kansas Hospital Association invites you to join your area hospital in celebrating National Hospital Week, May 6-12. Celebrated since 1921, National Hospital Week is a time dedicated to reinforcing the valuable contributions hospitals make in our communities, caring for them 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The 127 Kansas community hospitals provide vital health care services to our communities. Annually they staff nearly 10,000 beds; they see more than 318,000 inpatient visits (140,000 Medicare and 47,000 Medicaid); they assist in more than 40,000 births; they provide care during nearly 7 million outpatient visits; and see more than 1 million visits to Kansas emergency departments. Not only do our hospitals serve thousands of individuals, keeping our communities healthy, strong and vibrant, hospitals also benefit the financial health of our state. In Kansas, hospitals employ 73,890 people or 3.4 percent of all job holders and generate $4.2 billion in direct total income. In these challenging economic times, our hospitals support the creation of an additional 57,330 jobs in other business and industry and have a total employment impact of more than 131,000 jobs. For every one dollar of income generated in the hospital sector, another 48 cents is generated in other businesses and industries in the state’s economy; thus, having an estimated total impact on income throughout all business and industry of more than $6.3 billion. National Hospital Week is our nation’s largest health care event. This year’s theme, Making Miracles Happen, reminds our communities of the important work performed inside hospitals. More information regarding National Hospital Week can be found online at http:// Cindy Samuelson KHA — Topeka

Truth about postal reform By Reed Anfinson Special to the I-R

Now that the U.S. Senate has passed a bill, S 1789, to reform the ailing U.S. Postal Service, critics are trying to disable the bill on its way to the House of Representatives. Business Week recently catalogued unhappy stakeholders, including postal unions, postal management and some Republicans who wrongly think the bill burdens taxpayers. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., whose own bill awaits action in the House, blasted “special interests.” But Business Week says, “Considering how many people are unhappy with the bill, it isn’t clear which special interests Issa is referring to.” Some see Senate bill as the inevitable product of the sausage machine. But it is neither a budget

buster nor processed meat. It is the expression of a better vision of the Postal Service. If you consider that survival of the service means maintaining the circulatory system for a $1.1 trillion mailing industry — or in other words, making sure cash, greeting cards, packages and newspapers and magazines arrive on time, the Senate bill is good medicine. Consider some of the alternative fixes. Issa’s bill would let USPS immediately end Saturday mail, close half the mail processing centers and thousands of post offices, and put a new board of political appointees in charge. The new board would be expected to trim workers’ benefits and maybe wages, and direct the Postmaster General to favor profit over service. At the other extreme might be Sen. Bernie

Sanders, I-Vt., who wanted to keep everything open. Labor unions backing him say that USPS will heal as the economy heals. Then there is the White House’s notion: to raise postage rates. For Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., neither extreme is suited to long-term survival of USPS. To many experts, Issa’s approach is likely to frighten away businesses that mail. The Lieberman-Collins bill agrees that USPS needs a more flexible, less costly workforce. It keeps mail flowing through today’s network while cost-cutting is underway. For example, they would end Saturday mail delivery in two years, but only if USPS has taken other big steps toward financial viability. They would allow the closing of postal plants

now, if USPS preserves local mail delivery speed. Is their bill the product of compromise, or of a different vision? Consider: • The Postal Service’s plant-closing plan is based on a desire to amass more mail at automated urban centers, where costly machines sit idle much of the day. To optimize machines, USPS would haul mail much farther. But the hauling would slow the mailstream, particularly in small towns and rural areas that are far from mail plants and create a set of second-class citizens who get and send mail more slowly than urban dwellers. It will also hamper smaller communities’ quests for economic development. • Many Americans say they wouldn’t miss Saturday mail. But USPS See POSTAL, Page A5

A Texas ‘Droveress’

“There is a Texas droveress at Wichita with 1,000 cattle.” So noted the Ellsworth Reporter of June 26, 1873. Women were not entirely unknown on the trail. Wives often accompanied their husbands and sometimes brought the children along. But as far as I know, Margaret Heffernan Borland was the only woman referred to in print as a “droveress.” Mrs. Borland was no ordinary woman. She was born Margaret Heffernan, April 3, 1824, in New York City. Her family immigrated to Mexico’s Texas frontier where they were to adhere to the Roman Catholic state religion and required by law to speak the Spanish language. Her father was killed by Mexican and Indian raiders on his brother’s ranch in 1836. In 1843 Margaret married Harrison Dunbar, a young stockman from Victoria, Texas. Their daughter, Mary Dunbar, was born in 1844, shortly before Harrison was shot

to death in what has been termed “a private dispute.” Margaret married another rancher, Milton Hardy in 1845. Eliza was born early in 1847. Julia was born a year later. Eliza died before her third birthday. Sadly, Margaret’s mother died at about the same time. Two more babies were welcomed into Margaret and Milton’s family by 1852. But misfortune seemed to follow Margaret through every aspect of her life. Milton and their youngest son, William, died of Cholera in 1852. Through her marriages, the cattle business had been the one constant in Margaret’s life. It was only natural that ranching drew Margaret and Alexander Borland together. Borland’s holdings included more than 8,000 head of cattle.

Their marriage in 1856 produced four more children. But death’s hand was destined to knock again at Margaret’s door. The Yellow Fever epidemic of 1867 killed Alexander Borland, four of their children, and a new-born grandson. Margaret assumed management of the ranch with the help of a brother. There was money to be made trailing cattle to Kansas and if the cattle were going, Margaret was going to. A 25-year-old nephew, John Heffernan, Jr. served as the trail boss. Alex, 16, and Jesse, 14, worked as trail hands. Nellie was eight and a half and Margaret’s granddaughter, Julia, was six. As she prepared to point her family and trail herd toward the North Star Margaret knew that she would mark her 49th birthday somewhere on the trail April 3, 1873. Most trail drivers were young boys. Owners often took a steamship up the Mississippi, followed by a comfortable ride on the rails in a passenger car.

There would be no such comforts for Margaret Borland. After more than two grueling months on the trail Margaret and her traildriving family arrived safely in Wichita. She checked into the Planters Hotel in early June. The Wichita Beacon, June 4, 1873, recorded the historic event. “Mrs. T. M. Borland of Texas, with three children, is stopping by the Planter house. She is the happy professor of about 1,000 head of cattle, and accompanied the herd all the way from its starting point to this place, giving evidence of a pluck and business tact far superior to many of the ‘lords.’” Operating in a man’s world, Margaret’s ladylike character endeared her to all who met her. The rigors of the trail brought about the need for every trail-hand to purchase a new set of duds at the end of the trail. Margaret was no different. At Jake Karatofsky’s mercantile See GRAY, Page A5

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Soul Run may lead to addition By Alan Rusch Ellsworth County I-R


erbie Harris, chaplain at Ellsworth Correctional Facility, will be glad to see the annual Run for the Soul poker run fund raiser take to the streets Saturday, May 12, starting at the Ellsworth Recreation Center southeast of town. For him, the event is the culmination of a lot of different activities. “We had a Brothers in Blue weekend, we just finished with the dinner theater, now we’ve got the poker run, then we’ll have a cookout for the inmates and staff the week after,” Harris said. “This 60 days is like a crunch time for us at the Spiritual Life Center.” The schedule of events for the day includes breakfast for a free will offering from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ellsworth Rec Center, followed by the blessing of the bikes and a prayer at 10:45 a.m. Departure will take place at 11 a.m., rain or shine, with a parade through down-

town Ellsworth. “We’re supposed to have the American Legion Riders with us with their flags,” Harris said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a big, long line of motorcycles for the town to see.” The caravan will also drive past ECF, allowing the inmates a view of the bikes. “That’s always a big deal for them,” he said. Harris said the first stop on the poker run will be the Mity Mart in Lincoln. The next stop for those opting for a short, 108 mile run will be HarleyDavidson of Salina, followed by Maggie Mae’s Bar and Grill in Salina. Those opting for a long, 193 mile run will go from Lincoln to City Cycle Sales in Junction City, followed by a stop at Harley-Davidson of Salina, then Maggie Mae’s Bar and Grill. Lunch will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rec Center. Participants will return there by 4 p.m., with a live auction from 4 to 4:30 p.m., and winners announced also at 4:30 p.m.

“We’ve been doing this for 13 years,” Harris said. “We’ve got a multitude of sponsors that have been real good to us.” All proceeds benefit the ECF Spiritual Life Center. “The motorcycle run has been just a big success for the SLC over the years,” Harris said. “It’s gotten bigger and bigger every year.” Harris praised the hard work of the entire 2012 Run for the Soul committee for helping make the event possible. They are Harris, Mark Shramek, Butch Lloyd, Marc Stroede, Dale Bailey, LeeRoy Charvat, Dwight Boese, Mike Janzen, Todd Britton, Dave Cox, Marvin Timmons, Greg Piper, Rick Perkins, and Tracy Hawk. Harris said plans are in the works to add on to the SLC in the future. “We’ve got this wonderful building out there, 10,000 square feet, and we’re busting at the seems,” he said. “We have a future vision of more programming hopefully to benefit

The Wichita Beacon announced her death from “mania, superinduced by the long, tedious journey and overtaxation of the brain.” Her family carried her body by wagon to Victoria, Texas, where she was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Victoria. Her children erected the marker in remembrance “Our Mamma, Margaret Heffernan Borland, Born April 3, 1824, Died July 5, 1873, Gone but not forgotten.” Her son-in-law, Victor Rose, wrote in tribute, “Educated in the school of adversity, and in intimate acquaintance of trials,

Mrs. Borland was a woman of resolute will and self-reliance; yet she was one of the kindest mothers.” It was a tribute to a special lady but one that represented the struggle of many frontier mothers who forged their lives on The Way West.

See SOUL RUN, Page A9

Gray Continued from Page A4 Margaret purchased a new chemise and skirt. But the specter of tragedy continued to haunt Margaret’s every move. The punishing drive left the “droveress” exhausted. After a couple of weeks she showed distressing signs of weakening. Some called her condition “trail driving fever.” Her symptoms suggested “congestion of the brain,” recognized as an accumulation of blood in the brain’s vessels. As she worsened, Margaret fell into delirium before her terrified family.

“The Cowboy,” Jim Gray is author of Desperate Seed: Ellsworth Kansas on the Violent Frontier and also publishes Kansas Cowboy, Old West history from a Kansas perspective. Contact Kansas Cowboy, Box 62, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439. Phone (785) 531-2058 or www.



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builds its system around senders, not receivers. Who would be hurt by a 5-day delivery regime? Anyone who depends on timely mail delivery. Shutting down the system two days a week — three when Monday holidays occur — would create delay, according to the Postal Regulatory Commission. Then there are those who need prescriptions delivered when they are at home; small-town citizens who get the newspaper by mail and businesses needing 6-day cash flows. • Closing small post offices seems a no-brainer to city dwellers who spot those one-room POs at the roadside on the way to the beach. Surely not all are needed. But rather than closing them entirely, USPS could have circuit-rider postmasters to open them a few hours a day. That is affordable if worker benefits are brought into line with the private sector. For those communities, a circuit rider could continue their links to the world. • The Congressional Budget Office says the Senate bill would cost $33.6 billion, adding to the federal deficit. But postage payers, not taxpayers, carry that burden. Taxpayers face a liability as the funder-of-last resort only if postage revenues dry up — which is more likely to happen if the mail slows to a crawl. Finally, members of Congress may differ on how they see USPS. Is it a corporation? Is it a government agency responsible for binding the nation together? Fact: it is a government-Sponsored Enterprise or GSE, more like Fannie Mae than like IBM or the Defense Department. It has to use business tools, but carry out a public mission. And it has enormous power in the marketplace. Consider, for example, its new Every Door Direct Mail program, which directly competes with many private businesses. Members of Congress who mistakenly see postal reform as an exercise in deregulating a company may actually unleash a powerful federal agency, while those who look to raising postage so generous worker benefits can continue could pull the plug on the economic engine that keeps jobs alive. It isn’t compromise that is needed, but a clear-eyed vision based on a full understanding of the needs of all who the Postal Service serves. Postal management today has an impossible task, expected to accomplish business goals without the cost-controlling tools businesses have, and expected to achieve government ends without federal support. Congress owns this confusion. Only Congress can fix it and it will continue to need to fine-tune its solutions as communications cultures change. No bill passed today will avoid the need for legislation in the future. Neither “deregulating” it nor hiking rates will get USPS to stability. Nor will abrupt and disruptive approaches to labor costs. Sens. Collins and Lieberman, along with co-sponsors Tom Carper, D-Del., and Scott Brown, R-Mass., have devoted endless hours to understanding the challenge and to crafting the next steps toward fixing it. Their approach deserves considerably more respect than it is getting. Reed Anfinson is president of the National Newspaper Association and publisher of the Swift County (Mn.) Monitor-News.

Ellsworth & Kanopolis City Wide Garage Sales Ellsworth and Kanopolis will be having city wide garage sales on Saturday, June 9th. The Ellsworth County I/R will have a full page ad on June 7th with a map (Ellsworth Only!) and listing of the sales. Here’s how it works:

To get your sale listed on the map - $15.00 To get your sale listed and have a brief 15 word description of your items - $25.00 If you need signs, call the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce at 785-472-4071 THE DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE IS FRIDAY, MAY 25TH, AT 5:00 P.M. THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE! List of Kanopolis Sales will be available at City Hall the week of June 9th and at Kanopolis businesses the morning of the sales.

Please fill out the form below to participate. Ellsworth City Wide Garage Sale Name:_________________________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________ Phone:_________________________________________________________________ Description of items (if paying $25):_______________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

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Farm & City

First Day at a New Location

IN BRIEF ON THE FARM AND IN THE CITY Grain prices drop for the week

Prices paid for grain at the Ellsworth Co-op at the end of the business day Monday, May 7, were: Wheat, bu. — $5.94, down 35 cents from a week ago.

Milo, bu. — $5.73, down 20 cents. Soybeans, bu. — $13.97, down 34 cents. Corn, bu. — $6.24, down 8 cents. The co-op has locations in Ellsworth, Black Wolf, Farhman, Hitschmann, Holyrood and Kanopolis.

Wilson museum fund raiser planned

A benefit fund raiser for Wilson Heritage Museum will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in Wilson. For more information, call Joyce Kraus, (785) 658-2328.

Boats damaged in marina fire

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

John Thaemert, Citizens State Bank and Trust Company Inc. vice president and trust officer, addresses the crowd gathered for Monday’s grand opening of the new CSB Highway Bank east of Alco on K-156 Highway in Ellsworth.

FSA deadlines approach By Michael Martin Special to the I-R


here are several programs which the Farm Service Agency has available to producers which have important upcoming deadlines that producer’s should be aware of. The programs and deadlines are as follows: • May 31 — The final date to report small grain (wheat, barley, oats, triticale) acres without penalty. May 31 is also the final date to request a marketing assistance loan or loan deficiency payment for 2011 crop feed grains, soybeans, and minor oil

seeds. • June 1 — The final date to enroll in the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program or Average Crop Revenue Election Program. June 1 is also the final date to apply for 2010 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program. • July 15 — The final date to report feed grains, oil seeds, grass, and all other land use acres not reported during the small grain certification period. A couple important items to keep in mind regarding the above dates include: • SURE — Ellsworth

County was not a primary or contiguous disaster county for the 2010 crop year so producers must have suffered a 50 percent loss on the entire farm to qualify. • July 15 deadline to certify feed grains — this date has moved up from the Aug. 1 date of previous years. Producers should also keep in mind that beginning for the 2013 crop year, small grain certification deadline is Dec. 15 instead of May 31. So, once producers finish drilling wheat in the fall, they should come to the office and certify their wheat acres.

Reception for Local Artists Monday, May 14 6 - 8 p.m. - Come and go

• Delmar Kohls - Paintings • Dee Warren - Stippel Drawings - Pen & Ink • Dr. Derril Gwinner - Photo Collection of Area Churches hess • Kay Bailey - Paintings • Tina Davis - Paintings • Donna Morgenstern - Wheat Weavings • Charlie Rogers & Hugo Balin Paintings • Rhena Landsiedel - Jewelry

On-going programs include direct and guaranteed farm operating and farm ownership loans, rural youth loans, farm storage facility loans, and the continuous conservation reserve program. People with questions about these or other programs administered by the Farm Service Agency can call the Ellsworth office, (785) 472-3161.

Several boats were damaged Monday afternoon, during a fire in the boat slips at the Lake Wilson Marina. According to Willis Ohl, Wilson State Park manager, a boat caught fire in the slip at the marina about 4:30 p.m. after two fishermen hooked up a trolling motor to a battery and it ignited possible fumes on the boat. Several other boats were also damaged in the fire, as was part of the marina dock itself. The dock’s owner is assessing the damage. There were no deaths nor injuries reported. Ohl said an official from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office in Topeka visited the lake Tuesday to investigate. Ohl is now awaiting the fire marshal’s official report. Firefighters from Russell, Wilson and Dorrance responded to the fire. Larry Langerman, Wilson fire chief, said his crews extinguished two burning boats.

Super Dave arrives at grocery store

In a continuing effort to promote healthy eating and make Ellsworth County residents strong, the Ellsworth County Medical Center will be posting the Super Dave mascot at Gene’s Heartland Foods in Ellsworth. The mascot will serve as an identifier of healthy choices. Customers should to watch for Super Dave logos in the grocery store aisles as well as a larger display at the front of the store. Starting in May, the mascot will highlight 10 new “Super Dave picks� each month. In June, Super Dave will highlight a “Super Food� related to a topic of concern. For more information, call ECMC registered dietitian Jill Rosas, (785) 472-3111.

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Club News

Traveling 12 Cards The Traveling 12 Card Club met March 28 at the Wilson Senior Center with Betty Heinze as hostess. Winning Hi was Jeannine Siefer; Lo was Alita Popp; and Traveling went to Charline Stoppel. Others playing Pinochle were: Sherrill Steinle, Myrene Soukup, Vera Ehrlich, Betty Hunter, Melva Boxberger, Julia Woodmansee, Doris Oller and Karen Soukup. Betty Hunter will be the hostess at the club’s next meeting at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Wilson Senior Center. St. Francis Circle 232 The regular monthly meeting of the Daughters of Isabella St. Francis Circle 232 was April 9. On the agenda: • A ceremony for deceased member Eleanor Hunter was conducted following an opening prayer by Chancellor Judy Soukup. • New sister Margaret “Peggy” Shephard was recognized with a short form conferral with the Obligation recited by members. • Secretary called roll with 12 officers and 15 members present. The circle has 61 members total. • The circle received a

thank you from the Sisters of St. Joseph for its donation toward a van. Information was received from St. Regent Lourdes on the 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. meeting April 21 in McPherson. • The circle will have a lunch stand at the April 29 Knights of Columbus auction. • Sympathy cards were sent to Peggy Hanzlick, Coleen Lovin and Don Hunter. • Lynn Kasper reported 110 pounds of cards were taken to her daughter’s home and new Christmas cards also were donated. • The circle approved the purchase of sashes for honor guard at funerals for $11 a pair. • Phyllis Dolezal was chosen treasurer due to the death of Eleanor Hunter. The circle’s next meeting will be at 8 p.m. May 14 with Janiece Kornmeyer, Theresa Staudinger, Joan Malir, Brenda Mog and Michelle Brokes as hostesses. Dorrance Homemakers FCE The Dorrance Homemakers FCE met April 16 with Joyce Langhofer. Roll call was answered by a joke and “How I like cheese — plain or with something” by Joy Hill,

Joyce Langhofer, Estella Nuss, Marie Sloan and three guests, Jan Bachar, Sylvia Lilak and B.J. Bonomo. Estella gave a report on understanding breast cancer. She said that in the March 12 KAFCE newsletter, Hester Peck’s memorial was listed. Stamps were turned in and 51 bags of recyclables. Nine books were read with two hours read to others. Thirty-seven volunteer hours were reported. We sang from Character Counts on citizenship to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer. Jan won the door prize. Joy and Joyce gave the lesson “Just say cheese.” We tasted several different samples of cheese that B.J. provided. The next meeting will be a film on Kansas May 9 at the Russell Library. Joyce and Marie attended the northwest spring business meeting and area recognition day April 19 in Sharon Springs. Chapter M Ellsworth P.E.O. Chapter M Ellsworth P.E.O. opened the meeting April 23 with the newly elected officers performing the beautiful ceremony of Exemplification, followed by the business meeting with President Kristi Doubrava presiding.

Twenty-one members answered roll call. Minutes of the two previous meetings were read by the recording secretary, Gin Hoffman. Chaplain Janelle Robson gave the devotions, reading from I John 4. Ellen Brownback read an excerpt from a new book about Bess Truman, stating while serving as First Lady, she entertained her P.E.O. chapter not only at the White House but also onboard the presidential yacht. Silver spoons will be presented to three new P.E.O. babies, Makenna Marie Aspan, Mykena Rae Dolezal, and Evan Patrick Hoffman. The club also will donate a monetary gift to the EEAC to support the writing contest. A letter was read from the Kansas State president highlighting the proposed amendments to the State By-Laws, to be acted upon at the State Convention in June. Auction items of fancy breads were brought by Nan Urban and Alice Robson. The program by Janelle Robson, gave a history of rock use for building many of our finest buildings and monuments. Dessert was served by hostesses Machelle Connally and Mychel Dolezal. The next meeting will be May 14 at the library.


SENIOR MENUS May 14 - 18 ELLSWORTH Lunches for people age 60 or older are a suggested donation of $2.75 and under 60 are $4.50. Reservations may be made by calling by 2 p.m. the day before the meal. Call Ellsworth at (785) 472-5185. MONDAY — Turkey tetrazzini, country tomatoes, wheat bread, orange slices and milk. TUESDAY — Reuben sandwich, potato, wedges, cardinal vegetable salad, tropical fruit and milk. WEDNESDAY — Salmon patty, macaroni salad, California blend, wheat bread, apricots and milk. THURSDAY — Roast beef, mashed potato with gravy, peas, wheat bread, gelatin with fruit and milk. FRIDAY — Baked chicken, potato salad, spinach, wheat bread, strawberries and bananas and milk.

WILSON and HOLYROOD Lunches for people age 60 or older are a suggested donation of $2.75 and under 60 are $4.50. The center offers free rolls and coffee at 9 a.m. on Fridays. Call the Wilson Senior Center at (785) 658-2388, or Holyrood at (785) 2523640. MONDAY — Turkey tetrazzini, county tomatoes, wheat bread, orange slices and milk. TUESDAY — Soup and crackers, ham, vegetable salad, tropical fruit and milk. WEDNESDAY — Roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, wheat bread, gelatin with fruit and milk. THURSDAY — Baked chicken, potato salad, spinach, wheat bread, strawberries and bananas and milk. FRIDAY — Chili dog with bun, potato wedges, carrots, easy fruit salad and milk.

This photo from the Ellsworth County Historical Society is a view of East North Main Street in Ellsworth taken in the mid to late 1870’s. The Rammelsberg Dry Goods Clothing/Boots & Shoes store in the center of the photo is the present Ellsworth VFW building that was destroyed this past Friday in an early morning fire. Note that Seitz Drug Store in an earlier location is visible just to the west of the Rammelsberg Dry Goods store.

Passages — The Ellsworth Reporter

April 26, 1877 Plant your gardens now. George Seitz is building a new residence. Bebee’s new store is going up fast — and firm. The K.P.R.W. is putting down steel rails. Perry Hodgden is building an addition to Stone Home. Nuisances: Tramps and grasshoppers. They first beg for what we saved from the last. People kept in doors Saturday. The wind was so very strong that it was safe only for heavy persons to walk the streets. The Smoky river was booming Monday, coming up after the storm of the preceding night. William C. Buzick of Lincoln Center has returned from Iowa happy to be back to the more congenial climate, and has bought back his interest in the Lincoln Register.

All admit that war between Russia and Turkey is inevitable. It is also inevitable that the price of provisions will rise and if our farmers don’t have any wheat to sell they will feel bad. There is a little piece of sidewalk on the avenue between Wiggins’ residence and Seitz’ that ought to be repaired and save breaking somebody’s neck. April 28, 1887 Robert Martin purchased the American House in this city yesterday. The Odd Fellows broke ground for their new building yesterday. Mr. F. Kalochney has built a blacksmith shop and is carrying on the business in Minnick’s addition. A. Larkin has recently purchased a number of fine buggies and phaetons for his fine livery stable on First street. Four business houses will be erected on the four lots, sold by

George Huycke last week, on First street, within six months, in addition to the Masonic building, which will contain two fine business rooms. Geo. Allen and family of Greegsville, Illinois, arrived here this week to make our city their future home. Mrs. Allen is a sister to both Mrs. Thomas Boggs and Mrs. James Lyons. Rev. G.D. Gotwald, of Salina, will preach, for the Lutheran congregation in the Court House, on Sunday, May 1st, at 3 P.M. All are invited. May 1, 1902 Joe Svoboda was in the hospital this week being treated for injury sustained by being thrown out of his buggy while smoking a pipe. He fell on his face, driving the stem of the pipe down his throat, causing acute inflammation of the throat. Died. RYAN — At her home in

this city, Sunday, April 27, 1902. Mrs. Julia Ann Ryan, nee Kelley beloved wife of Mr. Andrew Ryan, aged 65 years. Mrs. Ryan was born in county Waterford Ireland May 11, 1836, came to New York in 1866, and to Fort Harker, Kansas, May 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan were married August 4, 1867, the first white people married in Ellsworth county. Of this union, two children were born, a girl, Oct. 12, 1868, who died when ten months old and a boy born Sept. 15, 1870, who died when nearly nine. After their marriage they remained at the fort for about a year, then moved to their farm south east of the fort. Last Sunday little Minnie, six-year-old daughter of Mrs. William Richardson was severely bitten by a rattlesnake. Mrs. Richardson and children were living with

William Stuart, an uncle to Mrs. Richardson, near Carneiro. Sunday little Minnie went out into the field to pick flowers and it is supposed she stepped on the snake which struck her on the calf of the left leg. Everything has been and is being done to relieve the suffering of the little one. Mr. Kline Sr. made a gift to the M.E. Church of Carneiro last week. He donated the pews from the old Mt. Pleasant church, which is now being torn down. — Carneiro Cuttings. The Methodist got the pulpit and rostrum fixtures from the Mt. Pleasant church, and will use them to improve their church in Carneiro. — Carneiro Cullings. Mrs. Skalicky of Montana, was in our town a few hours Monday. Mrs. Skalicky used to run our Holyrood hotel. — Holyrood Hullings.

Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter • Thursday, May 10, 2012



Rising Stars

USD 327

Spreading Good Cheer

May 15 is registration deadline for election BY Mark mccoy Ellsworth County I-R


llsworthKanopolisGeneseo School District superintendent Eric Reid reminded everyone Monday night that May 15 is the deadline to register to vote in the district’s upcoming $11.3 million bond election. The special election is June 5 and county election clerk “Jan Andrews has been great with helping us,” Reid said. A meeting to discuss the proposed bond issue and to answer questions is planned at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Performing Arts Center at Ellsworth Junior/ Senior High School. Board members agreed to consider the session a special board meeting because most of them plan to attend, thus triggering the state’s open meetings law. The gathering had originally been called a community meeting. Reid also told board members the special bond election could have extended hours to allow as many patrons as possible to vote. The Kansas State School Board has approved the paperwork for the bond issue. Board members commended Reid for the work he has done to educate USD 327 patrons. “You’ve done a great job, but I’m amazed

with all of the rumors still out there,” said board president Gina McGowan. “Some people still think that we want to close Kanopolis (Middle School) which isn’t the case.” On another topic, Reid reviewed several education bills being debated by the Kansas Legislature. One, HB 393, proposes a decrease in state bond aid. Reid said he was unsure of the potential impact on the district. EJSH principal Dale Brungardt reported on recent developments in the Kansas State High School Activities Association that could affect the Ellsworth district. He said Larned, Thomas Moore Prep of Hays and Hoisington have all asked to be assigned to a league and two of the three schools had made the North Central Activities Association their first choice and one of the schools had made the NCAA its second choice. Ellsworth already is a member of North Central. “This only affects football, but it could have a domino effect on the league,” Brungardt said. Brungardt explained that football, unlike the other activities association oversees, is locked into two year districts and some teams, such as Salina’s Sacred Heart, have a schedule that — due to district play — won’t allow for league play. If the

NCAA expands, there is a possibility the northern end of the league would look to join other leagues in order to have a full football schedule, Brungardt said. For instance, Beloit’s sports program is funded by boosters and the potential gate receipt loss from playing local, nonleague teams such as Clay Center and Concordia could force Beloit to look for a another, more suitable league. Should that happen, Ellsworth could be forced to look further west for games —to places such as Norton — which would increase transportation costs. Board members asked Brungardt to keep them informed of league developments. Margaret Jones, the district’s food service director, reported on the new mandated federal guidelines for food service. Jones said that there would be major changes in the menu for the 2012-13 school year as the guidelines change from having minimum requirements to benchmarks. The menu will have less starch, full grain breads and about twice the amount of fruits and vegetables. Food service workers will not be allowed to add portions to the plate as they have in the past. “For example, currently we serve 3/4 a cup of fruits and vege-

tables,” she said. “Next year we are required to serve 1/2 a cup of fruit and 1/2 a cup of vegetables. And fresh produce is more expensive.” Jones said changes to the mandate are being made almost daily. “Sometimes I go to a meeting and learn what they want us to do and the next day I get a phone call to forget it,” Jones said. In other board actions: • The board accepted a grant of $1,818 from the Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation. • Following an executive session, the board approved Rosemary Whitley, Rebekah Tripp, Sarah Freeman, Susan Manes, Louise Blanding, Tracy Wacker and Angie Bunch as summer school staff. Julie Wright was approved as the director/aide. • The board approved offering contracts to Courtney West as vocal music teacher for 2012-13; Rita Whitmer as EES secretary; Tonya Chegwidden as EJSHS office aide; Betty Slechta as EJSHS Library aide/technology; and Bernie Schulte as junior high head boys’ basketball coach. The board also accepted the resignation of Leah Frees as Title I aide at EES. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the USD 327 board will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the district office in Ellsworth.

Jail electrical work approved By Alan Rusch Ellsworth County I-R

"You guys are doing a good job. It has proven to be a benefit." Terry Kueser


llsworth County commissioners approved n $8,225 bid from Hedlund Electric of McPherson for the second phase of electrical work at the Ellsworth County Jail. The work included in the bid, which was approved Monday, includes upgrading the operating panel and main breaker boxes. Phase one of the electrical work is now complete. In other business: • A 2012-13 budget request of $9,508

Ellsworth County commissioner on the Holyrood Senior Center

from the Holyrood Senior Center was approved. Ron Etchison, senior center manager, said this is the second year in a row no increase in funding was requested. “You guys are doing a good job,” Commissioner Terry Kueser said. “It has proven to be a benefit.” • The transfer of 180 hours of sick leave from several county

employees to another was approved. • A $699 bid from Global Link to design a new Ellsworth County website was approved. Jerry Florian, member of the Ellsworth County technology committee and EMS technician, said the new website should be more user friendly. Florian said the department heads will

be able to make updates to their own webpages within the website. Included in the price will be instruction on how to make those updates. “I think it’s an option,” Kueser said. “We’ll try it.” The next meeting of the Ellsworth County commissioners will be at 9 a.m. Monday, May 14, at the county courthouse.

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Pre-school, kindergarten, first, and second grade students at Central Plains Elementary School in Holyrood made and delivered more than 100 May Day baskets to the Bushton, Claflin and Holyrood communities. According to Shay Sheehy, CPES teacher, the students worked together to assemble the baskets and spread good cheer May 1.

Wilson FFA presents awards at banquet By Lindsey Huseman Special to the I-R

WILSON — The Wilson FFA conducted their annual banquet April 27. The meal was prepared by parents of the FFA members including Laura Fabrizius, Wanda Hanzlicek, and Todd Steinle, as well as FFA supporters Ida Dlabal and Cindy Heinze. Highlights included the presentation of the FFA Creed by greenhand members Haylee Hoch, Isabel Kriley and McKenzie Thrasher, a highlight video prepared by Brooke Hanzlicek, and greetings from the Kansas FFA from state FFA treasurer, Justine Dlabal, who is a member of the Wilson FFA Chapter. Dawn Dolezal, Wilson FFA supporter and USD 112 Board of Education president, was awarded the honorary member degree. Members of the Wilson agricultural education advisory committee were also recognized. Those include Michelle Brokes, Darwin Dlabal, Mike Mattas, Irv Mitchell, James Patry, Lyman Nuss, and Travis Weinhold. Numerous awards were given out to chapter members including: • Emily Beneda — Chapter president, North Central district FFA vice-president, state officer candidate, Model of Innovation presenter, master ritual president, second place team leadership, second place senior speech, seventh place extemporaneous speech, fourth place public speaking team, third place job interview, second place job interview team, fourth place floriculture, fourth place floriculture team, chapter sheep production proficiency award, ADM National FFA scholarship recipient, chapter star farmer. • Jordan Bess — Sixth place meats evaluation, second place meats team, livestock evaluation team. • Cora Borell — Chapter degree. • Braydan Browning — fourth place meats evaluation, second place meats team, livestock evaluation team. • Allison Davis — Seventh place dairy foods team, 2012 State FFA chorus, three year member award. • Kasey Davis — Chapter degree, 2012 State FFA chorus. • Justine Dlabal — Kansas FFA treasurer, Model of Innovation presenter. • Grayson Fabrizius — Chapter degree, North See WILSON FFA, Page A9

Central Plains High School & USD 112’s

Student Of The Week

Aubrey Kempke Aubrey Kempke, a junior at Central Plains High School, is this week’s Student of the Week. She is the daughter of Denise and David Kempke. Aubrey’s sibling is Nolan Kempke. Aubrey’s activities include tennis, cheerleading, photography, art, and band. What she likes best about school is seeing her friends. Aubrey plans to attend college, and is undecided on her major. Aubrey was nominated because she has been a consistently excellent student the entire year. She always does fantastic work and goes above and beyond in everything that she does. She is an active part in a lot of school activities, and is a wonderful representative for the school and community. No one deserves this more than her.

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Employee of the week Keith Staudinger has been selected as Golden Living Center Wilson’s Employee of the Week. Staudinger has only been employed at the center as Maintenance Director for three months but his impact has already been noticed by management and staff.

Wilson FFA Continued from Page A8

Central district FFA proficiency award winner in agricultural mechanics, design and fabrication, second place state proficiency award, chapter proficiency award, chapter star in agribusiness. • Adrianna Florke — Greenhand degree, second place greenhand team leadership, 10th place dairy foods evaluation, third place greenhand dairy foods team, 2012 State FFA chorus. • Brooke Hanzlicek — Chapter reporter, top ten state essay contest, second place job interview team. • Deedra Heinrich — Chapter treasurer, second place team leadership, fourth place floriculture team, three year member award. • Kristina Heinrich — Chapter secretary, second place team leadership, sixth place junior speech, fourth place public speaking team, seventh place dairy foods team, 2012 State FFA chorus, outstanding junior award. • Christina Helvey — Greenhand degree, second place greenhand team leadership, fourth place public speaking team, third place greenhand dairy foods team. • Haylee Hoch — Greenhand degree, second place greenhand team leadership, fourth place public speaking team, ninth place dairy foods evaluation, third place greenhand dairy foods team, livestock evaluation team, chapter forest management proficiency award. • Evan Just — Greenhand degree. • Isabel Kriley —

“Keith is a hard worker, is well versed in many areas of facilities management, and takes pride in his work,� said Executive Director, Joe Wolf. “His landscaping efforts have already greatly enhanced our curb appeal and he is constantly painting and working to improve the aesthetics inside the building,� Wolf said. Golden Living Center Wilson is located at 611 31st Street in Wilson. For information about the center’s services and/or bed availability call 785-658-2505 or come by for a tour.

Golden Living Center – Wilson 611 31st Street • Wilson, KS 67490 • 785-658-2505 Courtesy photo

Members of the 2012 Wilson FFA Chapter.

Greenhand degree, second place greenhand team leadership, fourth place public speaking team, third place dairy foods evaluation, third place greenhand dairy foods team, chapter poultry production proficiency award, star greenhand award. • Jenna Lanter — Chapter sentinel, second place team leadership. • Sarah Lanter: Three year member award. • Andrea Mattas — Chapter vice-president, state officer candidate, second place district proficiency award, Model of Innovation presenter, second place team leadership, fourth place public speaking team, second place job interview, second place job interview team, seventh place dairy foods team, livestock evaluation team, chapter diversified ag production proficiency award, three year member award, outstanding senior and Dekalb award winner, Cargill National FFA scholarship recipient, chapter star in ag placement. • Jace McGreevy —

Three year member award. • Molly Morgan — Greenhand degree. • Janell Ptacek — Chapter degree, sixth place district proficiency award, seventh place sophomore speech, fourth place public speaking team, seventh place meats evaluation, second place meats team, 2012 State FFA chorus, livestock evaluation team, chapter equine science proficiency award, outstanding sophomore award. • Dreamer Roberson — Greenhand degree, eighth place sophomore speech, fourth place public speaking team, 2012 State FFA chorus, livestock evaluation team. • Haley Schulmeister — Greenhand degree, master ritual reporter, second place greenhand team leadership. • Jarod Shelton — Chapter degree, livestock evaluation team. • Darissa Spears — Chapter degree. • Karlie Steinle — Fifth place meats evaluation, second place meats team, chapter swine production proficiency award.

• Jake Stoppel — Three year member award. • Ashley Templeton — Second place team leadership, fourth place public speaking team, 2012 State FFA chorus. • McKenzie Thrasher — Greenhand degree, master ritual president, second place greenhand team leadership, fourth place public speaking team, livestock evaluation team. • Justin Zamecnik — Greenhand degree, master ritual treasurer, second place greenhand team leadership, livestock evaluation team. • Ashley Zelenka — Model of Innovation presenter. • Cole Zelenka — Chapter turf grass proficiency award. At the conclusion of the banquet, the new officer team members were installed. They are Kristina Heinrich, president; Ashley Templeton, vice president; Brooke Hanzlicek, secretary; Grayson Fabrizius, treasurer; Janell Ptacek, reporter; Kasey Davis, sentinel.

Soul Run Continued from Page A5 gramming hopefully to benefit the inmates with drug treatment, alcohol treatment, and different avenues like that.� Harris estimates breaking ground on the expansion project within the next three years. Harris also predicts this year’s Run for the Soul will be one of the best. “I would say out of all the motorcycle runs we’ve had, we’ve probably worked the hardest this year,� he said. “We’re really hoping for a good, sunny day and a big turnout from around the state.� Harris said the biggest Run for the Soul event had 340 motorcy-

cles. In the last two years, the average has been 130 to 140 bikes. Prize tickets will be available for drawings. Items include a HarleyDavidson bench and a HarleyDavidson steel fire pit. There will also be 10 $100 cash gifts. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500, the second prize winner will receive $500, and the worst poker hand will receive $200. You do not have to ride to participate in the poker hands or prizes. All ages are welcome, and you need not be present to win. You also don’t have to have a motorcycle to participate in the poker run. Automobiles are also eligible. “When you start putting it up against other motorcycle runs in

the state of Kansas, we have some of the best prizes,� Harris said. “All of the prizes and prize money is donated. So everything goes directly to the Spiritual Life Center Fund.� Participants may register up to and including the day of the event. The registration fee is $10 per card hand, with three hands for $25 and five hands for $40. Free SLC lapel pins will be available for all participants while supplies last. For more information on the Run for the Soul poker run fund raiser, call Chaplain Herbie Harris or Chaplain Dale Bailey at (785) 472-6213 or (785) 472-6214, or e-mail or

Improving Lives

Rural Health Clinics Hours of Operation Ellsworth (Monday thru Friday) 1602 Aylward Ave. 785-472-3111 Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.– Noon & 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Holyrood (Tuesday & Thursday) 101 South Main, Holyrood, 785-252-3565 Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon & 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Lucas (Monday thru Thursday) 216 South Main St., Lucas – 785-525-7788 Monday thru Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – Noon & 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Wilson 2509 Avenue E, Wilson – 785-658-3688; Mondays 10:30 am-5:00 pm Wednesdays 8:30 - 5:00 pm & Thursdays 8:30 am –11:30, 1:00 - 5:00 pm Please Call For Appointments at 785-472-3111.

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How true of a fan are you? Come support the Ellsworth community by having the highest bid on a custom-made KSU or KU fire-pit! Citizens State Bank & Trust and First Bank will be displaying one of the fire-pits for viewing. Proceeds will go towards a walking trail for the entire community. Let’s embrace a healthier lifestyle together!


During National Nurses Week (May 6-12), Hospice Care of Kansas honors our nurses, who serve patients in our communities with expert care at the end of life’s journey. Their compassion, experience and advanced training provide comfort and dignity for patients and families. We also recognize our community partners during National Nursing Home and National Hospital Week. Together we improve quality of life in our communities.

WHICH FIRE-PIT WILL HAVE THE HIGHEST BID? Place your bid by either visiting one of the banks above or call Georgina at (785) 472-5000 by 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 18th. Winner does not have to be present.

K-State, First Bank is in the lead by $140! Where are you KU Fans????

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Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter • Thursday, May 10, 2012

History Gone

VFW Commander Mike Johnson, right, talks with Ellsworth Fire Chief Bob Kepka Friday morning during a fire at the post building.

Firefighters from Ellsworth and surrounding communities fight an early morning blaze Friday at the headquarters of VFW Post 6485 in downtown Ellsworth. The fire alarm sounded a little before 5 a.m.

Fire consumes VFW building and memories inside By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING and ALAN RUSCH Ellsworth County I-R


he two veterans carefully pulled down the American flag Friday morning from the pole in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building. The flag, soaked with the water from a firefighter’s hose, was set against the burned out shell of the VFW’s home for the past 30 years. “So many years of volunteer work that’s gone into that building — it just can’t be replaced,” said commander Mike Johnson. “But we’ll survive — that’s for Ralph Doubrava inspects the VFW building sure.” Early this after the fire is brought under control. week, members of VFW Post 6485 and its auxiliary already had started looking to the future following Friday’s early morning fire, a

blaze that is expected to end in the loss of one of downtown Ellsworth’s older buildings. Tuesday morning, Johnson was to meet with the VFW’s insurance representative to determine the organization’s next step. Of concern were the building’s limestone walls, which are shared with the Post Rock Rural Water District to the west and the Hair Station to the east. Both buildings suffered smoke and/or water damage as firefighters from Wilson, Lincoln, Russell, Kanopolis, Hays, Great Bend, Holyrood and Dorrance joined local firefighters to bring the VFW blaze under control about two hours after it was reported a little before 5 a.m. Johnson said the century-old VFW building, which at one time housed a pool hall and bowling alley, won’t be rebuilt. He expects demolition to consume most of the insurance money the VFW will receive. He is especially worried about the building’s common walls. “We don’t know exactly what we’ll find until we get into it,” Johnson said. Meanwhile, Gene Peterman, commander of Ellsworth’s American Legion, said he expects Legion members to talk about offering to share their building on Kansas Highway 140 with the VFW and its more than 170 members. “There’s nothing in stone yet, but we’ve talked back and forth,” he said. “There is no reason we can’t share the same building. It would be a bad world if we couldn’t all work together.” In fact, the cooperation already has started. Saturday night, members of the VFW auxiliary went ahead and prepared the annual firefighters’ dinner, using the

kitchen and dining room in the American Legion building. To make the arrangement permanent, both groups will have to approve it. American Legion members were to meet tonight (Thursday). The VFW conducts its meetings the first and third Wednesdays of the month. George Jones, a member of both organizations, said the building marriage would benefit the VFW and the American Legion by giving one a home and lighten the operational and maintenance expenses on the other. “It was a bad deal,” Jones said of the fire. “We’ll just have to make the best of it. The VFW will survive in some form.” Johnson said a representative from the State Fire Marshal’s office was in Ellsworth Friday and couldn’t determine a cause for the fire. The representative said the blaze appeared to have started in the kitchen area; however, he couldn’t find a definite source. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. A bowling party the night before ended by 8:30. Ellsworth fire chief Bob Kepka said firefighters could see flames through the roof in the back of the building when they arrived. The flames eventually burst through the roof, causing it to collapse. The Hair Station also suffered extensive damage. “What a mess,” said Marge Koralek, who has owned the business for 28 years. Her building is thought to be the oldest still standing in Ellsworth. Johnson said VFW members were able See FIRE, Page A11

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Dave Rankin of the Ellsworth Fire Department adjusts the water flow Friday morning as firefighters pump water on the VFW’s roof.

A water hose snakes down Douglas Avenue Friday as firefighters from Ellsworth and nearby towns work to stop a fire at the VFW building on North E. Main St. Top right, an aerial truck from Russell sprays water on the top of the VFW building to dose the fire and stop it from spreading to other structures. Middle right, Peggy Weinhold carries items out of the Hair Station, which received major smoke and water damage. The Hair Station shares a common wall with the VFW building, which commander Mike Johnson says will come down for safety reasons. Johnson’s great-grandfather operated a tobacco shop and cafe in the Hair Station building, thought to be the oldest still standing in Ellsworth. The VFW building at one time housed a dry goods store operated by Henry Rammelsberg, who came to the United States from Germany, according to information provided by the Ellsworth County Historical Society. Bottom right, the VFW building is a shell following the Friday morning fire. The structure has a basement. The top floor is unused.

I-R Photos by Juanita Kepka, Mark McCoy and Linda Mowery-Denning

Fire Continued from Page A10 to salvage about 10 ceremonial rifles, which member Jack Rathbun worked this past weekend to clean. City-owned flags the VFW hangs on downtown light poles also were saved. Lost were the grave flags the families of fallen veterans receive from the government. “We can always buy new flags, but they won’t have the same meaning at all,” Johnson said. The post charter, with the names of the original organizers, also is gone. Saturday morning, firefighters were called out again, this time to help VFW members

seal off the burned out building with plywood boards. Kepka said the action was taken after authorities received reports of people going through the fire scene with metal detectors. Johnson said most people have been considerate and offered their help. Donation funds have been established at First Bank Kansas and Citizens State Bank and Trust Co. to help the VFW with expenses. This is the second time in less than a year a major fire has struck downtown Ellsworth. This past June, the old Dryden Hardware building at 220 N. Douglas Ave., was gutted and

partially destroyed. In both cases, firefighters were able to contain the fire to one building. Major tools in the VFW fire were the aerial trucks from Hays and Great Bend. Ellsworth’s aerial truck was in the shop. “It’s very disappointing to see this happen, but I’m so encouraged by the quick response of our fire department and all the nearby fire departments,” city administrator Tim Vandall said Friday after the fire was brought under control. “Our guys have done such a great job. I’m so incredibly thankful to them, as I know the rest of the City of Ellsworth is.”



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Ellsworth’s Jack Nuss wins the 100 meter dash May 4 at the Ellinwood Invitational track meet in Ellinwood.

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Josh Bahr and Taylor Bahan compete May 4 at the regional tennis tournament in Russell.

Ellsworth County sends seven netters to state BY Mark mccoy Ellsworth County I-R


USSELL — Ellsworth County was well represented at the 3A-2A-1A boys’ regional tennis meet Friday, with Central Plains’ Benn Kirmer and Layne Bieberle taking first in number one doubles play and the Ellsworth Bearcats placing third as team and qualifying five players for the state tournament in Wichita. Kirmer and Bieberle were the top seed in the tournament and had a bye in the first round of action. They defeated WaKeeney-Trego’s team of Dietz/ Mattheyer by a score of 8-4; beat Ellinwood’s team of Clawson/Blakeslee by scores of 6-3 and 6-1 before beating Sterling’s team of Cullop/Fair 6-2, 6-1 to take the championship. The Bearcats’ number one doubles team of Taylor Bahan and Josh Bahr placed fifth at the meet. They defeated Hoisington’s team of Kaiser/Brickley by a score of 8-3; but lost to Ellinwood by a score of 6-2,6-4. They defeated Wakeeney-Trego by a score of 6-2, 60 before beating the Bearcat number two doubles team of Tyler Lamb and Angus Dufon by a score of 6-3,6-4. Lamb and Dufon won the critical first round of the tournament by defeating Russell’s team of Pennington/Weiss by a score of 8-5 but lost to Sterling’s team of Jaderston/Prather by a score of 6-2,6-2. They defeated Ellinwood’s dou-

ble team of Troyer/Isern by a score of 5-7,6-3,6-3 to make it to the fifth place match and become eligible for the state tournament. Central Plains’ team of Tim Demel and Carson Kirmer were eliminated in the first round of the tournament by Ellinwood’s team of Clawson/Blakeslee by a score of 8-3. In singles action, Ellsworth’s Isaac Herzog qualified for the state tournament by placing fourth. He defeated Central Plains’ Tim Stueder by a score of 8-7(8-6) and Sterling’s Humphrey in a marathon match by a score of 2-6,6-5, 7-5, 10-6. Herzog was knocked into the consolation bracket by Fabrizius of WaKeeney-Trego by a score of 2-6, 6-4,6-3 before losing the third place match to Weber of WaKeeney-Trego by a score of 6-2,6-1. Weber was responsible for defeating the Bearcat’s number two singles player, Tommy Tripp, by a score of 8-2 to eliminate him from the tournament. The Oliers’ number two singles player, Meritt Hammeke, defeated Russell’s Baldwin by a score of 8-6 before losing to top-seeded Martelli of Sterling by a score of 6-0,6-0. Hammeke lost to Ellinwood’s Waite by a score of 6-4, 4-2 to eliminate him from the tournament. The 3A-2A-1A boys’ State Tennis Tournament will be held at the WichitaRiverside Tennis Complex, 551 Nims, Friday, in Wichita. Action will begin at 10 a.m.

Bearcats win track meet

BY Mark mccoy

Ellsworth County I-R


LLINWOOD — The Ellsworth boys’ track team split a 3-way tie for first place Friday at the Ellinwood Invitational meet, scoring 89 team points. Hoisington and Lyons also scored 89 points for a piece of the first place title. Jack Nuss had a good day at the meet, bringing home three first place finishes for the Bearcats. Nuss won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.33. He won the grueling 400 meter dash with a time of 51.26 and split first place in the high jump with a leap of 6’ 4”. Ben Murrell won the javelin event with a throw of 166’ 8.25”. Trevor Miley also placed first in the discus with toss of 145’ 9.75”. On the girl’s side, Connor Davis placed second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:38.25 and second in the javelin event with a throw of 109’ 5”. Aubrey Hawks placed second in the pole vault with a leap of 7’ 6”.

The girls placed seventh out of 10 teams competing at the meet. The Bearcat track teams will compete at the North Central Activities Association’s league track meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Salina Central Stadium in Salina. Results of the Ellinwood Invitational Boys — 3200 meter run: Riley Zamrzla, 10:57.93, fourth. 4X100 meter relays: Chyler Hudson, Grant Glaser, Murrell and Nuss, 47.68, fifth. Long jump: Brandon Westerman, ND; Logan Haase, ND. Triple jump: Haase, 26’ 9.5”. Pole vault: Glaser, 10’6”, second; Marshall Barkow, 10’ 4”, fourth. Shot: Miley, 49’ 5”, second; Zach Gustus, 38’; Timmy Zamrzla 31’ 11”. Discus: Noah Trapp, 126’ 4.75”, third; Gustus, ND. Javelin: Miley, 162’ 11”, second. Girls — 100 meter dash: Macie Rohr, 14.27. 200 meter dash: Rohr, 29.40. 300 meter hurdles: Hawks, 57.98. Long jump: Hayden Penner, ND. Pole vault: Penner, 7’, third. Shot: Shannon Keith, 26’ 7.5”; Penner, 22’ 6.5”. Discus: Keith, 81’ 4”, fourth. Javelin: Keith, 83’ 7”. See WIN, Page B2

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Lady Bearcat Jessica Mayfield is greeted by assistant coach Angie Bunch as she makes first base in the May 4 sweep of Plainville in Ellsworth.

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Mark Cunningham II makes a chip shot on his way to win the Ellsworth Invitational tournament May 3 in Ellsworth.

Cunningham wins Ellsworth tournament BY Mark mccoy Ellsworth County I-R


t was an almost made-to-order day for golf Thursday for the Ellsworth Invitational Golf tournament at the Ellsworth Golf course where Mark Cunningham II won the event with a score of 69 stokes. The Bearcats took second at the tour-

nament with 333 strokes — three strokes away from first place Thomas Moore Prep of Hays. Garrett Bland placed eighth, shooting a score of 84; Matthew Keener placed 16th with a score of 90. McGregor Jones also shot a score of 90 as did Tyler Goding. Jones placed 18th and Goding See GOLF, Page B4

Lady Bearcats massacre Plainville in two games BY Mark mccoy Ellsworth County I-R


he Lady Bearcat softball team of Ellsworth easily swept Plainville in two games Friday, unleashing their bats to win the opener by a 22-0 run rule in three innings and continuing the barrage in the nightcap, winning by a score of 24-1. Ellsworth’s starting pitcher Brenn Cravens was in great form and the softball appears to move faster with every game she plays. Kailee Landon has developed into a quality Lady ‘Cat catcher and has also gained confidence this season. Plainville’s first three batters were easy outs for the Lady ‘Cats

in the top of the first inning. Landon scored on an Amie Maze single for the first run of the game for Ellsworth. Maze and Randi Panzer scored on a Lainey Dunn single-base hit. Lainey Dunn scored stealing home and an error allowed Cravens to make it over the plate. Halle Connally also stole home for a run before a Taylor Dunn single-base hit brought Whitney Williams and Maycee Jones across the plate. A Maze triple-base hit brought Jones over the plate before Panzer stole home. A Williams single-base hit allowed Cravens to score again and a See SWEEP, Page B2

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Sweep for the May 14-17 2A regional tournament at Ell-Saline in Brookville. Game times and brackets were not available at press time, but will be posted at as soon as they become available.

Continued from B1 Jones double-base hit brought in Williams and Connally. Taylor Dunn’s double-base smash allowed Jones to score and a Maze single brought her home for the final run of the inning, making the score 16-0. Kansas State High School Activities Association rules state that a team must have a 15 run lead by the third inning or a 10 run lead by the fifth to call the game by run rule. The top of the second inning was a replay of the first inning, with no hits or runs for Plainville. Cravens led off the second batting assault by smashing a home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the inning. Connally made it home when Williams grounded out to second base. Jones scored on a Maze single-base hit and Landon and Maze were brought home by a Panzer single-base hit. Lainey Dunn brought Panzer home for the final 22-0 score. Cravens had a no-hit, no run win following the top of the third inning when the umpires called the game. The nightcap was played in the early afternoon and it was déjà vu for Plainville, with not a hit or run in the top of the first inning. Cravens threw just 11 pitches in the inning. Ellsworth loaded the bases and good hitting and running brought Landon over the plate for a 1-0 edge before Lainey Dunn crushed a home run to bring in Maze and Panzer. Cravens had her second home run of the game on the following pitch. Williams

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Taylor Dunn gets a base hit in the Monday loss to Sacred Heart in Ellsworth.

scored on a Jones line-drive and Landon brought Jones home on the following play. Taylor Dunn scored on a Panzer single-base hit and Lainey Dunn brought home Landon and Maze. Cravens knocked a double-base hit that allowed Panzer and Lainey Dunn to score. A Connally sacrificial fly-ball brought Cravens across the plate for the last run of inning, giving the Lady ‘Cats a 13-0 lead. Once again, Plainville could not get a hit or run off of the Lady ‘Cats in the top of the second inning. Maze knocked in Taylor Dunn and Landon for the first Lady’ Cat runs of the inning and relief pitcher Justice Mitchell hit a single base hit that brought Maze and Panzer home. A Williams single-base hit allowed Lainey Dunn over the plate. Connally and Williams scored on a Jones double-base hit and a Panzer double-base smash brought home Jones and Landon.

Head coach Ken Cravens began to rotate his bench into the game and Jessica Mayfield chipped the ball before she was walked to first base. The Lady Bearcat fans, which have done an exemplary job of supporting the team this year, went wild. Jones and Landon crossed the plate courtesy of a Panzer double-base blast. Mayfield and Panzer made it home via a Lainey Dunn double-base hit to make the score 24-0. Mitchell took the mound in the top of the third inning and Plainville managed to get a run before the fielding of the Lady ‘Cats finished the game. “It’s nice to have success in a sport,” said third baseman Williams. “It’s really fun to be around our team because our team gets along really well.” Ellsworth played a good Sacred Heart team Monday and lost the opener by a score of 4-0 and the nightcap by a score of 10-2. The Lady ‘Cats own a 16-6 season record as they prepare

Ellsworth versus Southeast of Saline The Lady ‘Cats dropped both games to the Lady Trojans of Southeast of Saline April 1, losing the opener by a score of 5-4 and the nightcap by a score of 3-1. Ellsworth took the lead in the bottom of the second inning as Lainey Dunn scored on a Williams sacrifice hit and Jones knocked Connally in for a 2-0 lead. The Lady Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Maze scored in the top of the third inning on a Panzer hit to shortstop and Landon scored on a maze single-base hit in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 4-4. The Lady Trojans won the game by making a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The first two innings of the nightcap was a defensive struggle as neither team could get on the scoreboard. The Lady Trojans forged ahead in the bottom of the third inning making three runs. The battle continued until the top of the sixth inning when Landon scored the only run for Ellsworth, but the Lady Trojan defense stopped the Lady ‘Cat rally on the next play. “I think we were all worried about it being a big league game as we really wanted to win the league title,” said Williams. “I think that we kind of choked a little bit.”

Continued from B1 Beloit Relays The small Bearcat boys’ track team had a good showing at the April 27 Beloit Relays, placing ninth out of 27 teams competing in the huge track meet in Beloit. Ellsworth scored 35 points at the meet which included 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A teams. Beloit won the meet with 124 points and Sacred Heart placed second with 109 points. Jack Nuss placed first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.73 in the 1-2A event. Ben Murrell won the javelin throw with a toss of 166’ 10” at a meet that was delayed by strong winds and rain. On the girls’ side, Ellsworth scored a point when Connor Davis finished sixth in the 800 meter dash with a time of 2:37.67. Results from the Beloit Relays Girls — 100 meter dash: Macie Rohr, 14.17. 200 meter dash: Rohr, 30.29. Javelin: Davis, 104’ 9”. Boys — 100 meter dash: Chyler Hudson, 12.07. 200 meter dash: Hudson, 25.71. 3200 meter run: Riley Zamrzla, 11:18.84, sixth. 4X100 meter relays: Ellsworth team, 46.44, third. High jump: Nuss, 6’ 2:, third. Triple jump: Noah trap, 34’ 5”. Pole vault: Marshall Barkow, NH; Grant Glaser, NH. Shot: Trevor Miley, 45’ 7.5”. Discus: Miley, 118’ 6”; Trapp, 115’. Javelin: Miley, 138’ 4”.

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Ellsworth Bearcat qualifiers are: Taylor Bahan and Josh Bahr, top center, Tyler Lamb and Angus Dufon above, Isaac Herzog, left

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Ellsworth County baseball gets wins BY Mark mccoy Ellsworth County I-R

MINNEAPOLIS — Ellsworth County Baseball swept Minneapolis by a score of 7-3 in the opener and 11-5 in the nightcap Friday on the road in Minneapolis. Clint Glaser led off for Ellsworth County in the opener, scoring on a Jacob Froese sacrificial fly ball. Jake Stoppel pitched the opener for E-Dub and good fielding kept the Lions from scoring in the bottom of the first inning. The Lions scored in the bottom of the second inning to make it a 1-1 ball game. Ellsworth County answered when Takota Anderson made it home on a Clint Glaser single-base hit in the top of the third inning, but the Lions scored two runs in the bottom to have a 3-2 edge. The fourth inning was a defensive battle with neither team making it over the plate, but in the top of the fifth, Glaser brought Anderson home over the plate and Ty Nienke stole home to give E-Dub a 4-2 lead. It was in the top of the seventh inning when Ellsworth County took control of the game when Anderson, Nienke and Stoppel all scored. The Lions rally sputtered with only one run as E-Dub won the game. In the nightcap, Stoppel scored on a Froese single-base hit and Froese scored on a Braydan Browning sacrificial fly ball to give Ellsworth County a 2-0 lead at the top of the first inning. Cole Zelenka was the starting pitcher for E-Dub and good fielding by the club kept the Lions from scoring in the bottom of the inning. Ellsworth County brought out the bats in the top of the second inning of the nightcap as a Glaser single drove in Lucas Barta. A fielding error allowed Nienke to make it home. Glaser and Stoppel both scored on another Lions error and gave E-Dub a 6-0 lead. The Lions managed a run in the bottom of the inning to make it a 6-1 ball game. The Lions played a better game of defense in the top of the third and held Ellsworth County scoreless while adding two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 score. Stoppel smashed a home run in the top of the fourth inning, driving Glaser across the plate. Froese stole home for the 9-3 tally at the bottom of the inning. Anderson assumed the mound for E-Dub in the bottom of the fifth and Glaser scored for Ellsworth County in the top of the inning. Anderson scored stealing home in the top of the sixth inning to give Ellsworth County an 11-3 lead. Minneapolis scored 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the final score. “This was the first night we did all three elements well: we hit well, we fielded well and we pitched well,� said head co-coach Bernie Schulte. “I think we showed a little bit of what we are capable of when the three come together. “Clint (Glaser) had the best day of his career he had three hits in each game and was six for nine for the night, scored four runs, had three RBIs, and played flawlessly in centerfield.� Ellsworth County played Little River Tuesday in Little River. They will play Ell-Saline at 4 p.m. Friday in Ellsworth. Due to the combination of Wilson and Ellsworth players, E-Dub will compete in the 3A regional baseball tournament Monday, May 24, in Salina. Ellsworth County’s opponent and time of play was not available at press time, but will be posted at as soon as it becomes available. Ellsworth Co. versus Bennington It was a nice evening for baseball May 1 in Ellsworth, as Ellsworth County Baseball dropped two games to the Bennington Bulldogs, losing the opener by a score of 8-5 and the nightcap by a score of 14-8. Two strong pitchers of the club — Stoppel and Zelenka — were competing with the Dragon track team in Tescott as Froese took the mound to pitch the opener. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Bulldog defense was tough in the

bottom of the inning and Bennington scored a run in the top of the second for a 3-0 lead. Cory Harrison was knocked home by a Pflughoeft double-base hit in the bottom of the second inning for a 3-1 score. Bennington added three runs to its lead in the top of the third and a Froese single-base hit sent Glaser across the plate for a 6-2 score in the bottom of the inning. Defense was the name of the game in the fourth and fifth innings as neither team could figure a way to get their runners home. Zach Martin relieved Froese at the mound for E-Dub and Bennington added two runs in the top of the sixth for an 8-2 lead. Ellsworth County began a rally behind the plate in the bottom of the inning when Harrison scored on a Pflughoeft double-base hit. Anderson took the leather off of the ball with a nice triple-base hit that sent Pflughoeft home. Justin Zamecnik made it to second base courtesy of a fielding error and his single-base hit brought Anderson across the plate as E-Dub narrowed the score to 8-5 with only one out on the scoreboard. But the rally was brought to an end when Jesse Kidd struck out and Froese grounded out to shortstop on the following two plays. E-Dub played its best defense of the game in the top of the seventh, hoping to revive the rally in the bottom of the inning but the Bulldogs held firm and won the opener. “In spite of not having Cole (Zelenka) and Jake (Stoppel), we had one of our best hitting nights of the season,� said co-head coach Bernie Schulte. “We pitched some underclassmen, and I was pretty pleased with how well they threw the ball. “Takota (Anderson) and Zach (Martin) pitched a lot of innings and threw well for freshman. Ty (Nienke) did a nice job finishing up in game two.� Anderson was the starting pitcher for Ellsworth County in the nightcap as Bennington jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first inning of play. The Bulldogs scored two more runs in the top of the second but E-Dub answered when Browning scored on a Cory Harrison sacrifice to shortstop. Anderson crossed the plate when Martin made it to first base on a fielding error to make it a 5-2 ball game. The Ellsworth County defense owned the top of the third inning. Froese began a rally when he knocked in Glaser and Pflughoeft on a double-base hit with no outs on the scoreboard but the rally sputtered when the Bulldog defense took out the E-Dub batters on the following three plays to make the score 5-4. Bennington added a run in the top of the fourth inning and held Ellsworth County scoreless in the bottom of the inning for a 6-4 lead. The Bulldogs forged to an 8-4 edge in the top of the fifth, but E-Dub answered when a Browning singlebase hit brought Pflughoeft and Froese home to make the score 8-6. Anderson was still on the mound for Ellsworth County in the top of the sixth inning when the Bulldogs added runs on an error, a singlebase hit and a steal for an 11-6 lead. Ty Nienke took over the pitching duties mid-way through the inning for E-Dub and scored a run on a Jordan Bess single-base hit. Bess scored for Ellsworth County on a Bulldog fielding error to make the score 11-8. Bennington scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning and good pitching in the bottom of the ending on the part of the Bulldogs ended the game with a Bennington sweep. “Froese had a great day hitting four for eight in the double header and was only a home run away from hitting for the cycle in game one,� said Schulte. “He hit the ball very hard all night long. “Pflughoeft and Browning had their best hitting days of the year. Ryan hit three doubles on the night which is outstanding, and Braydan hit a deep ball for a double and added a single in game two. “Unfortunately, we also had our worst fielding night of the season. We had 11 errors in the two games, which is our worst defensive performance of the season.�

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Ellsworth’s Jacob Froese, a member of Ellsworth County Baseball, pitches in the first loss against the Bennington Bulldogs May 1 in Ellsworth.

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Stoppel wins dash at Tescott BY Mark mccoy Ellsworth County I-R

TESCOTT — The Wilson Dragon track teams competed against heavy competition at the May 1 Tescott Invitational at Tescott. Jake Stoppel won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.31 and the 400 meter sprint with a time of 51:82. He was disqualified in the 200 meter dash. On the girls’ side, Antjelica Pfannenstiel won the 300 meter low hurdles event with a time of 52:18. A total of 14 1A and 2A teams competed at the meet. Team scores were not available. Results of the Tescott Invitational Boys — 100 meter dash: Marcus Denham, 12.16; Matt Pfannenstiel, 12.74. 200 meter dash: Mike Pfannenstiel, 24.63, fifth; Stoppel, NT. 400 meter dash: Mike Pfannenstiel, 58.81. 800 meter run: Kevin Johnston, 2:28.69. 1600 meter run: Creighton Reeves, 5:22.19, sixth. Zelenka, 5:29.36; Johnston, 6:02.51. 3200 meter run: Reeves, 11:38.0, third; Jonathan Steinike, 13:19.50. 4X100 meter relays:

Wilson team, 49.59. 4X400 meter relays: Wilson team, 3:53.78, fifth. 4X800 meter relays: Wilson team, 10:02.5. Long jump: Stoppel, 19’ 2”, second; Zelenka, 15’ 5.5”; Malachi Pfannenstiel, 16’ 2.25”. Triple jump: Matt Pfannenstiel, 32’ 10”. Shot: Denham, 35’ 6.5”; Evan Just, 35’ 0.25”; Alex Borell, 27’ 5.5”. Discus: Just, 94’; Borell, 88’ 3.5”. Javelin: Borell, 106’ 7”. Girls — 100 meter dash: Karlie Steinle, 14.68; McKenzie Thrasher, 15.36; Dreamer Roberson, 16.74. 200 meter dash: Janell Ptacek, 32.98. 400 meter dash: Shania Steinike, 1:11.0. 800 meter run: Emily Beneda, 2:57.61; Ptacek, NT. 1600 meter run: Thrasher, NT. 100 meter hurdles: Pfannenstiel, 17.22, second. 4X100 meter relays: Wilson team, 57.18. 4X400 meter relays: Wilson team, 4:45.88, third. High jump: Steinle, 4’ 4”. Long jump: Thrasher, 13’ 7”; Ptacek, 11’ 11.5”; Roberson, 10’ 3”. Triple jump: Steinike, 32’ 2”, second; Thrasher, 28’8”. Shot: Tara Gustus, 30’ 6.5”, third; Karinsa Ribordy, 20’ 11”. Discus: Molly Morgan, 89’ 5”, fourth; Gustus, 88’ 9”, fifth; Roberson, 69’. Javelin: Gustus, 70’ 4”; Morgan, 61’ 5”.

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Bearcat Matthew Keener lines up a putt May 3 in Ellsworth.


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placed 20th as a total of five golfers had a score of 90 strokes. The placings were derived by scorecard playoffs, based on highest handicap holes according to Bearcat golf coach Kevin Haxton. “We played decent but had higher expectation for our home meet,” Haxton said. “To lose by only three strokes and know that every kid typically shoots lower than that on a typical day on our course was tough but we were excited to beat league rival Republic County and hope to continue to improve on our team score. “I was proud of Mark for shooting a one under 69 and taking home the individual title. It was a great way for him to finish up his last home

meet as a Bearcat.” Shane Wilson shot a 95 and placed 28th out of 46 golfers. Ryan Canaan shot a 98 and placed 31st; Marissa Bland placed 33rd with a score of 99 and Brandon Cantrell placed 39th with a score of 105.

The Bearcats competed in the North Central Activities Association league golf tournament today (Thursday) in Russell. They will compete at the 2A regional golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 14 in Belleville.

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United Methodist Laura Cherry, pastor 114 W. Anderson Church: (785) 225-6875 Sunday school: 9 a.m. Sunday service: 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Msgr. James E. Hake West Third Sunday Mass: 8 a.m.


Holy Name Catholic Fr. Robert Spencer Asst. Fr. Edmond Kline 296 Third Rd., (620) 562-3427 Mass: 8 a.m. Sunday and Wed. 6 p.m. United Methodist Gene Langhofer, pastor 213 Third (620) 562-3393 Sunday service: 9 a.m. Sunday school: 10:15 a.m. Salem United Methodist Ryan Lynch, pastor 517 Ave. E, (620) 562-3334 Sunday service: 10:45 a.m. Sunday school: 9:30 a.m.


United Methodist Stephen Holmes, pastor Phone: (785) 472-8773 Sunday school: 8:30 a.m. Sunday service: 9:45 a.m.


First Lutheran – ELCA Diane Wagner, AIM 417 Coleman, (785) 658-2252 Sunday service: 9 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Fr. Jarett Konrade Saturday Mass: 6 p.m.


Harvest Bible Church Tad Trapp, pastor 907 Evans, (785) 531-1969 Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Study: 7 p.m. Assembly of God Exie Barber, pastor 108 W. Eighth, (785) 472-3232 Bible study: 9:45 a.m. Sunday service: 10:50 a.m. Sunday evening service: 6 p.m. Wednesday service: 7 p.m. Holy Apostles Episcopal Phyllis Flory, pastor 103 W. Fourth, (785) 493-2760 Sunday service: 9 a.m.

Sr. Warden, (785) 658-3571 First Presbyterian Amy Jo Hawley, interim pastor 405 N. Lincoln, (785) 472-5557 Sunday school: 9:15 a.m. Sunday service:10:30 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran LC – MS Dennis Dufon, pastor Church: (785) 472-4045 Sunday service: 9:30 a.m. SS following service TV ministry: Sun. 3 p.m. and Thurs. 6 p.m. St. Bernard’s Catholic Fr. Steve Heina 10th and Kansas (785)4723136 Sunday Mass: 10 a.m. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran LC – MS Philip Hoppe, pastor (785) 472-3712 Sunday service: 10:00 a.m. Adult Bible class: 9:00 a.m. Sunday school: 9:00 a.m. Smoky Hill Baptist Billy Kryger, pastor (785)472-5587 1007 Evans Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. Sunday service: 10:45 a.m. Afternoon service: 1:30 United Methodist Bethann Black, pastor (785)472-3870 322 N. Douglas Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday service: 10:45 a.m. Youth group: Wed. 6:30-8 p.m. TV ministry: Sunday 10:30 & 12:45 a.m.


Geneseo United Methodist Ticia Bennett, pastor 407 8th, (620) 824-6498 Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. UMW: 3rd. Thursday - 1:30 p.m.


St. Paul United Church of Christ Debby Rains, pastor 301 E. Nassau, (785) 252-3410 Adult Bible study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday service: 10:30 a.m. Awsome Kids Club: Wed., 6 p.m. St. Peter Lutheran Dan Harders, pastor 209 S. County Rd. Church: (785) 252-3275 Bible Study: 10 a.m. Sunday Service: 9 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Fr. Jarett Konrade

Concord Street Sunday Mass: 8 a.m.


United Methodist Stephen Holmes, pastor 103 S. Missouri Church: (785) 472-8773 Sunday school: 10 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. St. Ignatius Catholic Fr. Steve Heina 127 N. Missouri Rectory: (785) 472-4874 Saturday Mass: 5:30 p.m.


First Baptist Dave Barger, pastor 320 W. Wichita (785) 472-5334 Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. Sunday service: 10:45 a.m. Sun. evening service: 7 p.m. Youth Group : 7 p.m. Wednesday: AWANA, preschool to Jr. High, 6:30 p.m.


Excelsior Lutheran – ELCA Pastor Ron MacLennan and Marcia MacLennan Contact Minister - Diane Wagner (785) 658-2252 Nine miles NE of Wilson off I-70 Sunday service: 8:30 a.m. First Baptist Joe DiVietro, pastor Brett Denham, asst. pastor Old Highway 40, (785) 6582499 Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. Sunday services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening services: 6:00 p.m. AWANA (Children’s Bible study): — Wednesday, 7 p.m. Youth group (6-12 grades): — Sunday 6 p.m. First Presbyterian & United Methodist Kris Bair, pastor 319 24th St. or 2424 Ave. F Church: (785) 658-2191 Worship and SS alternating monthly between churches Joint SS: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Joint Sunday service: 10 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran – ELCA Jim Wagner, pastor 2819 Ave. F Church: (785) 658-2252 Saturday service: 5:30 p.m. Sunday service: 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m.


Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” (Phil. 4:8) I recently saw a TV commercial for the “best Mother’s Day gift, that of a connection.” It was an ad for a new cell phone. While I have an aversion for ringing cell phones in church and cell phone conversations in general while in public, there is some food for thought. Cell phones, like all modern technology, are neither good nor bad. The virtue or vice is in how we use them. This all begins with the way that we are created in the image of God. Our minds are extraordinary gifts that allow us to have fellowship with our Creator. We know from scripture that God has called us to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind (c.f. Mk 12:30). We should always be learning, questioning, and thirsting for knowledge, in both our spiritual and temporal worlds. When used responsibly, technology can be very useful toward this end. So, we might ask ourselves, “Do I use technology as a gift from God, to learn and expand my mind? Do I thank God for the technologies of modern life available to me such as a computer, digital camera, car, etc?” (Guys, what is our attitude about a GPS? Are we willing to admit we need to ask for directions?) How often do any of us find ourselves looking up from the internet, only to find that hours have passed … and then we complain that we don’t have enough time for the family, the community, the church? • Young people. You can learn a lot from surfing the net or even watching TV and playing some video games. But not everything on the internet, TV, or video games is good. Part of becoming mature is learning to recognize the difference between

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Pastor’s Podium using your time wisely and doing things that are a waste of time, or even harmful. It’s smarter to use technology in ways that do you good. Rather than just seeking entertainment, use your mind in ways that require thinking. Are you the master of technology, or is technology the master of you? • Families. For younger children, it is important to explain the benefits and dangers of technology when you set parental controls. For older children, consider discussing your reasoning for TV guidelines or internet controls and listen to their input, as well. You may be surprised by what you learn. If there is a disagreement over a popular TV show, consider watching a partial episode with them in order to point out what is objectionable. In faith, the use of technology can have a great benefit. May the Holy Spirit guide us in our use of all God’s gifts in this world. And don’t forget to connect with your mom on Mother’s Day.

Pastor’s Podium The Pastor’s Podium column is offered each week by a different pastor or lay person representing an Ellsworth County church. This week’s columnist is Father Steve Heina, pastor of the St. Bernard and St. Ignatius Catholic Churches in Ellsworth and Kanopolis.

In every age, O Lord, you You make an end of them have been our refuge. Before the mountains were begotten and the earth and the world were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

in their sleep; the next morning they are like the changing grass, Which at dawn springs up anew, but by evening wilts and fades.

You turn man back to dust, saying, “Return, O children of men.” For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, now that it is past, or as a watch of the night.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!

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(Note: Traffic cases resolved between April 25, 2012 to May 2, 2012. (Fines include a $98 docket fee.) JUDGMENT ON PLEA OF GUILTY – Stewart M. Abbot, speeding, $260. Shane L. Bahr, speeding, $143. Tamara Rene Conrad, speeding, $143. Phillip J. Decouteau, failure to wear a seat belt, $10. Chase Allen Howell, speeding, $143. Ryan James Jaske, failure to yield at a stop or yield sign, $173. Herbert W. Koemer, speeding, $200. Catherine A. Ressijac, speeding, $161. Derek Blue Ross, failure to wear a seat belt, $10. David James Ruder, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first conviction. He will be sentenced May 18. Frank J. Schneider, speeding, $248. Brook E. Shadduck, failure to wear a seat belt, $10. Paulo C. Solano, speeding, $143. Harold Jackson Stevens, child passenger safety, restraining systems and seat belts, $158. David Arthur Williams, speeding, $188. Paul R. Windmann, driving without headlights when needed, $143. Kari A. Wynn, speed-

ing, $143. (DUI ONLY) DEFERRED ADJUDICATION — Stephanie E. Bloesser, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first conviction, (DUI only) Deferred adjudication, $1,293.

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GIVING A WORTHLESS CHECK – State of Kansas vs. Cody Neil Goding, giving a worthless check. Goding pleaded guilty. He was ordered to serve 30 days in the Ellsworth County Jail, suspended. The suspended jail sentence is contingent upon Goding paying all fees in full by Nov. 1, 2012, and abiding by six months of unsupervised probation. He was ordered to pay a $160 docket fee, a $45 booking fee, a $30 county attorney bad check fee, and $45 restitution to Ellsworth County Medical Center. MISDEMEANOR THEFT — State of Kansas vs. Kelly Dawn Whitmer, misdemeanor theft. Whitmer pleaded no contest to an amended charge of non-person misdemeanor theft. She was originally charged with felony theft. She was sentenced to serve 365 days in jail with credit for 14 days served. The remaining days were suspended and she was placed on 24 months supervised probation which may be transferred

to Graham County. Whitmer was also ordered to pay a $160 docket fee, a $45 booking fee, a $60 probation supervision fee, $180 reimbursement for a court-appointed attorney, and $1,825.50 restitution to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Whitmer. BATTERY — State of Kansas vs. Michael Shane Stroede, battery (two counts). Stroede pleaded guilty to count two of the battery charge. Count one was dismissed by the state. He was ordered to serve 30 days in the Ellsworth County Jail, with credit for six days served. He was also ordered to pay a $160 docket fee and a $45 booking fee. The 30 day jail term will be commuted to time served if the defendant pays the $205 in fees by May 25, 2012. DOMESTIC BATTERY — State of Kansas vs. Terry L. Rogers, domestic battery, first offense. Rogers pleaded guilty per Alford vs. North Carolina. The charge was amended from domestic battery, second offense. He was ordered to serve 14 days in jail, with credit for 14 days served. He was also ordered to pay a $160 docket fee, a $45 booking fee, a $200 fine, and $140 reimbursement for a court-appointed counsel. No term of probation was imposed. The defendant has 90 days to pay the amount owed.


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INJURY ACCIDENTS — At 11 p.m. May 5, James Mayes Heagy, 26, Wilson, was driving east on Avenue S in a 1992 Ford pickup. Approximately 5.5 feet east of 11th Road, Heagy failed to negotiate a right hand turn and hit a pasture gate. Both he and his passenger, Ryan Nichols, 23, Sylvan Grove, were injured. There was no transport by EMS ambulance, however. Heagy was cited for duty of a driver to report an injury accident, duty to report an accident, and duty to drive reasonable and prudent under road conditions and hazards. NON-INJURY ACCIDENTS — At 9:38 p.m. May 4, Linda Parsons, 61, Hutchinson, was backing a 2005 GMC at the Dry Dock parking lot at Kanopolis Lake. During the process, she backed into a parked and unattended 2008 Jeep Liberty owned by Elizabeth Collins of Marquette. No injuries were reported. Damage was over $1,000. At 8:53 p.m. May 1, Deborah Steffan, 61, Chase, was driving south on 10th Road in a 2012 Ford Taurus when she hit a deer. No injuries were reported. Damage was over $1,000.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY — Between 8:58 and 9:26 a.m. April 30, Reese Construction of Scandia was the victim of criminal damage to property at milepost 221 on I-70. Damaged was the passenger side window on a 1988 Chevrolet truck. Loss was $150. Between April 30 and May 1, David Svaty of Ellsworth was the victim of criminal damage to property in the northeast quarter of Section 21-158. Thirty bushels of wheat valued at $150 were damaged after someone drove through the wheat.


Sarah Sneath, Allen L. Sneath and Steve D. Sneath, and Connie and Tim Schmitt convey to Robert and Sandra Schmitt a parcel of land in the southeast quarter of Section 18-16-6 in Ellsworth County, Kan. John Steffen Armbrust and Karen Sue Bugbee Armbrust convey and warrant to John Steffen Armbrust and Karen Sue Bugbee Armbrust, trustees of the John Steffen Armbrust and Karen Sue Bugbee Armbrust Trust, an undivided one-half interest in the northeast quarter of Section 12-159 in Ellsworth County,

Kan. Albert F. Stevenson conveys and warrants to Douglas W. Stevenson, Nichelle L. Stevenson and Tyler L. Stevenson Lot 1, Block 8, in Lakeside Acres in Ellsworth County, Kan., and three acres in the west half of Section 21-16-6 in Ellsworth County, Kan. Alan and Sandra Pflughoeft conveys and warrants to John G. Svaty the northwest quarter of Section 28-15-9 and the southwest quarter of Section 21-15-9 in Ellsworth County, Kan. John G. Svaty conveys and warrants to Alan and Sandra Pflughoeft the southwest quarter of Section 19-15-8 in Ellsworth County, Kan. Preston Sauers conveys and warrants to Tessa Dolezal Lots 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in Block 59 in the City of Kanopolis.

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ANIMAL RUNNING AT LARGE/REMOVAL OF ANIMAL EXCREMENT — At 11:08 a.m. April 23, Rita F. Rose was the victim of a dog running at large across her property at 512 E. Fourth St. in Ellsworth. The animal’s excrement had to be removed from the property.

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supervisory experience required. Applications and complete job description: www.anthonykansas. org. 620-842-5434. EOE. Career Opportunity Anthony, Kansas is seeking Electric Maintenance Worker I (Electric Department Lineman). Vocational degree in electricity is preferred. Applications and complete job description: www. 620-8425434. EOE. Career Opportunity Anthony, Kansas is seeking PT Planning & Zoning Clerk. High school diploma/equivalent required. One year experience preferred. Applications and complete job description: www. 620-8425434. EOE. Career Opportunity ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assis-

tance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 888-220-3977 Help Wanted “Can You Dig It?� We will train, certify & provide lifetime assistance landing work. Hiring in Kansas. Start digging as a heavy equipment operator. 866-3626497 Help Wanted Exp. Flatbed Drivers: Regional opportunities now open with plenty of freight & great pay! 800277-0212 or Help Wanted Over 18? A can’t miss limited opportunity to travel with a successful young business group. Paid training. Transportation/lodging provided. Unlimited income potential. Call 1-877-646-5050 Help Wanted/Truck Driver Attention Bus Drivers! Drive for us this summer delivering busses or other vehicles. Make good

money, set your own schedule, and see the U.S.A. on our dime! Call 1-866-764-1601 or go to www. today! Help Wanted/Truck Driver Drivers: NO EXPERIENCE? Class A CDL Driver Training. We train and Employ! Ask about our NEW PAY SCALE! Experienced Drivers also Needed! Central Refrigerated (877) 369-7885 Help Wanted/Truck Driver “You got the drive, We have the Direction� OTR Drivers APU Equipped Pre-Pass EZ-pass Pets/ passenger policy. Newer equipment. 100% NO touch. 1-800528-7825 Misc. AIRLINE CAREERS - Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if qualified - Housing available. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-248-7449

Like a thief in the night ... we are watching you!

Theft is on the rise at the I-R’s newspaper racks. Because of the increase in theft, we are randomly watching our rack locations. The I-R will prosecute to the fullest extent allowed by law all theft of newspapers from our racks.

Avoid prosecution. Take only what you pay for!

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Help Wanted Needed: In-home help for elderly lady. (785)658-3440. 38-2c Summer help — Looking for responsible teen to tutor grade school student in math. Additional money can be earned for child care as well. Contact (785)5312036. 38-4p Wilson Jr/Sr High School is looking for a head coach for the girls volleyball team for the 2012-2013 season. Call Tony or Bryan at (785)6582202 if interested. 38-2c Snack Shack is taking applications for part-time summer help. (785)6585775 or (785)658-2600. 38-4c

Full-time help wanted at the Geneseo branch of Farmers Coop. CDL a plus. Must be able to lift at least 50#. Must be willing to learn to clean wheat, make feed mixes, fix tires, dump trucks etc. Pick up an application at Lorraine or call Melode at 785-472-5271.

Patrol officer position available at Ellsworth Police Department. Call 785-472-5110 for an application.

The City of Ellsworth is accepting applications from graduating seniors for an Office Assistant. This is a seasonal position. General office experience and knowledge of MS Word and Excel is preferred.

HELP WANTED • Full & Part-time positions available • Assistant Store Manager • Full & Part-time Cashiers/Kitchen Help

Apply in person at Casey’s General Store, 1420 Foster Drive, Ellsworth


When you email advertising info, make sure you request a reply. If you do not receive one, call and make sure we got it.


Sylvan Sales Commission L .L .C. Bulls - 95-115.25 High Cows - 80-94.50 Low Cows - 60-79



200-300.....................230-260.00 300-400.....................211-233.00


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Applications are available at City Hall, 121 W. First Street and will be accepted through May 25th. EOE.






600-700.....................152-173.25 700-800.....................140-154.10 800-900.....................136-148.50

500-600.....................154-171.50 600-700.....................144-157.78

Next Week 400 Yrlings 300 Calves



Regular Sales Every Monday To Consign Cattle Contact

Toby Meyer - 785-658-5772 • Brad Zorn - 785-658-7124 • Ryan Obermueller - 785-658-5858 • John Perry - 785-488-8061 Cody Murray - 785-738-8055 Sale Barn - 785-526-7123 • Greg Carey - 785-483-1455


Receipts for the week totaled 5755 cattle and 51 hogs. Butcher hog top on Monday was $52.00.


STORE MANAGER Are you motivated by challenges and enjoy seeing results? If you answered yes, then being a Casey’s Store Manager may be the perfect career opportunity for you. As one of our store Managers, you will be a guardian of our excellent reputation and good name. Check out these benefits: • Salary & Quarterly Bonus • Advancement Opportunities • Medical/Dental Insurance • 401(k) Savings Plan • Flexible Spending Account • Casey’s Stock Purchase Plan • Paid training • Vacation/Sick Leave

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Mail applications to Casey’s General Store, 215 W. Crawford St., Salina, KS 67401 Attn: Area Supervisor

For more detailed information, check out our web site at EOE

300-400 400-500 500-600 600-700 700-800 800-900 900-1000

$196-207.00 $190-197.75 $183-195.00 $163-170.50 $148-154.25 $129-145.10 $126-138.00


$176-180.00 $172-179.00 $164-177.00 $146-156.00 $130-142.50 $130-139.50

300-400 400-500 500-600 600-700 700-800 800-900 900-1000

Early Consignments for Thursday May 10th: 35 s&h 350-550 off brome/weaned/3 rnds vacc, 61 mostly blk strs 800850 no sort, 70 hfrs 820 open plus many more by sale time.

Selling at 4 p.m Thursday May 10th: 80 blk 3&4 yr cows Northern Origin Bred Angus Heavy Springers In stock today • 6’8� X 16 Half top Trailer GR Trailer • 6’8� X 32 Metal Top GR Trailer • 6’8� X 14 Bumper Pull GR Trailer

• Trip Hopper Feeders • Heavy Duty Round Bale Feeders • Heavy Duty Mineral Feeders

For a complete list of cattle for all sales check out our website at:

Don’t forget the Spring Spectacular Horse Sale May 19-20th starting at 12 noon both days Selling 400 horses Ranch Horse Competition Friday May 18th at 6 p.m Rope Horse Previews Friday May 18th 1-4 p.m, Saturday & Sunday 8-11:30 a.m Call the barn for a catalog *Cattle sales broadcast LIVE on* Register before sale day to be approved • Call Barn for Details

Sale Manager - Mike Samples - 785-825-0211 Ofc. • 785-826-7884 Cell Salina, Kansas


Listen to our markets on KSAL, Salina at 6:45 a.m. on Monday thru Friday. For more information or to consign cattle call sale barn or: Fieldman Representatives: Kenny Briscoe • Lincoln, KS • 785-524-4048 Don Long • Ellsworth, KS • 785-472-3927

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Wilson Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting.

Is your newspaper arriving at your home later and later each week? We have options for that! • You can pick up your paper Wednesday morning at the I-R OfďŹ ce. If you live or work in Ellsworth, our office opens at 7 a.m. each Wednesday morning so you can pick up your paper without wait. •On-line Edition. Everyone with a paid subscription can receive the on-line edition e-mailed to you each Wednesday morning. Make sure we have your e-mail address if you are interested.

Consigner Emporium LLC 235 Hwy 232 (new location)

Fri May 11th - 1 pm

Veterans Recognition Luncheon

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R.S.V.P. Jessica Mitchell - 472-3167 by May 14th

For closing of registration books Before the Question Submitted Election For Unified School District No. 327 June 5, 2012

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Pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 25-2311Š, notice is hereby given that on the 15th day of May, 2012, all registration books for the Unified School District No 327 Question Submitted Election will close at the end of regular business hours. Registration books will remain closed until the 6th day of June, 2010. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of my office this 3rd day of May, 2012. Janet L. Andrews Ellsworth County Clerk/Election Officer 2t 5/10

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Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter • Thursday, May 10, 2012

Our thoughts are with the members of Ellsworth VFW Post 6485 and everyone affected by Friday’s fire.

The Ellsworth VFW is a vital part of our community. We know the Ellsworth VFW will stand tall again. Donations to help support the VFW can be dropped off at either First Bank Kansas or Citizens State Bank.

We support the Ellsworth VFW and a special thank you to the Ellsworth Fire Department and all the other firefighters who responded to Friday’s fire. Ellsworth Coop Torkelson’s Chiropractic, P.A. True Value Hardware Ellsworth Village Mall Pretty Boy Floyd’s Seitz Drug Reliant Roofing Paden’s Place Ellsworth/Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce Anita Hoffhines – Millwood Realty Post Rock Rural Water District American Family Insurance Mosiac Whitmer Insurance Central Kansas Dentistry, P.A. Ellsworth Federal Credit Union Rolling Hills Electric Survey’s Inc. Sherman, Hoffman, & Hipp, LC Kevin’s Barber Shop KC’s Cafe Ellsworth Service Center

4-D Communications Lyons Federal Bank Citizens State Bank & Trust F&M Drug LLC Robson’s Card & Gift Shop Kirkham Michael Boots Flowers Peterson & Kasper Ideal Real Estate First Bank Kansas City Plumbing & Heating Ellsworth County I/R Coach & Four/Gambinos Ellsworth Packing Inc. Dairy Queen Restaurant Finke’s Retail Liquor Gene’s Heartland Foods American Family Insurance Parsons Funeral Home B & B Plumbing Heating and AC Fashion Flair Ellsworth Senior Center

Security 1st Title Zeal Hair Salon & Spa Cliff’s Body Shop Randy’s Body Shop-Restoration Hoffman Auto Sales KanEquip, Inc Martin’s Pro Auto/NAPA Freeman’s Body Shop Ellsworth County EMS Ellsworth Animal Hospital Ellsworth American Legion Post #174 Wilson American Legion Post #262 Kanopolis American Legion Post #329 Holyrood American Legion Post #200 Ellsworth VFW Post #6485 State Farm Insurance Lonnie Soukup Insurance Ellsworth Steakhouse Home Lumber & Supply Co. Farm Bureau Financial Services Farm Bureau Association

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Ages 5 - 8 1st prize: Aubrey Boldra of Wilson

Aubrey won a $25 gift certificate from Robson’s Card and Gift My mom is the most magnificent mom because she loves me, she cares about me, she stays up at night with me when I’m sick, she teaches me about God, she helps me learn, and most of all her name is Angell, like an angel in heaven! This is why I love my mom!

2nd prize: Kreighton Kleindienst of Ellsworth Kreighton won a $25 gift certificate from Gene’s Heartland Foods My mom’s name is Tess. I love my mom because she provides food for me. My mom helps with my homework because she loves me. I love her because she says good night and gives me hugs and kisses.

Ages 9 - 13 1st prize: Grady Hansen of Ellsworth Grady won a $25 gift certificate from Ellsworth Steakhouse My mom wears many different hats, here are a few of them. She is a hunter, a chef, cakemaker, a friend, maid, taxi driver, and many many more! She is my best friend, she makes sure I get where I need to go when I need to get there. My mom has three kids and she loves us with all of her heart. My mom is unique because she is a mom and she likes to do all of the same stuff that a dad likes to do. When we are feeling down, she always finds some way to cheer us up. My mom and I both share similar likes. I once heard a saying, my mom is a tough old bird, but she has the softest feathers.

2nd prize: Kyndal Hawks of Ellsworth Kyndal won a $25 gift certificate from Gene’s Heartland Foods My mom loves me and would do anything to protect my siblings and I. Every hour of her work is devoted to us. She will cherish us always. I know that my mom will always love my siblings and I. When I get hurt my mom will take good care of me. She is always there for me. No matter what she is doing she will drop anything to help me. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t even be here. She has done countless things for me. She cooks, cleans, and provides everything for me. She is how I could have an education and she is the one type of mom you can’t find anywhere else. She cares for my family and I care for her, and that’s why my mom is magnificent!

Ages 14 - 18 1st prize: Joseph Hueston of Ellsworth Joseph won a $25 gift certificate from Robson’s Card and Gift My mom is my hero because she is strong when I need her the most. She tells me what I should do when I need advice. She makes things better when things get hard. My mom does the most she can to make me happy. She can change most situations that are bad into a memory to laugh at later in life. She still loves me when I do something to get her mad. Me and my mom made a little hand gesture that means “I love you forever and amen.” I love my mom.

Ages 5 - 8 - Honorable Mention Aleyna Womelsdorf of Lorraine Aleyna won a small ice cream cake from Dairy Queen My mom is so pretty. My mom is so beautiful. My mom is so smart. My mom is so sweet. My mom is always there for me. My mom makes the best cupcakes. She loves me.

Ages 9 - 13 - Honorable Mention Kassidy Mehl of Ellsworth Kassidy won a small ice cream cake from Dairy Queen My mom is the best because whe never puts herself first. She always makes sure we have everything we need. She makes my sisters and I the happiest people on the worst day ever. She has a way of taking something bad and making it great. That’s why I think she’s the best mom in the world.

Honorable Mention Jenna Haase of Ellsworth Jenna won a small ice cream cake from Dairy Queen My mom is who I can trust. She helps me when I can’t figure things out. She calls my teacher when my paper got torn. She cares for me when I am hurt. We don’t always agree but usually do. She’s always there by my side. She keeps me safe. My mom is always there for me.

Honorable Mention Lukas Sebesta of Wilson Lukas won a small ice cream cake from Dairy Queen My mom is magnificent because she helps me with my homework. She does not want me to get hurt, and tells me what I do wrong. She is patient with me and tells me not to rush at things. My mom helps me get where I need to be on time. She helped me learn to read and quizes me when I study. She cares for me very much. She helps me do lots of things. That is why my mom is special.

Prizes may be picked up at the I/R office Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

And a special thanks to our sponsors: F&M Drug LLC, Radio Shack, Dairy Queen Restaurant, Robsons Card & Gift Shop, Seitz Drug, Ellsworth Steakhouse, Gene’s Heartland Foods

304 N. Douglas • Ellsworth, KS 785-472-5085


Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter • Thursday, May 10, 2012

OAM 2012 Who said anything about “slowing down?” Helping our seniors live happier and productive lives.

Honoring our areas older Americans

206 N. Douglas Ave. • (785) 472-3212 • Ellsworth, KS

Welcome to Golden Living Center - Wilson

202 S. Washington, PO Box 158, Marquette, KS 67464 Ph.: 785-546-2211 Fax: 785-546-2035

Check out our therapy services and rehabilitation suites! Amenities include: • Highly qualified staff of physical, occupational and speech therapists • Care provided by our specialty trained nurses and certified nursing assistants • Flat screen televisions with cable access • Telephones • Private bathrooms

• 45 bed skilled nursing home • Non-profit, locally owned and operated • We accept Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, veterans, and hospice • Christian focused, resident centered • Wide variety of activities and services • We offer respite care, adult day care and short term stays • A very clean & friendly home

Golden Living Center – Wilson 611 31st Street • Wilson, KS 67490 Phone: 785-658-2505 •

Helping Older Americans lead healthier and happier lives.

Never underestimate how a good laugh and an optimistic attitude can help anyone feel younger, healthier and more fulfilled. STUDIES OF PEOPLE who have lived to 100 years of age show they have two things in common – a sense of humor and optimism. It seems laughter stimulates the immune system, helping protect people from disease. And optimism keeps us positive and looking forward to tomorrow. We know it’s not always easy to be optimistic about the challenges life can set before us. So whether you’re wondering about the freedom of our independent living lifestyle, or the care needs of someone you love, we can help you find answers that work best for you. Just ask. Together we’ll find the answers. Call today for a free brochure. For further information, lunch and a tour, call Kim Fair at (785) 825-1366. Ext. 1112

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May 10, 2012 edition of the Ellsworth County I-R  

May 10, 2012 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent Reporter

May 10, 2012 edition of the Ellsworth County I-R  

May 10, 2012 edition of the Ellsworth County Independent Reporter