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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:43am

Junior/senior high school closes doors for final time Friday

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:42am

CLAFLIN — A special board meeting was held May 22, and while the main reason was to approve the republished 2022-23 budget due to at-risk funding, the bleachers at the Claflin Recreation Gymnasium were full for another reason.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:42am

atrons of the USD 112 Central Plains school district

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:41am

The filing deadline is nearing for individuals interested in serving for multiple school and municipal positions. All interested parties must file at the Ellsworth County Clerk’s office by noon June 1.


Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:34am

BUNKER HILL — In 1990, Wilson’s KC Withers was in the U.S. Army attached to the 101st Airborne Division. He served in both phases of the Gulf War — Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:33am

Ellsworth County Commissioners appear to be leaning towards a 3 percent increase in employee salaries for 2024. That was the overall direction indicated by commissioners at Monday’s meeting.


Toni Marie (Olmsted) Wamhoff, loving mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, friend and devoted Lutheran, passed away at age 76 in Frisco, Texas, with her loving family by her side on April 18, 2023.
Toni was born in Macksville, Kan., on Dec. 30, 1946, to Nancy Marie Olmsted (Hall) and R.D. Olmsted.

Strengthened by the sacraments of the Church, Francis Mathew Soukup was called home by his Heavenly Father on May 22, 2023, after defying many odds in his battle against cancer.
Frank was born Oct. 21, 1953, to Raymond and Clare Soukup in the Ellsworth Hospital.

May 23, 2023 - 13:01

Ralph Dwaine Smith, 86, of Ellsworth, Kan., passed away May 20, 2023, at Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Aug. 22, 1936, in Madison, Kan., the son of Myrle and Helen Allen Smith.

May 16, 2023 - 12:43

Jason Lee Tripp, 44, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 13, 2023, sitting in his favorite chair. He was born on Aug. 21, 1978, in Ellsworth, Kan., to Bobbie Tripp.

Jason was a devoted husband, loving father, a cherished friend to many, and above all a die-hard Chiefs fan. He will be remembered for his kind heart, infectious laughter and unwavering loyalty.


Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:36am

HESSTON — On May 16, the Ellsworth Bearcats competed in the first round of regionals. The Cats were seeded fifth in the bracket with a 9-11 record. Their first game was against Sylvan-Lucas Unified/ Lincoln and the Cats defeated the Mustangs 7-5.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:36am

GARDEN CITY — On May 19 the Ellsworth Bearcat track team headed to their regional meet to try to qualify athletes for the state competition.


May 24, 2023 - 07:40

Wilson Jr./Sr. High School closes its doors

May 24, 2023 - 07:39

I was intrigued with the article about Alice Peterka in the May 4 edition of the Indy-Reporter. While I do not personally know her, to realize she was a dedicated educator at Wilson Jr./Sr. High School for 54 consecutive years was a remarkable achievement. I would like to know more about her and the impact she has had on students and parents over her substantial tenure.

May 24, 2023 - 07:38

The end of the 20222023 school year has come — and what a year it was! When I arrived for this new position roughly 11 months ago, I was thrilled to become part of USD 327 and the Ellsworth, Kanopolis and Geneseo communities. Fast forward to today, and the pride I have exceeds every expectation I might have had when I arrived last summer.

May 24, 2023 - 07:37

When a tobacco box was found Saturday afternoon by boys playing near Wichita’s Second Street Bridge, they surely believed they had found a long-lost treasure. Their eyes must have sparkled with delight at the sight for it was no ordinary tobacco box.