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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Brian Bontrager considers the moment this past September when he picked a small piece of metal out of the ground “divine intervention.” At the time, the Ellsworth man was standing

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:00am

Even as a boy, Joshua Svaty sensed the carvings found at sites throughout Ellsworth County were important to the region’s history. Now, as an adult, Svaty is part of an

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:00am

More than 70 years ago, Jim Bezemek, a farm boy from Ellsworth County, witnessed the definition of man’s inhumanity to man as he and his fellow soldiers from the United

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:26am

The 2020 Census will take place April 1. Not only is the census easy and safe — it is important that everybody be counted. “In the State of Kansas, approximately


Friday, January 17, 2020 - 7:00am

(First Published in the Ellsworth County Independent-
Reporter, January 16, 2020)


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 2:51pm

(First Published in the Ellsworth County Independent/
Reporter, January 23, 2020)



Alvin Jay ‘Squeak’ Svoboda, 89, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 in Hutchinson. He was born March 5, 1930 in Stapleton, Neb. to Alfred and Josephine (Brosius) Svoboda. Alvin was a longtime resident of Ellsworth where he worked for Kansas Gas Service for 43 years. He married Doris Walker in Ellsworth Dec. 26, 1949. 
Kenneth G. ‘Kenny’ Woodbury Sr., 72, passed away Jan. 12, 2020 in Salina. He was born April 15, 1947 in Denver, Colo. to George and Vera (Terrell) Woodbury. Kenny was a longtime resident of Kanopolis where he was a manager for American Colloid and a truck driver for Acme Brick. Kenny married Lana Hamburger Aug. 12, 1966 in Gering, Neb. She survives him. 
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01/13/2020 - 11:42am
Matthew W. Lutz of Garden City, Kan. passed away Jan. 6, 2020 in Providence, R.I. in a hospice house surrounded by family.  A burial of remains and memorial service will be held at a later date in Ellsworth, Kan.  
Elsie Irene (Friebus) Sebesta passed away Jan. 10, 2020 at Wilson Care & Rehab at the age of 92. Elsie was born on June 14, 1927 to John and Lydia (Wallert) Friebus in Dorrance, Kan.  She attended Dorrance schools and graduated from Dorrance High School in 1945. 


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:00am

Ellsworth’s wrestling team tied for fourth place Saturday at the 47th annual Ellsworth Wrestling Invitational, which attracted a dozen schools to Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School. The Bearcats’ Brendan Tripp placed

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:00am

The Lady Bearcats proved to be too much for the Russell Broncos Tuesday night, Jan. 7, defeating the Broncos, 36-28, in the first game of 2020. Russell quickly got the


Jan 15, 2020 - 05:00

It’s not exactly unusual for customers to complain about their electricity bills. But repeated rate hikes over the past decade have made Westar Energy’s customers particularly mad. And last year’s

Jan 15, 2020 - 05:00

Before there was an official Kansas Territory the larger area including present-day Kansas was known as Nebraska Territory. The organization of Nebraska Territory began with U. S. Congressman Stephen A.

Jan 8, 2020 - 05:00

Daughter Allie spent one of her days at home over the Christmas break visiting local businesses. First came lunch at Orozco’s, followed by stops at Robson’s Card & Gift Shop,

Jan 8, 2020 - 05:00

Bob to the Rescue This week a pleasant surprise from the Ellsworth County Historical Society and the name “Bob”. A few weeks ago, I had a congenial conversation with an