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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 9:20am

The old saying “you can’t go home again” doesn’t apply to Alan Whitley. After 37 years in education, with 30 at Ellsworth Elementary School, Whitley is ending his career where his education began.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 9:19am

When Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Assaria) decided to run for Kansas State Treasurer, his seat for the Kansas House district opened up.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 9:18am

WILSON — About 10 residents from Wilson and Dorrance gathered May 10 at Wilson School for coffee and conversation with superintendent Greg Clark.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 9:16am

Ellsworth Elementary School’s new principal is ready to go.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 10:40am

The Ellsworth High School Bearcats Baseball Team has a title to add to their accomplishments this season — league cochampions with Southeast of Saline.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 10:25am

After 15 years of service, Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo School District board member Darin Holecek resigned Monday night at the board’s monthly meeting.


John Dlabal passed peacefully at home Thursday morning, May 19, 2022 surrounded by family.

May 16, 2022 - 14:04

Mark Inman Seitz, 63, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Nov. 6, 1958, in Ellsworth to William and Margaret (Payton) Seitz.

May 16, 2022 - 13:35

Larry Dean Homolka, of Belleville, Kan., formerly of Ellsworth, Kan., the son of Lud Homolka and Helen (Nesvarba) Homolka, was born Aug. 23, 1945 in Belleville, Kan. and passed away May 13, 2022 in Belleville, at the age of 76 years, 6 months, and 20 days.

Larry grew up in Belleville, graduating from Belleville High School in 1967.

Lawrence Louis Kottas, 85, of Harper, Kan., passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Lawrence was born Oct. 31, 1936, in Wilson, Kan. to Anton and Lucille Kottas, the youngest of four siblings.

He graduated from Ellsworth High School and completed some college.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 9:13am

Above, Central Plains High School Oilers Track and Field Team members Hunter Klima and Kerrick Benavidez run the high hurdles together May 12 during a meet at Ellinwood. Klima took sixth in the 100 meter high hurdles with a time of 20.79. Below, Oiler Dawson McNeal participates in the high jump. He took fourth with a leap of 5’6”. LORI FARMER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 9:11am

KANOPOLIS — Ellsworth’s Kaden Davis, who accepted an offer to play for the Denver Broncos on April 30, visited Kanopolis Middle School on May 5. He spent more than an hour talking to fifth and sixth grade students.


May 18, 2022 - 09:15

Editor’s note: Mark Inman Seitz worked for the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter for many years. He was a journalist, sports writer and all round funny guy. He passed away May 12, 2022. In memory, the I-R is republishing excerpts of the popular HindSeitz columns, originally published in the I-R in 2007.

May 18, 2022 - 09:15

In the fall of 1862 the U.S. fleet operated relatively unopposed in the Confederate-held territory on the Mississippi River, and the river’s larger tributaries. In response, Confederate Major General Theophiles H. Holmes, commander of the Department of the Trans-Mississippi, ordered the construction of fortifications at Arkansas Post near the confluence of the Arkansas and White Rivers. Arkansas Post had been a seat of commerce since being established for frontier trade by the French in 1686. Designated Fort Hindman, the installation suffered humiliating defeat when under heavy bombardment. Nearly a third of Confederate troops serving in Arkansas were captured when the post was surrendered on Jan. 11, 1863.

May 11, 2022 - 10:32

The Kansas Legislature shields itself from public scrutiny through secrecy, confusing shell games and silenced opposition.

May 11, 2022 - 10:31

The analysis elsewhere on this page from Sherman Smith and the Kansas Reflector is a much longer story than we had space to print. However, the long version can be found on the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter website at or on the Reflector site at kansasreflector. com/2022/05/08/analysis-how-the-kansas-legislatureavoids-public-scrutiny-by-hiding-in-darkness/?fbclid=Iw AR3yDyQ8QHYS2BFavg5TcFWvW6vUXJHpFP6Ec-3LW7g-KFmtsNo8Pp_IM0o