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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:53am

The Ellsworth County Health Department provides a variety of services to the community, including injections, laboratory services, physical exams, school physicals, developmental screenings, childh

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:43am

Monday, Jan. 11, will always be remembered by Ellsworth County Commissioner Kermit Rush as not just another Monday.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 7:57am

Check out this week's Kid's Scoop on the Inauguration. Full of fun facts and information.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 7:53am

I was in tears.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:36am

HOLYROOD Greg Clark, superintendent of Central Plains USD 112, presented an update on COVID-19 during the Jan. 11 meeting of the district’s board of education at Central Plains Elementary School in Holyrood.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:35am

KANOPOLIS — The City of Kanopolis has a problem with a water well pump.


Juniata, Neb. resident, Deb (McLeod) Landsmann, 66, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at the Nebraska Medical Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center, Omaha, due to complications of cancer. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, with the family present at the Zion Wanda Lutheran Church, rural Juniata.   
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01/20/2021 - 11:43am
Howard Stephen Svaty, age 78, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Chanute, Kan. after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Howard was born Dec. 18, 1942 in Ellsworth, Kan. He started school in a one-room country schoolhouse and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1960. He attended Kansas State University where he was a member of the Beta Sigma Psi fraternity.
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01/19/2021 - 3:45pm
Carol Anita Bergin, age 51 passed away Jan. 15, 2021 in Ellsworth, Kan.  She was born Aug. 23, 1969 to Edward and JoAnn (Langenberg) Bergin in Great Bend, Kan. Carol lived in Kansas until 1981. Carol graduated from St. Joseph High School, Omaha, Neb. in 1987. She was a resident of Omaha, Neb. until she returned to Kansas in 2006.
Susan ‘Susie’ Jean Steiner, 70, passed away Jan. 17, 2021, at Great Bend Health & Rehab. She was born Aug. 26, 1950 in Ellsworth to Clayton C. and Barbara J. (Foote) Steiner. She lived the first three years of her life in Blackwolf, Kan.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:39am

The Ellsworth High School Bearcats Boys Basketball Team lost on the road Jan. 12 in a heartbreaker to the Beloit Trojans, 51-62.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:38am

Led by senior Camryn Eberhart with 19 points, the Wilson High School Dragons Boys Basketball Team came out on top Jan. 15 in a home game against Tescott, 38-20.


Jan 20, 2021 - 07:42

Editor’s Note — The following was written by Eric Coonrod, a government teacher at Ellsworth JuniorSenior High School. The reaction of his students to the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol can be found on Pages A9 and B2 of this week’s IndependentReporter.

Jan 20, 2021 - 07:41

The 2021 Kansas legislative session got underway this week in Topeka.

Jan 20, 2021 - 07:40

A prized book in my collection of western history isn’t the story of a famous gunslinger, or a wild and woolly cattle town, but the memoir of a little Swedish girl who came to the Kansas prairie with her parents in 1869.

Jan 13, 2021 - 07:53

The Autobiography of Capt. Richard W. Musgrove was published in 1921, seven years after his death.