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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:23am

Ellsworth County Economic Development and the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter will sponsor a forum at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The focus will be the commission race between Republican Greg Bender and Democrat Patrick Hoffman.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:21am

Next month is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month. God bless both groups. I like this relatively new hymn at the end of this message, sung appropriately, to the tune of “Be Still My Soul.”

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:20am

Patti Booher, center with grandson Matthew Guggisberg, is shown Friday during a retirement party at the Ellsworth Municipal Golf Course 900 Room. Booher served for 22 years as Ellsworth city clerk. Also pictured are, from left, son-in-law Grant Guggisberg, daughter Krystin Guggisberg and grandson Benjamin Guggisberg, and daughter Tahnee Matuszewicz with granddaughter Anne Guggisberg.LINDA MOWERY-DENNING/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:02am

“Justice Ginsburg represented the best of the American tradition, the best of a devotion to the American experiment ... She believed in the journey toward a more perfect union.”


Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:39am

Charline Stoppel, Wilson, will celebrate her 90th birthday Oct. 8. She was born Oct. 8, 1930 in Ellsworth, Kan.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:35am

Friday will be a big night in Ellsworth County as both Ellsworth and Wilson celebrate Homecoming. King and queen candidates at Ellsworth are, front row, from left: Jaycee Cunningham, Lizzie Hipp, Maggie Windholz, Jordi Thornton and Shaylee Leiker; and back row, from left: Jaxson Stefek, Avery Haxton, Braden Schulte, Luke Sharp and Eryk Andalon. (Photo by Braeden Sheridan)


09/29/2020 - 11:17am
Velma Hubbard, 91, beloved Mother, was called to her eternal resting place Sept. 27, 2020. She entered this world June 28, 1929 in Ellsworth, Kan., born to Adolph F. Schultz and Augusta Bohl.
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09/28/2020 - 5:21pm
Merle G. Herring, 90, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Moundridge, Kan. He was born March 15, 1930 in Osage County, Okla. to Hezekiah “Hez” J. Herring and Thelma “Erma” (Hutchison) Herring.
William “Bill” Walter Weber passed away peacefully Sept. 14, 2020 in Ellsworth, Kan. He was born Dec. 5, 1928, in Springfield, Mo., to Walter “Buck” Weber and Lois Gannaway Weber. The memorial service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Holyrood, Kan.
Wayne Fredrick Siemsen, 62, passed away March 30, 2020 in Godley, Texas. He was born Sept. 27, 1957 to Helmer and Verona (Peterman) Siemsen. Graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund at


Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:14am

BELOIT — The Ellsworth Bearcats traveled to Beloit to face the Trojans last Friday night. The ‘Cats came up short with a 48-20 loss. The Bearcat offense showed development throughout the game.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 8:59am

HESSTON — The Ellsworth High School Lady Bearcats Tennis Team placed second with a total of 23 points in the Sept. 22 Hesston High School Tennis Invitational in Hesston.


Sep 30, 2020 - 09:18

Anyone who has been out and about lately probably recognizes the sign at the bottom of this editorial. The signs can be found at the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library. At the splash pad in Preisker Park. And in front of dozens of other places — not just here but across Ellsworth County. It’s all thanks to the Smoky Hills Charitable

Sep 30, 2020 - 09:17

Hillary Clinton had her deplorables and they may well have cost her the presidency in 2016, because of the disrespect she showed them. If that is in fact true, then Donald Trump should lose in a landslide.

Sep 30, 2020 - 09:16

In the late 1700s French trader Pierre Chouteau encouraged a large portion of the Osage people to move into today’s Oklahoma valleys of the Arkansas, Verdigris, and Neosho Rivers.

Sep 23, 2020 - 09:52

“Justice Ginsburg represented the best of the American tradition, the best of a devotion to the American experiment ... She believed in the journey toward a more perfect union.”