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Linn County News

Published Sept. 13, 2023


Wayne Barber Ellis, age 79, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023.  He was born on June 20, 1944, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Mark and Leah Scott Ellis. He graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1962. Wayne was united in marriage to Debra Staton on Oct. 27, 1985, in the Pleasanton First Christian Church. 

He was “Jack of All Trades.”  He was a dairy farmer at one time, raised Simmental and Angus cattle, owned Ellis Plumbing and worked for American Breeder’s Service. He was a member of the Pleasanton First Christian Church and served over twenty-eight years on the Pleasanton School Board, enjoyed KU basketball and Chiefs football. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. Wayne is survived by his wife Debra; two sons, Christopher Ellis and wife Elizabeth, and Dylan Ellis and wife Elisabeth; two daughters, Samantha Johnson and husband Brad, and Darcy Rowe and husband Ben; a nephew that was considered as a son, Brian Hardy and wife Anna and their daughter, Isabelle; and four grandchildren, Braden, Izak, Liam, and Amelia. 

Funeral service will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel.  Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasanton First Christian Church.  Online condolences can be left at


Victor Gene Clark ~ 08-23-1938 to 10-02-2023


  Linn County News Published Oct. 11, 2023   Our dear father, Victor Gene Clark, passed away at his home in Mound City, Kan., on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. Vic was 85 years old. Vic was born in Medicine Lodge, Kan., on Aug. 23, 1938, to parents Mary Jane (Sharp)... [More]

Laverne C. Nelson ~ 06-13-1935 to 05-28-2023


Linn County News Published Oct. 11, 2023   On the afternoon of May 28, 2023, LaVerne C. Nelson (nee Smith), with her steadfast daughter Renee’ by her side, succumbed to the ravages of dementia just a few weeks shy of her 88th birthday. This determined woman... [More]

Vanetta Carol (Hardy) Sabine ~ 06-27-1944 to 09-29-2023


Linn County News Published Oct. 4, 2023   Vanetta Carol (Hardy) Sabine passed away peacefully at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., at 5:42 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. She was born June 27, 1944, in Garnett, Kan., to William Orland and Ella Bernice “Margaret”... [More]

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County P&Z board to review solar farm regulations


2-0 vote occurs after Commission chairman departs   Linn County commissioners have agreed to return comprehensive-plan solar farm regulations to its Planning and Zoning (P&Z) board for further consideration that will include a yet-to-be-determined open-hearing public... [More]

Sales tax hearing small, plans discussed


The Pleasanton Council’s normal every-other-week meeting began with a sales tax initiative hearing so patrons could ask questions of the council concerning the one-cent sales tax proposal coming on November’s ballot. No questions were asked from the small crowd;... [More]

General Pleasanton set for this weekend


Celebration theme is “Back to Our Roots”   The annual General Pleasonton Days celebration is set for this coming Saturday and Sunday and in many ways is stepping back. The theme for this year’s event is “Back to Our Roots” and with that... [More]

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Buff early defense ignites 21-0 shutout


Prairie View’s Buffalos have put Class 3-A, District 2 football on notice. They are in it to win it. In the shadow of their own goal posts thrice in the first half, the Buff defense each time held Girard from scoring and ignited a 21-0 road win over the district-favorite... [More]

Pleasanton football dominates Southeast Cherokee


The Pleasanton football team traveled to Cherokee on Sept. 29 to play Three Rivers League foe Southeast Cherokee. Pleasanton had no problems with the Lancers as they won the game 42-6. The Jays scored a total of six touchdowns on Cherokee. The first touchdown was a 27 yard... [More]

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