NEWS

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Old church gets new life: Yates Center Town Hall opens doors Sunday

YATES CENTER — After cramming years worth of renovations into a few weeks, Mike McCullough and wife Janet Brilke will see their dream come to fruition Sunday. McCullough and Brilke have overseen the conversion of the old Yates Center Christian Church into The Town Hall,... [More]

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Bowlus group seeks ‘stability’

The Bowlus Commission met with two members of the USD 257 board of education on Thursday. The meeting was the first of its kind since last week’s court decision, which granted the school board the widest possible latitude in exercising its discretion as trustee of the Bowlus... [More]

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TEAMWORK

Humanity House volunteers, from left, Leah Stout, Tracy Keagle, Joy Riebel and Georgia Masterson helped satisfy scores of appetites Thursday with a daylong chili feed benefit at Iola’s Riverside Park. Proceeds will to Humanity House’s utility relief fund. The organization... [More]

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STAYING ON POINT: Artist’s reception for Iola native Friday at Bowlus

Rick Barkdoll has a confession. For the more than 40 years that his drawings have drawn acclaim for their western motif, he’s a stranger to the lifestyle. “I don’t really know a thing about horses,” Barkdoll confessed this week. “I’ve never... [More]

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SPECIAL GUESTS

Jefferson Elementary School first-grader Bella Jones-DeMaranville dines on a Thanksgiving feast Wednesday with her mother, Christian Spencer. More than 60 guests were on hand for the meal, made in cooperation with Jefferson and OPAA!, USD 257’s food service vendor. ... [More]

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BOWLUS? USD 257 can move classes, judge says

In 1960, Iola banker Thomas H. Bowlus left in his final will and testament directions for the creation of a fine arts center in downtown Iola. He intended his gift to benefit the wider citizenry, but especially the district’s schoolchildren. As a result of accepting Bowlus’s... [More]

Board appeals for broader input

Returning to a topic that was brought into stark relief at the previous meeting, the USD 257 school board on Monday addressed questions surrounding its facilities improvement project and extended an invitation to members of the community who would like to attend a steering committee... [More]

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SPORTS

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Wildcat 7th- and 8th-graders fall to Pleasanton

The Marmaton Valley Junior High boys basketball team ran into some trouble on Thursday when they hosted Pleasanton with both A and B-teams falling to the Bluejays. The A-Team lost 28-18 thanks to a strong defensive effort from Pleasanton in the second quarter. The Wildcats... [More]

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Eighth-grade Ponies prevail over Oswatomie, seventh-grade struggles

It was mixed results for the Iola Middle School Ponies on Thursday as both eighth-grade teams walked away with wins while the seventh grade struggled at home, losing both games versus Osawatomie. The eighth-grade junior varsity beat the Lady Trojans 18-7. It was close after... [More]

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ACC teams fall to rival Neosho

The Allen County men’s and women’s basketball teams continue to be in the hunt for their first conference wins of the season after both teams fell at rival Neosho County on Thursday. The Red Devils lost 79-56 while the Lady Devils lost a squeaker, 91-90. For the men,... [More]

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Ponies struggle on the road versus Prairie View

The Iola Middle School girls basketball team ran into some trouble on Tuesday on the road versus Prairie View. All four Pony teams fell to the Buffalos in a rough offensive night in which none of the teams scored more than 14 points. The seventh-grade junior varsity lost 14-10.... [More]

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OPINIONS

At Week's End: Ruling the roost not exactly an honor

Chicken, along with vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants, make up a diet that may prevent Alzheimer’s, wife Beverly relayed the other night, breaking my concentration on a piece about Scotland Yard. We both were into investigations. With the mention of chicken, I... [More]

Seeing opportunities in obligations

This is the season when we focus on the needs of others. We look at our friends, our spouse, our co-workers, parents, neighbors and our children and think what do they need? What would make them the happiest? Our attention is mostly focused on the happiness of others. We need... [More]

Convenient amnesia

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testing the patience, and credulity, of Americans when he says — under oath — he has no memory of a meeting with campaign staffer George Papadopoulos until its news made headlines. And then, he now recalls, he had the presence... [More]

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