NEWS

Pair arrested for attempted murder

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A pair of Iolans — one of whom was originally charged with killing Iolan Shawn Cook — were arrested late Friday night for attempted murder and other charges, while another subject remains at large. The arrests stem from an attack that occurred at about 11:18 p.m.... [More]

Hotel: County says yes

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Allen County commissioners opened the door Tuesday morning for construction of a new hotel at the east edge of Iola. Commissioners voted unanimously to underwrite 50 percent of the cost of land for the facility, with the provision the $167,500 be repaid through a 2 percent... [More]

Food and fashion

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Zoey Rinehart piled up the purple Tuesday evening. The Logan Pals 4-H member was named grand champion in clothing construction, constructed garment revue, fiber arts and girls buymanship at the annual 4-H Style Revue. On top of that, Rinehart, along with McKenna Powell, earned... [More]

Park the place to be

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Riverside Park took center stage for much of Monday’s Iola City Council meeting. Council members unanimously agreed to provide city support for the upcoming Rotary Day at the Park and Neil Westervelt Memorial Car Show as part of the Allen County Fair. The Iola Rotary... [More]

Enrollment opens for 257 students

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Stacey Fager is optimistic online enrollment will go more smoothly this time around. Enrollment for Iola schools began Monday and will run through Aug. 4. Fager, superintendent of USD 257 schools, noted the biggest differences from last year is use of Powerschool, a familiar... [More]

Iola welfare office to close this fall

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Iola’s Kansas Department for Children and Families service center, which administers welfare benefits to local residents in need, will close this fall. The 15 staffers received a letter earlier this month from Rob Estell, east regional director of DCF, confirming the... [More]

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SPORTS

Indians hope to avenge last year’s quick exit at state tourney

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Disappointments tend to linger. Especially in the sports realm.  In the spring, the Iola High School baseball team fell in the first round of the state tournament. Last summer, the Indians went to state with just half of their starting lineup and lost in the first round... [More]

Iola swim team results from Saturday's SEK League Championships

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SEK Championship (Saturday) Girls 9-10 25 butterfly - Hallie Sutherland 23.95, Caroline Toland 27.23. 25 backstroke - Bethany Miller 25.58, Toland 27.85, Sutherland 28.25. 25 breast - Sutherland 24.81, Toland 25.19. 25 free - Sutherland 21.80, Toland 22.65, Miller 29.37.... [More]

Indians headed to state

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For the second year in a row, the Post 15 Iola Indians have punched its ticket to state.  After suffering through a championship game where almost nothing went their way, Iola got back on track, cruising past the Post 45 Frontenac Raiders 10-4 Friday night. Iola played... [More]

Defense stalls for Indians in championship game versus Garnett

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The third time was not the charm for the Post 15 Iola Indians as they fell to Garnett 4-1 in the AA Zone championship game Thursday.  The game marked Iola’s  third match-up  with the Muddogs this season.   It was shaping up to be another defensive... [More]

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OPINIONS

Commissioners decide county is a good investment

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Allen County commissioners displayed leadership Tuesday when they kept the county’s future as their goal and decided to help an area hotelier set up shop in Iola. Commissioners OK’d an investment of $167,500 to purchase land for a future 55-room hotel, the Iola... [More]

Letter to the editor — July 25, 2017

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Dear editor, Should the city and county government be allowed to give new retail business cash to attract them to come to Iola? If you listen to the proponents, it’s a no lose proposition. They say we are going to make a great return on our money and of course our taxes... [More]

Closure of DCF office a setback to the needy

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The decision to close the Iola office of the Department for Children and Families means 1,924 clients will be expected to seek services in Chanute. That’s more than an inconvenience. A large share of those people are disabled or poor and don’t own reliable transportation.... [More]

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