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Connie Freshour

Connie June Freshour, 60, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at her home in Le Roy.

She was born June 14, 1953, in Iola, the daughter of Ray and Willena Simpson Holloway. Connie attended Colony Crest High School and graduated as a member of the Class of 1971. During the years following high school she lived in Columbia City, Ind., and worked at Weatherhead Manufacturing.

Connie was joined in marriage to Ralph K. Fres-hour on June 16, 1978, in Columbia City, Ind. They lived in Columbia City until moving to Colony in 1980. The couple moved back to Indiana in 1986 and settled down in Le Roy in 1991. Connie was a proud homemaker, wife and mother.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Ralph; two sons, Adam and Josh Freshour, both of Le Roy; three sisters, Willena Tressler, Yates Center, and Nonnie Masters, Burlingame; Melody Holloway, Gas. Connie was preceded in death by a son, Michael J. Freshour on April 26, 2010.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, at the VanArsdale Funeral Home in Le Roy. Burial will follow services at Le Roy Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, at the VanArsdale Funeral Home in Le Roy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association and sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.

OBITUARIES

John Zahm Jr.

John William Zahm Jr., 77, passed away at 1:45 a.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Stonecrest-Burlington Creek, Kansas City, Mo., following an illness. Mr. Zahm was born June 23, 1940, in Hallowell. His parents were John Wm. Zahm Sr. and Mary Marie (Wiseman) Zahm. He graduated from... [More]

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Shirley Cloud

Shirley May Cloud, 89, Iola, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola. She was born Sept. 27, 1928 in Iola to Carl C. and Grace Marie (Miller) Orr. She married Howard W. Cloud on Sept. 27, 1945, in Iola. They made their home in Iola and raised... [More]

Clyde Woods

Clyde V. Woods, 97, Humboldt, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Diversicare in Chanute, after a brief illness. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, 1883 U.S. 54, Iola. The family will greet friends prior to the service, starting at... [More]

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Darren McCullough

Darren Lee McCullough 39, son of Garry and Joyce McCullough, passed away at Allen County Regional Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Richard and Dora McCullough, Wanda and Jack Scheer, and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his... [More]

Richard Blevins

Richard Blevins, 70, Maple Hill, a 1965 LaHarpe High School graduate, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2017. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dove Cremation & Funeral Service, 4020 SW Sixth Ave., Topeka. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.

John Zahm

John William Zahm, 77, died early Monday morning at Stonecrest-Burlington, a care facility in Kansas City, Mo., following a long illness. Zahm was born June 23, 1940, in Hallowell. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1958. After a stint in the Navy, Zahm attended barber... [More]

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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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