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Karen Gapa


Karen Elaine Gapa, 54, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at her home in Tulsa, OK. She was born on June 10, 1959, in Newark, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at the Bass Community Hall in Iola, KS.

She is survived by her daughters Brittany Gapa, Iola, KS, Christina Sowers, Sparks, NV., Jessica Godfrey, W.V.; and a son Andy Franko, Independence, KS. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tony Duarte.

Memorial donations will be sent to the Cancer Research Center in Arizona. Memorial donations and cards may be sent to 201 S. Cottonwood, Iola, KS 66749 c/o Brittany Gapa.


Joan Beal Beck


Joan Beal Beck, 83, of Iola, Kansas, died Monday, October 5, 2015 at Windsor Place in Iola.She was born February 13, 1932, Ω mile west of the Diamond Methodist Church in Deer Creek Township in Allen County on the family farm to Albert Linn Beal and Grace Henrietta Hardin... [More]

Cheryl Schleeter


Cheryl Ann “Cherie” Navin Schleeter, 71, of Marysville, Ohio, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at her home.  A 1961 graduate of Marysville High School and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, she was an associate of McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware... [More]

Michaelle Anne Miller


Michaelle Anne Miller, 63, Iola, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park.  Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, assisted the family with cremation.

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Hidden medallion found


The search is over.The inaugural Farm-City Days Medallion Hunt ended late Tuesday afternoon at the old Fred Funston homesite north of Iola.Brothers Joseph and Jason DeVoe and other family members searched for about 45 minutes before finding the small, metal medallion fastened... [More]

Coalition earns $125K to fight youth drug abuse


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(Almost) ready for business


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Fillies volleyball hosts tournament


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IMS cross country dominates Eureka Invitational


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