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Think of soil remediation at the proposed elementary site as a five-pronged approach, says USD 257 Board of Education president Dan Willis.

To answer Humboldt resident Larry Mendoza’s question, “Why weren’t there any updates or maintenance on local two-lane roads before closing portions of 169?” the short answer is: Don’t know, but hindsight is 20-20.

A group of USD 257 teachers share their views on an upcoming bond issue in which voters will decide whether to approve a new elementary school in Iola and other improvements across the district.

Local News

The Iola Area Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert Sunday afternoon, under the direction of Gregory Turner, including a rendition of "Peter And the Wolf" narrated by new Bowlus Fine A

Students in local schools participate in safety drills about twice a month because of a new state law that requires 16 drills during the school year, officials say.

For more than 30 years, LaHarpe has sold water to residents between LaHarpe and Gas. The problem, City Council members clarified Wednesday, is when the conversation turns to maintaining or repairing the 33-year-old, 4-inch water main.


It may not have been as easy as it was the first time around but head coach Becky Carlson and her team couldn’t care less. A win is a win. 

Just nine seconds and two points made three-quarters of disappointing basketball disappear for the Iola boys Wednesday evening when the Mustangs beat Prairie View at home in overtime, 65-60. 

The Iola junior varsity and C-Team and freshmen teams have had great success so far this week, winning all six of their games versus Osawatomie and Prairie View on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

State News

A much-criticized national database that checks if voters are registered in multiple states wasn’t used last year in Kansas, the state that administers it, the official overseeing the state’s elections told lawmakers.

A handful of Kansas lawmakers are backing a bill that labels same-sex marriages “parody marriages” and seeks to stop the state from recognizing them.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation officials outlined plans Wednesday for putting a state highway program abandoned by former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback back on track.

National News

Democrats are increasingly emboldened to embrace gun control on the anniversary of America’s deadliest mass shooting at a high school.

Congress is set to resolve its clattering brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion as lawmakers prepare to pass a border security compromise providing a mere sliver of the billions he’s demanded for a wall with Mexico and averting a rekindled government shutdown this weekend.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she’s not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors.


It may seem incongruous with our supposed bootstrap mentality, but Americans worship wealth — and the wealthy — so much that they hold them to different standards. 

For many Americans, February is tax time — or at least the time they are reminded of their need to pay taxes, now that the forms are all in. That means millions of people are starting to sift through piles of paper hoping they won’t owe more than they can afford.

On Sunday, journalists’ inboxes overflowed with politicians’ statements of admiration for the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and his consistent independence from party.


Allen County Regional Hospital and the American Red Cross present the “Battle of the Badges” traveling trophy to the Allen County Sheriff’s and Iola Police departments, after law enforcement office

A bit of serendipity helped local resident Chris Holloway save an Iola man’s porch from burning.

Glenda Helton reviewed the book “Growing Up” at Monday’s Unity Club meeting at the Iola Public Library.


Alden Alpha Ensminger passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Olathe at the age of 89. Alden was born on Oct. 27, 1929 in Iola, to Alpha and Gladys (Storminger) Ensminger.

Maurice LeLand Meade of Bethany, Okla., died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in the Heritage Park Nursing Home in Bethany at the age of 78 years.

Orie Ellen Whitson, 85, of Mound City, died on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at St. Luke’s South, Overland Park. 

World News

When convicted cocaine kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is sentenced June 25 for a litany of crimes that will likely keep him behind bars for the rest of his life, chances are good his new address will be a notorious Supermax prison in Colorado that boasts a 100 percent no-escape record.

The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was arrested today by government agents in a libel case.

Britain’s economy slowed last year to its weakest growth rate since the global financial crisis as mounting uncertainty over Brexit weighed on businesses and kept a lid on their investments, official figures showed today.


Iola High School’s Ashley Crane and Tavon Bass were crowned 2019 Winter Homecoming Queen and King Friday, following the IHS basketball games with Chanute.

Humboldt High School’s Reid Barnett and Maggie Johnson were crowned 2019 Winter Homecoming King and Queen during Friday’s home basketball games against Erie.

The Crest boys seemed out of their league early on in their 68-35 loss at home to St.

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