Around Town

Crest High School’s Gregory Hardwick was among the graduating seniors statewide to be recognized as a Governor’s Scholar for his prowess in the classroom. This year’s program was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hardwick…

The COVID-19 situation has affected many families. From layoffs and closures to limited schedules, farm markets and potential furloughs, financial strain is a real issue. A sudden drop in income, no matter the reason, can…

 In rural Kansas, the farm pond is a central part of family life. Aside from providing a water source for range cattle and other livestock, some ponds provide recreation for family members, including swimming, fishing…

MANHATTAN — Many of the measures that have helped Americans get through the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic will serve as a good guide as businesses throughout the country slowly begin to re-open…

Allen County Farmers Market sites are up and going. Thursday’s session begins at 5:30 p.m. on the east side of the courthouse square in downtown Iola. On Saturday, vendors will be on the downtown square…

LAWRENCE — Three girls with ties to Iola performed at the Dance Out Competition March 12-14 at the University of Kansas Lied Center in Lawrence. Representing Spotlight Dance Academy from Ottawa were Alivia Sharp, Gracie…

Before school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Community College Spirit Squad traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to perform in the United Spirit Association National Cheer Competition. They competed in the Small Co-ed Division,…

Lowell Baumunk, rural mail carrier at LaHarpe, has ended 44 years of postal employment and is retiring at age of 65. Lowell began his career at age 16 as a clerk in Humboldt before coming…

Marah Melvin-McFadden is a social media director, song and dance performer, and master of ceremonies for the national touring company Pin-Ups on Tour.  The company performs World War II USO-style variety and burlesque shows at…

Keeping with “Social Distancing” the Prairie Dell 4-H Club met via Zoom on May 4.  It was Parent’s Night.  The parents held the offices of their 4-H member. At this time there will be no…