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Staying safe can be fun. That’s the idea behind Family Safety Night, an event offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the square by the Allen County Multi-Agency Team (ACMAT) in conjunction with the…

The ground was swampy and saturated the afternoon I wandered Mine Creek Battlefield near Mound City. Though I cursed mud aloud, I soon realized how appropriate it was, as conditions were similar on Oct. 25,…

The Children’s Summer Theatre Workshop ended its two-week session Saturday with a public performance at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. The workshop, directed by John Higginbotham, was made possible with funding from the Daniels Family…

YATES CENTER — Connie Schmidt loves to sew. So much so, that she’s opened 4 Golden Stitches, a new quilt shop on the east side of the square in Yates Center. According to the Elsmore…

Phil Chalmers lives in “condition yellow.”  He stays alert and aware of his surroundings, ready to react if something should go wrong.  Most people, he warns, stay in “condition white.” They’re not paying attention. They’re…

A surge of COVID-19 cases in Allen County and across the region concerns Rebecca Johnson, director of the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments. Less than two months ago, Allen County had no confirmed cases of…

Good luck keeping up with these Joneses. This week, owners Roger and Susan Jones are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their company Microtronics, LLC. Microtronics is located east of Iola on Highway 54, and manufactures…

Sharon Moreland believes a public library offers something unique: A free, open space to relax, read, learn and even conduct business.  “You can come and read the paper, go to children’s story time and learn…

The county’s ambulance contract discussion continues. Carl Slaugh, speaking as a resident rather than in his capacity as city council member, shared information with the commission relevant to the ambulance agreement between the City of…

Iola is not ready to pull the trigger on buying its next fire truck. City Council members held another extensive discussion on the matter Monday before voting down Fire Chief Chase Waggoner’s recommendation to purchase…