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Mark Peters was born in Iola, worked in Iola all his life and chose to stick around after retiring in 2014. So he’s seen the city’s successes, setbacks, and challenges that lie ahead. Iola’s not…

Josh McArdle is in the mood for change. For example, when he moved to town in 2006, he noticed his sewer lines drained slowly, usually because of issues with the sewer main. “And it’s always…

It may be a few weeks before it looks a lot like Christmas, and Ann Lea is looking for help. Lea and daughter Chelsea are once again decorating Iola’s downtown business district for the holidays.…

The Flood of 1951 looked different from the sky. Retabess Ling and Amy Specht shared their memories of the flood at the annual meeting of the Allen County Historical Society on Friday evening. Historical society…

Youngsters are certain to have a frightfully good time with a number of Halloween-themed activities in the coming days. The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Trunk or Treat is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m.…

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has reopened U.S. 169 from Maryland Road at Welda north to the south U.S. 169/U.S. 59 junction. This section has been closed for reconstruction since spring 2020. Expect intermittent…

A teamwork approach led to more than a dozen LaHarpe yards being cleared of trash, limbs, tires and other debris Saturday as part of Cleanup Day. Volunteers from LaHarpe Pride were joined by 22 missionaries…

A high number of COVID-19 cases at Iola High School this week nearly triggered an automatic mask mandate for the building. IHS reported 14 students and staff tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday. Under…

Local health officials are working on plans to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all three shots, and for children ages 5 and 11 once approval of that vaccine is available. The CDC on Thursday endorsed…

Asking hard questions, and giving hard answers, makes an effective city council member, Ron Ballard says. For example, a few years back Iola’s leaders were considering adding a solar plant on the edge of town,…