Local News

Budgets, budgets, budgets. That was the theme of Tuesday’s Allen County Commission meeting, with multiple department heads and agency directors discussing funding for the coming year. First in line was Bill Fiscus from Tri-Valley Developmental…

Jean Barber and her daughter, Brenda Bumgardner, enjoy sitting on their back patio and watching the birds that visit the multitude of flowers, plants, bird feeders and bird baths. The birds don’t seem to mind…

Hometown girl April Kroenke is back. After years overseas and criss-crossing the country, 42-year-old April Kroenke has returned home to launch a photo studio, April Kroenke Photography. Her passion for taking photographs began early, clear…

Another 2.84 inches of rain fell Monday, for a total of 10.16 inches since Friday. Rivers and creeks were swollen, with water running over many streets and roads throughout the county.

Local firefighters openly disagreed with their chief at Monday night’s Iola Council meeting, saying they know best what fire engine would suit their needs. At issue is the purchase of a new fire engine, for…

At Monday night’s meeting, Iola officials approved about $72,000 to be distributed among eight local organizations and celebrations for 2021.  The funds come from the 10% convention and tourism tax levied against local hotels and…

SAFE BASE, the second longest-running after-school program in Kansas, received a federal grant that will provide a significant part of the funding for the next five years. Angela Henry, director, told school board members Monday…

A group tasked with taking care of hospital facilities will consider two separate remodel projects aimed at increasing clinic space at a cost of about $1 million. The Allen County Regional Hospital facilities board decided…

The Neosho River in Iola is on the rise from the rains from the previous week, and will continue to rise with this week’s rain predictions. Iola received 7.32 inches of rain over the weekend.

The past is full of horrors. And although they have seemingly passed, such events still haunt in the present, demand our attention and force reevaluation of our values. One such nightmare occurred at a place…