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Iola’s 2021 spending plan is slowly coming into focus. City Council members spent the better part of two hours Monday hearing budget proposals from Iola’s various department heads, with a familiar refrain.  Capital expenditures are…

Editor’s note: See more photos of Saturday’s mini prom. In a school year unlike any other, Marmaton Valley High School’s junior and senior classes were able to turn a springtime staple — prom — into…

Shoppers flocked to downtown Iola Saturday for 620 Day-related sales and other activities. Darcy O’Neill and her daughter, Delaney O’Neill, of Wichita, check out clothing at Audacious Boutique. The O’Neills and their friends were passing…

“Disclaimer: I tend to drive this places where it’s not supposed to go,” J.J. Edwards maniacally grinned as he shifted the Polaris ATV into four-wheel drive and gunned it up the steep muddy embankment. The…

LOS ANGELES — Karlea Boyer believes there are two levels of music artists. The first is the singer/songwriter, where an artist has a very specific idea of what a song should be and will fight…

Earlier this week, a farm family from rural Woodson County was featured on an MSNBC special hosted by Joy Reid titled “American Crisis: Poverty and the Pandemic.” Mark Pringle and Mary Jane Shanklin were on…

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the Iola square and downtown area, businesses and service providers will gather for a celebration of the “620” area code. Hosted by the Iola Area Chamber…

The threat of rainy weather has washed away plans for the annual Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs fishing derby in Iola Saturday. The Iola Police Department-sponsored event was called off because of Saturday’s forecasts.…

CHANUTE — Allen County remains largely free of reported COVID-19 cases, although neighboring counties have reported new cases in recent days. Most notably, Neosho County health officials announced eight active COVID cases as of Tuesday.…

After being awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Kansas Department of Commerce for $132,000, commissioners selected Thrive Allen County to be the grant’s administrator. The selection came during a public hearing wherein…