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Allen County commissioners held a special meeting Thursday afternoon to officially reopen the county. The meeting followed Gov. Laura Kelly’s decision to change the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas” from a state-wide mandate to…

Crews will begin repairs Monday on a U.S. 54 bridge spanning the Verdigris River. One section of the bridge is in need of repair, according to a Kansas Department of Transportation news release. The bridge…

CHANUTE — Chanute’s municipal swimming pool will remain closed in 2020. City commissioners voted unanimously this week to keep the Maring Aquatic Center closed through the summer. Commissioners cited staffing shortages, the Chanute Tribune reported.…

Rep. Kent Thompson, rural LaHarpe, has filed for re-election to represent the 9th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. “Our state faces challenging times ahead,” said Thompson in a press release. “As Kansas recovers…

Allen County is completely open for business once more, following a decision by Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday, and given the response of commissioners. In essence, following the governor’s decision, “Ad Astra: A Plan to…

A most unusual summer will cap Tony Piazza’s teaching career at Allen Community College. With the 2019-20 school year officially in the books, Piazza has one piece of unfinished business — the 21st annual Allen…

The Department for Children and Families along with its community partners is distributing food to Kansans as part of the disaster household distribution program.  In Iola, food packages will be distributed from 4 to 6…

Iola High School has set its graduation date for July 11 at 10 a.m. The district’s plan includes multiple options, ranked in terms of preference. The plans were the result of collaboration between board members,…

Iola hopes to open its swimming pool and summer ball league programs in late June or early July. Interim City Administrator Corey Schinstock told City Council members Tuesday plans are slowly taking shape for both…

If it weren’t for two sizable grants, Allen County’s hospital would be in a world of hurt.  The hospital received $518,00 through the federal government’s recent CARES Act and another $100,000 from the state of…