aturday’s dedication of a new hiking and biking trail south of Iola included a lesson on the value of perseverance.
John McRae, former Iola mayor and on the board of Iola Industries, told a gathering of about 125 that when the Lehigh Portland cement plant south of Iola closed almost 50 years ago, local officials struggled to find a suitable replacement not only in terms of jobs lost but also as a site.
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