From calamity to celebration

On Friday, a ferocious storm walloped Iola leaving debris everywhere. On Monday, Gov. Laura Kelly was in town to recognize Lehigh Portland State Park



July 21, 2023 - 3:27 PM

Gov. Laura Kelly is surrounded by a community of supporters for the new Lehigh Portland State Park as she ceremoniously signs Bill 2039 that designated it as Kansas’ 29th state park.

It’s been a week of celebration on top of catastrophe in Iola. 

Late last Saturday I was never so happy as to hear the drone of our electricity come online in the south end of town after being knocked out by Friday night’s terrific storm. 

And we were the lucky ones. For some, it wasn’t until Wednesday that power was restored. 

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