NEWS

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Tea, totally

Savonburg Public Library’s second annual An American Girl Tea at the Library function drew 70 girls and their parents, grandparents or other chaperones Tuesday. Among the participants, above, were Kathryn Bennett,left, and her grandmother, Carla Bennett, having a discussion... [More]

Sheriff pitches new ambulance center

Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy proposed county commissioners build a new ambulance station just south of LaHarpe complete with a new radio transmission tower to relay signals from the 911 dispatch center. The site would occupy 15 to 20 acres, Murphy said, and be a better location... [More]

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Volunteerism helps feed fitness craze for Allen Countians

MORAN — Volunteers Larry Ross and Nelda Cuppy expected they’d see plenty of people working out when Moran’s 54 Fitness center opened last year. But neither expected to see so many of their neighbors by their side, helping to renovate a former filling station... [More]

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Third party long shot

There was a moment sometime after the close of the 2014 election when independent candidate Greg Orman, having just conceded a high-profile, tightly fought U.S. Senate race to longtime Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, fell into conversation with another of Kansas’ political... [More]

Council member resigns

Iola City Councilman Bob Shaughnessy, who has represented Iolans in the northeast part of town since 2013, resigned from the Council Monday. Shaughnessy, has frequently missed meetings, mostly due to his work as a residential contractor. Shaughnessy attended the first Council... [More]

City hikes water rates

Iola water consumers will begin paying 7.5 percent more for water starting June 1, followed by another 10 percent increase Jan. 1. The rate hikes followed an extensive discussion Monday among Iola City Council members, one which led to a split vote as to whether to approve the... [More]

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Book closes on literary tradition

Local youth will write the final chapter of the Allen County Young Authors program this week after 19 years and 14,319 books. The program, which encourages students in grades first through sixth to write, illustrate and publish books, comes to an end with the final events Friday... [More]

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SPORTS

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Fillies snap skid with two emphatic wins at Parsons

An eight-game losing streak went up in numerous puffs of dirt Tuesday night as the Iola softball team took out some frustration on host Parsons. The Fillies swept the Lady Vikings, 17-0 and 19-0, and moved to 3-9 overall. “We’re very pleased all of the ways around... [More]

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Mustangs sweep past Parsons to move winning streak to nine

On Tuesday night in Parsons, nothing seemed to be working for the now 9-1 Iola Mustangs in game one of their eventual sweep of the host Vikings. Heading into the top of the seventh, they were staring at their first shutout of the game. They couldn’t hit, couldn’t... [More]

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Lancer baseball and softball win first games of program history vs. Pleasanton

Crest baseball and softball have had a lot of firsts in their short existence. On Tuesday, both programs made history as they both got their first wins ever. The Lancers were hosting Pleasanton — a team that’s also knee deep in its programs’ inaugural seasons.... [More]

Sports Briefs

Cub golf takes third at Iola The Humboldt golf team competed at Iola Monday. The Cubs finished third overall, shooting a 426 as a team. Ryan Sellman led the way with a fourth-place finish with an 87, Drake Hottenstein finished 12th with a 98, Reid Smith finished 24th with a... [More]

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OPINIONS

Though Pompeo’s critics stand on solid ground, he’s a shoe-in

That Mike Pompeo is facing criticism as our next U.S. Secretary of State is not all that surprising. After all, as chief U.S. diplomat, the position calls for diplomacy. So when Pompeo is called on the floor for making incendiary remarks about Muslims and gays, that’s cause... [More]

By mocking students, Kobach reveals a crack in his veneer

The video clip from Friday’s pro-gun rally on the Capitol grounds in Topeka is telling of what leadership under Kris Kobach would be if he were elected governor. Surrounded by a crowd of predominately senior citizens, Kobach launched into the familiar spiel about the necessity... [More]

Tammy Jo never doubted her abilities; so why all the to-do?

No doubt expectant parents are now mulling the name Tammy Jo for their infant daughters. And for the baby’s room they’ll switch out pink buttons and bows for an aeronautic theme. Kites, balloons and fighter jets. Tammy Jo Shults is the woman who safely landed a passenger... [More]

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