Humboldt’s activity sparks optimism

(This is the third in a series of articles about Humboldt’s economy.) HUMBOLDT — What’s good for the gander, a quicker route for travelers between Kansas City and Tulsa, almost cooked Humboldt’s goose. It was in the early 1980s when Kansas leaders looking... [More]

LaHarpe police chief arrested

LAHARPE — LaHarpe Police Chief Ashley Wright and her husband, David, were taken into custody this morning by sheriff’s deputies, stemming from an arrest warrant for David out of Rule, Texas, where he was a former police chief. Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy told... [More]


Humboldt embraces its creativity

(This is the second in a series of stories focusing on Humboldt’s economy.) HUMBOLDT  — It’s not a stretch to say Humboldt will never become a retail mecca. Becoming a commercial success in a rural community is challenging enough. Trying it in the digital... [More]


Coming together: Residents join forces to boost communities

It’s all about communication. As director of the Allen County 911 Communication Center, Angela Murphy makes sure the right people get to the right place at the right time. Her role as a volunteer with Thrive Allen County works the same way. She connects those who want... [More]


Humboldt 2.0: Residents come together to restore, renew community

HUMBOLDT — There are differing opinions of when Humboldt’s rebirth started, if that’s how you want to describe it. Cole Herder points to an organizational meeting about 10 years ago, hosted by Terry Woodbury of Kansas Communities, Inc., to discuss community... [More]


Police chief nearly run over

Humboldt’s police chief escaped injury after someone attempted to run him over Wednesday, according to a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Clinton David Johns, 37, Humboldt, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, Sheriff Bryan Murphy said... [More]


Teen’s passion to help leads to bone marrow donation

MORAN — Gabrielle White, 19 and of Charlotte, N.C., didn’t hesitate when asked to donate bone marrow to a stranger. The teen’s willingness to subject herself to the two-day donation process — and the intimidatingly large needle that went with it —... [More]

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Allen’s Suddeth, Bartlett sign with four-year schools

Two Lady Devil standout soccer players inked their way to four-year schools last week as sophomore forwards Brynn Suddeth and Leigh-Anne Bartlett signed letters of national intent. Suddeth signed with Great Plains Athletic Conference powerhouse Concordia University (Neb.). Suddeth... [More]


Holloway to play SEK-area All-Star Game at Pittsburg

Iola Mustang senior forward Ethan Holloway was selected by area coaches for the 2018 MyTown Media Southeast Kansas High School Basketball All-Star Game. The game be at the John Lance Arena on the campus  of Pittsburg State University. The boys take the court after the girls... [More]

Sports Briefs

Athletes named All-State Area athletes earned All-State honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal and Sports in Kansas over the weekend. For Iola, seniors Ethan Holloway and Evan Sigg earned honorable mention honors from Sports in Kansas. Junior Ellie Carson earned honorable mention... [More]


Through their fingers: ‘Little mistakes’ doom Mustangs in season opener

CHANUTE — The Iola Mustangs were a tag away from avoiding a loss in their season-opening 4-3 defeat. The Mustangs fell to 0-1 in the young season. “In the end, all it came down to was a few missed plays,” head coach Mark Percy said. “It’s tough... [More]

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Third verse, same as the first — school funding is inadequate

For 17 years, Kansas legislators have searched in vain for an answer that suits their political bent in regards to school funding. And yet, study after study arrives at the same answer: The state must spend more if educating its children is a priority. On Friday, a new report... [More]

Letters to the Editor - 3/20/18

Dear editor, Did everyone notice that all the Iola motels were full this weekend? The convenience stores, restaurants, tire stores, auto parts stores, liquor stores were all busy too. All on account of a little piece of dirt out in the middle of our countryside, affectionately... [More]

IHS student proud of support for march

When I first heard about the school walkouts, I was amplified. I was proud of my generation for finally banding together to support something that involved us directly at the core. Yet, I was worried. I was worried that, due to our school being so small and somewhat secluded... [More]

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