Iola welfare office to close this fall


Iola’s Kansas Department for Children and Families service center, which administers welfare benefits to local residents in need, will close this fall. The 15 staffers received a letter earlier this month from Rob Estell, east regional director of DCF, confirming the... [More]

Something’s cooking in 4-H


Erin Klubek remembers all too well early forays at the Allen County Fair. She joined the Square B 4-H Club almost on a lark, because a few of her friends had decided to restart the group. “My older sister (Megan) and I decided we wanted to help,” Klubek said.... [More]

Hotel seeks city, county help to buy land


The fate of a proposed hotel on the east edge of Iola may be settled in August, when City Council members decide a request to help a developer purchase land for the site. Bill Michaud of Baja Development Group, who owns a Sleep Inn & Suites franchise in Fort Scott, is seeking... [More]

Pressing for success at the Allen Co. Fair


A good student, a stellar athlete, a dancer, articulate, funny, polite — it isn’t fair that Emilia Wilkerson is also an accomplished 4-H’er with a slate of top-quality projects in the works for this year’s Allen County Fair. Last Tuesday — which... [More]

Rotary Day BBQ cookoff takes shape


Rotary Day in the Park has shifted to the midpoint of the Allen County Fair this year. The fair kicks off Thursday and Rotarians will hold sway on Saturday with their “Smokin’ Hot Cars & BBQ.” In years past the premier event has been on the fair’s... [More]

An emotional reunion


It look nearly 50 years for Joyce Tarter to find her siblings. Her biological father, Pat Kloeckner, had met Joyce’s mother during World War II in California.  Their romance was brief, ending after Joyce’s mother, Florence Madler, learned Kloeckner was already... [More]

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Indians headed to state


For the second year in a row, the Post 15 Iola Indians have punched its ticket to state.  After suffering through a championship game where almost nothing went their way, Iola got back on track, cruising past the Post 45 Frontenac Raiders 10-4 Friday night. Iola played... [More]

Defense stalls for Indians in championship game versus Garnett


The third time was not the charm for the Post 15 Iola Indians as they fell to Garnett 4-1 in the AA Zone championship game Thursday.  The game marked Iola’s  third match-up  with the Muddogs this season.   It was shaping up to be another defensive... [More]

OUT ON TOP: Cooper leads Indians to championship game in final home start


The Post 15 Iola Indians baseball team moved one step closer to returning to the state tournament Wednesday night as they beat the Frontenac Post 43 Raiders 1-0 to advance to the Zone championship game. As the score suggests, nothing came easy for either team and it would have... [More]

NOTHING TO IT: Indians breeze through first round of zone tournament


HUMBOLDT — The Post 15 Indians came into the American Legion Zone Two tournament with the expressed purpose of proving without a doubt that, despite their three seed, they were the best team in the  tournament. They got off to a good start Tuesday night as they flew... [More]

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Gov. Chris Christie gives Brownback welcome company


Misery loves company. So Gov. Sam Brownback can take solace in that New Jersey’s Chris Christie was ranked alongside him as the most unpopular governors in the country. Morning Consult, a digital media company that focuses on finance and politics, released the findings... [More]

Personae non gratae by the GOP (Column)


On Tuesday, three women derailed the Senate plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They held that power because the women are Republicans who bucked their party’s leadership. All three, Shelley Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of... [More]

For love of the game (At Week's End)


When I first became interested in baseball, along about the time the Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City in 1955, if you were a serious fan you didn’t need a scorecard to know who played for what team. Every kid who followed baseball could rattle off lineups of... [More]

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