Park the place to be


Riverside Park took center stage for much of Monday’s Iola City Council meeting. Council members unanimously agreed to provide city support for the upcoming Rotary Day at the Park and Neil Westervelt Memorial Car Show as part of the Allen County Fair. The Iola Rotary... [More]

Enrollment opens for 257 students


Stacey Fager is optimistic online enrollment will go more smoothly this time around. Enrollment for Iola schools began Monday and will run through Aug. 4. Fager, superintendent of USD 257 schools, noted the biggest differences from last year is use of Powerschool, a familiar... [More]

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]

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Iola swim team results from Saturday's SEK League Championships


SEK Championship (Saturday) Girls 9-10 25 butterfly - Hallie Sutherland 23.95, Caroline Toland 27.23. 25 backstroke - Bethany Miller 25.58, Toland 27.85, Sutherland 28.25. 25 breast - Sutherland 24.81, Toland 25.19. 25 free - Sutherland 21.80, Toland 22.65, Miller 29.37.... [More]

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]

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Letter to the editor — July 25, 2017


Dear editor, Should the city and county government be allowed to give new retail business cash to attract them to come to Iola? If you listen to the proponents, it’s a no lose proposition. They say we are going to make a great return on our money and of course our taxes... [More]

Closure of DCF office a setback to the needy


The decision to close the Iola office of the Department for Children and Families means 1,924 clients will be expected to seek services in Chanute. That’s more than an inconvenience. A large share of those people are disabled or poor and don’t own reliable transportation.... [More]

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]

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