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Richard Watson

Richard Lynn Watson was born on Feb. 27 in Iola 58 years ago to John Newton Watson and Ethylene Watson and died Sunday, Dec. 16, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Richard spent the early years of his life in Iola. He spent his later years traveling around the country before settling down in Stockton, Mo., 17 years ago.
During his travels he has done many things such as making boats to train horses. Richard had several years of adventure as the head wrangler of a guest ranch in Colorado, where he led vacationers on horseback though the Rocky Mountains. This is where he met his wife Debbie Becker.
Richard had a fascination with leather work and horses so he decided to embark on what would be his true calling, he started a custom saddle company.
Richard is survived by Deborah and Aiden Watson; two sons, Jason Watson and wife Lacey and their children and Jedadiah Watson and wife Carolyn and their children; two brothers, Stephan and Kent, and two sisters, Estella Robinson and Ethylene Stephens.
He was preceded in death by both parents and several siblings.

OBITUARIES

Wanda Heck

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Wanda Lee Heck, 83, Westphalia, died Saturday, June 24, 2017, at her home.Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Old German Baptist Church, Westphalia, with burial to follow at the Bethel Cemetery. Family will greet friends at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.... [More]

Ralph Shafer

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Ralph Emerson Shafer, 98, Iola, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Allen County Regional Hospital. He was born July 9, 1918, in Allen County to Ralph Emerson and Lillie Jane (Hutchinson) Shafer. He attended Iola Rock Creek Rural School and graduated from Iola High School... [More]

Carol Cress

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Carol Joy Cress, 70, Humboldt, passed away unexpectedly at Diversicare of Chanute on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Carol was born on Jan. 23, 1947, in Dillon, Mont., the daughter of Lee Stanley and Ethel Cecilie (Hansen) Martinell.On July 3, 1971, Carol married Don Cress at American... [More]

Yvonne Thummel

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Yvonne Anita (Ulin) Thummel, 95, Iola, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017.  Yvonne was born April 22, 1922, at home in Hunter, the daughter of Francis and Gurthy (Turner) Ulin.Yvonne graduated from Hunter High School in 1940.  On Oct. 28, 1946, Yvonne married Vincent... [More]

Dick Bushey

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Richard Allan (Dick) Bushey, 72, an Iola native and retired Wichita Fire Department captain and former security officer for Wesley Medical Center, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Minneola District Hospital in Minneola.Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist... [More]

Alvin Westerman

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Alvin Bernard Westerman, 84, Iola, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Chanute.Alvin was one of seven children born to Bernard and Anna (Link) Westerman. He was born on Nov. 18, 1932, in Iola. Alvin grew up on a farm west of Piqua. He married Bertha Wilson on May 5, 1953,... [More]

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NEWS

Bridge plans still a go

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Iola City Council members agreed Monday that plans for a pedestrian bridge over Elm Creek should continue, although they stopped short of pledging to cover any of the cost.The bridge issue cropped up this summer after city officials realized engineer’s estimates to place... [More]

Business owners critical of hotel complex

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Three local restaurant owners spoke out against using city funds to support a private business venture — in this case, a proposed hotel and restaurant along the U.S. 169 bypass in East Iola.Toby Shaughnessy, owner of Sam and Louie’s, Marshall Barnhart, owner of Dudley’s... [More]

City discusses energy options

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Iola officials will continue to pursue the addition of used diesel-powered generators to the city’s electric generating capacity.Where they’ll sit, idle.“We’re not planning to run them,” Scott Shreve, Iola’s energy consultant, said at Monday’s... [More]

Two injured after minivan strikes antique Model T

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A driver and his passenger aboard a 1926 Model T Ford were hospitalized Monday following a two-vehicle accident east of Iola. The Allen County Sheriff’s Department reported Charles Redding, 80, was driving his Model T  between Gas and Iola, when the vehicle was struck... [More]

Quincy steps down from BOE seat

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Monday’s USD 257 Board of Education meeting was a conclave of fond farewells. After serving the district for 16 years, board member Buck Quincy resigned his seat effective June 30, and Superintendent of Schools Jack Koehn, who announced his retirement in January, took a... [More]

Chapter complete

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HUMBOLDT —  After 14 weeks of training, Nina Froggatte graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Friday. The ceremony marked the 245th class to graduate from the basic training course. Chief Terry Zeigler of the Kansas City Police Department gave the... [More]

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SPORTS

A NEW PASTIME: Lancers to add baseball, softball

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This is the third installment of a six-part series of columns that will look ahead to the upcoming high school sports year for our six area schools. - June 21 — SCC Titans- June 24 — Yates Center Wildcats- Today — Crest LancersCrest fans will have a pair of... [More]

Youth league results for 6/26/17

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PeeWee LeagueFast Lube 11, Chanute Lightning 1Fast Lube1B - Lucas Maier, Grady Dougherty, Braeden Frame, Brigham Folk 2, Josh Pritchard, Broc Ivy, Kale Godfrey. 2B - Dougherty 2, Ivy. HR - Maier 2.A&W 18, Chanute Cardinals 2A&W1B - Ryun Cole 2, Henry White 2, Drake Weir,... [More]

A MIXED BAG: Indians go to semifinals in showcase tournament

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KANSAS CITY — The Post 15 Indians can’t seem to catch a break with the injury bug so far this season and that continued at the 18-and-Under USSSA College Showcase this weekend.Derek Bycroft — the Mustangs’ First Team All-State pitcher as a sophomore this... [More]

Whitwell holds off Davis for win

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HUMBOLDT — RC Whitwell of Tuscon, Ariz., is getting accustomed to his surroundings here in Kansas. Whitwell led every lap of NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Modified action to pocket a cool $2,000 payday in Humboldt Speedway’s 26th Annual Modified Classic. Whitwell... [More]

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