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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

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Betty Yokum

Betty I. Yokum, 95, Iola, Kansas, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at Greystone in Iola. She was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Hiawatha, the daughter of Thomas O. and Irene Elizabeth (Buehler) Waugh. Betty lived in Hiawatha, Miami, Florida and Oskaloosa, before moving to Iola with her family... [More]

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Phyllis Bass

Phyllis Ann Bass, 87, Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Iola, the daughter of Vernon Henry and Gladys Lillian (Williams) Garner. On Feb. 26, 1950, Phyllis married Wendell M. Bass Sr. He preceded... [More]

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Roy Barnett

Roy Francis (Hoss) Barnett, 74, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at Neosho Regional Memorial Hospital in Chanute.  He was born on March 7, 1943 at St. John’s Hospital, the son of Francis and Minnie Barnett.  He was graduated from Humboldt High School in... [More]

Phyllis Bass

Phyllis Ann Bass, 87, Leavenworth, died, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Bethel AME Church. Burial... [More]

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Franque Meliza

Franque Marcene Meliza, 78, Garnett, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Richmond Healthcare and Rehab in Richmond. She was born on June 29, 1939, in Ottawa, the daughter of Charles Cyrus and Helen L. (Barber) Chilcote. She was a graduate of Iola High School, Iola Junior... [More]

Robert Shields

Robert E. Shields, 81, Princeton, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at the Ottawa Retirement Village in Ottawa. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ottawa. Burial will follow at the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Scipio. The family... [More]

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NEWS

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Farm Bureau president lays out challenges

As president of Kansas Farm Bureau, Rich Felts is supposed to be a cheerleader of sorts. But that can be a challenge when agriculture is in a world of hurt, especially when economic indicators for the country as a whole are robust. “Our biggest challenge in agriculture... [More]

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City gets first look at bridge bids

One of four bidders came in below engineer’s estimates for a pedestrian bridge over Elm Creek along South Washington Avenue. That may be all the city needs. B&B Bridge Co., St. Paul, submitted the lowest of four bids opened Monday by Iola city officials. B&B bid... [More]

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Helping students find their rhythm at ACC

Thursday night Jeffrey Anderson will debut as Allen Community College’s new music instructor. Anderson and choir director Alexis Lowder will lead their respective bands and choirs in a 7 p.m. performance in the Creitz Recital Hall of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Anderson... [More]

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Christmas light plans take shape

Over the past few years, Humanity House has spearheaded efforts to make Iola’s downtown square a winter wonderland, replete with dozens of brightly decorated trees. The goal this year is “to take it to the next level,” said Aaron Franklin. Franklin, an Iola... [More]

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FUN WHILE IT LASTED

Large crowds flocked to downtown Iola Saturday for Farm-City Days, with activities extending well into the evening, until a line of severe thunderstorms cut short the fun. At top from left, Marv the Mustang, Iola High School’s mascot, is greeted by a line of parade spectators;... [More]

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Dairy 101

Strickler Dairy Farm played host to dozens of legislators, dairymen, industry experts and dairy marketing pros on Friday. “The most important thing we can do as dairymen,” Steve Strickler told those who gathered for the Kansas Dairy Association-sponsored event, “is... [More]

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Reunion draws HHS alums from afar

HUMBOLDT — A call this week to the Chris and Connie Bauer home: “I’ll be coming,” announced Lawrence Scheer, a 94-year-old resident of Phoenix, Ariz., and a 1942 graduate of Humboldt High. Unless someone else popped up overnight, Scheer will be the oldest... [More]

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SPORTS

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Red Devils fall to Crowder after more than a week off

The Allen County men’s soccer team fell 1-0 to Crowder College on Saturday after more than a week off thanks to weather canceling and postponing matches. Crowder’s offense was active early, getting lots of shots in the first 15 minutes but none of them connecting... [More]

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Mustangs' JV win Monday night

Freshman running back Aiden Jones totes the ball in the junior varsity Mustangs 22-0 win over Burlington on Monday. It was a defensive battle with Iola leading the way throughout the game. The Mustangs led 16-0 at  the half and kept the defensive intensity going to close... [More]

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Mustangs and Fillies score Pioneer league titles... again

The Iola boys and girls cross country teams repeated as Pioneer League Champions on Thursday at the league meet at Burlington. The boys have now won their fourth straight league title while the girls won league last season. It was a close one for the Fillies, edging out Anderson... [More]

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Lady Cubs grab second at Nedodesha Tournament

Humboldt volleyball had a nice weekend finishing second at the Neodesha Tournament on Saturday. “I thought the girls played very hard today,” head coach Terry Meadows said. “We found ways to win in some close games and that is good to see this late in the season.... [More]

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