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A steady rain did nothing to douse the enthusiasm Saturday surrounding the grand opening of Velo+ Bike Shop in Iola. A large crowd packed into the bike shop for a ribbon-cutting celebration featuring co-owners Vincent Rodriguez and Marco DeAngelis — also shown at far left — and facilities manager Paul Ebner. Also participating were Iola City Councilwoman Beverly Franklin and Thrive Allen County CEO David Toland.

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Special events allow enrollment

Next Monday is the last day of open enrollment for Marketplace health insurance coverage. Open enrollment is the window of time in which any person can enroll for coverage in the Marketplace. Once open enrollment closes it will not stop enrollment altogether. People can still... [More]

Two weeks left for open enrollment to healthcare’s Marketplace

With less than two weeks remaining in the Marketplace’s open enrollment period it is a good time to look at the penalties for not obtaining insurance coverage and what exemptions are available to avoid those penalties. The Marketplace’s first open enrollment period... [More]

Kansas’ poor left out of Obamacare

The best part of working as a volunteer helping Kansans enroll for health insurance is when a neighbor gets affordable coverage. Often they come in uncertain if this is something they want any part of, or not. Some have health problems that they have put off dealing with. Others... [More]

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Moran swim bus, library top wants

MORAN — Thrive Allen County is making its way to each community in the area to learn more about their upcoming projects and concerns. Monday night was Moran’s chance to shine. Moran Thrive hosted the meeting at its community center. The city’s biggest project... [More]

Personal responsibility key to ACA

One core concept at the heart of the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is that everyone should contribute to the best of their ability for their own healthcare. Low- and moderate-income consumers are eligible for subsidies to... [More]

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Refitting costs a concern in Gas

GAS — Kenny Baker posed the question that brought to a head a Thrive Allen County community conversation here Tuesday night. “No one knows what it’s going to cost” to refit the old Gas School so it might be used in any number of ways to benefit the community,... [More]

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    NEWS

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    ACC eyes building projects

    ACC trustees reviewed building plans and a reconfiguration of existing space at their meeting Tuesday night. A new patio with a game room is being considered as well as enlarging the Stadler Conference Room in the cafeteria complex of the Allen Community College campus. Trustees... [More]

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    Opioid epidemic hits home

    Armed with powerful statistics and devastating personal anecdotes, a group of about 50 gathered Wednesday to partake in an “opioid dialogue.” The get-together, sponsored by Thrive Allen County, drew professionals from all walks of life, from District Judge Daniel... [More]

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    IOLA’S HIDDEN TREASURE: John Brown’s Cave brought to light for local explorers

    Nestled deep in the heart of the old Lehigh Portland property, a stone’s throw from U.S. 169, lies John Brown’s Cave. Legend has it the cave was named for the infamous abolitionist, and was even used as a hiding spot for slaves and equipment as part of the Underground... [More]

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    Red Ribbon Week plans take shape

    Responding to a request from the Allen County Multi-Agency Team’s Drug-Free Communities task force, Allen County commissioners have proclaimed Oct. 23 - 31 Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon campaign is a nationwide effort intended to draw awareness to the hazardous effects... [More]

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    No injuries from recreational vehicle fire

    MORAN — A recreational vehicle caught fire Tuesday afternoon, shutting down a portion of U.S. 54 east of Iola. The driver, whose name has not been released,and passenger had exited the motorhome before it ignited. The fire apparently started after the driver had to apply... [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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    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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    SPORTS

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    SUB-STATE SET: Area teams get ready for their Saturday volleyball tournaments

    The brackets and seeding for the 2017 sub-state volleyball tournaments were released on Wednesday and multiple area teams found themselves with a high seed. Humboldt (19-14) is the two seed in the 3A Wellsville sub-state tournament. The Lady Cubs will take on Central Heights... [More]

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    Humboldt splits to end regular season

    The Humboldt volleyball team closed out the 2017 regular season on Tuesday with a split in their road trip to Fredonia, falling to the Lady Yellowjackets and beating Leon-Bluestem. “I thought we played well tonight,” head coach Terry Meadows said. “We were... [More]

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    MVHS sweeps past final two matches to end regular season

    The Marmaton Valley volleyball team had a strong ending to their regular season on Tuesday at Uniontown, beating both Pleasanton and Uniontown. The Lady Wildcats are now 19-17 on the season. “Tuesday night was a fantastic night for us,” head coach Terra Kegler said.... [More]

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    Fillies close out season with road split

    The Iola Fillies ended the 2017 regular season at Prairie View on Tuesday with a split, falling to Wellsville and beating the host Buffalos. The Fillies struggle out of the gate as they fell 2-0 to Wellsville (16-25, 12-25). In set one, Iola had just two aces, one from senior... [More]

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