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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.

THRIVE

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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    Darkroom treasures shared

    HUMBOLDT — Memories of yesteryear are as popular on social media these days as that of political discourse or stories of junior’s latest antics. A couple of Facebook pages with a local flavor include “Allen County Memories” and “Remember in Iola…”... [More]

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    Talkington resigns

    Allen County Commissioner Jim Talkington resigned Friday afternoon after being confronted by Commission Chairman Tom Williams with allegations of inappropriate contact with a young woman. The 21-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, and Williams met with Register staff... [More]

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    Conservation a way of life for Barnett

    Anita Barnett, whose farm fields dot the landscape northeast of Humboldt, will be honored Wednesday evening with a soil and water conservation award, given annually by Allen County banks. Anita, for all she has done to prevent soil erosion and preserve the moisture profile in... [More]

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    Tight corner vexes truckers

    LAHARPE — A new truck route established by LaHarpe City Council last year is unsafe for drivers turning into town from U.S. 54, one such driver contended. Jason Schmidt of Nelson Quarries spoke to Council members Wednesday about his concerns related to accessing the company’s... [More]

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    Fire destroys home of missing area woman

    CHANUTE — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed the the mobile home, the last known residence of a Chanute woman who has been missing since Dec. 15. The Chanute Tribune reported a fire destroyed the home at 1120 N. Grant early Tuesday. The... [More]

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    169 rebuild won’t extend to Chanute yet

    CHANUTE — With work expected to begin this spring to rebuild more than seven miles of U.S. 169 south of Iola — a project that will shut off access to much of the highway for up to 18 months — motorists farther south will have to wait a while longer for a separate... [More]

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    LENTEN SEASON BEGINS

    The first of a series of breakfasts celebrating Lent began this morning at Iola’s First Presbyterian Church. Above, from left, Regina Woodworth, Sharon Sigg, Steve Anderson, Ken Groves, Linda Johnson and Donna Grigsby prepare their plates.  At left, the Rev. Linda... [More]

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    SPORTS

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    Mustangs and Fillies can’t get it done at Anderson County

    GARNETT — A week ago, the Iola boys lost to Anderson County at home thanks in part to a second-half breakdown that saw the Bulldogs pull away from Iola and turn a two-point halftime lead into a 14-point victory.  Thursday’s rematch had a similar result but... [More]

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    Cubs hold off scrappy Central Heights for fourth-straight win

    HUMBODLT — Humboldt head coach Dave Taylor guessed after his team’s 42-33 grind-it-out victory over Central Heights on Friday that his team had shot less than 25 percent from the field.  He was close but just a tad pessimistic, as most coaches are. The Cubs... [More]

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    Lady Cubs outlast Central Heights in overtime to snap two-game skid

    HUMBOLDT — The ball rattled in and then out and — just to provide dramatic effect — sat on the rim for a couple juicy milliseconds before falling in for Humboldt junior Aricah McCall, sending her team to overtime where the Lady Cubs eventually prevailed over... [More]

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    COMING UP SHORT: Red Devil men’s and women’s losing streaks continue vs Indy

    It was not a happy homecoming for either Allen County teams on Wednesday as both the Red Devil men and women fell at home to Independence. With the losses, the men and the women move to 6-20 and 4-18 in conference play. The men have lost 10 straight while the women have lost... [More]

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