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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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    Special ed changes a concern

    USD 257 Superintendent of Schools Stacey Fager earmarked a few minutes at the end of Monday’s school board meeting to recognize retiring board member Tony Leavitt. Fager drew attention to the many accomplishments dotting Leavitt’s eight years of service to USD 257,... [More]

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    Iola mayor bids adieu

    It’s been more than 6½ years since Iolans disbanded the old three-man city commission and replaced it with an eight-member city council. An era will come to an end Jan. 8, when Mayor Joel Wicoff and City Council members Beverly Franklin, Don Becker and Sandy Zornes... [More]

    Humboldt targets site for development

    HUMBOLDT – Humboldt Council gave the OK Monday night to pursue a federal grant to help develop a 24.8-acre plot northeast of town. Administrator Cole Herder told Council he had his eye on a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The funds would be used... [More]

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    Sights of the season

    Above, Mackenzie Sager offers her Christmas wishes to Santa Claus Saturday, after Sager and scores of other youngsters visited Santa’s temporary quarters on the southeast corner of the courthouse square in Iola. At left, Cindy Lucas is flanked by her grandson, Jace, and... [More]

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    Santa’s Toy Shop sounds appeal for donations

    With Santa’s Toy Shop slated to open to the public once again Dec. 21 in downtown Iola, organizers have sounded another appeal for donations. The Toy Shop needs toys, batteries and lots of cookies, organizers announced over the weekend on Facebook. Most of the shop’s... [More]

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    G&W preparing for Jan. kickoff

    Iola’s G&W Foods grocery store may be the chain’s most architecturally expressive — “our Taj Mahal,” Chris O’Hara, company general manager, called it — but “we’re just down-to-earth, shaking-hands and kissing-babies kind... [More]

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    His passion fits him to a (Model) T

    “It’s what non-car people don’t get. They see all cars as just tons of wires, glass, metal, rubber. That’s all they see. People like you and I know, we have an unshakable belief that cars are living entities. You can develop a relationship with your car.... [More]

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    SPORTS

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    HARDWARE ACQUIRED: Mustangs roll through preseason tournament and remain undefeated while Fillies finish 4th

    The Iola boys basketball team will have to play Santa Fe Trail at least two more times before the season ends. But in the first match-up Saturday night, the Mustangs looked undaunted, winning the championship game of the Ike Cearfoss Preseason Tournament at Central Heights High... [More]

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    Area basketball teams compete in preseason tournaments

    At the end of last week, all of the area boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up their preseason tournaments. The Register covered Humboldt boys and girls finishing second in their home tournament and Yates Center boys and girls finishing first in theirs but here are the results... [More]

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    Mustangs send three wrestlers to compete at Anderson Co.

    Iola sent three freshmen wrestlers to compete in the Anderson County Invitational on Saturday. The Mustang squad consisted of Toby Sander (106 lbs.), CJ Shields (126 lbs.) and Dillon Reiter (152 lbs.). Each came away with at least one win. Both Sander and Shields were competing... [More]

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    Short-staffed Fillies fall to Osawatomie in semifinals

    The Fillie basketball team knew it was in for an uphill struggle when it found out that lone returning starter and senior point guard Colbi Riley would be out with a knee injury suffered in the opening round of the Ike Cearfoss Preseason Tournament at Central Heights High School. ... [More]

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