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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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    Humboldt volunteers at the ready

    HUMBOLDT — Minutemen were farmers and merchants and school teachers who answered the Revolution’s call — in a minute’s time — whenever a colonial response to British troops was required. Humboldt today has its own version, its volunteer firefighters.... [More]

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    A coming home story: With the world as their oyster, the Coffields chose to make Iola their home

    Professional ball players talk about “feelin’ the love” of fans, coaches and teammates in their decision to commit to a certain team. Iola’s Ryan Coffield can relate. In weighing a decision to return home to practice dentistry, Coffield was wooed, courted... [More]

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    Farm Bureau Awards celebrates global ag

    More than 70 attended the 98th Annual Allen County Kansas Farm Bureau meeting at Iola High School on Thursday night. Attendees were treated with a special presentation from Iola High School graduate Chase Regehr, who spoke about his time in Taiwan. Several farmers were also recognized... [More]

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    MOBILE VET

    There are only a handful of people you can call when one of your cows develops a bacterial infection known as “wooden tongue” or when another of your cows has a prolapsed uterus or when your horse gets hit with an eye problem. Russ Baxley, the owner-operator of the... [More]

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    Swing time

    Paul Beasley, left, works on installing new swings next to the LaHarpe City Hall. Six swings were donated to the city by Brenda Knavel and Cindy Stokes. The swings were dedicated in memory of longtime citizen Violet Lee.

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    SMALL STORE, BIG HEART: Area towns fight to save their rural grocery stores

    Osawatomie (AP) — A slight echo carries your footfalls as you walk the aisles of what used to be Moon’s grocery store. Some dry goods remain on the shelves, but most are bare. The coolers stand empty. No cars in the parking lot. The last grocery store, the final place... [More]

    Delaware Road to get facelift

    Allen County commissioners authorized emergency repairs to Delaware Road — often referred to as Tank Farm Road, just south of Humboldt — Tuesday morning. Mitch Garner, director of Public Works, said a patch of the hard-surfaced road west of the viaduct that carried... [More]

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    SPORTS

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    JUST GETTING STARTED: Area athletes finish up their first week of fall practice as school starts

    The first week of practice has finished across the state of Kansas as school officially starts up. Be sure to look for the Register’s Fall Sports Teams preview in next week’s Weekender Edition featuring area athletes from Iola, Humboldt, Yates Center, Marmaton Valley,... [More]

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    IN THE GRIND: Area athletes begin fall practice

    Monday marked the first day of fall practice. Teams around the state hit the field, court and road in preparation for the 2017 season. Yates Center cross country runners, from left, Collin Bedell, Jordan Smith and Hadley Splechter, go for a run. The Humboldt football team begins... [More]

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    THE FINAL SPIKE: Humboldt’s Middleton prepares for her final year of volleyball

    Sheri Middleton sat at home during Christmas break in 2015 and waited. The Humboldt native had just finished a year and a half at Fort Scott Community College where she played for the Greyhound volleyball team for two fairly successful seasons. Middleton had made the short... [More]

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    Pallavolo in Italia — Whitcomb and Fort Scott Community College take in sights and spikes while visiting Italy

    Annalise Whitcomb looked out over the city lights emanating from a small village in the mountains. She and her teammates had taken a cable car to a nearby mountain, and that’s when it clicked.  It may not have clicked at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, St. Peter’s... [More]

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