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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

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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

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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

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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]

Moran swim bus, library top wants

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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

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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]

Refitting costs a concern in Gas

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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

    Three to face murder charges in Cook’s death

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    First-degree murder charges remain intact for Joshua Knapp, Rhonda Jackson and James Myers, for the 2016 killing of Iolan Shawn CookAt the conclusion of a two-day preliminary hearing Wednesday, Allen County Magistrate Judge Tod Davis agreed with prosecutors, that evidence was... [More]

    Race Across America stops in Iola

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    Rotarians  from Iola greeted Tulsa Rotarian Bob MacKenzie, Wednesday, as he and fellow bicyclist Steve Schoonover, Salt Lake City, Utah, swapped positions during the Allen County section of the 36th Annual Race Across America.The riders began in Oceanside, Calif., Saturday, ... [More]

    Repeat after me

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    Elza Clift, left, and Emilia Wilkerson participate in a mirroring exercise this morning as part of the Children’s Summer Theater Workshop. Thirty-six youths in grades 3-8 are working on basic theater techniques this week before writing and rehearsing a series of plays for... [More]

    Details of Iolan’s homicide emerge as hearing begins

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    The circumstances surrounding the March 2016 killing of Iolan Shawn Cook were revealed in frequently graphic testimony Tuesday in an Allen County courtroom.A series of witnesses spoke about the events leading up to, during and following Cook’s March 13, 2016, death. Charged... [More]

    Salmonella linked to hobby farms

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    Forty-seven states have been affected by a recent outbreak of salmonella infections linked to live poultry. Reports of outbreaks invoving several types of the disease began January 4. By mid-May 71 people had been hospitalized out of 379 cases reported nationwide, according to... [More]

    Commission considers night move

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    Allen County commissioners will gauge public interest in evening meetings, also whether having some of those sessions on the road would find favor.A constituent proposed evening meetings to give the public better opportunities to hear first hand what commissioners discuss and... [More]

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    SPORTS

    Neosho County sweeps Yates Center

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    YATES CENTER — Neosho County has had its share of growing pains this season as it competes as an American Legion Triple-A team despite being an extremely young group.On Wednesday, they had a chance to smile though when they rolled to a sweep of Yates Center by beating the... [More]

    Fillies sweep Comets

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    The Fillies played their final home games of the Summer League season on Wednesday at Riverside Park and swept Chanute.Iola won the first game 6-5 and cruised to 16-6 win in game two. The Fillies’ summer season wraps up next Wednesday in the Chanute Tournament, where they... [More]

    Big Train takes third

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    The Big Train, 12-and-under AA team,  went 3-1 and took third this past weekend at the MSP Fathers’ Day Classic in Shawnee. Back row, left to right, Trey Sommer, Maddox Johnson, Carter Hutton, Gavin Page and Aiden Johnson; front, Ethan Godderz, Eli Adams, Brandon McKarnin... [More]

    REMEMBER THE TITANS: Senior class fuels Titans’ tremendous expectations

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    This is the first installment of a six-part series of columns that will look ahead to the upcoming year of high school sports for our six area schools. Up first is the Southern Coffey County Titans.Southern Coffey County appears poised for a big year. In every sport, the Titans... [More]

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