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January 23, 2010

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Saturday, January 23
Hope staying afloat -
Hope Unlimited’s board worked throughout 2009 to make the most of each dollar.

New pastor at Harvest - Gerald Bailey said he has known since he was 6 that his life would involve service to his church.

Friday, January 22
Cuts put elderly in jeopardy -
JoAnn Buche lives with constant fear she will be forced into a nursing home.

Video touts Iola - A new video promoting Iola will debut at the 2010 Business EXPO next Friday evening.

Charges pending in fatal accident - Sheriff Tom Williams said charges likely would be filed against one or more people involved in a traffic accident early Jan. 13 east of LaHarpe that killed Jason Lewis, 32, Bronson.

Fire damages apartment complex - An Iola Housing Authority apartment unit sustained heavy damage from a kitchen fire that erupted shortly after 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

New Web site ready for launch - The Iola Register needs e-mail addresses of subscribers for its launch of a new Web site Monday.

Thursday, January 21
256 feels public support -
MORAN — USD 256 board members, their budget already cut to the quick, asked 60 patrons who came to a special meeting Wednesday night for help in dealing with potential reductions.

Four-day school week pondered - MORAN — Jeremy Boldra thinks USD 256 could save as much as $120,000 a year by going to a four-day school week.

Tri-Valley suffers with cuts - Pinching pennies is nothing new for Tim Cunningham.

Maness seeks re-election - Bill Maness, completing his first term as Iola’s mayor, filed for re-election Wednesday.

T-minus 4 days for new Web site - The Iola Register needs e-mail addresses of subscribers for its launch of a new Web site next week.

Bee ‘palatable’ for champ- Clara Wicoff used her previous winning form of asking for a word’s definition and use in a sentence, plus spelling it out on her hand, to win the Iola Middle School spelling bee Wednesday.

Band will jazz up Bowlus - Who would think that cruising the world would get old.

Wednesday, January 20
Early Head Start expands -
An infusion of federal money will double home-based Early Head Start participation and help the “neediest of the needy” in Allen County, Joanie Burke said. .

King event Monday - Barbara J. Miniefee, pastor of Ward Chapel A.M.E., will be the guest speaker at Monday’s 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Ward Chapel, 523 N. Buckeye.

Flu still out there, CDC says - Although H1N1 infections in Kansas are declining after a mid-October peak, the Centers for Disease Control still recommend people who have not yet done so be vaccinated.

Tuesday, January 19
IHS house takes shape -
Regardless of Mother Nature’s intentions, work has proceeded largely on schedule at the Iola High School building trades house.

Health dept. not hurt by cuts — yet - Unlike other agencies which have had to reduce staff or services due to state budget cuts, the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department is in status quo mode.

Service project involves Iolans - Iola city offices were closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but City Administrator Judy Brigham didn’t take the day off.

Centenarian enjoys life - CARLYLE — On Saturday Mildred “Midge” Chambers said she was “Queen for the Day” complete with bejeweled tiara.

Monday, January 18
EXPO activities nearing -
A sure-fire cure for the winter blahs is just around the corner with the upcoming 2010 Business EXPO.

New Web site for Register - Next week the Iola Register will launch its new Web site.

Saturday, January 16
Area teen takes to the skies -
Don’t blame Miranda Myer if she has her head in the clouds from time to time.

Friday, January 15
Enrollment keeps ACCC in the black -
Allen County Community College board of trustees learned Thursday night that enrollment numbers are still rising and its financial status is solid, if never as rich as anyone would like.

Vision Iola’s vision shared - MORAN — About 20 years ago, a group of Iolans were looking to “Make It Happen.”

Your cookie order, please - It’s Girl Scout cookie time and Iola’s Northern Star Girl Scouts are eager to begin their fund raiser.

Filing deadline for city offices Jan. 26 - Mayor Bill Maness said Thursday afternoon he had not decided whether to seek re-election April 6.

Thursday, January 14
Historical society gets new director -
Jeff Kluever can barely contain his enthusiasm when he talks about his new position as director of the Allen County Historical Society and its museums.

Moran schools in a fix - MORAN — Over the past two years, Marmaton Valley USD 256 has lost about $200,000 from its budget, forcing the district to put in place a number of cost-cutting measures.

Crews return to Ash Grove - CHANUTE — Ash Grove Cement Company’s plant here is back online.

Take note of Noteables - As a professional musician, Staff Sergeant Chris Hammiel has a plum of a job with the United States Air Force.

How to help Haiti - The American Red Cross has set up several avenues for donations to assist with the recovery effort in Haiti.

Wednesday, January 13
Bronson man dies in wreck -
LAHARPE — Jason D. Lewis, 32, Bronson, was killed early this morning following a traffic accident east of LaHarpe.

City purchases digital traffic ticket system - Iola police officers soon will take a big step away from manually writing out traffic tickets.

Reminder - Vision Iola kickoff meeting 6 p.m. Thursday

County gets better of ambulance swap - Tuesday morning commissioners got their first look at what surely is one of the biggest bargains ever for Allen County.

Hospital committee gets new member - The Hospital Facilities Committee, named to aid commissioners in deciding how to upgrade medical care in Allen County, changed slightly before ever meeting.

Meltdown sitters available - Baby-sitting will be provided for participants in Allen County Meltdown II evening exercise classes by local Girl Scouts at Wesley United Methodist Church at the corner of Buckeye and Madison.

Tuesday, January 12
Group opts for 6-member council -
A citizens advisory committee has recommended that Iola convert its existing city commission to a six-member city council.

BOE eyes new sources - Desperate to find money, USD 257 board members all but resorted to bake sales at their meeting Monday night.

Political action urged - HUMBOLDT — “I think we’re going to have to become politically active,” USD 258 Superintendent Bob Heigele told board members Monday night.

Monday, January 11
891st gets a new commander -
Lt. Col. Roger Murdock, Wichita, took command of the 891st Engineer Battalion in change-of-command ceremonies Sunday morning in Iola High School’s gymnasium. Murdock replaces Lt. Col. Barry Manley, Topeka, who has commanded the battalion the past 44 months.

Vision Iola process begins - The Vision Iola Master Plan, a six-month planning process that will look at community enhancements for the downtown business district, parks and trails and community identity and signage will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Friday, January 8

Meltdown still a go
Allen County Meltdown II’s kickoff and weigh-in still will be held Saturday morning, despite this week’s bitterly cold and snowy weather. “We figure this is a wonderful opportunity for parents and their kids who have been stuck indoors to have some fun and burn off some energy,” Thrive Executive Director David Toland said. Organizers, however, have lifted the mandatory attendance at the weigh-in to participate in Meltdown II because several Allen County roads remain snow-covered. Here, Thrive Programs Director Sunny Shreeve, left, and Elizabeth Donnelly of The Shirt Shop look over freshly designed sweatshirts that will be available to Meltdown II participants at the weigh-in. The activities run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the fieldhouse. Those unable to attend may call Thrive at 365-8128 to schedule a weigh-in for early next week.

Moran: Debt hurts future - First District Congressman Jerry Moran told Iola Rotarians Thursday his biggest concern is the level of spending and borrowing the goverment is doing.

Bill would hike state aid - State Rep. Bill Otto is author of a school funding measure that will be introduced as an Education Committee bill when the 2010 session opens next week.

Fire restricted to kitchen - HUMBOLDT — When Juanita Morton awoke early Tuesday morning, her electricity was off and there was a strange smell in her home at 203 N. Sixth St.

Humboldt native’s TV series premiers - Humboldt native Jerry Whitworth, who has produced such television shows as “Survivor” and “Oprah’s Big Give,” serves as producer of a new series about one of the country’s most heralded NASCAR racetracks.

Concert Saturday - Tickets for Saturday’s The Hoppers concert still are available, organizers said.

Thursday, January 7
Weather won’t stop carriers -
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Bitter cold a health concern - With bitterly cold temperatures forecast well into the weekend, the best advice is “stay in,” said Lisa Griffith, RN, patient care coordinator for Allen County Hospital’s emergency room.

Family makes snow day fun - Snow day is truly a family affair at the home of John and Dimity Lowell.

Wednesday, January 6
No fancy diets here -
Winning the battle of the bulge came down to two simple steps for Tom and Monica Norris.

Area braces for cold - With the coldest weather in years expected to descend on Iola tonight, the Iola Police Department is preparing for power outages.

Hospital advisory committee named - An upgraded hospital presence in Allen County took a step forward Tuesday morning when county commissioners selected nine individuals for a Hospital Facility Committee.

County buys ambulance - Allen County commissioners bought a new ambulance Tuesday morning for $122,895. The unit will be delivered in June and stationed in Humboldt.

Tuesday, January 5
USD 257 budget cuts proposed -
Dr. Craig Neuenswander, superintendent of USD 257 schools, told board members Monday night where cuts could be made to meet all but a smidgen of a $426,000 cut in state aid.

Hoppers mark Bowlus return - The Hoppers, considered “legends of gospel music,” will be at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center Saturday evening, part of the Southeast Kansas Christian Artist Series.

Logo sought for reading festival - Iola Public Library is seeking an original design to serve as a logo for its new Family Reading Festival.

Moran in Iola Thursday - Rep. Jerry Moran, who has represented western Kansas in Congress since 1997, will be in Iola to speak at Thursday’s Rotary Club meeting.

Monday, January 4
Hospital committee takes shape -
Allen County commissioners will select members of a Hospital Facility Committee when they meet Tuesday morning.

Snow removal a costly affair - Bill King told Allen County commissioners Thursday it cost about $38,000 during the week-long effort to clear snow and ice from the county’s 1,000 miles of roads.

Wednesday, December 30
Belly dancing a female art -
If Ruth St. Clair could convey only one idea about belly dancing, it would be this: belly dancing is not erotica.

Meltdown II ready for launch - Nearly 400 Allen Countians shed more than 1,800 pounds last spring as part of the first Allen County Meltdown.

Wednesday, December 30
Snow removal a costly effort for city -
Judy Brigham figures the Christmas winter storm that dumped upward of five inches of snow and ice wound up costing the city about $10,000 — so far.

This year 10th wettest ever - Through 7 a.m. today, 51.60 inches of moisture had fallen on Iola this year.

Tuesday, December 29
Local vaccine not among that recalled -
The H1N1 nasal vaccine available in Allen County and that already administered was not among those lots cited for voluntary recall last week.

Iolans help spread sight worldwide - There is no moment so fulfilling as watching a person whose vision had been blurred for years suddenly see clearly, said Iolan Bob Hawk, who along with local optometrist Ellis Potter has traveled the world distributing eyeglasses and teaching people in impoverished nations how to construct reading glasses with simple materials.

Monday, December 28
Program touches students -
Kristina Crays doesn’t focus on completing projects in the SAFE BASE art classes she teaches at Lincoln Elementary School.

Thursday, December 24
Decorations are family tradition -
In the 1970s Jack Steward wanted to create Christmas memories for his family that would transcend generations.

Soybean harvest best ever - Gary Parker, 71, has been farming since he was 16 and never has he had a soybean crop to compare to this year’s.

Shift work film debuts Sunday - Two young filmmakers have turned the spotlight on southeast Kansas in a short documentary, “Punch Clock.”

Wednesday, December 23
Iola ambulance profitable -
Iola ambulances have made 700 runs this year resulting in billings of about $400,000.

Savonburg will get excess generator - When power fails, Savonburg citizens won’t be in the dark.

Sewer upgrade approved - City commissioners approved an overhaul of the city’s sanitary sewer system Tuesday afternoon.

Commissioners held to the fire - In Tuesday’s Iola Commission meeting Paul Zirjacks was at it again, asking if and when anything was to be done to improve the old Iola IGA building just north of the National Guard Armory.

Lead cleanup may continue - During 2006-07, 21,000 tons of soil contaminated with lead was removed from 129 locations in Iola and replaced with clean soil.

Duo: ‘Tropical junkies’ - LAHARPE — With walls covered in tropical vines, the heat turned high and humidity levels kept up, even in winter, Dee Bombagi’s home is a color-filled paradise complete with live birds.

Tuesday, December 22
Churches plan holiday services -
Special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are aplenty this week in area churches.

New building triples city offices - HUMBOLDT — Humboldt’s city council met Monday evening to tour the former Emprise Bank building, purchased by the city for use as its city hall and police department.

54 Drive-In will live on in Texas - Metal remains of the now defunct 54 Drive-In theater won’t be sold for scrap.

Donors choose IHS teacher - With ever-burgeoning budget shortfalls, teachers have to stretch their imaginations to discover innovative ways of getting materials for their classes. With a class of 22 and no funds in the school’s coffers for new books, Iola High School’s math and physics teacher Scot Yarnell got creative.

Monday, December 21
Vision Iola hopes to lead city in right direction -
The input of Iolans will be sought on downtown beautification, what to do with hundreds of empty lots in south Iola and more as the Vision Iola Master Plan starts to take shape.

Thursday, December 17
Moran woman dies in wreck -
Kellie Jo Sander, 24, Moran, was killed Tuesday when the car she was driving crashed east of Moran.

Reserves will keep USD 257 afloat - USD 257 has sufficient money in reserve to deal with $426,000 in state aid cuts in November.

Football field revival planned for next year - The predominant wet and cool weather of the past three years has played havoc on the football field at Riverside Park, said Kevin Pargman, local turf specialist, in addressing USD 257 board members Wednesday night.

Mealtime lessons lost for today’s youth - If Colleen Riebel had her way, she’d serve homemade entrees every day to area students, plus fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday, December 16
August vote likely for ACH funding -
If all goes according to plans, a “funding mechanism” for either a remodeled Allen County Hospital or a new facility will be decided at the Aug. 3 primary election.

New homes for Iola on the market - Even during holiday markdown sales, you expect some markup of prices.

Chanute man gets 10 years - CHANUTE — Adam Marrs, 23, Chanute, convicted of reckless second degree murder of his infant son, Denton, was sentenced Monday to nearly 10 years in prison.

Additional H1N1 vaccine available - Reports of H1N1 flu in Kansas have dropped considerably from six weeks ago, but the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said another wave is anticipated later this winter.

Take kids to clinic for shots - Elementary students needing a first or second dose of H1N1 vaccine should be brought to the SEK Multi-County Health Department office at 221 S. Jefferson on Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15
Secret Santa spreads cheer, tears -
KINCAID — The young mother sat silently in her car last week, like she does every day, awaiting the school bus that would drop off her child at the end of the day.

Marmaton Valley slashes budget - MORAN — Rumored cuts of classified staff never materialized at the Marmaton Valley board of education meeting Monday night, but the board did find ways to trim more than $110,000 from the 2009-10 school year budget.

Monday, December 14
Wreck kills Erie teen -
Kayla M. Walters, 18, Erie, was killed Sunday afternoon when the truck in which she was riding crashed in rural Neosho County.

Saturday, December 12
Library kits elicit memories -
One of the ironies about living a long, eventful life is that often its memories are never shared.

Blood goal near - On Wednesday the Community Blood Center’s blood drive will be in Iola from noon to 6 p.m. at the North Community Building.

Friday, December 11
ACCC skips tuition hike -
Despite an ongoing budget crunch that has sliced into state aid, Allen County Community College trustees are resisting tuition hikes.

Long awaited love is fulfilled - Looking at the big smile on Debbie Anderson’s face a person wouldn’t suspect that less than a year ago she was struggling to live through each day.

Kids still need help in Humboldt - Humboldt’s Adopt-A-Kid saw 120 children sign up.

Thursday, December 10
That’s a wrap! -
Project Care, sponsored by the Iola Police Department, will provide Christmas gifts for 47 area children, organizer Roberta Ellis said.

Chess offers thinking skills for life - More than 100 Iola elementary students got a lesson in strategy Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, December 9
County, city agree on 911 transfer costs -
An agreement between Allen County and Iola commissioners will ensure a smooth transition for dispatchers who will go from being city to county employees on Jan. 1, the 911 director said.

Park building penalties set - Delays in constructing a new community building at Riverside Park will cost a local company $5,000.

Broadband access pursued - Larry Tucker knows that the world of broadband technology remains just out of reach for some rural Allen Countians.

Tuesday, December 8
Courthouse confection -
It was by sheer coincidence, Glenda Bruner insists, that she and her sister, Pat Sigg, made up a miniature replica of the old Allen County Courthouse as part of this year’s Iola Area Chamber of Commerce Gingerbread House Walk.

Monday, December 7
Former Iolan still missing -
It’s been more than six weeks since anyone has seen or heard from former Iolan Brian Lee Trester.

Adopt-A-Child deadline Thursday - Donors have until Thursday to bring in gifts as part of Allen County’s Adopt-A-Child effort.

Students cut rug, help others - Rarely has been being charitable been so much fun.

Saturday, December 5
‘Christmas is our thing’ -
At every twist and turn in the home of Carl and Barb Hafer is something that begs description. Chock full of antiques, the decorative home is a living history of much of Barb’s family.

Friday, December 4
House sports sentimentality, history -
Participants in ACARF’s Holiday Homes Tour Sunday will see a picture-perfect confluence of history, the holidays and bit of sentimentality for our four-legged friends when they visit the Iola home of Bill and Brenda Fritsche.

Busy weekend ahead -Saturday: Jingle Bell Jog, 10 a.m., courthouse bandstand.

Thursday, December 3
‘Five Women’ makes you laugh -
Allen County Community College’s production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” by Alan Ball is a laugh-out-loud romp through the lives of five bridesmaids all relating their lack of luck in the world of love.

Home offers a magical step back in time - Gail and Jon Dunbar have only lived in their home at 310 East St. for a year, but they have been restoring it for a year and a half.

Smith home simply elegant - An elegantly set table in a room bedecked by angels awaits visitors to Jim and Leonard Smith’s home on Sunday’s Allen County Animal Rescue Facility Holiday Homes Tour.

Fire school features fires, farm rescues - Dozens of firefighters from across the state will be in Iola Friday through Sunday as part of the Kansas State Firefighters Association Regional Fire School.

Wednesday, December 2
County approves land swap for EMS -
Allen County commissioners crossed a pair of significant “to do” items off their lists for their new ambulance station Tuesday.

Town set for Santa to visit - BRONSON — Santa Claus is comin’ to town Saturday.

Heirlooms hold honored place - Holiday decorations at the home of Jim and Karen Gilpin at 502 E. Madison are a showcase of family heirlooms.

Wall hanging notes Advent - It looms over you, an invisible specter controlling your life in ways you may not know. It’s your credit rating, and it’s more important than ever.

Salvation Army seeks ringers - Jana Taylor would like to hear more seasonal bells a’ringing at Iola Walmart.

Save the landfill - Small appliances headed for the landfill can instead be recycled through a community service project sponsored by students at Iola High School.

Tuesday, December 1
Funds available to buy, fix up homes -
Allen Countians looking to improve their housing situation are in luck: the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office in Iola has an abundance of funds, thanks to federal stimulus dollars.

Tuba Christmas seeks musicians - Local musicians are invited to help ring in the holiday season with brass.

B&B defends drive-in decision - Editor’s note: Bob Bagby, president of B&B Theatres, explained his company’s decision to close the 54 Drive-In east of Gas.

Monday, November 30
Credit rating vital in slow economy -
It looms over you, an invisible specter controlling your life in ways you may not know. It’s your credit rating, and it’s more important than ever.

Friday, November 27
Iola family strong on military -
Tales about the military are second nature when Iolan Becky French’s four sons all get together, as they have been now and again during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Opera star offers insight into music career - Iola youth interested in a professional singing career received a rare treat Tuesday in the form of a master class by rising opera star Gregory Warren at the Creitz Recital Hall in the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

Waddell arraignment scheduled for Dec. 21 -EMPORIA — David Waddell, former Woodson County sheriff, formally was charged Wednesday in Lyon County District Court with criminal damage to property and domestic battery.

Wednesday, November 25
Ag is changing fast, women told -
About 120 young women from throughout southeast Kansas were at Allen County Community College Tuesday for the 2009 Women in Agriculture Conference.

Iolans may see higher water bills - Utility bills for Iolans will rise in January if Iola commissioners approve a pair of proposals.

Sales tax likely for hospital - During 2008 a half-cent sales tax for the Allen County landfill generated $889,232.75. Allen County commissioners noted the income during discussions about Allen County Hospital at their meeting Tuesday.

County EMS will treat kids to movies - Allen County Emergency Medical Service responders told county commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting they will provide child care for parents to do holiday shopping.

Sparks fly as governing options debated - Iolans may go to the polls again in 2010 to determine the size of the city’s new governing body.

Tuesday, November 24
257 finances take another hit -
Patrons of USD 257 will have an opportunity to learn about the district’s financial concerns and propose ways to deal with them at a public meeting proposed by Dr. Craig Neuenswander to board members Monday night.

Legal opinion stalls talks - Committee members appointed to recommend a charter ordinance for a new Iola governing body put their efforts on hold Monday evening, but the delay may be temporary.

Food pantry gets IMS assistance - A canned food drive, scavenger hunt and donation from SAFE BASE assisted Iola Middle Schoolers in their quest to aid needy families for Thanksgiving.

Holiday weekend alters schedules - Most Iola and Allen County employees will have a four-day holiday this week.

Section inside - Area merchants show their wares and cooks their fares in today’s Holiday Recipe & Shopping Guide.

Monday, November 23
Services tonight -
A community church service for Thanksgiving sponsored by the Iola Area Ministerial Association is tonight at Wesley United Methodist Church, 301 E. Madison.

Adopt-A-Child helpers needed - There are still about 100 children who need to be “adopted” through Iola’s Adopt-A-Child campaign.

Holiday lighting ceremony Friday - The Allen County Relay for Life group will again sponsor “Love Lights a Tree” at the Allen County Courthouse bandstand Friday evening as part of Iola’s annual Christmas lighting ceremony.

Saturday, November 21
Fingerprint tool draws praise -
A new computerized fingerprint database will greatly enhance the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes, Allen County Sheriff Tom Williams said.

Birds scarce here - Area cooks who put off buying Thanksgiving turkeys may have to travel out of town to buy their holiday birds.

Hope helps during holidays - Tucked in the back of the Hope Unlimited complex is a comfortable little room, not unlike a waiting room at a doctor’s office.

Friday, November 20
2010: ‘Year of the hospital’ -
In a show of solidarity about the future of Allen County, Iola city and Allen County commissioners joined their support in taking a “hard look” at Allen County Hospital to see if the structure meets the needs of the future.

College celebrates funds raised - Allen County Community College exceeded its goal of raising $1 million by another $419,209.61 when its five-year “Million Dollar Gateway to Education Challenge Grant” campaign ended Sept. 30.

Sheriff in trouble again - Embattled Woodson County Sheriff David Waddell, whose resignation due to allegations of official misconduct becomes effective next week, has been arrested in a separate matter in Emporia.

Poetry from the heart shared - Skip Becker loves poetry and is eager to share her passion for the art form.

Students get lesson on civics - A discussion about civil discourse and the democratic process might have seemed dry at first for a small bloc of Iola High School students Thursday.

Thursday, November 19
Iola pool to hold water year-round -
For Iolans who have wondered why water remains in the swimming pool in Riverside Park, and will throughout the winter, there are three reasons, Luke Bycroft, recreation director, said.

Legacy adorns window - Charles Morrison’s legacy will be kept alive for generations to come as his family hands down memories inspired by his handcrafted miniatures of old-time farm equipment.

Church prepares for Thanksgiving feast - The aprons say it all: “Now We’re Cooking.”

Wednesday, November 18
‘Christmas Carol’ Saturday -
Tickets are still available for Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s rendition of “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

Iolan takes nursing award - It’s the challenge of managing the desperately ill that keeps Karen Hayes enthralled with nursing.

Holiday pies are her specialty - LaHARPE — During World War II when most teenage girls were learning to sew and navigate through a kitchen, Dorthy Hodo was harnessing horses and cutting cattle.

Iolans can take a gingerbread walk - As the Christmas holiday season approaches, Jana Taylor encourages area residents to remember the annual Gingerbread Walk begins Dec. 1.

Tuesday, November 17
District has rich history -
Don Bain gave a chronological history of USD 257 Monday night at the Townhouse.

LaHarpe school uses considered - LAHARPE — LaHarpe officials will discuss in December their options for the former LaHarpe Elementary School building.

BBBS program finds new home - Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Allen County has a new home.

Monday, November 16
Fun night for Girl Scouts -
More than 50 Girl Scouts from throughout Allen County spent Friday night at the Recreation Community Building in Riverside Park with just one thing on their minds — to have a good time.

Plan D enrollment begins - Enrollment and re-enrollment for Medicare Part D drug coverage began Sunday and runs through Dec. 31.

‘Carol’ coming to Bowlus - He’s been an actor for all of his adult life, and performed dozens of times as the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge.

Saturday, November 14
Saddle is therapeutic art -
CARLYLE — Ron Stranghoner grew up on a farm west of Iola and has been around horses all of his 66 years.

Friday, November 13
Dirty work comes at a premium -
A group of local homeowners hope a pile of dirt is anything but dirt cheap.

Funding prospects dim for college - The state’s struggling economy likely will continue to pull at Allen County Community College’s purse strings.

Tea, times three, will be spring read - Plans are solidifying for the spring edition of Iola Reads.

Thursday, November 12
Fairy tales flood Bowlus stage -
Iola High’s fall stage presentation, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculation,” is an amalgamation of fairy tales performed in rapid-fire succession.

Old Glory shared - Betty Hawley took an extra moment to reflect upon passing the flag pole at Iola High School Wednesday.

Students star in Sunday’s concert - This season’s Iola Area Symphony Orchestra boasts a diverse cross section of seasoned performers intertwined with a group of young, talented musicians.

Wednesday, November 11
Reorganization deadline pushed back -
A committee that will recommend any changes Iola may make to its charter ordinances will complete its work by the end of February.

‘A stop worth making’ - Jana Taylor wants to catch the eye of passing motorists to entice them to stop in Iola.

County building not in flood zone - Allen County commissioners said Tuesday a dispatch from the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed what they thought all along, the building they purchased at 410 N. State to house emergency services is not in the flood zone.

Article in error - Due to a reporter’s error, Sherry Montague was incorrectly reported as being arrested in police reports in Tuesday’s Register.

Angel Food Ministries serves all - For Viola Beachy, the 36-mile drive from Garnett is worth the cost of fuel and time to receive her monthly box of food from Iola’s Angel Food Ministries program.

Tuesday, November 10
Schools fret over funding -
On a unanimous vote, USD 257 board members Monday night committed $3 per student — about $4,100 — to support Schools for Fair Funding if the coalition decides to bring a lawsuit alleging the state is not adequately funding K-12 education.

Coaching an aid to teachers - Instructional coaches Deb Atherton and Angie Linn told USD 257 board members Monday night that local teachers had embraced the mentoring program.

Sports programs to be tweaked - HUMBOLDT — Expensive changes may be in store for the USD 258 football program said Superintendent Bob Heigele at Monday night’s USD 258 board meeting.

Holiday helpers needed - Approximately 200 children will receive Christmas gifts this year through Adopt-A-Child and another 35 or so through Project Care.

Humboldt sewer rates rise again - HUMBOLDT — Sewer rates in Humboldt will increase for the third consecutive year in an effort to make the sewer fund self-sufficient.

Walking trail ceremony Nov. 20 - HUMBOLDT — City officials will formally dedicate a new walking trail, going from the Humboldt Municipal Pool to baseball and softball diamonds on the southeast corner of town, next week.

SEK-CAP grant helps garden grow - By spring, Elm Creek Community Gardens will almost quadruple the number of plots it offers and double the area currently in use.

Closings - Financial institutions, post offices and governmental offices will be closed Wednesday in recognition of Veterans Day.

Monday, November 9
Veterans’ story is of peace -
The “real story of our veterans is not the story of war, but the story of peace and liberty,” said State Sen. Derek Schmidt Saturday as the keynote speaker for Iola’s Veterans Day observation.

Saturday, November 7
In honor of veterans -
Veterans Day services begin at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Wall on the courthouse square with comments from Sen. Derek Schmidt. A parade begins at noon.

News of drive-in drive spreads - Interest in the 54 Drive-In in Gas has grown beyond the immediate area.

He captures ‘cuts of light’ - Pass along Deer Creek on most any sunny day, and you’ll see why the small waterway north of Iola is one of Steve Greenwall’s favorite places.

Friday, November 6
New neighborhood nearly ready -
The first occupant in Iola’s newest neighborhood will move in as early as next week.

Governance group meetings are open - Meetings of a committee appointed to make recommendations on how governance of Iola should change are open to the public, a requirement of state law.

Leaves will be used for garden compost - Leaves city crews will pick up the weeks of Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 will be recycled.

Thursday, November 5
Recycling now requires scenic drive -
Those wishing to recycle plastic milk jugs and juice cartons locally have been out of luck since Walmart stopped collection in August.

Dry weather jump-starts harvest - PIQUA — “We’re as busy as we’ve ever been,” Marvin Lynch said Wednesday afternoon, as trucks heavily laden with grain streamed onto the scales at Piqua Farmers Co-op elevator.

Massive sewer project ahead - Substantial sewer improvements are in the offing for downtown Iola.

Wednesday, November 4
Star-Bright will close -
Star-Bright Aviation will discontinue operations at Allen County Airport. Bill King, director of Public Works, told county commissioners Tuesday morning the flight school’s owners told him of their decision to close.

Straight out of ‘sci-fi’ - Iola firefighter Mike Aronson, outfitted in a protective suit fit for a sci-fi movie, searched a dining area in Iola’s National Guard Armory for low-level radiological material Tuesday afternoon.

Get connected at Advantage Electronics - Cell phone models change about as fast as computers these days.

Tuesday, November 3
Wolf Creek powers the future -
BURLINGTON — Wolf Creek nuclear power plant is halfway through a maintenance and refueling outage.

Adopt-A-Child, Project Care sign-up Thursday - With Allen County just now recovering from the throes of an economic downturn, Deb Donnell anticipates a stressful holiday season for many area families.

Vet recalls war’s deprivation - The noon buffet at The New Greenery Monday was vastly different from what John Mock ate during 99 days as a prisoner of war in Germany in the waning months of World War II.

Monday, November 2
Group hopes to expand veterans wall -
For the past 14 years, the Allen County Veterans Memorial Wall has been a centerpiece of local Veterans Day activities.

Schmidt to speak - Sen. Derek Schmidt will deliver the keynote address Saturday morning as part of Veterans Day ceremonies in Iola.

Saturday, October 31
Tab puts spotlight on area businesses -
Today’s Register includes the 19th annual business, professional and industrial guide — a 30-page pullout featuring 160 area enterprises.

Local responders know best - It’s 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon in May and severe weather is forecast for Allen County. Conditions are perfect for supercells to form.

Friday, October 30
Former Iola man missing -
Lyon County authorities are looking for former Iolan Brian Lee Trester, who has not been heard from for more than a week.

Historical tunes an ICT delight - Iola Community Theatre’s production, “Memories, Dreams and Shadows — A Soldier’s Recollection,” is a wonderful way to learn history.

AG funding critical for Hope Unlimited - When a person becomes a victim of domestic violence, their whole world is turned topsy-turvy.

Thursday, October 29
Smoke clears for merchant -
It’s pretty much business as usual again at Town and Country clothing store on the Iola square, said owner Glenn Coffield.

Center provides life lessons - Early last year Mandy Gardner found herself alone and worried about how she was going to take care of herself and her unborn baby.

New cell at landfill nearing completion - The new 10-acre cell at Allen County Landfill, under construction since late 2008, should be completed by early December. Bill King, director of Public Works, said the final stage of construction — arranging 40,000 tons of filter rock a foot thick over the cell — was underway. The additional space, costing about $2 million, is expected to meet needs for the next 10 years.

Wednesday October 28
Park flood zone discussions continue -
It’s too soon to tell if a trip to Washington, D.C., will affect the federal government’s opinion that Iola’s Riverside Park should be considered in a flood-prone area.

Judge: Fines go back 17 years - The city is owed nearly $70,000 in unpaid municipal court fines.

Responses to change - Allen County’s response to traffic accidents will soon involve firefighters, Jason Nelson told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning.

Couple enjoy Halloween haunts - Nestled just east of Michael Larios’ lawn is his boneyard.

Tuesday October 27
Students may tackle building needs -
The mission for Iola High School’s building trades class students may change in another year.

Lincoln pupils soar - Third-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School have been recognized for “outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishment” on state assessment tests in math and reading.

Trunk or treats in store for area youngsters - Organizers have planned a number of “Trunk or Treat spooktaculars” to help children celebrate Halloween in a safe and festive manner this weekend.

End nears for Book Nook - Dorothy Samford’s Book Nook at 115 W. Madison the past 44 years is a bookworm’s paradise.

Monday October 26
Youth fights drive-in closure -
When Lincoln Elementary fifth-grader Caleb Johnson read in The Register that the 54 Drive-in in Gas was being shuttered, he wanted to do something about it.

Library gets generous gift - Roger Carswell is not prone to excitement.

Saturday October 24
Old method teaches anew -
MORAN — Storyteller Richard Pitts began his visit to Derek Trabuc’s sixth grade social studies class at Marmaton Valley Elementary School Thursday by asking each student to give his name and one thing he liked to do. After the introductions, Pitts told them “I am Richard Pitts and I like to tell stories and play drums.”

Friday, October 23
ACH critical to county’s future -
Showing new recruits a 57-year-old hospital makes for a tough sell, admitted Joyce Heismeyer, chief executive officer of Allen County Hospital.

Thursday, October 22
New docs, different priorities -
“Old school” doctors are taken aback by the perception that today’s family physicians are overworked, underpaid and misunderstood.

Knewtson shines as director - When the Sesquicentennial Committee approached Iola Community Theatre’s board to present a patriotic musical for its fall performance, Jan Knewtson was its first choice as director.

Wednesday, October 21
Spooky fun for Saturday -
Iola Recreation Department’s 10th annual Shocktober celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Recreation Community Building in Riverside Park.

Rural practices in decline - If the health care profession in Allen County stays on course, in 10 years’ time it will have one physician under the age of 60 practicing.

Iola a bonanza for grave-seeker - Dr. Randy Thies gave Iolans something to crow about Tuesday night, albeit a little from the dark side.

Ambulance barn plans downsized - Allen County commissioners have settled on a spartan structure to house ambulances and their attendants at 410 N. State St.

Iola Greenhouse opens anew - Iola Greenhouse has seen more turnover in the past six years than its almost 100 years preceding.

Tuesday, October 20
Drive-in closes for good -
GAS — Allen County’s 54 Drive-In, a part of summer weekends for local movie-goers since 1951, will not reopen.

Seniorcize energizes - BASSETT — Maude Burns is living proof that exercise keeps you young.

ACHS meeting tonight - Allen County Historical Society will meet for a potluck dinner at 6:30 tonight at the senior citizens center, 204 N. Jefferson Ave., which will be followed by its annual meeting at 7:30 at Frederick Funston Meeting Hall, 207 N. Jefferson Ave.

Bassett stays with status quo - BASSETT — Three of Bassett’s 21 citizens attended Monday night’s Thrive Allen County meeting at the home of Joy and Neil Westervelt — percentage-wise, a healthy turnout.

ACARF nearly ready - LAHARPE — Excitement is building by the day for backers of the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility, which hopes to have its gleaming new rescue and adoption facility complete by the end of the year.

Monday, October 19
‘Atherton’ author entertains -
Patrick Carman, author of this year’s Iola Reads young adult selection, “Atherton, the House of Power,” regaled Iola fourth- and fifth-graders Thursday afternoon with tales of his own childhood shenanigans.

Saturday, October 17
Farm event ends F-C Days -
This year’s Farm-City Days is putting the agricultural element back into focus.

Early leaders ambitious - In recounting the lives of Iola’s early settlers, it’s humbling to recall their many accomplishments. Not only were they pioneers but many accomplished more than what seemed possible for one lifetime — and that was without today’s modern conveniences, or perhaps, distractions.

Friday, October 16
Johnsons predate Iola -
Orin Johnson can trace his Iola roots back to before Iola was a town.

Sisters seldom strayed - Sisters Jean Still and Donna Valentine’s Iola ancestors were among the first white settlers when their great-grandfather George Kelly bought a farm here in 1854.

Rourk traces roots 150 years - Delma Rourk’s roots in Allen County go as far back as the early settlers of Iola.

H1N1 vaccine here - H1N1 vaccine will be available here Monday.

Thursday, October 15
Friends line up for Amber -
“All I ever wanted to be was a mom,” Amber Weide said from the child-friendly confines of her day care at 833 N. Jefferson Ave. Wednesday morning.

Toland roots in area since 1857 - Clyde Toland’s family was among Iola’s earliest settlers.

McGraw’s Iola roots run deep - Judy McGraw, one of the marshals for this year’s Farm-City Days celebration, has historic ties to Iola that go back to before the town was founded.

Wednesday, October 14
Park may be counted in flood zone -
The city is at risk of having all of Riverside Park considered in a flood zone.

Group to shape new city council - HUMBOLDT — A group of 14 Iolans will help shape the size and scope of the city’s next governing body.

College rejects Star-Bright offer - Marla Bright told Allen County commissioners Tuesday a collaborative program between Star-Bright Aviation and Allen County Community College won’t occur.

Tuesday, October 13
Humboldt makes way for retailer -
HUMBOLDT — Although it’s been a foregone conclusion for weeks, plans are officially in place to build a new Dollar General store north of town.

Prices spark debate - HUMBOLDT — City Council members kept a close eye on the city’s purse strings Monday while they discussed a pair of upcoming big-ticket projects: improving Humboldt’s aging water lines and moving city hall to a new building.

Wrecks fatal - Emergency crews responded to two fatal accidents in southeast Kansas, both of which involved area residents.

Spooky yards sought - Iola’s Pride Committee is sponsoring a Halloween decorating contest.

Lincoln lessons focus on character - Discipline referrals to Larry Hart, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, have doubled compared to a year ago, he told USD 257 Board of Education members Monday night.

Alcohol ban remains for Bowlus - Trustees of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center voted not to change its no alcohol policy when they met Monday evening.

Building bids approved - HUMBOLDT — Bids for building trades materials were approved by the USD 258 Board of Education Monday.

Saturday, October 10
Fees park pride of Gas -
GAS — It’s become the gift that keeps on giving — and growing.

Iolan faces stiff charges - Iolan Sean Baker, 25, arrested for allegedly shooting a gun into a residence south of LaHarpe earlier this month, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Possum at home - Possums apparently aren’t as dim-witted as they look, H.H. Perry learned this week.

Friday, October 9
Rain puts clamp on fall harvest -
Moisture is the lifeblood of farming, but heavy rains this week have been too much of a good thing.

Ride called off - The Iola Middle School fund raising ride along the Prairie Spirit Trail has been postponed due to rainy weather.

First Steps leads to reading - The Iola Public Library wants even the youngest members of the community to become voracious readers.

ACCC aims to curb speeders - Students are taking a few too many liberties with their driving habits now that Allen County Community College has a newly rebuilt parking lot.

Thursday, October 8
ACCC’s ‘Beauty’ a sight to behold -
The lesson offered from the Allen County Community College production of “Beauty and the Beast” is timeless — true beauty lies within.

Kinetic artist visits area schools - Sculptor Kevin Reese didn’t set out to become a mobile mobilist, taking the kinetic art form from school to school across the country.

Walk Saturday - The annual memory walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the courthouse square in downtown Iola.

Wednesday, October 7
Price tag put on dispatch -
Allen County will spend about $300,000 to prepare the building at 410 N. State St. to house 911 dispatch.

Group again seeks aid - Bruce Bright of Star-Bright Aviation Tuesday morning asked Allen County commissioners to reconsider the company’s plea for financial assistance.

Young professionals set ‘Trunk or Treat’ - Iola Young Professionals will have a Trunk or Treat Treasure Hunt for local youngsters up to age 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. on the Allen County Courthouse lawn Oct. 30.

County ‘officially’ avoids H1N1 - Allen County continues to be free of confirmed cases of H1N1 flu.

Iola artist featured - Iolan Steven R. Greenwall has been named the featured artist for this year’s “Autumn Art Fair” sponsored by the Parsons Arts and Humanities Council.

Tuesday, October 6
Today’s phys ed made fun -
In her second-ever try at archery, Iola High School senior Cierra Mock made a bull’s eye.

Ex-Iolan gives marriage tips - Del Hayes, born in Iola in 1936, has published his second book, “Happily Ever After: A Tribute to Marriage by a Fifty-Year Veteran.”

Iola suffers another house fire - Iolan Emma Dietrich was treated at Allen County Hospital Monday for smoke inhalation after her house at 806 East St. burned.

Monday, October 5
ICT to bring back memories in music -
Relive history and remember the music and songs of America’s war times — from the Civil War through current turmoil — as Iola Community Theatre presents “Memories, Dreams and Shadows — A Soldier’s Recollection” Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at the Warehouse Theatre, 203 S. Jefferson.

Costumes a ‘Beauty’ for ACCC play - From talking clocks to an animated feather duster, the upcoming Allen County Community College production of “Beauty and the Beast” will feature an assortment of colorful and elaborate costumes.

Saturday, October 3
Racks rolling in -
HUMBOLDT — Allen County bicyclists soon will have many bright new places to park their wheels.

Center teaches understanding - FORT SCOTT — For more than 20 years, Norm Conard’s social studies students at Uniontown High School earned acclaim at the state and national levels for their knowledge and grasp of history.

Friday, October 2
Hope needs some help -
With the stalling economy, Hope Unlimited’s cash donations are down 50 percent compared to the same time last year.

Kincaid fair a lasting traditiony - For years Coletta Sprague, Sandra Hosley and Mary Jane Holloway looked forward to opening day of the Kincaid Free Fair when they could count on catching up with each other while they recorded 4-H entries.

Lace ’em up - HUMBOLDT — An 8:30 a.m. run/walk will kick off Saturday’s Biblesta.

Thursday, October 1
H1N1 case ‘likely’ here -
A student at McKinley Elementary School has “tested positive for Influenza A, which is likely H1N1,” Principal Lori Maxwell said in a letter sent home to parents Wednesday.

Third grades learn flag history - Retired Sgt. Maj. Alfred Link and retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Beyers Tuesday gave a lesson in flag history and etiquette to McKinley Elementary School third graders.

Iolan arrested after shots fired at home - Iolan Sean Baker, 25, was arrested when he was identified as the alleged suspect after shots were fired into a residence in the 2400 block of Missouri Road, a mile southwest of LaHarpe, at 5:20 a.m. today.

Clean the closet - Iola residents have until Friday to schedule a pickup by city crews of unwanted household items or limbs, leaves and grass clippings.

New faces join staff at IMS, IHS - The start of the 2009-10 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools.

Wednesday, September 30
Getting a second chance -
Lynne Allison said she was a rebellious youth who didn’t think she needed an education.

Moore will pin on sheriff’s star - Woodson County soon will have a new sheriff, one whose family has roots in law enforcement that extend back to 1899.

Letter sparks friendship - When Colleen (Jefferis) Bagnall was in third grade in Moran she was assigned a pen pal project.

Tuesday, September 29
Funding not hurt by 257 losses -
This year’s drop in enrollment for USD 257 won’t immediately affect school coffers.

Library a lasting treasure - Iola Public Library Director Roger Carswell spoke to a tiny but receptive crowd Monday night about the library’s history in a sesquicentennial speakers series event.

No H1N1 here — yet - Allen County remains one of several Kansas counties where no cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed.

LaHarpe Pride nearly in place - LAHARPE — Since early summer, a group of about 20 local residents has met four times to put in place the framework for a new LaHarpe Pride Committee, a group dedicated to a better, more appealing community.

Kincaid fun starts Thursday - KINCAID — A festive atmosphere will surround Kincaid starting Thursday as the community celebrates its 101st Kincaid Free Fair.

Monday, September 28
Businesses eye future after blaze -
With the acrid smell of smoke still in the air, it was a tough go for a few Iola businesses on the south side of the square this morning after Friday night’s fire.

Accident led to quick response - A traffic accident on Madison Avenue in downtown Iola Friday night may have prevented a fire from causing substantially more damage than it did.

Walk, roll points to needs - Marie Clement enjoyed her visit to Iola this weekend as Ms. Wheelchair Kansas.

Celebrating Keaton - The 17th annual Buster Keaton Celebration drew scores of silent film enthusiasts and dignitaries from across the country to the Bowlus Fine Arts Center Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, September 26
Fire hits south side of square -
A fire late Friday night filled several downtown businesses with smoke and sent one man to Allen County Hospital.

Theater year bright - Preparations for the upcoming Allen County Community College production of “Beauty and the Beast” can best be compared to a three-ring circus, Tony Piazza admits.

IHS Library open Monday evenings - Iola High School’s library will be open and staffed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays for students who need help with homework or projects, said Angela Henry of SAFE BASE. Students may use computers and receive assistance with academic work. Students do not need to schedule a visit, but just drop in, Henry said.

Friday, September 25
IMS lends hands - The mission at Iola Middle School remains to instill in its students the basics of a solid education.

State map pinpoints graves - A letter and map Gary Brand of Carlyle received from the Kansas Historical Society apparently proves that there is a cemetery at the southeast corner of the old Allen County Poor Farm property.

New faces join McKinley staff - The start of the 2009-10 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools.

Much more than a war museum - While the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. is home to the nation’s largest collection of artifacts from the Great War, its name belies the museum’s full service to researchers.

Thursday, September 24
Finding hidden treasures - There’s treasure hidden in them thar trees. Or graveyards. Or grassy meadow along an Allen County road.

Topekan will examine World War I - Some of David Murray’s presentation at the 17th annual Buster Keaton Celebration may be a little grisly.

Photographing war took skill - Doran Cart, curator of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., will draw on images and film clips from the museum’s archives for his presentation at the Buster Keaton Celebration Friday morning.

Chaplin scholar to talk of ’Oles - Dr. Lisa Stein teaches 20th century American and British literature at Ohio University-Zanesville.

Apply at City Hall - Applications for those seeking to serve on a committee that will help shape Iola’s new city council can be picked up at City Hall.

Wednesday, September 23
Wanted: Iolans willing to ‘shape history’ - Iola voters overwhelmingly opted in April to disband their existing city commission in favor of a larger governing body.

Commission approves KPP change - Although their decision has no bearing on their ongoing discussions with Westar, Iola commissioners OK’d Tuesday a measure that changes how the Kansas Power Pool operates.

Fluoride fails for Humboldt - HUMBOLDT — Fluoride proved too bitter a pill for Humboldt voters to swallow.

Children helping children - Youngsters at Iola’s ANW Special Education Cooperative Preschool, 819 Kansas Dr., boarded their tricycles Tuesday afternoon to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Making sweet music - As silent film buffs gather for the upcoming Buster Keaton Celebration, they’ll be treated to new sounds from the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

Film unconventional - Buster Keaton’s “Doughboys” threw Dr. Leslie DeBauche for a loop.

County weighs EMS plan - Allen County commissioners soon will decide how they want to house ambulances and crews stationed in Iola.

Director selected for 911 dispatch - Angie Murphy will direct Allen County 911 dispatch services beginning Oct. 16.

Poor Farm crosses going back up - Crosses are going back up at the old Allen County Poor Farm north of town.

Thrive eyes transportation needs - Allen County commissioners Tuesday approved a grant application for money to assess transportation needs in the county.

Tuesday, September 22
Space tales shared at IHS - Aubri Barnett intrigued and challenged students at Iola High School Monday morning.

Broad topics at Gas forum - GAS — Monday night’s Thrive Allen County meeting went four-for-four on its mission to address health, wellness, recreation and education.

Arkus to present rare clips - This Friday and Saturday, the Bowlus Fine Arts Center will be alive with silent film enthusiasts during the 17th annual Buster Keaton celebration.

Monday, September 21
Accused sheriff resigns - YATES CENTER — Woodson County Sheriff David Waddell, accused of falsifying purchase reports and food receipts, has announced his resignation.

Vote by Tuesday - Humboldt voters have until noon Tuesday to submit their ballots on the city’s fluoridated water vote.

Saturday, September 19
Tug-of-war over EMS - While county and city officials remain adamant about maintaining separate emergency medical services, their constituents are paying for an overabundance of services.

Preparing to battle H1N1 - USD 257 is being proactive when it comes to H1N1, said the district’s school nurse, Jackie Chase.

Friday, September 18
Size, shape of city body discussed - It will likely be 2011 before a new governing body for Iola can be established, but the city has flexibility in determining how its new city council is comprised.

Students hoofin’ it for good health - MORAN — During Saturday’s 63rd Annual Moran Day Celebration, “There’s No Place Like Home,” Marmaton Valley High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America are asking Moran citizens to follow the “Yellow Brick Road” to fitness at a fun walk/run at the City Park.

District struggling with finances - Iola’s school finances got a double whammy this year, Supt. of Schools Dr. Craig Neuenswander told fellow Rotarians Thursday.

New faces join Marmaton Valley - The start of the 2009-10 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools.

Wesley UMC celebrates 150 years - Members of Wesley United Methodist Church first convened in September 1859 in the unfinished home of Josiah and Iola Colborn.

Thursday, September 17
‘Godspell Junior’ hits high notes - Simply put, Iola Community Theatre’s production of “Godspell Junior” is exceptional. But oh, the show deserves much fancier superlatives.

Sheriff faces charges - Woodson County Sheriff David Waddell was charged this week with submitting false information and official misconduct related to his allegedly filing false expense claims.

Event to benefit disabled - Stephanie Merriam had never thought about being confined by her body.

New faces join Jefferson staff - The start of the 2009-10 school year has brought several new faces to area public schools.

Wednesday, September 16
She was in tune with the stars - She confesses only to being “old as the hills,” and has shared the stage with music legends Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Eddie Arnold.

Citizen won’t let EMS rest - Skip Becker came to Tuesday’s Allen County Commission meeting and demanded answers to questions about ambulance service that “are bubbling all through the city.”

Flight school seeks funding - Allen County commissioners were asked Tuesday for financial assistance for Star-Bright Aviation, which operates a flight school at Allen County Airport.

State poet to read at Bowlus tonight - Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is using her position as Poet Laureate of Kansas to inspire others to write.

Lineage needed for F-C Days VIPs - The Iola Sesquicentennial Committee is seeking parade marshals for this year’s Farm-City Days parade who have unique qualifications — their ancestors must have lived in or near Iola in 1859, the year the town was founded, and these descendants must live in or near Iola today.

Tuesday, September 15
LaHarpe gets grade school - LaHarpe got its school.

Humboldt hears senior housing plan - HUMBOLDT — Humboldt councilmen were briefed Monday on what a developer hopes could be a new senior housing complex in town.

High school revives symphony - It has been nearly 40 years since Iola High School students have had the opportunity to learn to play stringed instruments.

Humboldt tops state AYP targets - HUMBOLDT — New high school counselor Staci Wiatrak dazzled the USD 258 Board of Education Monday night with her non-stop energy, reeling off a long list of tasks she has already accomplished in a mere month on the job.

USD 258 updating computers - HUMBOLDT — USD 258 will forgo one tech- rich classroom in favor of replacing software and computers in the high school journalism and publication program, board members decided Monday night.

Monday, September 14
Drugs found in Y.C. -
YATES CENTER — The Yates Center Police Department and Woodson County Sheriff’s Department are jointly investigating the discovery of a number of small baggies filled with what they’ve determined to be cocaine.

Arrest follows chase - Aaron Hutton, Iola, was arrested Saturday for theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, driving while his driver’s license was suspended, driving while under the influence of alcohol, criminal damage to property and felony attempt to flee and elude officers.

Saturday, September 12
Lights will help ‘Godspell’ shine -
Those who attend performances of Iola Community Theatre’s “Godspell Junior” are in for a technical treat. ICT, through a $2,000 Sleeper Trust grant, leased special “intelligent” moving lights for the play’s three performances, which start Friday.

Wicoff to report for junior Time - Clara Wicoff, 12, has been selected to work as as a kid, not cub, reporter for Time for Kids, a junior spinoff of the weekly news journal Time Magazine, for the school year.

Friday, September 11
City to build new multi-use fields -
New multi-use athletic fields are coming to Iola — soon.

Trail listed in ‘8 Wonders customs’ vote - INMAN — The Prairie Spirit Trail, a hiking and biking trail spanning 51 miles from Iola to Ottawa, is being recognized as one of the potential “8 Wonders of Kansas Customs.”

Meaning of crosses disputed - The history behind a group of crosses — recently pulled down at the Allen County Community College Farm north of Iola — took center stage at the ACCC Board of Trustees meeting Thursday.

Thursday, September 10
City moves to improve trail -
Iola will soon see an extension of the Prairie Spirit Trail, from Madison Avenue (U.S. Hwy. 54) to Riverside Park

High water hurts crops - The Neosho River crested here at 19.56 feet early this morning, 4.56 feet above flood stage.

Sci-Fi for Iola Reads - Iola Reads placed boxes with its fall young adult selection, “House of Power,” at myriad locations when it kicked off Tuesday

Couple copes with fire - Where they’ll turn next, is anyone’s guess.

Small town living for Elsmore Day - On Saturday, downtown Elsmore will be alive with 40th annual Elsmore Farm-Town Day events sponsored by Elsmore Ruritan Club.

Wednesday, September 9
Ambulance service unsettles citizens -
Allen County commissioners were taken to task Tuesday morning by citizens who fumed about the direction of ambulance service.

Extension district established - Allen and Neosho counties Extension services will be consolidated in a cooperative district that may increase to three counties.

Poor Farm crosses will be reinstalled - Crosses marking graves along old U.S. 169 about five miles north of Iola will be replaced, Allen County Commissioner Gary McIntosh said Tuesday.

Iola tops average annual rainfall - The rain gauge doesn’t lie. Officially, it’s buckets.

City looks to extend rail trail - Iola commissioners took their first step Tuesday toward extending the Prairie Spirit Trail to Riverside Park.

Council switch talks scheduled - An official with the League of Kansas Municipalities will be in Iola Sept. 17 to discuss Iola’s options for converting to a city council form of government.

Tuesday, September 8

Register/Bob Johnson
Games galore
At far left, Olivia Taylor, 9, sends a hoop toward her partner in one of the games offered kids during the Iola Sesquicentennial event on the courthouse square Monday. At top middle, Helen Sutton was one of several women working on quilts. Below, Robyn Fawson, left, and Leah Oswald complete a cat’s-paw, an intricate string creation, at one of the game sites for the activities Monday.

IFD boot block raises $1,564 - Iola firefighters collected $1,564.35 Saturday morning as part of their annual boot block to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Saturday, September 5
Homecoming bittersweet -
Barbara Shafer Beine moved to Iola in 2005 to take care of her ailing mother. Since her mother’s death last year, Beine has found new reasons to stay — again, family-related.

Area farmers frown on tax - PIQUA — Kansas Sen. Derek Schmidt walked into a clutch of farmers in the Farmers Co-op store here Friday afternoon and was dissuaded from talking too seriously about removing sales tax exemptions when it comes to agriculture.

20-year-old awaits lung transplants - CHANUTE — Brandon Dennis’ next lease on life could come within a couple of days. Or he may have to wait up to two years — or longer.

Friday, September 4
Dentists speak in support of fluoride -
Humboldt citizens have before them mail-in ballots to determine whether the city should add fluoride to its public water system.

Home address required on ballots - In the three days since 1,150 ballots were mailed to Humboldt voters, 313 have already been returned, Allen County Clerk Sherrie Riebel reported.

Volunteerism keeps festival growing - COLONY — It was a brief conversation nearly five years ago, but it’s one that’s stuck with Marla Bain.

Get shots now - Doctors are suggesting people get seasonal flu shots now as opposed to later this fall because of the increased risk of a widespread outbreak, said Dr. Brian Wolfe of The Iola Family Physicians.

Thursday, September 3
Math night adds up to success -
After a quick refresher course on basic math concepts, a group of parents found themselves back in the classroom Wednesday evening.

Iolan baffled by signs’ origin - Where was Midget Lunch, J.R. Gardner Grocery and Meats and the Checker Board Cafe?

Wednesday, September 2
H1N1 vaccine available soon -
Vaccine for the H1N1 virus, commonly called swine flu, will be available by mid-October in quantities substantial enough to inoculate all county residents, Allen County commissioners were told Tuesday morning.

EMS specs sought - Allen County commissioners will decide soon whether to remodel the former Heartland Rural Electric Co-op building, 410 S. State St., for ambulance crew living quarters or put all ambulance functions in a separate, adjacent structure.

Labor Day fun planned - Iola’s ongoing Sesquicentennial Celebration will focus on the leisure activities of yesteryear as part of a Labor Day festival.

Iolan solving microscopic problems - Iolan Keil Regehr had a paper on microfluidics published in “Lab on a Chip,” a journal of Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry, in August.

Tuesday, September 1
Fluoride monitored -
Since the 1950s, fluoride has been added to Iola’s drinking water. Other chemicals are added as well.

Retort pipe hints at area’s past - Some old pipes sticking out of the bank of a tributary to Elm Creek at Iola’s south edge have probably rested quietly for most of the past 100 years.

Enrollment at USD 256 soars - MORAN — While most districts are cutting staff to deal with budget reductions, Nancy Meyer, superintendent of USD 256 schools in Moran, hired three new teachers this year.

Math and meals start Wednesday - Regina Young’s seventh grade math students at Iola Middle School have a chance to earn some extra credit this year — and it comes with pizza.

Monday, August 31
Burglar nabbed -
MILDRED — One suspect was apprehended early today and a second is being sought after a break-in at Brown’s Market in Mildred.

Historic barn burns - The Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department and Allen County Rural Fire Department were called to the Fayanna Farm three miles east of Humboldt on Delaware Road around 5 p.m. Saturday.

A Scout touch-up - Andrew Waldman, left, and Raymond Alumbaugh gave Gen. Fred Funston’s statue a brighter look Saturday morning.

Saturday, August 29
Keeping faith with music, humor -
Jim Rausch isn’t one who believes in curses.

Local pantry offers food, hope - The Rev. Phil Honeycutt gives more than food to those who come hungry to the Community Food Pantry, 16 W. Broadway.

Friday, August 28
Community garden grows -
As the summer growing season reaches its home stretch, organizers of Elm Creek Community Garden have set their sights on 2010.

Anti-fluoride speaker at Rotary - HUMBOLDT — Dr. Albert W. Burgstahler told a dozen Rotarians here Thursday that ignorance on the part of U.S. doctors and dentists is why communities continue to allow fluoridation of their water supply.

Thursday, August 27
Mother’s gift: Her kidney -
HUMBOLDT — September will be a monumental month for Cody Wools.

Few tickets left for gospel shows - Few tickets remain for orchestra level seating for this weekend’s Kansas Gospel Jubilee at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

New faces join Lincoln staff - There are several new faces in the faculty this year at Lincoln Elementary School. Following are their profiles.

Allen County may bid for towing - Sheriff Tom Williams would like to take the guess work out of who will show up when deputies call for a vehicle to be towed.

Wednesday, August 26
Ambulance costs rise -
Allen County commissioners were told Tuesday morning it would be more economical if living quarters for county ambulances crews were included within a structure built to house the ambulances.

Stray pets a worry - Without an animal control officer on staff, Iola now handles animal reports one of three ways.

Extensions mull merger - CHANUTE — Dr. Jim Lindquist said here Tuesday evening merging Allen and Neosho counties Extension services would in-crease effectiveness and efficiency of programming for the two counties, provide savings through economy of scale and possibly increase 4-H numbers and activities.

City to consider Westar - Westar representatives will visit Iola in September with figures that may determine whether the city re-turns to purchasing wholesale electricity from the utility giant.

Correction - In a cutline of a picture Tuesday showing the damaged tiles of the foyer of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center was a partial explanation of why the Center’s insurance would not cover the expense of replacing the tiles.

Tuesday, August 25
Doorways plaguing Bowlus -
A freak “nor’easter” in early August blew rain in under the front doors of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center and ruined some of the tiles in its foyer, Don Burns, district maintenance supervisor, told USD 257 board members, sitting as Bowlus trustees, Monday night.

Only bid $1 - Additional efforts will be made to attract a buyer for LaHarpe Elementary School, USD 257 board members decided Monday night after the only bid was $1 from LaHarpe.

Enrollment dips - Enrollment in USD 257 schools is down 111 students from a year ago.

Gas streets get new surface - The final stage of improvements to streets throughout Gas began Monday.

Monday, August 24
It’s a TEA party -
Equal parts political rally, religious sermon and “standing up for our country,” a group of about 200 people attended a “Turn Everything Around” party Friday evening on the Allen County Courthouse lawn.

Moran: Ag life misunderstood - First District Congressman Jerry Moran told about 100 Allen County Farm Bureau members Friday evening there was a disconnect between Kansas and Washington, D.C.

Saturday, August 22
Jubilee draws fans far and wide -
Ruth Ann DeForest and her 94-year-old mother, Mildred Spechman, will drive about 1,500 miles from El Cajon, Calif., to arrive in Iola Thursday.

Benefit breakfast - St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church’s benefit breakfast is open this morning from 7 to. 9:30.

Friday, August 21
New faces join Crest schools staff -
COLONY — There are several new faces in USD 479 faculty ranks this year.

Church gives aid with breakfast - Residents can help the needy while filling their tummies Saturday morning.

Mother-daughter duo find medallion - Iolans Misty and Allyson Hobbs figured they’d spend a few extra minutes to do some exploring on their walk Wednesday along the Prairie Spirit Trail.

Thursday, August 20
LaHarpe events abound -
LaHARPE — The third annual LaHarpe Day celebration will feature a little bit of everything this weekend — antique tractors, a parade, even 10 Pounds of Cheese.

Lightning strikes cut power - Lightning accompanying thunderstorms last night was spectacular, and also a nuisance for many Iolans.

Extension offices may merge - A single district overseeing Allen and Neosho counties’ Extension services is being discussed.

Last quarter for tax breaks - Potential first-time homebuyers have until Dec. 1 to take advantage of a special tax credit that could put as much as $8,000 back into their pockets.

Wednesday, August 19
Housing complex going up -
Following an 18-month wait to sift through the bureaucratic puzzle pieces and get the necessary infrastructure in place, work has begun at a fevered pitch on a new rental housing complex in north Iola.

Bonds needed for EMS center - Allen County commissioners Tuesday took the first concrete step toward remodeling and expansion of the old United Electric Cooperative building, 410 N. State, for 911 dispatch and other emergency services, when they voted to issue bonds of up to $400,000 to pay for the work.

Fluoride election deadline nears - HUMBOLDT — Ballots will be mailed Sept. 1 for a referendum to decide whether fluoride will be added to drinking water in Humboldt.

Proud of ‘party of no’ - Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins drew a standing room-only crowd to the courthouse assembly room Tuesday morning and talked primarily about health care and government spending,

Tuesday, August 18
Iolan avoids close shaves -
Andy Dunlap is one of 11 Iolans participating in the Iola Sesquicentennial Beard Growing Contest.

Library is hub of Savonburg - SAVONBURG — The library in Savonburg is the place to be. For books and magazines, access to computers, movies, video games — in short, entertainment.

A habit that’s worth breaking - SAVONBURG — Smoking causes as much angst for friends and families as it does for the smoker, said Matthew Schrock.

Monday, August 17
Iolan’s death an accident -
Iolan Johnny Stoneking’s death near Colony last Thursday night has been ruled accidental.

Help sought for displaced family - A family who lost everything to a house fire Tuesday morning in LaHarpe needs donations of everyday items including clothes, shoes, deodorant, etc. They also would like to find a trailer to put on their lot now that their home has been destroyed.

Charges sought in ATV crash - Requests for charges from an all-terrain vehicle injury accident early this summer near Geneva were given to Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway today.

Jenkins in Iola Tuesday - Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will be in Iola Tuesday morning as part of her “Congress to Kansas” listening tour.

Saturday, August 15
Scholarship rewarded -
Five Iola High School and one Moran High graduate were awarded Helen Gates Whitehead Trust Scholarships this week. Recipients are Michelle Kretzmeier, Eileen Chase, Seth Snavely, Alex Piazza and Ryan Moran of Iola and Kenna McWhirter, Moran.

Friday, August 14
Street markings renewed -
City workers continued today repainting street markings.

Housing pinches ACCC - Allen County Community College’s enrollment today is substantially greater than a year ago and it likely would be more so if the college had more housing for out-of-town students.

Area death prompts probe - A house at 701 N. Chestnut was cordoned off by Iola police officers early today as part of an investigation in the discovery overnight of a deceased occupant in a burned pickup truck north of Colony. A police officer remained at the house throughout the morning to prevent intrusions.

Thursday, August 13
Couple loses home to fire -
LAHARPE — A LaHarpe couple lost their home and all its contents to fire in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

‘Disco Bob’ 50 years at ACCC - Bob Barclay allows that the day he retires from Allen County Community College will be when “they move me across the street.” Highland Cemetery lies just west of the college campus in north Iola.

Wednesday, August 12
‘Hot’ conversation cordial -
Suggest that the government programs Medicare and Medicaid be abolished, and “a riot” would likely ensue, ventured Janice Rake.

Grant would help properties - Owners of homes in a three-block area south of Allen County Hospital will have opportunities to make structural and mechanical improvements of up to $20,000 if Iola is successful in attracting a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state.

911 dispatch to move - Allen County commissioners set Jan. 14 as the move-in date for 911 dispatch services at the United Electric Cooperative building, 410 N. State St.

Toland winds up historical position - Clyde Toland wears many hats.

County levy up by 12 percent - The property tax levy to support Allen County’s 2010 budget will increase 12 percent over this year’s, county commissioners concluded Tuesday.

Low graduation rate hinders district - A report issued Tuesday said USD 257 was one of 16 Kansas school districts that failed to show adequate yearly progress (AYP) on improving students’ scores on standardized reading and math tests. There is more to the story.

Tuesday, August 11
Gardeners help Iola go green -
Claude Vail isn’t sure what his garden grows. He just knows what he planted.

The lure of money - HUMBOLDT — Humboldt City Council decided Monday to offer a developer responsible for bringing Dollar General to Humboldt a 50 percent share in city sales taxes collected at the store for five years.

Cedarbrook site for school house - Iola High School building trades students will congregate daily for class work in the Cedarbrook Addition this year.

Monday, August 10
Motorcycle motorcade fitting - Mike Ginn, a 20-year Air Force veteran, was carried to Fairview Cemetery near Mildred for burial Saturday just as he would have wanted, in a hearse towed by a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and attended by a long procession of American Legion Riders.

Medallion Quest begins today - The medallion is hidden on public owned land and is accessible to anyone. It is hidden in plain sight so no tools are needed, and anyone is eligible to search for and find the medallion.

Dispatch center discussed - Allen County commissioners will be asked to permit dispatchers now working in the 911 dispatch center in City Hall to transfer to the county center. The county will take full control of local 911 operations about Jan. 1.

Saturday, August 8
ACCC numbers continue to grow -
Allen County Community College is putting the “A-C-C” in access.

Boxing bash benefits needy families - Jimmy Nichols, not unlike most involved with law enforcement, knows the demands of his job require a level of physical fitness.

Friday, August 7
Livestock sale boosts 4-H’ers -
The 2009 Allen County Fair was a lucrative one for 72 Allen County 4-H’ers Thursday.

Thursday, August 6
Down the stretch they come! -
Like any athlete looking to a big event, participants in Allen County Fair’s fabled dryland turtle race begin preparing months in advance.

Free movie tonight - All you need is a lawn chair or blanket for tonight’s free family movie at Riverside Park.

Back-to-school swimfest Friday - Steve Orcutt understands the start of the school year can be a stressful time for young students.

Dollar General store coming to Humboldt - HUMBOLDT — A Dollar General store will be built on the north edge of Humboldt.

Wednesday, August 5
County buys site for 911 dispatch -
Allen County commissioners purchased the former Heartland Electric Co-op building, 210 N. State, for $185,000 during a brief special session this morning.

Funding queried - Allen County commissioners dropped a financial plum in Iola Administrator Judy Brigham’s lap Tuesday morning, but she won’t know how juicy it is for a while.

River park plans advance - If there’s one thing Lee Gumfory isn’t short of, it’s resolve.

Singing pair, rodeo highlight fair fun - Amid the raucous cheers of the nearby rodeo arena and the din of parents and children checking out baby animals, 4-H exhibits and an assortment of food vendors came the soulful voices of Maurice and Shanice Hayes.

City sets budget - Iola commissioners fleshed out the final details Tuesday of the city’s 2010 spending plan, which will keep property taxes level for the upcoming year.

Tuesday, August 4
Mutton busting helper weary -
Matt McClain slept well last night.

Here’s one kid-friendly booth - Mark Sizemore is more realistic than most 10-year-old boys.

Koi more pets than hobby - Gary and Susan Hoffmeier have built a relaxing sanctuary in their backyard. Lush foliage surrounds a waterfall and an eight-foot-deep pond which houses his extensive collection of multicolored koi.

Trolley tours Sunday - Riders on the Molly Trolley koi pond tours at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday will make stops at the homes of Richard and Patricia Sigg, Duane McGraw, Don Hillbrant and Gary Hoffmeier.

Planting trees for tomorrow - HUMBOLDT — Joe Works’ love of trees has many roots.

Monday, August 3
4-H members ready for scrutiny -
Kolbyn Allen was in “hurry up and wait” mode this morning.

Saturday, August 1
All’s ‘fair’ with smoke and fire -
Today promises to be one of the tastiest in Allen County Fair history.

Friday, July 31
Iola store gets new owner -
The store at 320 W. Garfield, home of Iola Western Auto since 1963, will open Tuesday morning with a new owner and expanded line of merchandise.

SAFE BASE health fairs planned - About 1,000 kids are expected to participate in health fairs associated with enrollment for Allen County schools the next two weeks.

Thursday, July 30
Register restoration commences -
After 83 years, the Iola Register building at 302 S. Washington Ave. has sprung a few leaks.

More arrests tied to lottery scheme - Two arrests were made in Chicago Wednesday of people thought to be associated with an international lottery scheme being investigated locally by Iola Police Sgt. Bob Droessler.

Wednesday, July 29
County budget hike cut in half -
Allen County commissioners slashed their 2010 budget increase nearly in half Tuesday.

Grant will add county deputy - Sheriff Tom Williams told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning a $154,672 U.S. Department of Justice grant had been approved that would permit him to hire a 10th deputy.

Creek battle over quickly - An hour before noon on Oct. 25, 1864, soldiers of the 2nd New Jersey Calvary steeled themselves for a battle with Confederate forces in eastern Kansas.

City spending, transfers decried - While speaking mainly in generalities publicly, Iola commissioners have reached consensus when discussing the city’s 2010 budget: They are loathe to approve any property tax increase.

Celebration turns to beards, medallions - Iola has several activities in store this fall as the city continues its sesquicentennial celebration.

Tuesday, July 28
USD 257 to tax more and spend less -
USD 257 board members approved a 2009-10 budget Monday night that requires a higher tax levy than last year but has less money in it for general operations.

For sale: One used school - LaHarpe Elementary School, closed effective June 30 as a cost-cutting measure by USD 257, will be offered for sale by sealed bids.

Group ponders building’s fate -LAHARPE — While opinions still varied about specifics, most of the 25 or so local residents who attended a special LaHarpe Thrive Visioning meeting Monday said they’d prefer to see the now-closed LaHarpe Elementary School used in one or two ways.

Humboldt keeps spending level - HUMBOLDT — Humboldt’s City Council moved to save a Public Works position slated for the chopping block during a preliminary hearing on its 2010 budget Monday night.

Monday, July 27
Rural areas seek better ’Net access -
HUMBOLDT — The viability of southeast Kansas communities depends on their ability to attract and keep businesses and population, said Humboldt City Administrator Larry Tucker.

Iola loses biggest ‘cheerleader’ - Donna Talkington, a cheerleader for everything Iola, died Saturday morning after several years of illness.

Come ‘Thunder Along Mine Creek’ - “Thunder Along Mine Creek” will be the program at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. summer meeting of the Allen County Historical Society in Frederick Funston Meeting Hall, 207 N. Jefferson Ave.

Saturday, July 25
Iolans take the plunge -
“It’s not aerobics,” said Pauline Hawk, instructor of the summer isometric water exercise program at Iola Municipal Pool.

ICT kicks off year with ‘Godspell Jr.’ - Iola Community Theatre has an exciting 2009-2010 season planned with productions of “Godspell Junior,” “Memories, Dreams and Shadows: A Soldier’s Recollection” and “Nunsense.”

Friday, July 24
Budget woes ‘a math problem’ -
The state’s $1.2 billion revenue shortfall is “a math problem,” Sen. Derek Schmidt, an Independence Republican told Iola constituents Thursday.

Homes grants sought - Jeff Bauer hopes to hear within the next week from about 30 homeowners immediately south of Allen County Hospital who might be interested in upgrading their homes.

Thursday, July 23
Fairy tale gets spirited twist -
The task before Jeffery Staso and Lynda Mondragon this week is simple, if not a little daunting.

Wednesday, July 22
Humboldt a mecca to Mexicans -
For two decades before World War II, Mexicans flocked to Humboldt to work at its Monarch Cement Company.

Iola building draws interest - Allen County commissioners haven’t yet decided on location of a new 911 emergency services dispatch center or where to station county ambulances on a permanent basis, but gave a hint Tuesday morning.

Georgia on their minds - Speed limits on Georgia Road east of Humboldt Speedway will be clearly defined, Allen County commissioners agreed after the urging of Sheriff Tom Williams.

Tuesday, July 21
Timely rain a blessing -
A cool front pranced through Allen County overnight and brought with it sufficient rain to have farmers dancing in their fields. Officially, Iola received 2.38 inches.

Aging center remains vital to Elsmore - ELSMORE — Twelve laps around the Elsmore Community Center equals about one mile, said resident Vera Isaacs, who uses the spacious building for exercise during the winter months.

Monday, July 20
Excitement for jubilee builds -
With perhaps the area’s most highly anticipated local gospel music concert less than six weeks away, Dee Singer has fielded more than her share of long-distance phone calls.

Saturday, July 18
Youthful passion holds on -
Jim Ring bought a Dodge Dart in 1969, orange with a black vinyl top and faster than anything else in Barton County, Mo.

Friday, July 17
Generation pays off for Iolans -
Declining prices in natural gas are paying off for Iola in more ways than one this summer.

It’s not too late - Iola High School, through Crossroads Learning Center, will offer adults an opportunity to complete requirements for a high school diploma.

Thursday, July 16
258 eyes tax hike -
HUMBOLDT — Cuts in state aid mean Humboldt-USD 258 taxpayers likely will have a slightly larger tax bill for the upcoming school year.

Wednesday, July 15
Commissioners will need an ax -
Allen County commissioners were handed a preliminary 2010 budget Tuesday morning that called for a 16.472-mill property tax levy, which would be a 29 percent bump in local taxes.

Airport review, analysis, starts - For the bargain basement price of $10,000, Allen County will get an extensive review of the airport that will result in a 20-year master plan focusing on airport improvements to best serve residents and local economic interests.

Stage set for an inviting park - Lee Gumfory, who professes to being an “old river rat,” hopes the city takes a cue from what he and his nephew, David Gumfory, have done to clean up city property along the west side of the Neosho River just below the dam.

City budget near - City planners are working to close a $45,000 difference between Iola’s planned expenditures and income for its 2010 budget.

Police to step up crosswalk patrols - Iola’s traffic laws and animal control situation became central elements Tuesday to a wide-ranging discussion among Iola city commissioners.

Tuesday, July 14
Iolan tied to international lottery scam -
Iolan Darrell L. Kinney, arrested in June for burglarizing an area dog kennel, has been identified by authorities as a key player in what they’re describing as an international lottery scheme.

Fluoridation to go to vote - HUMBOLDT — Those who do and those who don’t want fluoride in their water will be given the chance to vote on the issue in a special mail-ballot election, the Humboldt City Council decided Monday night.

Details addressed - HUMBOLDT — The city council voted during its Monday night meeting to give both Mayor Bob Sharp and City Administrator Larry Tucker authority to spend up to $10,000 of community development funds to purchase those properties within the Humboldt city limits being sold for delinquent taxes at a county auction on Aug. 19.

Quilts depict lives, memories - Quilts can evoke a wide range of emotions and memories. Heirloom quilts may bring back memories of generations past while other quilts may bring the promise of a bright future such as a wedding or the birth of a child.

257 braces for more cuts - Dr. Craig Neuenswander, superintendent of schools, told USD 257 board members to be prepared for additional cuts in state aid, after explaining financial setbacks the district had suffered at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

LaHarpe building’s future uncertain - USD 257 board members briefly discussed interest from the City of LaHarpe for its elementary school there.

Monday, July 13
10 years out from cancer -
Kelly Sigg cried pretty much all day Friday.

Relay For Life brings in $55,026 - Rainy weather around dawn Saturday cut short the Allen County Relay For Life, but not before organizers raised more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, July 11
A place to rest, shop -
MORAN — Moran is seeing something of a business boom these days.

Youths learn cooking is fun - “Express Yourself: Play With Your Food!” classes provided middle school youths the opportunity to learn proper etiquette as well as food and kitchen safety.

Friday, July 10
College budget approved -
Despite an ongoing bud-get crunch affecting both K-12 and higher education funding, Allen County Community College trustees expect to be able to avoid a property tax hike for the upcoming school year.

Shelter pays it forward - CHANUTE — Linda Stange of Faith House homeless shelter puts a familiar face on the homeless.

Thursday, July 9
Storm blasts homes, cornfields -
While much of Allen County was oblivious to storm clouds brewing overhead Wednesday afternoon, Tracy Smith had an up-close view of Mother Nature’s wrath.

Local pilots take to the sky - From 500 feet up, Allen County is a postcard paradise.

Wednesday, July 8
No guns — or signs — allowed -
No guns — or weapons of any kind, for that matter — will be allowed in the Allen County Courthouse. Just don’t expect a sign to tell you so.

Sheriff seeks communications funds - Allen County Emergency Management Coordinator Pam Beasley asked for something a little unusual at Tuesday’s county commission meeting. She and Sheriff Tom Williams requested permission to un-apply for a grant.

Student health screenings return - Health fairs for Allen County schoolchildren, checking for dental problems and head lice, will once again be provided by SAFE BASE as students enroll for the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, July 7
Easy pickin’s at berry farm -
WESTPHALIA — Even though they have been open to the public only one year, the Barnhardt family’s U-pick blueberry patch is becoming known.

Relay For Life activities set - Games, music and plenty of walking — 12 hours worth — are on the agenda for the 13th annual Allen County Relay For Life this weekend on the courthouse square.

Monday, July 6
A fun time in the old town -
From Friday night through Saturday morning, multitudes on land and sea — well, at least in water — helped celebrate Iola’s 150th birthday.

Friday, July 3
Fun tonight -
Activities abound for Iola’s sesquicentennial Independence Day celebration. Tonight’s activities will carry over into the wee hours of Saturday morning with the Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run for Your Life 5K run and 3K walk.

Family deals with notoriety - Judy Brownback is coming around to accepting Iola’s celebration tonight of Charley Melvin, the Mad Bomber. Brownback, of Blue Mound, is Melvin’s great-granddaughter.

Thursday, July 2
Couple waiting for flood closure -
CeCe Huston confesses to being a bit sentimental at times.

Big Brother program faces financial straits - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Allen County — which will assist as many as 40 area children this summer — is in need of money.

Wednesday, July 1
Majority favors gun-free courthouse -
Despite an outpouring of support to do so, Allen County commissioners declined to take decisive action Tuesday morning to keep concealed firearms out of the courthouse.

LaHarpe touted for headquarters - Harry Lee encouraged Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning to take a long look at LaHarpe Elementary School as a site for a 911 dispatch and emergency operations centers.

District court office furloughs are likely - Nonjudicial personnel in Allen County District Court and probation offices will likely be furloughed one week a month for the first six months of 2010, Tim Brazil, chief judge of the 31st Judicial District, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday.

Swim bus a success - MORAN — Thanks to a community effort in Moran, local youth are provided with free transportation to and from the Iola Municipal Pool two afternoons a week.

Fun run, activities abound - In commemoration of Iola’s sesquicentennial, the community is invited to join a public reading of the Declaration of Independence Saturday morning.

Pickup plows into RV lot; driver hurt - Who knew that stationary objects were so conducive to traffic accidents during the lunch hour.

Tuesday, June 30
Not a drive-through -
COLONY — Bonnie Dalsing and Sandy Robinson have an addendum to the famed postal adage about staying on task regardless of whatever obstacles lie ahead — wayward pickups.

Monday, June 29
Lutherans melt the most -
The Allen County Meltdown ended Saturday with a finale in Riverside Park. Scores of walkers braved the heat to stroll 5 miles along the Prairie Spirit Trail. Afterward, final weigh-ins were calculated and prizes awarded at the Recreation Community Building.

Saturday, June 27
Science center provides fun finale - They stood in tornadoes. Overhead, planets swirled. Around them, the long, fierce bones of cetaceans hung beside their Maori names.

Hold that pose! - A good photographer should be able to position his client in at least three poses and get 25 shots within five minutes, Anna Catterson told her summer Mastering Photography class.

Friday, June 26
Barber shop chat led to new home - Greg and Amy Shields were having a dickens of a time trying to move up to a better home in Iola.

Emphasis on sales pays off for Diebolt - Don Diebolt was delighted Thursday morning to be recognized for contributions he has made to U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development programs as a supplier, and he had an upbeat tale that captivated his audience.

Teamwork effort brings new playset - A joint effort between Iola and Sonic Equipment Company helped furnish a new playground structure at Riverside Park.

Thursday, June 25
Gates to expand operations in Iola - A reorganization of Gates Corporation means good news for the company’s plant in Iola.

Sonic Equipment struts its stuff - Three years ago when Iola High’s Fillies won the class 4A state basketball title, the three games of the tournament could have been shown live on a Sterling 6 Cinema screen with digital projection equipment now in place at the theater.

Arson, burglary charges pending - At least three suspects have been identified in a series of recent vehicle burglaries, arson and a residential burglary in Iola.

Youths provide services to hospital - Tessa Rowe hopes working as a junior volunteer at Allen County Hospital this summer will help her choose a career path in the medical field.

Wednesday, June 24
Grant will aid law enforcement - Allen County commissioners approved an agreement to accept $26,550 from the federal Justice Assistance Program to be split between Allen County Sheriff’s and Iola Police departments.

Concealed carry topic for county - Allen County commissioners will take comments from the public on whether concealed weapons should be permitted in the courthouse and if not, what signs should be displayed at entrances, at a hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

REACH extends across county - The REACH Healthcare Foundation has invested $1.6 million since 2005 through 20 grants to promote safety-net health services, oral health and mental health for Allen Countians.

Pool numbers up - The opening weeks at the newly rebuilt Iola Municipal Pool have been busy ones, Iola commissioners were told Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 23
Wheat harvest heating up - Tom Stranghoner thought he was being optimistic when he carried a pail of wheat into Piqua Co-op at mid-afternoon Tuesday.

BOE discusses budget concerns - USD 257 has enough cash to meet this month’s payroll, Dr. Craig Neuenswander, superintendent of schools, told board members Monday night.

LaHarpe takes stock - LAHARPE — Monday night LaHarpe residents faced facts — good and bad.

Monday, June 22
‘And nothing but the truth...’ -Bill Clinton’s infamous declaration to reporters on Jan. 26, 1998, that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” has become synonymous with political doublespeak, i.e., lying.

Dance yourself fit - As Iola enters the final week of the Allen County Meltdown, one Zumba class remains on tap.

Saturday, June 20
Native American culture shared - “Don’t call us Indians,” Micah Swimmer told SAFE BASE youngsters visiting Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.

Music aids stories - LE ROY — Cory Hills used cow bells, blocks of wood and metal bowls as percussion instruments during his telling of the story “The Turnip,” a Russian folk tale, at Le Roy Branch Library.

Chunky Dunkers stay on task - Like petulant children passing the blame, most of the 21 members of the three Allen County Hospital Chunky Dunkers Meltdown teams pointed at ACH CEO Joyce Heismeyer and said, “Joyce made us join!” when asked what motivated them to participate in the countywide health initiative.

Fair section - A special insert in Saturday’s Register contains information about livestock, 4-H and open class entries for the 116h Allen County Fair.

Friday, June 19
Let’s all scream for this treat - It’s fitting that this week’s all-too-typical steamy Kan-sas weather brings about in many a hunger for something cold and delectable, like ice cream.

Juggling, mime and magic skills shared - “Laughing Matters,” reads the card of Jay and Leslie Cady, mimes, jugglers and all-around entertainers who shared their skills with a dozen area youth Thursday at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center’s “School’s Out Program.”

Thursday, June 18
Storm shelters scattered - Residents of Iola, Humboldt and LaHarpe have access to public storm shelters when need arises. People living in other incorporated cities don’t.

July 4 promises to be ‘mad’ - Charley Melvin was a destructive kook.

Storyteller proves ‘writing is fun’ - Lawrence storyteller Priscilla Howe entertained and educated three eager youngsters at a “Writing is Fun” workshop at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 17
Children’s theater program in gear - Groups of elementary and middle school students began dusting off their acting chops and dialing up their collective imaginations this week.

New ambulance, 911 sites sought - If there is a $64,000 question in Allen County today, it is two-pronged: Where will county commissioners locate the 911 dispatch center and county ambulances?

County delays decision on revitalization plan - Jeff Bauer, Iola code enforcement officer, handed an updated copy of Iola’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan to Allen County commissioners Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 16
Carlyle church reaches milestone - Carlyle Presbyterian Church will recognize a milestone in its history a little early Sunday. When the recognition is 150 years, what does four days matter?

County melting; blowout planned - The Allen County Meltdown is entering the home stretch of a 12-week campaign to lose 2,000 pounds by June 27.

Support for local dog park grows - Senior citizen Ray Shannon gave the best reason for the city to develop an off-leash dog park: “When my dogs want to run, they’re limited by how much I want, or can, run.”

Monday, June 15
Productive day at the pond - Picture-perfect weather meant a busy morning for 116 youngsters participating in the annual Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs (HOFNOD) fishing derby in Iola Saturday.

History brought to life at Civil War Days - HUMBOLDT — Large crowds were reminded over the weekend of the trials and tribulations of living in eastern Kansas during the Civil War.

Burglary, arson tips sought - Allen County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information related to at least 15 vehicle burglaries and two fires reported since early last week.

Saturday, June 13
Woolaroc delights visitors - Mountain men, shrunken heads and sika deer were the big attractions for 130 Iola elementary through middle school children Thursday as the summer SAFE BASE program took a field trip to Woolaroc in Bartlesville, Okla.

Camaraderie, culture exchange found on BAK road - HUMBOLDT — What keeps you coming back each year to Biking Across Kansas was the question.

Humboldt buys land for retailer - HUMBOLDT — Humboldt City Council members agreed to purchase a parcel of land that that they expect will house a new retail business.

Friday, June 12
Numbers crunch hits Yates Center - YATES CENTER — Rusty Arnold, superintendent of schools, thinks enrollment in Yates Center USD 366 has stabilized and should start a gradual increase in the years ahead.

ACCC summer enrollment up - A grant program that helps pay for Allen Countians to attend Allen County Community College ap-pears already to have lifted the school’s enrollment.

Youth drama classes begin Monday morning - Openings still exist for youths to participate in the summer theater workshops sponsored by Iola Community Theatre.

Thrive benefits Allen County - Thrive Allen County adds value to the community in two ways, David Toland told Iola Rotarians Thursday.

Thursday, June 11
Free meals a boon to many - Numbers are up for those taking advantage of the summer breakfast and lunch program provided by USD 257.

Fires probed - Gayle and Bill Campbell got an unexpected and unwanted wake-up notice at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

HOFNOD derby Saturday - Youngsters are invited to Abbott’s pond, near the intersection of Miller Road and North Cottonwood Street, for the annual Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs fishing derby Saturday morning.

Family committed to Iola’s future - Iola couldn’t ask for bigger — or more honest — fans than Terry and Sandy Zornes.

Wednesday, June 10
Storm cells closely monitored - Pam Beasley, figuring she’s a little more nimble with her shoes off, kicked them into a corner of the emergency operations room in the Allen County Law Enforcement Center early Tuesday afternoon.

Buyout nearly complete - Iola is nearing the end of its flood buyout and demolition project.

Hearing on city changes sought - Iola Mayor Bill Maness said he would like to see public hearings set so that Iolans can sound off on what form of city government they would like to have.

Ambulance talks at standstill - If Allen County and Iola are to resolve differences and return to one ambulance service, it is up to the city to make the next move, County Commissioner Rob Francis said Tuesday morning.

Vehicle registrations will be investigated - Allen Countians who tag vehicles in other counties or out of state so they can pay lower taxes may hear from a sheriff’s officer soon.

Tuesday, June 9
City rescinds flouride vote - HUMBOLDT — A readily passed decision by Humboldt City Council members last month became a hot button issue at Monday night’s session.

Money matters haunt BOE - USD 257 teachers accustomed to receiving all three summertime paychecks in June may have to wait a few days for Nos. 2 and 3, Dr. Craig Neuenswander, superintendent of schools, told board members Monday night.

Grant will aid community garden - Monday afternoon Jackie Koester was cultivating cabbage, beets and other garden-fresh vegetables in a plot at the Elm Creek Community Garden.

1st Infantry band to perform - Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division Band will help Iola celebrate its sesquicentennial with a concert Monday at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

Humboldt relives Civil War Days - HUMBOLDT — The Civil War was particularly vicious for residents within easy striking distance of the Kansas-Missouri border.

Tuesday, June 8
Riders honor fallen soldiers - American Legion Riders Dana Moodie and Gene and Nancy Gardner’s hearts were touched when they heard of the Missing in America Project — a veterans recovery program that retrieves ashes of servicemen and provides them with a military burial.

Kids help solve house burglary - Three kids who Daren Kellerman tutored in Drug Abuse Resistance Education in Moran helped him solve a crime Sunday.

Saturday, June 6
Wish granted - A pretty nifty wish by Jonathan Cress came true Friday.

Fluoride decision to be revisited in Humboldt - HUMBOLDT — On May 11, the Humboldt City council voted to fluoridate the town’s drinking water.

Fund raiser to benefit veterans - Sixty-five years ago thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in an invasion that started the final stages of World War II in Europe.

Friday, June 5
One day, two arrests - Thursday was a day to remember for Iolan Reah Westerman, although it’s likely one she’d rather forget.

Toting the torch

Thursday, June 4
911 board endorses county plan -
Allen County’s 911 Advisory Board recommended the county pull its 911 service and dispatch center from the Iola Police Department.

Young Professionals eye future - A nascent group in Iola wants to promote and beautify the community and expand social options for each other.

Murder charges filed - Murder and kidnapping charges were filed Wednesday against a Wichita man for the killing of another Wichita man in Labette County.

For Sale: One used school - USD 257 board members are willing to divest the district of LaHarpe Elementary School.

Refreshed, ‘New’ Greenery reopens - It took about 3 1/2 months for crews to restore the Greenery to its original splendor — with a few improvements sprinkled in for good measure.

Wednesday, June 3
County considers LaHarpe -
The LaHarpe Elementary School building could meet several needs of the county, county officials said during a casual tour of the building Tuesday afternoon.

Courthouse clock to get facelift - Jim Gilpin told Allen County commissioners Tuesday the Iola Rotary Club would lead a project to refurbish and outline provenance of the courthouse clock on Iola’s square.

Tuesday, June 2
Field of dreams relived -
In 1949, despite designs on playing in the semi-pro National Baseball Congress Tournament in Wichita, Piqua lost its first game in district tournament play at Bronson.

Former Dodger got his start in Piqua - Fred Kipp relived his role in baseball history in a visit to his hometown of Piqua.

Body found - Agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Woodson County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a body in rural Woodson County Sunday.

Need for foster homes grows - When the new fiscal year rolls around July 1, TFI Family Services will have 2,000 more children under its wing.

Monday, June 1
Group targets infill, eyesores -
Like a smile with missing teeth, Iola’s streets are dotted with empty lots.

Wreck kills owner of convenience store - Gerald Aday, 60, Chanute, owner of Aday’s Speedy Mac in Humboldt, died at the scene of a motorcycle accident in Topeka Friday afternoon.