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Like many children, Royce Smith, 19, grew up with big dreams. Impossible dreams, some told him.  Smith’s dream was to be a professional soccer player. But growing up in Iola, his opportunities for the sport…

Kelly Perry has a passion for wellness. That’s why she and her business partner Amber Hodge are opening The Protein Place at 110 S. Jefferson Ave. in Iola. There you’ll be able to buy Perry’s…

When it comes time to vaccinate the next group of Allen County residents for COVID-19, the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments will make a public announcement and organize a large vaccination clinic site. Exactly when…

Allen Community College is ramping up for the spring term, poised to navigate the challenges brought about COVID-19. According to vice president Cynthia Jacobson, “we’re doing better than we did to start off last semester”…

Iola City Council members want to see the fine print before deciding whether they’ll endorse a proposed solar field project to add to the city’s energy portfolio. Council members voted 3-3 — requiring a tie-breaking…

The earliest a new elementary school will open in Iola will be more than a year away, in next February, barring any weather delays. Meanwhile, the new science and technology building remains on track to…

The Marmaton Valley school district expects to get about four times as much CARES funding in the next round of distribution to help schools impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Kim Ensminger said the district…

On Monday, Judge Daniel Creitz administered the oath of office for multiple county officials, most of whom were renewing their positions. Included were: Cara Barkdoll, register of deeds; David Lee, county commissioner; Bryan Murphy, sheriff;…

The recent holiday break brought USD 257 a chance to regroup in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  Last week marked the beginning of a new semester. Students who had been struggling with online classes were…

More family members can now attend Humboldt sporting events. After some discussion, the board of education decided to increase the number of family members who can attend from two to four. Concerns were raised about…