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Sports: Iola falls to Chanute Inside: Cycling enthusiast moves to Iola See A4 See B1 The Weekender Saturday, October 19, 2013 Allen County Regional Hospital: A NEW ERA FOR HEALTH CARE By SUSAN LYNN Friday’s stiff north wind didn’t deter a hearty crowd from witnessing the morning’s dedication ceremonies for the new Allen County Regional Hospital. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran credited the citizens of Allen County for being an “inspiration to Congress,” in their cooperation in supporting the new facility. “Something tells me politics didn’t come into play. It didn’t matter who was a Republican or Democrat. Instead, the public good was your focus. “This hospital is not only for current residents, but for generations to come. People you will never see will benefit from the decisions you have made today,” Moran said. “Access to affordable health care is the most important survival tool for a community,” Moran said. “Every rural community is struggling to stay alive. The future of Allen County is secured by what you have done today.” See HOSPITAL | Page A7 Upper photo, Harry Lee, chairman of Allen County Regional Hospital board of trustees, cuts the ceremonial ribbon marking the dedication of the new hospital. Looking on are U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, left, and Ron Baker, ACRH chief executive officer. Lower left, Lisa Griffith, director of ER services, conducts a tour of the new hospital. Lower right, Clara Boyd, 13, and an eighth-grader at Marmaton Valley Junior High, sings the Star Spangled Banner. REGISTER/STEVEN SCHWARTZ Homicide suspect Fond memories the basis for dies in shootout children’s book Man was sought for double slaying in Eureka EUREKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man wanted in connection with two slayings who was killed in a shooting here with authorities. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a written statement that Kevin Robert Welsh, 35, Toronto, was fatally wounded Wednesday night in Eureka, a town of about 2,600 residents 50 miles west of Iola. Authorities had been searching for Welsh since his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Catherine Scheff, was seriously injured and her mother, Sheila Kriesel, 52, and her 54-year-old stepfather, Keith Kriesel, were killed Oct. 2 in Greenwood County near Eureka. Before the shootings, Welsh had been free on By KAYLA BANZET $50,000 bond in connection with an Aug. 23 kidnapping case. The KBI said a law enforcement officer involved in the manhunt noticed the entrance to an unoccupied structure had been tampered with since the last time it was checked. After obtaining consent from the owner to search the building, KBI agents began clearing the structure and encountered Welsh. The KBI said initial reports indicate that KBI agents shot Welsh after he pointed a handgun at them. John Dunn Sr. told The Wichita Eagle he was lying in bed watching TV when he heard about 10 or 15 shots fired in a matter of seconds. See SHOOUTOUT | Page A5 Quote of the day Vol. 115, No.251 Iola brings back a lot of great childhood memories for author Amy Thomas. She recalls visiting Sutherland farms, watching the city band play in the square and spending time with her grandparents, Kendall and Shirley Ashford. Their quaint blue home on South Washington Avenue in Iola is the setting of Thomas’ debut children’s novel, “The Abominog: The Adventures of Kirk and David.” The novel is based on a bedtime story her father, David Ashford, used to tell her as a child. Ashford grew up in Iola and attended Iola High School, graduating in 1974. He went to Allen Community College where he met Thomas’ mother. “My dad is a big music fan and I loved looking at all of his albums as a kid,” Thomas said. “There was this one album that always scared me, ‘Abominog’ by Uriah Heep. Dad created this story about See BOOK | Page A7 Amy Thomas based her newest children’s novel on her fond memories of her time visiting Iola as a child. She currently lives in Virginia. COURTESY PHOTO “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” — William Wordsworth 75 Cents Hi: 65 Lo: 42 Iola, KS


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