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32 Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Gary McIntosh was instrumental in forming an Allen County Community Foundation this year. 15 — Gary McIntosh sees the new Allen County Community Foundation as “a guardian angel for people’s dreams.” Still in its infancy, the foundation will help fund projects of non-profit organizations throughout the county. A $500,000 gift from the Kansas Health Foundation gives the foundation an auspicious start. The new Allen County Hospital is the first target of foundation funds, said McIntosh, a longtime proponent of getting a community foundation started in Allen County. PARSONS — Iola Middle School’s eighth-grade girls became weekend warriors of sort Saturday. Coming to the end of a tough basketball season, the Ponies captured the championship of the Winter Classic hosted by Parsons Middle School. The IMS eighth-grade girls beat Columbus 26-15 in the first round then decked Girard 2519 in the title game. ERIE — Four years in — only three years of varsity competition — and Iola High’s wrestling team is 5-0 for the first time. The Mustang varsity swept triple dual action hosted by Erie High Thursday. Iola rolled to a 48-27 team victory against Cherryvale High, then beat Erie 28-21 and finished with a 30- 18 win over JayhawkLinn High. If you know exactly where to look, you can see Danny Stotler’s old Christmas trees from more than two miles away. The evergreens are conspicuously inconspicuous, until you know the story of their beginnings. One by one, the trees were planted as Stotler and his family celebrated Christmas at their family homestead southwest of Iola. Stotler paid a visit to his old home this week, recalling traditions of Christmases past, including his family’s excursion to The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review nearby pastures in search of the perfect Christmas tree. When they found one, it was removed, not with an ax, but a shovel. “We’d dig it up and put it in a pot with dirt and water,” he recalled. “Then we’d decorate the bottom enough that you couldn’t tell it was in a pot.” And after each Christmas, the trees were replanted on the perimeter of the farmstead, creating an effective windbreak around the small Stotler house, about eight miles southwest of Iola. That was nearly 60 years ago. Dec. 19 — FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Pittsburg State wasn’t about to get comfy and cautious so close to ending a 20-year quest for a second NCAA Division II national title. With his team clinging to a six-point lead in the final five minutes, Zac Dickey launched a 53-yard pass to Andrew Castaneda to set up the clinching touchdown in the Gorillas’ 35-21 victory over Wayne State on Danny Stotler points to a stand of trees he has planted each year after the small cedars served as the family's annual Christmas tree. With a bow and arrow, Don Erbert took down a whitetail buck on Dec. 11. The buck had a gross score of over 200 points and netted 181 1/8 with a 25-inch inside spread. Saturday. 21 — Some day, Prairie Spirit Trail users may be able to start a southward trek at Iola and end up in Wichita. The positive “spike” for the rail trail came about Tuesday when Allen County commissioners gave their OK for Thrive Allen County to pursue two $30,000 grants. The money would help develop the trail between the south city limit of Iola to where the railbed intersects K-224 at the northeast edge of Humboldt. The grants, sought from Sunflower Foundation and Health Care Foundation of Greater of Kansas City, will be written on behalf of Allen County, said David Toland, Thrive executive director. No county funds would be involved. 24 —With a temperature hovering in the low-20s, a brave lot of runners and walkers participated in the 14th annual Jingle Bell Jog. All told, 110 participated in the 5K run and 3K walk sponsored by Thrive Allen County and the Iola High School leadership class. 28 — Mike Barnes, a Jefferson Elementary custodian, built a 9-foot-tall wooden play fortress for the students. "Those kids are the highlight of my day," Barnes, 55, said. Iola city council members have decided against a spe- cial audit of the city's financial records of recent years. Council members hired an auditing firm from McPherson to handle the city's audits for the next three years. The firm will receive $24,500 for the 2011 audit, more than twice what the city would have paid had it hired the low bidder Jarred, Gilmore and Phillips, P.A. of Iola and Chanute. 29 — Allen County Attorney Wade Bowie said he was uncertain what charges might be filed from an incident last week in which Zeffrey Tyler Doolittle, 17, Mapleton, suffered shotgun pellet wounds to his back. Roger Welch, 53, fired two shots after Doolittle allegedly tried to steal gasoline from a storage tank on Welch’s land, about five miles northwest of Bronson. Iola Municipal Court defendants were assessed $188,000 in fines in 2011, less than what was assessed in 2010, but well more than years prior. 31 — LAHARPE — Members of the LaHarpe Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary made up care packages filled with soap, books and other toiletries, so the packages could be sent to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Topeka. The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review Tuesday, January 3, 2012 1

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