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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.

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Humboldt United Methodist Church Rev. Marge Cox

165 years 806 N. 9th • Humboldt

First Christian Church 157 years 1608 Oregon Rd. • Iola

Carlyle Presbyterian Church David Moore, Pastor

153 years Carlyle

153 years

First Baptist Church

Dr. Michael Quinn, Pastor

152 years

801 N. Cottonwood • Iola

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Progress came in fits and starts for Iola and the surrounding areas for 2011. Iola witnessed the return of a city council form of local government beginning in April with an eight-member council and a mayor. Two members from each of the city’s four wards were elected. The mayor was elected at-large. While many hoped the larger body would signal the end to a few strong-arming decision-making it seems the council still is dominated by a minority who determine the agenda and direction of this fair city. The first casualty of the new council was City Administrator Judy Brigham who was fired Aug. 30, less than three weeks before her scheduled retirement after 32 years as an Iola employee. Brigham lost an estimated $40,000 in wages and benefits. The city, meanwhile, gained a barrelful of bad press. To date, city officials still have not explained why Brigham was dismissed nor have they decided whether to have a special audit made of fiscal year 2010-11 financials to see if she intentionally skewed the numbers for her private advantage. The only upside to the affair was increased public participation at city council meetings. It was heartening to see droves of citizens attend the meetings, made more convenient by being scheduled at 6 p.m. On the county level, a location for a new hospital was decided after almost a year’s

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worth of deliberations on primarily three sites. The first was at the east entrance to town near the intersection of U.S. Highways 69 and 54. Two things turned the tide against it. First, the reticence by some of the landowners to sell their properties which resulted in the county having to declare eminent domain on the holdouts; secondly, the fact that the soil was contaminated by previous industries and landowners to the point that the 20 acres could not be feasibly reclaimed for use as a site for a hospital. That turned trustees’ attention to a 25-acre parcel at the intersection of US 169 and Oregon Road. The virgin farmland posed no environment problems, but that it laid just outside the city limits made city cooperation with the project iffy. Trustees finally settled on a partly wooded 25-acre parcel on North Kentucky Street. While it lacks the drive-by visibility of a major thoroughfare, the positives include its location within city limits and thus the assurance of up to $350,000 in dedicated sales tax from the city up until 2019. Again, the upside to the drawn-out deliberations was strong public attendance at

trustee meetings. No matter what side people’s feelings came down on the issue, we all developed a better understanding of our neighbors. POSITIVE developments included the formation of an Allen County Community Foundation, a long-held dream of Gary McIntosh who with David Toland of Thrive Allen County worked to make it come true. The foundation will direct gifts to nonprofit entities such as Hope Unlimited, Allen County Hospital, Thrive, Safe Base, etc. The beauty of the foundation is that it will use only the funds earned off the interest of its investments, guaranteeing its perpetuity. Thrive Allen County continues to be a powerful force for good. To date it has brought more than $1.8 million to the county by attracting grants that fund a myriad of programs and services. The Prairie Spirit Trail, now extending to the south of Riverside Park, is a great example as to how Thrive works to provide healthy living avenues for area citizens. The hope now is that the trail will go as far south as Humboldt, providing walkers and bicyclists about a 50-mile path through the countryside. Another bright spot is the selection of Brian Pekarek as USD 257 superintendent of schools. Pekarek’s “cando” attitude is a much-needed spark in today’s somewhat dismal education climate that has weathered more than $2 million in cuts and faces an uncertain future.

I OLA Wesley United St. Peter’s First Presbyterian R EGISTER Methodist Church Lutheran Church Church T HE

152 years 301 E. Madison • Iola

Pastor David E. Meier

149 years

910 Amos St. • Humboldt

Rev. Jim Rausch

148 years

302 E. Madison Ave. • Iola

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145 years

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Pekarek challenges teachers, administrators, and in fact the community, to look at the many funding possibilities through federal grants to help buffer the district’s bottom line. And while we wish it weren’t so, it’s nice to have someone show us other mechanisms to help afford the education our children so sorely need. And totally beyond our control, the weather dealt a particularly hard hand to area ranchers and farmers. The year began with record snows and wind chills only to turn into an insufferably hot summer. On Aug. 2, Iola recorded 108 degrees. As of Nov. 1, it was the driest year on record since 1980. Recent rains have brought relief, but way past time to help fall crops. We’re ending the year, thankfully, with moist and calm days — and fingers crossed. Iola continues to weather the down economy. No new business of any size has sprung up, but we’ve not lost any, either. Gates maintains a work force of more than 700, Russell Stover Candies close to 400, B&W Trailer Hitches in Humboldt another 215, Herff-Jones, 150, and Columbia Metal close to 100. USD 257 employs almost 250, Allen County Community College and Allen County Hospital about 150 each, the City of Iola another 150 and Allen County has a work force of 155. As a community we’re not ready to give up the ghost. We’ve taken up the challenges and will do our best to make 2012 a winner.

Travis Church helps his son Theo, 3, assemble a toy. Theo was born with part of his spine missing as well as one lung and one kidney. 2012 and notched a 49-43 win at home Friday over Osawatomie High’s Trojans. Word of the day was “relentless” for Iola High’s Fillies. “Our defense was relentless tonight and it controlled their (Osawatomie) offense,” said Becky Carlson, Fillies’ head coach after Iola opened the 2011-2012 basketball season with a 31-17 victory at home Friday. PITTSBURG — Turnovers, missed opportunities and penalties marked a hardhitting Citizens Bank Bowl game on Sunday afternoon. Butler Community College Grizzlies with sophomore placekicker Connor Frazell of Iola on the team won the bowl game 21-17. 6 — Garrett Cleaver, sought by local law enforcement after allegedly threatening a Humboldt police officer with an assault rifle before leading police on a chase through Allen County two weeks ago, has been arrested in Missouri. Cleaver was arrested by U.S. Marshals Service officers without incident Monday afternoon at a north Springfield,

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Mo., hotel, the Springfield News-Leader reported. 8 — CHANUTE — It wasn’t a coincidence that Mary Alice Lair chose to wear a purple mink shearling coat when she greeted Gov. Sam Brownback at the economic summit held in Iola in midNovember. “I mean to get noticed,” she said. The colorful coat did its job. Lair was pictured on the front page of the Register the very same day shaking the governor’s

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hand. She bases her life on “family, faith and country,” she said. “And fun.” At 75, Lair’s energy seem endless. PARSONS — An executive steering committee of 16 will be formed to help Kansas’ poorest region find its way to prosperity. The announcement comes on the heel of an economic development summit last month in Iola, put on by southeast Kansas’ four state senators. During a Southeast Kansas Inc., luncheon here Tuesday, State Sen. Jeff King said the 300 people who attended the summit, including Gov. Sam Brownback, sent a message that whatever has been done to address the economic situation isn’t cutting it. The summit, King said, issued a “mandate” that the region’s ailing economy needs to be aggressively confronted. Dec. 8 — Jerrik Sigg (21), Iola High’s senior tailback, rushed for an IHS singleseason record 1,323 yards and become the Southeast Kansas League season scoring champion. Sigg earned Kansas Class 4A state football honors from both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Wichita Eagle. 10 — At 3, Theo Church already knows how to put others at ease. He shows you what he can do. Theo, son of LeAnn and Travis Church, rural Kincaid, was born with almost one-half of his spine missing as well as one lung

and one kidney. 13 — The Recreation Community Building will continue to be off limits for estate sales and other private auctions. Iola City Council members declined to alter its rental policy, following a discussion about how opening the facilities would affect scheduling and upkeep of the facility. Money matters again weighed heavily on Iola City Council members’ minds as they discussed potential cost of living raises for employees, a special audit of the city’s finances and year-end budget transfers. The pay raises — an across-the-board 3.6-percent pay increase for all hourly employees — coincide with the 3.6-percent Consumer Price Index hike for 2012. The CPI is used by the federal government to determine whether Social Security benefits increase from one year to the next. 14 — The Iola school district’s contribution to a school finance lobbying outfit might soon come to an end. USD 257 administrators and board members are mulling the idea of cutting ties with Schools For Fair Funding, Inc., an advocacy group suing the state for what it deems unacceptable cuts to education — Iola has seen its schools’ budget cut by about $2 million since 2008 — because membership costs have skyrocketed.


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len County is unique,” said Brenda Sharpe, CEO of the REACH Health Care Foundation, Kansas City, Mo. “You have an energized population that is really trying to make a difference in the lives of the underserved,” she said. “There is something different happening in Allen County from everyone across the state.” Sharpe spoke at Friday night’s Thrive Allen County annual meeting. 21 — STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University women’s head basketball coach Kurt Budke, a Salina native who coached at Allen Coun- Kurt Budke ty Community College for two years in the early 1990s, and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed in a single engine plane crash Thursday. The OSU coaches were on a recruiting trip when the plane crashed. 22 — A suspect who led


The citizens of Elsmore won the award for community excellence at the fourth annual Thrive Allen County awards banquet. From left, are, Andriana Pecina of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Marvin Sander, Elsmore, Jacki Chase, Georgia Masterson, Chad Starliper, (face hidden) Dick Fewins, Vera Isaacs, Hellen Welch, Lorraine Price and Henryetta Sander. Humboldt and Allen County officers on an eight-mile chase late Monday afternoon before crashing his vehicle remained at large today. He is Garrett Grimm Cleaver, 26, of rural Colony. “He is armed with an assault-type rifle and should be consid-

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Law enforcement officers barricaded 2000 Street near Iowa Road, the vicinity of where Garrett Cleaver crashed his car following an 8-mile chase that started in Humboldt Nov. 21.

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ered dangerous,” said Sheriff Tom Williams. 23 — Tuesday night was the “point of no return,” for trustees of Allen County Hospital when they voted to issue revenue bonds to build the $30 million hospital. Chuck Wells, financial adviser to trustees, said the A-rated bonds will go on the market Monday and should sell “either by Monday or within a couple of days.” The bonds will be sold in two lumps. First $10 million, then the first of the year another $15 million. A $5 million loan from UMB of Kansas City will provide startup capital. 26 — After a professional life in big cities, Cris Rivera sees moving to Iola as a return to her rural roots. Rivera is the new chief executive officer at Cris Rivera

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Allen County Hospital, taking the reins on Nov. 1.


3 — It took a while for Elvin Nelson’s lifelong dream — flying — to become reality. “I wanted to do it as a kid,” he recalled. Fast forward about 12 years, to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day, when Nelson soared above Allen County Airport in his latest project, a homemade Just Aircraft Highlander tail-dragger, a two-passenger airplane he built from scratch. “I don’t think you could call this a hobby,” Nelson said, referring to the long hours he spent assembling the plane, during evenings, weekends or any other spare minute during the past 19 months. “It’s safer to say that this plane has been my life.” Dec. 3 — Getting into the win column right from the start was the plan. Mission accomplished Mustangs. Iola High’s Mustangs started with a clean slate in 2011-

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6 — Kansas will celebrate its 150th birthday Jan. 29, and we’ll have a week-long party in Iola to celebrate. A series of state sesquicentennial events starts Sunday, Jan. 23, and will culminate with what Jeff Kluever, Allen County Historical Society director, is billing as the “150th Birthday Party for Kansas” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. 8 — COLONY — After retiring in 2002 from a career as an elementary educator, Phyllis Luedke is embarking full steam into her new hobby: nature photography. Luedke has always harbored an interest in photography, she said, but never had the time to devote to it until recently. GIRARD — It was heartbreaking for Iola High’s Mustangs. Two winless teams were playing and something had to give Friday night at Girard High School. Girard’s Dillon Walsh hit a shot with

just over one second on the game clock for a 41-39 win. The Kansas Class 4A fifthranked Lady Trojans beat the Iola High Fillies 48-38 snapping a four-game winning streak for Iola. LAHARPE — Burglars ransacked the offices at Ray’s Metal Depot, using some of the company’s own equipment to break into a safe and steal up to $40,000 in cash. Allen County Sheriff ’s deputies investigated the break-in at Ray’s, along U.S. 54 at the entrance of LaHarpe, after employees discovered the crime scene Friday morning. LAHARPE — Three Fort Scott men were arrested Sunday for the Thursday burglary of Ray’s Metal Depot at the north edge of LaHarpe. Arrested were James LaRoche, 20, Stevie Joe Hull, 41, and Hull’s son, Joseph D. Hull, 17. Their arrest came after Allen County Deputy Tim Beckham and Undersheriff Bryan Murphy, with

Phyllis Luedke of Colony has taken up photography since retiring as an elementary teacher.

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136 years

132 years

Pastor Barbara J. Miniefee

Lincoln & Buckeye • Iola

Rev. Gene McIntosh

3 miles west, 2 miles south of Iola

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First Presbyterian Church bears witness to the winter chill experienced in early 2011. assistance from Fort Scott police and Bourbon County officers, conducted search warrants at two Fort Scott residences. 11 — Area schools, including Iola, were shuttered today because of icy, snowpacked roads and frigid temperatures. 12 — Come April 1, Iola will be in a leadership vacuum. It will be without a city administrator, its city commission a lame duck, and a new city council — yet to be elected — that to date, no candidate has any experience with the governance of Iola. “It’s a lot of transition,” said Judy Brigham, Iola city administrator whose position has been extended to as far as March 31. Typically, the city administrator’s contract is renewed every two years each December, as was done in December 2008. Mayor Bill Maness said the commission did not extend Brigham’s contract because its understanding of the city council model has the role of mayor assuming the responsibilities of a city manager. 13 — Iola Middle School seventh-grader Clara Wicoff

Josh Oberley

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took another step in local spelling history by winning the IMS Spelling Bee Wednesday. Winning earns Wicoff, daughter of Iolans Joel and Lisa Wicoff, a chance at winning her fourth straight Allen County Spelling Bee on Feb. 2. 18 — TLC Garden Center, LaHarpe, is one of 15 businesses statewide that will be recognized by the Kansas Small Business Development Center for its ability to continue thriving in a sluggish economy. TLC is one of eight Existing Businesses of the Year that will be recognized at March 15 ceremony in Topeka. Seven others were classified as Emerging Businesses of the Year. The businesses were selected from nearly 2,300 entrepreneurs that received KSDBC services in 2010. 19 — Jeff King, an Independence attorney in private practice, was appointed Dec. 11 to fill the remainder of the term vacated when Sen. Derek Schmidt was elected attorney general. 20 — LAHARPE — Visitors to LaHarpe have another option for outdoor activities

126 years Fort Scott

LaHarpe Telephone Co., Inc. 109 years LaHarpe

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Rev. Jan Chubb

112 years 202 S. Walnut • Iola

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Iola Area Chamber of Commerce 118 years 208 W. Madison • Iola

Calvary United Methodist Church Rev. Gene McIntosh

120 years

Jackson & Walnut St. • Iola

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Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Leslie Jackson

109 years

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review in the cold, wintry weather. A small ice skating surface, installed in the softball diamond at LaHarpe City Park, has seen sporadic use since it opened last week. 21 — When he was a lad growing up in 1930s Iola, Max Snodgrass was as hip with the day’s technology as those today are with their iPods, Smartphones and digital cameras. Back then, Snodgrass toted around a little camera that used 127 mm film. His early day photos of Iola will be presented in the show “A View of Iola: 1925 to 1990.” 22 — BURLINGTON — Not since Feb. 5, 2010, has Iola High’s Mustangs posted a basketball victory. That has been 17 straight games without a win. The Mustangs found their way to a victory Friday night in a consolation

game at the 2011 Burlington High Invitational. Iola defeated Rossville High’s Bulldogs 55-41. Iola is 1-9 on the season. 24 — Bucking what might be a national trend toward flashier or multi-media services, Iola’s First Baptist Church is staying traditional — and seeing growth because of it. “The year before we came, the church was averaging 40 people in worship” each Sunday, said Pastor Mike Quinn, who has been at the church a bit over two years. It now averages 109. 25 — The Chamber EXPO, at the Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park, coincides with the kickoff of Iola’s Take Charge Challenge, an effort to tout energy efficiency in hopes of attracting a $100,000 grant from the Kansas Department

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Max Snodgrass stands with his vintage cameras.

St. John’s Piqua State Bank Catholic Church 101 years

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Miranda Spillman works the Diamond Daisy booth at the Chamber EXPO. of Energy. Iola City Administrator Judy Brigham breathed a sigh of relief while about two dozen citizens applauded as city commissioner Bill Shirley seconded — then voted in favor of — a motion by Iola Mayor Bill Maness to retain Brigham through Sept. 18, her effective date of retirement with full benefits, at a special city commission meeting Monday night. 28 — It’s a pay-it-forward philosophy at the Iola Senior Center’s thrift shop that has a touch of Rumplestiltskin weaved into it. Every donation to the center benefits others twice: items can be had at bargain prices whose sales benefit the needy. As proof, $21,100 was donated recently to area agencies from proceeds from thrift shop sales for 2010. Every high school basketball team shoots free throws during practice. Tuesday was a normal practice session for Southern Coffey County High’s Lady Titans. Ashton Isch, a 5-5 junior guard, wasn’t missing Tuesday. When Isch finally did miss, she had set an SCCH

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girls’ record in practice, hitting 111 free throws in a row. 31 — You can almost hear the fiddler Teva bellowing “Tradition!” — so firm is the Rev. Bruce Kristalyn’s sentiments that Lutheran services are as relevant today as hundreds of years ago. “We’ve been singing and saying the same things for the past 1,000 years,” Kristalyn said. It’s this “unbroken chain of history” that provides a solid foundation from which “we are teaching, believing and professing.” Kristalyn, 57, has been pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, for 10 years.

The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review rie Village-based company is building the apartments — to be known as Cedarbrook Estates — amid Iola’s newest residential area on what used to be a portion of Cedarbrook Golf Course. After one year in business, Bolling’s Meat Market has plans to double its size. “We knew this building wouldn’t work,” said Cara Bolling, manager. “We bought it for the location.” At the intersection of Madison Avenue and State Street, the market is a hotbed of activity. Plans to extend the building 20 feet to the west will allow the addition of five new freezers and a 12-foot display case for freshly cut meats. “It’ll give us more room for fresh and frozen meats,” Bolling said. 15 — EL DORADO — Connor Frazell, former Iola High standout, helped thirdranked Butler Community College win the 2011 Region VI football championship, 4021 over Hutchinson Community College. Frazell kicked field goals of 18 yards and 30 yards plus kicked four extra

points. 7 — No one ever told Ryan Coffield you can’t go home again. The 28-year-old is back in Iola after a 10-year hiatus studying dentistry at the University of NebraskaLincoln and working in an underserved area in central North Dakota. Coffield, a 2001 graduate of Iola High School, joined Dr. Vernon Lee’s dentistry office last month — Lee’s first general dentistry partner since the mid-1980s. Nov. 19 — No Iola High football player has ever led the Southeast Kansas League in scoring. In their final season in the SEK and with just one win in league action, the Mustangs had an SEK scoring champion in 2011. Senior running back Jerrik Sigg is the SEK football scoring champion and was selected to the 2011 All-SEK first-team football squad. SEK coaches named the 2011 All-SEK football and volleyball teams a week ago. The Iola High Fillies had one volleyball player selected. Iola

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IHS running back Jerrick Sigg is the SEK football scoring champion and was selected to the 2011 All-SEK first-team football squad. Sigg scored 170 points for the season through 26 touchdowns and seven two-point conversions. High cross country runners reeled in SEK honors at the league meet in October on their home course. Sigg, who is a two-time all-league firstteam selection, was joined by Mustang teammates Clint Heffern, Zach Crawford and Mason Coons. Kendra Taiclet, Iola High’s senior outside hitter, was named to the All-SEK volleyball first team. Taiclet was the only Iola volleyball player to earn league honors the last two years in the SEK. The nearly 300 people at Thursday’s economic summit in Iola — including Gov. Sam Brownback — all agreed southeast Kansas is plagued with a long list of social and economic prob-

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lems. What to do about it — that isn’t so clear. Brownback told the capacity-crowd at St. John’s parish hall the first step to solving any problem, let alone the 10 key issues impacting the regional economy, is to be brutally honest in efforts to prioritize strategies. 21 — COFFEYVILLE — Ben Cooper, Brice Aiello and Andrew Garber posted undefeated records and captured gold medals at Coffeyville’s Roosevelt Middle School’s wrestling tournament Saturday. The three Iola Middle School wrestlers won their respective weight brackets. The Ponies came home with seven medals. Perhaps it takes an outsider to see the difference Thrive Allen County has made to the area. “Of all the counties we serve, Al-

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Iola Pharmacy Clinic 4 years

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and again in spring 2010. Participating companies — fewer than in previous years — were after students, all right. But only those who would work for free through internships or for temporary stints, with no guarantee of a full-time position afterward. 25 — Water rates in Iola will be increased to make up a glaring shortfall in the city’s water fund budget. But in a reversal of an earlier decision, Iola City Council members declined a proposal to decrease meter charges for electricity customers, which would have balanced out the water rate hikes so utility customers would not pay more each month. Council members were unanimous in their vote for an acrossthe-board 18 percent hike in water rates, the first for Iolans since 2005. A preschool program here that promotes interaction between the young and the elderly is serving as a model for other school districts struggling to get kids ready for kindergarten. Jana Shaver, Kansas State Board of Education member, and Gayle Stuber, early childhood development coordinator for the Kansas State Department of Education, spent Monday morning getting a first-hand look at USD 257 and Windsor Place’s Age to Age program. 29 — Adam Kauth, a sophomore at Iola High School, is busy and bright. In the classroom, he works hard to make good grades. In athletics, he’s quarterback and a safety on the junior varsity football team, plays basketball and participates in track. Kauth applied that same energy and talent to work on world peace recently at a National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. The chal-

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Adam Kauth, an IHS sophomore, studied world peace at a leadership forum in Washington, D.C. The Great Depression of the 1930s was so much different than today that “it’s hard to get the difference across” Emerson Lynn said Thursday evening. His stage was the North Community Building, where about 100 people congregated for a meal of soup and cornbread in an event arranged by Iola Reads and Allen County Historical Society. Iola Reads’ selection

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1 — HUMBOLDT — Once again, Humboldt High School is being nationally recognized for success and innovation in the classroom. This time, U.S. News and World Report ranked Humboldt High as the second “most connected classroom” in the country. The news and analysis publisher, which includes U.S. News Weekly magazine, also awarded USD 258 a Bronze Medal in its “Best High Schools in America” rankings — the fifth consecutive year the district received the honor. It’s common for Dave Bedenbender to cull a few of his older beef cows each year. This year’s tortuously hot and dry weather may force him to be more aggressive. Hay at $125 for a big bale and pond levels dropping by the day make maintaining a beef herd through the winter months difficult, Bedenbender allowed Monday afternoon, as his pickup truck bounced through a pasture

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that should have been green with fall fescue. “Looks like western Kansas,” he said of the barren field. “It all comes down to dollars,” he continued. “Cows don’t put on any weight in the winter. It’s just a matter of maintaining them and keeping them healthy for calving. It takes a big bale per cow per month and about $9 worth of protein.” That adds up quickly for his 50-head herd. Nov. 1 — Iola High senior Jerrik Sigg is atop the Southeast Kansas League individual scoring list. But can he maintain it as other league players go into the playoffs? Sigg and the IHS Mustangs are finished with the 2011 season. He scored 170 points — 26 touchdowns and seven two-point conversions. Wesley Collins of Coffeyville has 124 points. Sam Son of Chanute had 110 points. 2 — Work continues in high gear for crews building a new senior housing complex on the north edge of town. The workers have taken advantage of the ongoing spell of dry weather, said Ron Dean, owner of Dean Development, LLC. The Prai-

2 — About a foot of snow buried Allen County Tuesday. Next up are frigid temperatures. Tonight’s forecast is for 10 below, with wind chill of twice that or more. 3 — Wednesday’s clear skies gave a reprieve to beleaguered farmers struggling to care for cattle in open fields throughout Allen County. Eddyra Nelson, who with her husband Delbert runs about 100 head north of Iola, at Geneva and LaHarpe, said “We’re lucky — we don’t have any calving yet.” With the heavy, drifting snow, “Just getting them fed is hard,” she said. “We take them big bales of hay with the 4-wheel drive and tractor,” she added. Chopping ice goes without saying. 4 — Bill and Patty Eisenbart and daughter, Abby, 18, escaped uninjured when their home west of Iola, 1475 400 Street, caught fire early Tuesday morning. 5 — When Iola school kids faced three days without classes this week, parents had to get creative to fill the hours. Bitterly cold temperatures precluded all-day outdoor play, but that didn’t stop Madison and Haley Carlin from taking advantage of snow piles formed when driveways and streets were plowed. “Yesterday we helped the neighbors build a couple of forts,” said nineyear-old Haley. “They just shoveled the snow into piles and we dug out tunnels.” 7 — Matt Bycroft admits to liking video games — it’s part of our culture, he said, and he’s OK with that. “We’re a TV generation. A video game generation. We have short attention spans,” he said. The seemingly global penchant for the visual is what makes

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Madison and Haley Carlin make good use of the cold weather by making snow cones. the use of video acceptable in churches these days, he figured. Bycroft, who pastors RiverTree Church at 301 S. Miller Rd., uses the tool in his services. 8 — Three for three. Not bad for an afternoon’s work. Iola Middle School’s Pony boys swept the visiting Parsons Middle School Vikings in three basketball games Monday. 9 — A second round of severe winter weather in eight days paralyzed the area with eight to 12 inches of snow, depending on who made the assessment. All area schools were closed for today well before bedtime Tuesday evening. After 27 years, Mel and Mary Price are putting away the shears. Price’s Fabric, 1845 1400 St., north of Iola, is selling its inventory to Brenda and Dale Flowers of Chanute who will expand their custom embroidery and screenprinting business to include the Price’s fabric and notions and add pat-

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terns. The Chanute store, to be called ThreadWorks1, is at 313 E. Main St. 10 — When the temperature dipped to 24 degrees below zero at Iola’s water plant last night, it was the coldest temperature ever recorded here. Register weather records dating to 1900 show the previous low was minus-20 degrees on Jan. 30, 1949. 11 — With enrollment down for the second consecutive semester, Allen County Community College trustees were asked Thursday to proceed with caution if they pursue another housing complex. Fighting a house fire never is a stroll in the park, and it becomes much more difficult after dark, in snow and with the temperature hovering at zero. That’s what Iola firefighters faced Wednesday and into the first hour of Thursday morning when the home of Donna Evans and Jim Skaggs at the south end of Ohio Street caught fire. Neither was a home. She was

working at Russell Stover Candies, said Fire Chief Don Leapheart, and Skaggs was in Chanute. 12 — Eight landowners received letters Friday proposing purchase options for 10 parcels of land that will make up the site for a new Allen County Hospital. Hospital Board of Trustees members settled on language for the proposals in a special session Thursday evening, called after final property appraisals were received from Aul and Hatfield of Lawrence. 14 — Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church has stood in Iola since 1873, and “We’ll be here until there aren’t but four or five of us left,” stated 55-year member Helen Ambler. That day may be coming. Ward Chapel has seen its membership decline rapidly the last seven years. 14 — PITTSBURG — With a slap of a referee’s hand Saturday afternoon, Iola High wrestling history was made. Iola High sophomore Ste-

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review phen McDonald pinned Columbus High senior Brandon Alberty with 1:20 left in their six-minute match. McDonald became the first Mustang wrestler to go 8-0 in Southeast Kansas League competition Iola is in its third season of competitive wrestling and only its second in varsity action. Iola High senior Marcus Sullivan also went undefeated in league action at 160 pounds. Sullivan missed two league duals because of illness and was 6-0. Freshman Mike Armstrong finished 7-1 in league matches. 16 — Land for a new Allen County Hospital was valued at $605,000, Alan Weber, county counselor, told county commissioners at their Tuesday morning meeting. The price tag for the 10 parcels totaling nearly 17 acres on the north side of 1400 East Street was determined by the Lawrence firm of Aul and Hatfield Appraisals, L.C. Eight people own the tracts. If they had a “no vacancy” sign outside the pet adoption center at LaHarpe, its neon lights would be flashing. “We’re completely full,” said Andi DePriest, Allen County Animal Rescue Facility director. “We have 53 dogs and no room for any more.” Also up for adoption are 29 cats. They, too, could become part of a family without a whimper. 17 — While they had competed against each other only sparingly in the past, Clara Wicoff was up against a familiar challenger as she worked to capture her fourth consecutive county spelling crown Wednesday. It took six words in the championship round of the Allen County Spelling Bee before Wicoff ’s younger brother, Isaiah, misspelled “roux” (a mixture of flour and fat cooked together

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as a thickening agent for sauces or gravy); he left off the “x.” Older sister seized on the opening, correctly spelling “annexation” and finally “silhouette” to complete her four-peat. Brian Pekarek will be USD 257’s new superintendent of schools. Board members, meeting in special session, vo t e d unanimously Wednesday even i n g to hire Pekarek, Brian Pekarek who is completing his second year as superintendent of the Clifton-Clyde USD 224 district. HUMBOLDT — Humboldt went to the dogs Wednesday — in a good way. Allen County Animal Rescue Facility, in cooperation with the city, held a canine clinic in Hunter Park, where dogs were given rabies vaccinations and owners had opportunity to register and tag their pets. 18 — Five student-directed one-act plays — two of which were penned by the students — will fill the Allen County Community College Theatre next week. In what has become an annual tradition, students more accustomed to performing on stage will coordinate the behind-thescenes activities. Donning directors’ hats are Savannah Haner, Debra Francis, Mack Melvin and the teams of Emilea Peine and Taylor Plunkett, and Desiree Mason and Jessica Truitt. 19 — MORAN — Larry Manes supposes his outlandish shirts reflect his personality. He’s comfortable

Nelda Cuppy sews shirts for her husband, Larry Manes. wearing satin and sparkles. Bright purples and reds. Paisley. Geometric designs. Polyester. Behind the show is his wife, Nelda Cuppy, who to date has sewn him 38 shirts that could make a rainbow seem lackluster. Cuppy also sews for herself, but prefers understated colors with an eye to detail. 21 — Being a Christian is more than going to church on Sunday mornings, said the Rev. Phil Honeycutt, pastor at Covenant of Faith Christian Center; it’s a life-changing commitment. While Honeycutt, 56, thinks the faithful should be eager to attend church functions, “Having a relationship with the Lord is more important than going to church.” There’s the catch, he adds, “If you have a relationship with God, you probably go to church.” An Olathe man is in custody after the Friday death of

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review The inaugural King of America Modified Nationals brings the top drivers from the USMST to the area. It is a four-day modified racing event, Wednesday through Saturday, for a $15,000 prize in the A-Main feature race Saturday night. ELSMORE — Drake Dieker of Iola was the top marksman in the 13-16-year-old division of last Saturday’s youth trap shoot. The fifth annual free Eastern Kansas Youth Trap Shoot was held at the Lone Tree Gun Club near Elsmore, owned and operated by Ron and Betty Wrestler. About 50 boys and girls 16 and younger participated in the shoot Saturday. It took only one unanswered phone call for Janet Nichols to know Friday afternoon s o m e thing was wrong. “He always answered my calls — first time,” she said of her husMax Nichols band, Max. Within a few hours her worst fears were confirmed. Max was found dead from what is presumed a fall from a hunting stand on land in rural Uniontown. “What little peace I can find at this moment, is to know he was doing what he loved,” she said Sunday afternoon. “Still, hunting comes with dangers.” 12 — Happy to have a place to call home, Allen County Hospital trustees announced at their meeting Tuesday night they will begin the process of buying land on North Kentucky Street as the site

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Kelly Shyrock, Fertile, Iowa, right, posed with an Elvis impersonator when he was crowned King of America Modified Nationals at the Humboldt Speeway. for a new hospital. Earlier in the evening, Iola Council members approved by a 7-2 vote to rezone the 25 acres from residential to commercial. The vote overturned an earlier decision by the Iola Planning Commission to deny hospital trustees the change in designation of the land. 15 — Three All-SEK runners and three runners earning league honorable mention is not bad for the final Southeast Kansas League cross country meet in Iola High’s history. Sure, it would have been a great end to a long storied

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one minute in leading the Fillies. Lohman finished 19th and senior Sydney Owens was 20th. Both earned SEK honorable mention. Oct. 22 — MORAN — Marmaton Valley High squashed three prime scoring chances for St. Paul High Friday, and in so doing, secured an Kansas Eight-Man Football Division I postseason berth. Oct. 27 — Jerrik Sigg is on the brink of a special individual season on the football field. Iola High has not had a 1,000-yard rusher in 19 years. Sigg, a 6-1, 172-pound senior, has 967 yards on 164 carries going into tonight’s 2011 season finale at Prairie View. Sigg is the starting tailback for the IHS Mustangs plus leads the team in all-purpose yardage. 19 — The discord among city council members is having a negative effect on those who work at city hall, according to a recent survey conducted by Carl Slaugh, city administrator. Department heads and Council members were asked to fill out a survey last week in preparation for a strategic planning session that Slaugh led Monday night at a Council meeting. Survey responses were anonymous and frank. 22 — You’d think a straightA student in chemical engineering graduating from Kansas State University would have companies falling all over themselves for his services. B e n Clubine f o u n d otherw i s e during career fairs in Ben Clubine fall 2009


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wheat and beans are falling way short of expected yields, driving up the prices. 26 — The good thing about reaching 100 is that it takes so long to get there. For Grace Myers it’s been an enjoyable journey that includes living through the Depression, enjoying a brief teaching career, being married to Dr. Gene Myers and raising a family. Grace turns 100 on Oct. 6.

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dition, Iola school district board members authorized formation of a committee to investigate and research construction of a new school building. Scott Stanley, director of operations for USD 257, spent over an hour informing board members there’s a $4,623,034 price tag attached to fixing every leaky roof, replacing every outdated, inefficient heating and cooling unit and for the plethora of other district-wide maintenance repairs and upgrades needing attention.

Grace Myers HUMBOLDT — The streak is over. A punishing ground attack spearheaded by Humboldt High’s Noah Thornbrugh paved the way for the Cubs’ first win in almost two years. Thornbrugh scored three touchdowns for the Cubs. Humboldt’s defense followed with a goal-line stand to escape with a 21-14 win over visiting Fredonia High. The win snaps a 14-game losing streak for the Cubs, who last tasted victory late in the 2009 season. 27 — After discussing the millions of dollars it’s going to cost USD 257 to get its facilities in optimum con-

1 — Iolan Lee Berg, accused of setting a string of grass and hay fires across northern Allen County, was formally charged this week with 21 felony counts of arson. Allen County needs dentists. Recent graduates of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry have a lot of debt, and need jobs. AlArthur Unruh len County, meet Arthur Unruh. Unruh, a 26-year-old Hesston native, became one of Allen County’s newest health professionals when he began his career as dentist in July at the Community Health Center, 1408 East St. Oct. 4 — Iola High’s Mustang junior varsity capitalized on a Chanute High mistake to take a 6-0 halftime lead Monday night. The Mustangs responded when the visiting Blue Comets took an 8-6 lead. The Mustang JV is 6-0. Oct. 7 — A goal-line stand

Kendra Taiclet and Charles Ulery were crowned Iola High School fall homecoming queen and king on Oct. 7. with 5:04 remaining in the game energized Iola High’s Mustangs Friday night. Three plays and 94 yards later, the Mustangs gained the lead over visiting Labette County High’s Grizzlies. They never relinquished it. The Mustangs broke a 16game losing streak with a 24-15 victory. It was a great homecoming gift for Iola High. 10 — Until Hope Unlimited received a $38,600 grant this summer, the fate of its domestic and sexual violence programs outside of the shelter were in jeopardy, said Dorothy Sparks, Hope Unlimited’s director. The grant from State Crime Victims Assistance Fund along with a special allocation from the State General Fund will allow Hope Unlimited to continue, for at least another year, taking clients to medical appointments, accompanying them to court dates, the hospital and to Social and Rehabilitation Services meetings. 11 — FORT SCOTT — Playing at home didn’t hurt

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Uniontown High’s Eagles. For the third time in four years, Uniontown is sending a complete team to the Kansas Class 3-2-1A State Girls’ Golf Tournament. The Eagles claimed third place at Monday’s Class 3-2-1A Regional Tournament on Fort Scott’s Woodland Hills Golf Course. Going back to the state tournament for a second consecutive time is Yates Center High’s Emily Baker. Iola High’s junior varsity football team won a defensive battle Monday against host Labette County High’s Grizzlies. With seven minutes left in the game, Adam Kauth had a quarterback sneak into the end zone for the Mustangs. Iola won 6-0 to go 7-0 for the season. Oct. 13 — Humboldt Speedway’s owners Ron and Rhenda Whitworth have worked hard the past 20-plus years to provide a great facility to race. All that work is paying off. The “Hummer,” as the local dirt track is affectionately known, will be the center of the United States Modified Series Tour (USMST) world.

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review gist Margaret Mead had Allen County in mind when she said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Proof positive: In Elsmore, Vera Isaacs and Dick Fewins have double-handedly turned the town’s aging community building into an exercise center outfitted with spanking new fitness equipment. 28 — A pinewood racer constructed by Jeremy Waldman, a first-year Webelo, was the overall winner of the Cub Scout Pack 55 Pinewood Derby Sunday. The derby was at Allen County Community College. Pamela Hutton, 26, Gas, died Saturday morning when her southbound red Chevrolet Tracker slid on icy pavement on the Elm Creek bridge on South State Street, went into the northbound lane and collided with a vehicle driven by Roy Fritch, 50, Humboldt. Fritch was not injured. Perhaps more than any church in town, Iola’s St. John’s Catholic Church has felt the changing of the times. Gone are its nuns. Its school. And if you go way back — 1952 — its hospital. But the Catholic church, no matter the circumstance, has weathered the times. St. John’s, 310 S. Jefferson Ave., is the largest church in Iola with a roster of 345 families.


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Iola High's Braden Larson scores inside against Osawatomie High’s Austin Chisam on the basketball court. Basketball tournament action. The Cyclones blew past the Mustangs 74-33. 2 — Iola High’s Fillies had a magical run on the IHS basketball court this season. They did not lose a regular season game at home in 20102011. Unfortunately, the Fillies needed one more drop of that magic here Tuesday in Kansas Class 4A substate basketball action. A long outside jumper by senior Carly Mulsow was dead on but the basketball went in and out. Mulsow’s shot came off and a battle for the rebound was enough to let time expire. Fort Scott High’s Tigers got away with 44-43 victory. 3 — Four of eight landowners have said they will accept the county’s offer for

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their land as the site for a new Allen County Hospital. That’s not the majority that hospital trustees had hoped for, but good enough. HUMBOLDT — Construction should begin around mid-May on a senior housing complex in Humboldt. Bill Caton of Excel Development, Lincoln, Neb., visited Wednesday with members of the Humboldt Planning Commission about his plans to build six duplex apartments on eight acres west of Arrowood Lane Assisted Living Center on the north edge of town. 4 — Commissioner Gary McIntosh thinks Allen County could fare better if it had a county manager. He sees an administrator whose sole


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focus is the county’s “big picture” as better than the current arrangement of where the three commissioners tack on their duties to their regular full-time jobs. An administrator also would provide the county continuity as commissioners come and go as they are elected to office. 5 — Rory Foster, serving life in prison for the 2006 murder of Iolan Briawna Hardrick, wants to be deported. Foster, 30, filed a motion in Allen County District Court Wednesday seeking to be deported to what he described as his native Jamaica. 7 — The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Friday night was an upbeat event spiced with superlatives. Duane’s Flowers and Allen County Community College were honored as 2010 businesses of the year. 8 — By the end of the month Iola will be further invested in the oil business. Superior Products, a specialty pipeline operation, will open in the Ray Pershall Industrial Park in north Iola. The business, including warehouse and shipping, is being moved to Iola from Oklahoma City by Iolan Mark Burris, who recently purchased the company. 9 — While they have the county’s blessing to proceed with the eminent domain process, Allen County Hospital trustees remain hopeful that deals still can be reached to acquire land for a new hospital. Iola High senior Marcus Sullivan and freshman Mike Armstrong were selected as first-team All-Southeast Kansas League wrestlers. Mustang sophomore Stephen McDonald was awarded SEK honorable mention. The SEK wrestling coaches made the

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review 2010-2011 All-SEK selections Monday. GAS — A tract of 12 lots at the south edge of Gas, near the intersection of Second and Humphrey streets, eventually will be the site of a public storm shelter and part of it may be developed for community gardens. City councilmen approved the $10,000 purchase of the square block from the Sproul family estate. 14 — GREAT BEND — Clara Wicoff clinched the Sunflower State Spelling Bee Saturday afternoon after 14 rounds. The Iola 13-year-old won on the word geriatrician — a doctor who specializes in care of the elderly. Former Iolan Jesse Cooper, 24, remains in critical condition at the University of Kansas Medical Center today from extensive injuries he suffered in a traffic accident at 6 a.m. Saturday. Trina DeMeritt, 35, Erie, died when her northbound car collided head-on with Cooper’s southbound car, which had crossed the center line of U.S. 169 just west of Colony. Iola’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a growing congregation. Popularly known as Mormons, local church members

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From left, IHS students Mike Armstrong, freshman, Marcus Sullivan, senior, and Stephen McDonald, sophomore, qualified for the state wrestling tournament. follow a faith that to outsiders may seem puritanical. Members are to abstain from “unclean” habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and using illegal drugs. They keep themselves chaste — by being a faithful spouse and by abstaining from premarital sex. They fast one Sunday a month. And they participate in a “somewhat” patriarchal society, said Harry Lee, LaHarpe, the reigning bishop of this area’s ward. 17 — A delegation from Australia got the skinny on Gates Corporation’s hosemanufacturing plant Tuesday afternoon. Two representatives from Hardy Spicer, a Gates distributor Down Under, and a Gates-Australia executive came with six others, preferred customers of

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parcels we don’t feel 100 percent sure about,” Weber said. 18 — Tammy Hughes, 45, Elsmore, died in a traffic accident on Delaware Road three-tenths of a mile east of U.S. 169 Thursday afternoon. — Four basketball players from Yates Center High and one from Humboldt High received postseason honors from Tri-Valley League coaches. The TVL coaches named the 2010-2011 TriValley League All-League Basketball Teams recently. Noah Thornbrugh, a sophomore from Humboldt High, and Yates Center High seniors Paul Stockebrand and Dalton Smith were selected to the All-TVL boys’ first team. Yates Center’s Jake Morrison, a senior, earned honorable mention. Yates Center High senior Autumn Douglas garnered All- TVL honorable mention. 19 — HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — Stephen Gilpin doesn’t have to wonder what if. Had his comic strip idea not failed, he wouldn’t have the success he does today as a children’s book illustrator. Gilpin — the rare art school graduate who goes on to make a living as an artist — says the failed comic strip opened his eyes to the reality of the modern art world. 21 — As of Tuesday, the summer SAFE BASE program is a go. For Angela Henry, director of the afterschool program, it might mean a good night’s sleep. Henry said the free summer program means the continuation of many of the program’s current activities. Of particular importance is the work students have begun in the Wayne Garrett Memorial Children’s Garden. 23 — A hospital high on a hill is now in the sights of Allen County Hospital trustees.

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review 7 — With more than 20 pasture, grass and hay fires occurring, from all indications, at the hands of arsonists, Allen County commissioners reinstated a countywide burning ban Tuesday morning. The ban won’t prevent fires maliciously set, but it will give emphasis to efforts to track down those responsible for the fires, one of which consumed 250 bales of hay valued at about $25,000. 13 — Iolan Bob Chase addressed the Iola City Council Monday in front of a capacity crowd at the New Community Building in Riverside Park. Chase and other spoke in support of former City Administrator Judy Brigham. Three more fires occurred n rural area generally north of Iola Monday, pushing the number of arsons in the past month to nearly 30. 14 — Iolan Lee Berg, 19, was arrested late Tuesday morning on 21 felony counts of arson in a series of rural fires that have plagued Carlyle and Geneva townships the past month. Berg, an Allen County volunteer firefighter who lives in Carlyle Township, was at the scene of a grass fire on Utah Road southeast of Geneva when

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he was arrested. 15 — “The most valuable thing we each own is our mind. Educate your mind and you are a very powerful person,” said Frank Martin, Kansas State University’s head men’s basketball coach. Martin spoke to Iola High and Iola Middle School students Wednesday afternoon. Then he spoke to the USD 257 teachers. In today’s economic times, a chamber of commerce is a vital tool for businesses and the community, Sheila L a m p e s a i d . Lampe, 50, assumed office to- Sheila Lampe day as the new executive director of the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce. She replaces Jana Taylor, who resigned in August. 20 — Iolan Caitlin Dreher exhibited the grand and reserve champion Hampshire market hogs in the 4-H division at the Kansas State Fair Sept. 10. The hogs were bred by Jeff Nemecek of Iola. In addition, Dreher was named the Champion Junior Swine Showman for the second year in a row. Sept. 21 — Only two area runners competed in the varsity girls’ race Tuesday at the annual Iola High Doc Stiles Invitational cross country meet. Both captured individual medals. Iola High senior Sydney Owens earned the ninth-place medal. She ran the 4K course in 19 minutes, 31 seconds. She was the lone Iola girl in the race. Kelli Wilkinson, a first-year sophomore runner from Uniontown High, took the

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25th-place medal. Zach Louk, senior from Marmaton Valley High, battled with Alex Bledsoe of Nevada, Mo., High throughout the boys’ varsity race. Louk was second in 17:48. Iola High’s Trent Latta, a sophomore, was top runner for the Mustangs in their home meet. Latta was fifth in 18:31, with Jeremy Spears 10th at 19:01 and Roman Yocham 14th at 19:13. In his caricature of Buster Keaton, artist Stephen Gilpin accentuated the comic’s pitifully sad eyes and prominent nose while playing down his mouth and chin. “Whenever you exaggerate some features, you take away from others,” he said of the style. Gilpin, now of Hiawatha, was recruited by Susan Raines, executive director of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, to draw this year’s Keaton Celebration poster. The two-day event is now in its 19th year.

22 — The sentiments of residents in the far reaches of north Iola held sway over members of the Iola Planning Commission who voted 5 to 1 Wednesday evening against rezoning land on

North Kentucky Street to allow a new Allen County Hospital to be built there. The 5-to-1 vote will go as a recommendation to Iola City Council members who will have the final say whether the 25-acre parcel will be zoned from residential to commercial. 22 — Cary Minor is still walking on cloud nine. For 15 years, Minor and his brother, Andy, have attempted to fulfill a goal — make the U.S. F2D Air Combat Team. The Minor brothers fly control line model airplanes in competitions. Over Labor Day Weekend, Dr. Cary Minor of Iola realized his goal. He went 7-2 at the U.S. FAI Team Selection Trails in Detroit, Mich. 24 — Iola teachers’ and administrators’ goal to bring in $100,000 in grant funds to the district by year’s end might have gotten easier Thursday. During the USD 257 Endowment Association board meeting at the Iola High School Thursday, after a lengthy discussion, board members agreed to provide 15 percent matching funds for up to 20 grants worth $65,237. The contribution by the endowment association, which has a $47,000 in its coffers, would not exceed $9,785.55. “You would only be giving that amount incrementally,” said Brian Pekarek, Iola superintendent, adding that it’s not a foregone conclusion that all 20 grant requests will be awarded. 26 — The driest year on record since 1980 has Allen County farmers and ranchers holding their breath as commodity prices are predicted to soar in the coming months. With less than 24 inches of rain since Jan. 1, grain, alfalfa, grass, corn,


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as an Iola employee — was fired Tuesday evening. Iola City Council members, in an adjourned meeting purportedly to discuss Iola’s 2012 budget, made the announcement after meeting privately in an executive session for 80 minutes. No reason was given for Brigham’s termination.


1 — The city’s 2012 budget was approved by council members Tuesday night — minutes after Brigham was fired — but not before they had rejected a similar budget eight days earlier. The budget ultimately approved by the council was nearly identical to the one rejected eight days earlier, the only difference being a $14,000 reduction in general fund spending authority — necessary to keep the city’s property tax levy virtually identical to this year. The latest in a series of apparent arson fires damaged a bridge over a dry stream bed on the Prairie Spirit Trail at the north edge of Iola, about two blocks south of Oregon Road, Wednesday evening. Railings on either side were burned enough that they will have to be replaced and support beams under the deck also burned for a time, but maybe not enough that the bridge will have to be replaced all together. Ted Clous, who celebrates his 31st bir thday Sept. 11, took the reins this month of the Allen C o u n t y Community College music de- Ted Clous

Longtime City Administrator Judy Brigham was fired less than three weeks before she had planned to retire after 32 years with the City of Iola. partment, where he oversees both instrumental and choir programs. Playing under the hot sun on the newly resurfaced tennis courts, Iola High’s Fillies made it sizzle on the blue courts Thursday. Independence was first followed by Iola then Parsons and Columbus. The Fillies won five out of 12 matches they played in. Sept. 12 — Iola High senior tailback Jerrik Sigg posted the second-best single-game rushing total in Mustang football history Friday night. Sigg rushed for 239 yards on 26 carries in Iola’s 57-32 loss at Parsons. The 6-1, 172-pound Sigg scored all but two points for the Mustangs. 3 — It’s becoming increasingly likely that former Iola City Administrator Judy Brigham will not receive

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Brigham told the Register Thursday that she was informed her termination came “with cause,” which means she would not collect a portion of her unused sick leave and would not be able to stay enrolled in the city’s health insurance program. The pay loss will likely affect Brigham’s pension through the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System, she said. She was unsure how much. Brigham had previously estimated the difference could be worth $40,000 in lost benefits. Alberta Searcy’s emotions ran bittersweet this week as she packed in anticipation of her move to California. It was extremely hard for her to part with household items she and her late husband, Glen, had accumulated. Plagued will ailments associated with old age, Searcy, 86, left for Hanford, Calif., Thursday to live in a retirement village near her son, J.R., and his family. Hanford is near Fresno with a population of around 40,000, in central California.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 tion with God may come in different ways for different folks, the Rev. Jim Rausch claims. “It’s not something we can control,” he said. “It’s God’s timing. It’s God’s gift.” Rausch said stability and consistency are benchmarks at First Presbyterian Church.

6. Now the program will run for the entire month of June. 31 — What some term as a “no-brainer” has become a brain-teaser for Allen County Hospital trustees regarding what would be the best site for a new hospital. And time, more than money, may be the deciding factor. Two options exist: Both present strong positives and negatives. The newest site is at the intersection of Oregon Road and U.S. 169.


Kelsey Larson had a standout season on the Iola Fillies' basketball team. Longtime Iolan sally Huskey has offered to sell 20 acres of property at the intersection of U.S. 169 and Oregon Road as the site for the new hospital. March 24 — Iola High juniors Kelsey Larson and Kendra Taiclet received state recognition for their efforts in leading the Fillies to an 1110 mark in 2010-2011. Taiclet and Larson were named to the Class 4A honorable mention squads of both the Wichita Eagle and The Topeka Capital Journal. The two newspapers released their respective state all class basketball teams Sunday. Seven area high school players also earned state postseason honors — Class 3A, Uniontown High senior Breanna Esslinger was selected to both newspapers’ honorable mention lists; Class 2A, Yates Center High seniors Dalton Smith and Paul Stockebrand earned honorable mention; Class 1A, Crest High sophomore Kyle Hammond was

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named second-team by the Eagle, third-team honors from the Topeka; Southern Coffey County High’s senior Aaron Ludolph, senior Kristen Stephens and junior Ashton Isch earned honorable. 24 — City commissioners approved an agreement between Iola and the Kansas Department of Transportation to extend the trail from Cofachique Park through town to Bruner Street at the north edge of Riverside Park. The state has agreed to reimburse the city for 80 percent of the project’s estimated $519,000 price tag, using federal Transportation Enhancement monies. Meanwhile, commissioners also approved a land swap with Iolan Jack McFadden, allowing the city to take possession of land along the trail and south of U.S. 54. The land for years has served as a storage site for construction equipment owned by the late Johnny Womack. 28 — A person’s connec-

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The Rev. Jim Rausch, formerly of First Presbyterian Church 29 — Biology students at Iola High School beginning next fall will use iPad tablets instead of traditional textbooks. Gail Dunbar, director of curriculum, told board members Monday night that 25 iPads, costing $350 each for a total of $8,750, were purchased with money from a federal Rural Small Schools Grant. Ten hardback texts also were purchased, for students to use outside of the classroom. Donors have come through to enable the summer SAFE BASE program to run for its customary four weeks, said Angela Henry, director of the after-school program. Until this week, the program had enough funds to operate for three weeks beginning June

1 — LAHARPE — Iola isn’t the only community with a hotly contested city election. LaHarpe is sporting a race of six candidates vying for two seats. A third seat, vacated by Gerald Clay shortly after the filing deadline, also will be filled after the new council members are seated. Existing council members indicated they would use the election results to appoint Clay’s replacement. The candidates are Clayton Carr, Ella Mae and Randy Crowell, Savannah Flory, Don Gay and Ruth Jackson. 5 — A seven-month endeavor to bring a veterans health care facility to Iola — which until last week had been kept under wraps — was brought before Iola commissioners and a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall Monday. Iolan Carolyn McLean, the driving force behind attracting the facility, spoke to commissioners about her hopes to have the facility, which would serve as a nursing home, assisted living facility and outpatient clinic for veterans. The good news: Iola and Allen County have a number of assets that could draw in prospective businesses to the area. “The bad news,” for-

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mer Iola Mayor John McRae said, “is that it’s a well-kept secret.” McRae, speaking on behalf of Iola Industries, spoke Monday to Iola commissioners about the need for an economic development director or other consultant to assist Iola and its neighboring communities about promoting their assets. He suggested a collaboration among Allen County communities to share costs for an economic developer. 6 — After more than two years of debating and three referendums to determine Iola’s next governing body, Iola voters Tuesday chose their new eight-member city council and mayor. Voters selected Bill Shirley, in the midst of his third term as a city commissioner, to become the city’s next mayor. He bested challengers Linda Sigg and John Smith in the three-way vote. Tapped as Iola’s charter city council members were Scott Stewart and Kendall Callahan from Iola’s Ward 1; Joel Wicoff and Beverly Franklin from Ward 2; Jim Kilby and Donald Becker from Ward 3; and Ken Rowe and Steve French of Ward 4. Iola’s Riverside Park — containing some of the most indelible images of the 2007 flood — is now officially considered in a flood plain. Iola commissioners learned this week that the city’s updated flood maps, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, count the park as an area susceptible to a “100-year flood.” 8 — BRONSON — Employees and customers at Uncle Ben’s Bar and Grill escaped injury Thursday after a fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread, destroying much of the building’s contents Ben Hardman, the tav-

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Marcus Sullivan, an IHS junior, takes Marilyn Dietrich around the dance floor for the Senior Citizens Prom sponsored by the school's leadership program. ern’s owner, told the Register the fire started above the grill. Come April 17, as scores of Iola High School students are sleeping off a night of revelry from their annual junior-senior prom, students Brittany Gapa and Cheyenne Leigh still will be hard at work. The IHS leadership students are the primary planners of “Rio Carnival,” a prom for area senior citizens to attend the Sunday after the prom ends. 11 — When Pastor Paul Miller tells his parishioners they are “messed up,” he’s greeted with a resounding “Amen.” It’s the core message of the church, Miller said, that “we recognize that we are broken, but God’s love sets us free.” Miller, 36, leads the congregation at Iola’s First Assembly of God, 1020 E. Carpenter. 12 — Board members Monday night got a sober assessment of what needs done to maintain schools in USD

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257. Scott Stanley, director of operations, predicted cost at $4.873 million. He gave no definite time line but made it clear that much of what he proposed needed attention within five years, some this year. Roof replacements and repairs totaled a touch over $1 million, and included roofing on the middle school that is on the verge of disintegrating. A metal roof above the science building, which includes the cafeteria, also is on its last legs. Anytime it rains, water drips throughout the building. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning is the biggest ticket item. 13 — A dozen educators had Jeff King’s ear here late Monday afternoon in a question-and-answer session preceding the USD 257 board meeting. King represents the 15th District in the Kansas Senate, which includes all of Allen County. “Education is important to me,” said King, a Rhodes scholar and attorney in Independence. He is the son of two teachers and immediate relative of three others. The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program

will give area youngsters a better head start on their educations starting next school year. Steve Lohr, SEK-CAP executive director, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday a new 3,600-squarefoot Early Learning Center at 525 Kennedy Ave. — on the east edge of Iola — was progressing well. The structure, costing $500,000, is being constructed by “one of your local contractors, Hofer & Hofer of Humboldt,” he said. New playground equipment will be available for kids at Gas this summer. Gas councilmen approved a deal with the Fees Park Committee Tuesday evening to buy playground equipment costing about $9,000. It will be erected in the center of the park at the west edge of Gas. Pat Spencer, chairman of the citizens Park Committee, said her group had raised $5,700 and asked that Gas loan the committee $3,300 to complete the deal. 14 — Steve Strickler approached hospital trustees Tuesday evening in the hopes that being a “good neighbor” will keep his dairy on the good side of hospital management. Strickler said his

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review ter she showed her five sheep and four pigs, including her grand champion lamb. 6 — On Thursday, a bolt of lightning tore a two-foot hole in the roof of Jess and Kim Morrison’s home at 915 Pryor St., just above the living room. Aug. 9 — HUMBOLDT — Jeremy Willard made the most of back-to-back race nights at Humboldt Speedway over the weekend. Willard captured pure stock feature race wins on the local dirt track Friday and Saturday. 9 — Noting the time and effort already invested in extending the Prairie Spirit Trail, Iola City Council members agreed Monday to continue with the project. Council members approved, 7-0, a construction engineering agreement with SchwabEaton to handle the design of the trail, which is being extended from Cofachique Park along North State Street to the north edge of Riverside Park. Iola City Council members said they would support Allen County’s quest to build a new hospital along North Kentucky Street. The council favored seeing the county utilize a 24.9-acre parcel of land owned by former Iola Chris Hopper just north of Fountain Villa. 10 — Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning put aside for at least four years consideration of how county and Iola ambulance services might be merged. C h r i s Phelan is Allen County’s new assistant attorney. Phelan, 36, was born in New York and moved to Chris Phelan

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Kansas City as a child. 16 — Tosca Harris, a former English and journalism instructor at Allen County Community College, returns to ACCC 21 years after her first stint. She is the new dean of the Iola campus. 20 — Lousy corn yields and fears of the same for Tosca Harris soybeans are facts of life on the back side of this summer’s hot weather. Layne Sterling is among Allen County farmers who don’t have as much to look forward to with the fall harvest as they had anticipated. 22 — Robert McGuire of Gardner is the new Iola Middle and High School instrumenRobert McGuire

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tal music teacher. Jerrik Sigg and Levi Ashmore were named to the 2011 Kansas Amateur Baseball Association (KABA) AllLeague team recently. The team was selected by KABA coaches. The KABA is an American Legion baseball league. 23 — Iola City Council members have rejected the city’s 2012 budget, citing a number of concerns Monday with the $28 million spending plan. The rejection — which became official after only three council members voted to approve the 2012 budget — prompted the city to schedule an adjourned meeting for Monday to hammer out a spending plan. The rejection also means the city will not have submitted its budget plan for 2012 by Thursday’s state-mandated deadline. While newly hired as Iola High School’s drama and speech instructor, Regina Christienson is no stranger to IHS students. Christienson, 25, student taught under former IHS drama instructor

Jennifer J o n e s in 2010, t h e n taught English for 201011 at Iola. “It was my goal Christienson to teach speech and drama, but I also knew that with the economy the way it is, it was going to be competitive to get this position.” she said. “I was ecstatic” to get the job. 27 — Traci Plumlee has accepted a job as administrative assistant to Executive Director Susan Raines at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. A f t e r Traci Plumlee suffering near-fatal injuries in a March traffic accident, Jesse Cooper has since opened Cooper Studios Dance Center in Iola. Allen County Undersheriff Bryan Murphy figures abut 400 bales of hay with vale approaching $40,000 have been lost to fires in isolated fields on either side of the Allen-Anderson counties lines since Aug. 1. 30 — Iola’s 2012 budget remains in abeyance. City commissioners again deferred action on the budget at their meeting Monday night. The meeting was a continuation of their Aug. 22 meeting at which they rejected their budget, which by state law must be completed by Aug. 25. 31 — Iola City Administrator Judy Brigham — two weeks away from celebrating her retirement after 32 years

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day of blazing sunshine that has pushed temperatures to triple digits. 23 — Settling into his office in Allen County Community College’s fitness center in the activities building is nothing new for Vince DeGrado. It’s deja vu. DeGrado began his second stint as ACCC’s head track and cross country coach earlier this month. DeGrado has plans for a better run at Allen County than his first time here. 25 — Daniel Schowengerdt, 29, has joined the Johnson Law Office in Iola.

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Daniel Schowengert joined Johnson Law Office. 28 — “If I could go back in time, I would tell people who wasted so much natural gas during the gas boom in Iola that they should have thought about the future. That people in our day might need the gas,” Olivia Taylor said. Taylor was one of eight middle school youths attending this week’s Power Camp sponsored by the Iola Public Library and Take Charge Energy Challenge. Tuesday morning’s class began at the Allen County Historical Museum. 30 — OTTAWA — Pitch-

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ing is major in a tournament. Iola American Legion Post 15’s Indians had gotten through the zone tournament’s losers bracket as they marched to the championship last week. It took several run-rule games to conserve pitchers’ arms. But a 10-inning loss in Thursday’s 2011 Kansas American Legion AA Baseball State Tournament winners bracket semifinal, put the Indians in a spot again. They would have to win five straight to reach their goal of a state championship in the tournament at Ottawa. It wasn’t to be. The Indians used six different pitchers Friday afternoon against Doniphan County and came up short 11-9. The back-to-back losses eliminated Iola from the state tournament. Jana Taylor will use skills she has honed from he role with the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce to embark on a new career. Taylor, 31, will step down as executive director Aug. 12. From there she plans to develop a marketing and image consulting business. A good share of her promotions will be Internetbased, she said. The Allen County Historical Society finally has a secure place to store its valuable artifacts after Community National Bank donated a 9,000 pound safe to the organization Thursday.


1 — A possible new site has been found for the new Allen County Hospital. The 24.9acre parcel lies just north of the residential care facility Fountain Villa on North Kentucky Street. At a specially called meeting Friday night hospital trustees voted to

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Jana Taylor stepped down as executive director of the Iola Chamber of Commerce to go into business for herself. place an option for the land owned by Chris Hopper, a former Iolan, who now lives in Wichita. The $5,000 option gives trustees the right to authorize engineers to evaluate the property for its suitability for the hospital. 2 — Heat and dust settled a bit here Friday and Saturday night as the 26th annual Allen County Fair Rodeo kicked up its heels. A cold front with a few sprinkles moved through Friday evening bringing the hot, muggy daytime temperatures down to tolerable. Attendance for the two-night rodeo bounced back this year. After a historical low of 950 last year, this year’s event pulled in 1,555 people. 3 — Allen County commissioners gave no indication Tuesday they were about to cozy up to a proposal from Iola to take full responsibility for ambulance service in the county. “I’m firmly convinced we have the best (am-

bulance) service can have,” can have,” Commissioner Dick Works said Tuesday morning, and he didn’t “see any changes” coming. We got the record. The high temperature in Iola Tuesday officially was 108, which broke by one degree the previous high for Aug. 2 of 107 in 1934. Readings of temperature and precipitation are made daily at Iola’s water plant on apparatus certified by the U.S. Weather Bureau. 4 — One might think that since Kaysha Elmenhorst is in her eighth year of participating in the Allen County Fair, the emotions involved with tonight’s livestock auction might have settled down. Guess again. “Oh, I’m going to cry,” Elmenhorst predicted, as she sells her grand champion market lamb. “I cry every year. I get pretty attached to my animals. I’ve worked with them a lot.” The waterworks began in earnest Tuesday, Elmenhorst said, af-

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Lenzie Boring was a standout pitcher for the ACCC softball team. father, the late Ivan Strickler, raised him on the belief that friendly relations can go a long ways in bridging differences between parties. His worry is that the aromas that come from his 1,000 head of cattle just across the road of a proposed new hospital will one day provoke trustees to insist on odor controls. To prevent that chance, Strickler asked trustees to put in writing their assurances that no legal action will be taken against the dairy and the nature of its business. 18 — In an ever-changing society, the Rev. Roger Collins and his flock at Iola Baptist Temple, 426 N. Second St., find their answers in the

Bible. They worship three times a week — twice on Sunday and again Wednesday evening — in traditional manner. Passages from the Bible are the central theme of sermons and members flip open hymnals when they sing. Technology essentially has no role, for which Collins makes no apology. 20 — Hospital trustees went back to Plan A Tuesday night, and decided a new county hospital would be best on East Street at the entrance to Iola. The five-to-two vote weighed in favor of the East Street location as being a bigger draw for prospective physicians to move to Iola, to create a medical campus with the existing nearby pharmacy and physicians’ clinic, and to provide a better experience for patients, especially in regard to air quality. LAHARPE — LaHarpe’s “honey-do” list is so long that Savannah Flory said the challenge is to focus on what’s most important. Flory is president of LaHarpe Pride, a group of concerned citizens working to the betterment of the town of 600-plus. She and seven others from LaHarpe met with members of Thrive Allen County Monday evening as a series of “community conversations” that Thrive holds in towns across the county. GAS — A community landmark for nearly 30 years may close this fall. Bonnie Steward, owner of Bonnie’s Corner Cafe in Gas, told the Register this week that she plans to retire in October, nearly 30 years to the day after she opened the restaurant along U.S. 54 in Gas. April 21 — KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Lenzie Boring threw a no-hitter Wednesday for

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Allen County Community College. She was one walk away from a perfect game as the Red Devils beat host Kansas City, Kan., Community College 8-0 in six innings. Boring faced 18 batters and struck out nine of them in the game. 22 — Six Iola High School seniors will receive up to $10,000 for their college education through the William Preston and Belvah McFadden Scholarship Fund. Students are: Autumn Snesrud, daughter of James and Melody Snesrud; Jasmine Bannister, daughter of Sarah Bannister; Kyle Heffern, son of Larry and Mary Heffern; Maggie Wilson, daughter of Larry Wilson and the late Nancie Wilson; Michelle Britt, daughter of Michael and Vickie Britt; and Charles Apt IV, son of Charles and Mary Apt, all of Iola.

23 — Gary Parker can’t remember when in late April planting full-season soybeans wasn’t on his mind. This year, though, he sowed wheat on most of his cropland — more than 500 acres — and so far has no regrets. Severe weather could sour things in a flash, but right now “the wheat looks really good, and the price is terrific,” Parker said. 25 — Showing today’s youth that religion does not come in a one-size-fits-all mold is what the Rev. Trudy Kenyon Anderson believes is helping bring a younger generation into Wesley United Methodist Church. “This is not your mom or dad’s faith,” Kenyon Anderson tells teens. “You make the decision to become a disciple of Jesus Christ.” The message must be working. On Wednesdays the church is swarming with



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kids from 3 to 9 p.m. as the various grades gather for youth group activities. 26 — When it comes to personal finance, several Iola Middle School students could give most adults a leg up on how to manage their money. An IMS team, composed of Clara Wicoff, Abigail Taylor, Taylor Heslop, Yohon Sinclair and Ricky Dawn and coached by gifted education facilitator Jean Johns, won the 2011 Kansas Personal Finance Challenge at Wichita State University last week. 28 — About 40 volunteers are scheduled to make the mile of the Prairie Spirit Trail in Iola as clean as a whistle on Saturday. The group of Thrive Allen County volunteers and students in the Iola High School Leadership Class will start at 9 a.m. and expect to be finished by early afternoon. Don’t let the word “boutique” scare your pocketbook

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away, said Kelly Sigg, who opened Audacious Boutique, 110 S. Jefferson Ave., April 14. “My goal is to keep everything in the shop affordable,” Sigg said. “The only thing we have over $40 is a pair of capris.” 29 — OSAWATOMIE — Maggie Wilson was flying high, setting a new meet pole vault record at the same time as Kelsey Larson was streaming around the track to win the 400-meter dash. Wilson and Larson helped lead Iola High’s Fillies to a team championship at the Osawatomie High Francis Wendt Invitational. 30 — Sixty Iola Middle School students competed in a nationwide Scholastic Challenge. Winning the state championship in the sixthgrade division was Ryan Eyster. Clara Wicoff, a seventh-grader, competed with eighth-graders and took first place in the state. MORAN — A group of physics students at Marmaton Valley High School got quite a charge out of their most recent class project. Under the guidance of instructor Stephen Smith, they converted a 1978 MG Midget into an electric car. Iola Mayor Bill Shirley declared Thursday the “ambulance problem will be solved before Gary (McIntosh) and I leave office.” Shirley made the promise while speaking to the Iola Rotary Club. 30 — PARSONS — For the second year in a row, Iola Middle School is the owner of the Southeast Kansas League golf trophy. The Ponies won their final golf tournament Thursday at Katy Golf Course in Parsons.

into a niche of local worshippers. The goal: To make folks more comfortable with God’s message. “This is where my heart is, my passion,” said Cokely, pastor and founder of Fellowship Regional Church. “I want to break down barriers.” 4 — An abundance of hidden treasures await visitors

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who take behind-the-scenes tours of the Helen Henderson Research Library and Maj. Gen. Frederick Funston Research Library, maintained by the Allen County Historical Society. “There are so many articles and artifacts we have in storage that never make the display windows because there just isn’t enough room,” said Jeff Kluever executive director of the Allen County Historical Society. Some of the wonders stashed away include original artworks by Gary Hawk and World War II letters from Allen County soldiers. There are drawers full of information about Billy Sunday, the poor farm, Bowlus Fine Arts Center, as well as local schools and teachers. 9 — While her classmates may have excelled on athletic playing fields during the past four years, Emily Clark has been cultivating her own variety of success. The

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review switched their focus Tuesday night to the land north of Strickler Dairy as a site to build the new hospital. After the conclusion of more than an hour in executive session, Karen Gilpin, acting in the stead of chairman Harry Lee, who was absent, called for a vote to issue $17,350 to conduct soil borings on the 20 acres along Oregon Road and U.S. 169. Trustees have kept the option on that parcel since they first expressed interest in early April. Board members Sean McReynolds, Debbie Rowe, Gilpin, Jay Kretzmeier and Tom Miller voted in the affirmative. Patti Boyd abstained. 30 — Tom Bevard’s looking for a few good people. Actually, several hundred of the 5,000 needed statewide to mentor Kansas inmates scheduled to be freed in the next year to 18 months. Bevard, whose Freedom Ministries has been taking evangelistic programs to Kansas prisons since 1995, was asked by Gov. Sam Brownback to head up efforts for a faithbased pre-release program for 17 counties in southeast Kansas. Volunteers will spend an hour or two a week visiting with prisoners, by way of Skype, an Internet program, or telephone.

tor from Basehor, is replacing Judy Brigham, who will retire in September. Slaugh, 63, will be paid an annual salary of $83,865.60, Mayor Bill Shirley said. 6 — If you’ve got enough of it, Friday night is the night to let your hair down. One sure test is to participate in the “Drag Race” as a runup to the Charlie Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life race. Men and women alike are encouraged to dress in a cross-gender manner and then “compete” in teams of four in a relay. Last year a woman’s garter was transferred from one participant’s leg to another. “It’s better than a baton,” said David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County and one of the organizers for Friday’s events. 9 — Molly Maxwell, a 2011 Iola High graduate, will be on the sidelines of Kansas State University games as a member of the cheer squad.


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11 — If first impressions are significant, then new Register Reporter Joe Sneve may wonder what he’s walked into. Sneve, an Iolan of less than a month, was crowned the 2011 queen of the drag race at Friday night’s Mad Bomber Run for Your Life event put on by Crime Stoppers and Thrive Allen County. “This is quite a town!,” said the South Dakota native. 11. During the week Leslie Jackson tracks inventory for a shirt company in Overland Park. Sunday is another story. Then, she’s the Rev. Leslie Jackson and her primary concern is inventory of souls at Iola Trinity United Methodist Church, 228 S. Kentucky, and the Methodist church in Colony. It’s a task that’s new to Jackson in some ways, but not all together. She was appointed to lead the Iola and Colony churches effective July 1. 13 — Two area men will be

competing in the 2011 World Horseshoe Pitching Championships in Monroe, La. The two-week event begins Monday and ends July 30. Dave Mathewson, Gas, and Neil Hartwig, Humboldt, are members of the Iola Riverside Horseshoe Club. Both competed in the 2010 World tournament. 20 — Allen County may provide some support for the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility, but it’s not likely to approach the $50,000 sought by supporters of the animal shelter. Ramsey Lee Gott, 28, listened to a district judge hand down an eight-year prison sentence for his role in the death of Nicole Sigg. Gott was drunk when the car he was driving lost control, resulting in the Feb. 19, 2010, death of the mother of his three children. 23 — Corn and soybeans in area fields are suffering from lack of rain and day-after-

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Jan Chubb of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. years on the job at ACH in the past 30. 20 — Perhaps the main entrance to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church should be through its kitchen door. That’s definitely where the action is. “We are known for our cooking,” admitted the Rev. Jan. Chubb. She likens the action to a family gettogether where the “work doesn’t seem like work,” when preparing a congregate meal. That’s because a good dose of talk among the cooks is one of the major ingredients. Chubb, 55, has been the priest at St. Timothy’s since 2005. SALINA — Kaden Macha and Shane Walden led Iola Middle School to back-toback league championships on the golf course. The two soon-to-be Iola High freshmen competed in the 52nd annual Kansas Boys Junior Amateur Championship in Salina. They were joined by Matt Percy, who played golf for Central Heights Junior High this spring and is the son of Mark Percy of Iola. Macha and Walden made the cut of the field of 169 individuals for the final round. 24 — Make it 16 in a row. Iola American Legion

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Post 15’s AA Indians haven’t dropped a game since their season opener against Osawatomie. The Indians rolled past visiting Fort Scott Thursday at Allen County Community College. That put them at 16-1 for the season. 25 — A few eyebrows raised among congregants at First Church of the Nazarene, 1235 N. Walnut, Sunday morning when Pastor Daren Baldwin doffed his suit coat. They saw his tie cut and frazzled and sleeves of his white shirt soiled by splotches of oil. “I had holes in my socks, too,” Baldwin said Sunday afternoon during an appraisal of his three weeks as the church’s minister. It all was part of his sermon, done in his belief that when “people see something, they’re more likely to remember it better,” even if it is a metaphor. The point was the coat-covered cuts in his tie were like people trying to hide sin from God; the oily stains an effort to hide sin from themselves; the holes in his socks symbolized sins people weren’t willing to acknowledge. 29 — With little in the means of an explanation, Allen County Hospital trustees

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Iola High School senior will graduate with honors Sunday, harvesting accolades for her hard work in the classroom and in the field where she’s shone — the field of agriculture. The Rev. Dave McGullion sees himself as a conduit for Scripture. He asks congregants to open their Bibles and follow along with him as he delivers his Sunday sermons at First Christian Church. “They get more out of the message from reading God’s word than from looking at me,” said McGullion, 54. “I purposely don’t use PowerPoint. I want people to know how to use their Bibles.” 9 — CHANUTE — Kendra Taiclet was the fastest girl on the track last Friday night at Chanute High’s Invitational. Taiclet won the three shortest individual races in leading Iola High’s Fillies to a third-place team finish. She anchored Iola’s winning 4x100-meter relay team. 10 — HUMBOLDT — Dan Onnen’s days are numbered. Onnen, Humboldt chief of police for 10 years, will be relieved of his duties, said newly elected Mayor Nobby Davis at Monday night’s city council meeting. A new chief will be appointed at the June 13 council meeting, Davis said. No reason was given for Onnen’s ouster. 11 — A mission trip to New York City opened Autumn Snesrud’s eyes as to how fortunate she is to have a supportive family and the opportunity to fulfill her dream of attending college. “We worked with the United Nations Church for a week and saw firsthand the poverty on our streets here in America,” she said. Snesrud, a senior, will graduate from

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and baseball players’ performances were recognized by Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference coaches, the NJCAA and a national softball coaches association. Sophomore Lenzie Boring is an NJCAA All-American. The Humboldt native was named to the NJCAA Division II Softball All-America First Team. Boring was Allen County’s ace pitcher for two years. She went 25-10 in 2011 with a 1.18 Earned Run Average, which was seventh best in NJCAA Division II. She finished her two years at ACCC with 536 strikeouts. Boring, sophomore third baseman Jenna Sigg, Iola, and sophomore center fielder Callie Umholtz, Humboldt, were named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Division II Second Team All-America team. Sigg is a two-time second team NFCA All-American. Francie Troxel, celebrating her 82nd birthday today, intends to “work until I get old.” Troxel has watched over the tray line in Allen County Hospital’s kitchen the past 18 years and has 24


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American Legion Post 15 AA Indians to a doubleheader sweep. The victories push the Iola AA team’s record to 12-1. Iola City Council meetings will soon be videotaped in order for the meetings to be broadcast on the city’s public access channel. Council members voted 6-2 Monday to purchase recording equipment from Advantage Computers of Iola for $12,023. The Elm Creek Community Garden was awarded a $10,000 grant Wednesday by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Carolyn McLean, a volunteer and board member of the garden, said the money would go toward constructing a greenhouse at the garden as well as purchasing a blade to go on the garden’s tractor. HUMBOLDT — As new chief of police, Brian Dillow will take the police department in a new direction by evidence of him being “visible and sociable,” said Mayor Ivor “Nobby” Davis at Monday’s night’s Humboldt city council meeting. 15 — Some of the land on the proposed site of the new Allen County Hospital on U.S. 54 “is as bad as I’ve ever seen,” said David Wright, architect of the project, while other parcels “are doable.” A host of engineers and architects addressed a capacity crowd Tuesday night at a meeting of the ACH trustees. Their findings of particularly unstable soil in the center of the 17 acres led them to reconfigure the position of the hospital to the northeast portion while still allowing for a Veterans Affairs clinic and a medical arts building. 18 — All the postseason honors are in. Allen County Community College softball

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Iola High School with honors Sunday. While visiting New York City during spring break in her junior year, she saw many homeless people carrying what few belongings they had with them. The street people lacked proper nutrition and medical care. “I think it was during my mission trip that I decided I wanted to study food science and pre-medicine with a goal of becoming a medical doctor,” Snesrud said.



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31 years IHS senior Charles Apt accepted entry to the U.S. Air Force Academy after graduation. N.Y. In the other, a similar letter accepting him to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Two of the country’s elite military and academic institutions had opened their gates and rolled out the red carpet for the smart and talented son of Iolans Chuck and Mary Apt — offering him the opportunity of two lifetimes. “There was a little bit of pressure,” he said. “I had to choose.” Apt, who will earn his diploma Sunday with 81 other members of the Class of 2011, decided to follow his older sister Tyner to the Air Force Academy. Maggie Wilson was lonely. There was no one within three feet of her and in the pole vault that’s pretty alone. Iola High’s senior made it three Southeast Kansas League pole vault championships in a row. Iola junior Kelsey Larson became the 2011 SEK 400-meter dash champion. Two Iola High senior throwers captured their first-ever Southeast Kansas

League event championships — Kyle Heffern in the discus and Ralph Shafer in the javelin. Senior Charles Apt, juniors Christian Kauth and Mikal Bossell and freshman Tyler Powelson combined so the Mustangs could claim a fifth-straight 4x800-meter relay SEK championship. 14 — This weekend promises to be doubly active for IHS seniors McKinley Ford and Chelsea Holman. Because of a scheduling quirk, the duo — for one day — will hold a college degree before receiving their high school diplomas. Both have accumulated enough college credit hours at ACCC to receive their associates degrees at today’s commencement ceremony. 16 — Barbara Leavitt slipped into a time warp Saturday morning as she took the 83rd graduating class from Allen County Community College back almost 40 years to when she was a student there. Her share of rent, $25 a month; gasoline, 40 cents a gallon; and a full

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scholarship to ACCC, $37.50 a semester — “That would not even cover one credit hour today,” she said. Leavitt graduated from ACCC in 1973 and made a career at the community college until her retirement in 2010 after 37 years. For much of that career she helped students secure student loans. 17 — The Rev. Gene McIntosh tends to his flock at Calvary United Methodist Church with all the attention of a dedicated shepherd. He knows each member of his congregation by name and their personal challenges. The pastor’s own life of highs and lows must surely contribute to his empathic nature. McIntosh, 65, entered the ministry after experiencing devastating losses. In his mid-30s, both his parents died as well as his young wife to leukemia. “The Magic of Mark Toland” will be featured Saturday and Sunday at Iola Community Theatre’s Warehouse Theatre, the latest of ICT’s One Night Stand performances. 18 — SPRING HILL — Spring Hill High’s Broncos are quickly becoming Iola

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High Mustangs’ regional nemesis. For the second straight year, the Broncos ousted the Mustangs from Kansas Class 4A Regional Baseball Tournament contention in a semifinal contest. May 19 — YATES CENTER — It was No. 1 seed against No. 2 seed just like it should work out in a regional baseball tournament final. Humboldt High’s Cubs, seeded No. 2, had sailed through their semifinal game and Sedan High’s Blue Devils, top-seeded and undefeated, cruised past host Yates Center High’s

Wildcats in the semifinals. The Blue Devils were just too much for the Cubs on a very cold, damp May night taking the 2011 Kansas Class 2-1A Regional Baseball Tournament championship. 20 — Kansas Sen. Jeff King figures he agrees with Gov. Sam Brownback “on 90, maybe 95 percent of the issues.” The most noteworthy difference in the 2011 legislative session was spurred by Brownback’s plans to cut state funding for the Kansas Arts Commission through a line item veto. King, R-Independence, was among the senators who voted to override Brownback’s Executive Reorganization Order to eliminate the Arts Commission, only to see Brownback later announce his intentions for the line item veto that effectively did the same thing, pulling about $600,000 from the state budget. 23 — MORAN — A 23-mile stretch of U.S. 59 was closed this morning after several boxcars connected to a Union Pacific train derailed, causing a massive fire that continued to burn. Some of the cars that derailed from the three-quarter-mile long

train were filled with ethanol alcohol, according to the Allen County Sheriff ’s Department. At least two of the cars were in flames, with several others threatened. OTTAWA — Maggie Wilson captured her third straight Kansas Class 4A Regional Track Meet pole vault championship Friday. Wilson qualified for her fourth consecutive state track meet in winning the title at Ottawa High School. Also qualifying for the state meet in the event was Wilson’s teammate Breanna Stout. Wilson and Stout were among seven Iola High athletes punching a ticket to this weekend’s Kansas All-Class State Track and Field Championship Senior Charles Apt is the lone Mustang qualifier in the javelin. Kirstin McGuffin, a senior, qualified in the girls’ discus. Kelsey Larson, a junior, qualified for the second straight year in the 400-meter dash. Junior Kendra Taiclet qualified in the high hurdles, the 200-meter. Wilson, Larson and Taiclet are going back to state in the 4x100- meter relay race along with sophomore Chanel Coyne.

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Emma Piazza swims the butterfly stroke as an Iola Seahorse. ing’s viability in jeopardy. Kluever is striving to attract notice to the old jail’s condition in hopes of raising the $10,000 needed to qualify for a $50,000 grant through the Heritage Trust Foundation. 6 — Competing on home court or in this case in home waters, Iola’s Seahorses won 43 of the 78 races contested Wednesday against visiting Erie. It was the first home swim meet for the summer for the Iola swim team. 8 — Engineers tried to prepare Allen County Hospital trustees Tuesday night for a report due next week that they fear will reveal a very unstable building site for the new hospital. Numerous borings have revealed “a hodgepodge” of different fill materials and depths, said David Wright, the architect with Health Facilities Group. Onlookers came out in droves Tuesday for a one-ofa-kind sale, featuring a wide assortment of heavy construction equipment, tools and scrap iron belonging to the late Johnny Womack. The sale took most of the day on one of the city’s most conspicuous properties, a strip of land stretching along the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad corridor from U.S. 54 to Bruner Street.

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9 — Hot, dry weather the past several days hasn’t been the best of prescriptions for gardens. “The weather is killing our peas,” said Joni Tucker, of the garden at Jefferson and Jackson avenues maintained by Allen County Jail inmates. Tucker is the jail administrator. Julie Tidd tries to live each day to its fullest because, she said, “None of us is promised tomorrow.” Tidd’s tomorrows are precious to her

as she continues treatment in her battle against stage 4 breast cancer. The statistics are there for all to see. A person with stage 4 breast cancer has a 16 to 20 percent survival rate of living five years, she said. 10 — Daryl D. Alquist, Erie, was appointed as a 31st District Court judge Thursday morning by Gov. Sam Brownback. Alquist is a 1979 graduate of Washburn University School of Law. He

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has been engaged in a general private practice in Erie for more than 30 years. He also has served as city attorney for Erie and Thayer for many years. Other nominees considered for the appointment were Chuck Apt, Iola, and Curtis Bolt, Chanute. Twenty new six-foot-long benches, made of recycled vehicle tires, are available for people attending Iola Municipal Band concerts on the courthouse square. The benches, each capable of comfortably holding five adults, replaced 11 metal and fiberglass benches 16 feet long that had been in place well over 25 years. 13 — Kathryn “Katie” Gant, 31, Burlington, and director of radiology at Allen County Hospital, died in a traffic accident shortly before 8 a.m. Friday on K-58 five miles west of Le Roy. Gant’s car, a GMC Acadia, collided headon with a Cadillac Escalade Kathryn Gant driven by Justin Birk, 20, Burlington. The Highway Patrol said Birk’s vehicle “for an unknown reason went left of center” just before the collision occurred. 14 — Don’t light those fuses just yet. Shooting fireworks will remain illegal in Iola for the upcoming July 4 holiday. Iola City Council members rejected, 6-2, a proposal to allow the shooting of fireworks in city limits for the first time since the 1920s. 17 — Dominant pitching performances by Ethan Ericson, Jerrik Sigg and Ryan Latta propelled the Iola


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Eagles held off the hardcharging Lady Cubs for a 7-5 win Friday. WICHITA — Black and orange came roaring down the track to the finish line in Saturday’s Kansas Class 2A boys’ 400-meter dash final. The top three finishers in the race wore those school colors. On the inside was Humboldt High’s Tanner McNutt, who came into the state meet with the top 400-meter time in 2A. McNutt, a sophomore, captured the Class 2A 400-meter silver medal. Yates Center High sophomore Sam Aguirre was at his first state track meet. He went home with state meet hardware, a seventh-place medal in the 2A 110-meter high hurdles. Southern Coffey County High’s Colin Kraft took second in the 1A 110-meter high hurdle final and fifth in the 300- meter intermediate hurdles. Southern Coffey County senior Ryan True claimed the fourth-place medal in the 1A javelin plus it was a SCCH boys’ javelin throw record. Crest High’s Kurston Gilliland won the bronze medal in the 1A girls’ shot put and the seventh- place medal in the 1A girls’ javelin. Uniontown High senior Emily Aikins earned the seventhplace medal in Kansas Class 3A competition at the 2011 Kansas All-Class State Track and Field Championships at Wichita.


1 — HUMBOLDT — Justin Folk has had a tough run at Humboldt Speedway in 2011. That changed Sunday. Folk, who won the first Dwaine Whitworth Memorial race in 2008, recorded his first win of the new season in taking the 2011 Whitworth Memorial modified feature race. 2 — Clara Wicoff ’s quest

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for the National Spelling Bee crown has ended. Wicoff, who recently completed her seventh-grade year at Iola Middle School, was not among the 41 participants advancing to today’s semifinal round. Wicoff was eliminated despite correctly spelling “misogynist� and “alchemy� in the bee’s second and third rounds. Participants also took a 25-word written spelling test. When severe weather threatens, Iola residents have three designated storm shelters: Lincoln and McKinley elementary schools and the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Since the May 22 tornado that devastated Joplin, Iola’s City Hall has been peppered with questions about the city’s storm shelters, Police Chief Jared Warner said. 11 — One senior was all that was out for softball or baseball in 2011 for Iola High School. She earned first-team honors for the second year in a row from Southeast Kansas League softball coaches. Leah Weir, along with four juniors and a sophomore, were recognized by SEK softball and baseball coaches at the end of May. Iola High’s Mustangs posted their bestever season — overall and in league play — in their seven- year history. Junior Jerrik Sigg garnered Kansas Baseball Coaches Association state honors. Sigg was named to the KBCA’s Class 4A all-state second team as an outfielder last week. Sigg and sophomore Levi Ashmore were selected to the 2011 All-SEK first team while teammates Clint Heffern and Drew Walden, both juniors, earned SEK second-team honors. 4 — Kids who participate in SAFE BASE this summer

Don Nichols has an impressive collection of antique cars. are in for a whale of a time — three days a week in Iola and each Thursday on the road throughout June. Students who’ve just complete kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. Director Angela Henry expects about 130 to answer the bell when the first session starts at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Lincoln Elementary School. 6 — Iolan Zack Osborn will learn the history and culture

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of several European countries and communities, while he travels the continent as a student ambassador. Osborn, son of Iolans Tim and Barbara Osborn, will travel to Europe June 15 for a 19-day stay in Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland as part of the People To People Student Ambassador program. Just above the entrance to Harvest Time Fellowship Church is written: “Building God’s Dream for Future Generations.� That is what Pastor Gerald Bailey, 30, wants to accomplish. 7 — Don Nichols looks forward to celebrating his 70th birthday with a leisurely drive with friends. He’ll savor the trek all the more because he’ll be driving a 1935 Chevrolet, the first of what has become an impressive collection of antique and classic cars. Jeff Kluever fears the old Allen County Jail is so old that it’s nearing the days of when it no longer can be used as a museum. In a tour of the building Monday morning, Kluever, director of the Allen County Historical Society, pointed out grievous signs of disrepair that are putting the build-

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The Iola Register 2011 Year In Review 24 — Iola City Council members will consider whether to legalize the shooting and selling of fireworks in Iola’s city limits. Fireworks have been off limits for years, council members noted, although many residents largely ignore the ban. The council was approached Monday by Curtis Barnett, who has sold fireworks from a stand north of Iola on Old 169 for the past several years. Barnett said he has a location within Iola from which he could sell if the ban were lifted. Iola will develop a dog park in the south part of town, if enough financial support is pledged by advocates. City Council members voted 5-3 to pursue the park, provided costs are limited to $20,000 or less, and that at least $10,000 is generated through private donations. Iola city council members are considering a hefty increase in the city’s water rates. In a report about the state of the water fund, City Administrator Judy Brigham asked council members for what would amount to a 30-percent increase in water usage rates for largescale industrial customers, 25 percent for other commercial users and 24 percent for private residents. “It is a big increase, but we can’t keep our rates artificially low,� Brigham said. Clara Ellis counted her blessings twice Sunday evening after both of her children narrowly escaped injury or worse in the Joplin tornado. Ellis told the Register in a telephone interview from her Iola home that daughter, Natasha Ellis, was in the top floor of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in

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IHS senior Maggie Wilson won a silver medal for clearing 11 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault at the state track meet. Joplin, which took a direct hit from the massive twister. Meanwhile, Clara’s son, Brendan, had been invited by a friend to eat dinner at a steakhouse in downtown Joplin. 25 — An unexpected and shocking 27 percent increase in health insurance premiums has created a budget nightmare for the USD 257 Board of Education. Just as Superintendent Craig Neuenswander thought he’d solved the district’s budget woes in the face of state cutbacks on Monday morning, in walked the representative

from Preferred Health Systems Inc., of Wichita, with the proposed rate increase for the district’s employee health insurance plan for the coming year. May 25 — J’Vente Deveaux is Allen County Community College’s newest NJCAA national champion. Deveaux captured the NJCAA 2011 outdoor track triple jump title. Allen County Community College sophomore Rob Carlson finished in a tie for 60th at the 2011 NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament. 26 — Organizers of

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Wednesday’s blood drive in Iola had a modest goal of 50 donations. “I couldn’t believe what we saw,� said Leann DeLong, recruitment representative for the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. In all, 106 units of blood were collected, from 136 potential donors. The response in Iola mirrored blood drives elsewhere in the area following Sunday’s storm. “We owe the community a huge, huge thanks,� DeLong said. 30 — WICHITA — Maggie Wilson has always had the confidence as she stood on the runway that she was about to clear the bar no matter what the height. Throughout her senior season for Iola High, she dealt with less-than-ideal weather conditions as she competed in the pole vault. Nothing was distracting her Saturday. Not the cool weather, the on-and-off-andon again misting, the wind and not the crowd that is always at the final day of the Kansas All-Class State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium. Wilson cleared 11 feet, 6 inches and captured the silver medal in the 2011 Class 4A girls’ pole vault. Jamie House of El Dorado became the four-time 4A champion by clearing 12 feet. Wilson holds the Iola High girls’ record at 11’6�. EMPORIA — Down 4-0, Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs were not going away easily. They struck for four runs in the top of the fourth to tie their first-round game at the 2011 Kansas Class 2-1A State Softball Tournament. Udall High’s Eagles responded with three runs of their own in the fourth to regain a lead. The eventual state champion

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Mark Toland, from left, is assisted by Iola preschoolers Jayden Goble, Mason Lampe, Blake Ellis and Carly Krammer. Toland is now a professional magician living in Chicago. Addie Prather, left, and Katie Bauer entertain their classmates at Lincoln Elementary's talent show on May 16.

Best friends Kristina DeLaTorre and Patty Patterson share a hug Aug. 20 during a break from making more than 500 dozen enchiladas for a fundraiser to help Patterson pay for cancer treatments. Patterson died Nov. 28 at age 48.

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Benniam Means enjoys a snack at a Safe Base program.

Harvest Baptist Church Pastor Tony Godfrey Associate Pastor David Shelby

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Matt Storrer and Autumn Snesrud were crowned IHS winter homecoming king and queen.

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Humboldt High School students, from left, Michaela Bartlett, Kolbyn Allen and Alli Thummel were characters in "Shakespeare in Cricket County," a one-act hillbilly comedy.




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