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Spring 2017: “Thriving” Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 6th, by admin in Magazine, Organizations, Outdoors, Places. No Comments

Thriving
Thrive Allen County makes big strides for Southeast Kansas

You don’t have to search hard to see the impact Thrive Allen County has had in Iola.

There’s the new Allen County Regional Hospital, the soon-to-be-constructed grocery store in the heart of town, the bike sharrows painted in the streets. There’s the 7-plus-mile trail system on the south edge of the city, the Happy Tails Dog Park, and even the less-visible projects – like a pilot program to help public housing residents quit using tobacco to comply with new federal requirements.

Thrive Allen County either initiated or had a hand in every one of those projects – and they’re really just the tip of the iceberg…

Want to keep reading about Thrive Allen County? Check out the spring issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story in its entirety, plus so much … Read More »


Winter 2016: “Candy Craze” Sneak Peek!

Posted on November 13th, by admin in Businesses, Magazine, Places. No Comments

Candy Craze
Iola attracts multiple candy companies over the years, including Sifers Valomilk

Next time you spot Valomilk, that vintage chocolate-coated treat with a runny marshmallow center, make sure you thank Iola. 

Valomilk’s creator, Sifers Candy Company, originated in Iola and was based there for several decades before moving its entire operation to Kansas City. It is one of a handful of candy manufacturers that have called Iola home since the late 1800s – including one of the country’s four Russell Stover factories, which is still based there today.

“You know candy was profitable here when three different men came to town before Sifers and all made big, big money from it,” says Donna Houser, volunteer with the Allen County Historical Society…

Want to keep reading about Iola’s candy history? Check out the winter issue of Southeast Kansas Living, out now! It includes this story … Read More »