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PAOLA — Paola USD 368 Board of Education members, during a special meeting Monday, July 27, approved a reopening plan and calendar that will delay the start of the school year until Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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When Vergil Thomas first built Thomas Trailer Town in the 1960s, he envisioned an affordable housing option for construction workers flocking to the area to help build the La Cygne power plant.

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PAOLA — The Miami County Fair has a bit of a different look this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but activities are still scheduled to take place throughout the week.

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The wearing of masks in public places will be required inside the city limits of Paola after an ordinance supporting Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide mandate was approved by the Paola City Council on Tuesday, July 14.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Allison Daggett of Paola has been named to the University of Evansville’s Spring 2020 Dean’s List.

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The annual Serving Our Students (S.O.S.) event is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 18, at Cottonwood Elementary in Paola, but the event has been modified due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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PAOLA — Jimmy Hay, Paola USD 368’s director of finance, has been named the 2020 recipient of the ASBO Pinnacle of Excellence Award from the Kansas Association of School Business Officials (KASBO).

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Maria Ramirez still has a photo of her late son Alonzo Brooks prominently displayed in the living room of her Topeka home.

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PAOLA — A local increase in COVID-19 cases has prompted Paola USD 368 officials to move from a traditional graduation ceremony to a drive-thru graduation on Saturday, July 11, at Paola High School.

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The Paola Lions Club and Community Blood Center are teaming up to offer a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 6, at the Paola Fire Department.