KIKS & KIOL Radio News

Daily local news from 101.5 KIKS and 1370 KIOL each weekday.  News is on KIKS and weekday mornings at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00.  KIOL has local news weekday mornings at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 9:00.  Midday news airs on KIOL at noon and on KIKS at 12:50 pm.


The Chanute USD 413 Board of Education began the process of reviewing updated curriculum documents for the upcoming year at this week’s meeting. The Chanute Tribune reports that curriculum documents are being updated and prepared for publication online so they can be updated annually as needed. Previous updates occurred every five years. (7/11)
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Last week we reported that many water slides in the state are shutting down because of new state regulations. This week, Iola City Administrator Sid Fleming confirmed to the Iola Register that the water slides at the Iola Municipal Pool will remain open. He said said he has visited at length with officials about the new law and feels that Iola’s slides are safe. (7/11)
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Neosho County has been chosen as the future home of a wind farm to be operated by Apex Clean Energy. KOAM-TV reports that the turbines would cost roughly 450 million dollars to build and would send energy all over the country. Apex will start construction at the beginning of 2019, and hopes to be done by the end of that year. (7/10)
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Chanute’s water slide is one of many that have been forced to close because of new state regulations. The Chanute Tribune reports that the law is due to the fatality that occurred last year on the water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City. Water slides at least 15 feet high that use water to propel patrons through the rides must now obtain a license from the state. (7/7)
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Iola has been voted as the Kansas trail town of the year from the Kansas Trail Guide. The award presentation will be on Thursday, July 20 at 2pm at the Thrive Allen County conference room at 9 South Jefferson. There will be a presentation on the trails of Kansas and just what you can see when you get off the highway and explore. (7/7)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Chanute Police Depatment in reviewing an incident in the early morning hours of July 4th. Officers responded to a request for a welfare check on an individual holding a handgun to his head. The person discharged the firearm about ten minutes later , striking his own head. Both of the officers who witnessed the shooting have been given modified duty assignments pending the outcome of the review by the KBI.  (7/6)
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Beginning this summer Thrive is offering a new Diabetes Prevention Program to help residents prevent Type 2 diabetes. Participants learn how to eat and prepare healthy foods, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress. To learn more about the program, call Kelli Frazell at Thrive Allen County at 365-8128 for dates and times. (7/6)
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The fireworks aren’t over yet. A couple of rain delayed displays are set for this weekend. The Iola Elks fireworks are set for Friday night and the Chanute display is scheduled for Saturday. (7/6)
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A Thayer woman was injured late yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle accident on US 169 just north of Thayer. According to the highway patrol, 45 year old Amy Vining was transported to Wesley Medical Center after the collision which caused both vehicles to come to rest on the shoulder. The other driver was not injured. (7/5)
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The Member/Owners of The Marmaton Market Co-op, Inc. are sponsoring a community event called God, Country & Groceries. It’s a chance to learn about a community-owned food co-operative and meet the organizers. It’ll be July 14th from 7-8:30pm at the Moran City Park Pavilion with musical entertainment provided, bring your lawn chairs. (7/5)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Butler County Health Department have reported a confirmed case of measles. KDHE says the person is a resident of Butler County. They have identified all potential contacts and will be notifying anyone who may have come in contact with the person. (7/5)
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If you’re looking to get some business done before the Fourth of July holiday, today might be your last chance in some places, many office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. All city of Iola offices will be closed those two days as will a number of other offices. If you have questions be sure to call ahead. (6/30)
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In a follow up to Wednesday’s story, a director of G & W Foods said they do not plan to move the Chanute store into the former Save-A-Lot building, but will be evaluating it. The Chanute Tribune reports that GW2, LLC, a properties portion of the business, purchased the Save-A-Lot real estate but G & W Foods did not purchase the inventory or business. (6/30)
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The Allen County Regional hospital board of trustees is slowly moving toward asking the Iola city council and Allen County Commission for more sales tax revenue. The Iola Register reports that the hospital had fallen short of revenue projections made in 2010. The hospital uses city and county sales tax revenues to help pay interest on bond principal. (6/30)
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It appears that an application for construction of a wind farm in the northeast part of Allen County is on the way. The Iola Register reports that Allen County Commissioners got that news this week from County Counselor Alan Weber. EDP Renewables may erect between 50 and 100 windmills to generate electricity. (6/29)
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Five people were injured yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle accident on US 169 4 miles north of Thayer that caused the highway to be closed for several hours. The driver of the first vehicle 33 yearold Mary Nyambura of Colorado Springs was taken to Neosho Memorial along with her three passengers, as was the other driver, 58 year old George Meeks of Glenpool, Oklahoma. (6/29)
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The Save-A-Lot grocery store in Chanute will close no later than July 15. The Chanute Tribune reports that the store manager told the paper that the owner sent her an email Tuesday stating that the store would be closing. The store has nine employees, most of them full-time.
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A Redfield man was killed and his wife was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident early yesterday afternoon on US 75 in Osage County. 56 year old Eric Lucas died in the accident and 53 year old Amanda Lucas was taken to Stormont Vail in Topeka. Their vehicle blew a tire, left the roadway and and overturned in the ditch. (6/28)
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Iola City Council members agreed this week that plans for a pedestrian bridge over Elm Creek should continue. According to the Iola Register, they stopped short of pledging to cover any of the cost. The city has $269,000 in grants, but the project has ballooned to $350,000 because projections did not cover installation costs. The city is pursuing other funding avenues. (6/28)
Commissioners also heard from several local restaurant owners concerning a proposed hotel and restaurant along the U.S. 169 bypass in East Iola. Each said it would be unfair to existing businesses to give any tax breaks or financial support above and beyond what’s allowed in Iola’s property tax revitalization program. (6/28)
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Fireworks sales begin around the area today. In the city of Iola, fireworks can be shot from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. from today through July 5th, except on the 4th when they be can be shot until midnight. Violators of the fireworks ordinance will be subject to a minimum fine of $100 for a first offense, and $250 for each violation after that. (6/27)
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The City of Chanute allows the sale of fireworks beginning this Saturday through July 4th and firing only on the fourth. According to the state fire marshall, last year Kansas had 123 fireworks-related visits to emergency rooms. Of the injuries, 48 were to hands, 34 were to eyes, face or head, and 15 were leg injuries. (6/27)
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Iola City Council members will be discussing the city’s electricity needs at tonight’s meeting. The Iola Register reports that Iola lost about 10 megawatts in generating capacity in the 2007 flood, when its steam generators were destroyed. Since then, it has been purchasing capacity from Chanute and Sabetha, but that option my be ending in 2020. (6/26)
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A Thayer woman was injured late Sunday afternoon in a head on collision on US 269 five miles south of US 54. According to the highway patrol, 61 year old Roseanna POEVERLEIN of Thayer was transported to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center. The other driver, ROBERT JOHN MINICK of Shawnee, was not injured. (6/26)
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Iola Police Department has announced that their Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs annual fishing derby has been postponed. The HOFNOD fishing derby was scheduled for July the 8th will now be held in September this year. The date will be announced in August. If you have already pre-registered your children they will still have them registered for September. (6/26)
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Two children were injured after falls at the Aquatic Center in Chanute yesterday afternoon. At about 2 o’clock a boy fell in the children’s section of the pool and a girl fell from a diving board a couple hours later. Pool manager Wendy Jones told the Chanute Tribune that this is the first time they have needed an ambulance at the pool in her five years as manager. (6/23)
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Allen County Magistrate Judge Tod Davis ordered three defendants to stand trial for first-degree murder in the death of Iola resident Shawn Cook. According to The Iola Register, Joshua Knapp, Rhonda Jackson and James Myers were bound over for trial. Knapp’s attorney indicated his preference for a jury trial, while Jackson and Myers opted for a bench trial. (6/23)
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Allen County commissioners will consider having evening meetings with a possibility of some taking place outside of Iola. According to The Iola Register, a schedule has yet to be developed, but night meetings could be rotated among Iola, Humboldt and Moran. If there is little interest they probably will be discontinued. (6/22)
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A 16 month old child with family ties to Southeast Kansas has died of injuries from an accident in Wichita last week. The Chanute Tribune reported that Gavin Triebel died as a result of a crash that occurred Thursday near Eisenhower Airport. His mother, Wendy Triebel, is a graduate of Cherryvale High School. She and her other two sons were injured. (6/22)
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A traffic advisory for next week from KDOT…part of U.S. 68 will be closed to repair a railroad crossing. That crossing is located 5½ miles west of Ottawa and will be closed to through traffic from 7:00 a.m. next Monday until Friday, June 30. A detour route will be marked using U.S. 59, U.S. 56 and U.S. 75. (6/22)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has scheduled a series of public meetings for the discussion of the state’s proposed renewal of the KanCare program One is scheduled for Thursday, June 29th at Pittsburg State University from 6:00-8:00 pm. There will be a second set of meetings in the fall of this year as well. (6/21)
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Two men have been sentenced for the shooting death of a Pittsburg State University student. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that Darius Rainey was sentenced Monday to life in prison and Corbin Spragg to 27 years and six months in the death of Taylor Thomas. Thomas was a 20-year-old junior at the school in October 2014 when he was killed during a robbery. (6/21)
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Wheat harvest in southeast Kansas is almost three-fourths completed, and results are varied. Southwind Extension District Agriculture Agent Chris Petty told The Chanute Tribune that most farmers will say it was an average to good year. Harvest yields are from 30 bushels per acre to 70 bushels. (6/21)
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A Chanute developer has announced plans to revitalize the Mercantile Building in downtown Chanute. The Chaute Tribune reports that HomeTeam LLC announced plans to open a restaurant and offices in the building after refurbishing it. Plans for the upstairs portion also include extended-stay lodging. (6/20)
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The scheduled power outage for the city of LaHarpe has been changed. It was orginall scheduled for tomorrow, but that has been pushed back to Wednesday, June 28th from midnight to 4:00 am. Westar will perform necessary maintenance and install an electrical substation. (6/20)
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If you discovered yesterday that your phone wasn’t working, you weren’t alone. An AT&T fiber optic cable was severed by a construction crew which caused a large outage. 911 calls in Allen, Woodson and Neosho counties were diverted to dispatchers in neighboring counties who were in contact via radio. Phone lines were also affected at Allen County Regional Hospital among others. (6/20)
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Parts of eastern Kansas were battered with severe weather last night as a line of storms moved through the area. Although the Iola area was spared, power outages affected a number of communities. Winds ranged from 60 miles per hour in the Emporia area to 80 miles per hour in Greenwood County. Some large hail was reported as well. (6/16)
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Crawford County Deputies have arrested a man in connection with a shooting earleir this month. KOAM-TV reports that 77 year old Muriece William Scholes of Frontenac was taken into custody on a warrent for the attempted first degree murder 42 year old Warren Hill of Pittsburg on June fourth. Scholes was taken into custody without inncident. (6/16)
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The LaHarpe VFW and Iola American Legion post are teaming up Saturday for a bake sale in front of Iola Walmart. It will go on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and proceeds will go replace special markers for graves of military veterans that have been stolen. Roughly sixty of them are missing from Iola’s Highland Cemetery and replacement is pegged at about 900 dollars. (6/16)
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Chanute is a finalist for a grant that could provide $500,000 over three years to improve community health. According to The Chanute Tribune, Chanute is one of 16 finalists for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthy Pathways grant, and has a 50-50 chance of receiving it. The eight grant recipients will be announced by the end of this month. (6/16)
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A Mound Valley man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for alledgedly shooting his stepfather back in May. According to The Parson Sun, 40 year old David L. Whinery faces a minimum punishment of 147 months in prison. The incident stemmed from a dispute over getting a credit card number to restart Direct TV. Whinery was later also shot in the driveway of the home by two sheriff’s deputies who have since been cleared of wrongdoing. (6/15)
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Thrive Allen County has approached Allen County commissioners and Iola city leaders to find a way to finance restrooms on the Iola square. According to the Iola Register, Bill Maness, Thrive’s director of economic development, said that if the city and county came up with a 50 percent match, chances for a grant would be higher. Reception from both bodies was positive. Maness proposed putting the restrooms in the pocket park west of City Hall. (6/15)
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Starting on Monday of next week, KDOT plans to begin two projects to replace pavement markings on U.S. 54 in Bourbon and Allen counties. In Bourbon County, they will work from the east city limits of Fort Scott to the state line. Daytime delays of 15 minutes or less are expected. In Allen County, it will begin at the east city limits of Iola and continue east to end at the asphalt roadway at La Harpe. No significant delays are expected on this section. (6/15)
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The Humboldt Board of Education approved next year’s school food service prices at Monday’s board meeting. According to The Chanute Tribune, some prices were raised by five cents, and adult meal prices were increased by .15 cents. The price increase is the minimum price increase needed to keep the prices low while protecting the district from having to offset costs. (6/14)
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If you have an issue or concern you’d like to pass on to U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Thursday will be the day to do it. A member of the senator’s staff will be in Iola to listen to constituents’ concerns. That will be from 10:30 to 11:30 on Thursday morning at the assembly room of the Allen County Courthouse. You’re invited to stop by. (6/14)
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The City of La Harpe is going to have a scheduled power outage while Westar performs necessary maintenance on utility poles and installs an electrical substation. The power outage is scheduled for the early morning hours of Wednesday June 21st from midnight to 4:00 am. If you have questions contact La Harpe City Hall. (6/14)
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At this week’s meeting, the Iola City Council heard from the developer of a proposed hotel in east Iola. The Iola Register reports that council members were told about a feasibility study that indicated a town in Iola’s situation could support another hotel. The developer stated his belief that many motorists are passing Iola completely as they drive by on the highway.
He pointed to his own Sleep Inn located in Fort Scott as an example adding to the number of clients brought in from out-of-town, and not taking customers away from the other businesses. Fort Scott’s transient guest tax collections more than doubled from 2014 to 2016, indicating an influx of new dollars. (6/14)
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Two people were arrested yesterday and a vehicle was seized in connection with the hit and run death of Clay Yoder early Sunday west of Garnett. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reports that their identities are being withheld pending formal charges. The person who was a passenger has bonded out while the suspected driver remains in the Anderson County Jail. The sheriff’s office also says there is no proof that anyone was under the influence. (6/13)
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Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner will be in 8 counties in Southeast Kansas through Wednesday. The tour is designed to help return the more than $350 million of Unclaimed Property in Kansas. LaTurner will be at the Allen County Courthouse in Iola on Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5 if you want help checking for unclaimed property. (6/13)
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The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate a 2004 Pontiac Bonneville they believe was was involved in a hit-and-run incident early Sunday morning. 22 year-old Clay Yoder of Mont Ida was killed sometime between 2:15 and 4:15 a.m. as he was walking along 1650 Road about 4.5 miles west of Garnett. The driver fled the scene and authorities are searching for the vehicle. Again, it is 2004 Pontiac Bonneville of unknown color with front end and or inner fender or undercarriage damage. If you have any information contact the Anderson County Sheriff at 785-448-6823. (6/12)
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Iola City Council members will hear from a developer tonight about plans for a new hotel on the east side of Iola. According to the Register, the Iola Sleep Inn & Suites would be built near the U.S. 169-U.S. 54 bypass. There are also plans for a Sharky’s Pub & Grub restaurant adjacent to the hotel. (6/12)
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A team on it’s way to a summer football camp in Galena saw its bus go up in flames Tuesday afternoon. KOAM-TV reports that the team from Wyandotte High School in Oklahoma was evacuated from the bus after the coach smelled smoke. The bus driver pulled over and the bus was engulfed in flames less than 5 minutes later. (6/9)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Fredonia Police Department arrested a Fredonia man for his alleged involvement in a Thursday morning homicide. According to a news release, the KBI was asked by the Fredonia Police Department to assist in investigating a suspected homicide at about 10 a.m. yesterday. The initial investigation indicates 50-year-old Eddie Cohee was murdered at his residence in Fredonia sometime Thursday morning. Authorities believe that he suffered from blunt force trauma. The autopsy is currently pending. The victim’s son, 25-year-old Sean Cohee was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail for first degree murder about an hour later. The investigation is ongoing. (6/9)
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Organizers reached their goal to raise funds for Chanute’s Fourth of July fireworks display. According to The Chanute Tribune, a $600 contribution from a local business helped them hit the $15,000 goal. This years fundraising was significantly higher. Last year, organizers set a goal of $12,000 and raised $11,000. (6/8)
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This week, Judge Robert Fairchild of Lawrence rejected a petition by Iola residents Fred Works and Jim Gilpin to gain standing the court’s examination of the Iola school board’s obligations to the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. The Iola Register reports that the judge did invite them to submit briefs to be considered by the court by July 10th. (6/8)
After that, the board will have until Aug. 14 to file their reply.
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The family of a former college football player who killed himself is suing the NCAA. The family of Pittsburg State player Zack Langston questions how his concussions were handled. They alledge that he suffered more than 100 and was often told to “shake it off.”
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An Iola man was killed Sunday evening when the motorcycle he was riding crashed southwest of Iola. Sheriff Bryan Murphy told the Iola Register that 44 year old Rick Weiland was riding with friends on private property. They searched for him when he didn’t return. (6/7)
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The Chanute USD 413 school board has approved purchases of new Dell Chromebooks for students. According to The Chanute Tribune, a total of 375 of the cloud-based laptops were purchased at a total cost of $90,000. Chromebooks cost less than laptops and have a much smaller hard drive because they store the bulk of data and applications online. (6/6)
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The football stadium in Iola’s Riverside Park is in the process of getting a makeover. A massive painting project is currently underway at the stadium. The Iola Register reports that cleanup work to prepare two full days, and created a thick layer of dirt and debris in front of the stadium. If you’d like to donate for further upgrades, call 365-4700. (6/6)
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The Kansas Highway Patrol says one man has died after colliding with a semi head-on in Greenwood County early Sunday. 59 year old Vernon Kirkpatrick of Fall River died after his van crossed the center line for an unknown reason and struck a semi on US-400. The two occupants of the truck were not injured. (6/5)
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Because of a lack of candidates in local races, it looks as if there’s no need for Allen County to have a primary election in August. County Clerk Sherrie Riebel reports that there will only be a few contested races in November and there are no candidates for some of the positions. A new state law moved city and school elections to the fall this year. (6/5)
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The financial growth of Allen County Regional Hospital has been slower than early projections. According to the Iola Register, the projections from an accounting firm six years ago were too optimistic due to several factors and the hospital board has asked for a quote for a new projection. Despite that, in 2016, revenue exceeded expenses by $230,000. (6/5)
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The indicted former manager of the defunct Parsons Credit Union has received a new trial date. The Parsons Sun reports that 64 year old Nita Rae Nirschl faces an 81-count indictment in federal court for allegedly embezzling more than $5 million. The crimes allegedly took place while Nirschl worked for the credit union prior to it closing in 2014.. (6/2)
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A Topeka man was killed early Wednesday morning after a work related accident at a Plastic plant in Osage City. Authorities say the cause of the accident was that a forklift pinned the man against other equipment, causing fatal injuries. He has been identified as 53-year-old Ruben Guadlaupe Chavira who had worked at the plant since 2014. (6/2)
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Committee members raising money for Chanute’s Fourth of July fireworks display have until the close of business Monday to reach this year’s goal of $15,000. The Chanute Tribune reports that this year’s show will already be the largest in a decade. So far, they have passed last year’s goal by raising $13,400. (6/2)
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A couple of big events are slated for the Iola area this weekend. This year’s Allen County Relay For Life begins at noon Saturday on the courthouse square. That’s a different start time than in years past as the event moves to the daytime. More than a hundred walkers have signed up and there will be a variety of games and activities through the afternoon. In case of rain, the event will shift to the Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park (6/1)
Also, if you’re in the mood to find a bargain or two, Iola’s annual Citywide Garage Sale is Saturday. Sale maps are available Saturday at Ray’s Mini Mart, Pump’ N Petes in Iola and Gas, Jump Start Travel Center and Casey’s General Store. (6/1)
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Allen County commissioners appointed 13 area residents to two committees to oversee economic development throughout the county. The Register reports that Chuck Apt will chair the committees that will be in charge of dispersing up to 200 thousand dollars each year. Several reuests have already surfaced and funds may be available this year. (6/1)
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After 16 years of planning, the longest biking and hiking trail in Kansas is open for public use. According to The Wichita Eagle, The Flint Hills Nature Trail is currently 90 miles long, and it could expand to 117 miles in the future and meet other Kansas trails. The trail runs along abandoned railroad lines. (6/1)
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In case you haven’t noticed, construction activities have begun inearnest this week for the new G&W Foods store at the site of the old Allen County Hospital. The store was orginally supposed to be open by now, but the project has been plagued by a series of delays. Projections have the grocery store opening at the end of this year. (6/1)
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Meanwhile, the status of a pedestrian bridge over Elm Creek has been put in doubt because engineer’s estimates did not include installation costs. Iola Assistant City Administrator Corey Schinstock told the Iola Register that the original price tag was $257,000, but it should have been about $349,000. Thrive Allen County has secured about $269,000 for the project. (6/1)
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Iola’s Humanity House is relocating because their former location has been sold. Executive director Tracy Keagle told the Iola Register that the nonprofit organization is moving from 111 South Washington to 509 North State Street, and will temporarily share space with EZ Tax Service. Meanwhile, they are looking to acquire a larger space. (5/31)
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The Kansas Water Office’s Neosho Regional Advisory Committee will meet to discuss current water issues affecting the region. The meeting will be Wednesday, June 14 at 10 a.m., at the John Redmond Reservoir Project Office in Burlington. Agenda items include regional water supply priority goals and allocations for the counties. (5/31)
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Foundation of Greater Kansas City. It will be to support a community fitness center and health promotion program. The goal is to convert LaHarpe City Hall into a wellness center for a number of activities or to meet with local residents in need of help for chronic health issues. (5/30)
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For the ninth year, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute has been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. It is the only Kansas facility to make the list. . Specific rankings will be announced live at the national awards ceremony in September with top placing organizations featured in the magazine. (5/30)
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The president of the USD 257 Board of Education, Tony Leavitt, will not seek re-election this fall. Leavitt told the Iola Register that he thought it was time for someone else to have the opportunity to serve on the board in position No. 4. He will complete his second four-year term in early January. Filing deadline for the seat is June first at noon. (5/26)
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A man from Buffalo was injured around noon yesterday when his vehicle ran into the back end of a semi in Wilson County. The highway patrol reports that 74 year old Leary Edward Townsend was transported to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute for treatment. The semi was was stopped at the stop sign on Thomas Road at 2000 Road. (5/25)
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Just a reminder headed into the long holiday weekend that Iola city offices will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. One thing that will be open on Monday is the Iola pool. The annual opening Summer Splash kicks off at 1 pm. Ages 6 to 64 enter for two dollars. Five and under and 65 and over are free. Games begin at 2. (5/26)
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The new Allen County economic development fund has yet to devolop guidelines for awarding money, but a line has already formed. The Iola Register reports that an existing and a proposed business have approached Allen County Commissioners for assistance. One is for upgrades to upgrades to Mildred Store, another is for a proposed restaurant in Gas. (5/25)
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There will be a sendoff for the Iola Mustangs baseball team at 1:45 today as they leave from the stadium in Riverside Park for the class 4A Division Two state tournament. They’ll play Nickerson in Emporia at 5:45. We’ll have it for you on 1370 KIOL, streamed at iolaradio dot com, and you can listen with the TuneIn app on your phone, search for KIOL. (5/25)
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State baseball and softball tournaments begin today and the Iola Mustangs will be in action in class 4A Division Two. The sixth seeded Mustangs will face the third seeded Nickerson Panthers in Emporia at 5:45. We’ll have it for you on 1370 KIOL, streamed at iolaradio dot com, and you can listen with the TuneIn app on your phone, search for KIOL. (5/25)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has scheduled a series of public meetings for the discussion of the state’s proposed renewal of the KanCare program One is scheduled for Thursday, June 29th at Pittsburg State University from 6:00-8:00 pm. There will be a second set of meetings in the fall of this year as well. (5/25)
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At this week’s meeting, Iola City Council members awarded a combined $62,500 to various groups. The Iola Register reports that the groups included the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce, Buster Keaton Celebration and Iola Rotary. Also on the list was a $20,000 disbursement to the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. (5/24)
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A traffic advisory for next week as KDOT will begin a project to patch and repair concrete on U.S. 400 in western Wilson County. Crews will begin working at the Greenwood-Wilson county line and continue east for approximately three miles. Traffic will be down to one-lane with delays of 15 minutes or less between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays. (5/24)
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The “chow bus” M.A.R.V. will be out roaming the streets of Iola again this summer. The Summer Food Service program will return next Tuesday and has added a few new stops. They’ll also be doing “Fun Fridays” in Riverside Park. For the full schedule, go to the district’s website at usd257 dot org or the Iola Radio Facebook page. (5/24)
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Meanwhile in Humboldt, USD 258 school board members voted unanimously Monday to add 15 minutes per day to the school calendar. Beginning this fall, school will begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m. Superintendent Kay Bolt told The Iola Register that if the new schedule does not work out, they’ll bring back the old schedule the next year. (5/24)
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The Chanute city commission approved donating a nearly 30 year-old fire truck to a charity in Wichita. The Chanute Tribune reports that the 1989 truck will be donated to Pink Heals, Inc., and will be refurbished to support cancer patients. The truck will be painted pink and used for patient visits and fundraising. (5/23)
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Candidates have until noon June 1 to file for a number of city and school board elections slated for November. According to the Iola Register, among those filing are Iola city council member Jon Wells filing for mayor, and Nobby Davis filing for re-election as Humboldt mayor. If you’re interested in running, you should file at the County Clerk’s office in the courthouse. (5/23)
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The Ribbon Cutting for the Allen County Regional Clinic in Moran is scheduled for 2 o’clock this afternoon. The ceremony will feature remarks from ACH Chief Executive Officer “Tony” Thompson and and the clinic’s provider, physician assistant JoAnna Curl, PA. They will also lead free public tours of the clinic. (5/23)
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Two people from Baldwin City were killed Friday afternoon in a two vehicle accident one mile north of Colony on US 169. The Highway Patrol says that 75 year old Stephen Bauer and 57 year old Allison Bauer died after their vehicle crossed the center line and struck a semi. The semi driver, 27 year old Zachariah Breen of Wellsville, was taken to Anderson County Hospital. (5/20)
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The Neosho County Commission was told Friday morning that the county’s valuation increased by almost $3 million. he Chanute Tribune reports that County Appraiser Bob McElroy said valuation of real estate was up by about 6 million and oil and gas appraisals were up over $400,000. Personal property valuation declined by about $3 and a half million, making the total increase $2.99 million. (5/22)
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Representatives from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation toured Allen County on Thursday and Friday . The Iola Register reports that Allen County is one of the finalists eligible for a $25,000 prize for the founndation. The winners will be announced in the fall and will be given greater access to a vast network of other affiliated groups. (5/22)

Two people from Baldwin City were killed Friday afternoon in a two vehicle accident one mile north of Colony on US 169. The Highway Patrol says that 75 year old Stephen Bauer and 57 year old Allison Bauer died after their vehicle crossed the center line and struck a semi. The semi driver, 27 year old Zachariah Breen of Wellsville, was taken to Anderson County Hospital. (5/20)
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The Neosho County Commission was told Friday morning that the county’s valuation increased by almost $3 million. he Chanute Tribune reports that County Appraiser Bob McElroy said valuation of real estate was up by about 6 million and oil and gas appraisals were up over $400,000. Personal property valuation declined by about $3 and a half million, making the total increase $2.99 million. (5/22)
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Representatives from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation toured Allen County on Thursday and Friday . The Iola Register reports that Allen County is one of the finalists eligible for a $25,000 prize for the founndation. The winners will be announced in the fall and will be given greater access to a vast network of other affiliated groups. (5/22)
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Thrive Allen County is kicking off the Allen County Bike Share Program. According to the Iola Register, as part of a $3,000 pilot program, 10 bikes will be placed at three locations around the Iola square. The bikes may be checked out for a day or a weekend at a time. The program is free, but users must show identification. (5/19)
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A jury trial has been scheduled in the unlawful sexual relations case against former Chanute High School teacher David Cadwallader. According to The Chanute Tribune, will start at 9 am September 27 in Chanute. It is set to end by 5 pm September 29. Cadwallader was arrested and charged a year ago for a complaint alleging inappropriate contact with a student. (5/19)
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Organizers with the Humboldt Historic Preservation Association have scheduled activities Saturday to mark the community’s 160th anniversary. Activities will begin at 9 am Saturday and the highlight is a historical baseball double-header at Walter Johnson Stadium. Other activities include a petting zoo, an antique car procession, a puppet show, and stagecoach rides. (5/19)
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Allen County Regional Hospital welcomes Terry D. Schwab, M.D, to the hospital’s medical staff. Dr. Schwab is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience. Most recently Dr. Schwab was in Fort Scott at the Mercy Physician Group. Prior to that, he practiced in Joplin. (5/18)
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Most of Kansas has the prospect of severe weather today. The National Weather Service has placed much of Central Kansas in a high risk area, including Wichita, Hutchinson, Pratt and Great Bend. Our immediate listening area is in an enhanced risk area. Tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain are all possible later today. We’ll keep you updated. (5/18)
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Allen County commissioners will earmark 200 to 250 thousand dollars for economic development. The Iola Register reports that the funds will be adminstered by boards headed by Iola attorney Chuck Apt. One board will decide mechanics and the other will accept and decide requests for funding. (5/18)
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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed a lawsuit against a Georgia company that operated a Humboldt nursing home. According to The Wichita Eagle, the lawsuit contends that Alta Care Corp., doing business as Pinecrest Nursing Home, violated Kansas law by failing to secure or properly dispose of patients’ records containing personal information. The building has been unoccupied since 2011 and has been burglarized and trespassed upon. (5/17)
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The City of Garnett will host the Second Annual Garnett Remembers Celebration of Service Ceremony. It is part of Garnett Remembers, a patriotic pole banner project started in 2016. The public is invited to the event next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on the Anderson County Courthouse lawn. Please bring lawn chairs. (5/17)
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Congratulations to the Iola Mustangs, They are heading to the 4A Division Two state tournament after beating Osawatomie 9-6 in the Regional final. 1370 KIOL will broadcast those games from Emporia starting next Thursday. As soon as it is realeased, we’ll post the Bracket on the Iola Radio Facebook page which you can also access from iolaradio.com. (5/17)
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There is another phone scam making the rounds, this time involving Westar Energy. The callers say they are from Wester and demand payment for a late bill. They then ask victims to make payment through MoneyGram and threaten to shut off the victim’s power if payment is not made. This is a scam, so just hang up. (5/17)
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Iola crews will begin spraying for mosquitoes today. The city sprays two evenings a week, the south half of town on Tuesdays; the north half on Thursdays. Riverside Park is sprayed both evenings. The mist is not a fog, is clear and practically odorless. The chemical is harmless to humans and pets, but lethal to mosquitoes. (5/16)
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Fort Scott is getting a new grocery store. According to FortScott.Biz, Price Chopper is expected to open by the end of the year. It will occupy the former Woods Supermarket property. (5/16)
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A new casino in Southeast Kansas seems to be pulling in about as much revenue as expected. Kansas Crossing earned $3,100,225 in April. Officials with the Kansas Lottery Commission say the casino’s revenue goal each month is about $3.5 million. According to KOAM-TV, the casino welcomed over 70,000 folks through the door in April from 43 different states. (5/15)
Cherokee and Crawford counties, and the City of Pittsburg, received $31,000 each from Kansas Crossing’s April revenue.
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A former Coffey County deputy accused of sexual misconduct with a teenager was bound over to district court last week. According to KVOE in Emporia, 28 year old Matthew Vander Linden will be arraigned July 17 at 1:30 p.m. Vander Linden was arrested in late December and charged with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a 14-to-16-year old last fall. (5/15)
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New details have emerged in an investigation of a human skull and other remains that were discovered April 29 in an area west of Neosho Rapids. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says it is believed that the remains are those of an older adult male. The exact location of where those remains were found has not been disclosed. They are still establising cause of death. (5/15)
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A current Iola city council member has filed to run for mayor. Jon Wells, who currently represents Iola’s Ward 1, filed the paperwork on Wednesday. Wells told the Iola Register he saw the opportunity to serve in a leadership role for the city. Because his current position is not up for reelection, he would retain his council seat if his mayoral bid is unsuccessful. (5/12)
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The city of LaHarpe has been notified that it can proceed with improvements to its electric distribution system. That word comes nearly four months after being informed that the city was going to receive grant funding. The grant will fund roughly half of the improvements, with the city responsible for the other half through higher electric meter fees. (5/12)
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KOAM TV in Pittsburg has been sold. Owner Saga Communications announced the sale yesterday. The company is selling it’s stations in the Joplin market along with those in Victoria, TX to Mor gan Murphy Media for 66.6 million dollars. Saga has owned KOAM since 1994 and they are selling all their TV properties to concentrate on radio. (5/11)
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Allen County commissioners voted unanimously this week to form an economic development board. The Iola Register reports that Iola attorney Chuck Apt will be its chairman and a committee of six will be developed. Commissioners will depend on board members to filter requests for funds and then make recommendations. (5/11)
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Allen Community College auxiliary service employees will be getting raises based on a new policy implemented this week. Trustees implemented a new procedure that would give the greater of either a 2 percent or $1,000 increase to all employees. It should impact those emplyees under the $50,000 range. (5/11)
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The Iola CITF / Pride committee will be having their annual tree sale this weekend. It will be at the old Country Mart parking lot on State Street beginning at 8 am until sold out. There will be Native Pecan, Red Oak, Autumn Blaze Maple, Sawtooth Oak, Burr Oak, Eastern Redbud, Pin Oak, Magnolias, and Golden Weeping Willows. (5/11)
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The Iola City Council has confirmed the replacement for councilman Austin Sigg who gave up his seat because he moved. The Iola Register reports that Michael Middleton was appointed by Mayor Joel Wicoff to fill the position representing Iola’s third voting ward. The 25 year old Middleton is an Iola native and is a customer service supervisor at Gates Corporation. (5/10)
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CITY CLERK Roxanne Hutton reminded the other councilmen that they have until June 1 to file for re-election. Both Donald Becker and Beverly Franklin have announced they do not plan to file for re-election. Nancy Ford said she was leaning toward running again, while Sandy Zornes and Mayor Wicoff are undecided. (5/10)
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The council was also informed that Iola has more than $500,000 in past-due utility bills and Municipal Court fines and other fees it is trying to collect. Members are members weighing whether to hire a collections agency to act on the city’s behalf. They tabled a decision on hiring Collection Bureau of Kansas until they can figure out whether Iola can voluntarily collect less in past-due municipal court fines as a means to get more people to pay. (5/10)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Labette County Sheriff’s Office have identified the two individuals injured Saturday in the shootings in Mound Valley. The initial shooting victim has been identified as 77-year-old James Bullock Sr. of Mound Valley. His shooting prompted the initial 911 call and he was treated and has released from the hospital. The suspect shot during a confrontation with responding deputies in the driveway of the residence has been identified as David Whinery, age 40, from Mound Valley. Whinery’s condition is serious, but stable. (5/9)
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The KBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Labette County. According to a news release, the incident began at about 8:45 on Saturday night when two Labette County deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting during a domestic incident in Mound Valley. At the scene they encountered a 40-year-old white male with a firearm outside the residence in the driveway. Both deputies fired at the suspect who was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin where he is in stable condition. The deputies also found a 77-year-old white male suffering from a gunshot wound. He is also now in stable condition. The initial investigation suggests this victim was shot by the 40-year-old white male. The investigation is ongoing. (5/8)
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The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in solving another crime. Early Sunday morning, a family from Indiana pulling a fifth wheel camper on U.S. 169 struck a complete mailbox post which was dropped onto the highway from an overpass. No one was hurt but the vehicle’s front left tire was completely destroyed. If you have information about this crime contact the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 365-1400, or Allen County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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A steering committee will meet tonight at 7 pm at the fitness center in Moran to will discuss what can be done to ensure continuity of a local grocery. A future community-wide meeting will give citizens an opportunity to ask questions.
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The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is looking for your help to identify two individuals who robbed the ATM at the Bank of Gas. Security camera video shows that two masked persons who entered the 24/7 lobby and robbed the ATM just after midnight yesterday. You can watch that video on either the Iola Radio or Allen County Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages.
If you know or have any tips about a suspect please contact the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 365-1400 or Allen County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or download and use the Crime Stoppers P3 Tips App at http://www.p3tips.com. You can remain anonymous. (5/5)
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Just a note that next week the Kansas Department of Transportation will close the safety rest area at the junction of U.S. 169/U.S. 400 for lighting repairs. The rest area facilities and parking lot will be closed to the public Monday and Tuesday, May 8-9. (5/5)
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A Chanute man who struck and killed a Washburn University professor has been arrested for reckless driving. According to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff, 39-year-old Todd Kidwell was arrested Thursday after a sheriff’s detective reported seeing him fail to stop at the K-7/K-126 Intersection. Kidwell served 60 days and was on three years’ probation for the June 2015 death of Washburn art teacher Glenda Taylor. He is free on $500 bond. (5/5)
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The Woodson USD #366 school district has announced that it has received a $2500 Award from
America’s Farmer Grow Communities and the Monsanto Fund. The district will use the funds to purchase vision goggles used by the Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition and Driver’s Education. Woodson County farmers John and Hailey Pringle pursued the award for the school. (5/4)
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The Allen County Regional Clinic in Moran will start seeing patients on May 25th. The Iola Register reports that Physician Assistant JoAnna Curl told the Moran City Council that people should call the Humboldt location at 473-3008 to make appointments prior to the opening. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be announced soon. (5/4)
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The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas marked its 14th anniversary yesterday as board members and staff gathered to celebrate the upcoming construction of its new health center at 2051 North State St. in Iola. Once complete, CHC/SEK plans to relocate from its current location at 1408 East Street. The new 15,000 sq. ft. facility will include 15 exam rooms. (5/4)
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An arrest has been made in connection with a homicide investigation in Galena. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that the suspect, 46-year-old John Francis of Galena, was arrested outside of Carterville, MO. Francis was arrested for first degree murder in the April 26 shooting death of 29-year-old Kelly Glasgow at her residence. (5/4)
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The city of Iola electric department has a planned outage set for Thursday morning from about 4am to 6 am. It will impact customers on west 54 Highway from the city water treatment facility to State Street, south to Neosho Street, east to Washington Avenue, north to Jackson Avenue, east to Sycamore Street, north to Benton Street, and west to State Street. (5/3)
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Commencement is coming up at Allen Community College, and President John Masterson stopped by to tell us some details. (Sound: 07.6) Every year, a distinguished alumni is chosen to speak. (Sound: 07.6) Larson has held management positions at Gates, Russell Stover, Precision Pumps and Sonic Equipment Company plus he’s been active in the Kiwanis Club, Iola Industries and the ACC Endowment Association. (5/3)
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Masterson has also been busy working on a five-year strategic plan. Most of the objectives from 2012 have been met or are on schedule. This year’s series of meetings centered on sustaining enrollment and maintaining facilities, developing academic programs, effectively using technology, building community relations and attracting quality employees. (5/3)
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Authorities are investigating after a human skull was discovered in an area west of Neosho Rapids. According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched just before 1:30 p.m. on Saturday after a passerby discovered the skull. The cause of death is undetermined and authorities say it could take time to identify the remains. (5/2)
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Two people were injured in a two vehicle accident just after noon yesterday on US 400 a mile north of Fredonia in Wilson County. The drivers, 83 year old Laretta Schumann of Missouri, and 59 year old Guy Dolittle of El Dorado were both taken to Fredonia Regional Hospital for treatment. The accident occurred when one of the vehicles pulled out in front of the other. (5/2)
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Southeast Kansas continues to feel the effects of torrential rains that fell over the weekend, bringing over five inches to a few areas. There is a flood warning for Allen County until early afternoon as local law enforcement officials continued to report water over numerous county roads. There are also flood warnings through tomorrow for various points of the Neosho and Verdagis rivers. Flash flooding caused at least two water rescues in the area Saturday night and Sunday morning. Severe storms on Saturday night blew the roofs off of several structures and destroyed an out building in Labette County. As you’re traveling, be alert for flooded roads and don’t try to cross them. Check kanddrive dot org for the latest road conditions. (5/1)
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Authorities are investigating a shooting in Galena, KS that resulted in the death of a woman whose name has not yet been released. In a news release, Galena Police say they receivd a call about a shooting at about 9:30 Wednesday night. Upon arrival , they discovered the woman with an apparent gunshot wound, she later died from her injuries. (4/28)
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Neosho County Attorney Linus Thuston left Thursday evening for his second deployment overseas with the US Army. The Chanute Tribune reports that Thuston was deployed with with the “Santa Fe” 35th Infantry Division, headquartered in Leavenworth. He previously went overseas to Iraq in 2005 with the 891st Engineer Battalion. (4/28)
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The Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City has awarded Humanity House their first grant. On their Facebook page, they announced that Humanity House had been awarded $40,000 as a capacity building grant. It will help with further programs and salaries. (4/28)
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Money is also on the mind of ACARF in LaHarpe…not because a large amount is coming in, but because the amount going out has been mounting. According to The Iola Register, ACARF reports that it has picked up quite a bit of debt. They depends on donations to fund their annual budget which has beeb strained by expenses. If you’d like to donate, go the ACRAF Facebook page or website for more information. (4/28)
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The Iola High School forensics team will host a showcase and dinner at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. There will be national- and state-qualifying speech and drama performances following a free-will donation baked potato dinner and silent auction. Proceeds will go to Iola’s national forensics qualifiers. (4/27)
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Allen County commissioners said this week they intend to provide $100,000 in next year’s budget to support the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. The Iola Register reports that commissioners made the grant a budget line item last year. But future support may change depending on the result of the lawsuit the school district filed last year to interpret the will of Thomas Bowlus. (4/27)
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At this weeks meeting, Iola City Council members agreed to a request from Thrive Allen County to expand the Southwind Trail in Riverside Park. According to The Iola Register, the expansion will be along the levees, creating a loop around the park. The levees will remain as grass and not have a gravel screen surface like the rest of the trail. (4/26)
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Allen County Regional Hospital has announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation. It is a prestigious recognition for commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Allen County Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey on November 1st of last year. (4/25)
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Allen County Crime Stoppers is having a fundraiser tonight so they can continue to offer rewards and sponsor worthwhile activities in Allen County. They’ll be serving a pork chop dinner tonight at the Elks Lodge in Iola, 110 S. Jefferson from 5 to 8 pm. It’s ten dollars a person and a baked potato, salad, roll, desert and a beverage comes with the meal. (4/21)
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Another activity on Sunday will be tours of the Lander Carriage House in Humboldt which dates back more than 150 years. Tours of the carriage house will be offered at 2 o’clock. The tours are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The carriage house is on the National Register of Historic Places. (4/21)
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If you’re a fan of folk and classical music, you’ll be in luck on Sunday when the Annie Moses Band comes to the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. The band has performed multiple times on PBS, and been on stage at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. The show is at 3 pm Sunday, tickets are 18 and 15 dollars, visit bowluscenter.org, or call 365-4765. (4/21)
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An Osawatomie woman was killed in a one vehicle accident yesterday morning on US 59 two miles north of Richmond. The highway patrol says that 34 year old Jessica Elmquist died when the 1997 Honda Accord she was driving drifted off the roadway hit the concrete barrier rail and rolled into the north roadside ditch. (4/21)
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Iola football coach Doug Kerr is leaving the Mustangs to take the head coaching position at Baldwin High School. Kerr told the Iola Register that he takes pride in leaving the program in better shape than he found it. This past season they tied for the district title and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2008. (4/20)
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Two people were injured in a two vehicle accident just after noon yesterday on US 169 near 35th Street in Chanute. 57 year old Glen A Winn of Chanute and 83 year old Campbell C Barnds of Prairie Village were both taken to Neosho Memorial for treatment. The accident occurred when one of the vehicles went left of center. (4/20)
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A Cherryvale man was injured in a one vehicle accident at about 1:45 yesterday afternoon in Wilson County. 37 year old John David Cunningham was taken to Fredonia Regional with possible injuries. He was southbound on on South Mound Road in Fredonia when his vehicle dropped off edge of road and rolled. (4/20)
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The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Job Fair today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College. A number of area employers will attend and there will be door prizes. Job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and bring copies of a resume. (4/20)
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KDHE has rescinded a boil water advisory for the City of Buffalo located in Wilson County. Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Buffalo indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved. (4/19)
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A Bronson man was killed and a Yates Center man was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident late yesterday morning 3 miles east of Moran on US54. The highway patrol reports that 65 year old Rolland Dwayne Guder died after the pickup he was driving crossed the center line, entered the south ditch, lost control, then reentered highway, rolled and ejecting driver and passenger. The passenger, 50 year old Shawn Wade Pulliam, was airlifted to Overland Park Regional. (4/19)
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A second deadly crash in Southeast Kansas yesterday claimed the life of a man from Provo, Utah. According to the Highway Patrol, 23 year old Caleb McKay Lind was killed when his vehicle sideswiped a Peterbilt and ended up in the ditch on US 400 in Montgomery County. The other driver, 56 year old Glenn Felter of Severy, was not injured. (4/19)
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Separate sentencing hearings are coming this week for two people who allegedly triggered a chase and nearly week-long search in Greenwood County last fall. Sentencing for 32-year-old Billy Dale Baker on Wednesday and for 32-year-old Kristen Michelle Bellis on Thursday. They allegedly led a chase from Madison to near Hamilton on Nov. 14. The two were captured near Coyville after a two-hour standoff nearly a week later. (4/18)
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KDOT has resumed work on a pavement patching and grinding project on U.S. 169 in Neosho County. The 11.6-mile project, which runs from southwest of Earlton north to the Neosho-Allen county line, began in September 2016 and was inactive over the winter months. The work zone is currently located north of Chanute and will gradually move south to the Earlton area. A pilot car operation is guiding one-lane traffic through the work zone on the two-lane highway sections, with delays of 15 minutes or less expected during weekday daylight hours. (4/18)
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Pittsburg State University has announced that Pittsburg’s Carnie Smith Stadium has been chosen to host the 2018, 2019 and 2020 NJCAA Football National Championship games. Specific dates have not been set. The championship was previously held at the stadium in 2009 and 2010. (4/18)
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Three men have been arrested in relation to an aggravated robbery at Papa’s Front Porch Antiques in Garnett last week. In a news release, the KBI announced that 43 year old Billy Joe Waters and 36 year old Harold Stults, both of Osawatomie, and 30 year old Daniel Vannorman of Garnett were taken into custody. A female victim was physically battered and robbed in the incident. (4/17)
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Speaking of Thrive Allen County, they have passed along this word that the Countywide Economic Development committee will meet at Humboldt City Hall, at 725 Bridge Street in Humboldt, today at 3:30 p.m. That is a different location and time than usual in order for people to be able to hear about things that are going on in Humboldt. (4/17)
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The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism announced on Friday that the city of Iola and Thrive Allen County will receive a grant of $197,000. The grant will be used for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning Elm Creek along South Washington. When added to other money already received, there will be about $260,000 to work with. (4/17)
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If you’d like a career as a court reported you may be in luck. The Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees has approved adding a full Association of Applied Science degree for court reporting. The Chanute Tribune reports that it is a 45-credit-hour program for those who only want to pass the state court reporting certification. (4/13)
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An Overland Park woman was injured just after noon yesterday in a one vehicle accident in Anderson County. Police say 22 year old Alleanna Cristine Amet was north bound on US59 3 Miles North of K31 when she overcorrected and her vehicle rolled and landed on its top. She was transported to KU Med for treatment. (4/13)
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Dollar General will be opening a new store in Gas city soon. The Iola Register reports that Gas council members agreed to vacate an alley behind the Antique Hatchery, between Taylor and McRae streets on the north side of U.S. 54. No opening date was mentioned for the store which would be 85 by 85 feet along with 30 parking spaces. (4/13)
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Allen County Regional Hospital has announced national recognition as one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health Inc. Allen County Regional Hospital is one of 156 companies across the country being recognized for helping employees improve their health. This is the first year Allen County Regional Hospital has won the award. (4/13)
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A pilot had to make an emergency landing southwest of Emporia on Tuesday evening. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said the currently unnamed pilot developed engine troubles, so he brought the plane down in a field. The plane landed safely and nobody on the ground was hurt. so far where the flight originated or where it was headed. (4/12)
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You know spring has really arrived when the Allen County Farmers’ Market gets underway. This Thursday is the first edition of the market this season, lasting from from 5:30 to 7 p.m on the southeast corner of the Iola square. Vendors will have vegetables, homemade baked goods, honey, jams and jellies, eggs and meat plus live plants, craft items and more. (4/12)
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At this week’s meeting Iola City Council members honored outgoing Councilman Austin Sigg, who resigned his seat because he has moved out of the city’s Third Ward. According to The Iola Register, they are seeking a person to replace Sigg. The resident must be from Ward 3, the southwest quarter of town. Call City Hall if you want to be considered. (4/12)
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Despite a crowd of supporters gathered to help plead his case, an Iola USD 257 middle school science teacher was let go at this week’s school board meeting. The Iola Register reports that the board voted unanimously not to renew the contract of David Cunningham. The action came even after they were presented with a petition containing more than 700 signatures. (4/12)
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Details have now been released about an accident that killed a woman from Erie on Friday morning. Police now say that 22-year-old Kaitlyn L. Shultz died one-vehicle rollover accident north of Brazilton on K-3. Her vehicle left the roadway, rolled several times and she was ejected from the vehicle. (4/11)
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Authorities in Lyon County are seeking a Hutchinson man after a cutting incident in Olpe on March 28th, According to KVOE in Emporia, 31 year old Tyler McCarley is wanted in connection with the case which resulted in the cutting of 52-year-old Rick Hammond in Hammond’s garage. McCarley is described as a white male last seen in a pickup with Oklahoma tags. (4/11)
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Police in Oswego say they’ve found the body of a man who had been missing for more than a week. Oswego Police say that 63-year-old Michael Coysh of Oswego drowned in the Neosho River and hs body was found about two miles downriver from the d am near where his vehicle was found. His death is being ruled accidental. (4/11)
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Allen County commissioners will decide soon whether to increase support for the Economic Development Program that operates under the supervision of Thrive Allen County. The Iola Register reports that the program began in 2013 and is supported by the county, Iola and Iola Industries. In 2018, the annual amount for each is set to increase to $27,000. (4/10)
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Former Chanute High School Teacher David Cadwallader was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing on Friday. The Chanute Tribune reports that his arraignment is scheduled for 10:30 am May 17 in Erie. Cadwallader was arrested and charged in May of 2016 on allegations that he had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. (4/10)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Buffalo public water supply located in Neosho County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of standpipe maintenance resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. The advisory took effect yesterday and will remain in effect until the situation is resolved. (4/7)
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The Humboldt Historical Preservation Alliance is gearing up for the town’s 160th birthday celebration starting May 20th. According to The Iola Register, events begin at the bandstand on the square and continue with old-time baseball, kids’ games and other attractions at Walter Johnson Field. Donors have kicked in over $5,000 so far. (4/7)
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Severe weather affected parts of Southeast Kansas last night with a line of thunderstorms moving through the area during the early evening hours. At 7:56, highway signs were blown down near Altoona with a wind gust clocked at 82 miles per hour. In Chautauqua county, powerlines were down across highway 99 and 6 to 8 inch tree limbs down around the town of Sedan. Further to the west, as the line was moving in, Arkansas City lost power to a third of the town with South Central Kansas Medical Center running on Emergency Generator. Westar is working on restoring power there, but they expect some not to be restored until early this morning. (4/5)
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Severe weather was also the cause of an injury accident in Wilson county last night just before eight o’clock. A semi was blown over by high winds just west of the US400 & US75 junction. The driver, 56 year old Sheila Kay Alvey of Mounds, Oklahoma was taken to Wilson County Hospital for treatment of injuries. (4/5)
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The lineup for this years Cornstock in Garnett has been officially announced. Country music star Easton Corbin will be the headliner on September the 23rd, with opening acts Casey Donahew and Blackhawk. For more information go to facebook.com/accornfest or you can visit their website at accornfest.com. (4/5)
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Pittsburg State University and the Kansas Department of Commerce will be hosting the 2017 Global Manufacturing Summit. It’ll be held this Thursday and Friday, April 6th and 7th and Governor Sam Brownback will be the keynote speaker. It will bring together industry experts to discuss practical solutions for the future of manufacturing. (4/5)
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Conservative state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth is running for the congressional seat currently held by Lynn Jenkins. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Fitzgerald filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Jenkins earlier announced that she will not seek re-election and will vacate the seat in January 2019. (4/4)
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The Flint Hills Community Health Center has announced it has a suspected case of measles in Lyon County. The Emporia Gazette reports an elementary school student had symptoms that caused local health officials to test for measles. The case is suspected, but health center staffers are treating the case as positive until told otherwise later. (4/4)
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A former Labette Health employee was ordered to pay over $30,000 in restitution to the hospital following his sentencing on felony theft charges Monday after he pleaded no contest. According to The Parsons Sun, authorities alledge that Jason C. Hosey took medical supplies from the hospital and sold them on eBay. (4/4)
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An Iola police officer was injured when his patrol vehicle was stolen and eventually crashed on Sunday morning, three miles south of Iola on Mississippi Road. The officer, 59 year old Steve Womack, was taken to Allen County Regional Hospital for treatment, as was the suspect, 23 year old Tanner Allen Beauvais of Jenks, Oklahoma. According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Officer Womack was injured when the vehicle was stolen, he let go of the vehicle and skidded down the road. Beauvais continued in the vehicle and was injured when it left the roadway striking a tree off Mississippi Road. There had been an extensive manhunt in the area on Saturday evening that included a helicopter. (4/3)
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The Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life has officially been disbanded after no group stepped forward to continue running it. It orginally started in 2009 as part of Iola’s sesquicentennial celebration. Thrive Allen County and Allen County Crime Stoppers had run the event recently and attendance had decined the last couple of years. (4/3)
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The southeast Kansas airports at Chanute, Eureka, Independence and Parsons are among 26 airports in the state to be awarded Airport Improvement project funding. The projects selected for the program will receive get a share of just over $4 million for 2018. The funding is to repair or improve facilities and enhance air ambulance access. (3/31)
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This Saturday, Thrive Allen County is planning to do a variety of family friendly community projects in Humboldt. Thrive’s Damaris Kunkler stopped by Trading Post yesterday to tell us more. (Sound :15) If you’d like to help out, give her a call at Thrive. They can even assist with transportation if you let her know by today. (Sound : :05) (3/31)
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A Parsons woman accused of embezzling more the 5 million dollars has been charged in federal court. According to court documents, Nita Rea Nirschl’s indictment includes 22 counts of embezzlement and 37 counts of money laundering. She worked for the Parsons Pittsburg Credit Union and alledgedly put stolen money in her personal account . (3/30)
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Allen County Commissioners said this week they would enter negotiations to help G&W Foods overcome a $500,000 difference in proposed construction costs for a grocery store. The Iola Register reports that commissioners received numerous comments about the construction difficulties. Iola Industries will be a partner in the negotiations. (3/30)
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The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office says a Eureka teenager that had been missing for over two weeks has been found safe. 17 year old Valarie Lacy was found in Douglass, about 60 miles southwest of Eureka. Lacy had run away from home and had stopped calling family members and using social media in an attempt to stay hidden. (3/29)
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Pittsburg State University and the Kansas Department of Commerce will be hosting the 2017 Global Manufacturing Summit. It’ll be held on Thursday and Friday, April 6th and 7th and Governor Sam Brownback will be the keynote speaker. It will bring together industry experts to discuss practical solutions for the future of manufacturing. (3/29)
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Iola City Councilman Austin Sigg, who represents the city’s Third Ward, announced his resignation from the Council at this week’s meeting. According to The Iola Register, Sigg and his family are moving out of the ward. Mayor Joel Wicoff will appoint a replacement, subject to approval by the remaining Council members. (3/29)
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Allen County Regional Hospital has announced that it is now a High 5 for Mom & Baby recognized hospital. They have integrated specific maternity care procedures associated with breastfeeding and other elements of bonding between mothers and newborns. The the United Methodist Health provides the program at no cost. (3/29)
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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to review the case of a man convicted in a 1996 murder of a Pittsburg State University student. The state supreme court overturned the initial death sentence of Gary Kleypas in 2001 saying the law did not give jurors enough guidance. In 2008, a second jury also recommended a death sentence. (3/28)
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So when will G & W Foods start construction in Iola? According to Thrive Allen County, it’ll be as soon as they bridge a gap between construction costs proposed by contractors and the amounts that were originally budgeted. Thrive says that G & W remains committed to building this Spring has identified its store manager and other leadership positions. (3/28)
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The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another round of mailbox vandalism that occurred overnight Saturday. A number of mailboxes that were damaged 5-8 miles east of Humboldt with a bat or a pipe. Pictures are on our Facebook page, if you have information contact the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 365-1400 or Allen County Crime Stoppers. (3/27)
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The Countywide Economic Development committee will meet in the basement meeting room at Iola city Hall on Tuesday, March 28th at 4pm. The majority of the meeting is expected to be held in executive session to discuss business trade secrets. (3/27)
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The search continues for Eureka teenager Valarie Lacy after her disappearance more than two weeks ago. Greenwood County Sheriff Heath Samuels told KVOE in Emporia there have been several tips but no solid leads. Lacy is 5 foot, 130 pounds with long dark hair with brown eyes, we have her picure and more information on the Iola Radio Facbook page. (3/27)
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As the Kansas Legislature stuggles with the issue of school funding, lawmakers heard from a couple of superintendents from Southeast Kansas. Chanute superintendent Richard Proffitt and Destry Brown from Pittsburg schools both testified at the end of last week. They have serious reservations about proposed funding and local propert taxes. (3/27)
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A longtime Iola eatery has apparently closed its doors. The New Greenery Restaurant closed on Wednesday and the Iola Register reports that the Iola Rotary club was told to clear out the items they use during their weekly meetings there. The restaurant has been through a series of owners since it was built in 1961. (3/24)
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A Parsons man has received a 27-year prison term for killing his son nearly two years ago. The Parsons Sun reports that 56 year old Jeffery M. Patton was sentenced to 330 months, or 27.5 years, for second-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Patton shot and killed his son, 25 year old Preston Patton in August of 2015 after an argument. (3/24)
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Neosho County Commissioners discussed increasing county road speed limits during this week’s meeting. According to The Chanute Tribune, the commission discussed speed limits for Elk Road and the Shaw Road. Kansas statute sets county roads at 55 miles per hour, so the county would have to perform a traffic study. (3/24)
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Former Iola Mayor Bill Maness has a new job…he’s been tapped as the new full-time economic development director at Thrive Allen County. Most recently, Maness has been an aide to US Senator Jerry Moran. He was part of a group that formed the Community Involvement Task Force more than a decade ago. (3/24)
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New ambulance stations in Moran and Humboldt got the attention of Allen County Commissioners this week. According to the Register, the county leases those buildings and they lack in space and living conditions. They directed that a steering committee be formed to look into possible funding sourced for improvements. (3/23)
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A group of Emporia High students and staffers who were visiting London during yesterdays terror attacks are safe and sound. KVOE in Emporia reports that one of the teachers posted a message on social media to let everyone know that they’re okay. The group of 15 students and six adults was at the National Gallery, about a mile from where the attack happened. (3/23)
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The cases against three remaining defendants accused of killing Iola resident Shawn Cook last year will be consolidated for a single preliminary hearing. The Iola Register reports that a motion to consolidate cases against Rhonda Jackson, James Myers and Joshua Knapp was approved. The hearing is hearing scheduled for May 31 and June 1. (3/23)
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The birthday bash for the 21st anniversary of the Prairie Spirit Trail is coming up today. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 6 pm in the Commons Area of the Anderson County High School . It includes a silent auction and a buffet meal…tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at Garnett City Hall or at the door. (3/22)
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A Eureka teen is still missing over 10 days after last being seen. According to KVOE in Emporia, Greenwood County Sheriff Heath Samuels says there has been no sign of Valarie Lacy since she was last seen around noon March 10. Lacy is 5 foot, 130 pounds with long dark hair. She has brown eyes and a mole on her right cheek near her mouth. If you have information, call the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office at 620-583-5568. (3/22)
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A transgender student at Columbus High School says the school is not making reasonable accommodations for his needs. KOAM TV reports that Damien Greenlee is a junior who was born a female, but has taken on a male identity since the beginning of freshman year. He says after student complaints, school officials designated three different bathrooms for him to use, but he says one is in poor condition and the others are too far away. The School district had no comment. (3/22)
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A Thayer man was killed killed in an ATV accident on Sunday evening. The Neosho County Sheriff’s office responded to the call just after 6pm Sunday on 30th Road just east of Chase Road. 68 year old Gary Kesterson lost control, overturned and was pinned under the ATV. He was later pronounced dead at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center. (3/21)
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The birthday bash for the 21st anniversary of the Prairie Spirit Trail is coming up on Wednesday. It’s scheduled for Wednesday in the Commons Area of the Anderson County High School with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. It includes a silent auction and a buffet meal…tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at Garnett City Hall or at the door. (3/21)
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Iola’s Humanity House has a couple of events on the calendar at the end of the week. On Friday at 7pm it’s a painting and wine-tasting forum called “Vino Need No Stinkin’ Brushes”. Then the Utility Relief Craft Festival Fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Riverside Park Community Building. Call Humanity House for more info at 380-6664, or stop by the office at 111 S. Washington. (3/21)
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A Fort Scott man and two children were injured yesterday in a one vehicle accident on K7 northwest of Fort Scott in rural Bourbon County. 26 year old Blake Lee Enloe and two children ages eight and four were taken to Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott with injuries. The highway patrol says the vehicle left the roadway, over corrected and flipped. (3/20)
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A Pleasanton woman was killed Friday in a one vehicle accident 10 miles north of Fort Scott on US69. The highway patrol says 38 year old Jennifer Shaw was ejected after the vehicle rolled two times in the ditch after a rear tire blew. The driver, 16 year old Austin Faulkner of Kansas City, was not injured. (3/20)
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A Labette County judge ruled this week that a quadruple murder suspect is competent to stand trial. According to The Parsons Sun, Judge Robert Fleming made the ruling after hearing testimony from psychologists who examined 25 year old David Cornell Bennett Jr. He is accused of strangling Cami Umbarger and her three children in November 2013. (3/17)
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More Allen County high-school students would be eligible for a prominent scholarship if a proposed change happens. According to The Iola Register, a petition was filed in District Court on behalf of the William Preston and McFadden Scholarship Fund. It would allow students to accrue community college credits and still be eligible. (3/17)
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Second District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins introduced a bill to authorize the transfer of the Fort Scott Civil War era blockhouse known as Lunette Blair to the National Park Service. For more than 50 years, the blockhouse has been maintained and preserved through a partnership between the City of Fort Scott and local individuals and organizations. (3/17)
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The next meeting of the Countywide Economic Development committee will be at Iola City Hall at 2 West Jackson on Monday, March 27th at 4pm. These meetings are usually scheduled on “3rd Monday” of each month. The change was called for because many of the people who would normally attend will be gone for spring break. (3/17)
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Residents of Gas will pay an additional $1 a month for once-a-week trash pickup. The Iola Register reports that city council members decided to hike the rate for the first time since January 2012. Members will also determine on March 21 what contractor will demolish a house at 214 N. Wall. (3/16)
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Humboldt is getting set to mark the town’s 160th birthday and the party got a little more festive this week. The Iola Register reports that city council members decided to give another thousand dollars to the Humboldt Historical Preservation Association to help with expenses. Some events include old-time baseball and a real stage coach. (3/16)
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The city of Iola will now be in charge of placing American flags on the square for holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The Iola Register reports that City Administrator Sid Fleming told City Council members he is working on a set schedule. The city will soon will have a written policy in place to ensure the flags are on display on certain holidays. (3/15)
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After nearly a month of searching, Eureka teenager Eli Ferris has been found safe. Greenwood County Sheriff Heath Samuels told KVOE in Emporia Ferris was found with an adult and juvenile. Both have been arrested on suspicion of harboring a runaway and contributing to a child’s misconduct pending formal charges. (3/15)
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Meanwhile, another Eureka teenager went missing on Friday. Authorities are searching for 17-year-old Valarie Lacy who was last seen around noon Friday. Lacy is 5 foot, 130 pounds with long dark hair. She has brown eyes and a mole on her right cheek near her mouth. If you have information call the Greenwood County sheriff’s Office at 583-5568. (3/15)
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An Emporia man was injured just before noon yesterday in a one vehicle accident three-quarters of a mile from Homestead Road on I35 in Coffey County. 67-year-old David Goza was transferred to Newman Regional Health in Emporia for treatment. He lost control of his Ford Ranger pickup, it left the road and rolled into a field. (3/15)
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The Iola High School ACMAT Youth Action Team is doing a tobacco awareness campaign for National Kick Butts Day. It’ll be on Wednesday from 11:30am-1pm in the Iola High School Cafeteria. They are doing a social media blast with the hashtags #kickbuttsday and #notareplacement to show that they are choosing to be tobacco free. (3/14)
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Gov. Sam Brownback visited southeast Kansas to break ground on a nearly $21 million project to widen U.S. Highway 69 into four lanes. The a six-mile stretch goes from the Bourbon and Crawford county line to the current four-lane to the north. The project begins work later this week and is the first phase of widening the highway down to Crawford County. (3/14)
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Two Neodesha residents were injured yesterday afternoon around 2:30 in a two vehicle accident on K47 a mile east of Altoona. 56-year-old Harry R Korhn and 45-year-old Cynthia D Harvey were both taken to Neodesha Medical Center with injuries after vehicle entered the ditch and rolled. The other driver was not injured. (3/14)
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This year’s Allen County Farmers Market will feature new locations for you to buy fresh produce. The Thursday evening market will continue on the southeast corner of the square beginning April 13th. A Tuesday afternoon edition at the old Country Mart will begin on May 2nd and a Saturday morning session at Moon’s Hometown market will start after that. (3/14)
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Neosho County Commissioners discussed Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center’s EMS funding during Friday morning’s meeting. The Chanute Tribune reports that the issue is the gap between the amounts the hospital bills and what it receives on contractual costs. The hospital took over county-wide EMS service in 2013, and in 2016 the service had a total loss of $1.2 million. (3/13)
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Mumps cases on the rise in Kansas and there is still a small chance you can get it even if you’ve been vaccinated. According to KDHE, there are 56 reported cases across 12 counties. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. If you think you have mumps, you should isolate yourself and contact a health care provider. (3/13)
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More people are dying on Kansas roads recently and distracted driving appears to be the main culprit along with lower fuel prices that allow people to drive more. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, there were 432 traffic fatalities in Kansas in 2016, an increase of 22 percent from 2015. Mationwide, fatalities were up 6 percent. (3/13)
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Severe thunderstorms rolled through the area again yesterday morning, dumping rain and hail in many spots. There were numerous reports of half dollar sized hail and rainfall up to an inch. That hail did considerable damage to cars and structures. You can see some pictures of the hail on our Facebook page. (3/10)
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After it became known that LaHarpe City Council is looking into whether it would be cheaper to renovate the old city hall building on Main Street rather than continuing to use the old LaHarpe Elementary School, citizens will get a say in the matter. The Iola Register reports that a community survey will be sent out soon to find out what residents think. (3/9)
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Allen County has been selected as a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Culture of Health Prize. Allen County was selected from more than 200 communities across the nation and now joins the list of 10 other finalist communities. If selected as a Prize winner, Allen County will be given a $25,000 cash prize. (3/9)
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The state’s newest casino and hotel complex is getting closer to opening. Officials with the Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel say the $80 million facility near Pittsburg will have its grand opening April 8th. The first day will include opening the casino floor and two restaurants, as well as the first concert. (3/9)
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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is marking National Consumer Protection Week by sponsoring free document shredding at the 911 Dispatch Center in Iola today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can drop off up to three bags or boxes and help keep your information safe from identity theft. (3/9)
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The area continued cleaning up damage from Monday night’s storms all day yesterday as power crews from around the state were in the area. Many areas were without power much of the day yesterday and crews had to install a portable substation to restore power to LaHarpe. The Westar power outage map shows no areas still affected this morning. (3/8)
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An Independence teen has died and two other teens from Thayer were injured after their Chevy hit a ditch and flipped over. The accident happened around 3:45 Saturday morning about 2 miles north of Dennis. 16 year old Nickolas Gofourth was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. (3/6)
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A Waverly man was injured early Sunday morning in a head on collision with a semi on US 169 nine miles north of Chanute. 23 year old Kyle Henry was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical center with injuries. The semi driver, 57 year old David Stout of Ohio was not injured. (3/6)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the public water supply Neosho Co. RWD 12 located in Neosho County. The boil water advisory was issued for customers south of Highway 39. Laboratory testing samples collected indicate no evidence of contamination, and all other conditions are resolved. (3/3)
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The Kansas Department of Commerce and KANSASWORKS, will host the annual KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on March 9th. Employers and job seekers will have the opportunity to connect face-to-face. Host cities include El Dorado, Kansas City, Lawrence, and Parsons. For more info, go to visit KansasWorks.com. (3/3)
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The next hearing has been scheduled for a former Coffey County Sheriff’s deputy arrested in late December for sex crimes against a 15-year-old. Matthew Vander Linden will have a preliminary hearing May 9 after a motions hearing this week in Coffey County District Court. He was charged with one count of aggravated indecent liberties. (3/3)
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Traffic was delayed for hours on U.S. 169 about four miles north of Garnett yesterday morning after a semi accident shortly before 8 a.m. Both lanes blocked as the semi overturned and its contents spilled out onto the road. The driver escaped with minor injuries and no other vehicles were involved. (3/2)
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Pittsburg State University and the Kansas Department of Commerce will host a Global Manufacturing Summit on Thursday and Friday, April 6th and 7th. The summit will bring together industry experts to discuss solutions for the future of manufacturing. Governor Sam Brownback and the CEO of Garmin are scheduled to speak. (3/2)
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An upgrade is on the way for Ninth Street and Bridge Street in Humboldt, maybe as early as this month. The Iola Register reports that Allen County commissioners were told that Ninth Street will be milled and overlaid. Bridge Street will be chip-and-sealed west from Ninth Street to the river bridge. (3/2)
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The new casino in southeast Kansas is a little closer to opening now that the slot machines have arrived. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that the first of more than 620 slots machines were unloaded Tuesday at the Kansas Crossing Casino. It is expected to open within the next 60 days, although Blair said the opening date has not been set. (3/2)
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February ended with severe weather for the area last night. There were numerous severe thunderstorm warnings for area counties and tornado warnings were issues for parts of Wilson, Neosho and Bourbon counties. There were a number of reports of 60 mph wind and large hail up to the size of ping pong balls. (3/1)
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The Iola Police Department was awarded a 2nd AAA Community Traffic Safety Award this week. This award is the second platinum level award for the department and he 5th consecutive year they qualified for the AAA Award. The platinum award is the highest award a law enforcement agency can qualify for.
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An Emporia woman was hospitalized after a collision with a semi yesterday morning in Coffey County. The wreck happened on US Highway 75 about six miles north of New Strawn, shortly after 6:45 am. Kay Lynn Smith of Emporia was taken to Stormont-Vail Hospital, the semi driver, Lonnie Wayne Comstock of Garnett, was not injured. (3/1)
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The Iola Council has okayed the purchase of 80 acres of land near Russell Stover Candies. The Iola Register reports that council members voted 5-1 on Monday to pay $400,000 for the land that had been owned by Iola Industries. The city will use the land for possible future economic development. (3/1)
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Iola resident Amber Boeken pleaded guilty Monday for her involvement in the murder of Shawn Cook last March. Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway announced that Boeken entered into a plea agreement to an amended charge of Murder in the Second Degree. She will be sentenced on April 10th and has agreed to testify against three other co-defendants. (3/1)
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Tthe USD 257 board of education voted on Monday to institute a random drug testing policy at Iola High School. According to The Iola Register, Any student hoping to participate in school activities such as athletics, dances, and special events — is required to register for the program. (3/1)
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A Neodesha man was killed on Saturday night in a one vehicle north of Cherryvale. KOAM-TV reports that a car driven by 24 year old Issac L. Hickman of Neodesha car left the roadway and struck an embankment north of County Road 5200. He was transported to the Wilson County Medical Center where he later died. (2/28)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the public water supply Neosho Co. RWD 12 located in Neosho County. The boil water advisory affects customers south of Highway 39. Customers north of Highway 39 are not affected at this time. A line break resulted in a loss of pressure. (2/28)
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A Eureka High School student was one of two people who died in a two-vehicle crash near Severy early Monday morning. 17-year-old Tanner McMullen of Fall River and 38 year-old Bambi J Haynie of Herrington were both killed in the accident on US Highway 400 about five miles east of the K-99 junction. US 400 was closed for about four hours. (2/28)
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Thrive Allen County is sponsoring a community-wide discussion about the future of Downtown Humboldt. The Downtown Summit is scheduled for Wednesday March 1st at 5:30 pm at the “Room on the Square” at 806 Bridge Street. Property owners, business owners, and anyone who is concerned about downtown Humboldt are encouraged to attend. (2/28)
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Masons have come to aid of injured motorcyclist. The IolaRegister reports that Marmaton Lodge No. 245 presented the family of Ryann Brash a check for $2,500. The money will assist with expenses related to a Dec. 30 motorcross accident in which Brash sustained njuries to his back and hip . (2/27)
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A break-in and burglary occurred at the Allen County Animal Rescue Foundation building in La Harpe. Damage was done to the building and items, including donated items, were stolen. Survelliance vidio is posted on our Facebook page, if you have a tip call the Allen County Sheriff’s office or Crimestoppers…1-800-222-TIPS.
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A Joplin man is jailed without bond as a suspect in the shooting death of a man at the victim’s home in Baxter Springs. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that the body of 22-year-old Tyler Ryan Myers outside of his home Friday night. Investigators arrested 20-year-old Wesley Thomas Smith at the scene on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter. (2/27)
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Neosho County officials are reacting to a Kansas Attorney General’s opinion about the county’s anti-nepotism policy. According to The Chanute Tribune, The opinion said commissioners cannot overrule a decision by an elected department head on how to treat a non-elected employee, even if they’re related to the department head. (2/24)
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Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation designating March 6 through 10 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The statewide tornado safety drill will be on Tuesday, March 7th at 10 a.m. This year’s storm spotter training session will be on March 14th, 630 pm at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center Creitz Recital Hall. (2/24)
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Two Kansas school administrators have been charged with failing to report suspected child abuse involving a former teacher who is accused of having sex with at least one student. According to KMBC-TV, Prairie View High School principal Tim Weis and former Prairie View School District superintendent Chris Kleidotsy were charged Tuesday in Linn County. (2/23)
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In Chanute, organizers say that turnout was better than usual at this year’s Soupline event, and it raised nearly $22,000 for emergency utility help. The Chanute Tribune reports that the effort served 2,665 people and volunteers prepared 100 gallons of vegetable soup and 225 gallons of chili. (2/23)
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Thrive Allen County is getting a $75,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The grant is designed to assist with Thrive’s ongoing mission to improve access to physical activity, healthy food and medical care. They will be specifically looking at increasing tobacco-free housing, smoking cessation programs and healthy community events. (2/23)
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Dollywood here they come. The Pride of Humboldt Concert Band and Humboldt High School’s pop choir are performing at the Tennessee amusement park on May 6th. The Iola Register reports that the trip is for the annual Music in the Park Festival which is held at different locations each year. (2/22)
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The Allen Community College Endowment Association is hosting it’s Red Scholarship Gala on Saturday, March 25th in the ACC gymnasium, with doors opening at 5pm. ACC Director of Development Aimee Thompson stopped by Trading Post yesterday to tell us about all the activities. (SOUND: 7.8 “really fun night.”) Several former Kansas City Chiefs players will be at the event as well. Here’s how to get tickets. (SOUND: 9.6 “25 dollars each.”) (2/22)
Tickets: 365-5116 ext. 218
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The Friends of the Prairie Spirit Trail are planning to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the opening of the trail with a birthday bash. It’s scheduled for March 22nd in the Commons Area of the Anderson County High School. It includes a silent auction and a buffet meal…tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at Garnett City Hall or at the door. (2/22)
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The Allen County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Kansas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Section’s special two-week seat belt enforcement period. It takes place from now through March 4th, and it is focused on teen drivers and their occupants. In 2015, Kansas lost 13 teens in crashes, with 40% of those teens NOT PROPERLY RESTRAINED. (2/21)
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Engineers from the Kansas Department of Transportation have received federal funding to design and build a roundabout at the US 59 and US 160 Junction east of Altamont in Labette County. KODE-TV reports that the area has seen a record-breaking number of vehicle accidents, including one fatality. (2/21)
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Humanity House is running short on potatoes, canned meat, peanut butter, feminine hygiene products, flour, salt, canned fruit, and jelly. If you would like to donate these items, drop them in the Blessing Box donation box behind the self-checking aisle at the Iola Walmart or at the Humanity House office, 111 South Washington (2/17)
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A fatality accident 2 miles north of Mound City in Linn County late Saturday afternoon claimed the lives of two people and sent three others to the hospital. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 18 year old Issiah Pendergrass of Gardner and 33 year old Trista Vail of Butler, Missouri both died in the two vehicle accident. (2/20)
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Two Neodesha residents were injured at about 2am Sunday in an accident on US 75 in Wilson County. The highway patrol reports that 29 year old Sophie Peitz and 30 year old Richard Marler were both taken to Wilson County Hospital with injuries. The vehicle dropped off the edge of the roadway, over corrected and rolled three times. (2/20)
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Neosho County got more than $215,000 in bids on surplus road and bridge department equipment in an online auction this week. According to The Chanute Tribune, Road and Bridge Director Mike Brown told the Neosho County Commission that he was pleased with the results. Neosho County still has two trailers up for auction next week. (2/20)
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The Humanity House donation box at the Iola Walmart has been moved around the corner a few feet to make way for the Crime Stoppers kiosk we told you about last week. The second kiosk is located at Iola’s City Hall. The 5-foot kiosks have three screens plus a pair of QR codes for cell phone users to scan or download a Crime Stoppers app. (2/17)
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The Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees approved a $3 per credit-hour increase to the tuition rate at their board meeting this week. according to The Chanute Tribune, the increase was recommended because of the unstable state funding situation and the college’s rising costs of overhead for items like employee healthcare. (2/17)
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The search is over for an elderly northern Lyon County couple. A Silver Alert was issued statewide shortly before noon yesterday for 70 year old Meredith Heathman and his wife 63 year old Rosetta Heathman. The alert was cancelled at about 2:30pm when the Heathmans were located safely due to information provided by the public. (2/17)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced yesterday that an arrest has been made in the murder of 26 year old Caney resident Brock Tyler Sanders. 17 year old Stevan Ranes of Caney was arrested for first-degree murder and was booked into the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center. Sanders was last seen leaving his home on Wednesday evening. His family reported him missing to the Caney Police Department on Saturday. On Monday the Caney Police Department asked the KBI for assistance.
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At this week’s meeting, Allen County commissioners accepted a recommendation from the county’s planning commission laying out rules for a prospective wind farm. The Iola Register reports that the vote was two to one, with Tom Williams and Jerry Daniels in favor and Jim Talkington opposed. Planners will determine things like the distance between a turbine and a property boundary or dwelling and environmental impacts including road and bridge maintenence during construction. (2/16)
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In Chanute, city officials are still getting an earful from utility customers who saw their bills rise sharply in January. The Chanute Tribune reports that some of the controversy is due to misunderstandings from the change to a flat electric rate and from cold weather that boosted utility use. Officials also hope customers will see a decrease in March bills. (2/15)
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A two story home in Humboldt was destroyed by fire early yesterday afternoon. Photos shared by the Humboldt Police Department show the house located on north Fourth Street totally engulfed in flames as firefighters fought the blaze. According to social media reports, no one was at home at the time of the fire. (2/15)
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A five member city council has been proposed for the city of Iola. According to The Iola Register, at this week’s meeting, Councilwoman Beverly Franklin brought up the idea of downsizing the governing body to five members. Iola was governed by a three-member city commission for decades before Iola voters approved a referendum to change it in 2009. (2/15)
Also at Monday’s meeting, it was decided that energy efficiency standards for new construction would be loosened. Iola will back away from using the International Energy Conservation Code’s 2012 standard. Instead, the city will roll back to using the standard set in 2006 which was less restrictive. (2/15)
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In Coffey County, murder suspect Daniel Harris is scheduled to return to district court for a hearing today. KVOE in Emporia reports that the formal charge against him has been amended and upgraded to second-degree murder. THe 30 year old Harris is charged in the shooting of his mother, 61-year-old Niki Harris. (2/14)
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Another possible case of mumps in southeast Kansas has been reported, this time in Labette County. The Parsons Sun reports that while the mumps suspicion hasn’t been confirmed, it is being treated as a probable case. Last week, the Crawford County Health Department reported five cases of mumps. (2/14)
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A fatality crash late Friday afternoon just east of Moran on Highway 54 claimed the life of a Missouri man. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 63 year old Michael Keith Ramirez of Kimberling City, Missouri died in the one vehicle crash. He lost control of the vehicle, struck multiple guard rails and left the roadway.
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A Fredonia man was taken to the hospital Friday night after his vehicle struck a deer that entered the roadway. 40 year old Christopher Shawn Reed was taken to Fredonia Regional Hospital to be treated for injuries. The accident occurred just East of Harper Road on K39 just after 9pm. (2/13)
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A large fire destroyed a building and warehouse at US 59 and Home Run Drive in Garnett late Friday night. A video from The Anderson County Review showed the structures totally engulfed in flames as firefighters fought the blaze into early Saturday morning. The cause has yet been determined. (2/13)
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A former music instructor at Allen Community College was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in distributing child pornography. The Iola Register reports that 36 year old Ted Clous was arrested on a warrant out of the U.S. District Court following a grand jury indictment. He worked at ACC from 2011 to 2016. (2/13)
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The Crawford County Health Department confirms a sixth case of the mumps in Pittsburg, and they expect more. KOAM TV reports that this is the first outbreak in the area in more than 20 years. Officials say 5 of the infected individuals recently traveled to Northwest Arkansas and adds that it’s only a matter of time before it spreads. (2/10)
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Allen Community College vocal music students Chris Young and Levi Gillgannon were on the air yesterday to tell us about their singing Valentines fundraiser. ((SOUND :19 “…gift card.”)) If you’d like to order one, call 432-15-08. 432-15-08. (2/10)
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If the city of LaHarpe decides to relocate city hall due to high utility costs, there could be a new use for its current building. The Iola Register reports that the idea of locating nursing classes there for the Regional Tech Center has been proposed. The building used to be a school, so modifications would be minimal. A firm proposal was requested. (2/10)
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Two Pittsburg men were jailed after allegedly robbing a sandwich shop for a grand total of $2. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that 20 year old Anthony Reed Jr. and 19-year-old Nathaniel James were unsuccessful in getting the store manager to open the safe. They then fled the store while the employees were in the process of making sandwiches for them. (2/9)
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Over a hundred people gathered Tuesday night to discuss ways to improve Iola’s downtown business district. The Downtown Iola Summit, hosted by Thrive Allen County was the first in a series of meetings designed to stir discussion about how to spur growth. Four groups were formed to further explore different possibilities. (2/9)
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A $20 million bond issue intended to fund renovations at Thayer and Cherryvale school buildings, was defeated in a special election Tuesday. The Chanute Tribune reports that the USD 447 bond issue was defeated 472-337 in a special election. Superintendent George Owens said the vote was disappointing and there is no Plan B.
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A follow up on a story from January…a Coffeyville man was arrested Tuesday for a double shooting in Parsons about a month ago. The Parsons Sun reports that 24 year old Patrick Shobe was arrested on two counts of attempted murder and other charges. Two men were wounded in the incident that happened on January 11th. (2/9)
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Two Chanute men who believed a Kansas law shielded them from federal prosecution were sentenced to probation Monday. The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports that 45-year-old Shane Cox was sentenced to two years of probation and 28-year-old Jeremy Kettler was sentenced to one year of probation. Each were also ordered to pay special assessments. (2/8)
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Moran city council members are ready to get started on putting together a new fitness center once a lease agreement is completed. The Iola Register reports that they are armed with a grant of over 25 thousand dollars to purchase equipment. About 25 volunteers have also signed up to help clean up the building which was recently a convenience store. (2/8)
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Allen County Crime Stoppers is ready to deploy two new Crime Kiosks next week in Iola. They display information to help people submit tips and Allen County Crime Stoppers is the first in Kansas to have the kiosks. The groups says it will post more information on its Facebook page very soon about where the kiosks will be displayed. (2/8)
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The new Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store and the Arby’s restaurant near the Chanute exit of US-169 at 35th Street will open Thursday morning. According to The Chanute Tribune, The Chanute Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting at 10 am Friday. Opening of the Holiday Inn Express at the plaza is scheduled for later this summer. (2/8)
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Tonight, Thrive Allen County is having the downtown summit meeting. Executive Director David Toland tells us the purpose of the meeting. (Sound :11 “…can do about that.”) It’s at 6 pm at the Allen County Courthouse assembly room, enter through the west doors. (2/7)
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A man who allegedly forced a charter bus to crash northeast of Emporia early Sunday morning has been arrested. According to KVOE in Emporia, the unidentified man was found after beating the front door of a nearby home. He was interviewed and then arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and interfering with a bus driver. (2/6)
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A Wichita man was sentenced Friday in Allen County District Court to more than 27 years for sex crimes against a child. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release that Judge Daniel D. Creitz handed down the sentence to 33 year old Alan Lee Greer. The convictions stemmed from crimes occurring between 2007 and 2009 in Iola. (2/6)
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Some Chanute utility customers have been surprised at the size of their recent electric bills, and The Chanute Tribune reports that city officials haven’t been able to provide a lot of answers. City Manager Jeff Cantrell told the paper that they will try to get to the bottom of it. Cantrell urged people who have questions about their utility bills to call city officials. (2/6)
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This Saturday at 7pm, there will be a fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children at the Bowlus Fine Art Center. Bright Lights, Big Hearts will feature at least 30 acts including musicians, singers, and dancers, along with a large silent auction. If you would like to purchase tickets you can call 496-6454. (2/3)
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The bridge near Humboldt on US-169 that was damaged in an semi-trailer accident in June was re-opened to traffic on Thursday morning. KDOT engineers had to repair three of five concrete girders and the deck over the girders also had to be replaced. Traffic was diverted for months…the accident killed a the semi driver from Missouri. (2/3)
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In Paola, a church pastor and homeless shelter director has admitted that he sexually abused two children. The Kansas City Star reports 58-year-old Jay Preston on Thursday pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated liberties with a child. Under his plea agreement, attorneys will recommend a prison sentence of 13 years. (2/3)
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A half million dollars is headed to Humboldt. Yesterday, The Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program announced that it is awarding five hundred thousand dollars to Humboldt for improvements to its sewer collection system. The award was part of over five million dollars sent to 14 communities across the state. (2/3)
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Speaking of grant money, The Allen County GROW Food and Farm Council, has been named one of eight recipients of $15,000 Project HERO pilot grants. Hero stands for Healthy Eating: Rural Opportunities, and the grant is intended to increase access to affordable and nutritious food in rural areas, and strengthen local grocery stores. (2/3)
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A Toronto woman was injured yesterday afternoon in a three car collision in Wichita. 76 year old Sharon Scheidt was transported to St. Joe for treatment after the accident at I-235 and West Street at about 3pm. The accident unfolded after one of the vehicles lost tool box from back of pickup bed. (2/2)
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A new Opie’s Pizza and Grill is coming to Humboldt. The Iola Register reports that Humboldt Mayor Nobby Davis and wife Terra will open the restaurant in June in a remodeled building that once housed Humboldt’s Cozy Theater. They have operated the Opie’s Pizza and Grill in Chanute since 2000. (2/2)
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Thrive Allen County Executive Director David Toland stopped by the studio to tell us about an important meeting coming up next week. (SOUND :26 “…can do about that.”) Again, that meeting is on Tuesday the 7th, 6 pm at the Allen County Courthouse assembly room, enter through the west doors. (2/2)
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Two men remained in custody yesterday after a home invasion Monday night in Ottawa. THe Ottawa Herald reports that police were dispatched Monday night to a disturbance with weapons. Otta police say that that two suspects entered a residence with handguns and threatened the occupants before fleeing. (2/1)
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Two Chanute residents were injured yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Cherry and Plummer in Chanute. 38 year old Walter Lewis Harvey and 35 year old Daisy Cummings was taken to the hospital after their Grand Caravan collided with a semi. The semi driver from Florida was also treated for a possible injury. (2/1)
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Traffic advisory…A small portion of Interstate 35 near Emporia will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The Kansas Department of Transportation is closing the southbound outside lane over the Neosho River so weather sensors can be repaired. Work will take place between 9 am and 4 pm both days. (2/1)
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We told you last week that the City of LaHarpe received a community block grant to upgrade its electrical system. The Kansas Department of Commerce has also announced that the City of Uniontown is being awarded $201,000 to replace a natural gas transmission line and Mound City is being awarded $13,840 for playground equipment. (2/1) Also, Fredonia is being awarded $94,525 to build a new skate park.
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A quadruple murder suspect will undergo two more evaluations to determine if he’s competent to stand trial. According to The Chanute Tribune, 25 year old David Cornell Bennett Jr. has already had one evaluation which concluded he is competent to stand trial. Bennett is accused of strangling Cami Umbarger and her three children in 2013. (1/31)
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After getting a tip from police in Parsons, Iola police arrested a Parsons woman suspected of aggravated kidnapping late Friday at a motel. According to The Parsons Sun, 25 year old Sumer Young remained in the Allen County Jail Monday. Young is suspected of kidnapping a Parsons woman and her child Thursday. They were found unharmed. (1/31)
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Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway has announced that one of five defendants in the death 0f Iola resident Shawn Cook has reached a plea deal. Jessica J. Epting was found guilty of Obstruction and Interference with Law Enforcement and sentenced to 13 months in the Allen county jail. Epting was placed on supervised probation for 12 months. Charges of First Degree murder were dismissed following additional investigation by law enforcement. Epting has agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and the Allen County Attorney’s office in the prosecution of other defendants in the murder of Shawn Cook.
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A fatal shooting occurred during a home invasion in Baxter Springs on Sunday. KOAM-TV reports that a suspect entered a residence with a knife and was threatening and assaulting the home owners. After a scuffle , the resident fatally shot the suspect. 43 year old Chebonnie Saggert was pronounced dead at the scene. (1/30)
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On its second try, the city of LaHarpe is successful in getting the state to accept its application for a community block grant. The Iola Register reports that the grant will help pay for upgrades to LaHarpe’s electric grid. The grant will be administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce, and should cover roughly half of the citywide upgrades. (1/30)
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Date rape will be the topic at Allen Community College Tuesday evening as a nationally known advocate for sexual assault victims will speak. Katie Koestner gained national prominence in 1991 when she appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. Koestner wil be at the Allen gymnasium at 8 p.m. for a presentation which is open to the public. (1/30)
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Allen County Planning Commission members gave unanimous support to an agreement that would permit construction of wind farms in the county. According to the Iola Register, the recommendation will be passed on to county commissioners for approval on Feb. 14th. It’s a major step in development of a wind farm in the east part of the county. (1/30)
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The search continues for a man who allegedly robbed an Osage City Bank this week. The suspect is a white male in his 30s with a full beard and medium-length hair. After robbing the bank, the suspect allegedly drove west in a 2002 or 2003 white Ford F-150 Super Crew Lariat FX4 4×4 pickup. If you have information, call 800-KS-CRIME. (1/27)
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December enemployment rate numbers for area counties have been released by the Kansas Department of Labor. Coffey County had the highest unemployment rate at 6.8 percent while Neosho County was next at 6.6 percent. Wilson County was 6.5 percent, Allen and Woodson Counties showed 5.2 percent, and Anderson County was just 4 percent. (1/27)
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Allen County Magistrate Judge Tod M. Davis has ordered a competency evaluation for Brandon Callahan, who is accused of murdering his mother, Lucretia Callahan, ten days ago. Criminal proceedings will be stayed until the competency evaluation is complete. Callahan was represented by Jay Witt of the Southeast Kansas Public Defender’s office. (1/27)
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Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments involving the management rights of the proposed casino in Southeast Kansas. The lawsuit filed by Castle Rock Casino, a competing group which lost its bid to build and operate the casino. Meanwhile, Kansas Crossing Casino is nearing completion, and is on path to open in less than 60 days. (1/26)
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Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be the next speaker in Pittsburg State University’s H. Lee Scott Speaker Series. Romney will speak at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The series began with an address by former president Bill Clinton. (1/26)
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The Iola USD 257 board of education heard from a Lawrence-based engineering firm on Monday about building renovations. The Iola Register reports that in most cases, the study recommended a complete overhaul, upgrade or replacement of the buildings’ heating and cooling systems. The firm encouraged the school board to seek assistance on a bond issue. (1/26)
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Possible wind farms will be discussed tonight at a meeting of the Allen County Planning Commission. The meeting is open to the public and it will be in the assembly room on the basement floor of the courthouse at 7 pm. An updated version of a proposed agreement that would permit the wind farms will be discussed. (1/26)
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A Coffeyville man was killed and two other people were injured in a three vehicle accident last night in Greenwood County. The highway patrol reports that the accident occurred just before nine o’clock 12 miles west of Fredonia on US 400. 54-year-old Donald Allen Lank died at the scene, 16 year old Jacob Reiner and 24 year old Matthew Reiner were taken to the hospital. (1/25)
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Allen County Regional Hospital is having a free blood pressure and glucose clinic this afternoon. it’s scheduled for one p.m. today at the LaHarpe Senior Center, 111 S. Main Street in LaHarpe. No appointment is needed, just stop by for a free screening. If you have questions, call ACRH Home Health/Hospice and Senior Life Solutions at 365-12-80. (1/25)
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The Iola City Council says no to moving their meetings. The Iola Register reports that the vote to keep the meetings at the same date and time passed 7-0, with Councilman Bob Shaughnessy absent. The council had been approached about changing the meetings because they occur at the same time as Iola school board meetings. (1/25)
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Thrive Allen County has announced the date of the Downtown Iola Summit. The meeting is set for Tuesday, February 7, at 6:00 PM at the Assembly Room in the Allen County Courthouse (enter west doors). This will be the first in a series of meetings to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of downtown Iola and help chart a course for its future. (1/25)
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A new set of organizers is being sought for the annual Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life. Thrive Allen County announced in a news release that it and Allen County Crime Stoppers are giving up the reins of the 5K run and 3K walk. The Mad Bomber Committee is accepting proposals until Feb. 28 from organizations or businesses interested in assuming responsibility for the event .
Proposals should be emailed to info@thriveallencounty.org. (1/24)
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1370 KIOL will broadcast a live special Inauguration Day program on Friday. The show will begin at 10:55AM and continue uninterrupted until after noon. You’ll be able to hear the ceremony live. (1/20)
Later, 1370 KIOL will broadcast Friday’s Iola Mustangs and Fillies games from the Burlington Tournament. The Fillies will play Rock Creek at 3:30 and the Mustangs will face Independence at 8:15. You can also listen on iolaradio.com and on your smartphone with the TuneIn Radio app, search for “KIOL.” (1/20)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded boil water advisories for Neosho County Rural Water Districts No. 7 and No. 9 public water supplies. Laboratory testing samples collected the Districts indicate no evidence of contamination and KDHE officials have deemed the situation to be resolved. (1/20)
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First-degree murder charges have been filed against an Iola man in the death of his mother early Tuesday evening. Yesterday, Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway announced the charges against Brandon Walter Callahan in the death of Lucretia Callahan at her home on Edwards Street in Iola. Hathaway said Brandon Callahan also was being charged with criminal use of a financial card and theft. Bond has been set at one million dollars. No court appearance has yet been scheduled. (1/19)
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Allen County commissioners voted Tuesday to designate $30,000 for each of the next five years to make improvements to Allen County Fair buildings. According to The iola Register, Fair board members had proposed a five-year plan several months ago. Rather than just handing over a check, commissioners will still have the final say-so on individual bids. (1/19)
The fair board has a 99-year lease on the buildings they use in Riverside Park, but they are owned by the city.
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The Iola Police Department and The Kansas Bureau of Investigation are investigating a reported homicide in Iola Tuesday. Police Chief Jared Warner told the Iola Register the victim was a female and the incident apparently occurred on West Edwards Street. No other details are available until Warner meets with Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway.
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The dermatology department at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center saw its first patients Monday. According to the Chanute Tribune, The dermatology department has a total staff of 12 people. Services include skin cancer screenings, pediatric dermatology and general, procedural and cosmetic dermatology. (1/18)
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In yesterday’s on air apperance, Allen Community College President John Masterson told us about a trip they’ll be making soon (to visit lawmakers in Topeka). (Sound bite 2) (:57) (:45 alt)
In yesterday’s on air apperance, Allen Community College President John Masterson gave us some good news about ACC enrollment numbers this spring. (Sound bite 1, part 1 :09) Also, he had a reminder about deadlines coming up for spring classes at ACC. (Sound bite 1, part 2 :10)
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From time to time we’ve mentioned the Allen County Connectors program on the air…it’s the one that helps people find resources available in Allen County. The Iola Register now reports that the program is now being run by Iola’s Humanity House. Their new permanent address is 111 S. Washington, which is the former office of insurance agent John McRae. If you need assistance they still have the same number…228-51-10. (1/17)
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Boil Water Advisories have again been issued for a couple of Neosho County Rural Water Districts. The Kansas Department of health of Environment issued the advisories on Saturday for Neosho County Rural Water Districts No. 7 and 9. (1/16)
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The icy weather over the weekend was not as bad as had been feared for the area, with amounts generally at around a quarter of an inch of ice or less. That was enough to cause a number of accidents and slide offs around the area, including a one vehicle accident on Friday that sent a Humboldt man to the hospital. 33 year old Kevin Turner’s vehicle slid on the ice on US 75 north of Yates Center and rolled. (1/16)
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A two vehicle accident just before noon yesterday on US 54 a mile east of Iola sent two people to Allen County Regional Hospital with injuries. 20 year old Jacob James Thomas of Iola and his passenger 20 year old Jessica Corene Vanover of Moran both sustained injuries. The other two people involved were not injured. (1/13)
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A man accused of quadruple homicide in Labette County will undergo another psychological evaluation to determine if he’s fit to stand trial. 25 year old David Cornell Bennett Jr. is charged in Labette County District Court with four counts of first-degree murder for the strangling Cami Umbarger and her three children. (1/12)
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Allen County Fair Board members are seeking assistance from the Allen County Commission to make repairs and upgrades to livestock buildings in Riverside Park. The Iola Register reports that commissioners put off a decision about how they might provide assistance. Iola owns the park and technically the buildings fair board members constructed years ago. (1/12)
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A Chanute man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Washburn University art teacher has been sentenced. According to The Topeka Capital-Journal, 38 year old Todd M. Kidwell will serve 60 days in jail, followed by 36 months of supervised probation. The accident occurred in June of 2015 in Crawford County. (1/11)
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There will be an administrative shuffle at Iola USD 257. The Iola Register reports that current Iola High School principal Stacey Fager will become the district’s new superintendent on July 1st with the retirement of current superintendent Jack Koehn. Iola Middle School principal Jack Stanley also will be retiring at the end of the year. (1/11)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment a boil water advisory Monday afternoon for the public water supply the town of Severy in Greenwood County. KDHE officials are instituting this call beacuse of a loss of pressure. The failure to maintain pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. (1/10)
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A 20-year-old man will spend a minimum of 25 years in prison for his part in the death of a Pittsburg State student. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that Brian Bridges was sentenced in the 2014 death of Taylor Thomas during a home invasion in Pittsburg. Prosecutors say Taylor was shot and killed when men broke into his home to rob his roommate. (1/10)
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At tonight’s Iola City Council meeting, members will discuss whether they should meet on a different night. According to The Iola Register, the Council was approached in November about the change since their meetings fall at the same time as school board meetings. City Administrator Sid Fleming has narrowed the best option to first and third Tuesdays. (1/9)
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Two police officers received minor injuries in a high speed chase ended early Saturday morning with a crash near Ottawa. Authorities say that the chase began in Lawrence when a driver took off after being stopped by officers for suspicion of drunken driving. One officer was injured when a patrol car was rear ended, the other during the arrest. (1/9)
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Some boil water advisories that have been in place since before Christmas have finally been rescinded. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for Neosho County Rural Water Districts numbers 6, 9 and 12. In addition, the advisory for City of Fall River in Greenwood County has been recinded as well. (1/6)
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A Louisburg man was killed last night in a two vehicle accident at the US75/K39 junction in Wilson County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 34 year old Chad Stacy died after his Chevy Trailblazer collided with a GMC pickup in the intersection. The driver of the pickup, 43 year old Ronald Young of Overbrook, was not injured. (1/6)
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A Pittsburg man was killed last night in a one vehicle accident 2 mles South of Pittsburg. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 59 year old Darryl D. Skaggs died in the one vehicle accident. His vehicle left the roadway, entered a ditch, struck a Junction box and then continued another 77 feet striking a tree and catching fire. (1/5)
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Speaking of giving, the Cherry Street Youth Center in Chanute slightly exceeded its goal for the 2016 Christmas fundraiser. According to the Chanute Tribune, they had recieved about three thousand dollars more than their original fifty thousand dollar goal. That qualifies them for a $50,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor. (1/5)
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The latest fund raising drive by Your Community Foundation was a success, resulting in qualifiying for more than $75,000 in grant funds. The Iola Register reports that executive director Jeff Cokely said a two hundred thousand dollar donation was received just before the deadline. The foundation aids 28 local groups. (1/5)
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The Neosho County Sheriff’s office carried out search warrants for illegal drugs in Chanute last week. The Chanute Tribune reports that those searches resulted in six arrests for drug and paraphernalia possession, as well as drug traffic charges for some of those arrested. The searches were conducted at a motel room and two residences. (1/4)
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The Tribune also reports that a bald eagle that was struck by a car on K-47 west of Altoona Monday morning died on Tuesday. The eagle had been clipped by a vehicle while eating roadkill in the middle of the highway. A game warden transported the injured bird to animal rehabilitation organization but they were unable to save it. (1/4)
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An hour long chase that began north of Fort Scott ended in the arrest of two individuals late Friday afternoon just southeast of Iola. The Allen County Sheriff’s office reports that a driver with a revoked license was clocked at 94 in a 75 zone. After a chase that spanned over 40 miles and ran over spike strips, a man and woman from Fort Scott were arrested. (1/3)
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A Wisconsin man was killed and three other people were injured in a three vehicle accident Friday afternoon on US 169 seven miles south of Chanute. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, 47 year old Lee L. Heisz of Portage, Wisconsin died in the accident. 48 year old Carol Lynn Heisz of Portage, Wisconsin, 17 year old Trez Caleb Martinez of Chanute and 17 year old Chase Patrick Coomes of Erie were taken to area hospitals with possible injuries. The accident occurred when a pickup struck the rear of a car that was stopped behind another pickup that was waiting to make a left turn. (1/3)
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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit involving a southeast Kansas casino on January 25th. According to The Pittsburg Morning Sun, the Kansas Crossing Casino was awarded the license for the last of four state-owned casinos in July of 2015. Cherokee County and Castle Rock Casino sued, claiming state law wasn’t followed. (1/3)

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Authorities have now charged a former Coffey County sheriff’s deputy after an investigation into child sex crimes. On Thursday, 28-year-old Matthew Vander Linden was charged with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child in Coffey County District Court. A criminal complaint accuses Vander Linden of having sex with a 15-year-old. (12/30)
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Repairs are progressing well at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Iola since a water pipe break flooded the facility last week. The Iola Register reports that PRC officials are reconfiguring the facility to better fit the needs of their clients. After repairs are complete, the boutique will be moved to the front of the building. (12/30)
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A press release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment lists several districts served by Public Wholesale Water Supply District 23 that were still under a boil water advisory as of Thursday. The cities of Altoona, Thayer, Fredonia, Buffalo, Fall River and Galesburg were still affected. Also covered by the advisory are the Coal Hollow Water Company, Neosho County rural water districts 4, 12, 3, 7, 6 and 9, Wilson County rural water districts 11, 5, 1, 13, 2, 7, 4 and 10, and Montgomery County rural water district 9. (12/30)
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Next year, Chanute City officials will look into improving Chanute’s city limits, The Chanute Tribune reports that Mayor Phil Chaney said he would like to square up the city limits and include some city-owned properties. Chanute’s city limits have multiple areas where land is bordered on three sides by the city and new electric rates may provide an incentive. (12/29)
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The Monarch Cement Company annual Christmas Benefit Drive has raised over Five thousand dollars for the Humboldt Ministerial Alliance. According to the Chanute Tribune, money collected totaled $2,058 and food items were valued at $535. The company matched the donations from the employees and retirees. (12/29)
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The parking lot at the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility is getting some improvements courtesy of the Allen County Sheriff’s office. The Iola Register reports that Allen County Commissioners couldn’t agree on having Public Works send crushed rock to ACARF to fill a few potholes. That’s when the sheriff stepped in and offered some discretionary funds. (12/29)
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The Woodson USD 366 school district is still fighting an asbestos problem at the elementary/middle school. The district will extend Christmas break one extra day to allow staff to prepare to teach our K-5 classes in alternative spaces. Classes will begin January 4th instead of January 3rd. Families should receive more details by the end of this week. (12/28)
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An investigation by agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has led to the arrest of a Coffey County Sheriff’s deputy. According to a KBI news release, 28 year old deputy Matthew G. Vander Linden was arrested Tuesday afternoon two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of electronic solicitation, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The arrest took place without incident at the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation was initiated at the request of the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office. Vander Linden has been with the Sheriff’s Office since March of 2014. Effective yesterday, his employment at the Sheriff’s Office was terminated. (12/28)
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Five days later and a boil water advisory for the Neosho County rural water districts numbers 6, 7, 9, and 12 public water supplies remains in effect. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss in pressure in the system. The advisory took effect on December 22 and will remain in effect until KDHE officials say the water is safe to use. (12/27)
Likewise, KDHE has yet to recind a boil water advisory for Wilson County RWD 1. That advisory was issued on December 23rd.
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Neosho County Commissioners plan to renew the Neighborhood Revitalization program and they want more people to know about it. The program provides tax incentives for construction and renovation and is up for two-year renewal. The Chanute Tribune reports that under the program, a property owner who renovates or adds to an existing home or business building or who constructs a new building receives a tax break. (12/27)
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The Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to order the state to impose more controls on grass burning in the Flint Hills. The environmental group wants the agency to order the adoption of a plan to protect air quality. Sierra Club officials say the smoke is a concern for people with respiratory issues. (12/23)
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The Allen County Regional Hospital board of trustees heard from a steering committee put together to look at building a new medical arts building on the hospital campus. According to the Iola Register, the cost would be between two and three million. The attention now turns on funding the project with the committee in talks with the USDA about a potential loan. (12/23)
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A broken water line has temporarily closed the Iola office of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Southeast Kansas. The Iola Register reports that when staff members arrived at the office on Tuesday morning they discovered that it had flooded. A broken heater during Monday’s bitterly cold temperatures caused a water line to freeze and burst. (12/23)
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A sad ending to a story we told you about yesterday. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Anderson County Sheriff’s office have announced that they have found the body of 24 year old Devyn Long of Welda who went missing on Saturday. His car had been found abandoned southwest of Garnett. An autopsy to determine the cause of Long’s death is pending, although a statement from the Anderson County Sheriff indicated that there are no signs of foul play. Over 20 law enforcement personnel and volunteers had joined the search. The location where the body was found hasn’t been made public. (12/21)
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Iola USD 257 band instructor Matt Kleopfer has announced he will resign at the end of the school year. Mr. K made the announcement on the Iola Bands Facebook page. He is in his fifth year directing the Iola band program and he made no indication of his next career stop. (12/21)
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In yesterday’s on air apperance, Allen Community College President John Masterson touted the value of ACC. ((Sound :18 Q…less than half.)) Same when it comes to tuition. ((Sound :12 Q..hundred and fifty dollars.”)) (12/21)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued an “Endangered Person Advisory” Monday night for an Anderson County man who has been missing more than two days. The KBI is looking for Devyn Long of Welda, 24. His vehicle was found Saturday morning southwest of Garnett, but it was abandoned. That was several hours before the snowstorm. Anyone who knows Long’s whereabouts is asked to call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 785-448-6823.
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The Christmas break is arriving early for students in Woodson County USD 366 schools due to an asbestos problem. According to a news release, Yates Center evacuated their K-8 school building at about 1:00 p.m. on Monday, shortly after discovering a small amount of encapsulated asbestos on the floor of the gym. The building was evacuated as a precaution. School was cancelled in the Woodson district for today and tomorrow. There is a plan in place for asbestos abatement and the district plans to reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.
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An early morning house fire in rural Cherokee County claimed the life of a rural Scammon boy. According to KOAM TV, emergency personnel responded at around 6:30 Monday morning to a two-story home was completely engulfed in flames. Three year-old Jesse Walker died in the fire. His mother and a 10 month old infant were able to escape. (12/20)
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This year will mark another edition of Santa’s Toy Shop on the Iola square. According to their Facebook page, it will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 7pm at 7 West Madison. Things will kickoff with a kazoo band parade that begins at 5:30 on Wednesday. children can visit Santa, choose their favorite toy along with candy and cookies too. (12/20)**
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A fundraising campaign to purchase equipment for Allen County Regional Hospital is nearly complete. The Iola Register reports that the effort has been underway long before it relocated to North Kentucky Street in 2013. It is only about $12,500 short of a goal of 3.2 million. (12/19)
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Neosho County officials said they will request a clarification after an inspection of the gravel quarry nearly shut down the operation. The Chanute Tribune reports that the quarry escaped action by the Mine Safety and Health Administration after it was cited for failure to have a guard rail on a cattle crossing going onto the property. (12/19)
The inspector was at the quarry at 8:30 am Thursday and told county officials last week to install guard rails by the end of the day. They had the job done by noon.
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There will be a a public forum next month to discuss results of a survey assessing the Chanute area’s economic climate. According to The Chanute Tribune, Placemakers LLC, an Emporia consulting firm, will hold the forum at 6:30 pm Jan. 11 at the Central Park Pavilion to discuss the results of its economic public survey.. (12/19)
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The ANW Special Education Co-op has selected its negotiation team for next year’s agreement with the teachers union. The Chanute Tribune reports that Dan Willis, from Iola, Jim Armstrong, from Marmaton Valley, and Wes Smith Woodson County were appointed to the team. Preparation for next year’s negotiations will begin next month. (12/16)
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The hard work by the LaHarpe PRIDE Committee has resulted in an award from a statewide group. According to The Iola Register, Kansas PRIDE, Inc has designated LaHarpe a “Community of Excellence.” The major benefit is that LaHarpe is now eligible to apply for the Kansas PRIDE Partners in PRIDE competitive grant program. (12/16)
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It’s Jingle Bell Jog time in Iola again this weekend. Weather permitting, the nineteenth edition of the jog will begin from the bandstand on the Iola square on Saturday morning. Childrens activities will start at ten a.m., and the 5K run/walk begins at 10:30 a.m. You can register up to race time at eventbrite.com. (12/16)
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Allen County Commissioners have been asked to consider initiating an effort to help Iola and other towns in the county turn the tide of the loss of commercial business. The Iola Register reports that a suggestion has been made to consider tax incentives to help new owners of established businesses. Commissioners were receptive, noting that the firts few years of ownership are difficult. (12/15)
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The property tax deadline is approaching soon. The first half of 2016 property taxes are due by the end of business on Tuesday. If you pay in person, make sure you bring your tax statements along. If you’re paying by mail, make sure your payments are postmarked by Tuesday to avoid a penalty. (12/15)
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A woman from Wichita died late yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle accident five miles north of Iola on US 169. According to the highway patrol, a car driven by 21 year old Jahneesa C. Towers of Wichita crossed the center line and struck a semi driven by 32 year old Karwan S Shuker of Lincoln, Nebraska. He was taken to Allen County Regional Hospital. (12/14)
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Humboldt council members gave a thumbs down to the idea of a multi-user lane along the edge of Ninth Street. According to The Iola Register, the vote was 4 to 3 with one council member absent. The vote came after about after 90 minutes of discussion and input from members of the public. (12/14)
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The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas will be building a new clinic on North State Street. The Iola Register reports that construction is expected to begin as early as May on the 13,000-square-foot facility. Iola City Council members were told that in the last 12 months, the clinic has served 7,500 patients for a combined 22,000 visits. (12/14)
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In Girard, a woman has pleaded no contest to helping her son and another man escape from jail. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that 57-year-old Marlene McAfee is scheduled to be sentenced in February after ahe agreeed to the plea deal last week. Her son and another inmate climbed over a fence in April at the Crawford county jail. (12/13)
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The supervisor of the Humboldt Municipal Water Plant, has been recognized for 50 years of service to the National Weather Service office in Wichita. The Iola Register reports that Keith Nickell has been part of a nationwide network that has been reporting temperatures and precipitation since 1966. The network consists of more than 11,000 reporters. (12/13)
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Garnett City Commissioners are requesting input from the community for the City Manager position. The City of Garnett is opening a community survey on Friday, December 9 to help them narrow down the criteria that will be used in the upcoming search. A link to the survey can be found on the city’s website, simplygarnett.com. (12/13)
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Pittsburg State University plans to appeal a jury decision that awarded $230,000 to a former employee who accused a university employee of sexually harassing her. According to The Joplin Globe, Martha Fox alleged that university officials didn’t appropriately investigate her claims. The supervisor denied the accusations and later retired. (12/12)
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Neosho County has made the second payment of $1.6 million in a tax refund to Ash Grove Cement in settlement of its property tax issue. The Chanute Tribune reports that this is the second of four annual refunds to settle Ash Grove’s appeal of its property taxes. Standard and Poor’s rating service has upgraded the county from A-minus to A. (12/12)
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The Chanute Recreation Commission an award from the Kansas Governor’s Council on Fitness. According to The Chanute Tribune The Health Champion Award recognizes contributions to fitness in Kansas. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Susan Mosier presented the awards at a reception on Friday. (12/12)
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The Iola Police need help with the 70 local kids they adopted this year through Project Care. If you can like to help support the project. then please get a hold of Officer Mike Michael Ford at the Iola Police Department. 365-4960 between 8:00a.m. and 5:00p.m.
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Southeast Kansas students came from several area districts to the Reindeer Games in Humboldt, a coding seminar at the ANW Special Education Co-op office, on Wednesday and Thursday. According to the Chanute Tribune, this is the first coding event for students in the area organized around Computer Science Education Week.
Twenty-one middle school students went to Humboldt on Wednesday and 22 third through sixth grade students went on Thursday. Several southeast Kansas schools participated. (12/9)
The Tribune also reports that a hearing was held Monday on discovery issues in the criminal case against David Cadwallader, charged in May with unlawful sexual relations. Several pieces of evidence that the defense is seeking have not yet been completed and returned from forensic analysis. His preliminary hearing was rescheduled for 1:30 pm January 30 in Chanute.
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Two people from Iola and one person from Chanute were injured in a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Woodson County. The accident occurred at around 5:45 pm 4.5 miles North of the K39 and US 75 junction. The highway patrol reports that one of the vehicles went left of center and struck the other. 46 year old Richard Dixon and 44 year old Susie Ann Davis, both of Iola, and 61 year old Charles Davis of Chanute were all taken to Neosho Regional Medical Center. (12/8)
Meanwhile, the Allen County Sheriffs office reported that there were no injuries in 5 crashes that occurred due to slick conditions late yesterday. There were also numerous no-damage slide-offs and spin outs.
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Building permits in Chanute are totaling about $9 million more than year ago. The Chanute Tribune reports that so far this year, the city issued 153 permits totaling $23 million… that compares to 133 valued at $14 million at this time a year ago. 5 million of that is for construction of Orizon’s new industrial building. (12/8)
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The Sixth Annual Spirit of Christmas Downtown event will be held in Iola Friday night. Downtown merchants keep their doors open from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be activities for the entire family, including horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and an appearance by Santa Claus. In all, more than 20 businesses will be open for the event and there will be lots of specials.
At each venue, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a grand prize drawing worth nearly $500 in gift certificates. The winner will be announced on Monday. (12/7)
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The Chanute Board of Education approved a proposal Monday evening to develop educational wildlife areas at the former Safari golf course. According to The Chanute Tribune, the USD 413 board approved a request to seek grant funding for the project. It would establish Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites in parts of the former golf course that are not being mowed.
The goal is to create an area where deer and other animals will gather to feed and that teachers can use to study nature. (12/7)
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The Humboldt Fire Department was among the first recipients of a new grant program from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office. Humboldt was one of 19 fire departments that received grants for safety equipment. The department received almost eleven thousand dollars. The funds will be used to help to purchase eight sets of structure fire gear. (12/6)
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Neosho County experienced a payroll glitch on Friday, which prevented their paychecks from being directly deposited into their bank accounts. County Commission chair David Bideau told the Chanute Tribune most employees received paper paychecks hand-delivered Friday. Some checks that were made out with errors were redone Monday. (12/6)
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Representative Kent Thompson has been elected to be the Kansas House Majority Whip. According to a post on his Facebook page, Thompson was nominated for the majority whip position by Rep. Larry Hibbard of Toronto and received the majority of the votes. Thompson will serve the next two years in the Kansas House as the Majority Whip. (12/6)
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A woman has been arrested after allegedly starting a two-county chase Sunday afternoon. According to KVOE , deputies tried to stop a car near Emporia for speeding. The driver allegedly tried to elude deputies and drove to Lebo. She allegedly ran from the car towards a house where ahe was apprehended, taken into custody. (12/5)
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Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, SEK-CAP, is one of ten entities statewide that will share one and a half million dollars to help families obtain safe, affordable housing. SEK-CAP recieved 300,000 dollars, the maximum amount allotted. The funds are intended to help income-eligible households afford rental subsidies, utility deposits and security deposits. (12/5)
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Wind farms remain a possibility in Allen County. County planners spent nearly two hours at this weeks meeting working on details of a recommendation to county commissioners. The Iola Register reports that if approved, it would make possible a special use permit for a wind farm north and east of LaHarpe. (12/2)
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The Humboldt Pizza Hut has closed. Yesterday was the final day. The Chanute Tribune reports that the owners announced the closing Monday afternoon, and that the restaurant’s 14 full- and part-time employees had no warning. The restaurant was built in 1976 and was the last log cabin-style Pizza Hut restaurant. (12/1)
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Tonight is the first night that Santa Claus will be at his house on the Iola Square. Santa will be there to greet kids from 5 to 7 p.m., and there will be a Candy Cane Hunt at 5 pm. It will also be a great chance to check out the lights on the Allen County Courthouse lawn, decorated by a group of volunteers. (12/1)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the Anderson County Rural Water District No. 5 public water supply. The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure. Samples collected indicate no evidence of contamination and all other conditions have been resolved. (12/1)
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Iola City Council members will decide soon whether to change their meeting nights each month. According to The Iola Register, it was noted that the Council’s meeting nights fall on the same night as the USD 257 Board of Education. Council members directed City Administrator Sid Fleming to study the inpact of moving the meetings. (12/1)
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Santa Claus will be arriving in Bronson this Saturday as part of the city’s annual Christmas Celebration. Santa’s will arrive at about 11 a.m. on a fire truck and will visit with children from 11 to 12:30 p.m. at the Community Center. A soup and chili fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center. Proceeds will go to the Bronson Fire Department. (12/1 or 12/2)
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Iola city crews will pick up bags of leaves from streetside curbs starting at 8 a.m. Monday. No call-in is necessary. Leaves must be bagged; loose leaves or leaves in other containers will not be picked up. Likewise, limbs and other debris will not be picked up. Bad weather will cancel the leaf pickup. Crews will make one sweep through town. (12/1)
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Iola City Council members have decided that the city will end water contract with Gas, but the termination will not come until fifteen years from now. The Iola Register reports that the unusual notification came about because Iola wants to raise its water rates and Gas has resisted. The contract cannot be terminated early, unless both cities agree. (11/30)
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Southeast Kansas Community Action Program Inc., or SEK-CAP has elected to not apply for funding in 2017 to administer the weatherization program to ten counties. SEK-Cap had adminstered the program for nearly 40 years. South Central Kansas Economic Development District, Inc has been selected as the new service provider for those counties. (11/30)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the Anderson County Rural Water District No. 5 public water supply in Anderson County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in the system. The advisory took effect on yesterday and will remain in effect until conditions are resolved. (11/29)
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A Wichita man was hurt in a head-on crash between a car and a semi in Coffey County on Saturday. The crash on US Highway 75 between the Coffey County Airport and New Strawn, happened shortly before 6 pm. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Christopher Alan Smith was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. (11/28)
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The investigation continues into the cause of an explosion and fire at a Neodesha chemical plant. Officials said Friday they are still investigating the cause of the explosion and fire at the Airosol Company chemical plant. Water issues still remain for aome communities near Neodesha and downstream including the Lower Fall and the Verdigris River. (11/27)
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Iola City Council members will decide tonight whether to stop selling water to Gas. The Iola Register reports that City Administrator Sid Fleming is thinking that the Council should take that step to draw Gas back to the bargaining table. Iola has already used up all of the price increases alotted in its current a 30-year contract. (11/27)
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The state has charged a 31-year-old Pittsburg man with the killing of two of his relatives. The Kansas Attorney General announced Tuesday that David Patrick McNabb is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, felony theft and interference with law enforcement. He is suspected of killing his 65-year-old uncle, Kenneth McNabb, and 87-year-old Betty McNabb. (11/23)
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Federal safety inspectors are investigating an explosion and fire at the Airosol, Inc., plant in Neodesha. 57-year-old male employee was transported to a Wichita hospital with burn injuries that were not considered to be life threatening. The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation. Firefighters battled to contain the blaze for the rest of the day. Several blocks around the plant were evacuated and the town’s schools closed for the day. Parts of US 75 and US 400 highways were also closed for a time. The Red Cross received a request to support first responders as they battled the fire.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a do not drink order for Wilson County Rural Water Districts No. 4, 6, 8 & 12 and the city of Neodesha. KDHE officials issued the order because raw, untreated water is being pumped into the distribution system for fire suppression at the Airosol plant. The order will remain in effect until the risk of contamination is resolved. (11/23)
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A 21-year-old man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the 2014 death of a Pittsburg State student. According to The Pittsburg Morning Sun, Bryan Bridges pleaded no contest Friday in Crawford County court to first-degree felony murder in the death of Taylor Thomas. Thomas when intruders burst into his home looking to rob his roommate. (11/21)
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An Iola school bus was involved in a fatality accident on Friday afternoon. The bus was carrying fourth-garders from Lincoln Elementary returning from a field trip. The Highway Patrol reports that a car veered left of center and struck the bus in the driver’s door. The passengers on the bus ecaped serious injury. The driver of the car was killed…that person’s identity had not been released as of Sunday afternoon. (11/21)
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Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center will host a ribbon cutting Tuesday for its new obstetrics addition to the hospital. The ceremony will be at 5:15 pm Tuesday. Afterward, members of the public will have a chance to tour the new construction before it is ready to host its first newborn. It features a high-tech lighting system that does not cast shadows. (11/18)
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One of the five suspects in the murder of Iola resident Shawn Cook will have her preliminary hearing delayed until early next year. The Iola Register quotes Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway saying that Rhonda Jackson will instead have a status hearing on Decmber second. Status hearings for the other suspects will occur in that general time frame as well. (11/18)atality
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A Pittsburg man who escaped from the Crawford County Jail earlier this year, may spend 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to multiple felony charges Tuesday. The Pittsburg Sun reports that 27 year old Steven Ray Barnes faced two counts of aggravated battery and one count of taggravated escape from custody. He was originally accused of assaulting a student at Pittsburg State. (11/17)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has recovered the bodies believed to be Linn County homicide victims. Following an intensive four day investigation and search, the KBI and the Linn County Sheriff’s office announced this morning that two bodies were found late Tuesday night buried on a rural property west of Pittsburg. The bodies recovered are believed to be Pleasanton residents 87 year old Betty Mcnabb and her son, 65 year old Kenneth Mcnabb. Autopsies and official identification are pending. 31-year-old David Mcnabb of Pittsburg was arrested Monday for second-degree murder, criminal desecration of a body, and interference with a law enforcement officer. (11/17)
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Allen County commissioners have approved the purchase of a new ambulance. The Iola Register reports that the new unit would cost about $200,000, and the county has about $560,000 in its ambulance fund. The new unit may be ordered late this year with delivery in 2017. (11/17)
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Humboldt city leaders will be asking for public input about designating a bike lane along a portion of Ninth Street. The Iola Register reports that letters explaining the proposal will be sent with utility bills. The action came after several people said they were una ware of the proposed project until just recently. (11/15)
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Allen Community College President John Masterson was on the air with us yesterday, he described possibly expanding a program with Emporia State: (2 by 2 sound) :12
He said that Emporia State president Allison Garrett was open to expanding the program.
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Greenwood County authorities continue the search for a man and woman who allegedly led a chase in a stolen vehicle late Monday afternoon before fleeing on foot. Police say started around 4:30 pm near Madison. A Greenwood County deputy was hurt in the chase and was taken to Greenwood County Hospital. (11/15) The suspects are a white male and female, he’s 6 foot tall medium build, she is 5-5, thin with dark hair.
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A 31-year-old Pittsburg man has been arrested and charged with murder in the disappearance of two relatives from their home in Pleasanton. David Mcnabb is accused in the deaths of 87 year old Betty Mcnabb and her son, 65 year old Kenneth Mcnabb, who were reported missing from their home on Friday. David Mcnabb is a nephew of Kenneth Mcnabb. He is charged with second-degree murder, criminal desecration of a body and interference with a law enforcement officer. (11/15)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating two missing persons in Linn County. On Saturday the KB) was requested by the Linn County Sheriff’s office to investigate a crime scene connected to two missing persons from rural Pleasanton. The missing persons are 87 year old Betty Mcnaab and her son, 65 year old Kenneth Mcnaab. They were reported missing by family members late Friday evening. A check of their residence in Pleasanton led the Linn County Sheriff’s office to suspect foul play. There is a a person of interest who is currently being held for questioning. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. (11/14)
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A new Chanute fire truck will be on display today before the City Commission meeting. The Chanute Tribune reports that Fire Chief Kevin Jones will be on hand at 5:30 pm to display the new truck in the parking lot before the meeting at 6:30 pm. During the meeting, commissioners will consider a storm-water drainage ordinance and utility deposits.
The Iola city council will also have its regular meeting tonight, 6 PM at the New Community Building in Riverside Park. (11/14)
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Nov. 29 is the day we’ll find out whether planning commissioners will recommend zoning to permit wind farms in Allen County. According to The Iola Register, EDP Renewables, a national company headquartered in Houston, has options on about 10,000 acres of Allen County farmland. The company would make annual lease payments to landowners. (11/10)
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Election results Tuesday night 11/8:
Allen County Sheriff:
(R) Bryan Murphy* 2,867 53%
(I) Mike Aronson 2,495 47%
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Kansas Senate District 12
(R) Caryn Tyson* 18,565 73%
(I) Carla Griffith 6,745 27%
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Kansas House District 9
(R) Kent Thompson* 6,171 76%
(L) Patrick McMurray 1,943 24%
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Neosho County Commission 2nd District
(I) Jennifer Orr 904 57%
(R) Loretta Neely 766 43%
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Kansas Senate District 14
(R) Bruce Givens 20,551 73%
(D) Mark Pringle 7,620 27%
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Kansas Senate District 15
(R) Dan Goddard 15,161 61%
(D) Chuck Schmidt 9,724 39%
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Woodson County Sheriff
(I) Anthony Bauer* 587 41%
(R) Wayne Faulkner 835 59%
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Yates Center Sales Tax
Yes 394 70%
No 172 30%
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Iola’s Adopt-A-Child program had about 180 families sign up for this year’s gift giving program. If you’d like to help out by adopting a child for gift giving, names are now available. You can contact Barbie Daugharthy, 365-5061, Teresa Gribble, 365-9103, and Cheryl Sparks, 365-1789. You can also donate at Emprise Bank. (11/8)
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We’ve finally arrived…today is election day. Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re not sure where to vote, check the Kansas Secretary of State’s website, click on the Voter View icon and enter your address. We will have results for you this evening on the air and on our Iola Radio Facebook page. (11/8)
Some of the races we’ll be following include the Allen County Sheriff’s race where Mike Aronson is challenging incumbent Bryan Murphy….the 12th district state senate race with incumbent Caryn Tyson getting a write in challenge from Carla Griffith…and the 9th district Kansas House race where Libertarian Patrick McMurray is trying to unseat incumbent Kent Thompson. (11/8)
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Two people escaped serioss injury Friday after a small plane crashed while attempting to land at the Eureka airport. As it landed, the aircraft pulled left until it made contact with the ground and came to rest on its top. The pilot, George Douglas of Orlando, Florida was uninjured and the passenger, Lawrence Stapleton of Mississippi was treated at the scene. (11/7)
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Another earthquake was felt accross the region last night. The USGS now says the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. and was centered near Cushing, Oklahoma with a magnitude of 5.0. The quake was felt as far away as Kansas City and Little Rock. The Cushing Police Department reported “quite of bit of damage” from the earthquake. (11/7)
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The Calvary United Methodist Men’s Group is having a a Potato Drop on Saturday. The group is giving away 150 10-pound pags of potatoes on a first-come, first-serve basis. That will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church at 118 W. Jackson Ave. Additional potatoes will be donated to the Community Pantry. (11/4)
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A fundraiser is being held today in Humboldt to benefit Stacy Cakes which had its building damaged during severe weather a month ago. H&H Grill on the north side of the Humboldt square is donating all their profits from today’s sales. They’ll be open from 11 to 6, get a quarter pound hamburger and fries for six dollars or a half pounder and fries for seven. (11/4)
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The Iola Mustangs are making their first playoff appearance since 2008 tonight as they travel to Frontenac for their first round matchup against the Raiders, the No. 1 team in the state. You can hear the game tonight on 1370 KIOL, streamed live at iolaradio.com, and on your smartphone with the TuneIn Radio app, search for KIOL. (11/4)
****Fans can give the Mustangs a sendoff at 4 p.m. today at the football stadium at Riverside Park.
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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism game wardens, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and county sheriff’s officers will conduct joint highway checkpoints at various locations on Sunday, November 13th. In our area, they’ll be at the US-54 rest area near the Greenwood/Woodson county line and at the US-75 rest area north of Yates Center. (11/4)
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A Humboldt girl was taken to the hospital yesterday afternoon after she was struck by a vehicle while riding her bike in downtown Humboldt. Humboldt Police said the girl’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. On their Facebook page, the department thanked the public for help they received at the scene. (11/3)
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Iola’s Humanity House is planning a fundraiser to help people with utility bills. According to their Facebook page, the Utility Relief Fundraiser will be on November 17th at 11 a.m. in the Little Community Building in Riverside Park. They’ll will be serving chili / vegetable soup, pie and coffee or tea for $6.00 until they run out. (11/3)
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The Allen County Fair Board is seeking help from county commissioners to fund upgrades of county fair buildings in Riverside Park. The Iola Register reports that commissioners were given a plan that proposed spending $30,000 to $35,000 a year for the next several years. Commissioners were non-committal to the proposal. (11/3)
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It was also learned at the meeting that Planning Commission members are expected to decide Nov. 29 whether to recommend a zoning arrangement to permit wind farms in the county. At the last meeting several people had questions or were opposed. The Allen County Commission will have the final say-so on the issue. (11/3)
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Three people were injured in a three vehicle accident last night around five o’clock at the US160 and US169 junction near Cherryvale. 72 year old John Millar and 69 year old Neva Millar, both of Fredonia, were taken to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. 38 year old Virgil Neece of Independence was transported to Freeman Medical Center in Joplin. (11/2)
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If you thought you felt an earthquake last night you were right. The US Geological Survey showed a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Pawnee, Oklahoma just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. So far, there have been no reports of damage or injuries. According to the USGS, the tremor was felt throughout Oklahoma and Kansas. (11/2)
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Advance voting numbers are up in Allen County. County Clerk Sherrie Riebel reports that as of yesterday afternoon, her office has had had 443 people walk in to vote and they have mailed out 511 ballots since October 19. Numbers are up statewide also, the secretaty of state’s office tweeted yesterday that statewide 242,000 votes have been cast cast compared to 181,000 in 2012. (11/2)
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Advance voting numbers are up in Allen County. County Clerk Sherrie Riebel reports that the numbers are roughly double previous general elections. Numbers are up statewide also, the secretaty of state’s office tweetwed that statewide 242,000 votes have been cast cast compared to 181,000 in 2012. (11/1) (alternate version)
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Allen Community College President John Masterson stopped by yesterday during Trading Post, he was very pleased about last weeks scholorship luncheon. (Sound: :14 “What we do…generous with their gifts.”) He was also happy with the results of the ACC cross country squads over the weekend. (Sound : :15 …”proud of those kids.”) (11/1)
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The city of Ottawa, Franklin County and several police officers are being sued by the family of Joseph Jennings. He’s the man who was shot several times during a 2014 confrontation in the parking lot of Orscheln Farm and Home a store in south Ottawa. The law suit alledges that Jennings was deprived of his civil rights. (11/1)
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There was quite a mess along US 169 a couple miles north of north of Iola Sunday morning. A truck spilled a few thounsand cans of pinapple products when it overturned after an accident. The driver was taken to Allen County Regional Hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. (10/31)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation advises parents to perform a check for registered offenders in their neighborhoods, and in areas their children plan to trick-or-treat. You can search online at http://www.kbi.ks.gov/registeredoffender to determine where registered offenders reside. You can for registered sex offenders, drug offenders and other violent offenders. (10/31)
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Planners got together last week to chart the next step for tech ed center in LaHarpe. The Iola Register reports that school officials from Allen, Neosho and Fort Scott community colleges, and Iola, Marmaton Valley and Uniontown school districts were on hand. But at this stage, it’s too soon to tell when the next new course offerings will begin. (10/31)
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Friday morning, Neosho County Commissioners discussed health care concerns with a growing population of elderly. According to The Chanute Tribune, Commissioner David Bideau said census projections indicate the number of people over the age of 65 will double by the end of the next seven years. He urged the commission to begin planning now. (10/31)
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It looks like the Iola Mustangs will be playing next week’s playoff game on the raod. They lost their season finale to Girard last night 38 to 25. (10/28)
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Union workers are picketing in Southeast Kansas, threatening to strike pending the outcome of a contract with Kansas Gas Service. According to KOAM TV, Kansas Gas Service, a division of One Gas, wants to switch to United Health Care, something the workers say they are against because not many doctors in the area accept that insurance. (10/28)
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There’s plenty of halloween fun on tap over the next few days. The Iola Police Department and Kiwanis Club will have the Boo Bash from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park. Admission is $5 gets you access to all the activities. On Monday, The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce and other local business owners are sponsoring Trunk-Or-Treat in downtown Iola. Vehicles will be parked along Jefferson Avenue on the east side of the courthouse square from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (10/28)
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The Kansas Water Office has announced that the first phase of dredging at John Redmond Reservoir is complete. The project is the first of its kind in the nation. Three million cubic yards of sediment was removed from the reservoir and placed in confined disposal facilities. The reservoir is a supply source to Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Station. (10/28)
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Plenty of high school football around the area tonight. The Iola Mustangs look to wrap up the district title tonight at home against Girard. That would insure a home playoff game. You can hear the Mustangs tonight on 1370 KIOL, streamed live at iolaradio.com, and on your smartphone with the TuneIn Radio app, search for KIOL. (10/27)
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With the election less than two weeks away, steps to prevent voter fraud at the state and local level have been taken in Kansas. Neosho County Attorney Linus Thuston told the Chanute Tribune that he is vouching for integrity of the upcoming election process, after seeing social media postings about the election. He said he was bothered by people impugning the process. (10/27)
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US Senator Jerry Moran was among the dignataries that spoke yesterday afternoon at a groundbreaking ceremony for the G&W Foods store planned for Iola. Officials say that construction on the grocery store may start as early as December. There’s also a second phase of construction planned for more apartments at the old hospital site. (10/27)
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Chanute city staff will revise a proposal on utility deposits and late fees. According to the Chanute Tribune, city Commissioners gave a consensus on a 5 percent late fee, and ending automatic bank withdrawal and the current $100 security deposit that is held on late payments. The current late fee is 2 percent. Customers are delinquent after 14 days . (10/26)
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The Iola City Council has approved a site plan for the new G&W Foods grocery store in Iola. That clears the way for construction to begin on the 17,000-square-foot facility at the old hospital site. The Iola Register reports that the vote was 7-0 with Austin Sigg absent. A groundbreaking ceremony for the store is planned at 4 p.m. today. (10/26)
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Also at the meeting, it was learned that Iola employees will get a cost-of-living raise of three-tenths of a percent for 2017. The COLA raise mirrors the Consumer Price Index, which sets such things as Social Security payouts. The city had planned for a 2 percent COLA for 2017 when it set next year’s spending plan. (10/26)
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Another reminder that the Allen County Farm Bureau will be hosting a candidate forum tonight, 6 p.m. at Iola High School. Candidates for Allen County Sheriff, the Kansas house and senate and the U.S. Senate are slated to appear. The public is invited. DR. Darrell Monfort will serve as the moderator. (10/26)
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The license for a Eudora day care is under emergency suspension after a 9-month-old boy died there last month. The Lawrence Journal World reports that the infant was found unresponsive last month at Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home. A preliminary autopsy led investigators to believe the boy’s death was suspicious. (10/25)
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It’s been dry and warm, so fall harvest has made some good progress in Kansas over the last week. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 87 percent of the state’s corn crop has been cut. 56 percent of the sorghum and 53 percent of the soybeans have also harvested, along with 38 percent of the sunflower harvest and 8 percent of the cotton crop. Winter wheat planting is now 84 percent complete. (10/25)
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Trunk-Or-Treat in Iola is making a comeback. A group of business owners are trying to bring back the event that hands out candy and other goodies along Jefferson Avenue on the square. Trunk-Or-Treat will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Halloween Night. If you’d like to help with the effort, contact Carol Sager at the Iola Chamber office. (10/24)
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Misty Town, youth services manager of the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, will visit local schools Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the problem. On Tuesday, she’ll be at Humboldt High School at 2pm and Allen Community College at 7, then on Wendesday she’s at Neosho County Community College at 7pm. (10/24)
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The Kansas Board of Regents has approved Pittsburg State University’s plan for an $18 million multi-use project. According to The Joplin Globe, the Regents approved Pittsburg State’s Block 22 plan for student housing and commercial space. The projectlooks to remodel four mostly empty historic properties at Fourth and Broadway streets. (10/24)
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The Iola Mustangs can earn a spot in the playoofs with a win tonight over Anderson County in Garnett. We’ll have that game for you tonight on 1370 KIOL. We’ll stream it at iolaradio.com, and you can listen anywhere on your smartphone with the TuneIn Radio app, just search for “KIOL.” (10/20)
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LaHarpe Electric customers will spend $15 more a month for their electric service. The Iola Register reports that LaHarpe City Council members decided on the hike at a special meeting on Wednesday. The hike will begin immediately as an essential step to fund needed upgrades to the city’s electrical system. (10/21)
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Nearly 400 school board members and superintendents statewide have qualified for recognition as part of the Kansas Association of School Boards Leadership Academy. The awards are based on participation in KASB sponsored training and leadership workshops throughout the year. Those recognized in Iola are Superintendent Jack Koehn and Board Member Jennifer Taylor, in Chanute Superintendent Richard Proffitt, in Humboldt Superintendent Kay Lewis, in Marmaton Valley Superintendent Kenneth Mcwhirter, and in Woodson County Superintendent Greg Brown…Board Vice-President Wes Smith…and Board Member David Jones. (10/21)
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The Allen County Farm Bureau will be hosting a candidate forum next Wednesday, 6 p.m. at Iola High School. Candidates for Allen County Sheriff, the Kansas house and senate and the U.S. Senate are slated to appear. The public is invited, and if you’d like to suggest a question you can contact the Farm Bureau office at 365-2172. (10/20)
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Allen County Planning Commission members will consider allowing wind farms in the county. According to The Iola Register, they will tackle the issue at their next meeting on October the 27th at 7pm. They would be allowed by way of a special use permit, current zoning regulations do not cover wind farms. (10/20)
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G&W Foods is planning a ceremonial groundbreaking for their new store in Iola at the old hospital site. That ceremony is planned for Wednesday, October 26 at 4pm. The public is invited to attend. (10/19)
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The Iola Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a drug takeback event Saturday. It’s your chance to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Medications can be taken to City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They cannot accept liquids or needles; only pills and patches will be accepted. (10/19)
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A 53-year-old man from rural Dennis died Friday night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound .at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, southeast unit, in Oswego. According to the Parsons Sun, Jon “J.J.” Johnson, was a corrections specialist for the Kansas Department of Corrections. The KBI is investigating. (10/18)
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The corporate owner of a grocery store chain with locations in both Chanute and Parsons will sell the chain to a Canadian company. Supervalu Inc. will sell its Save-a-Lot business to a Canadian private equity firm for $1.3 billion instead of spinning off the discount chain as previously planned. Save-A-Lot has 1,370 stores. (10/18)
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More than a week after a young child died in Osage County, the investigation continues into why she died. Recent indications are the investigation could take up to two months before it’s completed. Investigators are waiting on toxicology reports. The girl’s name has not been released. (10/18)
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Mark this family fun event on your calendar…The Iola Police and the Iola Kiwanis Club have announced that this year’s Boo Bash will be Saturday, October 29th, 5 to 8 pm. at the Community Building in Riverside Park. There will be a haunted house, inflatables, games and more. (10/17)
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A reminder that as we get into md-October, Deer-vehicle crashes increase in fall. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 16 percent of the roughly 60,000 vehicle crashes reported in 2015 were deer-related. Be especially watchful at dawn and dusk when deer are particularly active and watch for more than one deer, as they seldom travel alone. (10/17)
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If you intend to vote in the general election November the 8th, the deadline to get registered is Tuesday. Check with your county clerk’s office or many of the city halls in our listening area. You need to register if you’ve changed residence outside of your previous voting district boundary, or if you haven’t voted in two consecutive state general elections. Advance voting can begin on Wednesday. (10/17)
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A Yates Center man was killed in a two vehicle accident 9.5 Miles North West of Yates Center yesterday. 69 year old Ira W Van Arsdale was pronounced dead. The driver of the second vehicle, Joseph E Rotina of Yates Center was injured and taken to Coffey County Hospital. (10/14)
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A reminder that if you need to register to vote, the deadline is next Tuesday, October the 18th. Stop by the county clerk’s office in the courthouse. Advance voting can begin on Wednesday. (10/14)
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The city of LaHarpe is going to try again to upgrade its electrical system. The Iola Register reports that the city council voted to apply for a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant. The grant would aid in a citywide electric conversion to a new three-phase system. About half of the city remains under an old electric system. (10/14)
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New overtime rules continue to be a burden for employers. The Chanute Tribune reports that Neosho County Community College is the latest entity to grapple with the new rules. Trustees approved a new academic designation policy at the October regular meeting. There is an exemption for “academic” workers who work directly with students. (10/13)
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Allen County Regional Hospital is welcoming a new doctor. Dermatologist Jacqueline M. Youtsos is now seeing patients at ACRH. Dr. Youtsos is board-certified in family medicine, will offer comprehensive dermatology care, both medical and cosmetic. Appointments may be made by calling her Pittsburg-based practice at 308-6123. (10/13)
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Iola city council members approved engineering costs for a Safe Routes To School project. The Register reports that the project includes upgrading sidewalks and wheelchair ramps around the three elementary schools and Iola Middle School. The city is responsible for the engineering costs, plus 20 percent of the construction. (10/13)
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Allen County commissioners approved a 400 thousand dollar grant application to enable construction of a second apartment complex at the old hospital site. The Iola Register reports that Iola Industries is financing the million dollar project. That includes the anticipated grant money from the Kansas Housing Corporation. (10/13)
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Osage City police are investigating the death of a two-month-old girl. The department’s Facebook page said police,, Osage County deputies, and an EMS team were on a call in Osage City Sunday morning for a call of an infant who wasn’t breathing. The EMS team couldn’t revive her. (10/12)
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Chanute city commissioners approved steps for several economic development projects during Monday evening’s meeting. According to The Chanute Tribune, The issuance of up to $1.6 million in bonds will fund development of the Orizon Aerostructures plant on west 21st Street, the Chanute Marketplace shopping center on south Santa Fe, and the travel plaza on west 35th Street near the US-169 interchange. (10/12)
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Police in Cherryvale are using Facebook to try to track down the owner of a bag of crystal meth. According to KOAM TV, the bag with methamphetamine was left behind at a convenience store on September the 29th. The post has been shared nearly 1,700 times but so far no one has come forward with information about the owner. (10/12)
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Humboldt will be getting a medical clinic beginning on November 21st. The Iola Register reports that Allen County Regional Hospital CEO Tony Thompson broke the good news to the Humboldt city council. The new facility is slated to be open five-days-a-week at 111 Ninth St., and Dr. Brian Neely will be there on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. (10/12)
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Just a reminder that because of the Columbus Day holiday, the Iola City Council will have a rare Tuesday meeting tonight. It’ll be at 6 p.m. in the New Community Building, Riverside Park. The Gas City Council also meets tonight at 7 and the Allen Community College Board of Trustees meets at six. (10/10)
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KDOT will close a section of K-3 north of U.S. 54 next week during daylight hours. Starting next Monday, K-3 will be closed to through traffic from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays between the west junction of K-3 & U.S. 54 and the K-3/K-65 junction. The highway will reopen after 4:30 p.m. each day. (10/10)
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Just a reminder that Fire Prevention Week has begun, with the theme “Don’t Wait! Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”. Smoke alarms lose effectiveness over time and any units that are 10 years old or older need to be replaced. Also, this Saturday is the first-ever Kansas Home Fire Drill Day to practice your escape plan. (10/11)
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United States Senator Jerry Moran visited Ash Grove Cement in Chanute Friday afternoon. He spoke with community leaders on Ash Grove’s Community Advisory Board. Moran is co-chair of the Senate’s Cement Caucus and his visit coincided with National Manufacturing Day. (10/10)
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The damage from Thursday night’s storm in Allen County was caused by straight line winds. That was the determination by a damage assessment team dispatched to the area by the National Weather Service on Friday. The team confirmed tornado damage in Cowley and Saline counties but not in Allen County. A weak tornado was also confirmed in Labette County. (10/10)
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On Tuesday, Iola City Council members will discuss whether to renew the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. The Register reports that If the council approves the extension that expires Nov. 30th, the city must then approach other local taxing entities for their approval. The meeting is Tuesday due to Columbus Day. (10/10)
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Volunteers hope to build a playground Sunday in LaHarpe. The LaHarpe Pride committee, Thrive Allen County and several other groups hope to install several playground equipment pieces at the LaHarpe City Park. The effort begins Sunday morning at 8:30, if you’d like to help contact Damaris Kunkler at 365-8128. (10/6)
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A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new G&W grocery store will happen the week of Oct. 24. The Iola Register reports that the store is now slated to be bigger than previously planned at nearly 18,000 square feet. The project was delayed because G&W recently opened stores in Fort Scott and Independence. (10/6)
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The twelve apartments next to the grocery store site are set to open soon and the next eight will come soon after. That will fulfill a promise to get to twenty when Iola Industries purchased property. Allen County Commissioners have tentatively agreed to assist with a grant application to accommodate construction. (10/6)
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Allen County Crime Stoppers has a new way to report a crime in our area. You can use our new app by going to http://www.p3tips.com you can download the app by going to the app store and search for P3Tips. (10/5)
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Orizon Aerostructures takeover of Spirit Aerosystems hit a bit of a speed bump. According to The Chanute Tribune, Chanute city commissioners approved a change in the development agreement for Orizon, but voted against changes in a lease agreement with Spirit. That means that the 35 employees acquired in the Spirit takeover will not count towards the 150 jobs that Orizon must bring to town to receive incentives. (10/5)
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Moran may be getting a fitness center soon. The Iola Register reports that the city council took a step in that direction. They were asked at their last meeting if they would be interested in exploring the availability of equipment as well as someone to help with startup. The answer was unanimous for the project to proceed. (10/5)
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A man riding a bicycle was killed yesterday morning when he was hit by a car seven and a half miles east of Eureka on US 54 in Greenwood County. According to a report from the highway patrol, 60 year old Michael John Balfe of West Australia died when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 32 year old Shawn Patrick Echils of El Dorado. The bicycle was struck from behind and sent into the ditch. (10/4)
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The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is having an Expand KanCare Community Action Event in Iola. It’s scheduled for hursday at 11am at Allen County Regional Hospital. It’s one of a number of community events across Kansas to learn about what KanCare expansion would mean to Kansans. The public is invited. (10/4)
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Allen County Regional Clinic has welcomed a new doctor. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. David Dowell brings extensive podiatric and orthopedic experience to region. Dr. Dowell received his medical degree from Des Moines Medical University where he also did his residency. He was also in private practice in Joplin. (10/4)
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A small air plane crashed west of Iola just after 6pm on Saturday. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office reported that there were two passengers aboard the turbo prop plane, which came down on 600 Street, about a mile south of US 54. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that the plane had engine trouble and attempted to land on the gravel road. During that attempt the plane clipped a tree and then landed on the road and spun around. The pilot, 40 year old Jeffrey Owen Sigel of Denver, Colorado, and his passenger, 38 year old Bethany Lynn Brandstatter, of Huntsville, Utah, were both taken to Allen County Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (10/3)
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Humboldt native George Sweatt was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame yesterday. He was the first African-American to letter in any sport at Pittsburg State University. Sweatt went on to play with the Kansas City Monarchs and Chicago American Giants for a total of seven professional seasons and played in the first four Negro Leagues World Series. (10/3)
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Allen Community College has been selected third in a list of the country’s most affordable community colleges that offer online courses. According to The Iola Register, the survey comes from AffordableColleges.com. ACC’s online learning program includes more 1,600 students and has received a number of awards. (10/3)
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The Woodson County Sheriff’s Office yesterday released more details on Monday’s accident involving a school bus and a semi that sent one child to the hospital. The driver of the semi, 54 year old Pamela L. Carter Gainesville, Mo was arrested by Kansas Highway Patrol for possession of methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia. (9/30)
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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) announced a successful multi-agency drug enforcement operation that led to the arrest of a Pittsburg man and the recovery of illegal substances with an estimated street value of $350,000.
Yesterday, law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a residence in Pittsburg. 24 year old Austin Gossett was arrested on the charge of Possession of Controlled Substances with the Intent to Distribute.
Recovered at the residence were approximately 2.5 kilograms of Ecstasy and 2.5 kilograms of a drug known as Molly. The Ecstasy seized is estimated to have a street value of $100,000, and the Molly has an approximate value of $250,000.
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It took a jury less than 2 hours this afternoon to hand over a verdict in the murder trial of Crystal Galloway of Scammon, Kansas. The woman accused of killing 59 yr. old Robin Fought of Dennis, Kansas last year. 37 yr. old Crystal Galloway was found guilty on all three counts of first degree premeditated murder, arson, and interfering with law enforcement.
Her boyfriend and co-defendant was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial and is being treated at a psychiatric hospital. (9/30)
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Allen County commissioners have approved a change in the bid to paint the Allen County courthouse. According to the Iola Register, the county contracted with Superior Builders to paint the building, but during the work problems were revealed with the building’s surface. To fix it, commissioners approved retexturing approximately 7,000 feet of surface. (9/29)
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Chanute Elementary School has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. The Chanute Tribune reports that Blue ribbon awards are given to schools that perform among the best in their state, or as schools that make the fastest progress closing achievement gaps. A total of 329 schools were recognized nationwide. (9/29)
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Humboldt is gearing up for the annual Biblesta Parade on Saturday. This will be the 59th year for the event that features floats portraying events from the Bible. Other activities include activities: the Fun Walk/5K Run for the Son; gospel music entertainment; Youth Fun Area, petting zoo, train rides ; a free bean feed; and the After Dark Youth Rally. (9/29)
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Newly-formed Orizon Aerostructures has signed an agreement to purchase Spirit AeroSystems’ Chanute operations by Friday. According to The Chanute Tribune, Spirit will transition under the new company name Orizon Aerostructures – Chanute, Inc. and current Spirit employees will transfer to Orizon. Orizon will use both buildings while construction is completed on its new 21st Street campus. (9/28)
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The SAFE BASE program in Iola has received a five-year, $360,000 grant. According to The Iola Register, executive director Angela Henry thanked the Iola City Council this week for their help in obtaining the grant in the form of a $5,000 yearly contribution for supplies. Out of 98 applications for the competitive grant, only 38 were awarded funding. (9/28)
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Law Enforcement authorities are still searching for the person that led police on a chase through Allen, Neosho and Wilson counties. According to a news release from the Iola police department, officers responded to a call early Sunday morning about a man in a vehicle pointing a firearm at the driver of another vehicle on East Madison Avenue. After a chase, the suspect vehicle was recovered, including a pellet gun and a short barrelled shotgun. The suspect was able to elude capture on foot. Charges are being requested. (9/28)
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A new 2 million dollar office complex will allow Chanute to keep four state agencies with more than 120 jobs. According to the Chanute Tribune, construction has begun on two buildings east of Santa Fe Street and south of 21st Street in Chanute. There had previously been discussion that the agencies may not remain in Chanute, but the project will prevent job loss. (9/27)
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Work will begin on the Uniontown pond project as soon as the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism signs a contract. The Fort Scott Tribune reports that the city and KDWPT are partnering to make improvements to the pond, along with funding from Bourbon County. The project includes a new handicapped accessible dock and a channel. (9/27)
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The Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department will host a drive-up flu shot clinic from 9:30 to 11 a.m. a.m. Friday in their arking lot at 411 N. Washington Ave. They will also offer flu shots from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the LaHarpe Senior Citizens Center.
The flu shots are covered by most insurance policies. (9/27)
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Two members of the Kansas Supreme Court will be in Iola tomorrow to meet with area high school students and the public. They’ll be at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and at at the Iola High School Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. (9/26)
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Neosho County Commissioners are dealing with an upcoming change in federal overtime rules. According to the Chanute Tribune, at Friday’s meeting commissioners heard that county employees will need to track their work hours more closely. They approved the purchase of a dedicated time clock for the road and bridge department at a cost of $2,200. (9/26)
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A fatality crash in Cherokee County Sunday morning claimed the life of an Oklahoma woman. According to a report from the Kansas Highway patrol, 18 year old Kayla Geier-Mercer of Afton, Oklahoma was killed when here vehicle veered off the west side of the roadway and struck a culvert. It overturned and landed in the ditch. (9/26)
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On Friday, a Mound City man was injured when the semi he was driving left the roadway and overturned after blowing a tire on US 69 in Miami County. 31 year old Adam Culbertson was taken to Overland Park Regional Hospital for treatment. (9/26)
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A 29-year-old Kansas man is dead after a vehicle in which he was riding crashed while fleeing from police. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reports a chase began just after 1 a.m. Thursday and ended inside the Pomona city limits and the vehicle rolled. Mario Calderon-Orozco of Roeland Park was ejected from the pickup and pronounced dead at the scene. Another occupant was transported to a hospital, while two others were not injured. (9/23)
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KDOT will start a second work zone on the U.S. 169 patching project in Neosho County beginning September 26th. Work has already started on the north end of the project, from Cherry Street at Chanute north to the county line. Next week the contractor will set up an additional work zone southwest of Earlton with flaggers and a pilot car. (9/22)
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Allen County Commissioners will be considering a new burial policy. The policy will come into play when when someone dies and authorities are unable to locate next of kin, or relatives can’t or won’t pay for funeral services. The Iola Register reported that just such a thing happened recently with commissioners paying 700 dollars for creamation. (9/22)
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The 2016 Chanute Rodeo will expand to a three-night event with the addition of a ranch rodeo Sunday. According to The Chanute Tribune, the Chanute Bit and Spur Saddle Club said this is the first time the event has included a ranch rodeo. In the ranch rodeo, cowboys and riders enter as teams in events more closely related to actual ranch work. (9/21)
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We’re just a couple of days away from the annual Buster Keaton Celebration at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola. This year’s theme is “Buster Keaton and the Wild West.” All out-of-town attendees must pay a $20 admission fee that covers both Friday and Saturday. Iola residents will be admitted free of charge.
ORGANIZERS have announced the 2017 Keaton celebration will be the last. Bowlus director Susan Raines told the Iola Register that organizers had planned on ending after 25 years. (9/20)
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The Kansas Water Office’s Neosho Regional Advisory Committee will meet next Wednesday, to discuss current water issues affecting the region as well as the state. The meeting will be at 1 p.m., at the Iola Water Treatment Plant, west of Iola. The agenda and meeting materials will be available at http://www.kwo.org (9/21)
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The Kansas Department of Commerce will host the 2016 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair on Sept. 27, 2016. The annual job fair will take place at locations across the state of Kansas, including Concordia, Emporia, Great Bend, Junction City, Kansas City, Mulvane, Park City, Pittsburg and Topeka. For more information, go to KansasCommerce.com, or call (877) 509-6757.
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Iola artist Gary Hawk will be honored at a reception today at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Hawk’s artwork is on display in the Mary L. Martin Gallery through this weekend’s annual Buster Keaton Celebration. The reception runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. Doors open at 5:45.
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The Woodson County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they have fully joined in the Kansas V.I.N.E. program. V.I.N.E. stands for Victim Information Notification and the program is set up to let victims know the suspect in their case has been released. Woodson County was the third county in Kansas to join into the program.
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Starting on Friday, law enforcement agencies in Kansas and surrounding states will be stepping up speed limit enforcment over the weekend. Look for tighter speed ticketing windows and be warned that officers will be looking for other violations as well, such as texting, failing to buckle up or driving while impaired. (9/19)
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Iola High School and Iola Middle School came up clean on a recent locker sweep looking for drugs. The Iola Police Department and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department conducted the search in coperation with USD 257 using trained drug dogs. In a Facebook post, the district said it was part of a continuing effort to ensure school safety. (9/16)
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Law enforcement agencies are warning of a couple of telephone scams that are going on. In one, The caller claims to be from Westar Energy, and threatens to turn off utilities if payment is not made. Do not give out any information or make any payments until you have thoroughly verified that the requests are legitimate by calling Westar directly. Another similar scam is in Chanute, where the caller says they are from “Chanute Electric.” If you you have any billing questions, contact the City of Chanute. In yet another, Neosho County Attorney Linus Thuston has received several calls reporting a probable scam. Citizens are being called by so-called collections agencies claiming that the person could go to jail if a debt is not paid.(9/15)
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A new rock crusher may be on the way for Allen County. With the recent round of heavy rains, the current crusher has been getting a workout. The Iola Register reports that Public Works Director Mitch Garner says that maintainence costs are mounting, but a new machine may costs seven hundred thousand dollars. Commissioners are mulling it over. (9/15)
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Iola City Council members said no thanks to a proposed land swap that would have transferred a portion of Meadowbrook Park to the nearby First Baptist Church. According to The Iola Register, Council members voted, 5-2, Monday to reject the swap (9/14)
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An arrest has been made in last week’s fatality hit-and-run accident on US-169. The Chanute Tribune reports that 53 year old Paul Anthony Abram was arrested in Kansas City. The accident killed Bryan Wayne Brodie of Neosho, Mo (9/14)
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Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss and Justice Marla Luckert will speak at Iola High School on September 27th at 7:00 p.m They will discuss the history of Kansas Supreme Courtand its position as the state court of last resort. The public is invited. Enter through the east entrance of the High School, doors will open at 6:00 p.m (9/14)
You should arrive early as seating islimited to 200 people.
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A mega car wash is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jump Start Travel Center in Iola. About 50 kids will be washing cars as a fundraiser for them to gain access to the farm City Days carnival. Farm City Days buttons will be available for purchase so you can be eligible to win the medallion hunt. KIKS will be there broadcasting live. (9/13)
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The final person to be apprehended in the murder case involving Iola resident Shawn Cook, was taken into custody Friday in Topeka. Iola Police Chief Jared Warner told the Iola Register that Jessica Epting was arrested based on a tip given to Iola detectives. An Iola officer was scheduled to transport Epting back to Allen County yesterday. (9/13)
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On Wednesday, KDOT will begin a pavement patching project on U.S. 169 in Neosho County. The project goes from southwest of Earlton, and continues north for 11.6 miles to end at the Neosho-Allen county line. The work will begin on the north end of the project, from Cherry Street at Chanute north to the county line, with delays of 15 minutes. (9/12)
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Iola’s funeral home has announced plans to move to a new location. According to The Iola Register, Feuerborn Family Funeral Services will move its operations to the south side of U.S. 54 between Iola and Gas, pending zoning approval. The building is now the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. (9/12)
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ACMAT, the Allen County Multi-Agency Team, has received assurance of funding for a number of years to come. The group received word that the annual $125,000 Drug-Free Communities grant has been extended to a five year grant. It has an option for renewal for an additional five years, which would bring the total to over a million dollars. (9/12)
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A lot of rain, with more on the way. Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect across the area. RADAR INDICATES THAT 4 TO 7 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE FALLEN WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNTS ACROSS GREENWOOD AND WOODSON COUNTIES. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN ARE POSSIBLE. Ditches and low-lying areas are flooded. TURN AROUND…DON`T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. (9/9)
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A Neosho, Missouri man was killed yesterday in an accident that happened just after noon two miles North of Chanute on US 169. 56 year old Bryan Wayne Brodie was pronounced dead at the scene. The semi he was driving jackknifed in the ditch, then laid over after being struck by another vehicle that drifted left of center. (9/9)
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A judge has ruled that the affidavit should be sealed in the case of a former Chanute High School teacher accused of improper sexual relations with a student. David Cadwallader was arrested and charged in May. According to The Tribune, the judge agreed that the affidavit should be sealed, but refused to remove county attorney Linus Thuston from the case. (9/8)
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The second annual Portland Alley Pedalfest hosted by Thrive Allen County is coming up this weekend in Riverside Park. Activities include bike rides, barbecue, bouncy houses, a beer garden and live music. It begins on Friday with camping and an outdoor showing of the 80’s movie “The Goonies”. (9/8)
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Work crews are putting the finsihing touches on the renovations to the football stadium in Riverside Park. Improvements include refurbishing the locker rooms, a new roof and fresh paint. The first Mustangs home game is Friday vs. Prairie View…we’ll broadcast it on 1370 KIOL, iolaradio.com and on the TuneIn radio app. (9/8)
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Plans for a wind farm in Allen County are advancing. According to The Iola Register, the Allen County Planning Commission will consider zoning changes for the project on Sept. 22nd. Land in question is in the northeast quadrant of the county, near the location that is expected to support a wind farm in Anderson County. (9/8)
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A pretrial hearing is set for Nov. 28 to review issues related to a jury trial for a Parsons man accused of murdering his son. According to The Parsons Sun, The trial for 56 year old Jeffery M. Patton is set to start Jan. 9 The case against stems from a shooting last year when Police responded to a 911 call and found his son Preston dead from gunshot wounds. (9/7)
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Staff at the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation near Burlington have located the source of a minor water leak and are working to repair it. The Emporia Gazette reports that Wolf Creek personnel identified a cracked weld as the source of the water leak in the reactor cooling system. The plant was manually shut down Friday due to the leak. (9/7)
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A former city clerk in southeast Kansas has been charged with misusing public funds and several other felonies. According to The Pittsburg Morning Sun, Doug Sellars, of Frontenac, was arrested Friday morning. Authorities say the alleged misconduct includes purchasing about $8,100 of “personal merchandise” with city dollars. (9/7)
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A Fredonia man was killed shortly after midnight Saturday in Wilson County. Troopers say Danny Riddle, 25, was in a car which went off K-47 about three miles east of U.S. 400, went airborne and struck an embankment. The driver of that car was taken to a Fredonia hospital with critical injuries. (9/6)
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A Fort Scott man convicted of felony murder and child abuse in May was sentenced Friday morning in Bourbon County District Court. According to The Fort Scott Tribune, Anthony M. Anderson was given a life sentence with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years. The case centered around the death of 6-month-old Aiden J. Osborn in April 2015. (9/6)
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The Chanute gas department has won an excellence of achievement award from The American Public Gas Association. According to the Chanute Tribune, Chanute was one of 34 selected for the award out of more than 700 APGA members. Earlier this year, Chanute’s electrical department won an award from the American Public Power Association. (9/6)
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High school football kicks off around the area tonight, including Iola at Chanute. We’ll have the game on 1370 KIOL and streamed at iolaradio.com. You can listen anywhere on your smartphone, find KIOL on the TuneIn Radio app. (9/2)
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LaHarpe City Council members are grappling with the problem of electrical interruptions. According to the Iola Register, a special meeting discussed a problem with tree branches coming into contact with power lines. City employees will be determining which branches are causing a problem and whether contractors will need to be hired. (9/2)
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There were a few tense moments in Burlington Thursday morning as an Amber alert was issued for two children who were removed from school by their father. According to a news release from the KBI, the children had been in the custody of their mother in Burlington. Law enforcement agencies located the father and children at the Shawnee County Courthouse. It was determined that the father is a legal custodian of the children and no charges have been filed. (9/2)
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A Neosho County ambulance lost control on US-169 in Miami County about 8:30 Tuesday night. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the driver, Larry D. Washburn of Chanute, was northbound on US-169 when the vehicle lost control on the wet road, entered the ditch and overturned. Washburn, paramedic Gary Enos, of Chanute, and passenger Kenneth Chase of Centerville, were all taken to Overland Park Regional Hospital. (9/1)
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The repairs on the Georgia Road bridge over U.S. 169 east of Humboldt will begin the week of September 5th. The bridge sustained damage from a one-vehicle crash in June, and has been closed to traffic since then. During the lane closures, traffic on U.S. 169 will be reduced to one lane, delays should be 15 minutes or less. The bridge repair project should be finished by November, weather permitting. (9/1)
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The Thayer Acres Agricultural Center is only $400 short of its funding goal and work has begun on a building for agricultural education in Thayer. According to The Chanute Tribune, a recent Monsanto fund grant has added $10,000. The agricultural center will include a building with a greenhouse, kitchen and classroom spaces, and animal pens. (8/31)
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The city of LaHarpe is keeping a closer eye on city code violations, but the city is still attempting to use common sense when dealing with violations. The Register reports that council members met in special session dealing with the new enforcement code. The reason for the stricter enforcement is to preserve property values and make the community more appealing. (8/31)
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Allen County has a new new magistrate judge. Tod Davis of Chanute was sworn in this week as the new magistrate judge for Allen County within the 31st Judicial District. He also will serve as magistrate judge in Wilson County. (8/31)
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A new AAA survey released Monday shows prices across Kansas increased eight cents in the last week, to an average $2.17 per gallon. That’s the fifth- highest increase of any state. AAA gave no explanation for the increase, but noted the Labor Day weekend is approaching.
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The Chanute Regional Development Authority and the city are discussing the best way to market the existing fiber optic network. According to The Chanute Tribune, it was instrumental in bringing recent economic development to the community. Officials say that the availability of fiber optic connection was a huge factor in Orizon Aerostructure’s decision to locate in Chanute. (8/30)
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Yesterday, Governor Sam Brownback announced nearly $1 million in grants for the 2017 Children’s Advocacy Centers grant program. Hope Unlimited in Iola recieved a grant of just under 50 thousand dollars. The CAC grant awards provide funding to hire and train staff to provide services for victims of sexual and physical abuse. (8/30)
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In Bourbon County, with the asphalt season winding down, commissioners learned the county might not have enough funds to complete some projects. According to The Fort Scott Tribune, one road is nearly ready for asphalt, but the county may not have enough money to do the overlay until 2017. As of now, the road and bridge fund has a negative balance but moretax revenue should arrive within the week. (8/29)
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Despite budget cuts, A Kansas Department of Transportation project to improve US-169 through Neosho and Allen counties is still alive. According to the Chanute Tribune, a survey of the Allen County portion of the project will be next year. The official detour for through truck traffic will use highways 75, 54 and 47. (8/29)
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A sick bald eagle has been rescued at a Fort Scott business. According to the Fort Scott Tribune, the young bird was spotted in the side parking lot of Family Video. The bird remained on its perch for more than an hour and was captured by professionals and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. (8/26)
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Fans can get a little taste of Iola Mustang football tonight. The annual alumni game is happening tonight at the football stadium in Riverside Park. It begins at 5:30 and will be followed by the Blue and Gold watermelon scrimmage. The Mustangs open their season next Friday at Chanute. You can hear all the Mustangs games on 1370 KIOL and iolaradio.com. (8/26)
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Chanute city commissioners chose Lathrop Construction, Inc. from Nevada, Mo., to extend utilities to the Orizon Aerostructures plant. According to The Chanute Tribune, Lathrop was one of three contractors that gave presentations. It was also the winning bidder on the project to extend utilities to the Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores project. (8/26)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is having a meeting in Iola tonight to update the progress of the lead removal project in town. It’s scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Iola Public Library. The public is invited to attend and ask questions and make comments. (8/25)
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Area 4-h’ers are getting ready for the State Fair, Carla Nemecek fills us in: (Sound: “Allen County …Centennial Hall” :07) If you’readed to the fair heare’s where to find the building. (…”north end of the fairgrounds. :04) The fair starts September the 9th in Hutchinson. (8/26)
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Representatives from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will be in Iola Sept. 1st. The Register reports that it will be to to hear about a proposed land swap involving a portion of Iola’s Meadowbrook Park. That swap would be with Iola’s First Baptist Church. The swap must be endorsed by the KDWP it was created in 1972 with federal funding. (8/24)
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Chanute city commissioners hanged their minds Monday night and approved a 52 million dollar budget for 2017. According to The Chanute Tribune, they first rejected the budget, but then passed it after much discussion. The approved budget keeps the projected tax levy at the same rate as this year. (8/24)
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What will the future relationship between Iola USD 257 and the Bowlus Fine Arts Center look like? That’s what Iola school board officials want to know. According to The Iola Register, they are seeking “legal guidance” in regards to the Bowlus, and whether they can not only remove classes from the Center but also themselves as its guardians. It’s been 40 years since the local school board last asked for such guidance. Budget concerns are fueling the issue. USD 257’s annual cost has been reduced to $41,000 with recent allocations from the City of Iola and Allen County. But that could be eliminated if those classes were held elsewhere. (8/24)
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Four Kansas community colleges are joining with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in a program that allows students to earn their Associate’s Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the same time. Accreditation approval was received for Butler, Hutchinson, Johnson County and Neosho County Community Colleges. Kansas City Kansas Community College already participates and graduated the first students from the program in May. (8/23)
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It looks like Chanute will keep its city administrator after all. Chanute city manager Jeff Cantrell was one of four finalists for the same position in Prescott, Arizona. According to The Chanute Tribune, he told officials here on Friday that Prescott had offered the position to another candidate and that he would be staying in Chanute. (8/23)
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Last week’s blood drive in Iola was successful. Sixty-six units of blood were donated Wednesday at the drive, sponsored by the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. 26 had scheduled appointments beforehand. (The rest were walk-in donors.) (8/23)
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Allen County Regional Hospital will provide a free blood pressure and blood sugar clinic. It will be on Wednesday at 1 p.m.in the LaHarpe Senior Center, 111 S. Main St. For more information, call 365-2124 (8/23)
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The new technicnical education center is opening in the former Diebolt Lumber facility in LaHarpe today. 27 students were enrolled to start, primarily from Iola, Marmaton Valley and Uniontown. The program is set up so participating high school students can take the course free of charge. (8/22)
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The City of Humboldt is facing a proliferation of zebra mussels, causing malfunctioning equipment on intake valves on the Neosho river. Divers were brought in to try to fix the problem but they were not successful. According to The Register, the valves, as well as control shafts and gears, will have to be replaced. (8/22)
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Construction at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center continues to be on time and on budget. According to The Chanute Tribune, The Hospital Foundation of NMRMC has allocated up to $400,000 for equipment, and the capital campaign has raised $900,000. That’s including a $50,000 donation received Wednesday. (8/19)
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Allen Community College President John Masterson shared some good news about ACC enrollment numbers during his radio interview this week. (:06 Sound: “Enrollment looks fantastic right now. It looks like we’re going to get back up right around 23 hundred students.” ) He went on to say how that breaks down. (:14 Sound: “We’ll run right around 500 students in Iola, we have about a thousand in our outreach sites, primarily Burlingame, and then we have about a thousand who are strictly online students.”) (8/19)
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Staffing changes have been proposed for ambulances in Allen County. According to the Register, Iola Fire Chief Tim Thyer told Allen County commissioners that the countywide ambulance is short-handed based on eight-person shifts. He said having nine would permit more leeway in dealing with staffing issues. (8/18)
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Two Garnett residents were injured yesterday in an accident at the intersecion of Rock Creek Road and US59, 3 miles south of Ottawa. According to the highway patrol, 39 year old Shawn Shepard and his passenger, 23 year old Cassandra Jewell, were taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital with injuries after their car was struck from behind. (8/17)
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A follow up to yeserday’s story about the body found in Pittsburg. Authorities have identified the body of Raymond Cleffman. The cause of death has yet to be determined. KOAM-TV reports that 38 year old Carl Ruttgen has been charged w/ Second Degree Intentional Murder. His first court appearance is today. (8/17)
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The city manager of Chanute is one of four finalists for the position of city manager of Prescott, Arizona. According to the Tribune, The Prescott city council will have telephone interviews with the four finalists, including Chanute city manager Jeff Cantrell. He said Chanute has been excellent and there is a high degree of likelihood he will remain. (8/17)
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The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City’s blood drive runs from noon to 5:15 p.m. today at the Bass Community Center, 505 N. Buckeye. You can book an appointment online at savealifenow.com. Walk-in donations are always accepted. (8/17)
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Another edition of Allen County Farmers’ Market is on tap for Thursday, 5:30-7:00 pm, on the Southeast corner of the Iola square. Kansas Benefits Card holders can swipe their cards and get Double Up Food Bucks for up to $25 to shop at the farmers market. Debit card users can also swipe their cards for tokens to purchase from vendors. (8/17)
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A traffic advisory for you today from the Kansas Department of Transportation. K-249 at Madison will be closed to through traffic for contract sewer line work . The work is scheduled to occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. During the closure traffic should take alternate routes. (8/17)
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A body was found in Pittsburg on Sunday evening. According to KOAM TV officers were called to a wooded area south of Caruthers Auto Salvage for a deceased male adult being found. The body has been transported to Kansas City for an autopsy. If you have information contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 231-1700. (8/16)
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The State of Kansas has filed a lien on more than 150 vehicles tagged in Neosho County by the former PostRock Energy. The Chanute Tribune reports that the Kansas Department of Revenue filed the lien for more than $42,000, which will allow the sheriff to seize and auction the vehicles. PostRock filed for bankruptcy in April. (8/16)
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The trial for a Parsons man accused of murdering his son will be delayed until 2017. The trial for 56 year old Jeffery M. Pattonwas to start Sept. 6 in Labette County District Court. Patton is accused of the murder of his son, Preston Patton, in August 2015. According to the Parsons Sun, he is alleged to have fired at least four gunshots that killed his son. (8/16)
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When classes begin at Iola High School this year, both teachers and students will be adjusting to a new schedule. According to The Register, I.H.S. is going back to a more traditional hourly schedule where each class will meet every day. That replaces the block scheduling that has been used for a decade that featured alternating days. (8/16)
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We are now less than a week away from the Support The Blue Concert in the Park. It is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday in Riverside Park, sponsored by the CITF/Pride committee. It is a free event to support all law enforcement in Allen County…it will feature a concert, food, inflatables, games and more. (8/15)
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The ANW Special Education Co-op board voted to contract with Greenbush Education Service Center for an occupational therapist. According to The Chanute Tribune, the action came after ANW was unable to hire a therapist of its own. The therapist will provide remote services to students in Chanute, Altoona-Midway, Yates Center and Crest schools. (8/15)
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If you want a firsthand look at the improvements that have been done to the football stadium in Riverside Park, mark your calendar for Saturday. An open house has been scheduled from eight a.m. to noon that day to show off the progress. The tours will include slide shows to show what the stadium looked like before the renovations began. (8/15)
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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the person who was killed in a hit and run incident. The body of 35 year old Charles Wayne Barrager of Independence was found on Monday on the shoulder of US-160 east of Independence. A vehicle believed to have been involved in the hit and run has been recovered. (8/12)
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In LaHarpe, the city council continues in its efforts to tackle nuisance properties in town. The Register reports that at the latest meeting, four residents who have received notices for nuisance violations asked for extensions. The council agreed to have those residents return at the August 29th meeting for review. (8/12)
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Local property owners in the Humboldt school district are going to feel more of a financial burden. According to the Iola Register, that’s because Humboldt is now among those districts considered rich due to the valuation of the Embridge pipeline. That means means a loss of over $300,000 in state aid which will need to be made up. (8/12)
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The mobile food pantry will be in Chanute this Friday at the recreation commission gym at 400 South Highland. The pantry will be open from 9am to 11am. Anyone in need of food assistance is eligible. Guests sign in with their address and number in household. Limit one visit per household, you may only pick up for one household. (8/11 or 8/12)
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Gas city council members have lifted the time restriction to shoot off fireworks. The Iola Register reports that while the sale of fireworks in Gas still will be restricted to June 27 through July 5th, you will now have longer to shoot them off there. The only limitation will be if there is a violation of city’s noise ordinance. (8/11)
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Farm City Days did get some good news about the return of Ottaway Amusements for the carnival. Ottaway had scheduling conflicts the last few years that prevented them from providing the carnival. That was solved this year when Farm City Days was moved up a week to October sixth through the ninth. (8/11)
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Farm City Days organizers will be looking to the city to allow them to open a beer garden somewhere near the Iola Square. According to the Register, that comes after Allen County Commissioners denied a request to put it on the square itself. They would also need a temporary alcoholic beverage license. (8/11)
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Speaking of Carl Slaugh, this week’s meeting was his last as Iola City Administrator. A reception honoring Slaugh’s five years of service to Iola will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building in Riverside Park. Sid Fleming will start as the new city administrator next Monday. (8/10)
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Council members also approved a lower speed limit on North Cottonwood Street and Miller Road. It will drop to 30 mph in order to accommodate the use of golf carts. City Administrator Carl Slaugh said state law dictates that any street accessible by such vehicles have a 30 mph speed limit or lower. (8/10)
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Iola City Council members will consider a land swap with Iola’s First Baptist Church. The Iola Register reports that the proposal is to trade a portion of Meadowbrook Park for land adjacent to the city’s disc golf course. If the city agrees, it would allow the church to add onto its building. (8/10)
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KDOT expects to begin a resurfacing project on U.S. 75 in Woodson County on Wednesday, weather permitting. The 11-mile project will extend from the north city limits of Yates Center north to the junction with K-58. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less during weekday hours through mid-November. (8/9)
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Iola Elks Lodge has aided pair of local organizations. The Iola Register reports that the Elks purchased $2,000 worth of household supplies to split between Hope Unlimited and Faith House. The idea was to provide everything a person would need if they needed to get into a new home (8/8)
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Groundbreaking is finally scheduled for the Castaways Animal Shelter in Chanute. The Chanute Tribune reports that Castaways has been raising money for 13 years. The ceremony is scheduled for 6 pm Sept. 8 on 220th west of Harper Road near Chanute. (8/8)
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The Iola Police Department was among six law enforcement agencies across the state that were part of an audit revealing that each lacked internal controls to sufficiently track seized property. According to the Topeka Capital Journal, the agencies didn’t prepare an required annual report on the value of forfeitures. Iola Police Chief Jared Warner said the proceedure will be corrected. (8/8)
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Street upgrades are underway in Humboldt. According to The Register, several layers of old chip-and-seal were removed on 12th Street late last week in preparation for the upgrade. Twelve blocks will be done initially with at least another twelve blocks to follow in the next phase. (8/8)
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A Tulsa man was injured in a two vehicle accident on US-169 south of Chanute Thursday afternoon. 42 year old Robert Lou Tarver, Jr. was taken to Wesley Medical Center. His vehicle crossed the center line and struck a truck driven by Mark Adam Cotner of Pryor, Oklahoma. Cotner was not injured. (8/5)
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Ryan Sell has resigned his postition as EMS director of Allen County’s Emergency Medical Services program. According to the Register, he has served as director since it merged with the Iola Fire Department in 2014. Sell will remain with the department as a paramedic and deputy fire chief. (8/5)
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Could wind farms be coming to Allen County? According to the Register, Allen County’s Planning Commission will decide whether to recommend a change in rural zoning ordinances Aug. 25th. A Texas company has indicated it wants to explore putting a wind farm in the northeast part of Allen County. (8/4)
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Just a reminder, Iola Schools are enrolling now. You can enroll online by visiting their website at usd257.org. The Central Office at 305 N. Washington will be open late until 8:00 PM today to assist with enrollment. They have Chromebooks set up and ready to help you. Remember the deadline is August 12th. (8/4)
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(KDOT) has started a project to resurface K-58 from the south junction of U.S. 75/K-58 east to the west city limits of Leroy. Traffic is reduced to one lane at the work zone, guided by flaggers and a pilot car. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less during weekday daylight hours. This project should be finished in one week to 10 days, weather permitting. (8/4)
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Republican Primaries 2016
Allen County Commissioner District 2:
Tom Williams 63%
Ron Ballard 37%
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Allen County Attorney
Jerry Hathaway 52%
Linus Thuston 48%
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Allen County Sheriff
Bryan Murphy 48%
Jared Froggatte 44%
Kelley Zellner 8%
In November, Murphy will face Mike Aronson, who has filed as an independent.
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Kansas Senate District 14
Forrest J. Knox 48%
Bruce Givens 52%
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Kansas Senate District 15
Virgil Peck 49%
Dan Goddard 51%
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Kansas House of Representatives District 13
Larry P. Hibbard 76%
Michael T. Countryman 24%
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When Allen County Community College President John Masterson stopped by yesterday for his radio interview, he broght some news: (Sound 1: …complete the sale of our college farm.) ACC’s long-time agriculture instructor Terry Powelson purchased it. Despite the sale, Masterson stressed this: (Sound #2: …committed to ag as ever) and they’ve hired a new ag career specialist. (Sound 3 optional: …specialist)
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KDHE has issued a boil water advisory for the Mound City public water supply located in Linn County. Officials issued the advisory because of positive bacteriological samples from the distribution system. The advisory took effect yesterday and will remain in effect until the condition is corrected. (8/2)
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This Wednesday, Elysia Kunkler of Iola will be running the 100 meter hurdles at the Junior Olympics. A watch party is planned for Wednesday at 1pm at Rookies Sports Bar & Grill on the Northeast corner of the Iola square. Elysia is the daughter of Damaris Kunkler, Program Director at Thrive Allen County. (8/2) (Ee-LEE-sia)
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Today is primary election today in Kansas. POLLS WILL be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In Iola that will be at the Bass North Community Building. A number of local races will be decided, including races for Allen County Sheriff, Allen County Attorney and Allen County Commissioner, District 2. (8/2)
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Is construction on the new grocery store in Iola ever going to begin? Thrive Allen County Executive Director David Toland says yes, the project is still on target. He told us Friday that the delay has been caused by G&W Foods expanding into other cities and that those stores weren’t on the radar when the Iola project began. (8/1)
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An 11 year old boy had died in an ATV accident in Greenwood County. The Kansas Highway Patrol says that Blake D. Stapleford of Fall River was driving the ATV in a field when it went up on two wheels and rolled over on top of him. Stapleford was pronounced dead at the scene. (7/29)
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With a tax lid law looming in 2017, the city of Gas has increased its tax levy. The Iola Register reports that Gas council members voted to raise their budget levy for the coming year by 5 mills when they met in a special session Wednesday. (7/29)
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Three more people have been charged in the death of Iola resident Shawn Cook. Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway has announced that murder charges are being filed against Rhonda Jackson, James Myers and Jessica Epting, all from the Iola area. That brings the total number of people charged in Cook’s death to five. Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp were charged earlier. (7/29)
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The Allen County Fair is approaching, including Rotary Day in the Park coming up on Saturday. It includes a a car show starting at 8am and barbecue cookoff. A community feed is scheduled for 11am….5 bucks will get you a pulled pork sandwich, chips and a drink. (7/28)
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On Tuesday, the Chanute Police Department responded to a report of a skimmer device being used at an ATM machine. According to The Tribune, a total of 15 cards scanned and a total of $3,200 stolen. The transactions that were done on the cards were in the Owasso and Tulsa. Okla. area. (7/28)
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Iola Veterans Committee members will have some extra money and manpower to do repairs to the Veterans Wall on the courthouse lawn. The Iola Register reports that not only did Allen County Commissioners grant a request for help with labor, they kicked in twenty-five hundered dollars toward the effort. That was matched by the Allen County Sheriff department’s discretionary funds. (7/28)
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A Burlington man was injured in a two vehicle accident just after noon yesterday on a couple miles south of Yates Center. 58 year old Ricky J Malone was air lifted from scene to a Topeka hospital. The driver of the other vehicle, 26 year old Clinton M Weldin, was not injured. (7/27)
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If you live in Iola, you’ll pay two dollars a month more for trash service, and you may pay more in property taxes next year. According to the Register, amid debate on the budget, the trash plan passed at this week’s city council meeting. The proposed 2017 budget could be approved next month which includes a 2-mill increase and spending cuts. (7/27)
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Iola’s next city administrator was also hired at the meeting. Council members approved a two year contract for Sid Fleming, former city manager for Yuma, Colorado. Fleming replaces Carl Slaugh, who is retiring, but will stay on until Fleming arrives. Fleming will recieve an annual salary of $95,000. (7/27)
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A traffic advisory for you…on Thursday, weather permitting, KDOT plans to replace a crossroad pipe on K-65 just east of the K-3 junction in Bourbon County. K-65 will be closed to through traffic from the K-3 junction east to the K-31 junction from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., so look for an alternate route on Thursday. (7/26)
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If someone in Allen County suffers cardiac arrest, sheriff’s deputies will be ready to handle it. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office has purchased Automated Electronic Defibrillators for each of its patrol vehicles. Officers have been trained in their use in case they arrive upon the scene before medical personnel arrive. (7/26)
According to the Register, the Defibrillators were purchased with extra funds stemming from the seizure of an airplane filled with marijuana at the Allen County airport in 2014. The sheriff’s office was also able to purchase video cameras for all sheriff’s vehicles with the funds.
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The Allen County Fair is approaching, including Rotary Day in the Park coming up on Saturday. It includes a a car show starting at 8am and barbecue cookoff. Live musical entertainment will run for four hours starting at 10 a.m. A picnic starts at 11 a.m. for just five dollars and a cruise through Iola is scheduled at 2 p.m. for car owners. (7/25)
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Allen County emergency dispatchers will now have an easier time pinpointing the location of emergency calls. That’s because the county has installed a new and more efficient Next Generation 911 system that is Internet-based. According to the Register, callers will eventually be allowed to send messages via text, or even picture or videos. (7/25)
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In Chanute, a couple is supporting law enforcement by paining a blue line on curbs in front of residences where requested. According to the Chanute Police Facebook page, Jacob Neely and Chelsea Collins have been taking those requests via Facbook and getting to them as soon as possible. (7/22)
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With community/police relations in the national spotlight lately, The Community Involvement Task Force /Iola Pride committee has organized a Support The Blue – Concert In The Park event to show appreciation for law enforcement. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 20 5 to 8 PM in Riverside Park. It will include a concert in the park, free food, inflatables, games. (7/22)
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In Chanute, the USD 413 Foundation is planning to Stuff the Bus with school supplies on August 6. According to the Tribune, Chanute Community Foundation started Stuff the Bus was started a few years ago, but didn’t have it last year. The 413 Foundation has taken it over for this year to help children who are short on school supplies. (7/22)
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Three weeks ago, we told you about a request made to county commissioners about funding improvements for fair buildings in Riverside Park. At the latest meeting, Extension Agent Carla Nemecek gave more details about a five-year improvement plan for the buildings. Commissioners were again receptive and were going to give it further consideration. (7/21)
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Allen County Commissioners continue to work on the budget for 2017. The latest draft showed a $35 million increase in assessed valuation, due to the construction of the Enbridge pipeline. The overall benefit of the increaded valuation is negligible though, because commissioners must make up for cuts by the state. (7/21)
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The Eastgate Lofts apartments at the old Allen County Hospital site are going up quickly. According to the Iola Register, the first units should be available for occupancy by the end of September. Rent is $685 a month, plus electric. Iola Industries is paying for the construction of the complex. (7/21)
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Longtime Iola coach Marty Taylor has stepped down from his position. Taylor has spent the past 11 seasons coaching in the Iola school system, serving as the head coach for Iola Middle School football, girls’ basketball and boys’ basketball and also on the staff of the high school baseball program. He’ll will be moving to Las Vegas to be closer to his son Brett. (7/20)
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Chanute city commissioners discussed budget issues at their meeting Monday night. According to the Tribune, they face problems stemming from declining revenue and increasing costs. Commissioners could face a three percent gap of $208,000 between revenues and expenses in 2017. (7/20)
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Humanity House in Iola has given away over two thousand pounds of food this summer. The weekly giveaways started in the middle of May and last Friday 252 pounds of produce was distributed. The Register reports that organizer Tracy Keagle has a goal of giveing away 6,000 pounds of free produce in 2016. (7/20)
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The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man was hit by a train and killed early Monday. Deputies responded to report a man was sitting on the railroad bridge and found a dead man that had been hit by a train. His name is not being released at this time pending family notification. (7/19)
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A Garnett man was injured Monday afternoon in an accident at the US 169 and K58 junction near Colony. 34 year old Bradley John Ruppert was taken to Anderson County Hospital after his Dodge Grand Caravan drove into the back of a Peterbuilt driven by 49 year old Gary Smith of Yates Center as it moved right. Smith was not injured. (7/19)
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They’re getting close…Supporters of a specialized playground for Katy Park in Chanute still have to raise $15,000 in donations to reach their $200,000 goal on the project. According to the Chanute Tribune, they have until Aug. 1 to order the equipment, but fundraising probably will continue afterwards. It must be paid for a week to 10 days after it is ordered. (7/19)
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Starting this Thursday, the Allen County Farmers Market is launching the Double Up Food Bucks program. This program provides dollar-for-dollar matching at area farmers markets to help low-income families afford healthy foods. The Market runs from 5:30-7:00 PM on Thursdays on the square in downtown Iola. (7 /19)
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An eight-member committee has tapped Tod Davis as the next magistrate judge for Allen County in the 31st Judicial District. Davis, Chanute, replaces Tom Saxton, who retired June 30.
The Countywide Economic Development committee will meet at the Thrive offices at 12 West Jackson in Iola on Monday, July 18 at 4pm. The majority of the meeting is expected to be held in executive session to discuss business trade secrets. (7/18)
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A Chanute dance studio has offered to purchase a vacant Neosho county building. On Friday morning Neosho County Commissioners discussed the sale of the building at 18 N. Evergreen in Chanute. Brenda’s Dance in Chanute has offered to purchase the building as is for $70,000. The county originally purchased the building with plans to make it a new health department office. (7/18)
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Totals are in from the Allen County Relay For Life annual fundraiser June 3 and 4. The Relay generated $36,446 in donations this year, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The Iola sisters alone brought in $13,135 to earn the Platinum Award, followed by the Gates team, which raised $5,233.99. (7/18)
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Organizers in Chanute are a little closer to collecting their goal of $100,000 for specialized playground equipment to be installed at Katy Park. Thursday evening’s Trivia Night netted about 13 thousand dollars through several sources. The project also has received a $32,640 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. (7/18)
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Cowboys will celebrate in Humboldt July 22-23 with downtown activities and a trail ride filmed for a nationwide cable television program. The show Best of America by Horseback will produce an episode featuring the National Day of the Cowboy celebration in Humboldt. The show appears weekly on the RFD-TV cable television channel. (7/15)
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A traffic advisory to mark on your calendar…on Tuesday, July 26, weather permitting, KDOT plans to replace a crossroad pipe on K-31, approximately 10 miles west of Garnett. K-31 will be closed to through traffic from the K-31/U.S. 59 junction at Garnett west and north to the city of Waverly from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7/15)
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Advanced voting is now underway for the primary elections on August 2nd. You can stop by the county clerk’s office in the courthouse or ask for one to be sent in the mail. If you’re going to ask for one to best, you should do it soon…Ballots must be returned to the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted. (7/15)
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Here’s another reminder that a canned food drive leading up to the Allen County Fair is being sponsored by Iola Rotary as part of its upcoming Rotary Day at the Park July 30. Pulled pork from that day’s BBQ cookoff will be donated along with canned food and non-perishable food items will be collected through the month. For more information, visit the “Iola Rotary Club Smokin Hot Cars And BBQ” page on Facebook. (7/15)
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The Kansas Water Office’s Neosho Regional Advisory Committee will hold a meeting to discuss current water issues affecting the region. The meeting will be held Thursday, July 28 at 9 a.m., at the Chanute City Offices-Alliance room (third floor), 101 S. Lincoln. The main focus of the meeting will be continued development of action plans to meet regional goals. (7/14)
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The new technical education center in LaHarpe in taking shape. According to the Register, most of the pieces are in place for the grand opening of the twenty thousand foot facility, with classes to begin in about six weeks. A community conversation about the tech ed center will be at 8 a.m. on Monday. (7/14)
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What to do with an extra 2 and a half million dollars? That’s the question in front of Allen County Commissioners, who are looking for constructive uses for the money garnered from increased property values due to the Embridge pipeline. The Public Works department has been directed to provide a list of infrastructure projects that are in need of upgrade. (7/14)
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If you’ve spent any time driving around Iola this summer, you’ve no doubt seen the MARV bus on the streets. The bus is being credited for helping the summer food program see an increase in the number of meals being served each day. Compared to last year, the program is up about eight percent. (7/12)
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The Iola city council tackled several issues at their meeting this week. According to the Iola Register, members discussed a number of ways to close a projected 800 thousand dollar shortfall over the next 18 months. City administrator Carl Slaugh already has a head start on it by implementing a 5 percent spending cut until the end of this year. Council members also decided to allow the use of golf carts on city streets. In order to achieve that, the city will reduce the speed limit on North Cottonwood and Miller Road near Cedarbrook Golf Course from 35 to 30 miles per hour. (7/12)
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Meanwhile, Humboldt city council members are wrestling with how to fix problems with the sewer collection system. The Register reports that council members voted to pursue a funding package for the project which is pegged at 5.9 million dollars. The upgrades have been mandated by the Kansas department of Health and Environment. (7/12)
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Chanute officials met with Neosho County Commissioners on Friday morning to discuss a cooperative effort to help with a new business in the county. Orizon Aerostructures is opening an assembly and processing plant, and according to the Chanute Tribune, Chanute Mayor Phil Chaney met with the commission to discuss repairs and upgrades to the intended site. The plant will bring 300 jobs to the community. (7/11)
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Nine candidates were interviewed Friday by a nominating committee looking to replace Allen County Magistrate Judge Thomas Saxton, who retired at the end of June. Although some of the candidates live elsewhere now, the eventual pick must live in Allen County at the time of taking office and while serving. The 31st Judicial District covers Allen, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties. (7/11)
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A tornado caused damage to homes, businesses and a nursing home in Eureka, Thursday night and emergency crews have been searching for any potential victims. So far there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities. There has been structural damage to numerous buildings and homes. There were multiple reports tree limbs covering the roads, power lines down and homes with roofs torn off. Residents who are displaced are asked to report to the Methodist Church where a shelter has been set up. Damage survey crews are expected to be in Eureka Friday morning to better assess the damage in the daylight. The Red Cross in Wichita is responding to Eureka to provide services to those affected by the tornado. (7/8)

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The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply. You have an opportunity to donate today at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1202 W. Main in Chanute…that’ll go on from 9am to 1pm. (7/8)
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Starting at 8 am Tuesday, July 12, the Union Pacific Railroad will close its crossing on K-146 east of US-59 for maintenance. During the closure, which is expected to remain in effect four to five hours, traffic will be detoured around on US-59, K-47 and K-3. (7/8)
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Former Iola track standout Josh Honeycutt will compete tonight in the triple jump preliminary round in the Olympic Trials. The event will be at at 6:45 tonight, and you can watch it on the NBC Sports Network. On Cox Cable, that’s channel 78…on Dish it’s 159, and on DirecTV it’s channel 220. (7/7)
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Some money is coming to our area in the form of grants announced this week. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced the recipients of grants to go toward funding safe surfacing for playgrounds, running tracks, picnic tables and benches. The city of Chanute received $32,640 for Katy Park, 807 dollars were allotted for benches at the Allen County Courthouse, and the Yates Center Golf Course gets 623 dollars for benches and a table. Also, the Sunflower Foundation is pledging 30 thousand dollars to build a pedestrian bridge across Elm Creek in Iola. (7/7)
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Allen County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a candidate forum featuring candidates in local races. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the basement of Community National Bank at 120 E. Madison in Iola. Candidates for Allen County sheriff, Allen County attorney and Allen County commission will be on hand. (7/7)
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The primary election is not that far away, and neither are related deadlines. The primary is Aug. 2. July 12 th is the registration deadline. If you have never registered to vote in Kansas, you need to have proof of citizenship. If you have and need to make adjustments, you need to go to your County Clerk’s Office. (7/6)
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Organizers are gearing up for this year’s Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life. On Starting at 5 pm on Saturday, there will be a night of Family Fun on the Iola square culminating in the big run happening just after midnight. You can still register for the 5k run or the 3k walk…go to madbomberrun dot com. (7/6)
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KDOT expects to begin a microsurfacing project on U.S. 169 TOMORROW, weather permitting. The road work starts at the Labette-Montgomery county line and continues north for nine miles, ending at the south city limits of Thayer. Expect one-lane traffic through the work zone from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and occasionally on Saturdays. (7/6)
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A Colony man was injured yesterday in an accident in Osage County. According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, 46 year old Sid Hobbs was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 56 year old Ted Benson of Ottawa. The vehicle was crossing railroad tracks, was struck by a train, over turned and came to rest in the northeast ditch. (7/5)
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With the 4th of July weekend, there will be lots of fireworks. You can check the times when okay to shoot them off in Allen County. We have those posted on the Iola Radio Facebook page. They are also on the Allen County Sheriff’s page. (7/1)
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Five Garnett Businesses have Received Kansas Department of Commerce Awards as a part of the 2016 business Appreciation Month that took place in June. Guest Home Estates VII and Sandra’s Quick Stop received the Regional Business of Excellence Award. Three other businesses received the Merit Award…Maloan’s restaurant , Patriots Bank and The Kansas Property Place. (7/1)
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Negotiations between Iola and Gas continue over the price of the water Iola sells to Gas. According to the Register, Iola has already used all of the six rate increases it was allotted over the life of the 30 year contract. Since then, Iola has struggled to make ends meet and make payments for the water plant’s construction. (6/30)
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Representatives from the Allen County Fair Board asked the Allen County Commission commission for their help in repairing the buildings at the fairgrounds in Riverside Park. According to The Register, many of the problems stem from the 2007 flood. Commissioners were receptive and asked for long-term plans for repairs. (6/30)
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ACMAT and Preferred Family Healthcare have announced that Jaime Westervelt has been hired as a Coordinator to work with the Drug Free Communities grant. She has previously worked for Preferred Family Healthcare as a Treatment Counselor and has served on the ACMAT board for over 3 years. (6/30)
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The trauma center at Allen County Regional Hospital has been designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher-level trauma center. (The criteria for care has been set by the American College of Surgeons.) (6/30)
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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran has announced that he will visit Chanute as part of his Kansas Listening Tour on Tuesday, July 5. The meeting will be from Noon-1 p.m. at Community National Bank at 14 N. Lincoln in Chanute. Area residents are encouraged to attend and share feedback with Sen. Moran. (6/29)
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Starting on Tuesday, July 5th, the KDOT plans to begin a project to replace two bridges on K-39 east of Chanute. The bridges are 5½ to 7 miles east of U.S. 169, and the contractor expects to close the work zone to through traffic. Because of that, detours will begin starting on Wednesday July 6th. (6/29)
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Iola schools will get more money thanks to the school finace bill passed last week by the Kansas Legislature. The Iola Register reports that USD 257 Superintendent Jack Koehn told board members at this week’s meeting that the district will recieve an additional $90,418 in funds that can be used in the classroom. There will also be about $70,000 in property tax relief to area taxpayers. (6/29)
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The Tobacco 21 law will remain in effect in Iola. At last night’s meeting, Iola city council members narrowly voted to leave in place the ordinance which prohibits the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to any adult under 21. They had been asked to consider repealing it because some say it is hurting local businesses. (6/28)
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Iola City Administrator Carl Slaugh has has ordered an across-the-board, 5-percent spending cut for the remainder of the calendar year. According to the Register, Slaugh said the city’s carry-over funds will come up a little short and an $800,000 gap in the city’s 2017 budget will have to be closed. (6/28)
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**The Woodson County Interagency Coalition is one of four coalations statewide that received funding from the Partnership for Success 2015. The grants were announced Monday by The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The funds will be used to address the 54problems of underage drinking and drug abuse. (6/28)(delayed)
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A reminder from the Allen County Treasurer that vehicle registration fees will increase three dollars and twenty-five cents beginning on the first of July. The increased fee will support the Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. The mailing of the July renewals is being delayed from mid-June until July first in order to add the increase. (All transactions processed on or after July first will be subject to the fee. (6/28)
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While we’re talking about awards, An Iola resident has been recognized with a special award from Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland for her extraordinary service as a volunteer. Dorothy Aronis (a row nis), a Girl Scout Troop leader in Iola, received the Volunteer of Excellence Award, which is given to Girl Scout volunteers who display excellent service Aronis leads Troop 70202 and is a key volunteer for Service Unit 211. (6/27)
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If you think the water in Iola tastes great, you’re obviously not alone. Iola took second at the American Water Works Association “Best of the Best” contest earlier this month in Chicago. Iola essentially tied with Bloomington, Minn., for the best tasting water, but took second because of a tie-breaker. (6/27)
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A citywide power outage had LaHarpe crews struggling to restore electricity on Thursday. A generator was secured for City Hall to restore power there, and for those seeking refuge from the heat. This as the LaHarpe City Council is gearing up for another grant application to help fund upgrades to the city’s electric system. (6/24)
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Organizers will celebrate the opening of the Lehigh Portland Trails with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday. The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. at the west trailheadnear Elm Creek Park South. To get there, head south out of Iola on State Street, turn east onto Bassett Street (the corner just north of Gates Corporation) and then curve back north onto South Washington Avenue. (6/24)
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In Chanute, the new agreement with Orizon Aerostructures for an aircraft parts assembly and processing plant has put traffic issues front and center. According to the Tribune, Chanute city and Neosho county commissioners are getting together to solve the problem of increased traffic flow. Officials are already looking at improvements on routes between the rest of the city, Chanute High School and the developing Love’s Travel Stop at the 35th Street exit from US-169. (6/23)
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At Tuesday’s Allen County Commission meeting, TIM CUNNINGHAM, executive director of Tri-Valley Developmental Services, asked commissioners to renew their $65,000 contribution to the agency. According to the Register, cuts by the state have put the agency in a bad financial situation. Tri-Valley has let five employees go and will furlough another four or five. (6/23)
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the City of Fredonia. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure. The advisory took effect on Wendesday, and will remain in effect until the condition is resolved. (6/23)
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Chanute will be getting its second aircraft supplier. According to The Wichita Eagle, Orizon Aerostructures plans to acquire a 72,000-square-foot building in Chanute and eventually hire up to 150 people. The company also plans to build another building to the west of the one its purchasing, with construction set to start later this year. (Chanute competed again 48 other Midwest cities for the new plant.) (6/22)
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The LaHarpe City Council is gearing up for another grant application to help fund upgrades to the city’s electric system. The Register reports that the city narrowly missedout on a grant earlier this year, and Council members are trying to gather additional information requested by the Kansas Department of Commerce. LaHarpe’s electric system has been identified as in dire need of improvement for more than a decade. (6/22)
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The probable cause affidavits that led to the arrests and first-degree murder charges against Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp will remain sealed. Magistrate Judge Thomas Saxton ruled that the affidavits should remained sealed and not disclosed to the public. KOAM TV had requested the release the affidavit in the case of the murder of Iola resident Shawn Cook. (6/22)
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The Georgia Road overpass crossing U.S. 169 will remain closed for months. The Iola Register reports that a KDOT engineer said that three of five concrete girders were damaged from last week’s accident, and the deck over the girders also must be replaced. It will take a month to make the girders, and in the mean time, engineers will devise an emergency repair schedule. (6/22)
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Two women from Thayer were injured yesterday afternoon when their mini van was rear ended by a Freightliner tractor trailer on US 169 just north of the K47 junction. The driver, 40 year old Tina Henry, was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, and the passenger, 18 year old Kyra Henry, was transported to Freeman Hospital in Joplin. The other driver, 30 year old Corey Watson, was treated at the scene. (6/21)
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A Fort Scott family will serve as stop along Race Across America. The Ashwill family serves as a “time station” along the coast-to-coast route in America’s most grueling bicycle race. They will provide food, water, showers, and rest to the 83 competitors competing in the race and their crews. The race began in California and ends in Maryland over a 12 period. (6/21)
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Organizers in Chanute are planning a big celebration for the Fourth of July in Santa Fe Park.
The activities start between 6 and 6:30 pm July 4 and will climax with a major fireworks display, courtesy of community members who donated to this year’s fundraising drive.
Attendees will also have a chance to dunk a couple of city leaders with proceeds from dunking to go towards next year’s fireworks display. (6/21)
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With the 2016 special session of the Kansas legislature about to begin, Kansas residents can ask questions about legislation, legislative procedure, state government and more by calling 1-800-432-3924. Calls are answered by experienced reference/research librarians at the State Library of Kansas and kept confidential. Lines are open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to calling the legislative hotline, residents can text questions to 785-256-0733 (standard text message rates may apply), instant message at http://www.kslib.info/ask-a-librarian, or visit the State Library. The State Library is located in the north wing, on the third floor of the Kansas Capitol Building. (6/21)
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The project to begin building the new Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store is set to begin today. Groundbreaking ceremonies happened on Friday morning. The travel stop will have a Love’s of approximately 7,000 square feet, including an Arby’s restaurant of 2,100 square feet. The project willinclude a Holiday Inn Express. (6/20)
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The Allen County Countywide Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet today, at 4PM at the offices of Thrive Allen County at 12 West Jackson in Iola. The meeting is open to the public. During discussion of business trade secrets the advisory committee will meet in executive session. (6/20)
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A notice from the city of Iola…crews will chip-and-seal streets in the Northeast part of Iola starting Tuesday, June 21st for approximately 2 – 3 weeks. The location for the work will be North of Highway 54 and everything East of Cottonwood Street to the City limits. City officials said no on-street parking would be permitted in the affected area during the time the work is being done. (6/20)
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Status hearings have been set for Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp, both charged with first-degree murder in the death of Iola resident Shawn Cook. Magistrate Judge Thomas Saxton set hearings for both on July 13 at 1:30 p.m. Boeken and Knapp remain in custody on $1 million bonds. (6/16)
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The Georgia Road overpass spanning U.S. 169 remains closed following a deadly wreck involving a semi earlier this week. KDOT crews have inspected the overpass and are working to develop a plan to make it safe once again. It is a prime route into Humboldt and also to the Humboldt Speedway, and the track plans to announce alternate routes if it is still closed on Friday. (6/15)
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The final graduate of this year’s Iola High School graduating class got his diploma in a special graduation ceremony on Tuesday. Nate Streeter missed the graduation ceremony on May 22nd after being injured in a car accident two days before. A number of teachers and administrators were on hand, as well as family and friends. (6/16)
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Mike Ford stopped by with some crimestoppers items.
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Chanute city commissioners approved steps Monday evening to finance expansion of the city’s landfill while still taking offers to sell it. According to The Chanute Tribune, the commission approved measures to allow issuing bonds to develop additional space at the site. The landfill is a few months away from running out of room. (6/15)
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Iola City Administrator Carl Slaugh gave Iola City Council members a preliminary look at the community’s 2017 budget at Monday night’s meeting. Slaugh said the city has about $800,000 that needs to be cut out of the general fund. That’s due to a combination of the city’s expected drop in tax revenues and utility sales along with higher personnel expenses. (6/15)
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Ottawa resident Chris Johnston, candidate for Kansas Senate District 12, announced on Tuesday that he has decided to suspend his campaign, effective immediately, citing personal reasons. District 12 includes Anderson, Franklin, and Linn counties along with portions of Allen, Bourbon, and Miami counties. It is currently represented by Caryn Tyson who is now running unopposed. (6/15)
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Iola City Council members may repeal Tobacco 21, the ordinance that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to adults under 21. According to the Iola Register, the Council was approached by Allen County Commissioner Jim Talkington, who asked the ordinance be rescinded. He told council members that the oridinance is hurting local business…the matter will be discussed again at the next council meeting. (6/15)
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A Nevada, Missouri man was killed in a last night in a crash on US 169 5 miles south of Iola. According to the highway patrol, the accident happened just after 7 o’clock. 52 year old Jayson L Wessley died when the semi he was driving went left of center and eventually became wedged in an underpass. Another man, 36 year old Craig Goodner of Chanute, was uninjured after his vehilcle was forced into the ditch after taking evasive action. (6/14)
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Just a reminder of our HOFNOD Fishing derby this weekend. If you would like to pre-register your 2-17 year old kids you can do that before Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Iola Police Department. You are encouraged you to bring your own bait and poles. For more information, vist the Iola Police Facebook page. (6/14)
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Judge Thomas Saxton is nearing the end of his judicial career. The Iola Register reports that the judge bangs the gavel for the final time June 30th. That will mark the end of a 27½-year career behind the bench. Saxton has served as a magistrate judge since January 1989. (6/14)
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Remember, there is a marginal risk of severe weather today in most of the KIKS and KIOL listening area and a slight risk elsewhere. Severe storms are possible this afternoon and evening, with the main threats being large hail, damaging winds, and possibly a tornado. Stay tuned to KIKS and KIOL for any watches or warnings, and we immediately post them to Facebook and Twitter. (6/14)
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Iola City Council members will have their regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the New Community Building at Riverside Park. They will discuss Iola’s 2017 spending plan, including departmental budgets for the city clerk, police, street and alley, fire and EMS, administration, code enforcement and library. The public is invited to attend. (6/13)
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Five positions have been cut at Tri-Valley Developmental Services over the last month. According to The Chanute Tribune, Four positions were cut about a month ago and one was cut last week. Executive Director Tim Cunningham said they are looking at cutting five to eight more, for a possible total of 13 jobs cut due to the reduced funding from the state of Kansas. (6/13)
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An Allen County sheriff’s detective will investigate a drug discrepancy within the EMS department. According to The Iola Register, Sheriff Bryan Murphy said Ambulance Director Ryan Sell reported the discrepency to him last week. Murphy said he notified Iola Chief of Police Jared Warner of the investigation since the ambulance service is operated by Iola. (6/13)
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If you enjoy folk, blues, bluegrass, country and jazz music, you’ll be in luck this weekend. The Iola Elks lodge is hosting The LeHigh Roots Festival today through Sunday at Elks Lake. Three day passes are available, for more information, visit the LeHigh Roots Festival Facebook page, or call Mike Jewell at 365-6166. (6/10)
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In LaHarpe, the city has been asked to consider taking over upkeep of the LaHarpe Cemetery. Councilman David Lee made the proposal after the township cemetery board had difficulty getting grass mowed at the cemetary just before Memorial Day. City Attorney Chuck Apt is looking for a way an agreement could be made between the city and the cemetary board. (6/9)
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No decision yet about whether ATVs will be allowed on the streets in Humboldt. Two of three Safety Committee members have chosen to wait on a decision about whether to offer a proposal to the full council. It was decided to defer a decision until City Attorney Fred Works is able to be in attendance. (6/9)
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The city of Chanute is having to answer questions from citizens after this month’s utility bills contained fliers from a local religious school. According to the Tribune, the city allows local non-profits and local schools to use the city’s utility bill mailing. The city restricts religious content and requires it be geared toward educational aspects and curriculum. (6/8)
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GROW Allen County is maintaining its efforts to increase access to healthy foods. Since recieving a 40 thousand dollar grant, the group now has a pair of farmers markets in place each week, along with cooking demonstrations. If you want to take part, the sessions occur Thursday afternoons on the east side of the Iola square and Saturday mornings at Orscheln Farm & Home on North State Street. (6/8)
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And don’t forget, tonight’s the night for Family Fun Night on the courthouse squarein conjunction with the Farmers Market. Activities kick off at 5:30 with inflatable attractions, face painting, snow cones and other fun and games. Bike helmets will be given away,a dunk tank will be set up and there will be a drawing for a free bicycle. (6/8) (For Thursday morning)
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Allen County commissioners gave the go ahead Tuesday for a new telephone system for business calls made to the 911 communications center. Director Angie Murphy told the Iola Register the purchase price would range between seven and fourteen thousand dollars. It is necessary to keep the business end of the center compatible with new 911 equipment. (6/8)
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During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Chanute USD 413 Board of Education discussed the possibility of a disruption to the district operations after June 30. USD 413 Superintendent Richard Proffitt said he believes that cooler heads will prevail in Topeka and a solution will be reached to end the school funding crisis. But, as the June 30 deadline is fast approaching, some level of disruption is a real possibility. (6/7)
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This year’s wheat harvest in Southeast Kansas will be gearing up in just a matter of days. The Chanute Tribune quotes Gary Beachner of Beachner Grain in Parsons saying he expects sample cutting to begin any day. The harvest has already begun in Oklahoma and some farmers cut in the Fredonia and Independence area and in Labette County on Monday. (6/7)
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A crash involving an asphalt dump truck outside Olpe on Tuesday sent a Humboldt man to an Emporia hospital for treatment. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Kevin Turner was southbound on K99 when he crashed around 9 am. Turner’s truck entered a ditch and overturned about five miles south of Olpe. (6/7)
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A Humboldt man was injured Tuesday in a one vehilcle accident on K99 in Lyon County. 31 year old Kevin Turner was taken to Newman Hospital in Emporia. His vehicle entered west ditch, overturned coming to rest on passenger side at about 9 am yesterday. (alternate version)(6/7)
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Iola High School has had its first ever student to be voted into FFA’s state office. Clara Wicoff has been elected to serve as this year’s State FFA Vice President at the Kansas FFA Convention Friday. Wicoff is the daughter of Joel and Lisa Wicoff, and she graduated from IHS in May. (6/7)
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A portion of the U.S. Highway 69 expansion project has been moved up. The first phase of the project would create six miles of a four-lane upgradeable expressway on U.S. 69 from the Bourbon and Crawford County line north six miles. The project had been delayed due to budget issues, but has now been reinstated with construction beginning sooner than originally expected. (6/6)
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A Neodesha man is facing seven years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and aggravated endangerment of a child. Shane Dion Ogletree, 27, was sentenced in Wilson County District Court to 84 months to be served in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Ogletree was convicted in April. The conviction stemmed from a crime that occurred in May 2013. (6/6)
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ACMAT is sponsoring Family Fun Night at the Farmer’s Market, this Thursday, June 9th from 5:30-7:00pm. Face painting, inflatables, food and more…PLUS enter a drawing to win a FREE BIKE! Everyone is encouraged to tour the Farmer’s Market and join the fun. (6/6)
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The Iola public library has launched its summer reading programs. “Get in the Game: Read” — a Game On! afternoon will be held on June 14th from 2 to 4 p.m. in the main reading room of the library on East Madison. The monthly Pinterest Party will be at 6 p.m. June 20. Contact the library for more information, at 365-3262. (6/6)
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The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a new tour for its Molly Trolley. The ride is at 10am this Saturday and it will give passengers a sneak peak of the nearly finished Lehigh Portland Trail south of Iola, as well as the Elm Creek Park area, Portland Cement and more. Tickets are 7 dollars and must be purchased in advance at the chamber office by noon on Friday. (6/6)
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Iola’s Humanity House Foundation is looking for a home. Humanity House has asked to use Trinity United Methodist Church, at the corner of Broadway and Kentucky since it is no longer used. According to the Register, Humanity House is also seeking to take over operation of the Iola food pantry from the Iola Ministerial Alliance and expand its hours. (6/5)
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Plans have been announced for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new travel stop and hotel in Chanute. It will take place Friday, June 17 at 11 am at the site, just off the US-169 exit on 35th Street. The planned development will feature a Love’s Travel Stop, a Holiday Inn Express and an Arby’s Restaurant. (6/5)
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The second annual Allen County Tomorrow vision session took place Thursday in the new Thrive Allen County location above the Treasure Chest. According to the Iola Register, a crowd of about 55 gathered helped to work on a series of goals to help make Allen County a healthier place to live. Also at the meeting, a $20,000 check was presented from Allen County Tomorrow to the soon-to-open community technical education center east of LaHarpe. (6/5)
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Four people are dead after a head on crash Saturday along US-400 about 2 miles east of Severy in Greenwood County. 72 year old Arden White and 68 year old Sheryl White both of Oklahoma City were killed along with 48-year-old Stewart Bell and 46-year-old Marie Bell, both of Moline. Two other passengers in the car were rushed Wesley Medical Center in Wichita in critical condition. (6/5)
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Authorities say a 53-year-old man has died in a boating accident on the Neosho River. The Coffey County Sheriff’s Office said 53-year-old Michael Myers of Burlington was in a small boat on the river Friday evening when the boat capsized near the Burlington City Dam. Myers’ body was recovered early Saturday, another man in the boat survived. (6/5)
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The company that owns the old Iola Nursing and Rehab building on north Walnut is looking to donate it for free. Americare Senior Living is looking to donate the building to an agency or non-profit entity. The company says it has donated a number of buildings in other communities to churches, school districts and transitional housing agencies. (6/2)
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Jerry Hathaway has a challenger for the position of Allen County attorney. According to the Iola Register, Neosho County Attorney Linus Thuston filed before Wednesday’s deadline to face off against Hathaway in the Aug. 2 Republican primary. They have faced each other before…Hathaway defeated Thuston in the 2008 GOP primary. (6/2)
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There are two other contested races in Allen County. Residents in the Second Commission District will pick between Allen County Commissioner Tom Williams and challenger Ron Ballard. And SHERIFF Bryan Murphy faces two challengers in his re-election bid, Jared Froggatte and Kelley Zellner. (6/2)
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The ANW Special Education Co-op reached a tentative negotiated agreement with the teachers union. A tentative agreement was reached through the 2016-2017 school year. The agreement still needs to be ratified by the board and the members of the bargaining unit.
The three main issues in dispute were raises for teachers due process and the dispute over a group insurance refund. (6/1)
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Sen. Jerry Moran was in Iola Tuesday as part of a town hall meeting hosted by the Iola Kiwanis Club. He spoke on a number of issues, ranging from the Zika virus to the upcoming presidential campaign. Moran started by talking about recent changes to allow veterans health care access in isolated parts of the state. (6/1)
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Iola Fire Chief Tim Thyer was injured in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee Tuesday. According to the Iola Register, he suffered a broken clavicle and ribs, plus an elevated blood pressure. His motorcycle apparently went out of control on wet pavement and left the roadway. (6/1)
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Volunteers from the Allen County Relay for Life were on Trading Post to tells us about this years’ event. Here’s Denise Smith: (:34)
Edna Donovan told us about the Auction. (:23)
Relay For Life starts Friday evening on the Iola Courthouse square. (6/1)
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Here’s Mike Ford with a Crimestoppers report. (:26) (6/1)
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Two people were injured on Monday afternoon whan a motorcycle struck a deer 8 miles East of Humboldt. 26 year old Devon Loren Matthews of Bronson and his passenger 22 year old Kallie Allyson Williams of Mapleton were taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center. The motorcycle laid over and the driver and passenger came to rest in the ditch. (5/31)
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The Iola USD 257 summer meals program launches Wednesday and there are several ways to get a meal. The district will offer weekday meals at the Iola High School cafeteria and at McKinley Elementary School. And new this year is a Meals And Reading Vehicle dubbed “MARV” that will be sent to six different locations in Iola, Gas and LaHarpe. (5/31)
THE SUMMER meals program will include a breakfast site at Jefferson Elementary School in June, meals at Iola Middle School for summer school students and for Wesley United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School in August. A link to the full schedule is available on the Iola Radio Facebook page and on Twitter.
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The Chanute Animal Control Department has confirmed a case of rabies in a skunk found within city limits. According to the Chanute Police Department, one dog was exposed to the disease, and one person was potentially exposed. Police warned people to stay away from any wildlife or stray animals that appear to be sick or injured and to report them to the animal control department. (5/30)
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The second Allen County Tomorrow meeting will be held on Thursday. The countywide community conversation will take place at the new Thrive Building, 7 S. Jefferson, above the Treasure Chest in the Kress building. The meeting runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and will include a round-table discussion about community priorities. (5/30)
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A Chanute man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for three counts of rape of a person under 14 years of age. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said 33 year old William D. Joyce was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 75 years for three counts of rape. The charges fall under Jessica’s Law, because the victim was under the age of 14. (5/26)
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An objection has been filed by the defense after media outlets requested the probable cause affidavit in the state’s case against Chanute High School teacher David Cadwallader. The Chanute Tribune and KOAM-TV submitted requests for the affidavit after Cadwallader was arrested and charged May 13. A hearing on the release of the affidavit is scheduled for June 28 in Chanute. (5/26)
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A reminder that the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign is continuing over the holiday weekend. Law enforcement will be seeking out motorists not wearing their seat belts. Acouple of those stops in Allen County have led to arrests on other charges over the last couple of days. (5/26)
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If you want to change party affiliation for the primary election Aug. 2, you’ll have to do it by noon Wednesday. That also coincides with the deadline to file for elective office. Voter registration books will then remain closed until after the primary election results are certified. (5/26)**
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The Iola Kiwanis and Iola CITF/PRIDE group are continuing their banner project. About 20 veterans banners have been ordered for display around the Iola square this fall. Banner sponsorships sell for $150 apiece, with each banner showcasing a different veteran. Order forms are available at City Hall or call 365-4900. (5/26)
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Allen County Commissioners heard budget requests from the District Court and Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center at their latest meeting. District Court support was estimated at $381,458 for 2017, slightly more than 2016. The county’s contribution would be eased by fees that flow to the general fund, just about $66,000. (5/25)
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Jared Froggatte, a detective with the Iola Police Department and a candidate for Allen County Sheriff, will deliver the keynote address at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Highland Cemetery. Froggatte served in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division from 1991 to 1995. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Monday (5/25)
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In HUMBOLDT, Chip-seal treatment of the entrance road to Hope Cemetery, northeast of town,has been delayed until next week. City Administrator Cole Herder said rain this week caused the delay. (5/25)
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The Humboldt Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year Banquet and Annual Dinner will be on Thursday June 9th 6:30 pm at B & W Trailer Hitches Dining Hall. The featured speaker this year is Jeff Cokely, Executive Director of the Allen County Community Foundation. For reservations, contact the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce. (5/25)
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Chanute City Commissioners moved forward with the planned Love’s Travel Plaza when they annexed the site east of US-169 on 35th Street during Monday evening’s meeting. Annexing the 16-acre site allows the city to provide utilities and for construction to begin. The project will include a four-story hotel. (5/25)
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The Allen County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol spent more than four hours investigating and securing a suspicious package found near the train tracks in Savonburg. The package was deemed safe and is now in the possession of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information on this package or its owner please contact the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 620-365-1400. (5/25)
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Should the Iola City Council be paid? A proposal for a monthly stipend for the mayor and city council members was discussed at Monday’s meeting. The thinking is that if Iola’s elected representatives were given some compensation, it might attract more candidates willing to serve. Residents are encouraged to share their points of view prior to the Council’s June 13 meeting. (5/24)
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Iola City Council members have voted for a smoking ban in parts of Riverside Park. At the urging of members Allen County Rural Health Initiative, they voted, 5-1, to have Recreation Director Jason Bauer recommend designated smoking areas in the park. He will then bring those recommendations back to the Council for a final vote. (5/24)
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At Monday’s meeting USD 257 Board of Education meeting, members were told that SO FAR, 26 students have enrolled to take courses at the new career technical center based in LaHarpe. According to the Register, because the program is funded by the state, tuition is free. IHS students will be transported by bus to the LaHarpe center. (5/24)
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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced that he will visit Iola as part of his Kansas Listening Tour on Tuesday, May 31.
12:30-1 p.m. – Town hall meeting (open to the public)
Where: Allen County Regional Hospital
3066 N. Kentucky Street (5/24)
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