The Fort Scott Police Department says one suspect has been arrested after five new vehicles were stolen from a dealership. According to KOAM TV, at about 4:30 Sunday morning police got information about a possible crime in progress at Briggs Automotive. When officers got there, they attempted to stop the vehicles as they headed north on U.S. 69. A high speed chase began and police notified neighboring law enforcement agencies. One person was taken into custody in Johnson County.
The mobile food pantry has announced that it will make another stop in Chanute this summer. It will be at the Chanute Recreation Commission gym at 400 S. Highland on Wednesday, August 22nd from 9 until 11am. Anyone in need of food assistance is welcome to attend on a first come, first served basis. Limit one visit per household and you must sign in. We have all of the information on the Iola Radio Facebook page.
A Chanute man was killed on Friday afternoon in a two vehicle crash 4.5 miles south of Chanute on US169. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 29 year old Clayton Leach of Chanute was traveling northbound on a motorcycle when he was struck by a car that was traveling southbound. The driver of the car, 26 year old Matthew Kunzie of Tulsa, was taken to St. Francis hospital with injuries.
Kansas Secretary of State and candidate for governor Kris Kobach was the winner in a straw poll conducted after a Republican gubernatorial debate in Parsons Saturday. Kobach earned the support of 51 percent of participants, more than double that of his nearest competitor, Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer who recieved 19 percent. Gov. Jeff Colyer got 17 percent of the vote and former state Sen. Jim Barnett got 8.5 percent.
Kansas League of Women Voters and Kansas Appleseed are sponsoring voter registration training next week. It’s designed to help people understand the basics on how to get registered to vote. They’ll discuss topics such as state and federal registration forms and how to get a free birth certificate or Kansas photo ID. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Bass Community Building at 505 N. Buckeye. You don’t need to bring anything with you and pizza will be served.
The LaHarpe City Council has some questions about a big bill headed their way from Westar Energy. The Iola Register reports that council members discussed a notice from Westar about the cost of replacing an electric substation south of town. The city has been informed it will be charged more than $240,000 for the substation’s replacement after storm damage last year. Council memers want to know if it was insured and why the city would have to pay for Westar’s property.
Allen County commissioners said this week that they favored making available $335,000 to pay for extension of gas, water and sewer lines to an industrial tract east of Humboldt. According to The Iola Register, Humboldt Administrator Cole Herder announced the had lost out on a federal grant to pay half the cost of the utility project, estimated at $672,000. But Herder said he thinks that they can do the project for half the estimate. That’s because they wouldn’t have to meet a long list of federal rules and regulations and they could use local equipment.
Storm sirens in Petrolia and Carlyle went online earlier this month, allowing the county to alert those residents of tornadoes and other events. The Register reports that the sirens in the two communities will be operated through the county’s 911 system. Adding Petrolia and Carlyle to the system means every community in the county can be alerted in case of tornado warnings.
At this week’s Iola USD 257 Board of Education meeting, members discussed a possible change in voting districts. The Iola Register reports that a change in voting districts could encourage more people to run for school board seats or simplify the election process. The board is considering options that could eliminate or redraw the boundaries of districts within USD 257. If there are no voting districts, board members would be elected on an at-large basis. Other area districts have recently made similar moves.
Drinking water could become an expensive proposition in Humboldt. According to The Register, the city recently got news from a consultant that an upgrade to Humboldt’s water system could cost as much as 13 million dollars. That’s if all of the recommended upgrades were performed at once. The distribution system is pegged at about 9 million. The city’s water purification plant upgrades are estimated at 2.8 million.
Several Southeast Kansas Republican Party Chairs have gotten together to organize and host a Republican Governor’s Forum. The event will take place Saturday night at 6pm in the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. The doors will open at 5:00 for a meet and greet. All five leading republican candidates for Governor have confirmed their attendance and participation. In addition, several republican candidates running for2nd District Congress and other statewide offices will be there. The event is free to the public.
The Iola Police Department will be hosting their annual (HOFNOD) Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs fishing derby again this year. This year’s event is set for Saturday, June 23rd at Abbott’s pond on North Cottonwood Street. Registration begins at 7am, they’ll go over rules at 8am and fishing will start at 8:30 and continue until 10:30. Afterwards, there will be an awards presentation followed by a complimentary hot dog lunch for fishers and parents.