If there are no snags, construction of a wind farm in northeast Allen County will start in the summer 2018 and its turbines will begin generating electricity by late spring 2019. The Register reports that it will occur if the county’s planning commissioners recommend a zoning variance to permit the wind farm, and county commissioners agree. Planners will meet the evening of Oct. 26 to consider the next step.
Humboldt is the place to be for the 60th annual Biblesta on the square this Saturday. It’ll begin at 8 with the Run for the Son fun walk and 5K and will conclude with the Biblesta After Dark youth rally at 7 pm. In between will be gospel music, youth activities and the 1:30 pm parade. According to the Chanute Tribune, floats portraying scriptures from the Bible, as well as walking entries, marching bands and equestrian units are included in the parade.
Even though Iola is over 1200 miles away from Las Vegas, the tragic events from Sunday night still hit close to home. Toby and Ashley Shaughnessy are from Iola but they were in Vegas over the weekend. In a phone interview with the Iola Register, Toby said they went from having a good time to running for their lives. They were just outside their hotel, the MGM Grand, when the shooting started.
The Humboldt Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for the Sign in the Square next Monday October 9th at 6 pm. The Chamber will be recognizing the GALS FCE organization that took the initiative to spearhead the new Electronic Sign Project and was instrumental in obtaining the financing for the sign. The Chamber President said they’ll also recognize the Humboldt City Council and the City of Humboldt employees for their cooperation with the project and providing the manpower for site work.
Mitch Bolling, owner of Moran Locker, addressed Moran City Council members Monday night, noting the gathering momentum for the wind farm, expected to be erected north of Moran. The Iola Register reports that if the county endorses the wind farm proposal — a final decision could come by the end of the month. It stands to earn $200,000 a year through payments in lieu of taxes.
During this week’s meeting, the Allen County Regional Hospital board of trustees approved bond refinancing through United Missouri Bank. The Iola Register reports that the decision guarantees a lower interest rate on repaying a new bond issue of $4.5 million. The interest rate will drop from the current rate of 4.5 percent to 2.19 percent. (9/29)
Yesterday, we told you about a series of business burglaries in Iola, but today we have some good news. The person responsible for robbing the candy belonging to Iola Middle School from the football stadium in Riverside Park has been caught. Pending formal charges, the suspect’s name has not been released. (9/29)
A Garnett man escaped injury yesterday when the plane he was flying had engine failure and he had to make an emergency landing in a pasture. According to the highway patrol, the Piper Fixed Wing Single Engine Plane piloted by 43 year old Lynn Davison came down in Coffey County about 100 yards West of Wayside just after 5 pm. (9/29)
The parking lot at the new G&W Foods in Iola is smaller than originally planned and the county commission wants to know if the county is due a refund. G&W Foods received a $180,000 grant for the project with a larger parking lot that would accomodate more shoppers. County Counselor Alan Weber will try to get commissioners an answer. (9/28)
Commissioners also heard that a wind farm in northeast Allen County is getting a little closer to becoming a reality. EDP Renewables made formal application Friday to build a wind farm containing 56 turbines and capable of generating 200 megawatts of power. Planners will review the application on Oct. 26. County commissioners will have final say. (9/28)
Iola Police and Allen County Crimestoppers are asking for your help in solving a series of breakins at at businesses over the last week or so. Those occurred in the 900 block of south Chestnut, the 400 block of North Street, the 200 block of north Washington, and the 300 block of south State. If you have information contact police or Crimestoppers. (9/28)
At this week’s meeting, Iola City Council members were told that the city has collected less utility revenue this year. The Iola Register reports that residents have consumed less electricity in 2017 both because of the mild weather and more energy-efficient homes. An energy consultant was not yet ready to give specifics on the need for a rate increase to help replenish the city’s electric reserves. Because Iola does not have enough generating capacity on its own and must buy from elsewhere, council members are eager to purchase additional generators. Purchasing used generators are expected to cost between $1.7 million and $2 million. (9/6)
A man was taken into custody in Yates Center on Tuesday after leading officers on a high-speed chase in southern Woodson County overnight. According to the Register, he got free while he was being taken to jail and stole a patrol vehicle. He later crashed the vehicle and fled on foot before being captured again. His identity has not been released. (9/27)
Iola Police are asking for your help to locate whoever stole over $120 worth of candy the Iola Middle School was intending to use for a fundraiser. It was stolen on either September 19th or 20th from a room at the football stadium in Riverside Park. If you have information, contact Allen County Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS or allencountycs.org. (9/26)
Community National Bank and Trust in Chanute will serve cake and refreshments and hold drawings for prizes for a customer appreciation celebration to mark its 30th anniversary. The bank was originally chartered in Chanute in September 1987 and expects soon to open its 30th location. That will be from 2 to 5 pm Friday at 14 N. Lincoln. (9/26)
Chanute American Legion Post 170 was in the media spotlight for a moment yesterday. American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan was there yesterday when she was interviewed by CNN. The Chanute Tribune reports that she spoke about the NFL national anthem protestests and the Flag Code which the Legion helped create in 1923. Rohan continues with her tour of Kansas American Legion posts today, including stops in Moran and Emporia. She will make 18 stops total during her four day visit to the state. Rohan was elected national commander of the 2-million member American Legion on Aug. 24. (9/26)
At Friday’s meeting, Neosho County Commissioners said that they do not expect the sale of Ash Grove to affect the company’s agreement with taxing entities. According to The Chanute Tribune, the county government, Chanute school district, City of Chanute, and Neosho County Community College are currently in the middle of a four-year agreement to pay back protested taxes on Ash Grove’s cement plant valuation. Commission Chair David Bideau said county officials were not contacted during negotiations for Ash Grove’s acquisition by CRH, and did not know about it until it was announced earlier this week. Bideau said he expects the county will still be bound by the agreement. (9/25)
The Iola Register’s 150th anniversary will be celebrated Wednesday at Allen Community College. The college will host a meet-and-greet starting at 1:30 p.m. in the ACC library. Refreshments will be served and representatives from the Kansas Press Association will be on hand to discuss the importance of community journalism. (9/25)
Chanute American Legion Post 170 will host a reception for National Commander Denise H. Rohan on her four-day tour of Kansas. That will be at 2:15 this afternoon at 301 N. Evergreen in Chanute. During her tour National Commander Rohan will visit 18 American Legion Posts in the state. (9/25)