A group of Uniontown residents spoke to Moran City Council members this week about efforts to attract a clinic to that town. According to The Iola Register, they noted that Bourbon County’s only medical presence is Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott. Allen County has several, including Allen County Regional Hospital’s center in Moran that is open two afternoons a week. The group is surveying community interest and support for the venture. Moran council members said nothing in opposition.
Steve Parsons will make his return to Chanute USD 413. The Chanute Tribune reports that he was unanimously approved by the Board of Education Monday evening as interim superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year, beginning July 1st. Parsons will replace current superintendent, Richard Proffitt, who recently accepted the same position in Pittsburg. Parsons served as Chanute Superintendent for 12 years prior to his retirement seven years ago.
Yesterday, we told you about the fire that destroyed Kennedy’s Attic in Chanute Saturday morning. Now, The Chanute Tribune reports that the Kansas Fire Marshal has ruled the blaze as accidental, but the cause is undetermined at this time. The Kennedy family lived on the second floor and lost everything. Their daughter Vicki told the paper that the response to help has been overwhelming with tons of clothing, shoes, beds and bedding as well as food, kitchen utensils and monetary donations.
LaHarpe Telephone has been recognized this month as the 2018 Kansas Small Business Development Center Existing Business of the Year. The Iola Register reports that the business, owned by the Lee family in LaHarpe, was honored in a ceremony last month in the State Capitol. HARRY SR. and Violet Lee acquired LaHarpe Telephone nearly 67 years ago
A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a downtown Chanute business and left its owners homeless. The owners of the antique shop Kennedy’s Attic, Tim and Sheila Kennedy, along with their family lived above the buisness. Once the fire was discovered at around 5am they were able to get out safely. Five different area fire departments responded to the blaze. A number of loud noises were heard coming from the fire. That was due to ammunition being in the building since the Kennedy’s are Ducks Unlimited sponsors. The building at 20 North Highland is a total loss and will eventually be knocked down for safety reasons. To help with the family’s expenses while they are waiting on insurance money, a Go Fund Me page has been set up. We have a link on the Iola radio facebook page.
This weekend will bring a number of Easter egg hunts to the area. The highlight is the annual hunt on the Iola square hosted by the Iola Kiwanis Club. It will begin at noon on Saturday. We have a list of additional Easter egg hunts posted on the Iola Radio Facebook page.
Allen County Regional Hospital has qualified as a High 5 for Mom & Baby hospital for the second year. That’s a program with specific maternity care procedures based on the proven health benefits associated with breastfeeding. It also contains other key elements of bonding between mother and newborn. Find more information online at High5Kansas.org.
If you watch new Netflix movie “Kodachrome” starring Jason Sudeikis and Ed Harris don’t be fooled by the big sign that says “Parsons, Kansas.” None of the movie was actually shot there. In the movie, a legendary photographer travels to Parsons because it is the only location that can still develop Kodachrome film.
Allen County commissioners were told this week that the county may be compensated if old U.S. 169 between Iola and Chanute were damaged as an unofficial detour. That may occur when U.S. 169 from Minnesota Road to south of Tank Farm Road will be closed for a complete rebuild. The Iola Register reports that a Kansas Department of Transportation official stated that recent KDOT secretaries have been receptive to helping with unofficial detours. He said that most likely the project will start around May 1 and will last well into next year.
Allen Community College officially broke ground yesterday for its new Student Center. The original center was first built in 1969 and it will be renovated, enlarged, and improved. The dining area will be doubled and new student spaces will be added. The project should be done by years end. We have pictures of the groundbreaking and the new floor plans on the Iola Radio facebook page.