A juvenile suspect is in custody after Humboldt High School was evacuated yesterday upon the discovery of a suspicious device. USD 258 Superintendent Kay Lewis told KOAM TV that just after 10:30 am a middle school teacher took the device to the high school principal who then called police. Police Chief Brian Dillow says the device was an explosive device but the type is unknown at this time. The Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was called and is investigating the device. Lewis noted that Humboldt’s emergency plan went well.
When construction begins on US 169 this spring, the old highway will become the unofficial detour. Because of an expected increase in traffic on Old 169, traffic counters will be installed soon. The Iola Register reports that establishing an increase in traffic is important to help county officials make a case for state assistance with repairs that may be necessary. Two bridges north of Humboldt will be inspected as well.
The annual Storm Fury on the Plains presentation by the National Weather Service of Wichita is coming up this week. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Creitz Recital Hall at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Because of the construction, attendees are asked to enter from the alley. If you miss it, it will be held again Feb. 15 in Yates Center.
The committee that recommends whether Allen County commissioners should support economic development projects met this week but took no action. The Iola Register reports that the reason was that only four of the seven members attended the meeting. Chairman Dick Works said that no further requests would be accepted until those already received were decided. Requests Monday included Bolling’s Meat Market for $190,000, the regional technology center southeast of LaHarpe $100,000, and the Pregnancy Resource Center $75,000. In addition, two requests from last year are still pending.
In Parsons, two suspects are being held in connection to a shots fired investigation. According to KOAM TV, on Saturday, an officer says he heard what sounded like gunfire. He began an investigation and found two intended targets, who were not injured, and two suspects. Authorities say they found several pieces of evidence including two handguns, ammunition, spent shell casings, clothing and drugs. Charges have not yet been filed.
A $10,000 reward has been offered in a cattle theft crime that that occurred in November. The Chanute Tribune reports that the Neosho County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft that happened six miles north of Parsons. There were 11 black heifers and one black bull stolen. If you have information, contact Neosho County Sheriff’s Office at 244-3888.
Investigators believe that the theft may be related to others recently in the area.
A new student center is in the works at Allen Community College. According to The Allen Flame student newspaper, construction crews will start breaking ground in March renovate, enlarge, and improve the Allen Student Center which was first built in 1969. The dining hall experience will be enhanced and the student space will also be expanded with two new game rooms. The outside space between the main academic building the current student center will be removed and will create a new student commons area.
A pedestrian hit by a train in Pittsburg on Saturday has died of his injuries. According to KOAM TV, the man was struck by a Kansas City Southern train around 1:43 pm Saturday and was later pronounced dead. Roads were blocked for several hours for investigation before the train was allowed to proceed. The man’s identity will be released after family has been notified.
The Humboldt Education Foundation Casino Night fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 17th.at the Chanute Central Park Pavilion. Humboldt Superintendent Kay Lewis told the Chanute Tribune that the fundraiser is to help graduates meet the financial burden of post high school education. Tickets for the event are available in the outer lobby of the Humboldt Community Fieldhouse during Cub home basketball games or at the superintendent’s office.
Cornstock has announced the opening act for their concert on the hill scheduled for September 22nd. This year it is the chart topping band of the 1980’s and ’90’s, Restless Heart. They join headlining act Trace Adkins which was announced last week. A second opening act will be announced in the near future.
Tickets are only $20 through May 31, 2018. June 1 through August 31 tickets will be sold at $30; $40 September 1-22.
U.S. 169 will be closed between Iola and Humboldt starting this spring to accommodate a full rebuild of the highway. The Iola Register reports that Allen County Commissioners were told that rebuild is expected to take nearly 18 months. The official detour will be on U.S. 54 west to Yates Center and then south on U.S. 75 to K-39 Highway into Chanute. Because county roads such as old U.S. 169 have a 15-ton limit they can’t offically be used for a detour. It’s expected that most local traffic will not use the official detour.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the City of Thayer in Neosho County. Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Thayer 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.
Roughly 3,700 comments, 6,100 shares and 2,400 reactions in about 24 hours. Those are the stats on a Facebook post from the Allen County Sheriff’s office that went viral this week and captured attention all across Kansas and beyond. The post said the sheriff would block all social media access in Allen County between February 28th and March 1st. Of course, there ARE no days between February 28th and March 1st. The wild reaction to the post received coverage from numerous media outlets accross the state, including the Kansas City Star, The Wichita Eagle, and radio and TV stations in Topeka, Kansas City and the Joplin area.
In one of his last acts in office, Governor Brownback appointed Taylor J. Wine of Lyndon as a District Judge in the 4th District. Wine currently is a District Magistrate Judge and serves as a municipal judge for five cities. The 4th District is comprised of Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage Counties.