Iola police officers are investigating a reported rape that occurred the morning of Nov. 22 in the 300 block of South Second Street. In a report made public Wednesday, police said a male suspect forced his way into the residence to commit the rape. Police Chief Jared Warner told the Iola Register that the took steps to conceal his identity. Anybody with information about the crime is encouraged to call the Iola Police Department at 365-4960.
Chanute USD 413 will consider adding a soccer program. The Chanute Tribune rports that a group of students approaced school officials with a petition to start a team. The financial impact of adding another sport will be discussed at the next school board meeting. (12/1)
Labette County woman was sentenced Wednesday to six months detention for embezzling more than $213,000 from the bank where she worked. 59 year old Debra J. Nading of Oswego, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by a bank employee. The crime occurred while she worked as an assistant cashier and bookkeeping supervisor for the Labette Bank in Parsons. (12/1)
When City Councilman Jon Wells becomes Iola’s next mayor in January it will create a vacant seat on the council representing Iola’s First Ward which takes in most of northwest Iola. The Register reports that the city is taking applications up through mid-December. Current Mayor Joel Wicoff has the responsibility of deciding the appointment, subject to confirmation by the Council. Those interested in the vacant seat can call the city administrator’s office at 365-4900 or email their interest to city clerk Roxanne Hutton at email@example.com.
There will be plenty of holiday fun in Iola over the next few weeks. Santa Claus will be at his house on the square from 5 to 7 p.m. on three Thursdays…November 30th, December 7th and 14th… and from 1 to 3 p.m. on three Saturdays…December 2nd, 9th and 16th. Iola’s new trolley, Fearless Fred will also be on hand giving its first rides. A Christmas lights trolley tour is also planned for Dec. 17. Tickets for the 90-minute ride sell for $8 apiece. Contact the chamber at 365-5252.
Iola City Council members approved a new, higher rate structure at this week’s meeting. According to The Iola Register, it is another step in attempting to balance the city’s electric fund. This is the third straight year that Council members have raised electric rates, after leaving them alone for ten years before that. (11/29)
The Iola Police Department is asking for your help. Not with solving a crime, but with their annual Project Care. That’s the program that helps area kids enrolled in the Adopt-A-Child program. The department helps buy toys and clothing essentials for Christmas. To help, contact the IPD at 365-4960, or they’ve set up a toy box in their lobby. (11/29)
A missing Nevada woman may have been spotted in Chanute. According to The Chanute Tribune, Nancy Vandenput has been missing since last Wednesday. She is 57 years old, 5’4”, and weighs about 101 pounds. She has sandy blonde hair and green eyes and was driving a silver 2006 Chevrolet pickup with Nevada tags. If you’ve seen her, contact law enforcement. (11/28)
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program will receive $300,000 in funding to help low-income tenants afford rent. SEKCAP is one of thirteen non-profits sharing approximately $1.8 million in grant money. Tenant Based Rental Assistance is design to help Kansas families obtain safe, affordable housing of their choice. (11/28)
The city of Chanute has agreed to sell an industrial park property at 4404 S. Johnson. The Chanute Tribune reports that the city received an offer from T&A Development Group to purchase the 8.8-acre property for $17,000. A lease agreement with Kepley Well Service for city-owned property expired earlier this month. (11/28)
A Neodesha man was taken to a hospital after a two vehicle accident early yesterday afternoon on US 75 one mile north of Sycamore. 49 year old Earnest Sanders was transported to Labette Health in Independence for treatment. The other driver was not injured despite both vehicles ending up in the ditch. (11/28)
A Girard teen was injured yesterday afternoon in a one vehicle accident 2 miles east of US169 on K47 in Neosho County. The highway patrol reports that 18 year old Kyler Newkirk was transported to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center with injuries. His vehicle went off the road and came to rest on its top in the ditch. (11/27)
Santa Claus will make several stops in Iola over the next few weeks. He will be at his house on the square from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14 (Thursdays) and from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16 (Saturdays).
The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has been awarded a $50,000 Core Partner grant from the REACH Healthcare Foundation to support access to healthcare services in Allen County. CHC/SEK will use the funding primarily for operating expenses to continue providing medical, dental, behavioral health and support services at its clinic at in Iola. (11/22)
Three years after a school bond issue failed in Iola USD 257, talks about a new one have begun. The Iola Register reports that a community steering committee meeting took place Monday seeking transparency and public input. The district has hired an architectural firm to help detremine what sort of improvements should be pursued. (11/22)
A hearing for pretrial motions has been delayed in a capital murder case in Labette County. The Parsons Sun reports that David C. Bennett Jr. is accused of strangling Cami Umbarger and her three children in November 2013. An attorney who was helping prosecute the case died Nov. 8, which is a reason for delaying the hearing. (11/22)