The Managing Editor of The Allen Flame newspaper at ACC has won a statewide award. Lindsey Temaat was awarded the Kansas Collegiate Media Award for 2019 Journalist of the Year in the Two-Year University Division. Temaat received the award Monday at the KCM Spring Conference in Wichita. She competed against applicants from two-year colleges across the state of Kansas. Temaat is also the Student Senate president.
Humboldt council members have made it clear that they are willing to help support an ambulance station in the city. The Register reports that could include payment of utilities, including phone, fax and cable services. A new station, a block north of the downtown business district, will be built soon. County commissioners viewed plans a week ago but asked the architect to explore less expensive options for the building.
In the USD 257 bond election, all 3 questions pass:
PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 11) . . . . . 11 100.00%
Proposition No. 1 Elementary School
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 64.43%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.57%
Proposition No. 2 IHS Science Building
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 64.17%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.57%
Proposition No. 3 IMS HVAC
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 67.99%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.01%
USD 257 voters will head to the polls today for a special school bond election. At stake is whether Iola will build a new elementary school for $25.5 million. There are also two other options: to build a new science and technology building at the high school campus for $7 million and to replace heating, ventilation and cooling systems at Iola Middle School for $2.8 million. Those two options will only occur if the elementary school passes. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Bass North Community Building at 505 North Buckeye and the Gas Community Center. Ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked by today and received at the clerk’s office by Friday. We’ll have results both tonight and tomorrow morning on our Facebook and Twitter pages, also on iolaradio dot com and on the air.
The Kansas Senate voted Monday to confirm David Toland for state commerce secretary by a 23-14 vote. He survived an effort by several groups to derail his confirmation.
A Humboldt business is asking a judge to reverse Allen County’s decision that blocked a request to start up a rock quarry. According to The Register, D&D Propane, Inc., owned by David Gant of Humboldt, and his business partners at Mid-State Materials, LLC, filed a petition this week in Allen County District Court. In it, the businesses claimed Allen County commissioners Jerry Daniels, Bill King and Bruce Symes acted “unreasonably and arbitrarily” when they voted to deny a conditional use permit to quarry rock from land Gant owns between Iola and Humboldt. The matter was previously heard by the Allen County Planning Commission which voted, 6-1, to recommend the county deny the permit. Allen County District Judge Daniel Creitz set a scheduling and conference hearing to discuss the petition at 9:30 a.m. June 4.
The City of Iola got some good news this week. Iola received more than $147,000 in sales tax revenues in January. That’s a 22 percent increase over the same period a year earlier. City Clerk Roxanne Hutton just received the first sales tax of the year this week because the reports come in about two months after a month ends. She told The Register that Iola’s sales tax proceeds had been stable over the first three months for the past five years. Much of the higher revenues can be attributed to the wind farm construction in northern Allen County. That resulted in higher receipts coming in from restaurants and grocery stores.
Allen County Commissioners have voted to approve a $9,000 budger increase for the Allen County Fair Association. Despite that, the fair hasn’t found anyone that wants to help them fix their hog barn. They initiated contractor bids for the repair, but as of early this week no one had applied. Members of the fair association have vowed to reach out personally to contractors in the area.
Allen County Regional Hospital will pursue a possible lease with Saint Luke’s Health System. According to The Register, this week the board of trustees signed a letter of intent to allow Saint Luke’s to review its facilities and operations, and to make an offer for a lease. No deal has been made yet. It is an indication that trustees want to make a management change. The contract with Hospital Corporation of America remains in place until June 2020.
A traffic advisory from the Kansas Department of Transportation. U.S. 59 will be closed north of Moran from Rhode Island Road to South Dakota Road. That will be next Monday, April 1st from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the closure a wind tower crane will be moved across the highway.
The Boil Water Advisory has been Rescinded for Allen Co. RWD 10. KDHE says the risk of contamination are deemed to now be resolved.
Area students at the Regional Rural Tech Center in LaHarpe can start learning wind energy technology next fall. The Register reports that is because of an offer by Cloud County Community College to loan the necessary equipment to teach two classes. There was also sizeable donations from other parties. The local program was short about $245,000 to pay for the equipment, which the college uses every other semester. The USD 257 Board of Education agreed this week to offer the wind energy technology program starting in the fall of 2019.
The students of Allen, Fort Scott, and Neosho County community colleges will perform a combined concert, “Music from the Movies!” It’ll be at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Admission to the 10 concert is free of charge. The three schools have been meeting together on a monthly basis to explore collaborating since November 2017.