SAFE BASE honored the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility during its blue plate special dinner Wednesday night. During the week students in the after school program and their families collected donations for animals in red bins for the shelter. Items donations ranged from trash bags to dog treats.  Red Barn Veterinary Clinic and SAFE BASE donated two gift certificates for a free spay or neuter for either a dog or a cat.  The next blue plate special dinner will be May 8 at the Baby Barnyard in Iola Riverside Park. The group will be celebrating the Baby Barnyard’s 75th anniversary.

Chain Reaciton Crash Hurts Two

Two people were hurt yesterday afternoon in what were technically two crashes, but which would better be called a chain reaction. It happened just after 4pm on K-47 outside Erie. Denise Shanks was eastbound in a semi and drifted off the side of the road. As she tried to get the semi back on the road she crossed a field access driveway, which set the truck into a roll. The truck came to a stop east of the field access on its driver’s side. Shanks was taken to Labette Health for treatment. A second semi encountered the crash scene, and before the driver could get the truck stopped he hit part of the first semi that was still sticking into the road, spinning the disabled semi around and hitting a person who was helping Shanks. Troopers identify the person as 25-year old Jonathan Martin of Erie. He was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Hospital.

Neosho County Crashes

A pair crash in Neosho county yesterday sent a Chanute man to the hospital. Troopers say it happened about 9:40am on US 169 just south of Thayer when, for an unknown reason, Douglas Miller of Chanute swerved out of the southbound lane and into the northbound ditch. The pickup he was driving continued almost half a mile in the ditch before coming to a stop. Miller was taken to the hospital in Coffeyville for treatment of apparently minor injuries.

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Havana Clerk Gets Probation

The former city clerk of a southeast Kansas community was spared prison but ordered to repay the almost $60,000 she embezzled from her town and church. Sixty-seven-year-old Diana Cox, of Havana, told the court she was ashamed and apologized before U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten handed down a sentence yesterday for two years of supervised release. Marten cited her age and lack of criminal history. Cox pleaded guilty in January to one count each of bank fraud and wire fraud.

Flags At Half Staff In Kansas Today

Flags across Kansas will be at half-staff todya and tomorrow to honor three people shot to death at two Jewish sites in Overland Park last weekend. Governor Sam Brownback made the order yesterday. Dr. William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, were shot and killed Sunday outside of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. A third victim, Terri Lamanno, was shot moments later at the Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement complex. Memorial services for the three victims are scheduled today and tomorrow.

Lights Sought For Oregon & 169 Intersection

Allen County commissioners have asked Public Works Director Bill King to explore the costs and logistics of putting in street lights at the intersection of Oregon Road and U-S 169, next to the new Allen County Regional Hospital. The suggestion came Tuesday from Commissioner Tom WIlliams, who said he thought it would increase safety at the intersection and make it easier for motorists and ambulances going to and from the hospital to get to the ir destination.

IMS Band Outgrows Bandstand

Surging enthusiasm for instrumental music at Iola Middle School has caused the school’s band to outgrow the bandstand on the courthouse lawn. IMS Principal Jack Stanley told county commissioners Tuesday the school would like to have its annual spring outdoor concert on the east side of the courthouse square, to accommodate 100 seventh- and eighth-grade members. The Register reports commissioners gave their blessing. Next year’s band promises to be even larger, with 50 sixth graders involved this year. Those who attend the concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread on the lawn.

Rail Trail Folo

The final public design workshop on the development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail will be 5-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Osage City Community Building. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and the Kanza Rails to Trails Conservancy have held a series of the workshops to get input on the trail, which is along an abandoned Missouri Pacific right of way that extends 117 miles between Osawatomie and Herington. No formal presentation is planned. It’s a come-and-go event.

Chanute Mayor

The Chanute City Commission elected Greg Woodyard as mayor with a 3-2 vote during its regular meeting this week. The Chanute Tribune reports Martha McCoy will again serve as vice mayor. Woodyard and previous mayor, Kevin Berthot, were nominated for the position that is up for a commission vote every April. McCoy was nominated and selected unopposed as vice mayor. Woodyard will serve a one-year term.