Fitzmaurice Obit

Services set for Donald Fitzmaurice, age 79, of Mont Ida, who passed away on Monday. Funeral services for Don Fitzmaurice will be held tomorrow at 10:00 am at the Mont Ida Church of the Brethren, burial following in the Mont Ida Cemetery. Family will greet friends at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. this evening.

USD 258 Candidate Forum

Here’s an opportunity for you to meet your school board candidates for Humbodlt USD 258. A Board of Education candidate forum is set this Thursday at 7:00pm in the Humboldt High School Auditorium hosted by the Humboldt National Education Association.

K-3 Bridge Work Starts Monday, Detour Adds 30 Minutes

K-DOT plans to start work Monday on a project to replace the bridge over Hinton Creek on K-3 in Bourbon County. The bridge is about three miles north of the west K-3/K-39 junction. KDOT will replace the bridge and adjoining pavement on the existing highway alignment. Improvements include widened shoulders on the bridge and aggregate ditch lining south of the structure.

The contractor is planning to close K-3 at the work zone early next week. The work zone will remain closed to traffic until the new bridge is completed in late fall. The signed detour uses US 54 from K-3 at Uniontown to Moran, Highway 59 from Moran to K-39, and K-39 back to the K-3 junction. It will add about 30 minutes to the trip.

Tips for Safe Burning Offered

What local firefighters are experiencing is being repeated across Kansas. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has some tips for helping farmers and ranchers to have safe and successful prescribed burns of their fields and pastures.

In addition to verifying it is currently legal to burn in your county, notify neighbors as a courtesy prior to burning. Even if there is not a burn ban, postpone the burn if you are unsure of the fuel and weather conditions. Have adequate resources and equipment available to prevent escaped fires. And do not burn to the ends of the field. Setting boundaries, “back burning” and keeping the fire off of fence rows will prevent out-of-control burns.

KU Funding Measure Advances; University Opposed to Changes

The full Senate Ways and Means Committee yesterday endorsed a budget plan that would shift $9.4 million over two years from Kansas University’s main campus in Lawrence to the Wichita campus of the medical school. KU officials say that move would be harmful to the university overall.

The bill also cuts funding for the Kansas Geological Survey, located on the KU campus in Lawrence, at a time when that agency is being asked to invest more resources into studying the causes of earthquakes in south-central Kansas.

It also shifts millions of dollars in student financial aid money from public universities to independent, private colleges, a move that the Kansas Board of Regents says will result in about 1,050 fewer students receiving that form of need-based financial aid.

New Chanute Manager Starts Work

Chanute’s new City Manager, Jeff Cantrell was sworn in earlier this week. He will make a salary of 122-thousand dollars a year, replacing Sam Budreau, who was working as interim city manager until Cantrell actually started. Budreau is running for a city commission seat.

Chanute BOE Opposes Moving Local Elections to Fall

The Chanute school board has approved a formal resolution opposing the proposal in the legislature to move city and school elections to the fall of even numbered years. Many local school districts oppose the move because they say it would take attention away from local issues. Plus, it would require the elections to become partisan, alienating some people from running. Proponents say money could be saved by consolidating, because turnout is usually always fairly low at the city and school elections. For instance, turnout was about 10 percent just this past Tuesday in Shawnee County, while Johnson County had a voter turnout of less than 6 percent of registered voters.

Fredonia Man Hurt in Monday Crash

A Fredonia man was injured yesterday when he lost control on a county road northeast of his home town. Troopers say 22-year old Logan Vaughn was eastbound on county road 1400 shortly after 10:30am when he lost control, dropping off the right side of the road. In his effort to regain control, Vaughn crossed the road and went off into the north ditch and hit a tree. He was taken by ambulance to Fredonia Hospital. Troopers say he was not wearing a seat belt.

US 54 Project Near Yates Center Delayed to March 9th

Another weather-releated delay….as the weekend storm forced a contractor which was scheduled to start a bridge replacement project outside of Yates Center to delay the start by a week. K-DOT announced the delay yesterday, saying it means U.S. 54 will remain open east of Yates Center until next Monday. The railroad overpass east of Yates Center is scheduled to be replaces over this construction season, with completino scheduled for the fall.

Chanute Boy Dies in Snow-Related Crash Near Welda

A five-year old Chanute boy is dead after the SUV he was riding in wrecked in the snow Saturday in Anderson county. Troopers say Drake Walls was pronounced dead at Anderson County Hospital following the wreck, which happened on Highway 169 near Welda Saturday afternoon.

52-year old Judith Wright of Chanute was driving the Nissan Murano northbound when she lost control in the snow and slid across the southbound lane, where the SUV was hit by a semi. Wright and her passenger, 25-year old Hailey Wright, were also taken to the hospital.

The truck driver was not injured.