Survey work starts Monday to get measurements for a planned project to replace a bridge on K-31 in Anderson county. Survey crews will be working the next six weeks to measure and locate features along a little more than a half-mile stretch in the vicinity of the North Fork Little Osage Drainage Bridge, just over two miles east of the K-31 intersection with Highway 59. Though much of the work will be done in the public right-of-way, some measurements will need to be taken on private property. When that is necessary, surveyors will contact the residents for permission prior to making their measurements.
Possible injuries reported in a crash Friday in Allen county. The Sheriff’s Department reports Shaylin Robb of Colony was westbound on Texas Road near 440 Street Friday when she lost control. The vehicle passed into the eastbound lane, went into the shoulder on the north side and crossed the road before going into the south ditch and hitting a fence, coming to rest in the adjacent field. According to the report, an infant riding in the vehicle was taken to Allen County Regional Medical Center by private vehicle to be checked out.
Deputies also report two instances of a driver striking a deer in the road late last week. Remember deer are still active this time of year, and have a plan for what you’ll do if you encounter one in the road.
The investigation of a hit-and-run crash in Neosho county last weekend is ongoing, and the Highway patrol and Neosho County Sheriff’s Office are asking for public help identifying the driver who sped fromt he scene. As we reported earlier this week, the three-vehicle wreck happened last Saturday at about 9:10 p.m at the intersection of 150th and U.S. 59 Highway north of Erie, in Neosho County. The pickup that caused the crash and then left the scene was described as dark in color, and was an older, dirty, ¾ or 1-ton extended cab truck, with single rear wheels. The truck should have extensive damage. The driver is described as a male in his mid-50s with salt and pepper hair, tall with a slender to medium build, and he is believed to have a mustache.
Anyone with any information about the collision is asked to contact Master Trooper John Burns at (620) 431-2100, or Neosho County Sheriff’s Department Detective Roberta Knight at (620) 244-3888.
Iola voters have turned back both of the ballot measures related to new school building in the city. A resounding defeat for the USD 257 bond issue, with more than 18-hundred votes against it and 1125 in favor…a 62-to-38 percent margin. The companion sales tax also failed, 58 to 42 percent. LaHarpe voters, however, approved the sailed tax vote for their city, which is to be used for street maintenance. The vote count was 79 in favor, 61 opposed.
In statewide races, Allen County voters favored Republican Pat Roberts to return to his Senate seat, with about 2-thousand votes for Roberts, 12-hundred for Greg Orman and 275 for Libertarian Randal Batson. Lynn Jenkins was favored to return to her House seat by a more than 2-to-1 margin by Allen county voters. And Governor Sam Brownback beat Paul Davis in Allen County by about 300 votes, a 52-to-43 percent showing.
Kansas Republicans are embarking on a four-day tour of the state that will include a stop in Iola. GOP Executive Director Clay Barker says the Iola stop will be on Saturday afternoon at the Allen County Courthouse from 2:30 until 3 pm. The tour starts tomorrow in Topeka and includes stops in all quadrants of the state. The Republican candidates for statewide office will make the entire tour, while those running for seats representing part of the state will tour with the group in their district. Former Senator Bob Dole, Governor Chris Christie, and State Party Chairman Kelly Arnold will also take part in portions of the tour. Also, Senator Dole’s farewell bus tour will stop in Iola Thursday, at St. John’s Parish hall at 2:15pm.
Two Kansas City-area teens were taken to Anderson County Hospital following a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon. Highway Patrol troopers say 18-year old Jessica Pollitt of Olathe was driving a 2001 Taurus, north bound on Highway 169 about a mile north of the junction with Business 169 in Anderson county shortly before 5pm Friday. She dropped a tire off the pavement on the east side of the road and over corrected, rolling the car. She and her passenger, 16-year old Avery Pollitt of Overland Park, were both taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Senator Jerry Moran will visit Iola a week from today as part of his Kansas Listening Tour. The town hall meeting is in conjunction with next week’s Rotary Club Meeting. YOu are welcome to attend and share feedback with the senator, accoridng to a release yesterday. The issues Sen. Moran focuses on and the work he does in Washington, D.C., are largely based on the conversations he has with Kansans during these town hall meetings.
Throughout his time in Congress, Sen. Moran has made it a priority to stay connected to the people he represents despite a distance of more than 1,000 miles between Capitol Hill and Kansas. Since his election to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Moran has held a town hall in each of Kansas’ 105 counties.
Iola Police will be doing a class on Scams and Frauds on October 28th. This class will be presented at the Iola Townhouses located at 217 N. Washington Ave. Officer Mike Ford says it’s a great class for retired citizens to take as so many of them are the targets of these scams. The class will start at 12:30 p.m. October 28th. If you have questions call Mike Ford at the police department at 365-4960.
KDOT has identified four options for a potential project to replace pavement on 26 miles of US 168 between Iola and Earlton. The options were discussed last week at a meeting between KDOT officials and stakeholders in Allen and Neosho counties. All the options describe how the project would exist during construciton; it would return to its present configuration and alignment afterward under any of the four. All but one option involves building a temporary shoulder; two of the options would implement a detour. Officials discussed the possiblity of doing only part of the project in the near future, separating that work into three phases, and setting up a full detour around each phase as it progressed.
While the outcome is probably no surprise, some people are surely breathing a bit easier now that both Iola and Allen county leaders have put their signatures on a revised contract for Emergency Medical Service in the county. The Register reports both the County Commissioners and the Iola City Council blessed the agreement yesterday at their regular meetings. The county will help the city with half of the looming shortfall at the end of this year and will up its subsidy for the service from three-quarters of a million dollars a year to a million. Meanwhile the city has agreed to keep ambulances in Moran and Humboldt staffed, while saving overtime money by counting the crew members as on-call for fire responses in the city.