Scam & Fraud Class

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.

US 169 Project Discussed

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.

EMS Pact Reached

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.

Last Day to Register for Nov. Election: Oct 14

Today is the last day you can register to vote in the November 4th election. Secretary of State Kris Kobach says advance voting begins as early as October 15 in some counties. To be eligible to vote in Kansas, a person must be a resident of Kansas at the time of registration, be 18 years of age or older at the time of voting, and be a United States citizen. Individuals registering for the first time in Kansas are required to submit a document to prove U.S. citizenship along with the completed voter registration application. See www.gotVoterID.com for a list of such documents.

Linn County Road Work Starts Today

KDOT expects work to start on a mill and overlay project today on about 14.5 miles of two state highways in Linn County. The sections of highway to receive a 1-inch mill and 1-inch asphalt overlay are: K-152 from the west city limits of LaCygne east to U.S. 69; K-52 from U.S. 69 east to the Missouri border; and K-52 from K-7 at Mound City east to U.S. 69. This project includes milling and resurfacing within the city limits of LaCygne and Mound City.

The contractor plans to begin work at LaCygne and continue east on K-152. Traffic will be restricted to one lane at the work zone, guided by a pilot car. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less during daylight hours. The project should be completed in two weeks, weather permitting.

EMS Agreement Likely Tuesday

Tuesday is the day…city and county leaders are expected to put their signatures on a replacement contract for EMS in Allen County. For the past several months, the county and city have negotiated new contract terms after the city asked for more funding from their original pact that took effect in January. The last sticking point — using on-duty staff from neighboring communities to serve as backup if an ambulance is dispatched, but leaving those ambulances where they are unless needed — appears to have been resolved, according to the Register.

The new pact would have the county pay Iola $1 million annually, up from the current $750,000. The county also will pay an additional $189,000 before the end of the year to cover half of a projected $378,000 budget shortfall facing Iola. The county is expected to vote on the agreement at its meeting next Tuesday. The city will vote that night.

Sonic Equipment Honored

Growth, and recognition for an Iola-based business. Sonic Equipment, which builds and supplies theaters and cinemas across the country, was recently honored as Vendor of the Year by the North American Theater Owners organization, the largest such trade organization in the world, representing roughly 32,000 movie screens in all 50 states and 81 countries worldwide. Sonic had 26 employees when it moved to its new plant along Miller Road in 2007. Now, it has more than 50. And its customer base has grown to 36 states, according to the Register.

Fire Safety Week

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, area fire departments are joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

Plummer Road Update

Representatives of KDOT, Neosho County, USD 413 and the City of Chanute have come to agreement that the responsibility for upgrading Plummer Road south of Chanute will belong to the city and county and will not need approval from KDOT. Between the lack of a shoulder and the fact that students headed to Chanute High School use the ditch to walk to school, the entities agree work is needed to improve safety along Plummer.

Crash Kills Chanute Woman

A Chanute woman is dead following a two-vehicle crash north of Erie this weekend. Troopers say Sharon Rice was eastbound on 160th Road at US 59 Saturday morning about a quarter of eight and did not yield to a southbound Buick Rendezvous driven by Sonya Jo Ford of Erie. The van and Rice’s Ford Focus collided in the intersection. Rice died at the scene, while Ford and her children, 13-year old Gabrielle and 10-year old Wyatt, were injured in the crash. Sonja and Gabrielle Ford were taken to Labette County Health in Parsons, while Wyatt Ford was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.