One Hurt in Wilson County Crash

A weather-related accident south of Yates Center last night injured a Columbus teen. Highway patrol troopers say 18-year old Chance Hunley was southbound on US 75 about five miles south of Yates Center last night around 6, and lost control on the slick road. His 2006 Ford Ranger rolled, but came to rest on its wheels in the south-bound lane. He was alone in the pickup. Hunley was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Gas Lines Need Replaced — Guess Who Will Pay?

Regulators and the natural gas industry agree, Kansas utilities need to replace aging gas infrastructure. But how it will be paid for is an open question. Unlike unregulated businesses which set aside a portion of their revenue to replace infrastructure as it ages, the natural gas rates you pay don’t include that sort of cost. So the question discussed yesterday by the KCC Staff, a representative of the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, and folks from the state’s three largest natural gas utilities is this: just how are they going to make you pay more to replace their infrastructure? Options discussed included through a line-item surcharge or simply rolling it into the next rate decision for a company.

About 23 percent of the gas distribution lines under Kansas were made with cast iron or uncoated steel. While those aren’t an imminent danger, they are more prone to break as they age than are pipes made with modern materials.

Semi Plows into Pickups after Driver has a Medical Problem

Highway Patrol troopers say an accident in Thayer Friday was caused by the driver suffering a medical problem. The nearly-new semi truck that crashed on Highway 169 about 10:15 Friday morning was driven by 56-year old David Ryan of Locust Grove Oklahoma. He was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, listed by troopers with disabling injuries. According to an online report Ryan was traveling through town and his medical condition caused him to cross the road and hit a pickup parked in front of the city offices, then to travel north across Neosho Street and striking another pickup. Neither of the pickups was occupied.

Colony Man Hurt in Fiery Crash

A Colony man was injured in a crash yesterday in Noesho county. Highway Patrol reports indicate 56-year old Jack Haverty was taken to the hospital in Chanute following the crash yesterday afternoon, which happened when he lost control of his pickup on Harper Road about 3 miles north and east of Chanute. He was southbound, according to troopers, who say haverty crossed into the ditch off the east side of the road, struck a tree and caught fire. He was the only one in the truck.

Fatality Crash in Neosho County

A Parsons man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Neosho County Wednesday. Highway Patrol troopers say James Merrill was southbound on Highway 59 a mile and a half north of Parsons when he lost control, going left of center and driving on the shoulder of the northbound lane. He over corrected, driving the Nissan Quest across both lanes and into the ditch on the west side of the road, rolling the SUV several times and throwing him out of it in the process. Troopers say Merrill was not wearing a seat belt. He died at the scene.

Suveryors to Work in Anderson County Starting Monday

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.

Injury Crash Friday

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.

Public Help Sought in Last Weekend’s Hit-and-Run Crash

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.

Allen County Election Results

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 GOP Embarks on “

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.