Standardized test scores have long been used as a yardstick for holding public schools accountable for the funds they receive. But after a Kansas Supreme Court ruling Friday in a school finance lawsuit, test scores may also become the standard for holding the Kansas Legislature accountable for providing suitable funding for public schools. Statehouse leaders also say a legislative fix to inequities in school funding could negate proposals to increase funding to higher education and all-day kindergarten.
The Prairie Spirit Trail will be enjoying its 18th birthday with a Trail Celebration on March 26th in Garnett, . The event is hosted by the Friends of the Prairie Spirit Trail, and helps to raise funds for trail enhancement projects. The event will begin with a silent auction at 6pm, followed by a buffet meal at 6:30pm. Guest speakers will give updates on trail projects and upcoming Friends activities. Tickets are on sale at Garnett City Hall for $10. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
The following weekend, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will be hosting a statewide open house event at all state parks in Kansas on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Prairie Spirit Trail State Park will be joining in on the fun, with free access to the entire 52-mile trail. (Prices are normally $3.50 per day, or $12.15 for an annual pass.)
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office will host a Concealed Carry Handgun class on March 22nd from 8:00A.M. – 5:00P.M. If you are interested in attending, please contact Deputy Anthony Maness at 365-1400 Classes will be held at the Allen County Courthouse on the Lower Level
How many times a day is an ambulance making a call somewhere in Allen County? For the first two months of this year, the answer is: about 6 times. In the 59 days since Allen County and Iola merged their ambulance service, Terry Call says ambulances have been dispatched 365 times from Iola, Humboldt and Moran. Of those runs, 162 involved advanced life support, 93 basic life support, 13 non-emergency and 97 were “dry” runs, or ones where a patient was not transported. Those calls typically have crew members doing such things as lift assists or helping a home-bound patient with oxygen regulation. Call told county commissioners billings were about $271-thousand and that over $77-thousand of that had been collected. Total collections were $112,000, which included payments from bills sent in late 2013.
Do you remember that botched bank robbery attempt last year in Kincaid, where the locked front door of the bank kept a robber from completing his plan? There are a few more twists to the case, which has resulted in a Carthage, Missouri man being sentenced to not quite 20 years in the federal pan. Daniel Lee Waddell is the man who walked up to Citizens State Bank only to find the doors locked. Turns out Waddell was on a track to be the least-successful bank robber ever: He’d tried to rob a bank in Langan, Missouri in 2012, only to have the employees duck behind a bulletproof barrier and call the police. Here’ s the final twist: Waddell told investigators he obtained the guns used in the bank robberies while helping with the tornado cleanup in Joplin.
Let’s reconsider, say officials of Monarch Cement about their proposed quarry northeast of Humboldt. County officials say in the wake of that long hearing last week where homeowners convinced the Planning Board to turn down a conditional use permit Monarch needed in order to legally move heavy equipment onto the 200-acre property. County officials say Monarch’s attorney called Tuesday and said the company was pulling that conditional use request. Monarch may file a revised application later.
Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning. Fire department officials throughout the area recommend that as we prepare to “spring ahead” one hour, we should test our smoke alarms and change the batteries. The recommendation has always been to replace batteries twice a year, and even though the spring-forward/fall-back cycle isn’t an even six months like it was years ago, it’s a convenient hook to remember to do this important task.
Moran residents will have a new storm shelter soon — but it’s not clear if it will be ready for the first storms of the season. Moran council members voted unanimously Monday night to install a second community storm shelter in the city park. The shelter will be rated to hold 40 people, the same size as one in the downtown area, just south of the library. Council members have set aside $33,000 for the project, but aren’t sure who will build it or how much it will cost.
The impact of J-D Lester’s time as Chanute City Manager is still being felt in local politics…as new City Manager Luke Lewis has fired Rebecca Wood, the city’s Chief Financial Officer. Wood has admitted she and Lester have been seeing each other for some time, Wood tells the Chanute Tribune she has been straightforward with Lewis about that relationship, but she believes he felt that it should also have been disclosed to the commission and public. Because of that, Wood says, Lewis lost trust in her and fired her yesterday. Lewis was not available for comment, says the paper.
KDOT expects to resume work on the U.S.54 concrete preservation project along the four-lane section between Iola and LaHarpe next Monday. The project, which began last July, has been shut down over the winter months. Both east- and westbound traffic will again be restricted to one lane throughout construction, with the speed limit reduced from Iola to LaHarpe. Access will be closed to side roads at various times for the duration of the project. The entire project should be completed by the end of November.