A neat exhibit in Moran, in spite of its somber meaning. A Photo display at the Moran American Legion includes several area men who died while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The display, put together by a Nebraska couple, is called “Remembering the Fallen.” You can see it between 7 in the morning and 7 at night through Sunday. The area men included in the exhibit are Ryan Jackman of Moran; Spc. John Wood, who had ties to Moran and Humboldt; Sgt. Michael Speer of Redfield; Cpl. Richard Bennett of Girard; Cpl. Daniel Cox of Parsons; Spc. David Hall from Uniontown; Spc. Joseph Lister of Pleasanton; and Sgt. Jeffrey Mersman from Parker.
At least two Allen County residents received calls yesterday from scammers claiming to be attempting to deliver a large cash prize. It was a pretty extensive attempt to separate her from her money, Kathleen Wood tells the Chaute Tribune. Wood says she spoke to several people on the phone, including people claiming to be representatives of Publisher’s Clearing House, a U.S. Government department and Lloyds Bank of London. But the bottom line was like so many other scam calls: they claimed she had won a big prize, but she had to send money to claim it — money that would supposedly be refunded. The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said late yesterday at least one other person had called them about the same scam.
The program that provides vouchers to help lower-income southeast Kansas residents get into reliable housing is currently accepting applications, but the window for submitting one is closing soon. The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program will close the waiting list for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program on September 30th. All eligible, complete applications received prior to the deadline will be reviewed and added to the waitlist.
The program helps qualifying individuals and families with rental subsidies, based on household income. Allen county and all the bordering counties are part of the service area for the agency. If you need an apllicaiton or would just like to find out more, call (620) 724-8204.
An open house is planned next month for the two new science labs being completed at Neosho County Community College. The $632-thousand dollar project came in $27,500 over budget because of unanticipated issues with airflow and above-ceiling clearance. Trustees approved the final change order last week, giving the contractor the go-ahead to make those changes. A grant funded about a quarter of the work; the rest of the money came from the college general fund, specifically from fund paid by out-of-county students who attend NCCC. Board members will host an open house on October 9th before the regular board meeting to show off the labs and work done to the college library.
It turns out Allen County isn’t the only place in southeast Kansas dealing with a revenue shortfall in the county wide ambulance service. Neosho County’s also seeing revenue issues with its EMS, which is run through Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center. The revenue shortfall for the service is running about 400-thousand dollars — comparable with the projected shortfall in the City of Iola-run service. One of the Chanute ambulance crews is being cut to help keep the service within budget. Allen county is served with crews in Iola, Humboldt and Moran. A one-quarter penny sales tax is being considered to fund the Neosho county shortfall.
Allen county has a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. Emily Boyd, who is a senior at Marmaton Valley is one of three semifinalists from southeast Kansas. If she becomes a finalist, she tells the Register her scholarship earnings for next year and beyond will essentially double. Emily is the daughter of Mark and Patti Boyd. She plans on attending the University of Kansas next fall. She has yet to decide a major. Her PSAT score ranked her in the top 1 percent of all students taking the test.
The 104th annual Kincaid Free Fair unfolds today and tomorrow. The event has been heralded as being as close to a world’s fair as any small town in the nation could have.The Register reports Kincaid’s population is expected to swell from 122 to a couple of thousand. Absent from this year’s fair will be Randal Beckman, longtime parade announcer. Beckman and his son, Nathan, were injured in a truck wreck in the Blue Mound area last Friday. Exhibits will be judged today, with bingo taking center stage that evening, along with a pie baking contest and auction. Saturday activities start bright and early with registration at 7 a.m. for the 8 o’clock 2.5K walk and 5K run. Much more happens throughout the day.
Coming up next month the Southeast Kansas Down Syndrome Society is sponsoring a shoe giveaway at the Chanute Recreation Center. The Tribune says the giveaway will be open to children K-12 from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 12. The society is seeking donations of new and gently used tennis shoes and boots. There is a drop box set up at the Chanute Recreation Center, 400 S. Highland. Shoes should be dropped off before Oct. 10. For more information, contact Small at (620) 432-1461 or SEK Down Syndrome Society (620) 212-5166.
Iola Mayor Joel Wicoff and City Attorney Robert Johns have been tapped to be the negotiating team when the city and county meet to talk once again about the EMS contract. The city council voted this week to move ahed with negotiations, based on the understanding the county has agreed to up its contribution to EMS to $1-million dollars a year and chip in $189-thousand this year to help the city resolve a $377-thousand dollar shortfall expected at the end of this year.
A group of Humboldt residents is working to have some board of education members recalled. The recall petition accuses board members of lack of oversight, failure to require accountability from administrators, failure to follow proper contract procedure including solicitation of proper bids, proper contract negotiation and execution and adherence to mandatory terms of contracts. More seriously, the statement accuses board members of using school funds for personal gain, specifically in utilizing school funds for personal trips that fell outside of board member duties. Before the petition can be circulated it must be approved by the elections board and Allen County Attorney Wade Bowie.