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.
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.
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.
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.
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.