Woman Hurt in Wilson County Crash

A crash yesterday morning in Wilson county injured an Altoona woman. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports Judy Allen was northbound on highway 75 a mile south of Altoona when a southbound pickup driven by Juaire (pro: Ju-air)Wyatt Neodesha hit her Dodge Dart head-on. The Dart caught fire after coming to a stop on the west shoulder of highway 75. Allen was taken to the hospital in Fredonia. Wyatt was not hurt. The wrech happened about 2:20am Sunday.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Allen County

An emergency landing Saturday at the Allen County Airport. According to a release from the sheriff’s department, the pilot had reported problems with the airplane’s hydraulic system and believed he would have to make a belly landing. That prompted response by sheriff’s deputies, the Fire/EMS department and the highway patrol.

But when deputies arrived at the airport the plane was already on the ground, apparently undamaged, and the pilot and a passenger were standing on the tarmac. The pilot had been able to manually lower the landing gear and lock it into place before landing without incident.

The hydraulic problem was only in the system that controlled the landing gear. Since the pilot was able to lower and lock the gear and there were no other threats to safety, he was able to fly to Joplin for repairs.

Parsons in Running for Multi-Modal Rail Facility

Parsons is one of the seven Kansas communities to be selected as finalists for a transload shipping center. Those facilities are created to move goods from one mode of transportation to another. The center that is planned will facilitate truck-to-rail and rail-to-truck transfers.

The Wichita Business Journal reports a KDOT team analyzed 111 proposals from around the state and is recommending seven finalists: Abilene; Concordia; El Dorado (The Refinery Road site); the U.S. 50 Industrial Park site in Garden City; Great Bend, Great Plains Industrial Park near Parsons; and Norton.

KDOT Secretary Mike King says the center will create jobs and lower shipping costs. The committee that will choose the locaiton will be made up of business leaders from around the state. They’re expected to make a site selection by the end of August.

Wreck Friday Near Wichita Kills Two Iolans

An accident near Wichita on Friday killed two Iola woman. The Kansas Highway Patrol identifies the two as 83-year old Irene Smith and 82-year old Rose Maddox. The pair was westbound in a Mercury Sable about 11:15 am Friday at the K-254 and Greenwich Road intersection. The driver turned left in front of an east bound semi hauling sand. Both women died at the scene.

Parish rosary for Rose Maddox will be recited at 7pm tomorro at St. John’s Catholic Church. Her funeral mass is at 10:30am Wednesday at the church, under the direction of Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel.

Visitation for Irene Smith is Friday from 5 until 7pm at Waugh-Yokum and Friskel Memorial Chapel. Her funeral service is Saturday at 1pm at Calvary United Methodist Church.

Thunderstorms Hit Iola, Area

Thunderstorms packed a punch through the area yesterday morning with numerous reports of downed trees and power lines. The damage may have been most evident at the Dollar General store in Iola which lost part of its roof, leaving a gaping hole near the back of the store. The store did reopen a few hours after the storm, although no one was allowed in the part that was damaged.

Crash Injures Two

A single-vehicle crash Saturday injured two members of a Pleasanton family. The crash happened about 10 till 8 in the evening on US-69 near Pleasanton, according to Highway Patrol reports. Troopers say Susan Brown was northbound in a 1997 Ford pickup when the right rear tire blew. She lost control of the truck, going into the median and rolling one and a half times coming to rest on the drivers side. She and her son, 14-year old Jacob, were taken by ambulance to Fort Scott for treatment. 1

Crash Inures Piqua Teen

A crash on a rural Woodson county road yesterday injured a Piqua man. Troopers say
19-year old Dalton Sicka was northbound on Willow Road about a mile and a half north of US 54 when the Grand Prix he was driving ran off the right side of the road. The car flipped several times, coming to rest on its wheels and ejecting him. Sicka was airlifted from the scene to a Wichita hospital.

Black Bear Spotted In SE KS

Kansas park officials say a black bear has been seen recently in southeast Kansas. David Jenkins, of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, says a black bear was spotted near the town of Weir on Saturday and on Sunday near Galena. He says it’s likely the same bear. Jenkins says black bears aren’t typically seen in Kansas, but their numbers have been growing in the Ozarks since Arkansas began a restoration effort 50 years ago.

One-Way Street Proposal Delayed for Two Weeks

No decision yet on whether Iola will change some streets around the middle school to one way. Last week, the council discussed a recommendation from the city adminstrator, who urged making East Street a westbound only street from First to Cottonwood. He also said it would be good to make Jackson Avenue one way eastbound between those roads.

The district is adding about 100 students to the middle school because of the attendance center shift, and the council wants to make traffic as safe as possible around the building. The decision was delayed to get public input, and Assistant City Administrator Corey Schinstock has reached out, asking that anyone who wishes to comment on the proposals call him at 345-4908 or email him, corey.schinstock@cityofiola.com

Wilson County Injury Crash

A collision about five miles north of Fredonia yesterday resulted in two people from Iowa being airlifted to Wichita. The wreck happened on K-39 at the Harper Road intersection just before 2pm. Troopers say 27-year old Tyler Schoonover of Fredonia was southbound in a 1998 Mack Truck and failed to yield to a westbound Ford Pickup driven by an Iowa man. The large truck hit the smaller one in the side, causing the pickup to slide and roll into the ditch on the far side of the corner. The Iowa man and his wife were airlifted from the scene; Schoonover was not hurt.