Blood Drive is Wednesday

Nearly 600 blood donors are needed every day of the week in the region that includes Iola, and today you have a chance to be part of meeting that demand. Community Blood Center’s spring blood drive is today in Iola, at what you probably know as the North Community Building. It runs from noon until 6pm. CBC tries to get here every eight to 12 weeks. You are welcome to walk in and donate. All you need is to be 16 years or older and weigh 115 pounds or more.

Heavy rain slow down spring planting

Heavy rain statewide this week have slowed spring planting because of wet soil.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports one percent of the soybeans and 23 percent of the corn in Kansas have now made it into the ground.

The agency says precipitation has fallen across the eastern two-thirds of the state, with heavier amounts in south-central Kansas.

Iola man involved in first spine surgery done in U.S.

An Iola man yesterday made medical history as the first American to receive a new implant that could make spinal fusion easier for patients.

Ray Shannon had pain down his legs for months from bone rubbing on bone.

Yesterday, though, Shannon had surgery at Blue Valley Hospital in Overland Park that included a device his neurosurgeon invented.

Harold Ness spent nine years working on Minuteman G3. Inserting it requires making an inch-long cut in someone’s side, and then using rods to spreadt the muscle and reach the spine.

He says bone product in this device touches bones, and it eventually solidifies.

Ness tells WDAF-TV that this operation works for people whose pain goes away by siting or leaning forward. He also calls it a good option for people not healthy enough for standard spinal fusion.

GOV, AG host crime victims rights conference in Wichita this week

The governor and the state attorney general host an event in Wichita on Thursday and Friday.

The 18th annual Crime Victims Rights Conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center.

Those attending include law enforcement, prosecutors, victims’ advocates, social service providers, health care professionals, and crime victims.

The conference allows anyone to learn about resources and support services.

The governor opens the conference Thursday morning, and the state attorney general presents annual awards at Friday’s luncheon.

Neosho County Crash Injures Two

A two-vehicle crash late Monday night sent both drivers to the hospital. Troopers say the wreck happened just before midnight on US-169 north of Thayer. 40-year old Douglas Holt of Cherryvale was southbound in a Ford F-150 pickup while 60-year old Stephen Bitting, from Blujacket Oklahoma, was northbound in a 2015 Chevy Spark. Troopers say the vehicles collided in the middle of the road. Both men were taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center; Bitting was later transferred to a Wichita hospital.

Crash in Wilson County Sunday Night Injures Three

A head-on crash last night on Highway 400 injured three people. Troopers say Sherill Powell of Eureka was westbound on Highway 400 about 8:15pm yesterday. Near the intersection with 1700 Road the Buick crossed the center line, running head-on into a 2001 Lexus driven by Jonelle Reinert of Cassoday. Both drivers were taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment while a passenger in the Lexus, Michael Hinnen of El Dorado, was taken to the hospital in Fredonia to be treated for possbile injuries.
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Winds cause damage and power outages in south central KS

Strong winds have blown through an area not that far west of here.

Local media have reported damage today in Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick and Butler counties.

The weather has taken down trees, damaged buildings, and cut off power to thousands of people.

No one has reported any deaths.

Storms Rock the Area Twice; Damage Reports Spotty

Severe weather rolled through our area last evening and early this morning. Two storm systems impacted southeast Kansas and adjacent areas of Missouri and Oklahoma. While it’ll be later today before we know the true extent of damage, tornado-warned storms had people in Montgomery, Labette and Cherokee counties scrambling for cover. Numerous spotters and storm chasers reported seeing tornadoes and funnels, but we have no damage reports in Kansas from the first round of storms. The second round, which rolled through our area about 2am, had reports including grapefruit size hail at Independence, with slightly smaller hail reported near Altamont.

Injury Crash South of Humboldt

A car-semi crash south of Humboldt yesterday caused serious injuries to two people in the car. Troopers say 72-year old Rose Stierwalt of Chanute was entering highway 169 northbound from the ramp to 1150 road and apparently did not see the semi, pulling into it from the ramp. He was taken to a Wichita hsopital while her passenger, Darlene Topman of Chanute, was taken to Labette Health. The semi driver was not hurt.

Veteran’s Cremains Among Itemes Stolen from Woodson Coutny Home

An odd, and distressing, theft from a Woodson county home has deputies asking for public help in the case. The residential burglary happened sometime between February 26th and March 4th, according to a release frrm the Sheriff’s office. Among the items taken was a black plastic container about 8 inches by 6 inches by 4 inches. That container is a temporary urn containing the ashes of a U.S Military Veteran. Detective Doug Smoot did not identify the veteran, but the sheriff’s office is asking for the person who took the ashes not to destroy them or the container, and to contact the sheriff’s office — anonymously if necessary, by calling CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Their goal at this point is just to have the person’s remains returned so they can be handled in accordance with his wishes.