Fredonia Man Hurt in Monday Crash

A Fredonia man was injured yesterday when he lost control on a county road northeast of his home town. Troopers say 22-year old Logan Vaughn was eastbound on county road 1400 shortly after 10:30am when he lost control, dropping off the right side of the road. In his effort to regain control, Vaughn crossed the road and went off into the north ditch and hit a tree. He was taken by ambulance to Fredonia Hospital. Troopers say he was not wearing a seat belt.

US 54 Project Near Yates Center Delayed to March 9th

Another weather-releated delay….as the weekend storm forced a contractor which was scheduled to start a bridge replacement project outside of Yates Center to delay the start by a week. K-DOT announced the delay yesterday, saying it means U.S. 54 will remain open east of Yates Center until next Monday. The railroad overpass east of Yates Center is scheduled to be replaces over this construction season, with completino scheduled for the fall.

Chanute Boy Dies in Snow-Related Crash Near Welda

A five-year old Chanute boy is dead after the SUV he was riding in wrecked in the snow Saturday in Anderson county. Troopers say Drake Walls was pronounced dead at Anderson County Hospital following the wreck, which happened on Highway 169 near Welda Saturday afternoon.

52-year old Judith Wright of Chanute was driving the Nissan Murano northbound when she lost control in the snow and slid across the southbound lane, where the SUV was hit by a semi. Wright and her passenger, 25-year old Hailey Wright, were also taken to the hospital.

The truck driver was not injured.

Lebo Man Hits Plow Truck

Weather is also blamed for a wreck in Coffey County Saturday. Todd Barker of Lebo was southbound on I-35 near the K-31 interchange when he rear-ended a KDOT plow truck. He was taken to Coffey County hospital according to troopers, along with 17-year old Thane Barker. The plow truck driver, Max Efinger of Waverly, was not hurt.

Commissioenrs Eye Demolishing Old Hospital

The thing about an old hosital is, you can’t use it for a whole lot of anything else. Allen County commissioners briefly discussed what may become of the older Allen County Hospital this week, after asking County Counselor Alan Weber last week to obtain bids for razing the structure.

The commission is interested in pressing in that direction. The Register reports a handful of developers have looked at the structure with no results. Commissioner Jerry Daniels says there is a possibility removal of the 60-year-old building might be done in some degree for reclamation rights, which could significantly reduce cost of its removal. He said a clean site might be more encouraging for development, being adjacent to U.S. 54.

ACRH CEO Ron Baker to Retire

The CEO of Allen County Regional Hospital is retiring. Ron Baker, who is completing his 37th year in healthcare, will retire effective this Spring or early Summer, at a time that will ensure a smooth transition.

Allen County Regional Hospital, the community’s premier healthcare resource, has a management agreement with HCA Midwest Health—the region’s leading healthcare provider—allowing access to HCA’s robust network of resources, while remaining locally owned.

Baker, who has more than 15 years experience in the start-up and operation of rural healthcare facilities, including Critical Access Hospitals, has led Allen County Regional Hospital since 2012, including the opening of the new facility in Fall 2013.

The Allen County Regional Hospital Board will commence a search for Baker’s replacement.

Chanute Football Coach to Take Over Spring Hill Program

A 17-year football coach who has served two southeast Kansas schools will lead the will head the Spring Hill High School football team next year. As head coach, Jason Feeback is tasked with continuing to grow the school’s program, including encouraging participation, overseeing the weights and conditioning program, and also building community support for the football program. Feeback was previously the head coach for the Chanute High School football program. Prior to his position as Chanute’s head coach, he was an assistant football coach and offensive line coach for the program. He also gained coaching experience at Humboldt High School and other places.

Five Hurt in Humboldt-Area Crash

A crash yesterday afternoon south of Humboldt sent
people to the hospital. Highway Patrol troopers say 55-year old Carl Taylor of Humboldt was northbound on 1200th Street two miles south of Humboldt in a 1995 Ford minivan about 3pm yesterday when he rear-ended a Monte Carlo driven by 63-year old Gary Ludlum of Moran. Both vehicles rolled and ended up in the east ditch.

Taylor was taken by ambulance to Allen County Regional Hospital and later airlifted to Wichita. All four occupants of the Ludlum vehicle were listed with injures, but troopers did not indicate what facility they were transported to. The two young children were both in car safety seats at the time of the crash.

Bridge Replacement to Close US 54 in Woodson County

Bridge replacement work just east of Yates Center will close highway 54 for the next seven months. A KDOT contractor will start the 4.2 million dollar project Monday. The bridge is over the Union Pacific Railroad 1½ miles east of Yates Center. KDOT will replace the existing bridge with a weathered steel span bridge, and raise the grade of the bridge and approach ramps.

The highway will be closed from Monday through mid-October, barring weather delays. The marked detour route for eastbound traffic is south out of Yates Center on US-75, east on K-39 to Chanutre, and back north on Highway 169 to Iola. Westbound traffic: same thing, only in reverse order.

NMRMC to Issue Bonds, Build Surgery Center

Neosho county leaders have agreed to issue bonds to build a surgery center. The current operating rooms are half the size they should be, says NMRMC CEO Dennis Franks, and are designed for longer inpatient surgeries rather than today’s more-common outpatient surgery. The Hospital’s Board of Trustees had already approved the $12.25 million hospital revenue bonds issue, and Franks asked and received county commissioners’ blessing Friday.