Allen County commissioners will decide Aug. 5 whether to shore up Iola’s ambulance service finances. The Register reports Commissioner Tom Williams proposed this week transferring $136,000 to the city, with promise of another $53,000 if the city’s ambulance fund doesn’t recover from a projected $378,000 shortfall. A caveat of the county’s funding assistance will be that if Iola were to default on ambulance service and return it to county control, the money provided to help alleviate the shortfall would have to be returned to the county. Williams said he hoped the county’s possible change of heart would help city officials figure their 2015 budget.
Two southeast Kansas schools are among nine statewide honored by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate, was earned by 38 Kansas agriculture education students this year. Each certificate awarded earns the school $1,000, distributed by the Kansas Department of Education. Schools receiving funds included Centre, Girard, Holton, Hugoton, Labette County, Marion-Florence, Riverton, Washington County and Winfield. The Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate recognizes agriculture education students who demonstrate excellence and a well-rounded experience by meeting the requirements of all three parts of the agriculture education model.
National Weather Service forecasters have placed the entire eastern half of Kansas under a heat advisory today. The feel-slike temperature could soar as high as 112 in parts of Kansas today, and officials are strongly cautioning us to stay indoors during the heat of the day. Don’t forget to increase your water intake by quite a bit when it’s this hot — and no, tea and sodas don’t count.
If you ever have a need to know CPR, would you think it will be at home or out somewhere? On a family member or on a stranger? You may be surprised. According the American Heart Association, an overwhelming majority of cardiac arrests — 88 percent — happen at home. Eric Lawrence, an Iola firefighter/EMT, says when he teaches CPR he tells the students they are more likely to have to use the skill on someone they know than a stranger. If someone’s heart stops beating, brain damage can occur within minutes, according to the National Institutes of Health. Organized public classes aren’t taught routinely here, according to the Register, but classes can be arranged if demand warrants. Lawrence says CPR plays a role in as many as one or two emergency calls a month in Allen county.
A seven-year old Wichita boy was injured yesterday in a crash east of Burlington. Highway Patrol troopers say Tucker Noonan was taken to Coffey County Hospital after his father, 34-year old James Noonan, tried to make a turn in his semi on 11th Road and went left of center, rolling the truck and trailer onto the driver’s side. It happened last night about 7:45pm. Only Tucker Noonan was taken to the hospital, his dad and two siblings in the semi at the time of the crash were not hurt.
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all types to help prevent a blood shortage. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion, and every day the Red Cross must collect 15,000 donations to meet the needs of patients. Over the past 11 week, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 8 percent, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming week
Federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies’ contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard. Sharon Watson, the spokeswoman for the adjutant general’s office, confirmed the investigation to The Lawrence Journal-World on Friday. Wastson says the office was “made aware of concerns of inappropriate conduct related to our medical contracts and we have referred the matter to federal authorities for further investigation.” The newspaper reports allegations have surfaced that a captain in the Guard’s Medical Detachment received gifts from Dentrust, a Pennsylvania company that performs dental screenings and treatment for Guard soldiers.
Registered voters can begin voting in the upcoming primary this morning. County Clerks across the state are ready to take advanced ballot requests. The last day to advance vote in the clerk’s office is Aug. 4 at noon, the day before the Aug. 5 election. Photo identification is required. You can also request to advance vote by mail. Requests to receive a vote by mail must be in writing. Ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office by Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. No written requests will be accepted after Aug. 1. Advanced ballots will not be accepted at polling places.
A Neodesha daycare was shut down after the owner allegedly tried to hide three of the kids staying there from state inspectors. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an Emergency Order of Suspension for Granny’s Daycare, operated by Teri Escobedo, on Thursday. Officials say the licenses was suspended following a compliance survey on Wednesday. When the state inspector showed up, Escobedo had three school age children she was watching hide behind a shed, then told them to leave the premises. She allegedly lied to the surveyors by indicating the children were not in her care.
Anderson County Hospital has earned Level IV Trauma Center designation by the state of Kansas. Level IV trauma centers are rural hospitals whose primary role is to stabilize seriously injured patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a higher level trauma center. Hospitals that have achieved Level IV trauma center designation have demonstrated a commitment to providing optimal care for those who have been seriously injured. Designated trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma.