Archives for November 2009

Changed Phone #? Remember to Tell the School

It won’t be too many more days before that time kids look forward to and parents dread — winter weather that keeps school from being held. This year, in addition to hearing about the school closing on the radio, parents in the Iola district will receive a phone call notifying them of the closure. Superintendent Craig Neuenswander says the district also works with the county’s phone number database, but it is best when parents keep the district up to date on number changes:

Notifications can come the evening before or the morning of a canceled school day, depending on the situation.

Iola Police Officer Opening Posted Folloing Lt’s Firing This Week

The City of Iola has posted the opening in the police department created by the surprise firing of a longtime offer this week. The opening appeared today on the city’s website. It became available Tuesday night when the city commission, following an executive session, fired Lt. Brian Donovan. The firing, according to city officials, is the result of an internal investigation. They are withholding additional details under the personnel privacy provisions of state law.

ACARF Annual Meeting is Next Wednesday

The Allen County Animal Rescue Foundation will soon hold its annual meeeting, where the organization elects its officers and board members. The meeting is one week from tonight at 7pm at the shelter building on Highway 54. Members of the organizaiton have supported the vision and development of establishing an animal shelter for several years. That vision will soon become a reality — accoridng to the group’s web site, perhaps by Christmas. Call Jeri Ornelas-Jones at 380-1788 or Hazel Jones at 365-7210 for more information.

Iola Schools’ Instructional Coaches

The Iola school district is in its first year of a new program that provides additional instructional support to elementary teachers. Superintendent Craig Neuenswander explains:

The superintendent’s comments came during his weekly appearance on the radio yesterday morning.

China Travel in Iola Teacher’s Future

An Iola teacher will soon travel to China. Superintendent Craig Neuenswander explains:

Three to be Honored for Service to Iola

Three city of Iola employees will receive 10-year service awards during tomorrow night’s City Commission meeting. They are members of diverse departments — two emergency service workers and one in the code enforcement field. The agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting lists Eric B’Hymer, a firefighter, Eric Lawrence, a police officer, and Jeff Bauer, a code service officer, as recipeints of awards and the thanks of the commission for ten years in service to the community.

Fort Scott HS to Perform :Crazy for You"

If you’re looking for some musical entertainment, a short drive to Fotr Scott may be in order this week. Fort Scott high School is presenting the musical “Crazy for You” tomorrow night and Thursday through Saturday evenings. The Broadway musical “Crazy for You” won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1992. It’s the story of Bobby Child, who longs to leave his boring life as a 1930s New York City banker for a career in the theater. When he is sent to Nevada to foreclose on a rundown theater, he falls in love with Polly, the daughter of the building’s owner. With the help of some friends from Zangler’s Follies, Child decides to try to save the old theater instead. In the end, the town is reinvigorated, the theater is saved and Child finds love. Seating is limited, contact Fort Scott High School for ticket information.

Toland Named Advocacy Fellow

An Iola resident is among the 2010 class of Advocacy Fellows for the Sunflower Foundation. David Toland of Thrive Allen County is one of a class of 15 nonprofit leaders from across the state who will learn how to become effective public policy advocates for their organizations and the people they serve. The Advocacy Fellowship class is part of the foundation’s non-partisan advocacy initiative, which is designed to provide education and training opportunities for nonprofit leaders. The goal is to bring the perspective of the nonprofit world to public policy. Toland and the others will participate in several sessions next year that include a visit to Washington, DC.

New Subdivision, Rental Homes, Ready for First Resident

The Iola code enforcement department has given its okay for the first resident to move in to the community’s newest addition. Certification came Thursday for the first of 30 rental homes in the new Cedarbrook Second Addition. The first resident should move into the River Valley Homes complex this week. River Valley is an income-indexed property for low- to moderate-income renters. As first residents move in, construction will continue at high gear on the remaining 26 homes. City officials are still holding out hope that the developer will build some homes for sale at market prices, as well.

Great Iola Sewer Smoke-Out Set Soon

Watch soon for smoke coming from the ground in downtown Iola. A contractor for the city will be watching too, as they try to smoke-out — literally — any leaks in the sewer system underneath downtown. It’s the first step in a substantial improvement project to be paid for with more than 3-quarters of a million dollars in grant money. Part of the grant was announced this week, and the city has had another EPA earmark it’s been holding onto since last year. Put that with another 3-quarters of a million in city reserves, and you have the money to fund a major project. But the real scope isn’t know net, officials say. Hence the need for the great Sewer Smoke-out. The goal is to get the system sealed so that storm water runoff doesn’t fill the sewage lagoons. Because where water can get in, untreated sewage can get out.