Archives for August 2010

Resurfacing Work Set for K-3, K-47

K-DOT will start work on MOnday on two projectes that will cause delays in the area. Resurfacing projects start Monday on K-3 in Crawford and Bourbon counties, and K-47 in Neosho and Crawford counties. The K-3 will be from the K-47 junction for 14½ miles to end at the east K-3/K-39 junction. The K-47 project runs from St. Paul east for 24½ miles to the U.S. 69 junction. Several locations along K-47 will be milled prior to resurfacing.

Two Hurt in Woodson COunty Crash

Two people were taken to the hospital for evaluation of possible injuries following a wreck yesterday evening in Woodson County. Highway Patrol Crash reports indicate the wreck happened just after 5:30pm on US 75 north of Yates Center. Both vehicles were northbound, troopers say, and the lead vehicle had pulled over onto the shoulder to make a U-turn. But the driver, D.R. Harvey from Colorado Springs, apparently didn’t see the following pickup, driven by Heather Walker of Chanute. He turned in front of her. Both were alone in their vehicle.

Iola Jobs Forum Attended by 40

About 40 people attended an hour-long job creation forum Thursday night at the Iola High School lecture hall. The session was moderated my Iola mayor Bill Maness and kicked off by U.S. Representative Lynn Jenkins, who let those in attendance know about the effort that had been put in prior to the public forum.

That earlier meeting was attended by U.S. Representative Jerry Moran and staff members of Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback. Also there was Bruce Tweedy, the executive vice president of a company called Concept Analysis and Integration, a company possibly looking to locate some jobs in Iola. He needed a little help unlocking some federal funding mechanisms and, according to Jenkins, he was going to get it.

Other participants talked about a variety of efforts already underway to recruit a company to fill the void left by the departure of Haldex, and future efforts that may be undertaken.

Jobs Creation Forum Tonight

Area leaders will be holding a job creation forum this evening in Iola. City, state and federal officials will meet at 5:30pm in the Iola High School lecture hall to discuss with business leaders and the community at large ways to encourage the development of businesses and the creation of jobs in our area. Representatives from the Department of Commerce, Senators Brownback and Roberts, 1st District Congressman Jerry Moran, along with USDA and the Commerce Department will be there. They will be joined by 2nd District Representative Lynn Jenkins, State Senator Derek Schmidt, State Representative Bill Otto, and local educational and business leaders. Organizers are actively encouraging public attendance at the meeting. Again, it’s at 5:30 at the Iola High School lecture hall.

Tuesday Crash Injures One

A two-vehicle crash just outside Garnett yesterday has resulted in injuries one of the drivers. Kansas Highway Patrol reports indicate the wreck happened about 11:45 yesterday morning on US-59 at milepost 107 near Garnett. A 2005 Chevy Suburban was being driven south by David Weirich of Garnett. He was following a 2004 Kia Optima driven by Deborah Manuel-Cathcard of Richmond. She tried to turn left, coming to a stop, and troopers say Weirich rear-ended her car. She was taken to the hospital with apparently serious injuries. He was unhurt. Troopers say both were alone in their vehicles.

Two Die in K-39 Crash Thursday

Two people are dead following a crash yesterday in Neosho County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports indicate 75-year old Bobby Ledford and 67-year old Sharon Ledford, both of Walnut, died at the scene of the crash, which was reported at about 11:40 am yesterday on K-39 about 2 miles east of Chanute. Troopers say Mr. Ledford was driving eastbound on K-39 and crossed into the oncoming lane. The car ran onto the north shoulder and struck the bridge guard rail, continued into the ditch and rolled. An autopsy will determine whether he had a medical problem that may have caused the crash. Mrs. Ledford’s seat belt was not on correctly, according to the report; it is unclear if she was trying to get the back under control.

Fatal Wreck Tuesday in Chanute

A Chanute man is dead after a crash yesterday near the K-39 and US-169 intersection. Highway Patrol troopers says 86-year old Edwin Bideau was pronounced dead at Neosho Memorial Medical Center following the crash, which happened yesterday afternoon. According to the crash report, Bideau was southbound on Plummer and ran the stop sign at Cherry Street. That put him in the path of a westbound pickup driven by James McCaffrey of Pierce City, Missouri. The pickup rolled onto its side, injuring McCaffrey. He was also taken to Neosho Memorial with apparently minor injuries. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

What It Costs for County Government

More details today on a story we first told you about yesterday — the comparison done recently by the Kansas Policy Institute between Kansas counties and what they spend on various functions. Here are some examples from around the state:

Rooks County, spends $259.37 per-resident on county commissioners while four other counties (Barber, Republic, Stevens and Phillips) with about the same population only average $13.14. The appraiser costs $45.64 per-resident in Coffey County, but Clay, Doniphan, Grant, Kingman and Thomas only average $26.64. Some residents might demand a higher level of service that is more expensive and how counties keep their books could also be a factor.

Some of the costs are affected by other considerations explained in the study (available at, but the potential savings to taxpayers is in the hundreds of millions. Local tax collections increased 80 percent over the last 10 years, and the tax burden is costing jobs and prompting some people to leave Kansas.

HFC Advises Commission to Choose New ACH

The decision wasn’t much of a surprise, probably, what with the recommendations of financial and facilities consultants both pointing toward a new Allen County Hospital at a new location being the wisest investment for the community, but it still took a few minutes’ huddle before the Hospital Facilities Commission unanimously recommended to county commissioners that they vote to build a new hospital on another site. The actual decision by Commissioners won’t happen till tomorrow, but from all indications it appears the commission will follow the chorus of recommendations.

Schmidt, O’Neal to File Brief Supporting Arizona Immigration Law

Two senior Republicans in the Kansas legislature will file a legal brief asking a federal appeals court to uphold Arizona’s authority to fight illegal immigration and enforce law-and-order within its borders. Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, and House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, said they will file a friend-of-the-court brief asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a district court’s injunction and allow the Arizona state law to enter into force.

They will file their brief with the San Francisco-based court in their capacities as individual members of the Kansas legislature.