Archives for October 2010

Crash in Moran Injures One

A two-vehicle crash in Moran yesterday resulted in possible injuries to one person. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers report the collision happened about 8:15am at the Us 59/US 54 intersection when a 2010 Toyota driven by Scott Stevens of New Hampshire ran the stop sign and hit a 2008 GMC SUV driven by Linda Smith of Yates Center. Troopers say Smith was transported to Allen County Hospital for evaluation of potential injuries while Stevens was unhurt.

Erie Schools to Patricitpate in Statewide Anti-Bullying Initiative

Erie Elementary School is one of fifteen across the statio that will participate in a bullying prevention initiative being offered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE selected the Steps to Respect program, a comprehensive bullying prevention curriculum to implement in these schools. This research-based curriculum teaches 3rd – 6th grade students to recognize, refuse and report bullying and build friendship skills.

Rail IMprovements Coming to SEK Rail Tracks

The Kansas Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced it has received a $10.2 million federal grant to improve freight rail service. The department will use the money to bolster four projects affecting tracks in southeast Kansas. They include phase two of the Cherryvale train yard; repairing a fleet of nearly 40 locomotives; make improvements to the East-West track upgrades from Fredonia to Sherwin; improvements on track between Cherryvale and Humboldt; and repair to the bridge along the Tulsa-to-Cherryvale route.

Hospital Board to be Named Next Month

The naming of trusttes for the Allen County Hsopital board will wait until after the November election, if the results of the balloting are as they hope. A quarter-cent countywide sales tax to finance construction of a new Allen County Hospital is on the ballot. Each Commissioner has prepared a list of seven people, and those lists overlap in placed. Commissioner Dick Works tells the Register comparison was done informally minutes ahead of when commissioners convened their meeting. They may develop a master list, which likely will lead to interviews, at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Attorney General Debate – Complete Audio

Candidates for Kansas Attorney General, Senator Derek Schmidt (R) and Steve Six (D), debate at the Kansas Association of Braodcasters convention in Wichita October 19, 2010.

Saturday Wreck in Bourbon County not Found Till Sunday Evening

Two people died this weekend in a rollover crash in Bourbon county. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol online report, 28-year old Derek Kirkham of Nevada, MO, and 27-year old Jason Gardner of Richards, MO were found dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported by a passer-by just after 6 Sunday evening. Investigators have reconstructed the incident. Kansas Highway Patrol authorities say the crash occurred early Saturday morning when the vehicle drove off the roadway on Indian Road west of US 69, struck a concrete bridge, and overturned into a creek.

Linn County Wreck Injures Woman

One person was injured in a crash in Linn county at the start of the weekend. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers say the single-vehicle wreck happened Friday morning on K-7 in Linn county, about 7 miles south of Mound City. The driver, 77-year old Orie Wilson of Mound City, was headed south when her Buick LeSabre went off the road into the southbound ditch, struck several culverts, and came to rest still on its wheels in the ditch. Troopers say her injuries were relatively minor, and she was taken to the hospital in Fort Scott to be checked out.

Zoning Issue for Fredonia Food Pantry

Troubles for a Fredonia food pantry — or is it a transition house? That’s the decision First United Methodist Church leaders have to make, after their four-month effort to get a zoning ordinance waived to allow them to operate both ministries in the same building comes up with a non-answer from the zoning appeals board. Following three executive sessions in the same meeting last week, the board said the food pantry could reopen — it was closed after neighbor complaints about too much traffic — but that it had to meed zoning laws. And that’s left the state of the food pantry in limbo — because the ordinance says only one activity is allowed in the building.

Wreck Near Iola Monday Injures Three

Three people were hurt yesterday in a rear-end crash just north of Iola. Highway Patrol crash reports indicate the wreck happened about 7:35 last night, a mile and a half north of Iola at the intersection of US 169 and Oregon Road. Troopers say a 1998 Ford Pickup driven by Juanita Sinclair of Iola was stopped to make a left turn onto Oregon Road and was hit from behind by a 2008 Chevy pickup driven by 17-year old Drew Shepherd of Kincaid. He was not wearing a seat belt, while she was. Both were taken by ambulance to Allen County Hospital to be evaluated for possible injury, as was a passenger in the Sinclair pickup, Michael Tush of Iola.

Wreck Near Yates Center Injures Two

A crash caused by a cow resulted in injuries to two people Friday night near Yates Center. Kansas Highway Patrol reports indicate Keith Boone of Wichita was westbound on US 54 in a 2008 Kenworth semi truck, when he saw the cow in the road and was unable to avoid hitting it. His evasive maneuver caused him to lose control and go into the north ditch, coming to rest on the driver’s side. His trailer extended into the road, according to troopers, who say Jeffery Harber of Melbourne, Arkansas collided with it, rolling his 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser onto its top. Both men were taken to area hospitals to be checked out for apparently minor injuries. No word on what happened to the cow.