Archives for January 2011

With a Bad Winter Storm, Simply Check On Your Neighbor

The best response to this winter storm, according to Pamela Beasley with Allen County Emergency management is simply to not go out. An emergency shelter will be opened if it is needed, but in the meantime, Beasley suggests… just check on your neighbor.

If the power does go out and you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Use Caution With Alternative Sources of Heat

The winter storm outside brings the risk of power outages with it. Pamela Beasley with Allen County Emergency Management warns, if the power goes out, use extra caution with alternative heat.

An emergency shelter will be opened if the need arises, according to Beasley. She also says to simply check on your neighbors and relatives throughout the day and night.

In Case Of A Power Outage; Stick To The Plan

This round of winter weather can bring extra challenges such as power outages. In case of a power outage, Pamela Beasley with Allen County Emergency Management suggests sticking to the plan.

As the day goes on, Beasley also says you should simply check on your neighbors and make sure they are okay.

NWS: Winter Storm Warning Until 6am Wednesday

..MAJOR WINTER STORM EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT…

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INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SALINA…MCPHERSON…MARION…COTTONWOOD FALLS…NEWTON…EL DORADO…AUGUSTA…EUREKA…YATES CENTER…IOLA…WICHITA…WELLINGTON…WINFIELD…ARKANSAS CITY…HOWARD…FREDONIA…CHANUTE…ERIE…SEDAN…COFFEYVILLE…INDEPENDENCE…PARSONS

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING…AREAS OF FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING…ESPECIALLY FOR LOCATIONS NORTH OF HIGHWAY 400. A LULL IN ACTIVITY IS ANTICIPATED THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY THIS EVENING….HOWEVER SNOW WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…9 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW IS LIKELY ACROSS SOUTHEAST KANSAS THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES ARE FORECAST FOR THOSE PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS ALONG AND EAST OF I-135.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS…A GLAZE OF ICE IS EXPECTED THIS MORNING…ESPECIALLY FOR LOCATIONS NORTH OF HIGHWAY 400.

* WINDS…NORTH WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE BETWEEN 25 AND 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…THE FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL RESULT IN LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ON EXPOSED SURFACES AND UNTREATED ROADS THIS MORNING. HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL MAKE DRIVING DANGEROUS FROM TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. THE STRONG NORTH WINDS MAY RESULT IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT…ESPECIALLY OVER SOUTHEAST KANSAS…WITH NEAR ZERO
VISIBILITIES POSSIBLE. DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS OF 15 BELOW TO 20 BELOW ARE LIKELY BY TUESDAY NIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. YOU SHOULD MONITOR THIS SITUATION CLOSELY!

Allen County Votes To Refurbish Signs To Meet Federal Regulations

Counties have to have a plan in place or implemented regarding the reflectivity of signs by 2015 when new federal regulations are in place. Allen County Commissioners gave the okay to employees to try to find ways to refurbish the signs they have. Bill King, Director of Public Works for Allen County believes they can cut the cost in half.

King believes it will cost his employees around $12 to $13 per sign.

Domestic violence dispute leads to arrests

58-year old Harold Gay and 52-year old Kathy Alcorn-Gravatt have been arrested after an incident last night. Allen County Sheriff’s officers responded to reports of a domestic violence dispute at 1740 Texas Road, where Gay refused to let officers inside. He said he was armed and would shoot the deputies if they attempted to enter. After about an hour of negotiations, Gay agreed to surrender. He faces several charges, including aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and domestic battery. Alcorn-Gravatt was taken to the hospital for an examination, and charged with obstructing official duties. She’s also being held on a Lyon County warrant.

Students to be honored

Some local high students will be honored Monday Feb. 7th by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. They’ll be part of a group of 37 seniors from high schools in Allen, Bourbon and Woodson counties that will be named Kansas Honor Scholars. The dinner and program will be held at Iola High School. The Kansas Honors Program recognizes students who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes.

Hutchinson Bank Drive Through Robbed

The latest fad among bank robbers has come to Kansas: drive-thru bank robberies. it happened in Hutchinson just after a bank closed its lobby yesterday. Officers say a woman came through the drive-thru, displayed a small handgun and demanded money. No shots were fired and no one was hurt. It may be a copycat crime from someone who heard about a West Virginia man who successfully robbed five bank drive-ins there and in Maryland in a week stretch around Christmas.

Allen County Farmers Eligible for Disaster Aid

First came lots of rain, then lots of heat, followed by drought. Put all that together and you have last year’s weather, and for four Kansas counties, a federally-declared disaster. Governor Sam Brownback’s office says U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated four Kansas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Those counties are Coffey, Osage, Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties. Allen, Anderson and Woodson counties in our listening area, along with 10 other counties, are contiguous to the four disaster counties, so farmers will also be able to get help with losses incurred due to weather between last April and December.

Allen County Health Fair To Take Place As Part of Iola Chamber Expo

This weekend is the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. On Saturday, the Allen County Hospital will hold a Health Fair as part of the Expo.

Barbara Smith, Executive Assistant says the Health Fair will be held in the Little Theater of the Recreational Building from 8 to 11 AM. For more information on all of the events at the Expo, call 365-5252.