Archives for April 2011

Many turn out for Farmer’s Market

Last night was a great night to be out at the Iola Famer’s market. There was fresh food of course, and it was also family safety night and things like car seats were highlighted. Sixteen vendors have committed to being there every week this season. By the end of last season that number had gone up to 62. The Farmers Market is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings early in the season, and then stays open until 7:30 after Memorial Day. The market will run through Oct. 13.

Humboldt Street Work Set to Start Wednesday

K-DOT will start a reconstruction and resurfacing project on sections of three streets in Humboldt next Wednesday.

The street locations and construction activities on each:

· North 13th Street, from Bridge to Central, full removal and replacement of the asphalt surface, including new raised curbs;

· Bridge Street, from 9th to 13th, two-inch mill and 1½-inch resurfacing;

· Central Street, from 13th to 15th, 1½-inch mill and 1½-inch resurfacing.

Killough Construction of Ottawa will do the work. Flaggers will guide traffic through the work zones on Bridge and Central streets. The 13th Street section will be closed to all traffic during reconstruction. The entire project should be completed by early August.

Trail cleanup this weekend

If you notice next week that the Prairie Spirit Trail is crisp and clean, you can thank volunteers for that. About forty Thrive Allen County volunteers are scheduled to clean up the trail this Saturday, with the help of students in the Iola High Leadership Class. They’ll target one mile of the 51-mile trail that runs from Ottawa to Iola, along the former bed of the Santa Fe Railroad.

City Council may move meetings to Courthouse

Now that Iola has an eight member city council, City Hall is a little cramped, and the meetings may move to the courthouse. The group needs room for support personnel and an audience, The first city council meeting was held at the community building in Riverside Park last week. Five council members would have to vote yes to move the meetings, and they would have to make sure the courthouse schedule is clear on the first and third Monday of every month.

Commissioners approve road work

Allen County commissioners have accepted the bids for two road projects in the Humboldt area. The county will spend almost $120,000 to improve 4,000 feet of Delaware Road, or Tank Farm Road, just southeast of Humboldt. Heavy cement trucks have taken their toll on that road. Another $183,00 will pay for repairs on two and a half miles on old U.S. 169. Commissioners did reject a third bid for more asphalt work because of the cost. That one would have had them shelling out $414 thousand dollars, and they decided to hold off for now.

Crimestoppers report includes missing beehives

Mike Ford with Allen County Crimestoppers says a sort of unbelievable crime happened sometime between April 11th and Wedneday April 13th.

Investigators think the beehives were taken during the daytime given the bees that were still swarming around when the theft was noticed. Another crime happened between last Friday evening and early Monday morning.

If you have any information on either crime, the Crimestoppers number is 1-800-222-TIPS, or you can go to

Getting Ideas From Anderson County

Officials from Marion county may visit the jail in Anderson county next month, as they prepare to build a new jail in Hillsboro. The suggestion to visit Anderson County and Brown County was made during a recent meeting where Marion County Commissioners were considering designs of a jail that would be similar in size. Butler county’s jail is similar in design, but much larger than the more rural counties. The Marion County Jail is expected to be complete by December 2012.

New Terrorism Alert System Seeks Public’s Involvement

A new terrorism alert system went into effect last week. Amy Kudwa, a spokesperson with Homeland Security says changing the alert system was long overdue.

The new system has two levels of alerts, compared to the previous system’s five levels. The two alert levels of the new system are “elevated threat,” which “warns of a credible terrorist threat” to the United States; and “imminent threat,” which “warns of a credible, specific and impending terrorist threat. Currently, there are no alerts issued.

Injury Crash in Anderson County

Kansas highway Patrol troopers have released information concerning an injury crash late Thursday in Anderson county. Troopers say the single-vehicle crash occurred when Shaun Kaldahl of Overland Park rolled his semi truck on US 169 just south of Vermont Road. Kaldahl was wearing a seatbelt, troopers say, but suffered some minor injuries and was taken to Anderson County hospital to be checked out. He was alone in the semi. The crash happened shortly after 10pm Thursday and the report was released over the weekend.

McFadden Scholarship Recipients

The six recipients of a scholarship dedicated to students of Allen county have been announced. All six are from Iola High School, and each will receive up to $10,000 for their college education through the William Preston and Belvah McFadden Scholarship Fund. The fund assists with paying for two years of college, provided the student attends a four-year Kansas university. It’s worth $5,000 a year.

Students receiving scholarships this year are Autumn Snesrud, daughter of James and Melody Snesrud; Jasmine Bannister, daughter of Sarah Bannister; Kyle Heffern, son of Larry and Mary Heffern; Maggie Wilson, daughter of Larry Wilson and the late Nancie Wilson; Michelle Britt, daughter of Michael and Vickie Britt; and Charles Apt IV, son of Charles and Mary Apt, all of Iola.

Recipients are chosen based on areas of academic achievement, college entrance test scores, extracurricular activities and financial need. To ensure objectivity and fairness in the selection process, a certified public accountant from outside Allen County scores each application and determines the recipients.