Archives for October 2011

Johnson County Crash Kills Iola Man

An Iola man was killed in a traffic accident in Johnson County yesterday. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 68-year-old Curtis Lawrence of Iola died in a two-car crash on U-S 169 at 199th Street. The accident happened shortly before one o’clock yesterday afternoon. Troopers say Lawrence struck the rear of a car driven by 82-year-old Arthur Jensen of Olathe as Jensen was stopped at a red light. Crash reports say Jensen may have suffered injuries in the crash but he survived. Both men were alone in their cars.

Crash Injures Fredonia Woman

A crash last night near Fredonia injured a Neodesha woman. Highway Patrol troopers say Anita Young was eastbound on K-47 about 2 miles east of Fredonia last night about 7:15pm, when she swerved to miss something laying on the highway. Her 200 Saturn rolled as it left the highway, according to troopers, who say she was taken by ambulance to Fredonia Regional Hospital.

Mustangs Winn, Sigg Sets School Records

The Mustangs, who struggled much of the season, finished in style last night with a 44-28 win at Prairie View. So Iola wins two of its last three games and begins the quest for next season. This year’s offensive fireworks were provided on many nights by Jerrick Sigg, who spent the season re-writing the record book. Last night, 351 yards on 53 carries. That’s a single-game record at Iola. For the season, Sigg piled up 1,297 yards, which also sets a new school record. It’s an eleven-man game but opponents can be forgiven for thinking Jerrick Sigg is a one-man gang.

Hi-Tech Humobldt high

The second most-connected school classrooms in the U.S. are in Humboldt, Kansas according to U.S. News and World Report. Humboldt was listed second behind Crooms Academy of Information Technology, Sanford, Fla., and was a Bronze Medal school. It’s the second time Humbopldt High has earned the designation.

Computers, wireless Internet, interactive digital workspaces, technical support staff, and high online engagement are keys to building a connected classroom. Schools were surveyed from the magazine’s Best High Schools rankings to gauge their connectivity.

K-State President Here Monday to Tout 2 + 2 Program with ACC

An event coming up in Iola Monday celebrates the pairing-up of all seventeen community colleges in Kansas with K-State as part of the Two Plus Two Programs. KSU President Kirk Shulz will lead the event. The Two Plus Two Program means that students can do two years any Kansas community college and two years online at K-State — and all their hours will transfer. That means students can earn both an Associate Degree and a Bachelors Degree with much of the work being done online. Shulz and other KSU and community college leaders will be in the Board Room of the Allen Community College Student Center Monday from three to four.

Robertson Named one of Kansas’ Finest

An Allen County resident has been named as one of Kansas’ Finest. It’s a tourism-related award, recognizing Eileen Robertson for her work to promote the state’s attributes. Robertson was one of five individuals or families named for the first annual award. She was chosen for her involvement in the Humboldt Historical Society, Allen County Historical Society, Downtown Humboldt Action Team Street Scape Program and other tourism-related activites.

Deer Rut Brings Increase in Crashes

While deer can be spotted near our state’s roadways any time of the year, in the fall, motorists should be especially vigilant for deer crossing the highways. Deer breeding season peaks in mid-November, and this marks the period when deer-vehicle collisions are highest. Wildlife and Parks biologist Lloyd Fox says the increase in deer-vehicle crashes is strongly influenced by the deer mating season, called “rut.” During rut, deer focus on mating; they travel more than in other seasons, and pay less attention to hazards such as vehicles. Also during the fall, many deer move to new locations as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, so they are less secure than in their summer habitats.

The area saw its first injury crash related to deer this fall just over two weeks ago, on October 10th. 16-year old Amanda Hunter and her passenger, Elmer Akins, suffered minor injuries following a crash in Wilson county. Hunter was eastbound on road 2000 and swerved to miss a deer, over corrected and hit a bridge.

Summer Heat Killed 62 in the Region This Year

As we enjoy our first true taste of fall in southeast Kansas, weather service officials are tallying up the death toll from that heat dome that settled in for so long this sumer. Official records show 62 people died in Kansas and Missouri from the more than two months where temperatures hovered at or above the 100-degree mark. Nearly a third of those deaths were in Kansas City.

Pekarek to Co-Lead Aspiring Superintendent’s Gathering Today

Iola Superintendent Brian Pekarek is in Topeka today to help spur interest in his profession. Pekarek was asked to help lead an “Aspiring Superintendents Workshop” where he and two other Kansas unified school district administrators will address what KASB officials say is a projected lack of school superintendents in the state.

KASB Associate Executive Director Doug Moeckel said, “we’re trying to get some future school leaders so we thought it would be good to get someone who’s recently gone through the process of the search and placement.” Pekarek is in his first year as USD 257 superintendent after spending two years serving the same position at the Clifton-Clyde school district.

Pekarek tells the Register being asked to speak at today’s workshop took him by surprise.

Hard Freeze Possible in Some Places Tonight; Freeze Likely Area-Wide

Allergy sufferers, get ready for some releief, as the first freeze of the season looks to be a near-certainty for tonight. Weather service forecasters have upped the freeze watch for tonight into the morning hours tomorrow to a freeze warning, which means the entire area is expected to have lows in the mid 20’s to around 30. In areas that drop below 28 for several hours, it will be enough to kill the growth of most vegetation, accelerating our early fall. Don’t forget to drain your outdoor hoses and lawn sprinkler systems to avoid damage.