Archives for January 2012

Iron Man Challenge To Kick Off Humboldt Racing Season

With the start of the racing season at Humboldt Speedway now just weeks away, the U-S Racing Association has released the scheduled for a third season of its popular Iron Man Challenge. There will be 28 Iron Man dates this season, up from 17 last year, as interest continues to grow. The B-mod section of the challenge will kick off nationwide at Humboldt Speedway March 16th and 17th in conjunction with the U-S-M-T-S modifieds. Last season, 367 drivers took part in the Iron Man Challenge, including 237 B-mod competitors. Those races will mark the beginning of Humboldt’s 2012 racing season and another major event won’t be far behind: The second King of America Race will be run on Humboldt’s famous dirt track March 28th through the 31st. From then on, it’s special events and weekly racing through the first week in October.

Two Charged in Conneciton With Theft, Shooting Incident

Two southeast Kansas men face charges related to an incident just before Christmas that ended with one of them getting peppered with shotgun pellets. Allen County authorities filed aggravated battery charges against Roger Welch of rural Moran and trespassing and attempted theft charges against 17-year old Zeffrey Tyler Doolittle of Mapleton. The incident in which Doolittle suffered the shotgun pellet wounds unfolded the night of Dec. 23 on Welch’s land, about five miles northwest of Bronson. The sheriff’s office says someone had been stealing gasoline from a tank, and Welch happened to be there when a person stopped nearby and the driver got out carrying a five-gallon gas can. When the person unhooked the gas nozzle, Welch reportedly fired a shot into the air. As the person, later identified as Doolittle, ran off Welch fired a second time. The teen’s minor injuries were treated at Allen County Hospital. The Register reports neither Welch nor Doolittle was arrested, rather both will be summoned to court appearances that have yet to be scheduled.

At-Work Accident Pins K-DOT Worker

Authorities say a man injured in Iola Friday was behind a dump truck and got pinned between the truck and a salt spreader. Larry Castel of Humboldt was taken to Allen County Hospital by ambulance, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. The accident happened about 1:30 Friday afternoon at the K-DOT yard in North Iola. Troopers say Richard Carr was backing the dump truck, apparently to get the salt spreader mounted in the bed, and Castel got trapped between the spreader and the bed of the truck.

Saturday Fire Displaces Iola Family

Smoke and water damage from a weekend fire is forcing one Iola family to stay somewhere else temporarily. The Red Cross is assisting Ben Culbertson’s family following the fire Saturday night. Firefighters were called to Culbertson’s home after smoke was seen coming from a second-story bedroom. The smoke came from an overloaded junction box, according to Iola Fire Department reports. A wire had burned in two and nearby wall insulation had been smoldering, as had a pair of ceiling joists. The Register reports firefighters sprayed foam onto the smoldering pieces, cutting extra holes into the wall to ensure all of the hot spots had been extinguished.

Iola 8th Graders Ace the Test

Iola public schools have aced the test, for the second year in a row. Iola eighth-graders have once again scored above the national average on the ACT Explore Test, a preparation exam for the ACT that is required to attend most colleges in America. As a class, Iola’s eighth-graders scored above the national average in all four academic sections – English, math, reading and science.

While the average score in reading was 14.6 percent for this year’s Explore takers nationwide, Iola’s Explore takers averaged 15.9. The Register reports that trend held steady throughout the three other academic areas. The ACT precursor exams is built and formatted in the same fashion as the 52-year-old college-readiness test, but on a graduated scale of difficulty.

Boeing Closure Will Not Affect Spirit Plans In Chanute

Plans by Spirit Aerosystems to open a manufacturing facility in Chanute will apparently not be affected by the high-profile announcement by Boeing that it’s closing its plant in Wichita. The aircraft manufacturing giant will be laying off thousands of workers as it transfers many of its activities to its Seattle-area headquarters and elsewhere. But city officials in Chanute say Boeing’s departure is not expected to have any impact on Spirit’s plans there. Spirit’s Chanute plant will initially perform subassembly work on underwing aircraft components as part of a multi-phased project. It also will take on other programs. Company officials have said they expect to create thirty-five jobs at the Chanute plant by the end of this year and an eventual total of up to 150 new jobs. City officials say Spirit has no plans to make any changes when Boeing packs up.

Computer Glitch Delays Title Work

Have you been waiting what seems a long time for the title to come back from the state on a vehicle you bought last fall? If so, you’re one of more than 25-thosuand people statewide who have been affected by a computer glitch. A spokesperson with the Kansas Department of Revenue tells KWCH-TV the error was discovered last week. The state is working through the backlog and should be caught up by the end of next week. Of the 26,000 that were delayed, the state says there are about 10,000 remaining. It will work with people on an individual basis if the delay causes the person to pay penalties.

Wednesday Crash Hurts Two

Highway Patrol troopers report an injury crash last night north of Humboldt. According to online crash records, the wreck happened about 8:20pm at 1100 Road and Louisiana. 14-year old Trisha Jo Prock was southbound on 1100 Road in a 1986 Ford and lost control. Troopers say she over corrected and rolled the vehicle. Prock was taken to Allen County Hospital with possible injuries. Teresa Owens, an adult front seat passenger, was also taken to Allen County Hospital to be checked for possible injuries.

Crash North of Colony Injures Teen

A crash yesterday afternoon on the old Welda-Colony Road sent one Colony teen to the hospital. Kansas Highway patrol troopers report 19 year old Anthony Ellis was about 5 and a half miles north of Colony, near the intersection with 800 road, yesterday afternoon about 2pm when he crashed. Troopers say Anthony was southbound, lost control, and crossed the road, running into the east ditch. The car rolled and struck the embankment, but came to rest on its wheels. Anthony was taken to Anderson County Hospital with potentially serious injuries.

Project 17 Sets Core Areas, Funding Goals

They have a name, four core issues, and say they’ll seek half a million dollars form the state to fund the effort to boost our region’s economy. That’s the outcome of Friday’s meeting of 16 area community leaders and four state legislators in Iola. The group is calling themselves Project 17, and their goals are four-fold: economic development, regional health rankings, fostering leadership and creating a long-term structure to house the effort. They’ll need about half a million dollars a year to fund the effort, the group says, and Senators Jeff King and Pat Apple told members they’ll be pushing for the general fund money during this legislative session. It’s expected to be a line-item in Governor Brownback’s budget proposal to be presented during the State of the State speech.

The Register reports Project 17 members are also working on grant application from the Kansas Leadership Foundation, which would provide $1 million in leadership training to the organization, region or agency awarded the grant. That grant application is due Friday. Project 17 members will meet quarterly, with the next meeting April 13 in Iola. To volunteer or contribute to the effort, visit