Archives for May 2012

Pool Busy Already

A busy weekend for the Iola city Pool….USD 257 Superintendent Brian Pekarek passed along the good news during his radio visit yesterday morning:

Really, The Farm-City Days Committee DOES Need Your Help!

The Farm-City Days organizing committee is really needing volunteer help this year…and they hope to have large attendance at a volunteer recruiting meeting tomorrow night. The meeting will take place at 7 tomorrow evening at the North Community Building. The organizers are looking for 30 volunteers this year in order to keep the event going. Currently, the committee has been unable to get anyone signed up. Farm-City Days organizer Ashlee Mathew says the work will be managable for people of all ages who are interested in helping. Commitments for volunteers include meeting once a month over the summer. The week before, the committee and volunteers will meet each evening to put together final touches for the festival.

Voter ID Law Tour Set

In order to help educate the public about the new voting law passed in 2011, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is conducting a series of public meetings in 11 cities across Kansas. The area meeting is this Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5 p.m. at Sanders Hall Auditorium on the Neosho County Community College campus. At each meeting, Kobach will present an overview of the new Secure and Fair Elections Act. Topics include photo identification, proof of U.S. citizenship and voter education.

We’ll Know in About a Month

It should be just over a month before the results are tabulated in the state Board of EMS’s analysis of the long-simmering question of the effectiveness of having both Iola Fire Department and Allen County ambulance services. The studies were ordered by the joint committee appointed by county and Iola commissioners to study how ambulance service is delivered locally and how it might be merged or made more efficient and less costly.

County commissioners learned this week that the report on the study should be ready for public consumption in mid- to late-June, and talk turned to where to have the presentation. The basement room at the courthouse holds only 125 people, and it’s anticipated the crowd turning out to hear the report will be much larger. They’re looking into arranging to hold the presentation at the Bowlus.

US 54 Bridge at Yates Center Set for Work Starting Monday

Work starts Monday to shore up the US 54 railroad overpass just East of Yates Center. K-DOT officials say the emergency work will install cribbing, or support beams, under the bridge to bolster its weight rating back to where it should be on US 54. Iola Area Construction Engineer Jerod Kelley says most of the work will take place beneath the bridge. Traffic will only be affected when the contractor has to close one lane over the bridge, using flagging operations, in order to swing steel H-pile beams under the bridge. Motorists can expect delays of 15 minutes or less whenever flagging operations take place. Work is being done by an Iola Firm, J and J Contractors, and should be complete June 4th, barring any weather delays.

2-year old Dies after Being Run over in Field

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers say a two-year-old boy was killed Saturday night when he was hit by a car in a pasture south of Oswego. Troopers haven’t said yet why 2-year old Clayton James of Labette City was walking in the pasture on Victory Road just before 7 Saturday night. 30-year-old Christy Dunnic of Oswego was driving through the pasture and didn’t see the boy. She had three kids riding in the bed of the truck — 11-year old Dalton and 9-year old Lucas Dunnic, and 4-year old Danielle James. After being hit, Clayton James was taken to Freeman Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

US 169 Work Announced

KDOT has announced road work will start on US 169 Monday. Maintenance crews will undertake a three-month concrete pavement patching project on U.S. 169 in Allen County. The project starts at Iola and continues south for 14 miles to end at the Allen-Neosho county line. One-lane traffic through the work zone will be controlled by an automatic flagger device and a pilot car. Motorists should expect delays of 10 minutes or less on weekdays between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The project should be finished by mid-July.

Parents: Thanks for Your Help In School Finance Issue

Parents in the Iola school district are becoming active in the statewide school finance debate. USD 257 Superintendent Brian Pekarek yesterday thanked parents and district patrons for their interest and work to lobby local legislators on behalf of Iola school children: